Now that the 2017 Legislative Session is well under way, I want to share some thoughts with you.
The Speaker of the House has appointed me House Chair of the Environment Committee. I welcome the opportunity to address important environmental issues. I am also serving on the Public Health and Energy & Technology committees.
A top priority this year is legislation that will strengthen Connecticut’s economy. The aim is to encourage small businesses to thrive, add good-paying jobs to the workforce, provide incentive for corporations to move here and expand, whild developing a sustainable and predictable state budget.
I am closely monitoring several local issues, including the UConn Health Center Fire Department, the Farmington High School renovation project, the Route 4 improvement project, and the state budget, to make sure that Farmington’s interests are protected.
Please call me at 860-240-1376 or email me at Mike.Demicco@cga.ct.gov.
I am working on more than a dozen bills this year based on conversations I’ve had with you. For a complete list of bills please visit my website. Below are a few I’ve received the most feedback on:
- Make state services and our community accessible for persons with disabilities
- HB 5515 calls for the installation of accessible ramps, power assist doors, elevators and bathrooms at state facilities.
- HB 5564 would make medical diagnostic equipment accessible to persons with disabilities.
- Make sure our returning veterans have access to the skills they need to rejoin the workforce
- HB 6969 would waive fees for the veterans enrolled at public institutions of higher education in Connecticut.
- HB 6970 would provide outreach and assistance to veterans enrolled at colleges and universities in Connecticut.
- Make sure Connecticut is affordable
- HB 5586 would allow for up to five years a personable income tax credit to residents earning a higher education degree from a college or university in Connecticut or elsewhere and who are employed in Connecticut.
- HB 5587 would exempt Social Security benefits from the personal income tax for beneficiaries age 62 or older.