State Rep. Harry Arora: Should the public health emergency be extended to Feb 15, 2022?

Posted on September 25, 2021

Dear friends and neighbors,

The Governor has informed members of the General Assembly of his intention to renew declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies through Feb. 15th, 2022. He has convened a special session of General Assembly on Sep. 27th to approve this renewal. Would you please take a three-question survey by clicking HERE to provide your input on this issue.

The rate of COVID vaccination in CT is amongst the highest in the country. Over 95% of residents over age 65

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Rep. Harry Arora: FREE Red Cross Emergency Training via Zoom, Sep. 29, 6 PM – 7 PM

Posted on September 24, 2021

Please join me in attending a Zoom presentation, “Be Red Cross Ready” – a free emergency preparedness training for individuals and families. The Red Cross Greater NY Region is offering this program. Please click HERE to register for this one-hour zoom on Wednesday, Sep 29th, 6 PM. You can make this program a family activity. The program will be introduced by Stephanie Dunn Ashley, CEO of Red Cross NY Region, and presented by Alex Poku who has personally trained 100,000 people in the last few years.

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State Rep. Harry Arora: State policy decisions regarding masks, vaccines and school reopening

Posted on August 20, 2021

State policy decisions regarding masks, vaccines and school reopening

Dear friends and neighbors,

Below are the key policy decisions regarding masks, vaccines and remote-school option made by the state government. These policies apply to both public and private schools in CT.

Continued mask mandate for all students for the first month
The Governor has announced the continuation of the mask mandate (from last year) for at least the first month of the school year. The Governor’s emergency authority

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State Rep. Harry Arora: State Rail Plan Public Informational Meetings

Posted on August 20, 2021

The Department (CTDOT) has initiated its update of the State Rail Plan in compliance with Federal legislation, PRIIA (Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, Public Law 110-432).

CTDOT will be holding three (3) virtual public information meetings on the dates listed below for the public to learn about the purpose and requirements of the State Rail Plan and provide feedback as we begin to update the former 2012-2016 plan.  Meeting links will be included in the meeting notices.

State Rep. Harry Arora & House Republicans Unveil Plan to Address Juvenile Crime

Posted on August 11, 2021

In response to the rise in juvenile crimes across the state, I have joined my House Republican colleagues in continuing to call for juvenile justice reforms through “Prevention, Accountability, Rehabilitation,” a comprehensive plan we’ve proposed to provide these juvenile offenders with a path for rehabilitation, while also focusing on the personal responsibility aspect for these crimes.

We are calling for our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to convene a special session in order continue

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Vaccines/Masks: To mandate or not to mandate? Part2

Posted on August 3, 2021

Thanks for participating in the discussion about vaccine and mask mandates in schools. I have received over a thousand comments / emails and I truly appreciate your input. My objective is to promote dialogue and allow for robust and thoughtful decision making. Here is where the discussion stands, as of now:

Latest CDC and CT DPH/ CSDE guidance: On July 27th, the CDC released a new guidance in favor of masks for all school children and teachers, irrespective of their vaccination status. Just a day

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State Rep. Harry Arora – Survey Results: Should Masks and Vaccines be mandated in our schools?

Posted on July 19, 2021

Thank you for taking the survey and providing your input on masks and vaccination policy. The high response rate gives us an accurate understanding about our community’s standing on these issues. Here are the key takeaways:

Viewpoints of our community:
Nearly two thirds of the residents in our community would like to keep the masks and vaccinations optional in our schools for all students. About one third of our residents would like to continue the mask mandate for those under 12 and also introduce

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State Rep. Harry Arora: School policy on masks and vaccines

Posted on July 14, 2021

Hope you are having a nice and ‘normal’ summer. In Connecticut and around the country, the pandemic is under control, and life is getting back to normal. Our educational institutions have to make some key decisions on masks, vaccinations and if virtual classes will be offered. Please provide your input on these important issues by taking a survey HERE. I will share our community’s responses and will advocate for robust policy on these issues.

The key decisions our educational institutions will be

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Major Acts 2021

Posted on July 9, 2021

The Office of Legislative Research, the non-partisan office within the Connecticut General Assembly, puts together a number of reports regarding various topics that passed during the legislative session pertaining to the residents of Connecticut.

This office has recently released their 2021 Major Public Acts publication and I wanted to share this information with you.  More specific reports are to follow, but this outlines many of the major bills that may affect you.

Just a few highlights from the

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Budget, Zoning, Marijuana, Gambling, Seat belts – overview of 2021 legislation

Posted on June 21, 2021

Dear friends and neighbors,

The regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned last week. The legislative session comprised of committee work from January to April and Assembly sessions in May and June. The house convened 27 days over the session. In each session, we debated bills which were advanced by committee. Some of these debates were long and intense, going past 1 AM in the morning.  In all, the assembly passed over 300 bills and resolutions. Below is the summary of the key bills

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