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News from State Senator Cathy Osten
     

September 7, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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On the Web
www.SenatorOsten.cga.ct.gov

Phone
Capitol: 860-240-0579
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420


Fighting for Our Parks

ParksAs Senate chair of the legislature's Sportsmen's Caucus, and as Sprague's first selectwoman, I am continuing my efforts to determine what remedies may exist in order to reopen the three state parks that were closed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this summer--including Salt Rock in Baltic.

Recreation and nature are extremely important in our area, and we are lucky to have Salt Rock. It is an invaluable resource for those who live here, and is a place that many families from Connecticut and beyond choose as a place to vacation, which is good for our local businesses.

I am continuing to meet with officials at DEEP and am committed to finding a way that our local gem can continue to operate in the future, whether that responsibility stays with the state or is transferred to the Town of Sprague. I am also working to continue to support other important resources like our fishing and pheasant programs.

Our caucus is meeting again soon, and I will keep you updated on our progress.

"Berry Good, Locally Grown"

berry farm
Please excuse the pun, but "berry good, locally grown" is a very accurate description of Grant's Berry Patch and Farm Stand in Lisbon!

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Chris Grant and his wife Michelle who own and operate this fabulous local agribusiness, and take a tour of their farm.

Grant's Berry Patch started with just one acre and has grown to 15 acres over the years, with Chris expanding his selection from strawberries to all types of vegetables including corn, pumpkins, tomatoes and more.

I have been visiting local agribusinesses to highlight the importance of agriculture in our local community, and to let you know that there are options for getting the freshest food possible while supporting local businesses.

Running a business like this one is the quintessential American Dream, for those who want to work hard and make a living while feeding the community.

I encourage you to stop by Grant's Berry Patch and Farm Stand at 188 Mell Road in Lisbon and meet the family that works so hard to grow our food!

Strengthening CT's Human Trafficking Law

I was proud to attend the ceremonial bill signing for Public Act 16-71, An Act Concerning Human Trafficking, which builds on a 2006 law that made human trafficking a felony in Connecticut.

The legislation we passed this year makes a number of changes, including requiring hotel, motel, inn and similar lodging operators to maintain a system to keep records of all guest transactions and receipts for at least six months and ensure that their employees receive training on human trafficking when they are hired and provide ongoing awareness campaigns. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, it is known that these types of lodging facilities are often used by traffickers to carry out their crimes.

The original law we had on the books did not go far enough in addressing the perpetrators of human trafficking, and in many ways, put the burden of this horrific crime on victims, who were subject to arrest for so-called prostitution. I am proud to have supported these changes to the law so that we can better reach victims, and prosecute those who are doing the trafficking--or supporting it by paying for sex with victims. Those victims, many of whom are children, have no say in what happens to them.

We must do more to stop this crime by cutting off demand, and ensuring that those who work in places like motels where this type of crime often takes place know what signs to look for and can call in law enforcement to intervene. We all must work together to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended and the victims receive the help that they need.
 

 

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