New Laws Taking Effect on Oct. 1

Posted on September 29, 2022


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. I have highlighted some of the major changes and new laws below.

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.,

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MONROE TO RECEIVE $500,000 STATE GRANT FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF OLD ZOAR ROAD

Posted on September 27, 2022


MONROE, CT – The Town of Monroe has been approved to receive $500,000 in state funding for the reconstruction of Old Zoar Road.

The grant is provided through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), a state program managed by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) that delivers grants to small towns for economic development, community conservation, and quality-of-life capital projects.

“Old Zoar Road is nearly two miles in length and was already identified by our Department of Public

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

Posted on September 14, 2022


HARTFORD – In response to a reported uptick in fraudulent claims benefits that have been processed through the Department of Labor (DOL), Rep. Scott 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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Republicans Call for Special Legislative Session to Address Funding Reduction to Energy Assistance Program

Posted on September 2, 2022


Representative Tony Scott, R-Monroe, joined his Republican colleagues in signing a petition Thursday that called for a special legislative session to address funding of a key program that helps low-income and working-class residents with home heating needs.

The Appropriations, Human Services and Energy and Technology committees held a joint public hearing earlier this week in which the majority Democrat members decided to advance an allocation plan by Governor Lamont, which would result in a decrease

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Upcoming Public Hearing on Heating Assistance

Posted on August 25, 2022


The cost of heating a home in Connecticut has skyrocketed in the past two years. As of Aug. 15, 2022 the average price per gallon for home heating oil in the state was $4.57. A year ago, that average was $2.74. In 2020, the average was $2.02.

In two years, the cost has more than doubled. Republicans had proposed using the state’s significant surpluses, which are in the billions, to expand the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, in order to help more people who were in need with home heating.

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Tax Free Week Kicks Off on Aug. 21

Posted on August 18, 2022


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

Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, watches and similar items are not included. Tax Free week continues until Aug. 27.

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

Rep. Scott Receives Perfect Voting Score

Posted on August 11, 2022


HARTFORD- State Representative Tony Scott (R-112th) earned a 100% voting record for all roll call votes taken on the floor of the House of Representatives during the 2022 legislative session.

The House Clerk’s Office recently released data showing that Rep. Scott had cast a total of 265 votes, giving him a perfect record.

“I’m proud to represent the 112th District in Hartford and I’m committed to voting on every piece of legislation while I’m representing the people of Monroe and Newtown,” Rep. Scott

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Rep. Scott Applauds Bonding Commission Approval for Improvements to Wolfe Park in Monroe

Posted on July 29, 2022


MONROESenate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, Representative Tony Scott, and Senator Marilyn Moore applauded the State Bond Commission’s approval of a $150,000 grant-in-aid to the Town of Monroe for upgrades of basketball courts at Wolfe Park.

Wolfe Park has approximately 50,000 visitors per year and the courts are heavily used at all times, weather permitting, according to the application for the bonding. Funding will be used for repairs, grading, post tension concrete slab, including concrete

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Members of Newtown delegation join in support of local farm dedicated to regional hunger relief

Posted on July 20, 2022


NEWTOWN – Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, R-Newtown, was recently taken on a farm tour of Real Food CT, a Newtown nonprofit that supplies fresh produce to food pantries and hunger relief operations, while also organizing the distribution of excess produce generated from area farms to those agencies.

The Real Food CT team, including Founder Sean Fitzpatrick and Project Manager Dave Haze, provided Rep. Bolinsky a tour of the farm operation and articulated their vision to make more nutritious, delicious fresh

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

Posted on July 7, 2022


HARTFORD Rep. Tony Scott, (R-Monroe), was recognized Tuesday for an outstanding record in support of Connecticut businesses.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), which represents thousands of large and small employers, gave Scott 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 women’s return to work

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