Callahan Supports Energy Relief Package, Warns Consumers of January Truck Tax Impact

Posted on November 29, 2022

HARTFORD – State Rep. Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield) supported the lone piece of legislation that the House of Representatives considered during Monday’s special session. The legislature was called into session in order to take action on a partial extension of the gas tax, increased funding to the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, an extension of free bus fare, and to approve allocations of the “hero pay” program to reward the efforts of some essential workers for the efforts during the pandemic.

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Consumer Alert: Electricity Rate Hike Request

Posted on November 18, 2022

I am sharing an urgent consumer alert, regarding Connecticut’s utility companies. Eversource and United Illuminating have submitted electricity rate increase requests to the state’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA). These increases would double supply rates, effective January 1, 2023, resulting in increases of $85 and $79 respectively for households that use an average of 700kWh per month.

These astronomical rate increase requests come at a time when the cost of living has been skyrocketing

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 7, 2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s important to know that early detection can save lives. I supported a new law this year that will expand insurance coverage for breast cancer screenings. Specifically, it requires coverage for certain genetic testing, including for breast cancer gene one (BRCA1) and breast cancer gene two (BRCA2), under certain circumstances. It also requires post-treatment CA-125 monitoring (i.e., a test measuring the amount of the cancer antigen 125 protein); and (c)

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New Laws Effective October 1

Posted on September 29, 2022

New laws are going into effect on Saturday, October 1st, and I have highlighted some of the major state policy changes for your review. You can check out all newly effective laws by clicking the button below.

Addressing Crime…

The legislature moved to address rising levels of crime. I supported the passage of Public Act 22-115 An Act Concerning Juvenile Justice and Services, Firearms Background Checks, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. The new law improves the ability of local law enforcement to review

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Energy Assistance Hearing

Posted on August 25, 2022

HARTFORD – The legislature grapples with the reality that one-time federal funding for people who rely on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has evaporated. I want you to know that there’s a public hearing Monday that provides you an opportunity to share your concerns about this topic either in person (via Zoom) or by submitting written testimony. I hope you’ll consider participating by telling state lawmakers about how rising home heating costs will impact you and your family members.

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9-8-8 Universal Emergency Phone Number for Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Response

Posted on July 18, 2022

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline “9-8-8″ has been activated. This will serve as the universal emergency phone number for mental health crisis and suicide response, which can be called or texted 24 hours a day.

The mental health needs of our communities is an issue I have prioritized while in Hartford. Improving the mental health resources available is key to supporting our friends and loved ones and this resource is important.

For additional resources I encourage you to visit the Department

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Making Connecticut Affordable, Call for Special Session

Posted on June 7, 2022

Inflation and our state’s tax structure have made Connecticut unaffordable. I am calling for a special session to provide immediate tax relief that will be meaningful to both residents and businesses. The plan I support prioritizes lowering energy costs – including diesel fuel – as well as making everyday items easier for you to purchase. Specifics of the plan include:

  • Reducing the income tax
  • Expanding current gas tax holiday to diesel
  • Suspending impending diesel fuel tax increase (scheduled for

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Rep. Callahan Meets Sherman School Students

Posted on May 31, 2022

SHERMAN – Representative Pat Callahan spent the day on Thursday, May 26, at the Sherman School speaking to students in various classes about how the Connecticut State government works.  Rep. Callahan spoke to six different classes and explained how a bill becomes a law and the many steps potential legislation must go through in the legislative process.  He also conveyed to the students that they can participate by testifying on bills and speaking to their legislators about issues that they have questions

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Callahan Supports Legislation Protecting Minors On-Line Activity

Posted on April 29, 2022

Hartford – State Rep. Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield) proposed a concept earlier in the legislative session to strengthen the protections for children when they are surfing websites and using on-line applications. Legislation was then crafted based on Callahan’s proposal, H.B. 5468 An Act Establishing the Crime of Harmful Communication with a Minor, which was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on Thursday evening.

“This legislation will go a long way in ensuring our children are

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An Affordable Connecticut

Posted on April 21, 2022

Republicans held a news conference this morning to unveil a detailed tax relief plan “An Affordable Connecticut” that goes beyond the temporary relief package they supported earlier in the year. This proposed plan focuses on making broad-based tax cuts, totaling $1.2 billion in relief, that will benefit every Connecticut resident and business. To watch this morning’s press conference, click here.

An Affordable Connecticut

The plan is comprised of the following tax decreases: