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Rep. Callahan Touts Early Success of New Squantz Pond State Park Public Safety Law

Posted on July 9, 2024


New Fairfield, Conn. – – Summer travel along Route 39 in New Fairfield in the area of Squantz Pond is easier so far in 2024 thanks in part to a new state law, introduced by Representative Patrick Callahan (R-108). The Environment Committee Ranking Member has been advocating for legislation to improve public safety around the state park for years. In 2023, a bill was signed into law prohibiting walk-ins at the park after the parking capacity is reached.

“I am happy to report that the legislation I

State Rep. Patrick Callahan: New Laws Effective July 1, 2024

Posted on July 1, 2024


Several new laws take effect July 1st that could have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some of them below.

A summary of some new laws include:

AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION MANDATE RELIEF, SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND DISCONNECTED YOUTH

An Education Mandate Review Advisory Council will be created to advise and report to the General Assembly about the cost and implementation of existing education mandates on local and regional boards of education, as well as the impact

State Lawmakers Applaud Anticipated Funding Allocation for Candlewood Lake Boat Launch in New Fairfield

Posted on June 1, 2024


HARTFORDState Representative Patrick Callahan (R-108), Senator Stephen Harding (R-30) and New Fairfield First Selectman Melissa Lindsey on Friday applauded an anticipated $1.1 million allocation by the State Bond Commission next week for renovations to the Squantz Cove/Candlewood Lake Boat Launch in New Fairfield.

“I’m appreciative of the decision from Governor Lamont and commission members to invest in this project, and to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for making this a

New Milford Legislative Delegation Visits Sarah Noble Intermediate School

Posted on June 1, 2024


New Milford—During an assembly at Sarah Noble Intermediate School, State Representatives Bill Buckbee (R-67), Patrick Callahan (R-108) and Cindy Harrison (R-69) talked with students about how a bill becomes a law. The three legislators presented a slideshow about the legislative process and then took questions.

The lawmakers used a relatable example to engage the kids in the discussion of how a bill becomes a law by proposing free ice cream for all Connecticut students. They asked some students to

Rep. Callahan Participates in Foster Care Awareness Month Event

Posted on May 20, 2024


New Fairfield, Conn. – May is National Foster Care Month. The Town of New Fairfield hosted an event Sunday, May 19 to raise awareness about the significant need for foster parents in Connecticut. The Annie C Courtney Foundation, the CT Department of Children and Families, and a local foster parent shared information about the supports available to guide residents on becoming a foster parent. State Representative Patrick Callahan was among the featured speakers.

“I know the importance of a safe, secure

Rep. Callahan Provides Legislative Wrap Up of 2024 General Assembly Session

Posted on May 16, 2024


The House passed a wide range of bills during the final days of the session. If you’re interested in seeing all of the bills passed by the House, a journal is published online each day. You can find those documents here.

Wednesday, May 15 was National Peace Officers Memorial Day and Governor Lamont signed a bill into law establishing a Fallen Officer Fund to provide payments to the surviving family of a police officer killed in the line of duty. This been a priority issue for the House Republican

Rep. Callahan Explains New Squantz Pond State Park Car Pass Reservation System

Posted on May 15, 2024


New Fairfield, Conn. – The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is launching a new online car pass reservation system for Squantz Pond State Park on weekends and holidays. Visitors can reserve a pass for weekends this summer, starting this weekend and continuing through September 2nd.

DEEP says a maximum of 250 car passes are available each weekend or holiday date. This is in line with the maximum capacity of the parking lot, set several years ago.

Rep. Callahan Provides Update on Environment Committee Bills

Posted on May 10, 2024


As Ranking Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, I was tasked with leading debate on the House floor on bills passed out of committee. While there were some good measures approved during the 2024 session, I was concerned about others.

I argued against an omnibus proposal of nearly two dozen concepts. This bill would be costly to the state, further overburden out ratepayers, and overwhelm out electric grid. Our nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis determined this bill will lead to an

Rep. Callahan Advocates for Amendments to Help Cops Stop Drivers Impaired by Cannabis, Protect Kids

Posted on April 30, 2024


HARTFORD—State Representative Patrick Callahan (R-108) on Monday night expressed concern over the House failing to adopt what he called common sense measures to crack down on drugged driving after Republican amendments were raised, aimed at making Connecticut’s roadways safer.

“We have a Transportation Committee looking to lower the Blood Alcohol Limit from .08 to .05 for safety on the roads, which is great, but we continue to ignore people driving while smoking marijuana,” said Rep. Callahan (R-New

Callahan, Harrison, DEEP and Audubon Society Urge Residents to Take Down Birdfeeders as Bear Activity Increases

Posted on April 10, 2024


Residents Reminded to Discourage Bears’ Bad Behaviors and Be Bear Aware

As much as we’d all like to have a friend like Paddington Bear, State Representatives Cindy Harrison (R-69) and Pat Callahan (R-108) yesterday joined members of the National Audubon Society and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in Southbury to remind Connecticut residents to remove birdfeeders to eliminate one source of human-bear interactions.

With black bears emerging from their dens with the warmer spring

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