Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury


WILSON SWORN INTO SECOND TERM

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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  1. HARTFORD – State Representative David T. Wilson (R-Litchfield) was sworn into his second term as state representative at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 9.  Wilson will continue to represent the 66th Assembly District, which is comprised of the towns of Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren and Woodbury.

“I will continue to proudly serve the residents of the 66th District.  It is my goal in Hartford to address our state’s struggling economy and to stabilize the state budget so that our state’s businesses and families have the confidence to grow and prosper. I will be working with colleagues from both sides of the political aisle to craft common sense public policy that will be beneficial to our local communities and across the state,” stated Rep. Wilson.

The legislature will be in session for a five-month period, adjourning on Wednesday, June 5.

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Wilson Prepares for 2019 Legislative Session

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative David T. Wilson (R-66) is joining his fellow colleagues in the Connecticut General Assembly in preparing for the start of the 2019 Legislative Session which convenes Wednesday, January 9. Wilson will then take the oath of office and begin serving his second term as a lawmaker.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work on behalf of the people of the 66th district and the state of Connecticut,” Rep. Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to a busy session and I’m ready to get moving. I encourage anyone who has questions or concerns regarding state government, as well as ideas for bill proposals, to contact me.”

Rep. Wilson has also announced his committee assignments for the 2019-2020 legislative sessions. He has been appointed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides as Ranking Member of the legislature’s Aging Committee, serving as the House Republican Caucus’ senior leader of the committee.

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New Year, New Laws

Posted on January 1, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. With 2018 coming to an end, a number of new laws took effect January 1, 2019.

These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here. Please contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these new laws.

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Home Heating Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted on December 14, 2018 by admin


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Connecticut currently ranks in the top five highest energy costs in the nation. With the cold weather upon us, many residents may struggle to pay their heating bills. However, fuel assistance is available to those in need.

Operation Fuel is now accepting applications for one-time grants of up to $500 per household for deliverable fuel, gas and electric utilities. Qualified individuals are those who have received a shut-off notice, have no utility service, or need assistance to maintain payment arrangements or have a past due balance of 30 days or more.

In order to apply for an Operation Fuel utility or deliverable fuel grant, you must submit an application through a fuel bank. To find the fuel bank that serves your town, please either use the Fuel Bank Finder or call 2-1-1.

You will need to provide proof of the last 4 weeks of income for all household members, the name of your fuel vendor (for deliverable fuel customers only), or your utility bill and payment history (for electric and gas utility customers only).

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Their partner agencies may also be able to connect residents with programs that provide assistance for food, clothing, health services, childcare, and more.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, 10/27

Posted on October 23, 2018 by admin


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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Held on the last Saturday of April and October of every year, this national event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well.

DEA Collection Sites closest to our area include:

TROOP L RESIDENT TROOPERS OFFICE   
452 Bantam Rd. – Litchfield, CT

WOODBURY RESIDENT TROOPER’S OFFICE   
281 Main St. South – Woodbury, CT

THOMASTON POLICE DEPARTMENT   
158 Main St. – Thomaston, CT

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (over 949,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9.9 million pounds — nearly 5,000 tons of pills, with Connecticut accounting for over 94,000 pounds.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Initiative, visit:  www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.