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House, Senate Republicans Call for Informational Hearing on Shocking Incidents and Behavior at Shelter for At-Risk Juveniles

Posted on September 14, 2023


HARTFORD—In response to an explosive media report detailing chaos, criminal activity, and dangerous incidents at a Harwinton shelter for at-risk girls, House and Senate Republicans have called for the Department of Children and Families to explain to the legislature its procedures for placing high-risk juveniles in group homes as well as the processes and policies associated with choosing and overseeing organizations that operate them.

A Sept. 10 report published by CT Inside Investigator spotlighted

House GOP Leader Candelora appoints Harry Arora to state’s Investment Advisory Council

Posted on July 13, 2023


HARTFORD—House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday announced his appointment of former General Assembly member Harry Arora to the state’s Investment Advisory Council (IAC), a panel that assists the State Treasurer with investment policies. 

Arora, of Greenwich, is a finance professional who served two terms as the state representative from the 151st Assembly District after winning a special election for the seat in January 2020. During his time in the legislature, Arora, 53, served

House Approves Income Tax Cut Pushed by House GOP

Posted on June 6, 2023


HARTFORD—The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a two-year state budget that includes an income tax cut for Connecticut’s working and middle class, capping a yearlong effort by Republicans to deliver overdue structural tax relief in one of the nation’s most expensive places to live.

“For more than a decade, middle class residents have been targeted with taxes and fees that have pushed them toward the brink of affordability. That’s why this budget is so important—by offering the first

House Republicans Call for Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on Amendment to CT Practice Book Bail Provision

Posted on May 19, 2023


HARTFORD—House Republicans on Friday called for the legislature’s Judiciary Committee to hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Connecticut Practice Book regulation that specifies the percentage of police or court-set bond an individual must pay to free themselves from jail while their criminal cases are pending.

On May 8, the Rules Committee of the Superior Court held a public hearing on an amendment to CT Practice Book section 38-8 (Ten Percent Cash Bail) that would increase the

Cheeseman, Nuccio Discuss State Finances in Podcast Conversation

Posted on May 17, 2023


Reps. Holly Cheeseman and Tammy Nuccio, Ranking Members of the Finance and Appropriations committees, talked about elements of the House Republican budget proposal as well as the state’s bipartisan fiscal guardrails during a recent episode of the Y CT Matters podcast from Yankee Institute.

Candelora, Callahan Raise Alarm Over Proposed Cash Bail Amendment

Posted on May 4, 2023

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailHARTFORD—Members of the House Republican caucus are raising concern about a proposed amendment to the CT Practice Book that would shift thresholds in the state’s cash bail system and make it easier for individuals facing serious criminal charges to get out of jail while their court cases are pending.

The proposed amendment CT Practice Book section 38-8 (Ten Percent Cash Bail) would increase the maximum limit of bonds that can be posted through the court clerk’s office to $50,000 from $20,000 while

Candelora, Kelly & Environment Committee Republicans Criticize Democrat Plan to Make Heating Oil and Gasoline More Expensive

Posted on March 22, 2023


House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Republican lawmakers on the Environment Committee today released the following statement raising concerns about the Governor’s bill slated to be voted on this week which will make home heating oil and gasoline more expensive and resembles “TCI on steroids.”

“Two years ago, Republicans defeated the governor’s push for the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) which increased

House Republicans, CT Businesses Decry Highway Use Tax on Trucks

Posted on March 8, 2023


HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday joined a diverse group of business owners in talking about the negative impact the state’s highway use tax on trucks will have on Connecticut’s economy and encouraged others to testify Friday on legislation to eliminate it.  

“The far-reaching implications of the highway use tax on trucks should not be underestimated, and I have little doubt that Connecticut residents will soon feel the ripple effect in their own budgets if they haven’t already,” House Republican

House Republicans Petition for Public Hearing on Eliminating Highway Use Tax

Posted on February 22, 2023

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailHARTFORD—House Republicans have used a parliamentary procedure to circumvent Democrat opposition to a bill that would save inflation-weary businesses and residents money by eliminating the new highway use tax (HUT) on heavyweight trucks.

Republicans petitioned to raise H.B. 5290, An Act Eliminating the Highway Use Tax, after the Finance Committee’s Democratic leadership refused to even hear it. Republicans on Tuesday secured the required 51 petition signatures to force a public hearing on the bill.

House Republicans Offer Proposals Aimed at Growing Law Enforcement Ranks and Improving Public Safety

Posted on January 25, 2023

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailHARTFORD — On a day when the House of Representatives will vote on pay raises for Connecticut State Police, House Republicans insist the legislature must do more to help retain police officers statewide and recruit more women and men into the field of law enforcement.

“Today’s contract is a step toward growing a state police force suffering from declining numbers over the last several years—but it’s only a first step,” said House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-86.) “The job that follows today’s