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Budget Recap

Posted on May 13, 2022


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Budget adjustments for the fiscal year ending in 2023 were released around 4:30 a.m. Monday, May 2nd and taken up later that day in the House of Representatives. The budget passed the House along party lines, and near party lines in the Senate.

Overall, the package will increase spending by 6.4% over the previous year, adding $1.4 billion to the budget. Much of the spending involves one-time allocations to favored organizations during this election year. Most of these allocations are made possible

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Deterring Catalytic Converter Theft

Posted on May 4, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) voted for SB 256 “An Act Concerning the Purchase or Receipt of Catalytic Converters by Motor Vehicle Recyclers, Scrap Metal Processor and Junk Dealers.” The legislation, which she also cosponsored, will impose additional restrictions on catalytic converters to deter theft.

Catalytic converter theft has increased dramatically nationwide. Communities across Connecticut reported incidents of theft from school bus lots, car dealerships, and parked

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Protecting Data Privacy

Posted on April 29, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) applauded final passage of a data privacy bill which would enhance Connecticut residents’ online privacy.

The legislation, SB 6 “An Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring,” establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data and establishes responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers and processors. It also grants consumers the right to access, correct, delete and obtain a copy

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National Drug Take Back Day April 30 2022

Posted on April 27, 2022


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

This Saturday, April 30th, is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

Take Back Day Events are happening across the state from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Use the link below to search for local collection events close to you:

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Local Collection Drop Boxes

As of 2021, there are 116 drop boxes across Connecticut located at local police stations, state

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Connecticut Republicans Call for Tax Relief

Posted on April 22, 2022


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Connecticut Senate and House Republicans unveiled a $1.2 billion tax relief package to help Connecticut’s working- and middle-class families.

The proposal reduces the state income tax for low- and middle-income families and individuals, reduces the state sales tax and eliminates the meals tax, extends the gas tax suspension, cuts the tax on diesel, expands property tax relief, eliminates the state’s new truck tax, accelerates the elimination of the income tax on pension and annuities, and reduces

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Rep. Zawistowski Co-Sponsors Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis

Posted on April 20, 2022


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Bill Would Implement Pilot Peer Navigator Program

HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) co-sponsored and voted in favor of HB 5430 “An Act Concerning Opioids,” which would update existing laws affecting opioid abuse, prevention, and treatment.

Among the changes in the bill are allowing for mobile treatment programs, adding more non-opioid treatments to the list of options practitioners must provide their patients, and amending the definition of “drug paraphernalia” to allow individuals

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Tax Free Week April 10-16

Posted on April 7, 2022


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From Sunday, April 10, to Saturday, April 16, there will be a tax-free holiday on clothing and footwear. Items sold at $100 or under will not be subject to the state’s sales tax during this time. This tax holiday was included as part of the recently passed HB 5501 “An Act Suspending Certain Gas Taxes and Sales and Use Taxes on Certain Clothing and Allocating Funds for Free Public Bus Services,” which also suspended the 25 cent per gallon gas tax and bus fares through June 30th.

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Rep. Zawistowski Connects with Constituents

Posted on April 4, 2022


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SUFFIELD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) recently hosted constituent office hours at Kent Memorial Library.

“It’s always a pleasure hearing from constituents directly and discussing the issues that matter most,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “The short legislative session is moving quickly and already we have taken action to temporarily lower gas taxes. I hope we will do more to ease the financial burdens of residents and improve affordability long-term.”

Residents shared their concerns about

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Rep. Zawistowski Welcomes Regional Agriscience Students to the Capitol

Posted on April 4, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) recently welcomed students from the Suffield regional agriscience program to the State Capitol Building at part of Agriculture Day.

“It’s always a pleasure meeting with student groups at the Capitol and sharing an inside look at their government,” shared Rep. Zawistowski. “Agriculture Day recognizes the important role of farming in Connecticut, and I’m proud to serve communities that celebrate that agricultural heritage.”

After a hiatus during

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Rep. Zawistowski Supports Good Government Legislation

Posted on March 30, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) applauded the committee approval of HB 5362 “An Act Requiring Public Comment Periods at Public Agency Meetings.” The legislation would create public comment openings at every public agency meeting that is open to the general public.

“This measure would provide greater transparency and opportunities for citizens to participate in their government,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “Public comment is a vital tool for all levels of government and helps agencies

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