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Is Mike McLachlan looking out for the public's best interest?

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Time: 12:51 PM

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Our idiotic state senator is at it again...and he trying to screw the residents of the 4th ward in the process.

Currently at the General Assembly, there's
a bill on the agenda that will establish a regional fire school in Danbury (HB 5489, LCO 8438). This proposal has strong bi-partisan support from state lawmakers including the Greater Danbury delegation and should be a no-brainer for passage before the end of the legislative session (which ends tomorrow at midnight).

At least the bill was a no-brainer until Mike McLachlan got involved...

Here's the portion of the proposal that our state senator disagrees with (highlighted in bold)...
Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2011) (a) The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in consultation with the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control and the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, shall approve the establishment of any regional fire school. Any municipality seeking to establish a regional fire school shall hold a public hearing in the municipality where the regional fire school is proposed to be established and, after the public hearing, submit an application to the commissioner. Not later than sixty days after such application, the commissioner, in consultation with the commission and the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, shall approve or deny the application.

In layman's terms, if a municipality seeks to have a regional fire school, they MUST hold a public hearing where the residents who are effected by the school can have a chance to offer their input about the matter.

Sounds reasonable right? Well, not for McLachlan...

Our incompetent state senator wants to add the following outrageous amendment to the bill.
"Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2011) (a) The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in consultation with the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control and the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, shall approve the establishment of any regional fire school. Any municipality seeking to establish a regional fire school shall submit an application to the commissioner. Not later than sixty days after such application, the commissioner, in consultation with the commission and the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, shall approve or deny the application. "

In other words, McLachlan doesn't want the public to have any input into the matter.

According to several Democratic and Republican sources at the Capitol who are extremely upset with McLachlan, apparently Jason Page's least favorite politician wants Danbury to get a regional fire school on Plumtrees Road but doesn't think the public, particularly residents the city's 4th ward, should be able to provide any input.

It's bad enough that McLachlan has embarassed the resdients of Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman with his "birther bill", blurring the lines between church and state, introducing far-right extremist and homophobic legislation proposals, and wasting time with childish op-ed pieces, now he wants to block the public from having a say in matters that directly effects their neighborhood.

I'm ashamed that McLachlan is my state senator...in fact, we should ALL be ashamed with McLachlan's actions as it's obvious that he's not representing the interest of the people in his district.

UPDATE: Yesterday, I had a chance to interview 4th ward City Councilman Tom Saadi and get his take on McLachlan's amendment.


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