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House Republicans Lead Resistance to “Dangerous” Housing Legislation

Posted on March 1, 2024

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Hartford, Conn.– House Republicans on the Housing Committee were the chief opponents to a series of bad proposals to pass on party lines at a meeting on February 29th.

Ranking Member Tony Scott (R-112) issued the following statement: I have serious concerns with An Act Concerning Evictions for Cause, which would establish a general right for any tenant to remain in a rental unit after a lease term expires. The state shouldn’t hamstring the right of a housing provider to use their property as

House GOP Leader Candelora responds to withdrawal of gas-powered vehicle ban

Posted on November 28, 2023

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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) on Monday issued the following statement in response to news that Governor Lamont will withdraw proposed regulations that phase out sales of new gas-powered vehicles:

“The Governor’s decision to pull proposed regulations banning the sales of new gas-powered vehicles is a prudent move considering the growing revolt from a diverse chorus of stakeholders with concerns ranging from electric grid capacity and reliability to the availability

CT GOP lawmakers: “Pump the brakes” on proposed ban  on gas-powered vehicle sales 

Posted on November 17, 2023

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In advance of a key legislative committee vote on Nov. 28, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly today urged Democrats to “pump the brakes” on the Lamont administration’s proposal to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and send the proposed regulations back to the full legislature for more deliberation. 

The lawmakers said the mandates, if enacted, will make the state more unaffordable

House, Senate Republicans call for ouster of union official over Hamas comments

Posted on October 18, 2023

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HARTFORD—House and Senate Republican Leaders on Tuesday urged legislative Democrats and Governor Lamont to join them in demanding the immediate ouster of SEIU Connecticut State Council Executive Director Kooper Caraway over his public remarks in support of terrorists who are responsible for recent atrocities committed against Israeli citizens.

In a letter to the Governor and leaders of the legislature’s Democrat majority caucuses, House and Senate Republican Leaders Vincent Candelora and Kevin

House GOP Leader Candelora Urges PFMLA Board to Put More Money in Workers’ Pockets by Reducing Mandatory Payroll Contribution

Posted on October 11, 2023

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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Wednesday urged the Board of Directors for the CT Paid Family Leave Authority to reduce workers’ mandatory contribution rate so financially-strapped residents can keep more money in their paychecks.

The board will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, and at that time, Candelora said, members should reduce the mandatory per-paycheck contribution rate to .0475 percent from .05 percent.

“This program built on a payroll tax has amassed a surplus

House GOP Leader Candelora Highlights Fallen Officer Fund in Two-Year State Budget

Posted on October 10, 2023

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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Monday highlighted a new, lesser-known provision in the two-year state budget that provides more financial support for the families of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty.

The biennium budget signed by Gov. Lamont in June allocated $500,000 in each of fiscal years 2024 and 2025 to create the Fallen Officer Fund, an initiative proposed by House Republicans in the 2023 legislative session. The bill became an element of

House Republicans Propose Election Integrity Reforms in Special Session

Posted on September 26, 2023

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HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday introduced several reforms aimed at bolstering security in Connecticut’s absentee ballot voting system including eliminating the use of ballot drop boxes, which were at the heart of recent fraud allegations in the Democrat mayoral primary in Bridgeport.

State lawmakers were in Hartford for a special legislative session, set in motion prior to the Bridgeport controversy, that focused largely on technical changes related to election issues. House Republicans

House Republicans Unveil Biennial Budget Proposal

Posted on May 2, 2023

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2024-2025 plan provides more tax relief than Governor and Democrats, invests in key areas including education and nonprofit social safety net providers

HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday released a balanced budget proposal that provides more than $1 billion in broad-based tax relief to Connecticut residents while also making historic investments in education and providing more funding for nonprofit providers.

“Connecticut residents desperately need tax relief, but they also deserve a government

Republicans Outline Proposals to Make Connecticut Safer

Posted on March 1, 2023

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HARTFORD—In advance of a series of Judiciary Committee public hearings next week, House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday outlined proposals aimed at making Connecticut safer while urging Democrats to veer from their lopsided approach to public safety that does little to deter crime.  

“Last year, after speaking with police, community leaders, prosecutors, public defenders, and youth advocates, Senate Republicans offered our Better Way to a Safer Connecticut plan,” said Senate Republican Leader

Senate and House Republicans Offer Plan for Energy Affordability

Posted on January 17, 2023

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailHARTFORD – Today Senate and House Republican Leaders detailed a comprehensive package of policy proposals to reduce the cost of electric bills and make energy more affordable over the long term.

The policies will reduce energy costs for CT families by over $362 million per year, saving the average household over $210 next year. In the long run, the plan will drive down costs by even more and implement important ratepayer protections against utilities.

The package of legislative proposals will address

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