Callahan Hears Briefing on Work of New School Safety Center

Posted on January 30, 2023

Danbury—Members of the Greater Danbury legislative delegation met January 27 with The CT Center for School Safety and Crisis Preparation at WCSU. The Center received state funding and opened last year to assist k-12 school districts with training and other resources. Representative Patrick Callahan (R-New Fairfield) was among the lawmakers who met with about a dozen members of staff from The Center.

Center officials said cyberbullying and social media need to be viewed as a school safety issue. The

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Bill on State Park Public Safety Capacity

Posted on January 26, 2023

Hartford– The legislature’s Environment Committee has scheduled a public hearing on a bill proposed by Representative Patrick Callahan, along with state Senators Julie Kushner and Stephen Harding, to make activities safer at Squantz Pond State Park, H.B. No. 5009 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLIC SAFETY CAPACITY OF STATE PARKS. The public hearing on Monday, January 30, will be at 10am in Room 2B of the Legislative Office Building. The committee meeting can also be viewed via YouTube Live.

The legislators

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Callahan, Republicans Unveil A Better Way to Energy Affordability

Posted on January 18, 2023

HARTFORD – State Representative Patrick Callahan (R-108) supports a comprehensive package of policy proposals unveiled by Senate and House Republican Leaders Tuesday to reduce the cost of electric bills and make energy more affordable over the long term.

The policies will reduce energy costs for Connecticut 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

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Posted on January 11, 2023

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11.

During the last legislative session, I co-sponsored a bill to establish the crime of harmful communication with a minor. The proposal, H.B. 5468, to strengthen the protections for children when they are surfing websites and using online applications was approved unanimously by the House. Time ran out during the short legislative session with the bill still on the Senate calendar, but I will be proposing this measure

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Callahan Takes Oath of Office to Serve Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, and Sherman

Posted on January 4, 2023

HARTFORD — State Representative Patrick Callahan (R-108) was sworn in for his second term at the State Capitol in Hartford today alongside his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Clare. Callahan, who joins his 151 colleagues in the House of Representatives, says he is looking forward to continuing to be the voice of the residents of the 108th District.

“I look forward to getting to work at the Capitol this session, representing the interests of the residents and businesses in the communities of Danbury,

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Callahan Appointed as Ranking Member of Environment Committee

Posted on December 12, 2022

HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vin Candelora has appointed State Rep. Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield) to be the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee. This appointment will be effective when the Connecticut General Assembly convenes for session on Wednesday, January 4, and will remain through the 2024 session.

“I am appreciative of this leadership appointment and am excited to get to work in the upcoming session,” said Callahan, who is currently a member of the committee. “We

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Callahan Supports Energy Relief Package, Warns Consumers of January Truck Tax Impact

Posted on November 29, 2022

HARTFORD – State Rep. Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield) supported the lone piece of legislation that the House of Representatives considered during Monday’s special session. The legislature was called into session in order to take action on a partial extension of the gas tax, increased funding to the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, an extension of free bus fare, and to approve allocations of the “hero pay” program to reward the efforts of some essential workers for the efforts during the pandemic.

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Consumer Alert: Electricity Rate Hike 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.

These astronomical rate increase requests come at a time when the cost of living has been skyrocketing

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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)

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New Laws Effective October 1

Posted on September 29, 2022

New laws are going into effect on Saturday, October 1st, and I have highlighted some of the major state policy changes for your review. You can check out all newly effective laws by clicking the button below.

Addressing Crime…

The legislature moved to address rising levels of crime. I supported the passage of Public Act 22-115 An Act Concerning Juvenile Justice and Services, Firearms Background Checks, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. The new law improves the ability of local law enforcement to review

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