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

CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 13, 2018 by admin


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On Friday, September 21st, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2018 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

Additional details are below:

  • Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 12:00 p.m.
  • No pre-registration required! Attendees are encouraged to bring documentation verifying military service
  • Recovery Based Services
  • Medical Screenings, Dental Services, Eye Care
  • Veteran Benefit Information (State and Federal)
  • Legal and Motor Vehicle Assistance
  • Employment and Educational Assistance
  • Housing Resources and Information
  • Free Bus Transportation provided at designated areas
  • Go to www.portal.ct.gov/DVA and click on “Stand Down 2018” or call 860-616-3803 for general information and the transportation schedule

DOT: Milling and Resurfacing Project, Route 133 in Bridgewater

Posted on September 12, 2018 by admin


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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 133 in Bridgewater, beginning Thursday, September 13, 2018.

The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 3.63 mile segment of Route 133inBridgewater. This project is scheduled to occur Thursday, September 13, 2018 to Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2018 Vendor Resurfacing Program.

LANE CLOSURE INFO

Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 133 between Wewaka Brook Road and Route 67 (New Milford Road). Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 8, 2018 by admin


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With the start of school just around the corner, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

Rep. O’Neill Congratulates Southbury’s Newest Eagle Scouts

Posted on August 1, 2018 by admin


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Last weekend, State Representative Arthur O’Neill was honored to attend the Courts of Honor for Southbury’s two newest Eagle Scouts!

During weekend ceremonies, John Henry Masi and Aidan William Garrity were promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout after completing the rigorous qualifications process.  Eagle Scout is the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America program with only about 5 percent of Scouts achieving the rank.  According to the Boy Scouts of America, to be eligible for Eagle Scout the scout must be active in the troop for a period of at least six months after achieving the rank of Life Scout, demonstrate that they live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, earn a total of 21 merit badges and complete an Eagle Project.

Masi, who goes by the nickname “Johnny”, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 60 in Southbury. He completed his Eagle Scout project by installing a flagpole at Ballantine Park late last year.  With help from family and other scouts, Masi and crew dug a foundation for the flagpole, ran wiring for a light and landscaped the area near the Pomperaug Youth Softball League.

Garrity, a member of Southbury Troop 162 redeveloped a small artificial pond and the surrounding area for the Bent of the River Audubon Center. The pond, located in front of the bird-watching barn was overgrown with weeds and debris, clogged with silt and missing a pump system, before he and a team of volunteers set to work.

The Garrity family is no stranger to Scouting. His father Mike is Scout Master Emeritus and his mother Gari is in charge of Scout training.

Eagle Scout Johnny Masi and State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

Eagle Scout Aidan Garrity is congratulated by State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

From left – Dad Matt Masi, Eagle Scout Johnny Masi, sister Lily Masi, sister Heather Fabian, mom Jennifer Masi and and State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

From left – Gari and Mike Garrity, their son, and Eagle Scout, Aidan Garrity and State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

 

 

 

Rep. O’Neill Earns 100% Voting Record

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


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According to statistics compiled by the House Clerk’s Office, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) earned a perfect one-hundred-percent voting record for the 2018 regular and veto legislative sessions.

This year, the regular and veto session included votes on 317 separate pieces of legislation that were called on the floor of the House of Representatives, and Rep. O‘Neill made them all.  Rep. O’Neill has achieved perfect attendance many times throughout his 30-year legislative career, including 2005 when a decade-high 460 roll call votes were taken. He has cast more than 9,700 votes for the people of the 69th District.

“My priority is always to represent the people of the 69th district to the best of my ability and I am honored to serve as their voice in Hartford,” Rep. O’Neill said. “I will continue to work diligently on their behalf to pass legislation that helps the people of Bridgewater, Roxbury, Southbury and Washington.”

Rep. O’Neill, currently the longest serving House Republican lawmaker, represents the 69th district in the General Assembly, and serves on the legislature’s Appropriations and Judiciary Committees, and also serves on the Regulations Review Committee and Legislative Management Committee.

The next regular session of the legislature will convene in January, 2019.

 

 

 

 

Rep. O’Neill Lauds House Veto Override; Senate Fails to Override, Protect ECS Funds

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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During a veto override session yesterday, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) joined his House colleagues and voted to successfully repass legislation to protect education funding statewide.

HB 5171 – an act prohibiting the executive branch from making rescissions or other reductions to the education cost sharing (ECS) grant during the fiscal year – would prevent any governor from cutting ECS aid grants to towns by using rescission authority or from reducing agency budget allotments to create General Fund budget savings.

“Protecting our municipalities from mid-year cuts to their education budgets will allow educational stability and continuity and I’m pleased the House was able to repass this important legislation,” Rep. O’Neill said.

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Rep. O’Neill Attends 30th Flag Day Ceremony

Posted on June 20, 2018 by admin


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On a beautiful June evening, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) last week attended his 30th consecutive Flag Day ceremony in Southbury where he joined veterans, friends and residents to honor our nation’s flag.

Flag Day, first created with a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and later established as National Flag Day by Congress in 1946, commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.

During the ceremony, Rep. O’Neill read a proclamation from Governor Malloy.

“We gathered as Americans to celebrate and honor the symbol of our nation and to remember the sacrifices made since it was first unfurled more than 200 years ago,” Rep. O’Neill said. “It is my distinct pleasure to attend this wonderful annual event and look into the crowd to see the people of Southbury, young and old, together as one.”

The ceremony took place at the Town Hall flagpole on Main Street South and included a “Pause for the Pledge” hosted by the Board of Selectmen.  Members of the VFW Post 1607, Lt.C. Edward Hine American Legion Post 147, local and state elected officials and Southbury Boy and Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts also attended the event.