Legislators Send Letter to DEEP Regarding Draft Notice for Zero Carbon Energy

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Led by State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), lawmakers from all over Southeastern Connecticut joined together last week in an opinion-editorial to urge the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to amend its draft RFP (Request for Proposals) that essentially excludes Millstone from participating in a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity until 2023. The legislators reminded DEEP of their responsibility to comply with a law passed last year which requires that Millstone be allowed to compete in a competitive auction for carbon-free resources.

This week, legislators from across the state have joined Rep. McCarty’s effort, with the help of Senator Paul Formica, and sent a letter directly to DEEP Commissioner Klee. In the letter, 46 Representatives and 9 Senators in a bipartisan manner informed DEEP of the adverse economic and environmental ramifications of a premature closing of Millstone.

“While we are pleased that DEEP recently issued a draft RFP, we were shocked and dismayed to discover DEEP is ignoring the legislative intent of the law,” the legislators wrote. “Unfortunately, in the draft RFP, DEEP usurped legislative authority by defining a new term, “at risk time period” to 2023, which would significantly delay the time frame of potential contracts for certain resources. This language is inappropriate and unfair.

“Millstone Power Station – the source of 50% of the state’s power, 90% of its carbon-free electricity and 1500 jobs – is the only resource participating in the comprehensive “At Risk” determination process and thus is the only resource potentially impacted. What’s more,” they continue, “DEEP waited until it knew that Millstone was the only resource seeking “At Risk” treatment before it defined the new term. This language in the draft RFP is unacceptable and MUST be removed before the Final RFP is issued on July 31, 2018. If Millstone is determined to be an existing resource confirmed At Risk, the risk is NOW and it should not be forced to wait until 2023 to be treated as such.”

DEEP has confirmed the receipt of this letter and states that they “appreciate” the legislators’ input and “will take [their] comments into consideration.”

View a copy of the letter here.

Signatories include:

Representatives:
Ackert
Belsito
Betts
Bocchino
Bolinsky
Buckbee
Camillo
Candelora, V.
Carney
Cheeseman
Conley
Cummings
D’Amelio
Davis
de la Cruz
Delnicki
Dubitsky
Dunsby
Floren
France
Green
Hall
Klarides, T.
Kokoruda
McCarty
O’Dea
Orange
Petit
Piscopo
Riley
Reed
Rutigliano
Ryan
Siegrist
Simanski
Skulczyck
Smith
Soto
Srinivasan
Storms
Tweedie
Vail
Wilms
Wilson
Yaccarino
Ziobron

Senators:
Fasano
Formica
Frantz
Hwang
MacLachlan
Martin
Miner
Osten
Somers

Rep. Srinivasan to Hold Office Hours

Posted on June 19, 2018 by admin


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GLASTOBURY – State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) will be holding office hours at the Welles Turner Memorial Library on July 18th to meet with constituents and discuss the major issues that came out of the 2018 Legislative Session, including the state budget.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury

This event is free of charge and open to the public. A sign-in sheet for 15 minute, one-on-one meetings with Rep. Srinivasan will be available upon arrival. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Rep. Srinivasan, please contact him at 1-800-842-1423 or Prasad.Srinivasan@housegop.ct.gov.

In the event that office hours must be postponed or cancelled, a notice will be posted on Rep. Srinivasan’s website at www.RepSrinivasan.com.

Rep. Srinivasan on Improving Management of Life-Threatening Allergies in School System

Posted on May 7, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – As a well-established allergist in Glastonbury, and Ranking Member of the Legislature’s Public Health Committee, State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-31) stood today in the House Chamber to offer his support for a bill that would improve school policies on managing life-threatening food allergies.

House Bill 5452 requires the following of all local and regional boards of education:

  • Allow students with life-threatening food allergies to participate in all course curriculum and any culinary program, other than those offered at a technical high school, by implementing allergen restrictions and safety protocols.
  • Include their current plan for managing students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease in any school climate or wellness programs that they adopt.

It also requires the State Department of Education to:

  • Revise and update the “Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum” framework to include life-threatening food allergies and
  • Include dietary restrictions, cross-contaminations, and allergen identification in an any culinary arts program or curriculum standards related to the National Family and Consumer Sciences Standards.
  • Apply for available federal or private funding to promote public awareness and education about food allergies.
  • Revise existing guidelines on managing students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease.

Finally, the bill requires all public school district superintendents to annually attest to the State Department of Education (SDE) that their district is implementing this expanded management plan beginning in 2019.

“This is a very important bill that I am happy to have seen pass through the House Chamber,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “I also thank the proponent for reassuring me today that this bill would continue to allow capable students to self-administer epinephrine, or an EpiPen, if necessary. If they are incapable, due to their age or an anaphylactic reaction, an educator or a bus driver will be allowed to administer it and get the student out of immediate danger. Parents can rest assured that their child will receive the care they need to escape any long-term danger that an allergic reaction can cause, in addition, because the training that such educator or bus driver would receive regarding epinephrine administration would also teach them the importance of what comes next; which is calling 911 and monitoring the student while waiting for help to arrive.”

The bill has now been transferred to the Senate, where Rep. Srinivasan hopes it will receive a vote before session ends on midnight on Wednesday, May 9th.

Rep. Srinivasan Urges the Importance of Keeping Electoral College In Presidential Election Process

Posted on May 1, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – As a republic nation, the United States has a very unique system by which we elect a president. It is modeled after our constitution and form of government. Majority party legislators in Connecticut, however, want to change this process. Last week they pushed a bill, H.B. 5421, through the House of Representatives with a vote of 77-73 to adopt an interstate compact to elect a U.S. President solely by a national popular vote. State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) opposed the legislation, saying that it would take away the voices and choices of our citizens.

This bill, which is now awaiting consideration in the Senate, would amend our constitution and enter Connecticut into the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote,” thereby committing Connecticut’s votes in the Electoral College to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote nationally, regardless of whether such presidential candidate wins the popular vote within the state. The compact would take effect when enough jurisdictions have joined and cumulatively possess a majority of Electoral College votes (270).

“This change would go against the very spirit of our great constitution,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “Our transition of power is peaceful and orderly. It is unnecessary to disrupt this process. The Electoral College is in place for a reason – one that particularly benefits the State of Connecticut. As a small state, we rely on our representation in the Electoral College to make elections fair amongst bigger states with a larger input in the National Popular Vote.

“In addition, I am concerned about the constitutionality of this legislation,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “We should be amending our constitution through due process, which is through a constitutional convention held by Congress.”

Rep. Srinivasan Rejects New Judicial Nominations Because of Current Fiscal Crisis

Posted on April 30, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Nominations to appoint new judges to the Connecticut Superior Court were called today on the House Floor. State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) voted against all the nominations.

“I have had the privilege, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, of hearing from each of these judges directly during public hearings over the past week,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “Each judge has great qualifications for a position in the Superior Court, but given Connecticut’s ongoing budget crisis, this is not the time to appoint new judges. The Office of Fiscal Analysis predicts that the cost of appointing these judges and their support staff will cost our taxpayers $12 million. We are currently in a deficit of $381 million, and running the risking of compromising the funding for services impacting the most vulnerable in our community. We cannot afford to pay the salaries of new judges and their staff and hence I could not support the new nominations.”

All nominations passed through the House of Representatives on party-line votes. The nominations will now be brought up in the Senate.

Rep. Srinivasan Votes for Options, Instead of Mandates

Posted on April 27, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – The Connecticut House of Representatives was alive in debate until 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. During this time Legislators voted on two very important pieces of legislation, including House Bill 5210, which mandates expanded insurance coverage for women, children and adolescents.  State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) supported a Republican-proposed amendment to this bill, but ultimately voted against the legislation when the amendment was rejected 57-90.

This bill requires expanded insurance coverage of health benefits that are already required to be covered under the Affordable Care Act, such as women’s health services, including a 12-month contraception supply, and immunizations for children, adolescents, and adults.

“Our amendment to this bill would have ensured that patients are offered a variety of affordable insurance coverage options,” said Rep. Srinivasan, “so they could choose what is best for them, instead of having requirements forced on them. Healthcare is already expensive; I could not support any new mandates on potentially higher-costing health insurance. Patients deserve options so that they can choose what they can afford and how they want to receive care.”

The bill passed through the House with a vote of 114-32. It now awaits a vote in the Senate.

Rep. Srinivasan Votes Against Granting Financial Aid to Illegal Immigrant Students

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – The House of Representatives today approved a bill, amended by the Senate, which grants financial aid to illegal immigrant students. State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury), however, voted in opposition to the legislation.

This bill allows illegal immigrant students financial aid to attend a state public higher education institution (i.e., UConn and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities), raises the age by which such students must have arrived in the United States from 15 to 16, and changes the date by which such students are eligible for aid from Fall 2019 to January 1, 2020, or when Congress provides a pathway to citizenship.

“Institutional dollars provide financial aid to students and these dollars are not limitless,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “They are already fully utilized and paid for by the tuition that students – legal citizens – invest into their education. Our legal citizens need this financial aid. By granting financial aid to illegal immigrant students we are in fact taking away necessary and long-relied upon financial support from our legal citizens. Illegal immigrant students are not eligible for federal financial aid.”

Several amendments were introduced to improve this legislation. One such amendment would have required all students without legal immigration status that are eligible for financial aid to first comply with all United States citizenship and immigration policies and protocols for approval to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Another would have required all public institutions of higher education to adopt policies to exempt tuition payments made by full-time or part-time students who are not eligible for institutional financial aid from the requirement and to set aside funds for such aid. Unfortunately these amendments were defeated.

“Tuition costs are raising,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “College education is almost becoming unaffordable. We need a sound, viable plan to help our legal citizens and not reduce the aid they deserve.”

This bill was ultimately passed by the House of Representatives with a vote of 91-59. It now awaits a signature from the governor.

Rep. Srinivasan Votes Against the Nomination of Andrew McDonald for Supreme Court Chief Justice

Posted on March 12, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) today expressed opposition to the nomination of Associate Justice Andrew J. McDonald to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. First appointed to the Supreme Court on January 13, 2013, Justice McDonald was recently nominated by Governor Malloy to succeed Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers.

Prior to his being appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice McDonald was Governor Malloy’s chief legal counsel (January 2011 to January 2013), a State Senator (January 2003 to December 2010), and a Partner at the law firm of Pullman & Comley (1991 to 2011).

“My primary reasoning for opposing this nomination is first that Justice McDonald does not have enough experience serving as a judge, and that he has too much relied on a legislative agenda to make his decisions,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “McDonald was appointed to the Supreme Court without even having first served in the Superior Court or Appellate Court. He does not have extensive written records that prove he has heard cases and made decisions that impact Connecticut citizens’ life, liberty and property on a daily basis – like the many judges who currently, or have previously, served as Chief Justice. In addition, I am concerned about Justice McDonald continuing to legislate from the bench, and become, as some call it, an ‘Activist Judge.’ We must remain aware of the important ways in which the executive and legislative branches must work on their own respective responsibilities.”

The bill that confirmed Justice McDonald’s nomination of Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 75 to 74 this evening.

Rep. Srinivasan to Hold Office Hours

Posted on January 10, 2018 by admin


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GLASTOBURY – State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) will be holding office hours at the Welles Turner Memorial Library at the end of the month to update constituents on the status of the state budget and discuss priorities for the 2018 session.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 30, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury

This event is free of charge and open to the public. A sign-in sheet for 15 minute, one-on-one meetings with Rep. Srinivasan will be available upon arrival. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Rep. Srinivasan, please contact him at 1-800-842-1423 or Prasad.Srinivasan@housegop.ct.gov.

In the event that office hours must be postponed or cancelled, a notice will be posted on Rep. Srinivasan’s website at www.RepSrinivasan.com. Constituents can also sign up for email notifications on his website.

Srinivasan Votes to Reverse Cuts to Medicare Program

Posted on January 9, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) on Monday voted on a plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year.

MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators in adopting the budget in October reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s thousands of participants. The state’s Department of Social Services in December announced it would delay implementation of the eligibility reduction by two months, giving concerned program participants a reprieve from an unexpected jump in their healthcare costs as lawmakers worked to find $53 million to fund the program through June.

“The origin of the legislation that we voted on yesterday can be found in Public Act 17-2,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “I voted against this budget bill in October because of the way it balanced the state deficit on the backs of our seniors. I stood in the House Chamber and expressed my concerns, explaining why I couldn’t support it. As we all know, my worries unfortunately became reality. I supported the resolution yesterday because it was the right thing to do at this time. I am, however, concerned about what will happen going forward. I am afraid that the 2018 deficit will again be settled at the expense of Connecticut’s senior citizens and their health. This is a temporary resolution that extends current Medicare coverage through July – we need a long-term solution that will save the nearly 450 Glastonbury citizens who rely on this program from making very difficult decisions regarding the basic quality of life services they need.”

The MSP plan was approved in the House by a vote of 130 to 3. Among the methods used to restore program funding is a requirement that Gov. Malloy reduce the number of managers and consultants—a provision included in the adopted budget ignored by the governor. Other components include moving human resources-related functions of some state agencies into the state’s Department of Administrative Services, and requiring the governor to find savings in Executive Branch functions while limiting his ability to cut more than 10 percent from any one program.

The Senate approved the plan 32 to 1 in a vote later in the day.

The 2018 legislative session—a so-called short session—starts Feb. 7 and will see lawmakers focus primarily on issues tied to budgetary issues. Rep. Srinivasan will be holding Office Hours on January 30th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Wells Turner Library in Glastonbury. A sign-up sheet will be available upon arrival for one-on-one time with Rep. Srinivasan.

“I wish all of my constituents a happy, healthy and prosperous new year and look forward to my upcoming office hours to have an opportunity to discuss issues concerning both our town and our state,” said Rep. Srinivasan.