State Rep. Melissa Ziobron is Working on 20 Bills This Session

The freshman Republican has a lot on her plate for the 2013 session of the General Assembly.


State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, R-East Haddam, has submitted or is co-sponsoring 20 pieces of legislation for the 2013 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

Ziobron, who is in her first term as a  state legislator representing the 34th District, has filed bills to recognize the Airline Trail in East Hampton and a measure that seeks to force the state to do something about the run-down conditions of Sunrise State Park in East Haddam.

The 2013 session started several weeks ago and runs through May.

Other initiatives Ziobron has introduced or is backing include:

HB 5200 An act that would allow hunting on Sundays on public lands.

HB 5529 This bill would require two-thirds vote of the House for any new municipal mandates.

HB 5530 This measure would allow towns to publish their legal notices on local websites, as opposed to newspapers.

HB 5975 This bill would allow towns to adopt bans on dangerous dogs without focusing on specific breeds.

HB 5378  This bill calls for the creation of a civilian medal honor for acts of bravery or heroism by citizens.

Melissa Hoy Ziobron February 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Hi Eileen, thanks for replying on my bills! Several of them were brought forth by residents and I am proud of all the proposals. Just a clarification on Sunday hunting, my bill is for private land owners. All my other bill proposals can be found here: repziobron.com Thanks so much!
Observor February 19, 2013 at 02:27 PM
There is an error in this article. I read HB5200 and it would allow Sunday hunting on PRIVATE land, not public, which makes considerably more sense as such hunting would only present a problem for trespassers. I would suggest, however, that should the bill actually make it out of commitee it be amended to require that the landowner consent forms that deer and turkey hunters must carry in the field provide a place for the landowner to say "No Sunday hunting." I think that would make the overall concept easier to sell.
Chris Walsh February 19, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I tried to open the PDF of HB5975, there are no details contained. What is the blanket definition of "Dangerous"? ..."without focusing on specific breeds."...Does this address individual 'problem' dogs? Who is setting the parameters and standards? Is this proposed legislation based on legislation that is in force in other states or municipalities? Who is responsible for determination and enforcement? Animal Control or the Police Department? On whom does the Burden of Proof fall? If an unfriendly neighbor has an axe to grind or is bothered by a dog's barking, can that individual make a spurious claim that a dog is dangerous and then is it up to the owner to prove otherwise? If an unsupervised child approaches a strange dog and surprises it by pulling on its ears resulting in a reflexive snap, does that dog automatically earn the title of dangerous? Will cases be adjudicated civilly or in criminal court? I'm sorry, there is too much grey area here and to my mind it is another, albeit small, example of government expansion into personal liberty and a self serving attempt on the part of elected windmill tilters to legislate every little social malaise out of existence. With all due respect Ms. Ziobron; given the times in which we live and the real pressing issues facing our towns, I don't think you'd have to look very far to find , 'meaner dogs to muzzle', more appropriate uses for your service in Hartford on behalf of the citizens of your district.
Observor February 19, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Part of being in the General Assembly is that you have to introduce a certain number of bills that you know will never go anywhere in order to placate some vocal constituents who want to see some action on some (excuse the pun) pet issue. The bill dies with no action and the legislator goes home and says: "I tried, but the Committee Chair refused to schedule a hearing on it. I'll try again next year."
Chris Walsh February 19, 2013 at 03:53 PM
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ― Thomas Jefferson
Observor February 19, 2013 at 05:16 PM
The funny thing is the Democrats now rever the memory of Jefferson.
Chris Walsh February 19, 2013 at 06:39 PM
A quick check of the Connecticut General Statutes reveals that there are already 24, yep, count 'em...twenty four laws on the books which deal with dogs and dog ownership. "If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." -Winston Churchill
Melissa Hoy Ziobron February 19, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Hi Chris and thanks for your question regarding my co-sponsorship of this bill. I was asked to co-sponsor the bill by several people in East Haddam. The reason for the bill is that it would forbid local towns from banning certain dogs (ie Pit Bulls) just because they are Pit Bulls. It does not do anything other than that--nothing more nothing less. Please feel free to call my office if you have additional questions 800-842-1423


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