Zupkus Votes to Classify Fentanyl as Deadly Narcotic

Posted on May 15, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD -A proposal which would amend the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl, which currently is only listed as a synthetic drug, meaning it carries a lesser sentence was strongly supported by State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus today in the House of Representatives.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which is more addictive and deadly than opioids or heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl depresses central nervous system and respiratory functions and is estimated to be 80 times more potent than morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin.

The legislation, HB-5524, An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl would increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and its derivatives adding them to the same category as heroin.

“Fentanyl dealers should not get off on a lesser sentence based on a misclassification and definition of a lethal drug. We need to lock these Fentanyl dealers and makers up for selling a product that kills people,” said Rep. Zupkus. (more…)

Reps. Zupkus, Fishbein Sponsoring Worn American Flag Collection Drive

Posted on May 10, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) and Craig Fishbein (R-90), in cooperation with American Legion R.A. Storrs Post #92, encourage residents to honorably retire any worn American flags during a flag collection drive.

The collection drive begins on Thursday, May 30th and will run until Thursday, June 13th. A drop-off box is located inside the Cheshire Town Hall, located at 84 Main Street.

Collected flags will be brought to the American Legion Post for dignified disposal during a

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Rep. Zupkus Votes Against Harmful Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on May 9, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) on Wednesday said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by Democrats and voted against an economically harmful proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.

Rep. Zupkus said, “The calls and emails I received from my district were alarming and eye-opening, small business owners raised many concerns about the hike in the minimum wage. This legislation have a chilling effect on hiring, a minimum wage

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State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus Budget Vote Statement

Posted on April 30, 2019 by jdooley


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I regrettably was forced to cast a no vote today on the Appropriations committee budget proposal. Unfortunately this plan is an assault on the taxpayers of Connecticut. This plan will result in a state tax hike of at least $1 billion and spends over a $100 million more than even Gov. Lamont wished to spend in his budget. The budget also plans to shift 25% of teacher pension costs on to local property taxpayers which will ultimately force towns like Bethany, Cheshire and Prospect to raise their mil

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Cheshire State Officials Hold Informative Toll Forum

Posted on April 24, 2019 by jdooley


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CHESHIRE–State Representatives Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) and Craig Fishbein (R-90) invited state Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Henri Martin, ranking members of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, to Cheshire for an informational forum on the toll proposals working their way through the legislature this session.

CHESHIRE- State Rep Craig Fishbein (R-90) along with State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89)

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Zupkus Recognizes Autism Awareness Day at the State Capitol

Posted on April 18, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) joined fellow lawmakers and advocates at a ceremony for Autism Awareness Day at the State Capitol, Wednesday April 17th to promote Autism Awareness throughout Connecticut.

“It is crucial that parents and caregivers continue to be a loud and pro-active voice for their loved ones with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” said Rep. Zupkus.  “Advocacy and raising awareness are key ways to gain access to necessary resources and provide assistance and support to those most

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Rep. Zupkus spends time with Bethany Superintendent

Posted on April 17, 2019 by jdooley


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BETHANY- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) spent time last month interviewing Bethany Superintendent Colleen Murray to commemorate Woman’s History Month in Connecticut.

Listen to Colleen Murray tell her amazing and inspirational story including her educational rise and her family history.

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Bethany Legislators Hold ‘Informative’ Electric Rate Forum with Seniors

Posted on April 5, 2019 by jdooley


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BETHANY- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) and Sen. George Logan (R-17) held an Electric Choice and Rate Forum with the assistance of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) for Bethany seniors at the Bethany Senior Center on April 3.

Both legislators have received constituent calls and emails inquiring about choices for electric suppliers and what the different charges on their electric bill mean.

Rep. Zupkus said, “Navigating the electric market can be confounding, with some companies charging

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Cheshire Officials Award Winner of Student Essay Contest

Posted on April 5, 2019 by jdooley


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CHESHIRE – During a brief presentation Tuesday morning, State Representatives Craig Fishbein (R-90) and Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) were joined by Rep. Liz Linehan and principal Scott Jeffrey to honor Jake Tierney, for his women’s history month essay on activist Anne Stanback and runner-up Mairead Hall for her essay on former Gov. Ella Grasso.

Cheshire legislators presenting Mairead Hall with an official state citation.

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Rep. Zupkus Celebrates the Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Day at the State Capitol

Posted on March 27, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) met with kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, Kyla Henderson (left) and Janele Lawrence (right). Zupkus encouraged Club members to aim high and try to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their wonderful communities. Also pictured (far right) is Karen Senich, of The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury.