New Laws Taking Effect on Oct. 1

Posted on September 30, 2022


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As we enter autumn, there are also new laws that will go into effect on Oct. 1 that could have an impact on you, your business, or our community.

A full list of those laws that take effect on Oct. 1, along with summaries, can be accessed here.

A summary of some of the major changes include:

Account Closure Notices – A new law requires Connecticut-chartered banks and credit unions to tell account holders why their deposit accounts (e.g., personal checking or savings accounts) are being closed. Among

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CT Sees Uptick in Fraudulent Benefit Claims: How to Protect Against It

Posted on September 13, 2022


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HARTFORD – In response to a reported uptick in fraudulent claims benefits that have been processed through the Department of Labor (DOL), Rep. Rebimbas is increasing awareness to this threat and providing resources so you can protect yourself, or your business, against criminals looking to steal your personal information.

Reducing Fraudulent DOL Benefit Claims

The uptick in fraudulent benefit claims is alarming. According to reports, businesses have notified the Connecticut Business Industry Association

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Tax Free Week Kicks Off on Aug. 21

Posted on August 18, 2022


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HARTFORD – Just in time for the beginning of the school year, starting Sunday, Aug. 21, and continuing through Aug. 27 the state’s 6.35% sales tax on clothing and footwear will be dropped for purchases that are less than $100.

There’s no doubt we could all use a break from Connecticut’s taxes! Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, watches and similar items are not included. More information and a complete list of items that are exempt can be found here: portal.ct.gov/DRS/Sales-Tax/Sales-Tax-Free-Week

Public Hearing Scheduled for Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on August 2, 2022


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HARTFORD – As you may have heard, insurance companies have proposed increasing rates in Connecticut in 2023 for individual and small group markets by an average of more than 20%. These rate increases would impact more than 200,000 people statewide.

And if you haven’t already heard, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has also decided to leave the Connecticut market.

The Connecticut Insurance Department has scheduled a hybrid public meeting for Monday, August 15 at 9 a.m. Members of the public can attend

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Republican Legislative Leaders Renew Calls to Hold Public Hearing at State Capitol on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on July 15, 2022


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HARTFORD – Connecticut Senate and House Republican Leaders are renewing their calls for a public hearing at the state Capitol on the proposed health insurance rate filings for the 2023 individual and small group markets, which include proposed rate increases averaging over 20%.

On Monday, Connecticut Republicans wrote to legislative leaders, Governor Lamont, and Insurance Department Commissioner Mais calling on them to hold a public hearing at the State Capitol complex on the proposed health insurance

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Co-Chairs of the Waterbury Rail Line Caucus Applaud Expansion of Service on the New Haven and Waterbury Branch Lines

Posted on July 13, 2022


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WATERBURY – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) joined Sen. Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) and Rep. Geraldo Reyes (D-Waterbury) in support of the addition of six new express trains on the New Haven Branch Line and seven new weekday trains on the Waterbury Branch Line.

The expanded service, which began Monday, is expected to add convenience and efficiency for commuters in Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley who are traveling to New York City, as well as other destinations. Adding trains to

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State Representative Rebimbas Recognized by the CBIA for 100% Pro-Business Voting Score

Posted on July 11, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70th) was recently recognized for her outstanding record in support of Connecticut businesses.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), which represents thousands of large and small employers, gave Rebimbas a 100% on its annual State House Voting Record Scorecard.

Votes were scored on 10 bills, chosen for their potential impact—positive or negative—on job growth and the state’s post-pandemic recovery. They ranged from developing a

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Rep. Rebimbas and Area Lawmakers Lend Bi-Partisan Support to Naugatuck’s Grant Application for Development of Naugatuck Industrial Commons

Posted on July 6, 2022


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State Representative Rosa Rebimbas, (R-70th), joined fellow members of the Naugatuck legislative delegation in support of the borough’s application for $75 million in grant funds for the redevelopment of more than 86 acres of industrial space to prepare it for new tenants and long-term growth.

Rep. David Labriola (R-131st) and Sens. Jorge Cabrera (D-17th) and Joan Hartley (D-15th) joined Rebimbas in the signing of a letter in support of the application to the state’s Community Investment Fund.

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Rep. Rebimbas honored by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

Posted on June 21, 2022


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WESTBROOK – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, was honored by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association with its RisCassi-Koskoff Civil Justice Award during a ceremony this month in Westbrook.

The prestigious award is bestowed upon a person who has advocated on behalf of injured consumers and “demonstrates a compassion and commitment to advocacy on behalf of the injured and, in full support for the civil justice system.”

Rep. Rebimbas, who attended the ceremony on June 6, was admitted

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Applications for Child Tax Rebate now open

Posted on June 6, 2022


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HARTFORD – Applications for the 2022 Child Tax Rebate opened today and will be accepted until July 31 of this year.

It is a one-time rebate for taxpaying residents of Connecticut who have claimed at least one child as a dependent on their taxes. This rebate was passed in the 2022 session as part of the budget adjustment package.

Rebates are expected to go out in late August. The maximum rebate amount is $250 per child and up to three children that were claimed on a filer’s federal income tax return

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