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Buckbee Calls for Creation of School Resource Officer Grant Program 

Posted on June 14, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) has spearheaded an initiative to use federal resource dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to create a grant program that would help Connecticut towns procure the necessary level of funding to hire additional school resource officers (SRO). Last week, Buckbee penned a letter to Gov. Lamont to formally request the matching grant program be established, which drew the support of his fellow House Republican colleagues.

“We have a historically

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Buckbee Recognizes New Milford Essay Contest Winner

Posted on June 13, 2022


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New MilfordState Rep. Bill Buckbee visited Schaghticoke Middle School on Friday afternoon to recognize the winner of the 4th annual New Milford Essay Contest. The prompt for the essay was how The Town of New Milford contributed to their lives. Students focused on one particular event or notable public figure that represents the ideals and values of the community.

This year’s winner was sixth grader, Sarah Parsard, who wrote an exceptional piece about how the Christmas season tree lighting helped

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Making Connecticut Affordable, Call for Special Session

Posted on June 7, 2022


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Inflation and our state’s tax structure have made Connecticut unaffordable. I am calling for a special session to provide immediate tax relief that will be meaningful to both residents and businesses. The plan I support prioritizes lowering energy costs – including diesel fuel – as well as making everyday items easier for you to purchase. Specifics of the plan include:

  • Reducing the income tax
  • Expanding current gas tax holiday to diesel
  • Suspending impending diesel fuel tax increase (scheduled for

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Buckbee Opposes State Budget Adjustments

Posted on May 3, 2022


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WATCH: Rep. Buckbee’s Comments from the Floor…

HARTFORD – On Monday evening, the House approved adjustments to the state’s current state budget. State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) opposed the adjustment package because there was not enough long-term financial relief provided to residents and businesses.

“Legislators got an e-mail around 4:30 in the morning that contained the initial draft of the budget adjustments. This doesn’t give anyone, legislators or the public, time to fully review what’s

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An Affordable Connecticut

Posted on April 21, 2022


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Republicans held a news conference this morning to unveil a detailed tax relief plan “An Affordable Connecticut” that goes beyond the temporary relief package they supported earlier in the year. This proposed plan focuses on making broad-based tax cuts, totaling $1.2 billion in relief, that will benefit every Connecticut resident and business. To watch this morning’s press conference, click here.

An Affordable Connecticut

The plan is comprised of the following tax decreases:

New Milford Day Returns to Capitol

Posted on April 20, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Billy Buckbee (R-New Milford) began the tradition of New Milford Day at the State Capitol in 2018. On Wednesday, April 20, New Milford Day was once again held at the Capitol Complex in Hartford after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic’s building restrictions. Buckbee was joined by his fellow New Milford area legislators, including Rep. Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield) and Rep. Stephen Harding (R-Brookfield).

“I want to thank our local businesses, services, and programs,

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Buckbee Sponsor’s Bipartisan Amendment as House Passes New Opioid Related Legislation

Posted on April 20, 2022


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HARTFORD – On Tuesday evening the House of Representatives took bipartisan action in passing H.B. 5430 An Act Concerning Opioids. State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) spoke in strong support of the legislation, offering two separate amendments to strengthen the bill’s intent, which is to combat the state’s opioid crisis.

In the 2021 session, Buckbee successfully shepherded public policy into a new state law that created a pilot program administered through the Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction

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Tax Free Week April 10-16

Posted on April 6, 2022


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From Sunday, April 10, to Saturday, April 16, there will be a tax free holiday on clothing and footwear. Items sold at $100 or under will not be subject to the state’s sales tax during this time. This tax holiday was implemented by the legislature in the same legislative package that suspended the state’s excise gas tax.

Click here for more examples of what items are tax exempt.

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Autism Acceptance Month

Posted on April 4, 2022


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Established in 1970 by the Autism Society to promote awareness, education, and acceptance – April is Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). The Dept. of Public Health offers resources for individuals who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their families. To access those resources, please click here.

The legislature continues to find new ways to support those who are diagnosed with autism and their caregivers. In 2021, I supported a new law that expands the state’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Council.

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Juvenile Justice Public Hearing, Monday March 14

Posted on March 10, 2022


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The Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 14, regarding our proposals to address the issue of juvenile crime. The proposed bill is 5418 ‘An Act Revising Juvenile and Criminal Justice Statutes and Insurance Statutes Concerning Theft of a Motor Vehicle.’ Testimony on this important piece of legislation can be submitted to the committee by e-mailing JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov. If you would like to speak at Monday’s hearing, please note that registration to

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