Rep. Harrison Requests Review of Governor’s Executive Powers

Posted on January 27, 2021 by admin

Today, I joined my colleagues and asked the members of the Public Health Emergency Committee to review and vote on the governor’s extension of his executive powers until April 20.

As a member of the General Assembly, I want to make sure the voices of my constituents are heard and not silenced. I hope the committee will carefully look at this request.

CSDE Outlines 6 Steps to Keeping Schools Open Safely

Posted on January 22, 2021 by admin

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) recently released the following 6-steps they are using to keep schools across our state open safely.

  1. Priority Access to COVID Testing — The State has contracted with testing partners to provide priority access testing for all staff in schools and childcare settings. Priority access is intended for staff who need to get tested quickly, in order to ensure their work day is not interrupted. Among the state-contracted partners who support this effort

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DOL Updates regarding Unemployment Compensation

Posted on January 19, 2021 by admin

The CT Department of Labor announced updates regarding Unemployment Compensation, including early application timelines for the new federal Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program, and a new Consumer Contact Center tool to assist residents who need unemployment claims assistance.

Established as part of the newest CARES Act iteration, the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program is a new federal resource for residents who have both self-employment earnings as well as W2 earnings. Currently,

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2021 Legislative Session Major Issues

Posted on January 19, 2021 by admin

Every year, as the legislative session begins, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) publishes a report on the major issues that could be taken up by the legislature.

OLR provides brief descriptions on several topics, including but not limited to issues impacting:

  • seniors
  • the state budget
  • education funding
  • business programs and regulation
  • public utilities, and much more

This report, and reports from past years, can be found on the OLR website.

You may notice that some of these items

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2021 Legislative Session: How to Attend a Virtual Committee Meeting

Posted on January 18, 2021 by admin

I just wanted you to know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legislative Office Building and Capitol are closed until further notice. In the meantime, representatives and senators will conduct most business virtually.

You can watch livestreams of committee meetings, and there will be opportunities to participate in public hearings using Zoom.

In order to make it easier to find all the information you need in one place, the House Republican Caucus created an online virtual meeting guide with information,

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Keep in Contact with Your Legislature

Posted on January 15, 2021 by admin

This year, when the Connecticut General Assembly meets it will be, by all appearances, in a virtual session. This means that committee hearings, floor votes, town halls, and even office hours will be mostly conducted through Zoom, with lawmakers observing social distancing. While the Capitol Complex will remain closed to the public, there are many new opportunities to participate in the process and make sure your voice is heard.

Referred to as a “regular session,” the 2021 legislative session began

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Vaccination Update – Phase 1b

Posted on January 14, 2021 by admin

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Governor Lamont announced that phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, and residents in the state over the age of 75 can now schedule appointments to receive the vaccine.

To date, approximately 160,000 doses have now been distributed statewide.

Vaccine access with be phased in for the following groups in Phase 1b

Currently scheduling:

Scheduling soon:

  • Front line essential workers
  • Individuals

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Virtual Town Hall: COVID Relief and Your Small Business

Posted on January 13, 2021 by admin

The CT Women’s Bi-Partisan Legislative Caucus invites you to COVID Relief and Your Small Business a virtual Town Hall meeting on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Register here.

Fran Pastore, CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), along with WBDC Business Advisors, will explain the latest relief bill and provide guidance on eligibility and applying for this round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.

They will also provide information about upcoming workshops and webinars,

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Rep. Harrison Takes Oath to Serve 69th

Posted on January 6, 2021 by admin

During a brisk outdoor ceremony held overlooking Bushnell Park under partially cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid 30s, State Representative Cindy Harrison (R-69) today joined her new legislative colleagues and took the oath of office to serve the people of Bridgewater, Roxbury, Southbury and Washington of the 69th district.

“It is an honor to serve the people of our community and I look forward to hearing from, and working with, the men and women of the 69th to help move our state forward,”

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Eversource “Kill-A-Watt” Kits Available for Connecticut Residents

Posted on December 29, 2020 by admin

Connecticut residents in Eversource service territory can now check out a “Kill-A-Watt” kit from their local library to monitor their home energy use.

The kit includes a “Kill-A-Watt” meter and information to help homeowners and renters understand the three different types of electric use: plug, lighting, and mechanical.

With the help of a Kill-A-Watt meter and the Eversource educational booklet included in the kit, residents can measure and record the amount of electricity they’re consuming. The

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