State Representative Tim LeGeyt participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony in Canton for the opening of a stretch of the Farmington River Trail. This commemorated the completion of the final construction of a three-phase project on a former rail line along the Farmington River from Unionville through Canton. In attendance were Governor Dannel Malloy, State Senator Kevin Witkos, State Representative Tim LeGeyt and Canton First Selectman Richard Barlow. Governor Malloy cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the newly constructed trail.
HARTFORD – Undermining the notion that Connecticut is, “Open for Business,’’ 73,000 companies will be receiving bills totaling $30 million to cover interest costs on the $800 million the state borrowed from the federal government to provide unemployment checks to laid off workers.
“On top of all the other bills that state government has sent to employers across Connecticut add this one: the interest on money borrowed from the federal government to support unemployed workers,’’ House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., said today. “This is one more surcharge that companies have to bear.’’ Read More→
HARTFORD — Backed by an enthusiastic crowd of high school students who descended on the Capitol this morning, two Republican state representatives are urging Gov. Dannel Malloy to reconsider his controversial proposal to cut funding for sports programs at state vocational technical schools. Students from several schools took a break from their summer vacations to attend the grassroots rally, organized through Facebook by Windham Technical School Student Ryan Huslart. “We’re here, we matter, and we deserve a well-rounded education,” said Huslart, who kicked off the event by describing the Read More→
HARTFORD — State Rep. Tony Hwang presented a citation recently to Ambassador Andrew Kao of the Republic of China in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of democracy in Taiwan. The event in the State Capitol was attended by numerous special guests, many of whom spoke about the important economic relationship between Taiwan and Connecticut.
Legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Tony Hwang (R-134) has co- which would require health insurance providers to cover bone marrow testing has now passed the State House of Representatives. Hwang, who shepherded the measure through the Appropriations Committee last month, said the bill will save money and save lives.
Under the bill, a policy may limit coverage to one covered test in a person’s lifetime and cannot impose a coinsurance, copayment, deductible, or other out-of-pocket expense for the testing that exceeds 20% of the cost for testing per year, unless it is a high-deductible policy designed to be compatible with federally qualified health savings accounts.
The bill also requires a policy to require bone marrow testing at a facility certified under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act and accredited by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. It limits coverage to people who sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program when being tested. Read More→
Giuliano Congratulates Old Saybrook
Girl Scouts of America Silver Award Winners
Representative Marilyn Giuliano, state representative for Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook, congratulated six Old Saybrook Girl Scouts of America “Silver Award” winners on Tuesday evening, July 26 at a ceremony in the Old Saybrook Town Hall. The award winners were:
“The personal qualities that have enabled these young ladies to meet this goal will serve them well in their future endeavors. This achievement not only made our community a better place, but shows their commitment to higher values of service and helping the community around them. Congratulations to you ladies, once again, on this lifetime achievement!” said Representative Giuliano as she addressed the award winners during the program.
The Silver Award is the second highest honor available in the Girl Scouts of America. It was an honor to be part of this special ceremony. For these ladies, the Silver Award was a two year process. The first year focused on their “Journey” project and the second year was their “Take Action” project.
A troop leader explained that in order to meet the criteria to earn the Silver Award, the project had to identify a problem or need in the community, conduct extensive background research, address the root of the problem or need and it must be sustainable. It was explained, for example, that if hunger was an identified problem in the community a project could not simply be hosting a food drive but rather to research the cause and address the roots of what is causing the hunger to be present in the community.
Each recipient had to log at least fifty hours of community service and most of the young women served well over the required amount.
Each recipient received a Silver Award pin for their Girl Scout vests/sashes, a Silver Award necklace medallion and a state citation of recognition for their achievement from Representative Giuliano.
Connecticut Challenge Day at the Capitol in Hartford took place in June, sponsored by State Representative Tony Hwang of Fairfield and Senatior Eric Coleman, to make legislators aware of the issues cancer survivors face and the role of the CT Challenge, as the sole organization in the state devoted exclusively to to helping cancer survivors, in creating and funding programs to help cancer survivors throughout Connecticut.
Flanked by Rep. Tony Hwand and Sen. Eric Coleman, CT Challenge Founder Jeff Keith Spoke about the CT Challenge mission to empower cancer survivors, followed by Bob Mazzone, Executive Director of the CT Challenge, who announced the Annual CT Challenge Bike Ride.
“This ride is so unique and inspiring and I am very proud to once again assist with this great cause,” said Rep. Hwang. “Nearly everyone knows someone who is battling cancer or has battled cancer. This event is about supporting the ones we love and helping them through the trials and traumas that go along with fighting and beating cancer.” Read More→
2011 Legislative Session Recap
How to Access the Office of Legislative Research Reports
This year, the regular 2011 Legislative Session ended June 8th. You probably have questions like, “What did the state government do this year?” “How will the new laws affect me?” and “How do I find out about them?”
This information is available from the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research, which compiles both general and specific summaries of acts passed by the legislature each year. Here is a listing of some of the various reports, by subject area, which are available to you free of charge:
Office of Legislative Research (OLR) 2011 Acts Affecting
Veterans and the Military
If these reports are a bit too detailed for you, or if you’re looking for a general overview of the session, perhaps the OLR’s “Major Acts” will be preferable. Each year, OLR puts together a summary of the major pieces of legislation passed by the General Assembly.
If you would like a printed copy of any of these reports, email me (email@example.com) or contact my Hartford office (860) 240-8700 and I will see to it that you receive a copy. Alternatively, you can receive any of the specific reports immediately by going to http://cga.ct.gov/olr/ and clicking on the “Acts Affecting” link at the bottom of the page. To see the “Major Acts” report, go to http://cga.ct.gov/olr/ and click on the “Major Acts” report link at the bottom right.
As always you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), stop and see me during my office hours at the library, take my online survey, or speak up if you see me around town. I’d really like to hear from you.