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Representative Ackert Calls on Governor to Include Trades in His Workforce Plan

Posted on March 5, 2021 by wroddy


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HARTFORD — Following Tuesday’s public hearing in the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) urged the Lamont administration and members of the committee to listen to the needs of contractors and apprentices in the state’s building trades as the legislature considers the Governor’s workforce plan.

Representative Ackert, a member of the committee, indicated his support for the administration’s goals, but urged Lamont’s Deputy Policy Director

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From the Capitol: Public Hearings and Vaccine Update

Posted on March 2, 2021 by wroddy


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with the following Capitol Update on a number of important public hearings taking place this week that you may want to know about. These bills making their way through the committee process include proposals to address sexual misconduct on college campuses, to mandate background checks for youth sports coaches, and to introduce online sports wagering and online gaming in our state.


Public Hearings the Week of March 1st

How to Make Your Voice Heard

Posted on February 17, 2021 by wroddy


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This year’s legislative session is shaping up to be different from any other, with lawmakers confronting the ongoing COVID pandemic and major issues like taxation, healthcare, and public spending. Over 2,000 bills have already been introduced in this session alone, and the ongoing public hearing process allows anyone to testify on any bill and share how they think it will affect them.

Testifying in person and giving your state’s elected officials your feedback is incredibly important to the political

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Representative Ackert Prioritizing Energy Costs, Key Environmental Legislation in 2021

Posted on February 16, 2021 by wroddy


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HARTFORD — On Friday, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) unveiled a forward-looking energy and environment legislative agenda for the 2021 legislative session. Proposals include addressing well-water contamination, expanding incentives for community solar projects, and streamlining the permitting process for new ‘food-to-power’ facilities in the state. Ackert, who represents the communities of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, and Vernon, says that while all his proposals come in response to requests

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Representative Ackert Welcomes Federal Funding for Schools in the 8th District

Posted on February 1, 2021 by wroddy


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HARTFORD — State Representative Ackert (R-8) announced new federal relief funding for local public schools this past Friday.  Passed into federal law under the recent Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), this funding is targeted to address school safety, learning loss, and the pandemic’s mental health impact on students.

Rep. Ackert said, “I’m glad the federal government and the Connecticut State Department of Education recognized this need to bolster education

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Representative Ackert Presents State Citation to Owners of Columbia’s Kitchen

Posted on January 22, 2021 by wroddy


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Pictured, from left to right: Columbia Town Administrator Mark Walter, State Representative Tim Ackert, Columbia Selectwoman Judy Ortiz, Todd Pineo, Laura Pineo, and Columbia First Selectman Steven Everett

COLUMBIA— State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) and local leaders hosted a belated ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday for a small business that opened its doors to the people of Columbia in December. Laura and Todd Pineo, the owners of Columbia’s Kitchen on 156 Route 66 East in Columbia, were also

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Updated Youth Sports Guidance

Posted on January 19, 2021 by wroddy


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As of Tuesday, January 19th, ‘low’ to ‘moderate-risk’ organized sports can resume practices in the state of Connecticut. Also, assuming COVID-19 metrics remain stable, the affected sports can also resume competitions starting February 1st.

  • Masks are required in Gyms, Fitness Centers, and during Indoor and Outdoor Sports by all participants, spectators, and coaches at all times, including active play.
    • However, where the nature of play is such that two or more athletes would not be expected to have

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Representative Ackert Advocates for Safe, In-Person Learning Environment

Posted on January 14, 2021 by wroddy


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8th District legislator and longtime education advocate stresses the importance of personal accountability and “high-quality virtual instruction”

COVENTRY— State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) will be advocating for legislation that will promote a safe, in-person learning environment for all Connecticut students in the upcoming session. House Republicans announced a package of proposals earlier in the week meant to bring accountability and uniform standards to online learning.

As a life-long education

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What to Expect in the 2021 Legislative Session

Posted on January 13, 2021 by wroddy


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During our recent Zoom coffee hour event, I shared some of the ways this legislative session will be unique from any other. While I recognize that the switch to a remote session had to be done for public health, I believe we should transition back to in-person legislative meetings and hearings as soon as it is safe to do so.

For now, you can consult this useful guide on how to follow our legislative business on Zoom, CT-N, and YouTube, as well as how to participate in virtual hearings once those

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Representative Ackert Sworn in for Sixth Term

Posted on January 6, 2021 by wroddy


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HARTFORD— State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) began his sixth term in Connecticut’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, taking the oath of office in an outdoor ceremony in Hartford. Ackert and his 150 colleagues in the lower house were sworn in on the north steps of the State Capitol building while exercising social distancing. Wednesday marked the beginning of the 2021 legislative session and of Ackert’s sixth term in the legislature. “I’m humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve

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