Welcome!

I have lived my whole life in the 34th District. My childhood years were spent in East Hampton on Tartia Road and I moved to Moodus in 1986. Three years later, I graduated from Nathan Hale-Ray High School and have called this area home ever since. I pledge to work hard for my community - every day. It is truly an honor to be your Representative in the 34th District and your voice in the State Capitol. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support!

I am proud of my service to this district. I have attained a 100% voting record two years in a row and in 2013 obtained a 96% rating from a well known environmental group. I continue to call for decreased government spending, relief to business owners and support for local education decision making.

Have questions? Call me directly at (860) 615-9885 or the Hartford office at (800) 842-1423. You can also contact me through my 2014 re-election campaign website www.melissaziobron.com or my official state website www.repziobron.com.

Follow me on my daily journey as I give you an inside look into our district, various community events and local business news. You can find those social media links below to the right.


10/30/2014

Visit My Website!

Hi Everyone!!

This will be one of my last posts on this site. I will be posting to my website's blog consistently going forward. Please visit: www.melissaziobron.com for updated info.

10/14/2014

Bridge Open? On 10/15 Yes!

It has been a LONG spring and summer. The bridge closure on Rte. 82 affected thousands of folks--from neighbors, businesses, area residents, and tourists. But we will all be sharing in a collective sigh, tomorrow night (October 15th) around 5pm when the bridge detour is removed. Not only is this AHEAD of schedule but it is also coming in under budget.

Please be patient as they are still finishing up some site work. The area will be one lane during daytime hours and per contract they will be completely off site by November 15th. Also, you will notice the road is wider at points--please obey the speed limit and drive accordingly.

Thank you to everyone who has worked on the project. A special thank you to DOT staff for sharing updated information with me, so that I could keep my constituents updated through out the project. John Dunn and John DiBiagio have done an amazing job and I want to personally thank them, their staff and ETL Company for their hard work. I may owe John DiBiagio a cup of coffee--so I better deliver that in person before 5pm tomorrow!

Here are some photos from our last open house, held last week.








10/03/2014

October Newsletter



Contact me...
Feel free to contact my office with any question, concern or state-related issue where I can help.
 
BY MAIL:
State Rep. Melissa Ziobron
Room 4200
Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106
 
BY PHONE OR FAX
(800) 842-1423 (Toll Free)
 
 
 
          
 
LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1st  2014
 
With the start of October comes new laws that may directly affect you, your business or your community.
An entire list of these laws can be found by clicking here.
 
Here are a few highlights:
 
An Act Concerning Guardians Ad Litem (GAL) and Attorneys For Minor Children in Family Relations Matters, which puts into effect new requirements and Superior court procedures regarding the appointment of guardians ad litem and counsels for minor children (CMC) in family relations and other matters. The act provides a list of factors for GALs and CMCs to consider in determining the best interest of the child and establishes new compensation requirements.
An Act Concerning Long-Term Care Insurance Premium Rate Increases, which requires long-term care (LTC) insurance providers to disperse premium rate increases of at least 20% over a time period of at least three years. It requires LTC carriers to notify individual policyholders and group certificate holders of any rate increase and provide the opportunity to reduce benefits in order to reduce the rate.
An Act Concerning Stolen Valor, Veterans' Service Officers and Technical Corrections to the Definition of Veteran, which addresses the crime of falsely portraying oneself as the owner of a military medal to deceitfully acquire money, property or other tangible benefits. The penalty for such is a fine ranging between $500 to $1,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment.

An Act Concerning the Termination of "Robo" Calls, increases the maximum fine, from $500 to $1,000, for transmitting unsolicited recorded business, commercial, or advertising messages to in-state customers through telephone message devices that do not immediately disconnect when the consumer hangs up. These messages are often referred to as "robocalls".
An Act Prohibiting Unsolicited Commercial Text Messages and Increasing Penalties for Violations of the Do Not Call Registry, broadens the scope of the laws regulating telemarketers. It generally prohibits telephone solicitors from making unsolicited sales calls, including sending texts and media messages, to consumers on the state “Do Not Call” registry unless they receive a consumer's prior express written consent. The act also prohibits solicitors from making or causing to be made unsolicited, automatically dialed, recorded telephonic sales calls without prior express written consent. These messages are often referred to as “robocalls.”

The act also increases the maximum fine for each solicitor's registry violation from $11,000 to $20,000.

An Act Concerning the Assessment of Horses and Ponies and Farm Machinery and theTransfer of Land Classified As Farm Land, Open Space Land, Forest Land and Marine Heritage Land, changes to the “490 program,” in which eligible farm, forest, open space, and maritime heritage land is assessed for property tax purposes based on its current use, rather than its full market value. The act also allows municipalities to exempt all horses and ponies from local property taxes, regardless of their use, expands the mandatory property tax exemption for farm machinery, and extends the application deadline for property tax exemptions for farm machinery, horses, and buildings for farmers granted an extension to submit their personal property tax declarations.

 
TELEPHONE SCAMS
 
I would like to issue a warning concerning a number of financial scam calls and emails that have been received by residents in our district. The calls and emails, which come in a variety of different forms, purport to be from the Treasury Office of Legal Affairs, Internal Revenue Service or from the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury.
 
Other scams and the one which I received recently, was from an individual falsely representing the Internal Revenue Service and demanding payment or information. These scams claim that if you provide the sender with your payment or information such as your bank account number, you will receive a large sum of money. Similarly, emails promising a sum of money and claiming to be from the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury are false. If you get an email like this, you should just delete it and if you receive a questionable phone call, hang up.
 
We have to remember the old saying, if something is too good to be true it probably is. This holds especially true here. I wanted to share my experience and make sure everyone was aware of these scams; in order to protect yourselves and your savings.
 
 
Additional information concerning related scams is available by clicking here.
 
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
 
On Thursday, October 9, I will be hosting an event to provide you all with an opportunity to see first-hand the progress being made on the Route 82 bridge construction project.
 
Parking will be available at either the: Town Offices, Post Office or St. Stephens; where we can then take a short walk down the hill towards the bridge construction. I will be accompanied by a Department of Transportation representative to answer questions from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
This event will be canceled if it rains.
 
In the event that you would like to attend but cannot make it, feel free to contact my office at: 1-800-842-1423 or by email Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov.

Please share this information with those who may be interested.
 
Sincerely,