Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin
Will Also Serve as House Republican Policy Chairman
HARTFORD — State 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.
Posted on January 2, 2019 by admin
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
AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS
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.
Posted on December 21, 2018 by admin
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.
Posted on October 18, 2018 by admin
Thank you to all who attended the Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth Commission presentation on Monday night at Darien Library. Co-chairman James Smith, clearly articulated our state fiscal situation and outlined the solutions proposed by the bi-partisan Commission earlier this year. It was a great crowd with excellent questions.
If you were not able to attend, please know that you can watch a recording of the presentation here.
Many thanks again and please let me know if you have any questions.
Posted on October 15, 2018 by admin
Reminder: There will be a Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth (FSEG) Commission presentation by Robert Patricelli and James Smith on Monday, October 15th at 7 p.m. at the Darien Library.
October 11th 2018
Solutions for Historic Change
Rep. Terrie Wood
I recently saw a YouTube video, “Connecticut Anthem”, written and sung by Nekita Waller. She recounts memories of growing up in Hartford and the pride she feels at being Connecticut born and raised. “We cannot give up believing in Connecticut… it’s a state that I believe in.” Like Nekita, I love and believe in Connecticut.
Daily, we benefit from all the good within our state…our scenic landscape and coastline, our excellent schools, well-educated residents, and cultural institutions, our history, and our vibrant diversity. It is important to keep this positive perspective as we discuss the deeply rooted and critically important challenges we face today in Connecticut.
Our state’s greatest challenges are fiscal in nature, and reflect an anemic rate of economic growth. Simply, our costs far exceed our revenues. Our fiscal situation is unsustainable due in large part to …
We remain the only state in the country to not regain all jobs lost in the 2008 recession. Yes, we are in dire straights. Yet, together, we can turn our situation around.
The vast majority of legislators head to Hartford to conduct the people’s work with sincere intentions. That said, the state unions have built powerful relationships with legislative Connecticut Democrats and our current governor. The latest union agreement (July 2017) has put an unnecessary stranglehold on our state finances and severely limits our ability to resolve our fiscal situation.
What is interesting to reflect on, though, is how Connecticut Democrats have focused their “fury and activism” almost solely on national issues, while we hear nothing from them regarding our dire state situation. They neither take responsibility for it, nor take the steps we desperately need to fix it. We certainly hear nothing from them on their blind loyalty to union leaders.
Now, I do thoroughly understand the frustration with our President in Washington. His blatant disregard for appropriate behavior and seeming lack of respect for consensus-building process and policies is deeply troubling to me.
However, President Trump did not create Connecticut’s fiscal situation, and he’s not going to fix it. In fact, if Governor Malloy and Connecticut Democrats had successfully managed our state finances over the past eight years, they would not even need to mention “Trump” to deflect away from their failed state policies. Poor decisions have put our state in constant fiscal turmoil.
However, there is reason to be optimistic … in the October 2017 budget, there was a provision that established a bi-partisan Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth (go to: https://www.cga.ct.gov to search for the final report).
This commission was tasked with developing and recommending policies to achieve a truly comprehensive and balanced solution. Made up of a diverse and bi-partisan group of 14 stakeholders, they met over four months in a deep dive into our state’s situation. In March 2018 they issued a committee report that offers a broad set of policy considerations to put Connecticut on the road to recovery. Among them…
Importantly, the FSEG Commission report emphasizes conditional linkage among their recommendations. Thus, while there are many aspects to like, there will be other proposals that will be disagreeable. But, comprehensiveness requires compromise to achieve a better future for Connecticut for all.
I have organized a detailed and thought-provoking presentation by the two chairmen of the FSEG Commission, Robert Patricelli and James Smith. Please join me on Monday, October 15th at 7 p.m. at the Darien Library. There will be plenty of time for questions.
Together, let’s bring historic change to Connecticut.
Please stay in touch! Contact me at Terrie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-240-8700.
Posted on October 4, 2018 by admin
Connecticut currently has the second highest energy costs in the nation. With colder weather on the way, many residents will 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.
Please share this information with those who may benefit!
Posted on October 1, 2018 by admin
A number of new laws passed during the 2018 Legislative Session take effect today, October 1st. These laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community.To see a full list, please click here.
I am pleased to have supported the following Public Acts in becoming law:
Public Act 18-90 prevents credit agencies from charging fees for security freezes and doubles (from one year to two) the amount of time businesses have to provide free credit monitoring if an account is hacked.
Public Act 18-29 bans the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.
Public Act 18-135 criminalizes the act of masking the identity of a caller initiating robo calls.
Special Act 18-15 provides consumers with access to information regarding the safety of sports helmets on the State Department of Education’s website.
Public Act 18-4 establishes various requirements regarding the treatment of women – specifically pregnant inmates. In general, it requires the Department of Correction (DOC) to establish support services, such as a lactation policy, for incarcerated women, provide inmates with feminine hygiene products free of cost (upon request), reinstate its training program on mental health issues for custodial staff and use a gender-responsive approach to risk assessment.
Public Act 18-149 protects patients from unexpected costs and fees at outpatient clinics, urgent care centers and freestanding emergency departments.
Public Act 18-109 strengthens the ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors by prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes through ‘self-service’ vending machines and by limiting access to e-cigarettes in stores.
Public Act 18-74 allows pharmacists to add biological products to generic drug substitutions.
Energy & Environment
Public Act 18-7 enables the transfer of funds from the Passport to the Parks account and requires special event fees at state parks to be based on the number of attendees and cover state costs related to such events.
Public Act 18-50 aims to improve Connecticut’s energy future by establishing many sustainable policies, including reconfiguring funding for the state’s energy efficiency programs and establishing tariff-based programs for low-emission, zero-emission, shared clean energy and residential clean energy facilities.
Public Act 18-73 provides for the offering of proof that farm products that are sold to school districts as “Connecticut-grown” are actually grown in the state.
Public Act 18-84 limits exposures to pesticides by prohibiting the use of residential automatic pesticide misting systems.
Public Act 18-101 raises awareness and provides funding for efforts to fight aquatic invasive species and cyanobacteria blooms that threaten the state’s lakes and ponds by establishing a “Save Our Lakes” license plate.
Public Act 18-47 expands eligibility for certain veterans benefits to certain individuals who have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or who have had an experience of military sexual trauma.
Public Act 18-102 eliminates qualifying income limits for veterans in order to improve eligibility for certain municipal option tax exemptions.
Public Act 18-79 exempts from the property tax a business’s tangible personal property that is more than 10 years old and had an original value of not more than $250.
Posted on September 24, 2018 by admin
Please come and meet with Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth (FSEG) Co-Chairs at the Darien Library on October 15th. I organized this forum as an opportunity for you to hear the Co-Chairs discuss the results of their work and answer any questions you may have.
When: Monday October 15th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
The Commission on FSEG was established through the Connecticut state budget that passed in October 2017. This non-partisan group is made up of successful business owners and other stakeholders tasked with identifying our key strengths and challenges as a state and devising a plan to set our state on a path to fiscal stability/prosperity. It is co-chaired by Bob Patricelli (founder and CEO of several healthcare companies in Connecticut) and Jim Smith (Chairman Emeritus of Webster Bank), along with twelve other commission members.
This meeting will serve as a valuable opportunity to hear about the details of their latest plan, which offers a practical road map out of our fiscal abyss, and ask questions at this time of critical financial reform in our state.
Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin
Classes for the Norwalk Citizens’ Police Academy are starting again soon! Beginning on October 2nd, they will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. until November 1, 2018.
Students will gain hands-on experience and learn about the Norwalk Police Department through inside looks at how different divisions function, ride alongs with an on-duty Police Officer, interactions with Police executives and veteran officers, live demonstrations and tours of the NPD headquarters.
To register, please call Sgt. Sofia Gulino at (203) 854-3197.
I am personally a graduate of the Academy’s 2015 Class and would recommend the program to any interested constituents!
Posted on September 13, 2018 by admin
If you are new to the Towns of Darien or Norwalk, or do not have a landline telephone service, you may not be receiving timely emergency weather/public safety alerts from the Darien and Norwalk Police Departments.
Feel free to share this information!