State Rep. Fred Wilms, a Republican, represents District 142.
This week we started voting on proposed bills on the House floor. We will be debating and voting for the next 3.5 weeks until our Session adjourns on May 9th. While these are still early days, I am pleased to report on three bills that I co-sponsored, which cleared the House this past week.
Two of these bills will help Norwalk & New Canaan manage their municipal budgets better, while the third will assist those living with Autism.
- H.B. 5167 permits municipalities to increase the carryover amount of a Board of Education budget surplus from one fiscal year to the next. The amount that could be carried over increases from 1% to 2% of the total school budget. Without this provision, school systems would be incentivized to wastefully spend surplus funds at the end of their fiscal year. No one benefits from this. The carryover allows surpluses to be spent on an orderly basis the next year, plus it provides relief to taxpayers since taxes would not have to be raised by that amount.
- H.B. 5184 allows Norwalk and New Canaan to amend their budget adoption dates and make them more in line with the State budget process. Given the State’s fiscal crisis, towns have had to adopt their budgets ahead of time, not certain of their total State aid. This bill reduces that uncertainty.
- H.B. 5255 makes the Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council permanent. This group advises the Department of Social Services on policies and programs for people with the disorder. Current law provides for the termination of this Council. Based on its good work and the real challenges some families face around Autism, extending this Council’s mission makes total sense.
As the Session progresses, I will provide further updates on important bills as they make their way through the Legislature. In the meantime, please contact me if you have any questions relating to state government at State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142)[email protected] or (800) 842-1423.