Rep. Sredzinski: Putting Our Students and Safety First

Posted on January 23, 2019 by admin


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Proposes New Legislation to the General Assembly

HARTFORD — All proposals for new laws in the State of Connecticut were due to legislative leaders on Friday, January 18th. State Representative J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) submitted a few bills that would significantly benefit the towns of Monroe and Newtown.

All bill proposals in the General Assembly are considered by legislative committees, and potentially brought to a public hearing, before being raised to the House and Senate for a vote. To read more about the bills that Rep. Sredzinski has proposed or co-sponsored this session, visit his website at www.repsredzinski.com and click on the “Legislation” tab. If you are interested in sharing your opinion on a bill, information on how to testify at a hearing or via email is available at www.cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Sredzinski proposed House Bill (H.B.) 5154, which would promote mental health/wellness training and suicide prevention for police officers. This bill has been referred to the Public Safety and Security Committee, on which Rep. Sredzinski serves as the lead House Republican. Email testimony to pstestimony@cga.ct.gov.

“It is incredibly important that our emergency responders are well-equipped to handle situations that require immediate mental health care,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “Not only could this save lives, but it could save time from shifting people through the system to get them the proper assistance.”

A second bill, H.B. 5373, would prohibit the governor from making rescissions to towns’ education cost-sharing grants during a fiscal year. This bill was referred to the Appropriations Committee. Email testimony to apptestimony@cga.ct.gov.

“Our towns are entitled to receive a certain amount of grant funds under the current general statues and it is unacceptable that these funds could be stolen from our students,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “Especially if our boards of education have already begun to implement a balanced budget, they should not have to go back and make cuts or issue supplemental tax bills.”

Finally, H.B. 5377 would require local or regional boards of education to allow private therapists – under a written order by a medical professional – to provide medically necessary therapy or other care to students at school during regular school hours. It was referred to the Education Committee. Email testimony to edtestimony@cga.ct.gov.

“When a licensed doctor deems it medically necessary to receive therapeutic care like in the case of some of our children on the Autism spectrum, the school district should not be allowed to say “no” to private providers which cost the school district nothing,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “Having trained behavior therapists with students who require it being paid for by private funds is a win/win and our state law should reflect that.”