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Buckbee Supports Implementation of Energy Storage Initiative

Posted on January 18, 2022


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Hartford – The State of Connecticut has begun its decade-long energy storage program. This program is designed to help both businesses and residents by providing an avenue for them to install a battery powered energy source – a potentially life-saving mechanism in the event of a prolonged power outage. State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) supported the legislation to implement the program when it came up for debate during the 2021 legislative session.

“Radical weather is becoming more of a common

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2022 Major Issues Report

Posted on January 18, 2022


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The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its 2022 Major Issues report. OLR crafts this report annually to provide an overview of the major topics that the legislature is likely to take up. Of note are the sections addressing the pandemic (pg. 5), potential tax relief proposals (pg. 9), and juvenile justice (pg. 13).

To read the report, you can click here.

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Callahan, Buckbee Call for Greater Transparency on COVID Policies

Posted on December 15, 2021


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Hartford – The governor’s team has indicated that a new ‘digital medical’ passport-like program will be launched within the coming days. Similar programs have been sporadically introduced across the country, like in Connecticut’s neighboring state of New York. The details of Connecticut’s program, however, are not being made public. According to State Reps. Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield) and Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford), the lack of transparency the administration is sharing about this new program

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Infrastructure Deal Sparks Call for New Milford Commuter Rail

Posted on November 18, 2021


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HARTFORD – A bipartisan coalition led by State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan (D-Bethel, Danbury, Redding, Newtown) and State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) is strongly urging the Connecticut Department of Transportation to prioritize funding for two major improvements to the Danbury Branch Line.

A letter signed by House and Senate legislators calls for “dedicated funding for the electrification of the existing Danbury Branch Line service between the South Norwalk and Danbury Stations

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Buckbee, Callahan Visit Pratt Nature Center

Posted on November 4, 2021


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New Milford – State Representatives Billy Buckbee (R-New Milford) and Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield) were invited to visit the Pratt Nature Center. Established in 1967, Pratt is home to a 205-acre wildlife preserve, providing children and students the space needed to learn about the outdoors first-hand. The site is also home to the state’s one of a kind outdoor classroom and offers various educational programs, from summer camps to year-round activities, to those throughout Litchfield County.

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2021 Tax Amnesty Program

Posted on November 2, 2021


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Hartford – The State of Connecticut has launched its 2021 Tax Amnesty program. To learn more about the program, you can visit GetRightCt.com. The program runs from November 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. The program provides a 75% reduction in interest and waives penalties and the possibility of criminal prosecution to those who have not filed, have under reported or have existing liabilities related to taxes owed to the State for any tax period ending on or before December 31, 2020.

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State Reaches Settlement with Eversource

Posted on November 1, 2021


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The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) recently approved Eversource’s Settlement Agreement in response to an investigation into the company’s storm-related performance.

I’m encouraged by this news, and as we enter into the winter season I remain hopeful that Eversource will continue to improve their services and storm-related response moving forward.

The settlement agreement consists of the following elements:

  • $65 million in direct bill credits to Eversource customers to be distributed

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on October 12, 2021


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October is domestic violence awareness month. Advocacy efforts to decrease incidences of domestic violence have made a significantly positive impact on how the legislature has responded to this issue. Consequently, the state continues to make progress in curbing incidences of domestic violence.

Earlier in the year, I proudly supported a new law that expands the legal definition of ‘domestic violence’ to include coercive behavior. Too often, victims of domestic violence crimes feel trapped in a helpless

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Laws Effective October First

Posted on October 1, 2021


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Several new laws will be taking effect Friday, October 1st. I have highlighted a handful of the changes to public policy below and I encourage you to review all the newly effective laws as they may have a direct impact on you, your family, or business.

You can access a complete list of them by clicking here.

October’s New Laws…

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This new law was enacted to expand the definition of domestic violence to include coercive behavior. Additionally, the

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Drainage System Maintenance Activity Scheduled on Kent Road in New Milford

Posted on September 21, 2021


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be repairing the drainage system on Route 7 (Kent Road) in New Milford at Everwood Drive. Work is scheduled to occur on Saturday, September 25, 2021, through Sunday, September 26, 2021 (rain date of October 2 and October 3, 2021).

Motorists can expect a road closure on Kent Road at Everwood Drive. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists around the work zone.

A detour will be set up taking motorists to Route

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