Posts tagged ‘Rob Sampson’

February 5th, 2013

Town Hall Meeting With Legislators Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien
Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

By Chris O’Brien – Wolcott Whisper State Representative Rob Sampson and State Senator Joe Markley will be holding a Town Hall forum Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30. The meeting is being held one month into this year’s legislative session and one day after Governor Malloy is expected to give his proposal to a two year state budget on Wednesday.Sampson has introduced 30 bills for this legislative session. Many of these deal with criminal penalties for using a gun in certain crimes. He has also tackled many fiscal issues, calling for a state spending cap, ensuring tax refunds can be given with checks instead of debit cards, and repealing the state’s real estate conveyance tax.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

Last year, Gov. Malloy enacted the largest tax increase in state history. Yet, while the tax increase was passed in April, the tax was applied retroactively to January 1st, creating some Cosntitutional problems. Sen. Markley investigated whether or not this practice was legal, and foudn out that it was. Both legislators have introduced a proposal that would prohibit the practice in the future.

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November 5th, 2012

Mazurek Misleads on Breast Cancer

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott, Southington, Prospect and Waterbury residents received pink flyers in their mailboxes today. No, it wasn’t requesting a donation on breast cancer research. Instead, it was a last minute ad from State Senate candidate Corky Mazurek accusing Joe Markley of voting against breast cancer screening and rape crisis center funds.

The problem with the ad though, is that it doesn’t attribute which bill Mazurek is refferring to (general practice requires that citation). A search of the General Assembly’s proposed bills has yielded nothing that validates Mazurek’s claim.

One bill – Senate Bill 97, which requires insurance companies to cover breast cancer density screenings at no additonal cost – passed in both the House and the Senate chambers of the General Assembly. Markley voted for it. In fact, no legislator voted against the bill.

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August 8th, 2012

Risk Reduction Law Increases Risks to Public Safety

by Christopher O'Brien

Rep. Rob Sampson

Crime has been on the forefront of people’s minds and in the news headlines lately due to many violent shootings and deaths in some of Connecticut’s largest cities this summer.

Since the legislative session ended in May, I have been able to meet with many folks in the district and one of the big issues that continues to be brought up is the decision to repeal the death penalty.

Who can forget this past April when Governor Malloy and the majority in the legislature pushed to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty instead of addressing its flaws to make it a workable law? Under the repeal law no one convicted of capital felony murder would be executed prospectively except for those 11 men currently on death row.

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