Rep. Dauphinais Reacts to Malloy’s Plan to Bond $10M for Tolls Study

Posted on July 19, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – Tuesday night, Governor Malloy announced he will be imposing his power of executive order to request the Department of Transportation conduct a $10 million dollar feasibility study for the purpose of implementing electronic tolls.

In his statement, Gov. Malloy said “During this past legislative session, we heard time and again from legislators that they wished for more information regarding electronic tolling, including specific recommendations with respect to its possible implementation.”

“Governor Malloy’s decision to implement his power of executive order in order to bypass the legislature and the voices of Connecticut’s residents is exactly why this state is a fiscal mess,” Rep. Dauphinais said. “This past session House and Senate Democrats brought forth various toll related proposals but never received enough support to be called to the floor for a discussion or vote. This is a bullying tactic used by Gov. Malloy to push through his agenda, irresponsibly borrowing more money and adding to our debt in Connecticut.”

According to the Governor’s executive order, DOT will conduct the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment for possible electronic tolling on I-95, I-91, I-84, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and any other limited access highways as determined by the DOT Commissioner, which includes potential toll monitoring and specifies proposed toll charges;
  • Explore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents while ensuring out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share;
  • Explore plans that could reduce motor vehicle fuel taxes; and
  • Study the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.

The Special State Bonding Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, July 25th to approve funding requests submitted by Governor Malloy. As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items are included in this meeting.

Rep. Dauphinais U.S. Flag Collection Benefits Active Duty Military and Veterans

Posted on July 13, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44) in conjunction with local VFW’s and American Legion, has recently concluded her first collection of worn, tattered, torn, or otherwise unusable U.S. Flags for retirement.

“I want to thank the VFW’s, American Legion, and Killingly Town Hall for their participation in this collection and for everyone who donated their unusable flag so it could be retired properly,” Rep. Dauphinais said. “These flags represent our great country, and as Americans we are extremely careful with how we dispose of them in order to ensure they are receiving the dignified retirement that they truly deserve.”

Collection boxes were placed at the VFW Post 4908 in Dayville, VFW Post 2650 in Danielson, VFW Post 5446 in Plainfield, American Legion Post 91 in Moosup, and Killingly Town Hall in order to allow residents an opportunity to drop off any flag whose condition was no longer serviceable. Approximately 75 flags were donated between the five collection locations.

Many of the flags with embroidered starts will be donated to AT&T Veterans Connecticut / New England chapter, a 501c3 charitable organization that through volunteer efforts carefully remove the stars during a STAR PARTY for a STARS For Our Troops project.

After their removal, individual stars are packaged with the quote “I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten.” According to Daniel P. McSparran, President Connecticut/New England Chapter, their organization locally distributes packages of 50 and approximately 700 individual stars per month to active duty military and veterans.


Rep. Dauphinais prepares to transport one of the five boxes of U.S. Flags collected during the event to be donated to groups like the AT&T Veterans Organization.

Rep. Dauphinais Achieves 100% Voting Record

Posted on July 11, 2018 by jpheasant


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State Legislator Makes Every Vote of the 2018 Regular Session

HARTFORD – For the second consecutive year, State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44) has earned a one hundred percent voting record for all roll call votes taken on the floor of the House of Representatives for 2018.

Each year, the House Clerk’s Office releases the data on members’ votes during the Regular Session. Achieving perfect attendance is quite difficult, with only 20% of legislators able to do so in any given year.

“During the year, many unexpected things like personal illness, job requirements, or a family emergency can arise that would prevent you from being present 100% of the time. I was fortunate to not have experienced the types of things that would have prevented me from casting each and every vote,” Rep. Dauphinais said.

Rep. Dauphinais represents the towns of Killingly and Plainfield in the General Assembly. She is also a member of the legislature’s Children, Human Services, and Public Safety and Security Committees.

“It is a honor and privilege to serve the community in which I was brought up in and now live,” Rep. Dauphinais said. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to represent and serve our district.”

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

The next regular session of the legislature will convene in January, 2019.

Rep. Dauphinais Discouraged Democrats Back Malloy’s Vetoes

Posted on June 28, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44) and her legislative colleagues were called back into session this week for to override one of the seven bills vetoed by Governor Malloy this year.

Bills to expand school safety for teachers and students, prohibit the governor from making cuts or reductions to educational cost sharing grants, and the Hartford bailout were some of the legislation lawmakers had expected to override.

PA 18-140, An Act Establishing the State Oversight Council on Children and Families, HB-5171, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Recessions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year, and PA 18-157, An Act Concerning State Contract Assistance Provided to Certain Municipalities, were all bills Rep. Dauphinais thought would have gotten some override consideration.

“I am extremely disappointed in many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle for the lack of action taken during this veto session,” Rep. Dauphinais said. “Despite these bills receiving favorable votes during the regular session, both House and Senate Democrats instead chose not to protect educational funding for our students, provide oversight to DCF to help improve services, or adjust the $500 plus million dollar bailout Governor Malloy has agreed to give the failing city of Hartford.”

The four other bills vetoed by the governor include:
• Public Act 18-18, An Act Extending the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Tax Credit to Pass-Through Entities.
• Public Act 18-89, An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior
• Public Act 18-156, An Act Concerning an Animal Abuse Registry
• Public Act 18-119, An Act Concerning Election Day Registration Locations

Despite all of the bills receiving a more than favorable vote in both chambers, none that had been previously vetoed by the governor were overridden by the legislature. The House did meet the two-third’s margin to protect ECS funding from the governor’s cuts, but Senate members failed to meet the requirement. SB-453
failed to garner its original support and fell 14-17. The bill never made it to the House for a vote as a result.

Killingly Lawmakers to Host Legislative Coffee Hour

Posted on June 18, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44) and Daniel Rovero (D-51) are inviting area residents to a post session Coffee Hour.

WHEN: Saturday, June 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Nolles Coffee Bar, 113 School Street, Danielson

Please join the lawmakers as they discuss some of the legislative issues that helped shape the 2018 Session.

The legislators ask that any constituents with questions ahead of the event call Rep. Dauphinais at her State Capitol office at 800-842-1423 or email Anne.Dauphinais@housegop.ct.gov. For State Representative Rovero, please call 800-842-1942, or via email at Danny.Rovero@cga.ct.gov.

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Plainfield Lawmakers Meet with Residents for Legislative Update

Posted on May 31, 2018 by jpheasant


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Hartford – State Representatives Anne Dauphinais (R-44), Kevin Skulczyck (R-45), and State Sen. Heather Somers (R-18) held a sit down with area residents who wanted to discuss any legislative item that came up during this years’ shortened session.

Lawmakers fielded questions regarding local transportation issues, what has been done for families with crumbling foundations, municipal and educational funding, the proposed gun range in Griswold along with various bills each encountered while working in their various committees.

“I really appreciate all those who came out to the Town Hall and expressed concerns about various legislative related issues,” Rep. Dauphinais said. “One particular issue of concern among residents was a desire for Plainfield to have a more extensive transit system. After the legislative update I was able to set up a meeting with the first selectman to work toward finding a resolution. One of the goals of these forums is to provide an opportunity for us to work on issues affecting the district.”

“This legislative session we were faced with a myriad of bills whose sole purpose is political posturing in what will be an important election year for the residents of Connecticut,” Rep. Skulczyck said. “Many of these bills were designed to distract residents from what has happened to this state over the past 40 years under the current majority party’s control.”

The state’s recent passage of a House and Senate compromised budget was also a topic of discussion. Residents were concerned about the possibility of increased taxes or fees dominating the ‘how do we drum up revenue’ talks. The representatives discussed several of the positives highlighted within the budget like the restoration of funding for the Medicare Savings Program, funding the local fire schools, and fully funding scheduled transportation projects. Republicans also pushed for the budget to included a hard hiring freeze which would save the state $7 million.

The lawmakers are expected to host several more of these legislative updates throughout the course of the Summer.
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