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Brookfield Rep. Harding Champions Bills On Housing, DMV Fees, Opioid Abuse

State Rep. Stephen Harding
State Rep. Stephen Harding Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- State Rep. Stephen Harding (R-Brookfield) is working to push through bills to help veterans, affordable housing and opioid addicts.

Bill H.B. 5355 would waive the $30 fee for anyone who indicates his or her status as a veteran on a reissued motor vehicle operator’s license or identity card.

“The current fee is unnecessary and insensitive to men and women who have risked their lives to defend our country,” Harding wrote to the committee.

Other legislation, An Act Concerning the Affordable Housing Land Use and Appeals Procedure, reduces the instances an affordable housing developer can appeal a municipality’s rejection of an affordable housing project and expands the types of housing that allow a municipality to qualify for an affordable housing moratorium.

“While I support the bill and the concept of reforming 8-30g, I respectfully request this committee to take into consideration the proposals I have made regarding this law as I feel it does not go nearly far enough to restrict the exceeding overreach which 8-30g allows developers,” he said.

Both bills were passed out of committee as joint favorable and referred to the Offices of Legislative Research and Fiscal Analysis. They now await consideration by the House and Senate.

Another bill that received testimony from Harding was S.B. 353, An Act Concerning Opioid Abuse. The bill will add members to the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council and specify requirements for the council's statewide plan, among other changes.

“This bill is of personal significance to me and those throughout my district,” Harding said.

The bill awaits consideration on the House Floor.

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