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Hwang & Kupchick: Bill to Protect Law Enforcement K-9s Advances

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Sen. Tony Hwang & Rep. Brenda Kupchick:

Senate Bill 241 to Protect Law Enforcement K-9s Advances

 Sen. Tony Hwang on Apr. 2 voted in favor of measure, SB 241, that he introduced to better protect law enforcement canines in the line of duty. The bill was passed overwhelmingly by the legislature’s Judiciary Committee and now awaits a vote in the State Senate.

 

“Intentionally injuring or killing a law enforcement dog in the line of duty is unacceptable, especially given the invaluable role and contributions toward public safety and their essential partnership with human police officers,” Sen. Hwang said.  “This legislation sends a message that such dangerous and fatal attacks on police and search and rescue canines will not be tolerated in Connecticut and will be punished to the highest level under law.”

Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) said, “We must remember that law enforcement and search and rescue dogs put their lives on the line every day for state residents, just like our law enforcement officers and rescue personnel do. These animals are engaged in serious and often dangerous operations from the apprehension of criminal suspects, detection of illegal drugs and bombs, or that can result in injuries or death.  This bill sends a strong message to anyone who commits attacks on our beloved police canines that they’ll face harsh criminal penalties. Let’s protect man’s best friend and our canine law enforcement crime fighters.”

 

Currently, the federal Enforcement Animal Protection Act punishes those who assault, maim or kill a federal law enforcement animal with a minimum $1,000 fine or potentially 10 years imprisonment.

 

SB 241 would increase the penalty for intentionally injuring or killing a police or search-and-rescue animal from a Class D felony to a Class C felony. Those convictions could have a mandatory one year up to a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

 

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Sen. Hwang statement regarding arrest of Ray Neuberger

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Sen. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) today issued the following statement regarding the arrest of former Representative Town Meeting member and former candidate for state representative Ray Neuberger on animal cruelty charges.

“It’s sad. It is sickening. No animal should ever be abused, and as a community we must condemn it. If the allegations are true, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and he should get professional help. This tragic story shines a spotlight on the need for us as lawmakers and citizens to continue to press for legal reforms which toughen penalties for animal abusers and raise awareness and education in our community.

“I will continue to be a staunch advocate for animal rights and animal protection policies and will never tolerate any form of animal abuse. I have recently co-sponsored legislation to establish a statewide animal abuse registry as well as a measure to better protect law enforcement canines in the line of duty. I will continue support the efforts of my colleague Rep. Brenda Kupchick, who is recognized as a perennial leader at the State Capitol when it comes to championing animal protection measures.”​

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Sen. Hwang Gets Head Shaved to Support Pediatric Cancer Research

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Sen. Hwang Gets Head Shaved to Support Pediatric Cancer Research

Sen. Tony Hwang (left) gives a ‘thumbs up’ sign to supporters on Mar. 16 after getting his head shaved to raise money for pediatric cancer research at the annual St. Baldrick’s “Team Teddy” event held at Osborn Hill School (OHS) in Fairfield.

Originally organized by the local Cub Scouts, this event took on special significance when OHS third grader Teddy Gerber was diagnosed with sarcoma in November 2009. Pack leader Tim Kery offered to hold the 2010 event in Teddy’s honor, resulting in an incredible show of community support.  Teddy, who had lost his hair from chemotherapy, was surrounded by newly-bald friends and family who looked just like him. Teddy’s cancer was rare and aggressive and did not respond to available treatments.  He passed away in August 2010 at the age of nine. Since then, the annual Team Teddy event has raised more than $940,000.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation (www.stbaldricks.com)  is the world’s largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. It has raised over $230 million since 2000. Donations raised through St. Baldrick’s fundraisers like Team Teddy support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as every child. In Connecticut, St. Baldrick’s has funded research grants at both Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital, as well as provided stipends for Fellows and funding for Infrastructure at both locations.

Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport. On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com.  He can be reached atTony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and at 800-842-1421.

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Sen. Hwang Co-Sponsoring Measures to Ban Bump Stocks, Ghost Guns

Sen. Tony Hwang today announced that he is co-sponsoring legislative proposals in the Connecticut General Assembly to ban bump stocks and ghost guns.

 

Bump stocks are after-market products that can be attached to a semiautomatic gun to make it essentially a fully automatic gun, which is illegal in Connecticut.

 

Ghost guns are partially completed weapons that do not meet the federal definition of a firearm and can be sold without background checks to anyone.

 

The legislature’s Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 23 on a variety of bills, including:

 

  • H.B. No. 5540: AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS.   (www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/h/2018HB-05540-R00-HB.htm)
  • H.B. No. 5542: AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM.   (www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/h/2018HB-05542-R00-HB.htm)

 

Those who wish to submit public testimony on the bills can send an email to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov.

 

Sen. Hwang also expressed support for S.B. No. 18: AN ACT BANNING RATE OF FIRE ENHANCEMENTS.   (www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/s/2018SB-00018-R00-SB.htm)

 

Bill 18 states that possession and sale of rate-of-fire enhancements, including bump stocks, binary trigger systems and trigger cranks will result in a Class D felony. Permit holders who possess rate-of-fire enhancements prior to July 1, 2020, will receive an infraction and be fined $90 for their first offense, and shall be charged with a Class D felony for any subsequent offense.  The proposed legislation defines a “rate of fire enhancement” as any device, component, part, combination of parts, attachment, or accessory that uses energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated operation of the trigger, including but not limited to bump stocks.

 

“There is no single solution that will put an end to the national epidemic of gun violence,” Sen. Hwang said.  “Banning bump stocks and ghost guns in Connecticut will represent a step forward.  I feel these measures will receive bipartisan support.  At the same time, I continue to stress that a balanced approach to addressing this epidemic requires that more attention be paid to mental health issues.  I will continue to find ways to lead the community conversation on these vitally important public policy areas.  We should never stop striving to make our communities safer.”

Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport. On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com.  He can be reached atTony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and at 800-842-1421.

 

 

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The Coalition Against Casino Expansion Speaks Out

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The Coalition Against Casino Expansion Speaks Out

I was proud to join with Former CT Congressman Robert Steele today to testify at the Public Safety and Security Committee public hearing on gambling expansion.

We noted that:

  1. The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut consists of 14 diverse faith-based, civic and other non-profit groups with over 1 million members across CT.
  2. The Coalition strongly opposes the opening of another casino in Connecticut, whether in East Windsor or Bridgeport, and supports a comprehensive social and economic impact study of gambling in Connecticut, to be conducted by independent experts with no financial ties to the gambling industry.
  3. The casinos’ studies largely ignore the heavy social and economic costs of casino gambling.
  4. Gambling addiction more than doubles within 10 miles of a casino and leads to a host of economic and social problems, including debt, bankruptcies, broken families, and crime.
  5. While the Coalition keenly recognizes Connecticut’s serious economic challenges, we do not believe that encouraging more Connecticut residents to lose their money gambling will improve the economy or the quality of life in our state. 

I thank and commend former Congressman Steele on his advocacy.

Please visit www.nomorecasinosinct.org

Send me your thoughts and comments at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov – thank you!

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