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The CT House of Representatives votes on tolls on Wednesday!
Please watch and share my remarks on the State Senate floor in favor of legislation to require Holocaust and genocide education in Connecticut high schools starting in the 2018-2019 school year. The bill passed unanimously and now awaits a vote in the House of Representatives.
Please watch and share my latest Capitol update and send me your comments at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov – thank you!
Sen. Hwang: Legislation will protect CT seniors and homeowners
Sen. Tony Hwang applauded the state senate’s Apr. 24 unanimous passage of an important proposal to protect and inform Connecticut seniors and homeowners on Reverse Mortgages.
Senate Bill 150 – An Act Providing for Protections for Consumers Applying for Reverse Mortgages – prevents Connecticut banks from originating a reverse mortgage unless the bank has:
- informed the applicant of the HUD counseling requirement
- the applicant has attended the counseling session
- the counseling session was conducted in person.
“Many of us have heard horror stories about people – friends, neighbors – thrown out of their house due to a reverse mortgage,” Sen. Hwang said. “I sponsored this bill in order to better protect Connecticut homeowners and vulnerable residents that may be persuaded by sophisticated sales and marketing of complicated mortgage finance contracts, and this bill should do just that. I was also encouraged to see that the banking and credit union industry has advised on this legislation. We will help protect people in our state on financial decisions impacting their homes.”
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives.
*Sen. Hwang, who is Co-Chair of the state legislature’s Housing Committee and Vice-Chair of the Aging Committee, represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport. On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com. He can be reached at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and at 800-842-1421.
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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.