State Rep. Brenda Kupchick, R-132, is asking Fairfield business owners for their input on new state legislation.

Business owners with ideas for new laws can share them at a meeting of Kupchick's Business Advisory Council on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road.

The 13-member council is finalizing proposals for the 2014 legislative session, Kupchick said in a news release, and any Fairfield business owner may attend the meeting. The group has been collecting input from business owners about the challenges of doing business in the state.

Business owners who have ideas for legislation, but cannot attend Thursday meeting may email them to Kupchick at

"We cannot forget that local business owners are the state's chief job-creators," Kupchick said in the release, and anything the state can do to improve the relationship with the business community and lessen the burdens on employers would welcomed by all."

Kupchick formed the advisory council in 2011, and it meets quarterly.

Some of its ideas last year became proposed legislation. Kupchick said they received "significant debate," although none was enacted into law. Among them, she said she plans to propose bills again this year that would:

Allow funeral homes to serve coffee and other nonalcoholic beverages to their patrons.

Require workers to have been employed for at least 30 days before qualifying for unemployment benefits.

Have the state Department of Labor designate an "Employer's Bill of Rights."