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Upcoming Event for Veterans

Posted on September 19, 2022


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) announced Veterans STAND DOWN 2022 will take place on September 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at five regional sites across the state, including Bristol.

While the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way agencies and organizations operate, the DVA continues its commitment to serving Connecticut’s Veterans by providing access to a range of programs and services offered by state and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community-based nonprofits.

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CT Sees Uptick in Fraudulent Benefit Claims: How to Protect Against It

Posted on September 15, 2022


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HARTFORD – In response to a reported uptick in fraudulent claims benefits that have been processed through the Department of Labor (DOL), Rep. Betts is increasing awareness to this threat and providing resources so you can protect yourself, or your business, against criminals looking to steal your personal information.

Reducing Fraudulent DOL Benefit Claims

The uptick in fraudulent benefit claims is alarming. According to reports, businesses have notified the Connecticut Business Industry Association

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Republicans Call for Special Legislative Session to Address Funding Reduction to Energy Assistance Program

Posted on September 2, 2022


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HARTFORD-  Rep. Whit Betts, R-78th, on Thursday joined his Republican colleagues in signing a petition calling for a special legislative session to address what could be a mounting crisis.

The Appropriations, Human Services and Energy and Technology committees held a joint public hearing earlier this week in which members decided to advance an allocation plan by Governor Lamont, which would result in a decrease in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a key resource used

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Upcoming Public Hearing on Home Heating Assistance

Posted on August 25, 2022


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The cost of heating a home in Connecticut has skyrocketed in the past two years. As of Aug. 15, 2022 the average price for home heating oil in Connecticut was $4.57. A year ago, that average was $2.74. In 2020, the average was $2.02.

In two years, the cost has more than doubled. Republicans had proposed using the state’s significant surpluses, which are in the billions, to expand the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, in order to assist more people with home heating assistance. But that plan

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Public Hearing Set for Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on August 2, 2022


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HARTFORD – As you may have heard, insurance companies have proposed increasing rates in Connecticut in 2023 for individual and small group markets by an average of more than 20%. The rate increases would impact more than 200,000 people statewide.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has also decided to leave the Connecticut market.

The Connecticut Insurance Department has scheduled a hybrid public meeting for Monday, August 15 at 9 a.m. Members of the public can attend the hearing either in person at the

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Republican Legislative Leaders Renew Calls to Hold Public Hearing at State Capitol on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on July 14, 2022


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HARTFORD – Connecticut Senate and House Republican Leaders are renewing their calls for a public hearing at the state Capitol on the proposed health insurance rate filings for the 2023 individual and small group markets, which include proposed rate increases averaging over 20%.

On Monday, Connecticut Republicans wrote to legislative leaders, Governor Lamont, and Insurance Department Commissioner Mais calling on them to hold a public hearing at the State Capitol complex on the proposed health insurance

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Reps. Pavalock-D’Amato, Betts and Sen. Martin to Host Legislative Town Hall

Posted on June 16, 2022


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BRISTOL – State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) are inviting area residents to join them for a Legislative Town Hall to discuss any item addressed during the 2022 session. They want to hear from residents about their top concerns about bills that were passed, changes they’d like to see, or issues the state should address.

Date: June 21

LOCATION: Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

If you are

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Rep. Betts Joins Republican Call for Special Session to Address Affordability Crisis in Connecticut

Posted on June 8, 2022


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HARTFORD – Rep. Whit Betts, R-Bristol, joined his fellow Republicans on Tuesday in calling for a special legislative session to bring relief to struggling families as they face historic inflation, while state government surpluses continue to grow.

From dramatic increases at the gas pump, to the soaring cost of home heating oil, every one of us in this state has felt the financial squeeze.

With inflation at a 40-year high of more than 8%, it has increased the average costs per year for our families

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Bristol delegation encouraging residents to take part in flag collection drive

Posted on May 27, 2022


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BRISTOL – State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78), and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) are helping residents retire their worn or frayed U.S. flags in a dignified and respectful way.

The Bristol state legislative delegation will have two separate drop-off locations in Bristol for flags that are no longer in a condition to be displayed. The collection drive will take place from May 31 through June 10, concluding before Flag Day on June 14, and all flags will be retired

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Rep. Betts to host coffee hour on May 20

Posted on May 19, 2022


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State Rep. Whit Betts and State Senator Henri Martin invite residents to join them for their monthly Coffee Hour event to discuss the 2022 legislative session, which recently wrapped up.

This is an opportunity for all residents to speak with them about any issue related to state government and to talk about issues affecting the district.

WHEN: Friday, May 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Eagle’s Nest Restaurant, 163 Main St., Terryville

If you have any questions or cannot make the event but

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