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New Laws Effective January 1

Posted on January 5, 2018 by admin


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Please note that this is provided as information, and inclusion in this message does not indicate my support or opposition to an individual measure.

A number of new laws took effect beginning January 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE – Public Act No. 17-131 – requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allows patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed. Summary

AN ACT CONCERNING WITHHOLDING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT – Public Act No. 17-27 – requires an employer promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or child owed the support) or judicial branch’s Support Enforcement Services, if an employee, whose income is withheld to enforce a child support order, makes a workers’ compensation claim. Summary

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT – Public Act No. 17-83 – broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans’ benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans’ cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver’s license or identity card. Summary

Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect this new year in the State of Connecticut.
New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year, although a few laws go into effect immediately upon passage.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns relating to state government.

Sen. Witkos, Rep. LeGeyt Ring Bells for Salvation Army in Avon

Posted on December 21, 2017 by admin


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Sen. Witkos, Rep. LeGeyt Ring Bells for Salvation Army in Avon

Avon Senator Kevin Witkos (left) and Representative Tim LeGeyt (right) participated in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at the Avon Walmart on Wednesday December 13 alongside Jim Gordon (center), Immediate Past President of the Avon Chamber of Commerce and the retired Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Salvation Army in Southern New England.

The state lawmakers collected over $1,300 in donations from the generous Avon community.

“I ring the bell for the Salvation Army to help support the thousands of individuals who receive aid of all types from this organization throughout the year,” said Sen. Kevin Witkos, Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. “The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort and care to local residents as well as people in need. The holidays are a wonderful time to join efforts throughout the state to give back to those most in need. I want to thank all those who made a donation. Every contribution goes a long way to help others.”

“I’m pleased to continue supporting The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign year after year in order to help our neighbors in need,” said Rep. Tim LeGeyt of his eighth year of partnering with The Salvation Army and Walmart . “Championing the mantra that ‘need knows no season’, The Salvation Army continues to provide financial assistance and resources to our neighbors in need not only during the holiday season, but also throughout the year. It is important we do all we can to support this very worthy cause, and I’m very happy to do I can to bring awareness through this great annual event.”

Services provided by the Salvation Army include food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Walmart will also be making a contribution to the Salvation Army on behalf of all participating legislators.

Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos represents the 8th District communities of Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury and Torrington. For more information visit www.senatorwitkos.com

State Representative Tim LeGeyt represents the 17th District communities of Avon and Canton. For more information visit: www.replegeyt.com.

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AVON STATE DELEGATION PRESERVES FUNDING FOR GOVERNOR’S HORSE GUARD

Posted on December 11, 2017 by admin


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Oldest cavalry unit in U.S. faced elimination under Gov.’s proposal

Thanks to Avon lawmakers, the historic and revered First Company Governor’s Horse Guard will not be disbanded, as originally proposed by the governor in his budget.

During the 2017 legislative session, the Avon state delegation championed efforts to protect $180,000 in funding for the care and operation of the Governor’s Horse Guard units. This funding will not only allow the state to continue to care for the horses and maintain the facilities, but it will also preserve the land in Avon.

“I visited the Horse Guard with my daughters months ago and saw firsthand the devotion of its members and the valuable contributions they make not only to Avon, but to the entire state. I’m pleased the Avon delegation was able to work together in true bipartisan fashion to save this resource,” said state Rep. Derek Slap, (D-West Hartford.)

“Restoring funding for the Avon Horse Guard is about protecting our history, preserving local programs, and recognizing the importance of so many people’s service to our state and nation. The Horse Guard hosts programs for youth and active duty soldiers and has been a part of our community for hundreds of years. I applaud my fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for working well together to make sure this funding was preserved in the bipartisan state budget,” said Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos, (R-Canton.)

“I’m pleased that I was able to work with my legislative colleagues from Avon to preserve such an important piece of our local and state history. The Governor’s Horse Guard has held the distinct honor of participating in governmental, as well as private services and ceremonies. I’m thrilled that this time-honored tradition will remain a part of our state’s history for years to come,” said State Rep. Tim LeGeyt, (R-Canton.)

“The Horse Guard has a long and rich history in CT, and particularly Avon where it’s been part of our Community, and a staple property along West Avon Road for more than 60 years,” Avon Town Manager Brandon Robertson said. It’s run by many dedicated volunteers who have a passion for both its historic preservation, and their mission as the oldest serving U.S Calvary unit in the Country.  We are grateful for the strong support of Representatives Slap, LeGeyt, and Senator Witkos.”

The First Company Governor’s Horse Guard in Avon, established in 1778, is the oldest active continuously mounted cavalry unit in the U.S. Currently, the membership is about 80 active troopers and staff veterans. Ten horses are ridden and cared for.

Through much of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the horse guard provided dignified escorts for governors, presidents, military heroes and other dignitaries such as George Washington, James Monroe and Andrew Jackson. Now the units not only participate in presidential and gubernatorial inaugurals but also civic projects, youth drug prevention programs, parades and other ceremonial events. *

The Second Company, in Newtown, was started in 1808. The two companies, which are owned and maintained by the state, are under the Connecticut National Guard.

 

 

 

Senator Witkos and Representative LeGeyt to Ring Bells for Salvation Army in Avon on Wed. Dec. 13

Posted on December 4, 2017 by admin


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AvonSenator Kevin Witkos (R-8) and Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-17) will participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at the Avon Walmart at 255 W. Main Street on Wednesday December 13 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

The public is invited to support the cause with donations of any size. Walmart will be making a contribution to the Salvation Army on behalf of all participating legislators.

The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort and care to local residents as well as people in need across the United States.

 WHO: Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-8) and Representative Tim LeGeyt (R-17)
 WHAT: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign bell ringing
 WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 4:30-5:30pm
 WHERE: Walmart – 255 W. Main Street Avon, CT
 WHY: State Legislators will join fellow volunteers ringing bells to raise money for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

 

 

LeGeyt Supports Budget that Restores Education, Municipal Funding

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin


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HARTFORD – Last Thursday, State Tim LeGeyt (R-17) voted for a bipartisan budget that averts Gov. Malloy’s devastating education cuts to cities and towns and installs structural reforms that will provide long-term relief sought by local leaders and the taxpayers they serve.

“We’ve turned an historic corner in this state as a result of these bipartisan negotiations in the General Assembly. With the passage of the Republican budget in September, which eventually was vetoed by the governor, and today, effected with the bipartisan negotiations between leadership that resulted in a budget that was so overwhelmingly proved in both chambers, with compromise on both sides, including structural changes and funding protections, it is evident that the legislature, without any involvement of the governor, has come together for the good of the taxpayers of Connecticut to move our state forward,” said Rep. LeGeyt.

The budget is the result of bipartisan negotiations and includes policies advocated both Democrats and Republicans.

Budget highlights include:
-Enacts the constitutional spending cap that was first approved by voters in 1992
-Enacts a $1.9 billion cap on bonding, $500 million less than what was bonded last year
-Restores municipal and education funding
-Protects core social services
-Supports critical funding for seniors and tax cuts for retirees
-Imposes a firm state employee hiring freeze
-Requires mandatory votes on union contracts by the legislature
-Provides municipal mandate relief and prevailing wage reform, raising the threshold from $400,000 to $1  million
-Phases in tax reductions on pensions and social security

The budget also stopped proposals which would have raised taxes on our residents including:
-No sales tax increase
-No income tax increase
-No tax on cell phones
-No restaurant tax
-No business tax increase
-Does not shift teachers pensions on to municipalities
-No tolls

The budget passed the Senate by a vote of 33-3 Wednesday evening and by 126-23 in the House of Representatives on Thursday. The budget awaits action from the governor.
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