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State’s COVID-19 Response – June 5

Posted on June 5, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


I am providing you with updated information about the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  It was announced this morning that Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan begins on Wednesday, June 17. This allows certain businesses, like gyms and movie theaters to reopen, and also allows restaurants to resume in-door dining. For the most up-to-date testing data and resources on the virus, visit the state’s web portal.

 Municipal Coronavirus Relief Funding

Connecticut was allocated $1.3 billion in

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Rep. Buckbee Statement on Equality

Posted on June 2, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


America must step forward and be better than we are acting. I was raised to judge a man by his character and nothing else. If he wears a badge or not, he is accountable to the laws laid forth by an ideal that all men are created equal. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. Any acts of violence, wearing a badge or not, tarnishes the ideal of America. Violence is wrong and punishable.

Protests are a part of what America is. Riots are not. It’s okay to feel angry, but our actions must not be. I have been

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Working to Reopen Together

Posted on May 9, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


To the Editor,

We say it, we hear it and yes, we ARE all in this together, which very much includes the action of your state legislature. While the 2020 session has officially concluded because of a statutory deadline, our work is far from over. There are several items that require legislative business that have gone unaddressed this year, namely the $1 billion budget deficit that must be fixed before the end of the current fiscal year.

Our economy has taken quite the toll as a result of COVID-19

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COVID-19 State Response Updates

Posted on March 25, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


Coronavirus (COVID-19) information is being updated rapidly as state and federal health officials work to respond. You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 by clicking on the following links:

Here are direct links for information on:

To review all of Gov. Lamont’s executive orders, click here.

Health Recommendations to limit COVID-19

According to the Centers

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COVID-19 Response update 03/24/20

Posted on March 24, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Gov. Lamont has announced plans for all school districts to access and adopt alternative remote learning options as part of the administration’s strategy to limit the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, the administration has made an appeal for organizations, individuals, and businesses to donate medical equipment to health providers. For more information on how and what items to donate, you can click here.

For more details on the state’s response, you can read Gov. Lamont’s

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COVID-19 Response: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


The governor’s administration continues to update a compilation of frequently asked questions related to the state’s response to COVID-19. You can access the document directly by clicking here.

COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loans for Businesses & Employee Information

Posted on March 17, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


It has been announced that Connecticut businesses will be able to apply for disaster assistance loans. In a statement made by Governor Lamont, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be accepting applications for loans of up to $2 million to help individual businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

For specific information on how to apply for the SBA’s disaster assistance loan you can click here or call 1-800-659-2955.

Business owners who have questions about

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Opioid Crisis Response Legislation Receives Widespread Support at Capitol

Posted on March 6, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


HARTFORD – The legislature’s Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on Thursday, March 5, to allow testimony to be made on H.B. 5318: An Act Requiring A Study of Technology That Police Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Personnel May Use When Responding to Opioid Overdoses and H.B. 5317: An Act Concerning Purchases of Opioid Antagonist and Cartridge Injector Products for Law Enforcement Use. Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) spoke in support of the bills because of their

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Insurance Committee Hears Rep. Buckbee, Morrissey Family Testimony Supporting Legislative Package to Strengthen Addiction Treatment Coverage Requirements

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


Hartford – On Thursday morning the legislature’s Insurance Committee held a public hearing to consider public comments on a package of well-intentioned bills aimed at providing improved insurance coverage guidelines for those battling opioid addiction. State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) joined Tracey and Tony Morrissey, champions of Brian Cody’s Law, to testify in support of three separate legislative proposals.

Many supporters of Brian Cody’s law were also in attendance at the hearing

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Rep. Buckbee Speaks in Favor of Legislation Creating Greater Prescriptive Safeguards

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


Hartford – State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) was joined by New Milford residents, Tracey and Tony Morrissey, at the Legislative Office Building on Tuesday afternoon to give testimony before the legislature’s General Law Committee. The committee held a Public Hearing in order to consider public comment on several pieces of legislation, including S.B. 135 An Act Concerning Revisions to Pharmacy and Drug Control Statutes, a bill aimed at providing greater protections to individuals who may be

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