State Rep. Ziobron: Legislative session is off and running

By State Rep. Melissa Ziobron - 34th District
Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton - posted Mon., Feb. 10, 2014
State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R) represents the 34th District, which includes Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The “short” session began last week, and I have been working hard to get ready for the challenges before me. East Hampton Town Manager Mike Maniscalco and East Haddam Selectman Ernie Malavasi were supposed to be my guests, but the snow delayed the opening of session by several hours.

Things have been busy leading up to this week. I have been in contact with the Department of Labor regarding their huge violation of public trust. Many of you contacted me regarding your 1099 forms and are unsatisfied with their offer of two-year identity theft coverage. In fact, I brought this situation immediately to the leadership of my caucus and we will be pursuing a public hearing to understand how your sensitive information could have been shared with complete strangers. Stay tuned.

I am up to date with the issues regarding KX 911 communications and have met with all stakeholders. Recently, I completed meeting with all area town leaders to discuss legislative priorities. We also held our second Accident Mitigation Meeting recently in East Hampton. Area legislative leaders have been great in sharing ideas for bipartisan action, including possible legislation regarding the consolidation efforts of Troop K in Colchester. I will be moving ahead with legislation on this front. I have also submitted letters to legislative chairmen and ranking members to consider a number of initiatives including proposals to slow down Common Core, recognize the national importance of the Airline Trail, and a proposal to allow municipalities to expand heavily-used sidewalks, instead of building sidewalks to nowhere.

Last week I completed training and have been certified as a Mental Health First Aid responder. I learned a lot about mental health issues and have been working on opportunities to bring this to our school districts. Please visit my website or my blog for additional updated information.

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