Connecticut’s “Red Flag” Legislation Is Model for the Nation

Posted on August 10, 2019 by admin


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Lawmakers across the country are looking for positive, proven ways to keep people safe and curtail access to firearms for those who should not have them. Connecticut was the first state in the nation to introduce the “Red Flag” law and institute risk warrant legislation which allows police, with a court order, to temporarily remove firearms from someone suspected of being a danger to themselves or others.  To date, this law has been used more than 1,200 times in the state.

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Study of Energy Demand Fees for Houses of Worship Signed Into Law!

Posted on July 17, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) is pleased to announce that legislation he proposed to require the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to study creating new energy rate classes for certain properties with tax exempt status has been signed into law by the Governor.

The study is based on a proposal originally introduced and championed by Rep. O’Neill to exempt houses of worship from energy demand fees. The study will consider the impact of creating new rate classes and report

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Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags!

Posted on July 10, 2019 by admin


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In case you haven’t heard, the state’s new tax increases include one on disposable, single-use plastic bags. This new tax takes effect on August 1, 2019.

Between then and June 30, 2021, retailers that provide plastic shopping bags with a thickness of less than four mils- four thousandths of an inch- will be required to charge a 10-cent tax on every single bag. After June 30, 2021, retailers are prohibited from providing or selling single-use checkout bags to customers.

Plastic bags used for produce,

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2019 Major Public Acts available now

Posted on June 20, 2019 by admin


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Every year, the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), and the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) compile a report of the major issues passed during the legislative session.

OLR provides brief descriptions on a number of issues in this report, including legislation that increases and expands taxes statewide and raises the age of smoking from 18 to 21, and concerns opioids, workers’ compensation for PTSD, education, transportation, the state’s business climate,

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Study of Energy Demand Fees for Houses of Worship Passes Senate

Posted on June 11, 2019 by admin


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During the final hours of the legislative session last week, and following the lead of the House of Representatives, the State Senate passed legislation proposed by State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) to require the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to study creating new energy rate classes for certain properties with tax exempt status.

The study is based on a proposal originally introduced and championed by Rep. O’Neill to exempt houses of worship from energy demand fees.

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Rep. O’Neill Comments on the State Budget

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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Rep. O’Neill provides his insight to the Democrat budget presented today.

Rep. O’Neill Supports Safe School Climate Bill

Posted on May 31, 2019 by admin


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Concerned about an increase in bullying in our schools, State Rep. Arthur O’Neill (R-69) this week supported bi-partisan legislation to strengthen state anti-bullying law to include non-peer-to-peer interactions, and to expand the reporting requirements of school volunteers.

The legislation, HB-7215 – An Act Concerning Safe School Climate Policies – establishes an eight-member Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate Advisory Collaborative tasked with monitoring school climate improvement

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Rep. O’Neill’s Amendment to Eliminate Political Party Convention Requirements Fails Along Party-line Vote

Posted on May 30, 2019 by admin


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During debate on legislation to expand voter access across Connecticut, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) proposed an amendment for legislation he initially introduced that would eliminate the state requirement for political parties to hold nominating conventions.

Unfortunately, the measure failed on a party-line vote of 86 to 59, and without the support of a single Democrat.

“I’m disappointed that my colleagues chose to put party loyalty ahead of sound state policy and opposed legislation

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Study to Consider Elimination of Energy Demand Fees for Houses of Worship Passes House

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) today applauded passage of legislation he proposed that charges the chairperson of the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to study creating new energy rate classes for certain properties with tax exempt status.

The study, based on a proposal originally introduced and championed by Rep. O’Neill to exempt churches and houses of worship from energy demand fees, will consider the impact of such new rate classes and report to the General Assembly

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Welcoming Gainfield 3rd Graders to the House!

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin


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Rep. Labriola and I had the pleasure of welcoming and introducing Gainfield School 3rd graders to the House of Representatives during a session day.  It’s always great to see our students involved and learning about state government.