State Rep. Devlin, Trumbull Delegation Honor ‘Sixth Grade Essay Contest’ Celebrating Women


TRUMBULL – State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) held a ceremony at the Trumbull Library to honor sixth grade winners of their 3rd Annual Essay Contest on March 10th.

Back (left to right) State Reps. Ben McGorty (R-122), David Rutigliano(R-123) with essay contest winners and runner-up, front (left to right Annamarie Cretella, Dev Mehta, Jaden Buchetto, Bento Silva, Joseph Saunders, Jane Parente and State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134).

All public and private schools with 6th grade students in the town of Trumbull were invited to participate in the National Women’s History Month contest by writing a 300-word essay on the topic, “Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me.”

Each student was asked to focus on one notable Connecticut woman, detailing her life and accomplishments and what those accomplishments mean to them. The students read their essays and received an official state citation and a state seal of Connecticut pin from the Connecticut General Assembly.

Rep. Rutigliano said, “I want to thank all of the students who participated in the essay contest, not only the winners, but all the students from each school who submitted some amazing work.”

“The students’ essays were outstanding. It was a pleasure to recognize their achievements and hear about some of the great women studied and written about by these students,” said Rep. Devlin. We are grateful to the middle schools for supporting this program.”

“Every year the sixth graders in Trumbull do an incredible job researching and writing about Connecticut Women trailblazers. I enjoyed reading the essays this year and look forward to hosting this very important contest next year,” said Rep. McGorty.

One winner and one runner-up were chosen by each school and were invited along with their family members and school staff to a Saturday ceremony at the Trumbull Library.

The winners and runners up were:


Jaden Buchetto “HEIDI LANGAN”

Annamarie Cretella “TRUDY HIGGINS”






Joseph Saunders “ALYSSA NAEHER” 

The Trumbull Delegation thanked the Trumbull Library for hosting the ceremony and the principals, teachers and students of the schools for participating in the essay contest.


Reps. Laura Devlin & Kupchick Push for Stronger Food Allergy Protections


HARTFORD- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) & Brenda Kupchick (R-132) testified along with concerned Fairfield parents on a proposal to better protect students with life-threatening food allergies.

The legislation, HB-5452, An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Task Force on Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools was the product of recommendations of the Task Force to Study Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools, a task force created by previous legislation. One of the Task Force members was Fairfield resident and parent Jessica Curran.

During testimony Fairfield resident Jessica Curran said, “Epinephrine is THE first line treatment for anaphylaxis. It is the only treatment that can halt an allergic reaction. Prompt administration of epinephrine is crucial, as delay in administration has been proven over and over again to be THE most significant contributor to permanent injury or death. Epinephrine auto-injectors are designed for use by everyday people. I taught my children how to administer at age four. An allergic individual in the midst of an anaphylactic reaction may not be able to self-administer epinephrine. We must immediately abandon the current protocol of having bus drivers pull the bus over, call dispatch who will then call emergency services, and then sit and wait. Intervention must be swift.”

Rep. Devlin testified with West Hartford resident Scott Zweig, who has daughter that just developed a tree nut allergy. Zweig mentioned how their family world has been turned upside down since the diagnoses. Zwieg’s main concern is that his daughter is protected in transit to and from school and home on the school bus.

Rep. Devlin said, “The ‘Food Allergy Task Force’ came up with some significant and possible life-saving recommendations for schools, students and their parents. Let’s not waste an enormous opportunity to strengthen our food allergies guidelines across our state.”

Kupchick also testified with Patricia Donovan, a Fairfield resident and Food Allergy Parent and Advocate.

During her testimony Tricia Donovan said, “The state Departments of Education and Public Health need to standardize education and training modules for our local districts so that whether you are in Westport, New Haven, Avon, or New Britain, every district has the same information…All staff, students, and community members should receive the same information to help create a collaborative, inclusive and supportive environment.”

Rep. Kupchick said, “I started this process several years when Jessica and Trisha reached out for advice on changing the Life Threatening Food Allergy policy in Fairfield.  I learned that every school district in the state has a different policy and very few if any follow guidelines by the Center of Disease Control (CDC).  We are basically allowing lay people on Board of Education’s create policy regarding a medical issue. My hope is for Connecticut to create a statewide policy using the CDC guidelines that districts could adopt so all schools have a uniform policy.  I believe every child has a right to access regardless of disability or medical condition.

This bill makes several changes to education laws addressing food allergies in schools, including the following:

  • Requires the state Department of Education (SDE) to revise as necessary existing guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease and make these guidelines available to each local and regional board of education
  • Extends the deadline by which local and regional boards of education must take certain actions established in current law about the management of students with such conditions
  • Requires SDE to revise certain curriculum standards to address life-threatening food allergies and apply for funding to promote awareness about food allergies
  • Requires SDE and the Department of Public Health to jointly develop and make available to boards of education a safety protocol for school bus drivers to follow when a student is experiencing a life-threatening food allergy emergency
  • Allows bus drivers to administer epinephrine to students experiencing an allergic reaction and grants immunity to the bus drivers

According to the Task Force to Study Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools, an estimated eight percent of school children have food allergies, which equates to as many as two kids in every classroom.

Currently, both Massachusetts and Rhode Island require school bus drivers to be trained on administering epinephrine.

11 years ago, Connecticut passed a law requiring school districts to have certain rules about foods that are served, sanitation and rules about administering medication, most especially for the life-saving Epipens, that are required to be in all schools.

Both Kupchick and Devlin supported the bill last session in the House of Representatives but time ran out before the State Senate could take up the bill. This year the legislators hope the bill will get over the finish line.

State Rep. Laura Devlin Announces Key Tolls & Rail Fares Public Hearing is March 14th


As a member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, I wanted to let you know of an important public hearing that will be taking place on Wednesday, March 14th at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building on rail fares and tolls.

Transportation is such a critical issue for the residents of Fairfield and Trumbull. I want to make sure your voice is heard.

Included in the public hearing agenda is SB-386, An Act Concerning Legislative Approval Before the Department of Transportation Increases Railroad Fare or Decreases Services. Right now the DOT does not need legislative approval to raise fares.

In addition, there are also four toll related bills:

  • HB-5046, An Act Concerning the Sustainability Of Transportation Projects.
  • SB-389, An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Authority.
  • HB-5391, An Act Concerning Transportation Infrastructure.
  • HB-5393, An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority To Maintain Major State Highways.

I’d like to encourage you to have your voices heard in opposition or support of these or any other bills on the agenda. To view the complete agenda click here.

How to Speak at the Public Hearing

Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system.  Lottery numbers will be drawn from 7:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 2401 of the LOB.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  Please submit 55 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff at 7:30 A.M. in Room 2401 of the LOB.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.

To Submit testimony:

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact my office at (800) 842-1423, or email me at You can also follow my legislative activity on my website at or my Facebook page at

I hope this information is helpful.

State Rep. Laura Devlin: CTDOT Announces Public Hearings on Proposed Fare Increases & Service Reductions


Dear Neighbors,

Recently, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a series of seven public hearings, (two on the New Haven Rail Line) to gather input on proposed bus and rail fare increases and service reductions.  If approved, a rail fare increase would take effect in three phases – 10 percent on July 1, 2018, 5 percent on July 1, 2020, and 5 percent on July 1, 2021, for a cumulative total of 21.28 percent.

As a member of the legislature’s Transportation committee and a long-time Metro-North rail commuter, I am opposed to this outrageous rate rail hike on our commuters without substantial improvements in service. Many constituents in my district of Fairfield and Trumbull have contacted my office and have voiced their dismay at another fare increase at this time. I hope to work to find a bi-partisan solution without these fare hikes being implemented.

A 14.3 percent, or 25-cent, bus fare increase would take effect on July 1, 2018.  Rail service reductions would also take effect on or about July 1, 2018; no bus service changes are proposed at this time.

The rail service proposals include significant reductions to rail services on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines on the New Haven Line, and on Shore Line East.  The main line New Haven Line service would largely remain unchanged.

The implementation of any service and fare changes are subject to public input and contingent on action by the General Assembly to ensure the long-term solvency of the Special Transportation Fund which is supported by the gasoline tax and other revenues, and pays for CTDOT operations.

At these hearings, CTDOT will provide information and accept public comments about the fare and service proposals and the Service and Fare Equity Analysis (SAFE).  The SAFE process evaluates the proposed changes to determine if they will cause a disparate impact on minority populations or a disproportionate burden to low income populations. The SAFE analysis and additional details on the fares and service cuts will be published at as they become available.

The following is the schedule of public hearings.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm


New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2

200 Orange Street

New Haven, CT

(Snow date: Monday, March 5, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm 


UCONN Stamford Campus Auditorium

One University Place

Stamford, CT 06904

(Snow date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

The public comment period for the proposed service and fare changes will run from February 16 through March 9, 2018.  CTDOT encourages all members of the public and transit and rail riders to participate in one or more of the scheduled public hearings and/or submit written comments to COMMENT ON PROPOSED FARE AND SERVICE CHANGES, Connecticut Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 or

CTDOT will review and consider all comments received during the public comment period and take those comments into consideration when approving the final service and fare proposal.

State Rep. Laura Devlin, Trumbull Reps Host Informative ‘Learn About the Legislature’ Forum


TRUMBULL- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) spent an evening last week showing interested Trumbull residents just how a bill concept goes through the process and becomes a new law, and how each and every one of those in attendance can better advocate for a state issue they feel strongly about.

The forum took place at Trumbull Town Hall in the Council Chambers and started with the Trumbull representatives taking turns explaining the process using a slide show presentation. The three Trumbull legislators used the example of the new affordable housing bill (8-30g) which passed in 2017. 

“We wanted to hold this forum to better educate people on how they can get involved and follow, track and testify on legislation,” Rep. Devlin said. “Using the 8-30g bill as an example permitted us to show residents that the process is all about building consensus and common ground. Even though the governor vetoed the bill, the bi-partisan nature of the legislation made it easy for us in the General Assembly to override the veto and make to bill the new law of the land, a new which will help Trumbull.”

Rep. Rutigliano said, “This was an effective way to show constituents how a bill proposal from a legislator is vetted by colleagues and the public before we get to vote on a final product in the House of Representatives. In the end, as representatives who represent Trumbull, we do our best support bills that will help and make Trumbull and CT a better place to work, live and retire.”

“I want to thank all the residents that came out to learn more about their state government,” said Rep. McGorty. “Our doors are always open, and if you have concerns, questions, or ideas on legislation please contact us.”

Some of the information covered includes:

  • The General Assembly committee process.
  • How to track bills.
  • How to testify for or against a specific bill proposal.
  • What kind of bills are proposed in a short session.

After the presentation the legislators answered questions from the audience on the process and specific issues like the state budget, tolls and election law.

For those that missed the forum, Trumbull Community TV was there recording and you can view here.

For questions please call 1.800-842-1423, or visit email your respective Trumbull legislator,,,





Reps. Devlin & Rutigliano Celebrate Henkel Expansion


TRUMBULL- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and David Rutigliano (R-123)  today participated in the ribbon-cutting and tour of the new Henkel North America research and development lab building at 4 Trefoil Drive.

Henkel is a global consumer products and adhesives business that employs over 50,000 people worldwide, with 8,200 in the U.S.

In Connecticut, Henkel North America employs over 930 people including 86 at the research and development facility in Trumbull.  Henkel’s consumer brands include Persil, All, Purex, Sun, Dial, Snuggle Fabric Softeners, Schwarzkopf Professional hair products, Right Guard antiperspirants and deodorants, Loctite adhesives, and many more.

The Trumbull facility performs research and development for the company’s laundry and home care business units, and needed additional space.  The new building is adjacent to their current location at 30 Trefoil Drive, which will include additional lab space.

Rep. Devlin, “What a wonderful facility and lab. I was impressed with the company’s culture and commitment to their people and the community in which they work. We wish you many years of continued success in our community.”

Rep. Rutigliano said, “We welcome the expansion of Henkel in Trumbull. Henkel provides great economic importance and opportunities both in the Town of Trumbull and the State of Ct.”




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Rep. Devlin: DPH Announces Free Flu Vaccines Available at Clinics Across the State on State Flu Vaccination Day, Saturday, January 27th


DPH Announces Free Flu Vaccines Available at Clinics Across the State on State Flu Vaccination Day, Saturday, January 27th

HARTFORD – In effort to protect the public’s health and reduce the spread of the influenza (flu) virus which has heavily affected the state, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is teaming up with local health departments to provide free/low cost influenza vaccine at several locations across the state on Saturday, January 27th  according to Rep. Laura Devlin. DPH strongly encourages all Connecticut residents over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot.


The schedule and locations of Flu Clinics on Saturday, January 27th can be found on the DPH website.

Vaccine administered to children 18 years of age and younger will be made available free of charge. Vaccine for children comes from the Connecticut Vaccine Program. Managed by DPH, this program provides influenza vaccine free of charge for all children 6 months through 18 years of age. Adult vaccine will be provided at no cost to those without insurance.  Residents with insurance should bring their card and will be charged a small administrative fee, but will not be charged out of pocket for the vaccine.

State health officials say flu activity in Connecticut continues to increase. As of January 13th, over 1,342 people have tested positive for the flu so far this season, and 615 have been hospitalized with the illness. There have also been 21 flu-related deaths so far this season.  For the most recent information about influenza activity in Connecticut, please see the DPH weekly influenza update.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that is spread through the air and by direct contact with respiratory droplets. Typical symptoms of the flu include sudden fever, aching muscles, sore throat, coughing, runny nose, headache, and eye pain. While anyone, particularly individuals who are not vaccinated, can contract the flu, the illness is especially dangerous for certain groups, including: people aged 65 and older; children younger than 2 years old; people of any age with chronic medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, or lung disease; and pregnant women.

State Rep. Laura Devlin: Medicare Savings Program Update


Medicare Savings Program Update

Earlier this month, the General Assembly voted on a bipartisan fix to the Medicare Savings (MSP) program. This was a common sense solution to help more than 100,000 seniors and disabled residents pay for Medicare-related expenses and stay in their homes.

Unfortunately, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed this bipartisan bill. I, along with my House and Senate Republican colleagues are calling on the legislature to override the governor’s veto immediately.

I will continue to keep you updated on this developing situation.

Please contact me anytime and be sure to sign up for my E-newsletter.  Visit my webpage at to sign up for my newsletter, email updates, or connect with me via Facebook at I look forward to hearing from you.

State Rep. Laura Devlin statement on Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s state’s transportation funding shortfalls


State Rep. Laura Devlin statement on Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s announcement about the state’s transportation funding shortfalls and the governor’s calls for new taxes and burdens on commuters

As a member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, I was neither surprised nor shocked that Governor Malloy cannot find funding for his overly ambitious Statewide Transportation Initiative.  In public hearing after public hearing we continued to ask the question of affordability and prioritization and never received a satisfactory answer.

For years, Gov. Malloy and legislative majority raided the state’s special transportation fund (STF) to balance their mismanaged state budgets and now they seems shocked the fund is scheduled to be insolvent in July. This new outcry by Gov. Malloy is his strategic way to force the legislature to approve new taxes and more burdens on commuters, possibly through the implementation of tolls.

Both House and Senate Republicans proposed a transportation plan, ‘Prioritize Progress’ which is a viable transportation solution which provides for an annual transportation funding mechanism guaranteeing at least $1 billion annually over the next 30 years with no tax increases or tolls. Our proposal provides for flexibility in setting transportation priorities and gives Connecticut a sustainable and predictable funding plan to support future generations.

Unfortunately, the Governor summarily dismissed our proposal in favor of his ‘own’ Transportation Plan which he now says the state can’t afford.

It is now time for the governor to work with the legislature and demand that we no longer bow to every gubernatorial whim. His actions the last few years now endanger our state’s transportation infrastructure.