Buckbee’s Public Safety Provision to Prevent Gas Leaks Moves Forward

Posted on March 15, 2023


HARTFORD – State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) proposed a concept that would require buildings that utilize combustible gas be equipped with a leak detector. The bill, H.B. 6848 An Act Concerning Gas Leak Detectors in New and Existing Construction, was before the Energy & Technology during its committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

“This is a commonsense measure that will keep people safe,” said Buckbee, who previously has served the New Milford community as a firefighter. “Having seen first-hand

Buckbee’s Proposals to Lower Electricity Rates, Increase Consumer Protections Scheduled for Hearing

Posted on February 17, 2023


HARTFORD – Since the beginning of the current legislative session, State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) has been advocating for greater transparency of Connecticut’s electricity rate setting process and for clearer regulations on the operations of third party energy suppliers – encouraging their continued participation on the state market. These concepts have been approved by the Energy & Technology committee to be heard on Tuesday, February 21, at the Legislative Office Building.

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Buckbee Supports State Police Contract, Additional Measures Aiding Law Enforcement

Posted on January 26, 2023


Hartford – The House of Representatives convened on Wednesday to act on an updated bargaining agreement with the state police force. State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) voted in support of the contract, which was approved by a final vote tally of 142 – 1.

“The Connecticut State Police recruitment and retention has been quickly declining. This contract won’t fix all the issues associated with low morale or reverse the pieces of partisan legislation that have made policing a much tougher job than

Buckbee, Republicans Unveil a Better Way to Energy Affordability

Posted on January 17, 2023


HARTFORD – Today Senate and House Republican Leaders detailed a comprehensive package of policy proposals to reduce the cost of electric bills and make energy more affordable over the long term.


The policies will reduce energy costs for CT families by over $362 million per year, saving the average household over $210 next year.  In the long run, the plan will drive down costs by even more and implement important ratepayer protections against utilities.

The package

2023 Legislative Session Convenes, Committee Process Begins

Posted on January 11, 2023


HARTFORD – State Rep. Bill Buckbee was sworn into office on Wednesday, January 4, beginning another term representing the 67th District. Buckbee will serve as the Ranking Member to the Energy & Technology Committee. Additionally, he will serve on the Commerce

To read the Office of Legislative Research’s “Major Issues” report, click here. This is a summation of the major topics that are likely to be addressed by the legislature this session.

The 2023 session will adjourn on Wednesday, June 7. Prior

New Milford Delegation Flies with New Milford Police Aviation Unit

Posted on December 12, 2022


Photo (from left to right): Captain Al Wilcoxson, State Rep. Cindy Harrison, Crew Member and Vice Preseident Charles Brady, State Rep. Stephen Harding, State Rep. Pat Callahan, State Rep. Bill Buckbee, and New Milford Chief of Police Spencer Cerruto.  

NEW MILFORD – New Milford Police’s Aviation Unit and Eagle Search and Rescue Team hosted the New Milford legislative delegation on Thursday, December 8, for an in-depth look at the aviation program and a short flight around the region. The program,

Buckbee Named Ranking Member of Energy & Technology Committee   

Posted on December 9, 2022


HARTFORD – It was announced on Thursday afternoon that State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) has been appointed as the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Energy & Technology Committee by House Republican Leader Vin Candelora. The appointment comes weeks before the legislature convenes its 2023 session, and it will remain effective through next year’s 2024 session.

“Many have voiced concern recently about the escalating rates in the energy market here in Connecticut. I look forward to collaborating

Special Session Didn’t Go Far Enough…

Posted on November 29, 2022


The Speaker called us into a special session on the Monday following Thanksgiving to take urgent action on the potential sunset of the gas tax holiday, increasing funding to the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, continuing free bus fare, and funding essential worker “hero pay” for efforts put forth in the throes of the pandemic. These are all important topics to debate and ultimately provide more funding to, but we fell short of the goal line and New Milford’s residents will pay the price.


Consumer Alert: Electricity Rate Increase Request

Posted on November 18, 2022


I am sharing an urgent consumer alert, regarding Connecticut’s utility companies. Eversource and United Illuminating have submitted electricity rate increase requests to the state’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA). These increases would double supply rates, effective January 1, 2023, resulting in increases of $85 and $79 respectively for households that use an average of 700kWh per month.

I have seen social media explode over this issue, and you’re right – these proposals are unacceptable.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 7, 2022


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s important to know that early detection can save lives. I supported a new law this year that will expand insurance coverage for breast cancer screenings. Specifically, it requires coverage for certain genetic testing, including for breast cancer gene one (BRCA1) and breast cancer gene two (BRCA2), under certain circumstances. It also requires post-treatment CA-125 monitoring (i.e., a test measuring the amount of the cancer antigen 125 protein); and (c)