Rep. Perillo Joins Calls for the Senate to Pass Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo joined his fellow colleagues and concerned citizens and organizations at the State Capitol on Tuesday for a press conference to call on the Senate to pass a House bill to strengthen penalties on fentanyl.

“This bills passed with bipartisan support in the House and the Senate should join us in looking to strengthen the penalties for dealing fentanyl,” said Rep. Perillo. “We must do anything we can to stop the opioid epidemic and passing this legislation will help send a message to all the bad actors out there that Connecticut is not messing around. If you are caught selling or manufacturing this deadly drug you will go to jail for a long time.”

House Bill 5524, was introduced by the House Republican Caucus. The bill would change the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl the same category as heroin. As the law is currently written, fentanyl is listed as a synthetic drug, which is a lesser penalty.

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House Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 16, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday that will create tougher penalties for the illegal manufacturing, distributing or selling of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.

“We need to get tough on those selling and distributing fentanyl,” said Rep. Perillo. “Fentanyl is killing more people than any other drug and if an individual is selling or distributing this deadly substance they should be locked up for a long time.”

“Letting fentanyl dealers off with a slap on the wrist is an insult to the victims and families who have lost a loved one,” said Rep. McGorty. “We need to pass this legislation and I hope my colleagues in the Senate pass this and the governor signs it into law.”

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Rep. Perillo, McGorty Oppose Steep Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty said on Thursday morning that the passage of the increase in the minimum wage to $15 will have a negative impact on Connecticut’s economy, will reduce jobs, and hurt nonprofits and local communities.

“Legislative Democrats continue to ignore businesses and municipalities who are being asked to pay more and to take on more expenses,” said Rep. Perillo. “This drastic increase in the minimum wage will have devastating ripple effects to our economy. We need to start listening to businesses and local leaders and stop punishing them with more mandates and taxes.”

“Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour will cost municipalities millions to implement, which could result in higher local taxes,” said Rep. McGorty. “Everything from groceries to summer camp fees will increase because of the sharp increase to $15 an hour. We will all feel the negative impact of this legislation.”

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