Kupchick readies ‘Business Advisory Council’ Legislation

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick 132 (R-Fairfield) held a quarterly meeting with her legislative Business Advisory Council asking for their input for possible legislative proposals this coming session which starts on Feb. 3; state Sen. Tony Hwang also joined the group discussion.

Rep. Kupchick, a long time small business owner in Fairfield formed a Business Advisory Council (BAC) in 2011. The group meets at the Fairfield University Downtown Bookstore, is finalizing proposals for the upcoming 2016 Legislative Session. The BAC, which consists of 20 members, collects input from business owners and discusses the challenges of running their specific business in the State of Connecticut. Kupchick welcomes all interested Fairfield business owners to attend the council meetings.

The Business Advisory Council relies on the participation of business owners that meet in the mornings every eight to twelve weeks throughout the year. The idea is this exchange of ideas will give small businesses a voice in Hartford and allows their legislator to share upcoming legislation.

Since Kupchick started the Business Advisory Council in 2011 she has come up with proposals that have turned into legislation and received significant debate at the State Capitol. The 2016 legislative session begins February 3.

Rep. Kupchick said, “The BAC meetings are very helpful for me as a representative.”  

Several of the proposals talked about for possible legislation this session are:

  • Requiring towns to post permit applications on town websites
  • Expediting and streamlining the permitting process by allowing licensed contractors to pull and pay for permits online
  • Increasing apprenticeship opportunities in the state
  • Reduce tax rate applied to Bed and Breakfast establishments
  • Amending the penalties for transmitting an unsolicited fax
  • Requiring employees be employed for a period of thirty days before being eligible to file a claim for unemployment benefits

Kupchick said, “The BAC meetings give me an opportunity to listen to the diverse needs of the Fairfield Business Community and work toward positive solutions. As a small business owner myself, I understand the voluminous regulations that make little sense and cause real hardships on small business owners.”

The Business Advisory Councils mission is to work together to create a more business-friendly environment in Connecticut. For further information on the Business Advisory Council and the meeting schedule contact at [email protected] or 1-800-842-1423.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick 132 (R-Fairfield) held a quarterly meeting with her legislative Business Advisory Council.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick 132 (R-Fairfield) held a quarterly meeting with her legislative Business Advisory Council.

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