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CT State Rep. Carter: Connecticut’s Future Is Just As Reliant On Innovation As It Is On Conservation

State Representative Dan Carter (R-2) encourages taking steps towards protecting Connecticut’s long-withstanding environmental and economic policies, but at the same time advocates for new improvements to bring us successfully into the future.

Report by Paula Antolini
March 4, 2015 10:03AM EDT

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HARTFORD – State Representative Dan Carter (R-2) encourages taking steps towards protecting Connecticut’s long-withstanding environmental and economic policies, but at the same time advocates for new improvements to bring us successfully into the future.

Legislative committee officials are considering three bills proposed by Rep. Carter that address the issues of innovation and conservation in regards to public health, the environment and the economy.

First, to encourage research, development and support of the bioscience industry in Connecticut, Rep. Carter is pushing for bill H.B. 5978.

“Last month I toured the Farmington facilities of Jackson Laboratory, a company that conducts bio-scientific genomic and cancer research,” said Rep. Carter. “As an inspiring and innovative institution, Jackson Labs exemplifies Connecticut’s unique opportunity to become a leader in bioscience. My intention is to discover a mechanism to grant successful bioscience companies, such as pharmaceuticals, tax credits that will help them to flourish.”

The bill now sits with the Commerce Committee, which handles all matters relating to economic and community development.

Another Carter bill that would support bioscience research and industry is H.B. 5780: a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in Connecticut.

“Hemp, often mistaken for a controlled substance, is actually quite valuable for business,” said Rep. Carter. “Hemp is a versatile plant whose oil can be used for health-benefiting supplements including Vitamin E, essential fatty acids like Omega 3, and more digestible protein than any other protein rich food. It can also be used in a wide array of products, such as clothing. As a fibrous rotational crop, it is more efficient and sustainable than cotton.”

The General Law Committee will decide the next step of this bill.

Lastly, H.B. 5948 strives to find a way to convert waste products to potential sources of state revenue.

“My goal for this bill, if passed, would be to work with the Department of Transportation to create a process by which surplus wood produced from tree-cutting along roadways is sold instead of chipped,” said Rep. Carter. “As of now, it goes all to sawdust, and from there, it seemingly disappears. This is a waste of time and money. If we can conserve this wood more effectively, we can save, and benefit from, a resource we are currently throwing away.”

Further discussion on this proposal will be carried out by the Transportation Committee.

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ABOUT DAN CARTER

Dan Carter is proudly serving his third two-year term as State Representative for the 2nd General Assembly District covering Bethel, Danbury, Newtown and Redding. Rep. Carter is the Ranking Member (Republican Leader) on the legislature’s General Law Committee, and member of the Education and Finance, Revenue & Bonding committees.

Rep. Carter has proudly joined his fellow legislators in the House and Senate to support bi-partisan legislation aimed at giving small businesses the assistance they need to grow and create jobs. He has also been very active in the fight against overspending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth.

In addition to making job creation and opposition to tax increases a priority during his tenure, Rep. Carter has fought for a variety of other initiatives. He lead the effort in supporting the “Learn Here, Live Here” proposal which allows recent graduates of public institutions of higher education and vocational-technical high schools to set aside a portion of their state income tax liability to be used in a future down payment on their first home. He has also led the efforts to help families across the state through reforms in the Family Court system.

Additionally, he led the effort to block a proposal allowing sex offenders and other violent criminals to earn credits towards early release for good behavior – a program that he continues to monitor closely and oppose.

Rep. Carter makes staying in touch with his community a priority and on several occasions has hosted a variety of in-district forums on the state budget and healthcare for seniors. He welcomes an open dialogue with constituents about everything from job creation to veterans’ affairs. He continues to keep in touch with the needs of his constituents by conducting regular office hours.

Before being elected to the General Assembly, Rep. Carter grew up in a strong community-oriented, middle class family as the son of a police officer and a nurse. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at Bowling Green University and earned a Master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

While in college, Carter joined the U.S. Air Force ROTC program – a move that eventually saw him become a C-130 “Hercules” pilot. Rep. Carter served proudly in Saudi Arabia in support of operation Desert Storm, and he also served two tours in Bosnia with NATO. Additionally, he participated in missions supporting this country’s drug interdiction program in Central America. His military dedication earned him the Meritorious Service Medal.

Rep. Carter is now an honored member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and also volunteers his time on behalf of the Air Force to mentor students interested in pursuing military careers.

Rep. Carter is a proud father of two. Rep. Carter is a proud father of two.

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