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 and have 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.

4/24/2014

Bill Reviews 4/24...

SB 446 AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT GRANT AND PREVENTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM.
Under the bill, DEEP may make grants to a municipality for up to:
- 1. 75% of the cost of conducting an aquatic invasive species diagnostic feasibility study related to    reducing an aquatic invasive species population in a state lake or
- 2. 50% of the cost of conducting a restoration project in a state lake by controlling and managing an aquatic invasive species population that exists in the lake as of July 1, 2014. The amendment from the Senate does not allow the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to employ  fulltime additional staff to provide prevention, education and rapid response efforts associated with the Aquatic Invasive Species program. However, it does allow for additional seasonal staff to be placed at boatlaunches around the state. Therefore, the amendment reduces the potential cost by $156,339 in FY 15 and $161,029 in FY 16, including fringe benefits, to hire ten seasonal staff persons for this purpose. While this bill does not fund permanent staffing and the rapid response team needed, it is a first step in the right direction. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and hope that it makes it way to the Governor's office.


Here is the bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=446&which_year=2014

Here is the new fiscal note with Senate A: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/FN/2014SB-00446-R000392-FN.htm


HB 5222 AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF FUNDING AND SUPPORT FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED CARE FOR ELDERLY PERSONS AND PERSONS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.
The bill requires the Commission on Aging to conduct a study and issue a recommendation report by January 1, 2015 regarding funding and resources available to provide home and community-based care to elderly persons and those with Alzheimer's disease. The commission has previously completed similar studies and has the staff with the expertise to do so; therefore this will not result in a fiscal impact. I believe that with our growing senior population this is an important issue and we must understand where are resources are in order to provide beneficial and timely information to our citizens and their families who care for them. I co-sponsored this bill today.

Here is the bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5222&which_year=2014

 
HB 5370 AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING CERTAIN FISCAL AND RESOURCE-RELATED MATTERS PERTAINING TO STATE PARKS.
Under the bill, 50% of revenue from state park operations, other than from special event rentals, must be deposited into the MRI (maitenace, repair, improvement) account. This includes cabin rental revenue. The bill also requires an unspecified portion of cabin rental revenue to be deposited into the MRI subaccounts for the state parks where the cabins are located. I had introduced a similar bill, HB 5119  (http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5119&which_year=2014which would have put aside 100%. This is a good start to fund ongoing much overdue repairs and maitenance to our State Parks all over Connecticut. As such, I was an early co-sponsor and testified in support of this bill earlier this year. I hope it makes its way through both chambers this year.

Here is the bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5370&which_year=2014

(Rep. Ziobron testifying in support of HB 5370, 3/4/14)

4/22/2014

Week of 4/22 Bill Updates...

HB 5521 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE AND ADMINISTRATION OF EPINEPHRINE AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
This is an important issue in our schools and this morning I voted to support it as a member of the Appropriations Committee. There are a few concerns that I have regarding instituting another unfunded mandate on towns. However, the epipens are being provided at no cost from the manufacturer for each school until 2015. I asked the committee this morning if there was added cost for instruction to school staff to administer the shot and was assured that there would not be. While I support the public health reasons for this bill, I am also relieved to know that we will not be adding additional costs to our local school districts.

Here is the actual bill language link:
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5521&which_year=2014

Here is the synopsis of the bill:
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/BA/2014HB-05521-R000473-BA.htm

HB 5487 AN ACT PROVIDING IMMUNITY TO A PERSON WHO ADMINISTERS AN OPIOID ANTAGONIST TO ANOTHER PERSON EXPERIENCING AN OPIOID-RELATED DRUG OVERDOSE.
This bill provides civil and criminal immunity for someone who (1) is not a licensed health care professional and (2) administers an opioid antagonist (such as Narcan) to someone the person believes in good faith is experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose. For the immunity to apply, the person must act with reasonable care.

Existing law allows licensed health care practitioners authorized to prescribe an opioid antagonist, if acting with reasonable care, to prescribe, dispense, or administer it to treat or prevent a drug overdose without being civilly or criminally liable for such action or for its subsequent use. Thus, these practitioners can prescribe opioid antagonists to people who are not their patients, such as family members, for them to assist a person experiencing a drug overdose.

Under existing law and the bill, an “opioid antagonist” is defined as naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan) or any other similarly acting and equally safe drug that the Food and Drug Administration has approved for treating a drug overdose.

Here is the link to the bill:
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5487&which_year=2014


HB 5308 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FRACKING WASTE AND FRACKING BY-PRODUCTS.
This bill establishes a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing waste in Connecticut until the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) commissioner adopts regulations to control it as a hazardous waste. The moratorium includes (1) the disposal, sale, manufacture, distribution of such wastes and products derived from or containing these wastes; (2) their storage, treatment, transfer from one vehicle or mode of transportation to another; or (3) their discharge into or from a pollution abatement facility. Currently, there is no ban on these activities.

Here is a link to the bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5308&which_year=2014


I will do my best to update you on other bills of concern on my blog. Remember, the "GO  LIST" which is our agenda for the floor of the House Chamber is posted everyday. Here is the link for the page and you will find the list in the lower middle section. http://www.cga.ct.gov/



 
Here I am reading bills on the floor of the House Chamber, last week.




 
 

4/11/2014

Re-Election Underway!

I am proud to say that 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. It has been such an honor to represent the people I grew up with and those who have made this area their home! I have worked hard for our community - every day. I take my job as your voice in the State Capitol seriously and cannot thank you enough for your continued support!

I am proud of my dedication to this district, attaining a 100% voting record and have a 96% rating from a well-known environmental group. I continue to call for decreased government spending and relief for business owners from fees and red tape. I have been effective in advocating for our State Park system, securing dollars for local education and keeping my election promises of 2012.

Since announcing my re-election plans, so many of you have asked how you can help. That has meant more to me than you will ever know. We are now in the home stretch for fundraising and once again, have broad support from all three towns with folks from all different backgrounds. I would be grateful to add your name to my list of supporters. Please visit www.melissaziobron.com where you can download, print and mail the 2014 contribution form. You can also sign up to volunteer during the campaign this summer.

Once session adjourns May 7th the re-election campaign begins in earnest. Please follow along the journey on Twitter and Instagram @melissaziobron or Facebook @cthouse34. I also maintain my own blog where all of these links are available www.melissaziobron.blogpsot.com


Best Regards,
Melissa Ziobron