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Commission Studying COVID-19 Impact Disparities Approved by House

Posted on April 27, 2021


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Hartford – On Monday afternoon the House of Representatives convened to act on several pieces of legislation. Notably, State Rep. Billy Buckbee (R-New Milford) spoke in favor and supported a bill establishing a commission to study the various impacts of the pandemic. The commission has been specifically charged with determining how COVID-19 affected different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

“Creating the Commission on the Disparate Impact of COVID-19 is an important start to get an understanding

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Buckbee’s Legislative Half Time Report

Posted on April 15, 2021


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We are roughly half way through the current legislative session. This session has been atypical, with very little in-person business being conducted. This has meant a quick adaptation by both the public and legislators to stay involved with the legislative process. At the beginning of session, I had proposed several bill topics that will help improve life here in New Milford and across our state. Now that we are through the public hearing and committee processes, we have a little bit better of an

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Rep Buckbee: Proposing Public Health Solutions to the Opioid Crisis

Posted on March 11, 2021


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To the Editor,

The first responsibility of any elected person acting in the best interests of our community. The legislature is considering many ideas this session, many more in fact than I had originally thought we would be able to consider based on the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To me, and in the perspective of my fellow residents, our state government should be focused on legislative initiatives that create a clear pathway to recovery. Recovery has different meanings for everyone. An

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Buckbee Testifies on Public Safety, Infrastructure, and Energy Initiatives

Posted on March 4, 2021


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Billy Buckbee, who represents the community of New Milford, participated in several public hearings this week at the State Capitol. Buckbee supported a range of initiatives, which spanned from providing greater recovery resources to overdose victims to re-introducing commuter rail service to New Milford. Additionally, Buckbee advocated for a new class of energy resource alongside State Sen. Craig Miner (R-Litchfield).

Addressing Instances of Expected Overdose

Buckbee testified

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Buckbee Votes Against Measure Minimizing Municipal Funding from New Milford

Posted on February 26, 2021


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Hartford – The House of Representatives met on Wednesday to discuss far-reaching legislation that removes already promised municipal funding from the Town of New Milford. State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) voted against the proposal, which changes the state’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) formula.

“I’m all for helping out those in need but taking money from one pocket to put in another is not equitable,” explained Buckbee. “The reality is, our community is going to have to come up with a

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Buckbee Testifies on Multiple Public Safety Initiatives

Posted on February 12, 2021


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HARTFORD – The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 11, on several pieces of legislation. State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) testified on five separate pieces of legislation. Three are aimed at curbing the opioid crisis, one is intended to provide firefighters an exemption on personal income, and one to update the state’s regulations on video visual effects.

The committee heard 27 bill proposals during today’s hearing. “This is perhaps

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Virtual Public Hearing Information

Posted on February 10, 2021


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I have been getting some excellent questions about the virtual public hearing process. All committees have their own rules on how each hearing is conducted. However, there are a few basics you should know about testifying virtually:

  • Bill information can be found at cga.ct.gov
  • Each bill will indicate what committee the bill is being considered by and when it is being heard
  • Find the committee webpage by using the top navigation bar on the CGA website
  • The committee page will have a link to its public

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COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Posted on February 9, 2021


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Residents over the age of 65 can now begin to sign up for vaccination appointments. The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of Monday, Feb. 8:

  • First doses administered: 387,174
  • Second doses administered: 129,907
  • Total doses administered: 517,081

So far, the state has vaccinated 56 percent of its population over the age of 75. Connecticut remains in the top four states in the nation for vaccine distribution.

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Public Hearing: Public Safety Committee, Thursday Feb. 11

Posted on February 8, 2021


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The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom.  

The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.  In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com.  Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form.  Registration will close on February 10, 2021 at 3:00P.M.

 Speaker order of approved registrants will be listed in a randomized order and posted

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Buckbee Re-Establishes Momentum on Legislation Aimed to Curb Opioid Crisis

Posted on January 28, 2021


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HARTFORD – It is the early stages of the 2021 legislative session. Rep. Buckbee has put forth a package of proposals that seek to eliminate the abuse of opioids and provide resources for those seeking recovery from addiction. Buckbee has introduced over 10 individual proposals to date, many already gaining traction in this year’s legislative process, that are intended to curb the opioid pandemic.

“We are looking, at the state level, to expand Brian Cody’s Law, which is a package of bills that will

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