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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Reps. Arora, Fiorello Vote Against Bill Opening the Door to More State Control of Local Zoning Decisions

Posted on May 24, 2021


Bill Clear CT House on Near-Party Line Vote

GREENWICH—State Representatives Harry Arora (R-151) and Kimberly Fiorello (R-149) joined all House Republicans and eight Democrats in opposing HB 6107, An Act Concerning the Reorganization of the Zoning Enabling Act and the Promotion of Municipal Compliance. The bill ultimately passed 84-59 and now awaits action in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Under HB 6107, towns are required to allow accessory dwelling units on any single-home lot “as of right.”

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State Rep. Harry Arora: CT ending indoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals

Posted on May 19, 2021


As a result of increased vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations and reduced mortality, the state mask mandate is being relaxed with immediate effect. Below are the exact details.

Outdoor state mandate: The state will no longer require vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals to wear masks when outdoors. Masks are still required in certain settings like large gatherings and events, for which revised recommendations will be provided by CT Department of Health.

Indoor state mandate: The state will no

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Federal assistance for broadband access ($50/month)

Posted on May 14, 2021


The American Rescue Plan of 2021, signed March 11, 2021, included $3.2 Billion in assistance for broadband access for individuals and families in need. The program went live today, Wednesday, May 12th. Details of this program, Emergency Broadband Benefit, are as below.
Eligibility criteria:
A household is eligible for this program if a member of the household meets any one of the criteria below:
– Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Ending COVID Restrictions

Posted on May 10, 2021


We are winning the fight against COVID. The number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths have all declined rapidly as a result of the vaccination program. Below is an update on the vaccination program and the plan to unwind COVID restrictions.

Vaccination update, COVID immunity, Variant risk:
– Over 1.9 MM. or 70% of all adults in Connecticut have already received at least one dose. The vaccine is now easily available to all residents over 16. If you have been waiting to get the vaccine, please

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State Rep. Harry Arora: CT legislature’s proposal to increase top tax rate to 10.49%, impose new gas tax

Posted on April 29, 2021


The Finance committee passed HB 6443 last week, the Finance Bill, which proposes several new taxes. The proposals in this bill were a surprise and directly contradicted the Governor’s budget which had no new taxes. Please take THIS survey to provide your input on new legislative measures. Here is a summary of the proposed new taxes.

Income taxes
1. Consumption tax of 0.7% to 1.5% on all individuals making over 500k: While this is being called a “consumption tax”, it is by all definitions an income

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State Rep. Harry Arora: IMPORTANT: Up to $10,000 Rental Assistance available to CT residents

Posted on April 19, 2021


Dear friends and neighbors,

Connecticut Department of Housing has received funding from the Federal stimulus legislation to provide rental assistance of up to $10,000 and utility bill assistance of up to $1,500 to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19. Details of this program called UniteCT are as below. If you or someone you know is renting and has lost their job or experienced loss in income, you can access this program. If you need help, please do not hesitate to

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Arora: Let’s Provide Some Relief to the Business Community

Posted on April 7, 2021


HARTFORD—State Rep. Harry Arora on Wednesday joined leaders of Connecticut’s business community in calling for state government to use federal pandemic aid to reduce the amount of unemployment debt employers will have to pay back as they work toward recovery.

“Businesses across the state are just trying to get on their feet and full reopening after the pandemic. Let’s help them out now with some relief given to the state by the Federal Government,” Rep. Arora said. “Reducing the size of the loan

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State Rep. Harry Arora – ACTION REQUIRED: Zoning Vote Tomorrow

Posted on March 30, 2021


State Rep. Harry Arora: Five Programs offering Monetary Assistance to CT residents and businesses

Posted on March 29, 2021


In the last year, our government has announced over 5 TN. (trillion) of economic aid in three different stimulus acts to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID. I reiterate below five critical programs with information about eligibility and the application process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me on 203-571-9325.

1. Unemployment assistance programs and the PUA program – Unemployment assistance (UA) is available for those who lost their job in 2020 and cannot

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