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Rep. Wood Sworn Into Sixth Term

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


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Will Also Serve as House Republican Policy Chairman

HARTFORDState Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) joined legislative colleagues on Wednesday, Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and was sworn in to her sixth term. She will serve for two years as State Representative for the 141st General Assembly District of Norwalk and Darien.

“It is energizing to be starting another Legislative Session in Hartford,” said Rep. Wood. “I truly enjoy this responsibility and will continue to do my best to represent your voice in Hartford. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions or concerns about state government, and ideas for new legislation.”

Rep. Wood’s legislative committee assignments for this term are Human Services; Finance, Revenue & Bonding; and Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committees. In addition, she was named House Republican Policy Chairman.

 

The Human Services Committee holds responsibility for the Department of Social Services and the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee deals with all finance, revenue, capital, bonding, fees and taxation matters and anything relating to the Department of Revenue Services. Finally, the Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee has cognizance over the community colleges, state university system, and the University of Connecticut – as well as workforce development programs.

In closing, Rep. Wood commented, “This will be a challenging session given our ongoing fiscal difficulties. I believe that our new Governor Ned Lamont will bring a fresh perspective and respectful approach to building bipartisan consensus on how to put our great state on a path to fiscal prosperity – prosperity that will be of benefit to all who live in our state. I look forward to getting to work!”

To follow Rep. Wood’s proposed legislation, visit her website (www.repterriewood.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 59, or stream the proceedings online at www.ctn.state.ct.us.

New Year, New Laws

Posted on January 2, 2019 by admin


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New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. Now that 2018 has come to an end, a number of new laws took effect yesterday, 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. Please contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding these new laws.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

PA 18-5 reduces the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies. For a summary, click here.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS

PA 18-159 redefines mammogram, and eliminates copayments and deductibles for certain breast ultrasounds. For a summary, click here.

 

AN ACT AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS

PA 18-43 permits certain pregnant individuals to enroll in a health insurance policy or plan not later than thirty days after the individual’s pregnancy has been certified by a licensed health care provider. For a full summary, click here.

 

Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.

Bridgework in Darien

Posted on December 21, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin work in Darien and Stamford starting next month, January 2019, to replace a bridge on Route 1 (East Main Street) over Noroton River.

 

It is proposed that Brookside Drive will be closed to Route 1 during all stages of construction. Residents will be redirected to Anthony Lane and Hillside Avenue during this period.

 

The new bridge will be a single span superstructure composed of prestressed beams with a concrete deck on new pile supported footings and abutments. The structure will be raised approximately 2.5 feet to meet the minimum hydraulic opening requirements and will have four 11-foot travel lanes (two in each direction), one 11-foot left turn lane, two 5-foot shoulders, and sidewalks of varying width on each side of the roadway.

 

It is anticipated that construction on this $9.5 million project will be performed in four stages through May 2020. A temporary bridge, which will have two 12-foot lanes and a 5-foot sidewalk to the north, will be installed to the north during Stage 1.

 

During Stage 2, one lane of traffic in each direction will be supported on the temporary bridge while the existing bridge will be cut and prepared to provide a third lane of traffic.

 

During Stage 3, two lanes of eastbound traffic will be supported on the temporary bridge, and one lane of westbound traffic will be supported along the construction zone of the existing bridge while the southern portion of the new bridge is constructed.

 

And finally, during Stage 4, the westbound lane will shift to the newly constructed portion of the bridge while the northern portion is being built.

 

Traffic control personnel, signing patterns, and shifts of travel lanes will be utilized throughout the entire project in all stages to guide motorists through the work zone. Please drive safely in this vicinity and know that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.