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Rep. Smith Update: New Laws Taking Effect on October 1

Posted on October 2, 2018 by rjoslyn


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A number of new laws that passed during the 2018 Legislative Session took effect this week on October 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community.

New laws taking effect that may be of interest to you include:

AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM (PA 18-29)

A provision that received wide bipartisan support that bans the sale, transfer, or posession of bump stocks or any after-market device that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire at near-automatic speed.  FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN VETERANS WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY OR WHO HAVE HAD AN EXPERIENCE OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA (PA 18-47)

Veterans who receive so-called “bad paper” or other than honorable discharges and are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury or who were the victim of sexual trauma while in the military will have access to veterans’ benefits that they were previously denied.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

 

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A “SAVE OUR LAKES” NUMBER PLATE TO COMBAT AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES AND CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS. (PA 18-101)

This law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin work on designing new commemorative license plates emblazoned with the words “Save Our Lakes.”  The license plates, which will be sold beginning Jan. 1, 2020, will raise money to help preserve Connecticut’s lakes and ponds. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

AN ACT PROVIDING PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS APPLYING FOR REVERSE MORTGAGES. (PA 18-38)

In the wake of increased reports of fraud concerning reverse mortgages, new protections for consumers include counseling requirements to make sure borrowers better understand the terms of the loan and a prohibition on banks or credit unions from paying the groups that counsel borrowers. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING ROBO CALLS AND SPOOFING (PA 18-135)

To criminalize the act of masking the identity of a caller initiating robo calls. FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC PROOF OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE (PA 18-108)

To permit automobile insurance identification cards to be provided electronically for motor vehicle traffic stops and registration of motor vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles. FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.

For a full list of bills taking effect on October 1, 2018, click here.

As always, you can contact me at (800) 842-1423 or Richard.Smith@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions regarding state government.

Rep. Smith Update: Emergency Road Closure for Rt. 37 North of Big Trail in Sherman

Posted on September 5, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Please see the message below from the Connecticut Department of Transportation regarding an emergency road closure of Rt. 37 in Sherman that may impact your travels.

 

 

Emergency Road Closure for Route 37 North of Big Trail in Sherman Due to Slope Failure

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the closure of Route 37 north of Big Trail for emergency repairs on Route 37 beginning on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM in Sherman.  The closure will be in place for roughly two to three weeks while repairs for a slope failure between Route 37 and Quaker Brook are performed.

DOT Project No. 0127-0090 was awarded to Waters Construction Company at an estimated cost of $245,000.00 on August 17, 2018, and is scheduled to be completed by September 30, 2018.

A detour route will be signed for all through traffic to use Route 39 between Sherman and New Fairfield. Local traffic will be available south of Big Trail toward New Fairfield and north of Durgy Road toward Sherman.

Rep. Smith Signs Petition to Call a Special Session and Stop Governor’s $10 Million Toll Study

Posted on July 24, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Richard Smith (R-108) today signed a petition to request a special session for the purpose of prohibiting the expenditure of taxpayer funds to study and evaluate the establishment of tolls in Connecticut.

Last week, Governor Dan Malloy issued an Executive Order directing the state Department of Transportation to prepare a plan implementing tolls and study its impacts. He is requesting to borrow $10 million for the study from the Bond Commission, which he chairs.

The study would explore tolls on all major Connecticut highways, including Interstates 95, 91, and 84, along with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways. This past spring, the legislature refused to consider a similar study costing only $5 million.

“The General Assembly represents the will of the people of Connecticut, which is why for the past five years the legislature has heeded the public’s strong opposition and refused to support tolls on our highways,” said Rep. Smith.  “Now, our lame-duck governor wants to circumvent the legislative process and the will of the people by demanding to borrow $10 million in taxpayer money in order to study tolls, which would continue his ruinous policies that have brought Connecticut to the brink of financial collapse.  Instead of spending money we cannot afford to waste, how about looking for ways to improve our economy without increasing taxes or adding new fees? I, along with my republican colleagues, have offered alternatives to fixing our crumbling infrastructure without the imposition of tolls, but the governor’s need to spend your money is insatiable.”

“Enough is enough. That is why it is imperative the legislature convene a special session and put a stop to the governor’s unilateral request to borrow more money as he prepares to head out the door in January.  I hope my colleagues will join me to help protect taxpayers and commuters alike,” added Rep. Smith.

The State Bond Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 25.