Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD — State Representative Richard A. Smith (R-108) joined legislative colleagues today, on Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and was sworn in to his fifth term at the State Capitol. He will serve for two more years not only as the House Representative for the 108th General Assembly District of New Fairfield, Sherman, New
Milford and Danbury, but as the House Republican Policy Chairman as well.
“I am honored to be back in Hartford, starting my ninth Legislative Session,” said Rep. Smith. “I am particularly privileged to have been named a House Republican Policy Chairman alongside my colleague, Rep. Terrie Wood. I am eager to get to work in this position developing forward-looking and common sense policy solutions that encourage economic growth and a balanced budget in the State of Connecticut.”
To follow Rep. Smith’s proposed and supported legislation, visit his website (www.reprichardsmith.com) and click on the “Legislation” tab, or sign up for her email updates. To follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, tune your TV to channel 193 in New Fairfield, Sherman and New Milford, and 20 in Danbury; or stream the proceedings online at www.ctn.state.ct.us.
This “long” session allows for bills on a variety of issues to be introduced, debated and voted on in committees and legislative chambers. Most importantly, the General Assembly will be facing significant budget challenges during the 2019 Legislative Session. House and Senate Republican budget priorities for the 2019 session continue to include implementing long-term structural changes to restore sustainability and predictability to the budget, and the “Prioritize Progress” transportation plan to fund and protect transportation dollars without tolls or tax increases.
Rep. Smith has also received his legislative committee assignments for this term. He will serve as a member of the Judiciary, Housing and Labor & Public Employees Committees.
The Judiciary Committee holds jurisdiction over all matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, wills, estates, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, escheat, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, the law of business organizations, authorizations to sue and to appeal, claims against the state, and all judicial nominations, among others.
The Housing Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to housing and housing programs, and the Labor & Public Employees Committee oversees all matters relating to conditions of employment of state and municipal employees. This includes workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, conditions of employment, hours of labor, minimum wages, industrial safety, occupational health and safety, labor unions and labor disputes, and the substantive law of state and municipal employees’ collective bargaining.
The 2019 Regular Legislative Session will adjourn at midnight on June 5th.