Building A Good Economic Climate

December 23, 2015

By State Representative David Baram

Improving the business climate in Connecticut will benefit not just companies but the state and its residents as well. My belief in that led me to join a small group of legislators who met earlier this year to discuss ways to improve the state’s business climate.

Our discussions led to the creation of a permanent commission that will allow us to focus on policies that will continue to attract businesses to our state, and to encourage them to grow and expand here.

We must keep in mind that Connecticut has a unique labor force that is willing to contribute to the success of our businesses. Employees want to work, earn a fair wage and provide for their families. Likewise we must recognize that business is the engine that provides jobs. That is why we must create comprehensive strategies to attract and keep businesses in Connecticut.

Listening to the business community is vitally important as we try to balance the state budget in a fair way that addresses the needs of businesses and residents.

Helping Business And Consumers

Getting legislation passed that mutually benefits business and consumers is not an easy task, but this year we were able to pass such a bill that benefits both groups.

As House chairman of the General Law Committee, I am happy to report that I was able to negotiate legislation that authorizes pharmacy businesses to refill a prescription for a drug, other than a controlled drug, in an amount greater than the initial quantity prescribed by the practitioner if certain conditions are met. The following are the conditions:

  1. refill is made after the initial prescription is dispensed and does not exceed (a) a 90-day supply and (b) the total quantity authorized by the practitioner;
  2. practitioner does not indicate that the initial or refill quantity cannot be changed;
  3. pharmacist informs the practitioner of the refill at the earliest reasonable time, but no later than 48 hours after the refill; and
  4. patient's health insurance policy or health benefit plan, if any, will cover the refill quantity at no additional coinsurance, deductible, or other out-of-pocket expense from the patient.

By law, controlled drugs are generally those (1) with a depressant, stimulant, or hallucinogenic effect upon the higher functions of the central nervous system and (2) that tend to promote abuse or dependence.