Rep. Zawistowski Bill to Increase Penalties on Used Cooking Oil Theft Passes House of Representatives

Posted on May 31, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – On Thursday evening, May 30th, the House of Representatives passed legislation proposed by State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) to increase penalties for the theft of used cooking oil and animal fats.

“This issue was first brought to my attention by a constituent who operates a cooking oil recycling business,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “Many people don’t realize that cooking oil is a valuable commodity; last year his company recorded nearly 2000 known or suspected thefts. Current penalties are not sufficient to deter these thefts. There is also an environmental aspect since these thieves often dump the oil if they believe they have been detected.”

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Rep. Zawistowski Hosts Successful Brochure Swap

Posted on May 29, 2019 by admin


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WINDSOR LOCKS – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) hosted a “Brochure Swap” with the Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Central Regional Tourism District on Friday morning on May 24th at the New England Air Museum.

“As a member of the Legislature’s Tourism Caucus, I have focused on growing awareness of the attractions and business in our area of the state,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “I glad we had participation from attractions such as Old Newgate and the Trolley Museum as well as restaurants and retailers.”

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CT Open House Day, June 8th

Posted on May 29, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

June 8th is Connecticut Open House Day, an all-day event across the state for Connecticut’s museums, attractions and historic sites. Now in its 15th year, over 200 attractions will be participating by offering visitors free or discounted admissions.

Make sure to check out the website to see a town by town directory of events. Below are the listings in our area:

East Granby 

Study to Consider Elimination of Energy Demand Fees for Houses of Worship Passes House

Posted on May 28, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) today applauded passage of legislation that charges the chairperson of the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to study creating new energy rate classes for certain properties with tax exempt status.

The study, based on a proposal originally introduced and championed by Rep. Zawistowski to exempt churches and houses of worship from energy demand fees, will consider the impact of such new rate classes and report to the General Assembly before February, 2020.

“PURA should consider the impact that these demand fees have on not-for-profit facilities that are treated as commercial entities,” Rep. Zawistowski said. “This is a fairness issue. Houses of worship throughout our state are being charged for gas they do not actually use.”

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Rep. Zawistowski Bill to Increase Tax Abatement for Volunteer First Responders Passes House of Representatives

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – On Wednesday May 22nd, legislation introduced by State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61), HB 5125 ‘An Act Increasing the Property Tax Abatement for Certain First Responders’ was unanimously passed the House of Representatives.

The proposal would allow towns to increase the property tax abatement available to volunteer firefighters and other first responders at a level higher than the current $1,000. Under the legislation the abatement would be scheduled to increase to $1,500 in 2020 and to $2,000 in 2022. This will be optional for towns and would enable them to both attract and do a little more for our dedicated volunteers.

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House Passes Rep. Zawistowski’s Legislation to Expand Training for First Responders for Incidents Involving Individuals with Autism

Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) lauded the passage of legislation to expand training opportunities for Fire/EMS and first responders for incidents involving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other nonverbal learning disorders.

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Reps. Zawistowski and Ackert Honor Principal of the Year at the Capitol

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Tim Ackert (R-8) honored Suffield resident and Coventry High School Principal Joseph Blake who was awarded Connecticut Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools.

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Rally Against Tolls – THIS SATURDAY 5/18

Posted on May 15, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last month, Democratic members of the Transportation Committee voted in favor of three-toll related proposals. Final passage of these bills (by the House and Senate) would begin the process of placing electronic toll gantries on our highways. The Governor’s proposal involves up to 50 gantries on I-84, I-91, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, other proposals would allow tolls to be expanded to any other limited access highway, making us one of the most heavily tolled states in the country.

We are asking you to spread the word and reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who doesn’t agree with the governor and majority party that tolls are the answer to our transportation related issues.

On Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be a Rally Against Tolls on the North Lawn of the State Capitol.

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North Central Tourism Brochure Swap – May 24th

Posted on May 13, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As a member of the Legislature’s Tourism Caucus, I have focused on growing awareness of the attractions and business in our area of the state. To further that goal I will be hosting a Brochure Swap in conjunction with the New England Air Museum, the Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Central Regional Tourism District.

Brochure Swap Day

Friday, May 24th

8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

New England Air Museum

36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Restaurants, small retailers, historical attractions, wineries and breweries, antique shops, craft stores, Chambers of Commerce and any other tourism-related business/attractions are encouraged to attend! The idea of the Brochure Swap is cross-promotion – tourism attractions and tourism related businesses will have an opportunity to bring their promotional materials to New England Air Museum and have them picked up by other attractions/businesses in the surrounding area.

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Rep. Zawistowski Votes Against Controversial Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on May 9, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD—State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) on Wednesday evening said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by Democrats, and voted against a controversial proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.

“I am concerned about the impact a nearly 50 percent mandated minimum wage increase will have on our fragile economy,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “We have lost residents and thousands of jobs this year and it’s estimated we won’t recover all of the jobs lost in the 2008 recession until 2021. Behind the statistics about our economy are real people, our residents have lost opportunities due to bad state policies.”

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