Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Wilms may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at fred.wilm@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Reps. O’Dea, Wilms Tour Silver Hill Hospital

Posted on May 31, 2018 by admin


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NEW CANAAN – State Representatives Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) and Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk, New Canaan) toured the Silver Hill Hospital for Mental Health and Addiction in New Canaan on May 29th, 2018.

“The opioid crisis in Connecticut has reached a critical level,” Rep. Wilms said. “Hospitals like Silver Hill will help us combat addiction and reduce the number of fatalities in our state. I would like to thank the hospital for allowing us to visit, and for their dedication to saving and changing lives. To assist in their efforts, I cosponsored a bill expanding telehealth services to treat addiction, which has passed the legislature this year. We will continue to do our part in Hartford to help reduce the number of drugs on our streets and to provide assistance to those battling addiction.”

“Mental health and drug addiction are complex problems that require the unique care that Silver Hill offers,” Rep. O’Dea said. “They provide a tremendous service to the community, especially during a time when the number of opioid deaths has reached unprecedented levels. Combating drug addiction in our state is a group effort. We must continue to educate the public on this crisis, pass legislation to help reduce the number of drugs on our streets, ensure that hospitals like Silver Hill have the resources they need to treat patients, and continue to support our first responders in any way possible. In addition, Silver Hill’s new President and Medical Director, John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA, has experience developing and growing large scale telehealth programs, which, I believe, are key to making affordable healthcare available to all.”

Silver Hill Hospital has been operational since 1931 when it was founded by Dr. John Millet and Nurse Elvira Parsons with the first patient being admitted that December. The non-profit hospital began treating addiction in 1971 where the conducted original research into the biological and psychological contributors to addiction. Today, the hospital treats over 3,500 patients annually. Their goal is to treat the addiction, or other conditions, and eventually transition patients into productive lives. Silver Hill is a nationally recognized psychiatric hospital that continually receives accolades for their success with patients.

Reps. O’Dea and Wilms supported P.A. 18-148, An Act Concerning Telehealth Services, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly with strong bipartisan support. This bill allows telehealth providers to prescribe non-opioid Schedule II or III controlled substances in the treatment of a psychiatric disability or substance abuse disorder. The bill also adds registered nurses and pharmacists to the list of health care providers who may provide telehealth services. The bill now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.

State Rep. Tom O’Dea represents the 125th General Assembly district which includes New Canaan and Wilton.  He is Deputy Republican Leader At-Large and serves on the legislature’s Transportation Committee as well as the Judiciary, Legislative Management and Regulation Review Committees.

State Representative Fred Wilms represents the 142nd General Assembly district communities of Norwalk and New Canaan. He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Planning and Development Committee, and the Transportation Committee.

Upcoming Coffee Hour and Town Hall Meetings

Posted on May 15, 2018 by admin


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In the coming days and weeks, Rep. Wilms will be co-hosting the following events with other area legislators.

Please see below for details:

 

 

 

Coffee & Conversation

Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

 

 

 

Norwalk Post-Session Town Hall

South Norwalk Library, 10 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

 

 

New Canaan Post-Session Town Hall

New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

These events are opportunities to discuss the issues from the 2018 Session that are important to you such as Transportation funding, education cost sharing and the state budget.

All residents are encouraged to attend.

If you are unable to attend one of these events, but will still like to speak with Rep. Wilms regarding any state government issue, please contact him at fred.wilms@housegop.ct.gov or (800) 842-1423.