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OPINION: Extension of Governor’s Executive Orders is Unnecessary

Posted on February 8, 2022


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By the time you read this, the 2022 Legislative Session will have begun. This year is a “short” session – the legislature convenes on February 9 and ends on midnight on May 4.

Governor Lamont recently sent a letter to legislative leaders requesting an extension of 11 existing executive orders, which includes extending the mandatory mask mandate for certain individuals as well as school children until February 28, 2022.

At this moment, it is unclear how the Majority Party leadership will introduce

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Republicans Present Plan to Address Crime Crisis

Posted on February 3, 2022


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House Republicans held a news conference on Wednesday morning to outline their legislative proposals addressing Connecticut’s crime crisis. Lawmakers were also joined by victims and advocates to explain how the crisis has impacted them. You can view the entire news conference by clicking the image below.

Protecting the Public

The proposals presented at yesterday’s news conference are segmented into three specific categories – Safe Streets, Victim’s Rights, and Supporting Law Enforcement.

Safe Streets

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Free Covid-19 Test Kits and Helpful Tax Season Information

Posted on January 20, 2022


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The federal government recently announced a website allowing households across Connecticut and the country to order free COVID-19 rapid tests for delivery by visiting: https://www.covidtests.gov/. Just click on the website link, input your information and address, and confirm for four free COVID-19 rapid tests to be delivered through the post office. These test kits are expected to be shipped in late January.

With tax season rapidly approaching, I also wanted to provide you with some information

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Bristol Lawmakers to Host Virtual Pre-Session Legislative Update

Posted on January 13, 2022


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HARTFORD –State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78), and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) will be holding a Virtual Town Hall to hear from area residents prior to the start of the 2022 legislative session on Wednesday, February 9.

Date: Tuesday, January 25

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86216160330

Meeting ID: 862 1616 0330

The lawmakers would like to encourage residents who want to share their thoughts or concerns before the

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House Republican Leader Candelora Responds to Democrat lawmakers’ news conference on Jan. 6 anniversary

Posted on January 7, 2022


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday released the following statement in response to a news conference held this morning featuring Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and state Reps. Geraldo Reyes Jr. and Anthony Nolan:

“We should be memorializing what transpired on Jan. 6 by bringing political parties and elected officials together, not perpetuating this divide. In a week where residents were left to wait hours for COVID tests, Democrats have suddenly come out of hiding and

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New Laws Effective January 1st

Posted on January 3, 2022


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New policies affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses took effect on January 1st, 2022. This year, several important measures that may impact you, your family or your business become law, including:

New legislation effective

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Attention Bristol Businesses: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted on December 15, 2021


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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is the sixth federal COVID-19 relief bill passed in the last year and is by far the largest infusion of resources to the State of Connecticut. It is estimated that more than $6 billion will come to the state through multiple ARPA grant programs. The City of Bristol will receive approximately $28 million in ARPA dollars over the next five years. A 15-member ARPA Task Force, comprised of appointed members from the community, has been formed to help determine

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House Republicans Call for Governor to Stop Implementation of Controversial Truck Tax

Posted on November 17, 2021


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House Republicans on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, called for Gov. Lamont to stop implementation of the truck tax, contending the confluence of substantial federal infrastructure aid and the controversial revenue policy that will increase costs for businesses and residents should have state lawmakers redefining a path forward on improving our transportation grid.

“From staffing problems to supply chain issues, and rising fuel prices to inflation, Connecticut businesses face a multitude of challenges

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Connecticut Launches New Statewide Tools To Help Parents Monitor Children’s Development, Access Expert Tips And Support Healthy Early Development

Posted on November 15, 2021


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Connecticut Launches New Statewide Tools To Help Parents Monitor Children’s Development, Access Expert Tips And Support Healthy Early Development

The Office of Early Childhood recently announced a new statewide initiative to support children from birth through age 5 by offering Sparkler — a mobile app for parents and caregivers — to all parents with young children and to programs serving those families. Connecticut is the first state in the nation to offer families with children ages birth to 5 comprehensive

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Upcoming ‘Coffee with your Legislators’ in Bristol Hosted by Reps. Betts, Pavalock-D’Amato and Sen. Martin

Posted on October 27, 2021


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State Reps. Whit Betts and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato will join State Senator Henri Martin in hosting a ‘Coffee with your Legislators’ event in Bristol on Friday, November 5th from 8-9 a.m. The legislators invite residents to join them during this monthly coffee hour occurrence to discuss pertinent state and local issues.

WHEN: Every First Friday of the Month

Friday, November 5th  from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Rodd’s Restaurant, 854 Farmington Ave., Bristol

These events are designed to provide residents

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