Betts Named Ranking Member of State Legislature’s Public Health Committee


HARTFORD- State Representative Whit Betts (R-77) announced that he has been appointed Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.

As the highest ranking House Republican on the committee, Rep. Betts will work with fellow committee leadership on legislation regarding important public health issues facing Connecticut, including the opioid epidemic, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the disabled, as well as ensuring support for Bristol Hospital.

“Public Health is vital to the well-being of residents, families, and communities each and every day,” said Rep. Betts. “As a fundamental role of government, public health initiatives help to improve and protect communities, allowing people to lead healthy lives. I’d like to thank House Leader Klarides for the honor of being appointed to this position, and I look forward to serving the residents of the 78th district and the people of Connecticut in this capacity.”

The Public Health Committee is one of the joint standing committees of the Connecticut General Assembly. It has cognizance of all programs and matters relating to the Department of Public Health; the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Developmental Services; the Office of Health Care Access; and all other matters relating to health, including emergency medical services, all licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, pure food and drugs, and controlled substances, including the treatment of substance abuse.

In addition to this newly appointed leadership role, Rep. Betts, a House Republican Assistant Leader, also serves on the Higher Education & Employment Advancement and Appropriations Committees in the General Assembly.

The 2018 legislative session will adjourn on May 7.



Public Hearings This Week: Tolls, Marijuana, Casinos, and more…


As the 2018 legislative session enters its second month, the legislature continues to hold public hearings on many issues, including toll proposals, marijuana, and casinos.  Below is a list of some of the public hearing agendas for remainder of this week at the Legislative Office Building.

This is your opportunity to participate in your state government and let your voice be heard! I encourage you to look through the public hearing agendas, and submit written testimony on issues that matter to you! Yoiu may also testify in person.

Click here for a link to the Connecticut General Assembly calendar and bulletin, which provides the full list of all scheduled pubic hearings.

Here are some of the public hearings scheduled for March 12th – March 16th:

Wednesday, March 14th

Click here for Transportation agenda, including various bills regarding toll proposals on all CT major highways, including I-95, I-91, I-84, I-395, I-691, as well as Route 2, Route 6, Route 7, Route 8 and Route 15.
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Education
You can email testimony here:

Click here for Environment
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Judiciary
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Appropriations
You can email testimony here:

Thursday, March 15th

Click here for General Law agenda, including proposal legalizing retail sale of marijuana
You can submit testimony here: gltestimony@cga.ct.cov

Click here for Public Safety & Security agenda, including various gambling and casino bill proposals
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Human Services agenda
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Planning & Development
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Labor & Public Employees
You can submit testimony here:

Friday, March 16th

Click here for Environment
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Finance, Revenue, and Bonding
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Public Health
You can submit testimony here:

Click here for Planning and Development
You can submit testimony here:

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If you are interested in any of these issues, I encourage you to let your voice be heard.

You can email testimony on any of the bills through the email addresses listed above for each committee. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, include the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and please copy my office at on your testimony so I can be aware of your thoughts on these issues.

You can also testify at a hearing. (Click here for a guide to testifying at hearings and here for driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building).

Plymouth Legislators To Host March Coffee Hour


Plymouth – The public is invited to a Coffee Hour event with Plymouth legislators on Friday, March 16 at Eagle’s Nest (163 Main Street, Terryville).

The “Coffee With Your Legislators” event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

It will be hosted by Sen. Henri Martin and Rep. Whit Betts

Residents will have the opportunity to meet their legislators in a relaxed setting and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol, and issues being discussed during the 2018 Legislative Session. Residents may discuss any state or legislative issues or local concerns.

All residents are encouraged to attend. Coffee will be provided.

Those who are unable to attend may contact Betts at 800 842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022 to share their concerns.           



Plymouth Legislators Thank Residents for Food Pantry Donations


Plymouth – State Rep. Whit Betts (R-78) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) thanked residents who donated to the legislators’ February 24 food drive. The event at Adams IGA collected donations of non-perishable food for the Plymouth Community Food Pantry.

“Need knows no season, and I’m so thankful to those who purchased a little extra and donated to help their neighbors in need,” said Rep. Betts.  “The Plymouth Food Pantry helps to support our community throughout the year, providing residents in need with resources and food. I’m proud to support their efforts with this event.”

“It’s wonderful to see so many in our community who support efforts to help our struggling neighbors,” Sen. Martin said. “Anyone can fall on hard times. Sometimes people need a little help until they can get back on their feet.”

February is a high-demand month for the Food Pantry.

Residents unable to attend the food drive and who wish to give a monetary donation may send it to:

Plymouth Food Pantry

20 Dewey Avenue, Terryville, CT 06786

Attached is a list of items in need at the food pantry.

Sen. Martin, Rep. Betts, and Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Tour Bristol Brewery


Bristol – State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) joined Representatives Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) recently on a tour of Firefly Hollow Brewing, Co. in Bristol.

Firefly Hollow Brewing is located on Center Street just over the railroad tracks where they try to provide “an atmosphere and product conducive to creative expression.”

(Pictured L-R): Sen. Henri Martin, Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato, Dana Bourque, Head of Brewery Operations, & Rep. Whit Betts.

Sen. Martin said, “Breweries like Firefly Hollow are the type of new, small business we want to encourage in Connecticut.  It’s wonderful to see these operations up close and hear about the social and economic impact they are having in our communities.”

Firefly Hollow offers an assortment of original brews and maintains an active event schedule. While the facility does not serve food or have traditional wait staff, customers are welcome to bring their own snacks. A local business, Harvest Bakery, provides Firefly Hollow with freshly made pretzels.

Rep. Betts added, “Small local businesses like Firefly Hollow are the engine of our local and state economy. I will continue to support policies which encourage their growth and expansion, and allow businesses like Firefly to be successful and make lasting contributions to their communities.”

Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato said, “I appreciate the time that Dana Bourque took to give us the tour of Firefly, and to share with us, the many things that make Firefly a unique piece of Bristol. It is so important as lawmakers to spend time listening to our small business owners about what they need to be successful, and how we can help at the state level. I will continue to fight against policies which place burdens on our business owners and make it difficult to thrive in Connecticut, and I will encourage my legislative colleagues to do the same.”

Learn more about Firefly Hollow Brewing by visiting their website at

Sen. Martin represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.
Rep. Betts serves the communities of Bristol, Plymouth and Terryville.
Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato serves Bristol.