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A freshman lawmaker is unopposed in his bid for a second term.  Monroe state Representative JP Sredzinski will be entering his second term in January for the 112th District, which also includes Newtown. He had three goals for his first term: to improve the economy, to make Connecticut more business friendly, and improve the overall quality of life of Connecticut residents. He says those continue to be his goal for the new term.

Sredzinski had a perfect voting record in the 2016 session. He serves on the Public Safety Committee, Commerce Committee and Internship Committee. He was a legislative intern while in college, and called that work important to him.

Sredzinski says a lot of the stress has been taken out of campaigning, but he made a promise to residents on both sides of the aisle and unaffiliated voters. He wants them to know that he's accessible so he continues to knock on doors to talk with constituents. Sredzinski was a Councilman in Monroe prior to being elected to the legislature. He says a lot of people have told him they like the job he is doing in Hartford for the district. He credits a strong outreach program for that feedback.

Sredzinski says he looks forward to getting back to work with a full slate of issues to take on.

He most recently fought against rail fare increases. He stood with commuters saying they don't have an alternative for getting to work so they are forced to go along with whatever the DOT imposes on them. He wants the DOT to reprioritize the agency's budget so that commuters don't have to shoulder yet another fee increase.

Sredzinski co-sponsored a bill recently signed into law by Governor Malloy. The bill includes provisions to increase protections for victims of human trafficking, while also imposing stronger penalties against perpetrators. He also co-sponsored legislation to address Connecticut's opioid addiction epidemic. The bill requires municipalities to train and equip first responders on how to administer naloxone, an overdose reversing drug. The bill limits the opioid prescriptions to a 7-day supply.

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