This Week: Public Hearings on 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.  Here 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, or testify in person, on issues that matter to you!  

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

You can also 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.    


Pavalock-D’Amato Celebrates Read Across America at Edgewood Elementary School


HARTFORD –State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-Bristol) paid a visit last week to Edgewood Elementary School in Bristol to participate in Read Across America Day.

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato joined in the nationwide celebration by reading to the fourth grade students of Mrs. Schulitz’s class.

“I always look forward to Read Across America Day and spending the time reading to students in Bristol,” said Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato.  “This fun-filled annual celebration provides the opportunity to encourage and motivate children to read, which is such an important part of their learning. I’m proud to again support this great event!”

Pavalock-D’Amato also spent time reading to students at Mountain View and Stafford Elementary Schools in Bristol.

According to their website, The National Education Association seeks to build a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 21st year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

For more information about this great event please visit

Representative Pavalock-D’Amato represents the city of Bristol in the General Assembly.

State Tax Public Hearing, 3/2


Your input is important to me as your State Representative. I want to inform you of the upcoming Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee public hearing on proposals related to Governor Malloy’s proposed tax increases, state bonding priorities and also some proposals to provide taxpayer relief.

I’ve talked to many of you over the last year and the message I have heard over and over again is that the people in the 77th General Assembly District are over-taxed and need some relief. Some of these proposals provide the tax relief you have been asking for.

Here are some bills scheduled for the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee public hearing on March 2nd that may be of interest to you and our community:

  • SB-10, An Act Concerning Revenue Items To Implement The Governor’s Budget.
  • SB-11, An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Response To Federal Tax Reform.
  • SB-12, An Act Authorizing And Adjusting Bonds Of The State For Capital Improvements And Other Purposes.
  • HB-5088, An Act Concerning The Cancellation Of Unissued Bond Fund Authorizations For Silver Sands State Park.
  • HB-5095, An Act Increasing The Cigarette Tax.
  • HB-5096, An Act Exempting Social Security Benefits From The Personal Income Tax For Certain Individuals.
  • HB-5009, An Act Exempting Car Wash Services From The Sales Tax.
  • HB-5019, An Act Exempting Health Club And Athletic Club Membership Dues And Initiation Fees From Tax.
  • HB-5028, An Act Eliminating State Taxes That Cost More To Administer Than Is Gained In Revenue.
  • HB-5133, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Student Loan Repayment Assistance To Employees.
  • HB-5134, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Paid Family And Medical Leave.

To view the full agenda with links to each proposed bill, click here.

Should you wish to write a letter in support of or opposition to a proposed bill, please email testimony to

Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Please also copy me on the email at so I can be aware of your opinions.

For information and committee rules on testifying in person at the public hearing, click here.

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Capitol, I encourage you to click here and click on the “Bulletin”.

A guide for testifying at hearings can be found here and driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building are available here.

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.





Bristol Legislators to Host March Coffee Hour


BristolState Reps. Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Bristol residents to join them for a Coffee Hour event on Friday, March  at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol).

The public is invited for coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to meet with their legislators in a relaxed setting and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol, and issues being discussed during the 2018 Legislative Session.

All residents are encouraged to attend and discuss any legislative or local concerns. Coffee will be provided.

Those unable to attend the event but would like to discuss any concerns may contact Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato at 800-842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022.