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International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on August 31, 2021


Each year on August 31st the world recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day aimed to raise awareness of drug and alcohol overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

International Overdose Awareness Day represents an opportunity to mobilize and educate people and become more proactive in addiction prevention in homes, relationships and the communities we live in.

The effects of Covid has led to a rise in overdose deaths the last year and a half to the with 1,378 confirmed drug overdose

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Zupkus, Sampson Hold Constituent Forum

Posted on August 18, 2021


PROSPECT – State Senator Rob Sampson (R-16) and State Representative Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) hosted a constituent forum at the Prospect Town Hall to discuss state issues and the 2021 legislative session which concluded this past June.

The legislators fielded questions for almost two hours at the heavily attended forum. Out–of-control state spending and an ever-growing state budget were among topics tackled.

Subjects also discussed included Connecticut’s Covid response and vaccination rates, the dismantling

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Rep. Zupkus Urges Parents Use “Sales Tax Free Week” for Back to School Shopping

Posted on August 4, 2021


HARTFORD—As the start of the next school year approaches State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus today urged parents to take advantage of “sales tax free week” beginning Aug. 15.

The one-week exemption period that ends Aug. 21 eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

“Tax Free Week” was first enacted in 2000 and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases that are intended for everyday use. Goods not covered under the program include items

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State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus: New App for Recycling Questions

Posted on July 30, 2021


The nonprofit RecycleCT is launching a new app (downloadable from the App Store and Google Play) that will allow users to type in an item to find out if it can be placed in the recycling bin or not. Often, entire truckloads of recycling may be rejected because they are mixed with non-recyclables, making it extremely difficult to sort at the facilities. This useful tool will help residents and municipalities determine what will be accepted, hence cutting down on waste. It will also save money towns

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RESCHEDULED: Prospect Town Hall will be Held August 16th

Posted on July 26, 2021


The Prospect Town Hall Meeting with myself and State Sen. Rob Sampson scheduled for Thursday, July 29th has been rescheduled for Monday, August 16th at 6:30pm at the Prospect Town Hall. Please bring any questions or concerns regarding the 2021 Legislative Session.

State Reps. Zupkus, Fishbein, State Sen. Sampson Hold Successful Town Hall Meeting

Posted on July 20, 2021


CHESHIRE –State Representatives Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) and Craig Fishbein (R-90), and State Senator Rob Sampson (R-16) last week joined more than three dozen concerned constituents for a Town Hall Meeting and conversation at the Cheshire Town Hall.

The Thursday night event was held after regular work hours to allow as many constituents as possible to attend and discuss important issues from the recently ended 2021 regular and special sessions of the legislature.  The nearly two-hour discussion covered

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House Republicans Launch Petition Process on Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on July 7, 2021


HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday kickstarted the call for immediate legislative action on the juvenile crime crisis that has gripped communities throughout the state, officially launching a petition effort to bring all state lawmakers into session to implement reforms.

“This crisis has gone too long without meaningful intervention from the legislature, generating not just more citizen concern but dire outcomes for defenseless victims,” said House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, who is

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Acts Effective July 1 and Major Public Acts

Posted on July 1, 2021


The Office of Legislative Research has put together two useful resources that outline legislation taking  July 1 and Major Public Acts that have passed in 2021.

Legislation effective today includes:

  • An Act Concerning Solid Waste Management
  • An Act Concerning Incentives For Qualified Data Centers To Locate In The State
  • The Authorization Of Self-Pour Automated Systems For Certain Alcoholic Liquor
  • An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting From Employees Working Remotely During Covid-19
  • An

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Rep. Zupkus and Mayor Bob Honor Bob LaBonne, Jr.

Posted on June 24, 2021


Wednesday, June 23rd State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus and Mayor Bob Chatfield of Prospect honored Bob LaBonne, Jr. of Morris, owner of LaBonne’s Markets. He was commended for his incredible efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 this past year at LaBonne’s Market in Prospect.

The legislative citation, signed by Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter reads:

“In honor of  your commitment and selfless dedication to Labonne’s Markets.

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Rep. Zupkus to Host Coffee Hour with Sen. Sampson and Sen. Fishbein in Cheshire

Posted on June 18, 2021


Please come see us in Cheshire on June 25th to discuss the 2021 legislative session!