Dear Neighbors,

There was significant legislation passed during the 2016 session that I was proud to be a part of to help protect and improve the quality of life for Connecticut families.

This was a session dominated by the budget. Although there was no easy solution, we cut $830 million from the budget.  And we did it without tax hikes or fee
increases, without borrowing, and without taking money from the Rainy Day Fund.

Legislation passed this year helped improve public health, increased public safety, and encouraged financial security for all citizens.  

If you have questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please reach out to my office.  Call me at 860-240-8585 or email me at Kelly.Luxenberg@cga.ct.gov.

Sincerely,


Tampon / Baby Diaper Tax

A gender-biased sales tax is being eliminated.  I am very pleased to have sponsored legislation that exempts feminine hygiene products and baby diapers from the state sales tax.  It doesn’t make sense that women were being discriminated against for the biological function of menstruation, and that baby diapers were taxed while adult diapers were not.  I promised my constituents that I would work to end this type of gender and age discrimination and I’m proud to say I got it done.


Faulty Concrete Foundations

Hundreds of homeowners in eastern and north-central Connecticut, including Manchester, have problems with inferior concrete foundations.  It’s believed that the mineral pyrrhotite, an ingredient used to make the concrete, is the cause. Pyrrhotite, which deteriorates over time, has been found in a Willington quarry where the concrete is made.

New legislation will provide homeowners with documentation on the source of concrete used in their home’s foundation:

  • Before a certificate of occupancy (CO) can be issued, the applicant must provide documentation showing the concrete supplier and the installer.  The information must be kept on file by the local building official for at least 50 years.
  • A home with a foundation built with defective concrete may be reassessed at the owner’s request.
  • After completing their investigation, the attorney general and Consumer Protection commissioner must report their findings to the Planning and Development Committee.
  • Homeowners claiming faulty or failing concrete foundations will have their records kept confidential for at least seven years.

Domestic Violence

Women in abusive relationships are 5 times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm. Connecticut is taking great strides in protecting women and children from domestic violence by requiring a person to surrender firearms after being served with a temporary restraining order. Another new law was created to help prevent sexual exploitation and human trafficking.


Standing Up For Veterans

We stand by our veterans. The legislature passed measures that will facilitate veteran employment with a resource network for specialized skills in the Department of Labor and preferences in state contract bidding for veteran-owned small businesses. We also broadened the scope of the law that bars discriminatory practices in our state’s armed forces, and approved a resolution to our nation’s leaders to recognize Blue Water Navy Veterans’ exposure to Agent Orange.


Supporting Our Seniors

Taking care of our older citizens is a priority. We passed legislation to make sure patients are notified of their rights and available services when nursing homes or long-term care facilities close or reduce the number of beds. We also required nursing homes to allow residents being discharged to pick a caregiver to help them with their discharge plan. Other legislation allows for elderly or disabled tenants of state-assisted housing to pay security deposits in installments.


Protecting Our Children

This year the House passed numerous laws to promote children’s health and safety and ensure they receive a high-quality educational experience.

We’re also protecting children’s online privacy at school by:

  • Protecting student data used by web-based companies and consultants that do business with our schools
  • Requiring notification of parents in the case of a data breach
  • Prohibiting companies from using student data for advertising, unless explicitly allowed in their contract

Finally, to help ensure children receive top-quality childcare, we’ve required improved notification to parents when a childcare program is not licensed.