Southbury, Bridgewater, Roxbury, and Washington


Rep. O’Neill Takes Oath of Office

Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) today took the oath of office to serve another two-year term representing the people of Bridgewater, Roxbury, Southbury and Washington in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Deputy Republican Leader At-Large O’Neill, currently the longest-serving Republican legislator in the House of Representatives, was reappointed by House Republican Leader Klarides to serve on the legislature’s powerful Judiciary Committee, and both the Regulations Review and Legislative Management committees. This year, he was also named as a member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee.

“Despite the fact the legislature is once again facing the difficult task of crafting a responsible state budget that provides essential services while eliminating a projected biennium deficit of almost $4 billion, I remain optimistic that by working together and considering the best proposals we can make true progress for the people of Connecticut,” Rep. O’Neill said.

For more information, and to read descriptions of the duties and responsibilities of each legislative committee, please go to www.cga.ct.gov and click on the “Committees” tab.

The 2019 legislative session runs from Jan. 9 to June 5.

New Laws Take Effect January 1

Posted on December 31, 2018 by admin


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On January 1, 2019, a number of new laws take effect. New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year.

These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Please pass this information along to anyone who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.

AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This new law, PA 18-5, will reduce the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS

This new law, PA 18-159, redefines mammogram, and eliminates copayments and deductibles for certain breast ultrasounds. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS

This new law, PA 18-43, permits certain pregnant individuals to enroll in a health insurance policy or plan not later than thirty days after the individual’s pregnancy has been certified by a licensed health care provider.

Rep. O’Neill Warns Residents to be Wary of Scams

Posted on September 24, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) wants to remind people to be wary of unsolicited phone scams that target Connecticut residents and can result in serious expense or stolen identity.

Scammers continually adapt their techniques and in recent years there has been a distinct uptick of in-person, phone and Internet scams across the country, and certainly within Connecticut. Locally, scammers have been using automated “robocalls” – many linked to a local number to entice a person to answer – while trying to get residents to divulge personal identifying information or send money or gift cards. The calls vary, but many claim the IRS or local police have issued warrants for overdue bills or that the recipient has undisclosed “serious allegations” pending.

“The heartless people running these scams have no regard for the law and will stop at almost nothing to steal money from the honest, hard-working people of our state,” Rep. O’Neill said. “Remaining vigilant is the best way to stay safe. If you are unsure of the true identity of a caller claiming you are in trouble or demanding money, please end the call and contact the company directly.”

According to their website, the IRS will not call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. They will not demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe or threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

More information, including tips and techniques to avoid becoming a victim, can be found on the FTC and IRS websites at:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-avoid-fraud https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scamsconsumer-alerts