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Candelora and Kelly Statement on Bipartisan Commission to Study Declarations of Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies

Posted on September 15, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly on Wednesday issued the following statement urging Governor Lamont to make his appointment to the Bipartisan Commission to Study Declarations of the Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies:

“Over the last year we’ve been adamant in our concerns that the legislature’s role as a co-equal branch of government has been diminished through the unprecedented level of control the governor has held throughout

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Candelora Receives FOI Award for Efforts Aimed at Government Transparency

Posted on September 14, 2021


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HARTFORD — The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information on Tuesday gave its Bice Clemow Award to House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora of North Branford and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter of Hartford. The award, named after a former West Hartord-based newspaper editor who drove implementation of the state’s Freedom of Information laws, was presented jointly to both lawmakers during a luncheon held in Hartford at Elizabeth Park. In his remarks about Candelora’s work, Council President

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House Republicans Raise Alarm Over Unemployment-related Costs, Call for Action to Help Main Street Businesses

Posted on September 9, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans this week warned that Connecticut’s business community will continue to face considerable challenges in the coming months, raising alarm that employers will soon be responsible for paying 50 percent of the extended unemployment benefits the state provides to out of work residents.

Those extended benefits amount to 13 weeks beyond the standard 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. They are provided when the state’s unemployment rate is at least 6.5 percent for the most recent

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Public Hearings: Redistricting Project 2021

Posted on September 3, 2021


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The Reapportionment Committee today announced it will hold four public hearings this month ahead of the work to redraw district lines for congressional, state senate, and state representative districts. Three of the hearings will be in-person events and one will be held virtually. Anyone can participate in each of these hearings—it doesn’t matter where you live. Here’s the schedule:

️ Hartford Public Hearing
Wed., Sept. 8 @ 7 p.m.
Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave.

️ Norwich Public Hearing

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House Republicans Urge Transparency in Use of Federal Pandemic Aid

Posted on September 3, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans say the historic level of pandemic-related funding provided to the state by the federal government triggers need for an increased level of transparency, and they’ve asked the governor’s budget director to provide the legislature—and taxpayers—with a detailed status report.

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, on behalf of his 54-member caucus, sent a letter Aug. 18 to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, contending that having a better understanding

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House Republicans Urge Transparency in Use of Federal Pandemic Aid

Posted on September 3, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republicans say the historic level of pandemic-related funding provided to the state by the federal government triggers need for an increased level of transparency, and they’ve asked the governor’s budget director to provide the legislature—and taxpayers—with a detailed status report.

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, on behalf of his 54-member caucus, sent a letter Aug. 18 to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, contending that having a better understanding

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Candelora and Fishbein React to Judicial Branch Policy Change on Juvenile Record Information, Issue Call for Democrats to Take Action

Posted on August 31, 2021


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HARTFORD  — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and state Rep. Craig Fishbein, House Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today in response to a Judicial Branch decision to implement new procedures providing police more access to juvenile arrest record information:

“These welcomed policy and procedure changes implemented by the Judicial Branch are a direct result of the outcry and advocacy from scores of Connecticut residents who are fed up with our state’s

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Republican Leaders Candelora and Kelly statement on Gov. Lamont’s vaccine order

Posted on August 20, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly on Thursday issued the following statement regarding Gov. Lamont’s planned executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccination for most state employees as well as K-12 teachers and staff:

“We fear the governor may have opened a can of worms by issuing this executive order that will surely trigger many immediately unanswerable questions from workers and entities impacted by it—from how much it will cost employees

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House GOP Leader Candelora Appoints Howard to Public Safety Committee Leadership Post

Posted on July 29, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday announced that he has appointed state Rep. Greg Howard of Stonington as the leading House Republican on the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee.

In his new role as Ranking Member of the committee, Howard will spearhead policy initiatives on behalf of the 54-member House Republican Caucus.

“Representative Howard’s real-world experience as a public safety professional combined with his deep commitment to on-the-ground

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House GOP Leader Candelora Elevates Green to Leadership Position

Posted on July 28, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Wednesday announced that he has appointed state Rep. Robin Green to a leadership position within the caucus, naming her an Assistant Republican Leader.

“Robin has distinguished herself within our caucus as someone who is capable of bringing people together, and that’s a critical skill when it comes to building consensus on increasingly complex issues under consideration in the legislature,” Candelora said. “I’m looking forward to see what Robin

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