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Posted on September 27, 2021


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Candelora Earns Positive Score from Business Advocacy Group

Posted on September 23, 2021


HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora earned 100 percent on the 2021 Legislative Scorecard issued by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA.)

CBIA, the state’s largest business advocacy organization, tracks legislation that could have either a negative or positive impact on our state’s economy and scores legislators according to how they voted.

“Considering the far-reaching impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our local, regional and state economies, there’s no task

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Candelora Responds to House Speaker Ritter Over Manufactured Hearing Controversy

Posted on September 22, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Matt Ritter’s comments about a public hearing on workers affected by employer-issued vaccine mandates:

“This is what Democrats do — provoke, attack, and silence people who have different views than they do. Speaker Ritter’s hyperbolic statement about today’s hearing conducted in a nearly-empty building is not only predictable, it’s inaccurate given the guidance legislators

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Rep. Candelora, Sen. Kelly Call on Gov. Lamont to Expand Call for Special Session to Address Rise in Crime

Posted on September 21, 2021


HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly are calling on Governor Ned Lamont to expand the anticipated call for special session next week on pandemic-related emergency powers to include a call to address the rise in violent crime across Connecticut. The Republican leaders released the following statement today:

“Our state is fully submerged in a crime wave that legislative Democrats have willfully ignored despite justifiable outrage from their constituents

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Candelora Receives FOI Award for Efforts Aimed at Government Transparency

Posted on September 14, 2021


HARTFORD — The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information on Tuesday gave its Bice Clemow Award to House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora of North Branford and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter of Hartford. The award, named after a former West Hartord-based newspaper editor who drove implementation of the state’s Freedom of Information laws, was presented jointly to both lawmakers during a luncheon held in Hartford at Elizabeth Park. In his remarks about Candelora’s work, Council President

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House Republicans Urge Transparency in Use of Federal Pandemic Aid

Posted on September 3, 2021


HARTFORD—House Republicans say the historic level of pandemic-related funding provided to the state by the federal government triggers need for an increased level of transparency, and they’ve asked the governor’s budget director to provide the legislature—and taxpayers—with a detailed status report.

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, on behalf of his 54-member caucus, sent a letter Aug. 18 to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, contending that having a better understanding

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Closure and Detour of Route 22 for Ongoing Modern Roundabout Construction Activities in Guilford, Branford and North Branford

Posted on August 12, 2021


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the scheduled closure and detour of Route 22 to facilitate ongoing work activities for the construction of a modern roundabout at Route 1 and Route 22 in Guilford, Branford and North Branford.

The closure and detour will occur beginning at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, and will remain in place through Aug. 20 at 6 a.m.

Route 22 northbound traffic will be detoured via Route 1 to Route 139 to Route 80. Route 22 southbound traffic will be detoured via

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Candelora Statement on Gov. Lamont’s Decision to Give Raises to Non-Union Managers

Posted on July 15, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today released the following statement in response to Gov. Lamont’s decision to award raises to non-unionized managers:

“Unfortunately, our state is mired in a vicious circle that’s fueled by people at the capitol whose baseline position is to give state employee unions everything they want. That attitude has contributed to a structural gulf between non-union managers and the unionized employees that serve under them and, given the pay imbalance

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House Republican Leader Candelora Condemns Senate Democrats’ Statement on Republican Effort to Develop Solutions on Juvenile Crime Issues

Posted on July 7, 2021


HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora released the following statement today in response to a statement issued Senator Martin Looney and Senate Democrats:

“Achieving meaningful, balanced reform to our juvenile justice system is a mission that will require conversation and input from leaders of all four legislative caucuses. I think Connecticut residents—particularly victims of crime—will find it as frustrating as I do that Senate Democrats and Senator Martin Looney lobbed a bizarre display

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House Republicans Say Gov. Lamont Should Detail Plan for Providing Guidance on Marijuana Legalization

Posted on June 30, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republicans on Wednesday said Gov. Lamont must provide a timeline for when his administration will issue guidance to varied public and private sector interests affected by the legislature’s slapdash legalization of marijuana, faulting the governor and Democrats for ignoring the immediate ramifications of their controversial policy change.

“Given that this bill was written in secret by the Governor’s office and Democratic legislators, they are the only ones who have the level of understanding

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