Bills Proposed by State Sen. Linares and State Rep. Vicino

Read on to see what State Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook) and State Rep. Tom Vicino (D-Clinton) have been working on since they took office.


See below for a list of proposed bills introduced by Clinton's two local legislators.

You can click on the highlighted bill number for more information on the bill such as a detailed description of its purpose, its history, where it is in the process, who else helped introduce it, and who co-sponsored it.

These four bills have been introduced by State Representative Tom Vicino (D-Clinton) since he took office in January of 2013:

  1. An act authorizing bonds for capital projects at Middlesex Community College: HB05618
  2. An act banning smoking on beaches: HB05840
  3. An act concerning the taxation of generic cigarettes: HB05886
  4. An act concerning inspections for motor vehicles with over 100,000 miles: HB06021

These bills have been introduced by State Senator Art Linares (R-Westbrook) since he took office in January of 2013:

  1. An act concerning the criminal penalty for causing the death of another with a motor vehicle: SB00142
  2. An act concerning paid sick leave and its effects on state businesses: SB00179
  3. An act concerning an exemption from the business entity tax for small employers: SB00214
  4. An act concerning penalties for crimes involving the abuse of a minor child: SB00219
  5. An act concerning the construction and funding of the New Britain-Hartford busway: SB00265
  6. An act establishing a task force to study tourism on the Connecticut shoreline: SB00531
  7. An act allowing Learn Here, Live Here funds to be applied to the creation of a new business: SB00532
  8. An act establishing a tax credit for businesses that provide scholarships to students in manufacturing training programs: SB00536
  9. An act repealing the fees for fishing licenses in the state: SB00544
  10. An act establishing a task force to study shoreline preservation: SB00549
  11. An act concerning a tax exemption for small businesses that hire new employees: SB00566
  12. An act concerning the 2011 tax increases: SB00665
  13. An act concerning a study of the citizens' election program: SB00667
  14. An act concerning an income tax credit for first-time home buyers: SB00674
  15. An act establishing a task force to study special number plates for veterans: SB00785
  16. An act concerning the manufacturing reinvestment account: SB00787
  17. An act eliminating the earned risk reduction credit program: SB00788
  18. An act eliminating the earned risk reduction credit program for violent criminals: SB00789
  19. An act increasing the penalty for threatening with respect to a school: SB00791
Art Kuever February 18, 2013 at 03:31 PM
My biggest issue of these propositions is number 2. - banning smoking on beaches, by Tom Vicino. I am not, nor have ever been, a smoker. My parents both smoked, I have had no ill effects from being in the car, house, or outside next to heavy smokers. I am not saying that second hand smoke does not cause illness but I do find it a little hard to believe that someone smoking on a beach is going to cause any harm to people nearby. Except for the littering potential, which we already have laws for, do we need to spend time on this in government? There are already laws preventing smoking in restaurants, work places, government buildings, and maybe even cars with minors in them, if not on this one I would agree that maybe this should be taken up, where else can these people smoke? I realize that the ultimate goal is to stop smoking all together, if successful, the lawmakers are going to have to come up with a new vice to tax. A lot of funds are raised on the backs of people that smoke. For those who have an issue with the smoker on the beach, move to another part of the beach or up wind from the smoker. We have many beaches to visit, stop wasting time on just getting a name on a bill and propose changes that are meaningful.
Steve Bristol February 18, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Vicino's HB 06021, the 100K vehicle inspection act, sounds more like an automotive service company owner enrichment act. Wink, wink. Nod, nod. Beyond that, I don't think I've ever taken any car of mine in for service where a general safety inspection isn't offered. Most will check on their own anyway as part of good customer service. Why have to kick in more for the State Legislature to spend? Steve
Fran M. February 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Art-- my first reaction to the "beach/smoking" act was the same as yours. I don't smoke, but parents did (for my entire childhood). However, I think the littering aspect would be more of the concern for me. To me, second-hand smoke concerns in the beach is a bit far fetched. But I'd guess 5-7 out of 10 beach smokers leave their butts in the sand. "The world is their ashtray". I grew up in RI, where they regularly perform safety inspections of vehicles, but didn't used to do emissions testing (now they do). When I came to CT, I found it ironic that the state cared about emissions levels, but not whether the vehicle was safe to drive. A curent RI 2-yr inspection+emissions test is $40 (not that bad). I find the actual proposed bill information on the CT gov site to be rather skimpy in detail! How about a paragraph explaining *why* people are proposing such things?!? How about specifying what the proposed cost to consumers would be?? http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/H/2013HB-06021-R00-HB.htm Hey-- at least our local reps aren't proposing the polka as the state dance, right? ;)
Fran M. February 18, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Mr. Linares has been a busy little bee, hasn't he? ;)
Steve Bristol February 18, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Fran...I have found Art Linares to be very highly motivated, engaged and unbelievably available to his constituents. Sign up for his e-mail contact list at: http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-linares/ Steve
Alyson Roberts February 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM
The bill regarding the banning of smoking on beaches stems from the overwhelming number of cigarette butts littering our beaches. Walk along Clinton Beach or any other beach one day or participate in a coastal cleanup day and you will find so so many cigarette butts.
VIN CIMINO February 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I agree that representative linares has really stepped up and introduced an impressive number of important new bills. I also agree that, while never a smoker, outlawing smoking outdoors at a public beach would be an unnecessary intrusion of government on personal freedom. There are already littering laws on the books. If discarded butts is the concern, increase the fine for littering. I was sales manager for a very large Toyota dealership. I saw every make and model vehicle come in on trade and I can tell you that not all brands are created equal. Again, there are laws on the books. This bill is also poorly thought out and would represent just another expense for residents of the most highly taxed state in the country.
Fran M. February 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Vin-- Re: your last paragraph, which bill are you referring to? If it's HB06021, I'm not sure I follow your point? If brands aren't created equal, why does that mean inspections aren't a good idea after 100K miles? In regards to being "poorly thought out", are you able to see at all what our state reps are even thinking, in regards to this bill?? I can't-- there's no detailed explanation for practically any bill on cga.ct.gov...
Fran M. February 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Thanks Clemson...I did just that. Re: car inspections, sorry, but I highly doubt that service stations do a good job of inspecting important safety features of a car. Should all cars have working turn signals? windshield wipers? brake lights? Does the emergency brake work? I wouldn't have a major problem with such a law. However, I sure would like to see a more thorough explanation of the motivations, and anticipated consumer costs. Does Mr. Linares have new/old friends in the automotive repair business? Maybe. Since there's no explanation for the basis for these proposals, we're free to speculate, right?
Jeff Cashman February 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Im in the understanding that about 4.00 of the 8.00 for a pack of smokes is tax.50 percent tax. will they be taxing the pot next. Yes, smokers, please act like adults and put your butts in a good spot. kids don't like to uncover them in the sand. Smoking has been around for along time and I'm sure will be still. Small buckets with sand is the answer to that. No matter how I feel as a ten year quiter,I still am not offended at the beach. Your there to relax and that is what the smoking does. Just keep it clean. We are a nation of rights, not one of the lack of them... I will always tell the good story of how I quit... Were did the money go that was to deter smoking? That was a built in tax fee to each pack. Opps they for got that we still know that. the state needs this huge revenue .
Steve Bristol February 19, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Fran No...the bill is MR. VICINO'S and he is owner of a local auto body/general auto repair shop. I've seen concern expressed by some here on Patch that one of his business employees was his campaign manager and also hired as clerk for the Clinton Economic Development Committee. Further, while I may have enough confidence in local shops for occasional minor service and general safety inspections, I prefer to use my dealer--who does a great job catching problems without doing things that aren't really necessary. Think about it, though, some of those local shops would probably be utilized by the State as they are for emissions tests. Steve
VIN CIMINO February 19, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Yes, Fran, it's HB06021. Years ago, few vehicles' drivetrains made it to 100k miles in good shape. Since the life expectancy of automobiles was shorter, necessary repairs were often ignored or done by the owner himself. Today's automobiles are built much, much better. Many reach 250-300k miles in great shape. Repair and mantenance is usually done by licensed mechanics, primarily at the dealerships to preserve warranties. Years ago, vehicles that reached 100k miles probably should have required inspection. Not today. You see the long lines at DMV offices now. The state has limited resources to handle DMV issues. In fact, many DMV offices were closed this past year, further exasperating the situation. Think about all the automobiles today that surpass 100k miles. If this bill passed, lines at DMV offices would double. This is a terrible, unnecessary bill that we can't afford. By the way, this bill is NOT being proposed byRepresentative Linares. It is being proposed by Representative Vicino, who does in fact own an automotive repair shop in Westbrook.
VIN CIMINO February 19, 2013 at 05:35 PM
And yes, Fran, we're certainly free to speculate.
Steve Bristol February 19, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Jeff Good for you for quitting. I've never smoked and I despise it; in part because my parents both smoked....but I strongly oppose a bill to outlaw smoking in an open environment. As Mr. Cimino stated, there are already littering laws in place. Mr. Vicino has promoted himself as a "conservative Democrat." To me, at least three of the four proposed bills are the work of anything but that. They encompass further erosion of individual rights (and likely dictated fines) regarding a legal activity, a taxation issue, and something that would certainly add state fees (speculate for yourself on the other). State Rep. Vicino will do exactly as he's told; we learned that from his stint on the BoS. There is only one way to change things here in CT--vote the scoundrels out. In this town and this state, that's much more easily said than done. Just look at the incredible amount of work State Sen. Linares had to put into his campaign to pull out a close plurality that was likely helped by the Schlag candidacy. We just have to make sure we find out all that we can and hold their feet to the fire, both during and after elections. Patch posting the bills proposed by our locally elected State (small r) representatives. Steve
Steve Bristol February 19, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Sorry..the incomplete last sentence was my fault, not Patch's. It should have finished "...representatives will greatly aid in this process." Steve
MrsSmithWatchingWashington February 19, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Is there any proof that cars with over 100,000 miles are more dangerous? I have an old car with about 150,000 miles on it and it runs very well. I don't consider it a danger to anyone out there or a danger to drive.
Art Kuever February 19, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Isn't there a law already on the books for littering? why not enforce that law instead of makiing a very specific law banning smoking and going through this process? I worked at a state beach so I know first hand what is on the beach and in the parking lots and it is not all cigarette butts. Just enforce the law that is in place.
Phil Sengle February 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM
With HB 06021 (Inspections on cars over 100K miles) I hope Mr Vicino isn't just trying to bring more work to his garage. We have enough government B. S. to deal with. I would rather have Tom solve the state budget deficit.
Bruce Farmer February 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Senator Art Linares is working on the issues that he said he would address during the campaign. Representative Tom Vicino said he would follow in the footsteps of Jim Crawford if he was elected. In my opinion he is NOT off to a good start.
joan February 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM
why does everyone pick on smoking. I'm not a smoker, although I was for many years. In my opinion, more people die from drunk driving then from smoking. I know too many people, both real young and old who have never smoked, that have had some kind of cancer they we're never smokers, and there's no way you can convince me that it was from smoking or from cigerette smoke. The reason no one does anything about drunk drivers, is because there are too many people in politics or the big shots who run our towns that are nothing but drunks. Just look at all the judges that have been picked up for drunk driving. These people are the ones that should hold up the laws and yet, they're the first ones to break them, because they think that they"re all above the law. Start doing more about the drinking if they want to save lives.
Laurie Santos February 23, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I complement "Patch" for listing the bills introduced or co-introduced by our new State Rep and State Senator. It is also helpful to have links to the bill itself which has been done. This is a good way for citizens to know what our legislators are up to!. Laurie
VIN CIMINO February 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM
19 important bills introduced by a freshman State Senator! Good work. I'm pleased to see many of those bills are aimed at improving our state economy. It's encouraging to see a new face in Hartford tackling important issues. Thank you, State Senator Linares, for addressing preservation of the shoreline and I really hope you're successful in eliminating the fishing license fees. Who was the genius that came up with that one in the first place? What's next, a tax on baking pies? Our state government has gotten way out of hand; too big, too expensive and too intrusive in our lives. We don't need bigger government and more taxes. We need smaller government and common sense. And, we need more people in Hartford like State Senator Linares.
Donna Whalen February 25, 2013 at 01:30 AM
PLEASE no acts concerning inspections for cars over 100,000 miles. These days that is not a lot of miles for a car and some of us struggle financially as it is. I personally don't need another debt.
Ed Annino February 27, 2013 at 02:42 PM
I agree Donna. The bottom line would be more revenue for the State. Gee, what else is new. People who would fail would then, most likely, have to put $$ into their vehicles to pass or buy new ones. Either way the State gets money.


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