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OLR Issues 2024 “Major Issues” Report

Posted on January 19, 2024

The state’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research has issued its 2024 Major Issues report, which offers summaries of some of the many subjects that could be discussed during the legislative session that begins Feb. 7. Click the image below to read the brief report.


CT Retail Network Talks Legislative Priorities with Candelora

Posted on January 16, 2024

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora joined CT Retail Network Tim Phelan for a conversation about priorities for the 2024 legislative session and issues that affect the retail business community. Watch below!



Candelora, Cicarella Help Celebrate Accomplishment of North Branford Resident

Posted on January 3, 2024

NORTH BRANFORD–House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and state Sen. Paul Cicarella were at the McDonald’s in North Branford today to help resident Janet Stanley celebrate  her Associate’s Degree in management, which she earned from Colorado Technical University through the McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program. Archways is available to all McDonald’s employees after just 90 days of employment and pays up to $3,000 per year, every year, for any accredited higher education or training program.


Poll Points to Unpopularity of EV Mandate

Posted on December 30, 2023

A survey of Connecticut voters conducted by the Specialty Equipment Marketers Association has illustrated strong opposition to efforts to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles in this state. Read the survey results here.


House GOP Leader Candelora on Street Takeovers

Posted on December 12, 2023

After string of street takeovers across several communities, including one in North Haven that attracted more than 1,000 vehicles, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora spoke to WFSB 3 reporter Susan Raff about this burgeoning form of community terrorism.


Candelora (Hearst) OpEd: Connecticut’s Recovering Restaurant Industry Needs Support, Not More Government Roadblocks

Posted on December 9, 2023

The indelible nature of the American Dream was on display earlier this week, when some 1,400 hospitality professionals from throughout the state gathered for a celebration of entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and grit that characterizes an industry that has faced its share of challenges over the last few years.

It was the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s marquee awards ceremony, which saw restauranteurs and workers take honors for their craft and dedication to an industry that accounts for roughly


House GOP Leader Candelora responds to withdrawal of gas-powered vehicle ban

Posted on November 28, 2023

HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today issued the following statement in response to news that Governor Lamont will withdraw proposed regulations that phase out sales of new gas-powered vehicles:

“The Governor’s decision to pull proposed regulations banning the sales of new gas-powered vehicles is a prudent move considering the growing revolt from a diverse chorus of stakeholders with concerns ranging from electric


CT GOP lawmakers: “Pump the brakes” on proposed ban  on gas-powered vehicle sales 

Posted on November 17, 2023

Key committee vote to be held on Nov. 28

CT farmers, fuel distributors and truckers speak out vs. adoption of regulations

In advance of a key legislative committee vote on Nov. 28, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly today urged Democrats to “pump the brakes” on the Lamont administration’s proposal to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and send the proposed regulations back to the full legislature for more deliberation.

The lawmakers


Candelora (opinion): Paid family leave fund overflowing with taxpayer dollars

Posted on November 3, 2023

There is perhaps no more recent or perfect example of government’s ability to extract billions in hard-earned tax dollars from working people without them really knowing over a relatively short period — just one year in this case — than the Paid and Family Medical Leave program.

Approved by the Democrat-Controlled legislature in 2019, it had a noble aim: provide working families a better chance to care for loved ones, or close family friends, in their time of need or illness, without jeopardizing


Candelora Earns 100 Percent Score from Business Advocacy Organization

Posted on November 1, 2023

HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora’s support for the state’s business community during the 2023 legislative session has earned him a 100 percent score from the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA).

“The ripple effect of a slumping economy can’t be understated, and I haven’t lost sight of the fact that it’s our job, as members of the General Assembly, to set policies that are focused on creating the best possible environment for the very people we need to lead our state’s