Cromwell’s Phoenix Farm

Posted on November 7, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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CROMWELL – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell) recently visited Phoenix Farm in Cromwell to learn more about agricultural challenges and opportunities in Connecticut. Carpino was joined by Mayor Enzo Faienza and co-owner Christine Whitney. Phoenix is a certified organic farm and grows and offers local honey and maple syrup in addition to a wide array of vegetables. Phoenix Farm participates in local farmers markets as well as operating a seasonal farm stand on site.

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CT Draft Horse Rescue Autumn Ridge Farm

Posted on October 16, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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State Representatives Christie Carpino and Irene Haines had an opportunity to visit the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue’s Autumn Ridge farm. Executive Director Dr. Stacey Golub and all of the volunteers were generous with their time and explained how they rehabilitate and care for these beautiful animals.

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EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) Update

Posted on October 4, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HartfordState Representative Christie Carpino joined a group of bipartisan legislators in a letter that was recently sent to the governor requesting immediate assistance in reducing the risk of EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) by deploying aerial spraying to terminate mosquitoes on a mass scale, regionally, throughout Connecticut.

The governor’s office has opted not to require DEEP to conduct regional spraying projects, however they have released a fact sheet, which can be viewed by clicking

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New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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As 2019 moves along, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting October 1st. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here.

I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Cigarettes, Tobacco Products,

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Carpino & Needleman Host Portland Community Conversation

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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PORTLAND – State Senator Norm Needleman and State Representative Christie Carpino hosted a Community Conversation at the Portland Public Library. The state legislators offered an opportunity to Portland residents to ask questions about the actions of the state legislature during the 2019 session and provided them with updates on multiple topics.

“It is important to listen to residents as they voice concerns, ask questions, and offer their own perspective on new laws.  The effect on local residents

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Legislative School Security Working Group Heralds Passage of Bill to Protect Students

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – Christie Carpino (R-32), State Representatives JP Sredzinski (R-112)Carol Hall (R-59) and Dorinda Borer (D-115) put forth a legislative package as a result of the work of the legislature’s School Security Working Group. Last week, the bill was favorably acted upon by the House of Representatives.

“The conversation regarding school security continues to evolve and we must remain vigilant,” said Rep. Carpino. “Experts and community members across Connecticut shared their thoughts and experience

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Rep. Carpino’s Employment Expansion Legislation Approved by House

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino’s proposal to identify solutions to barriers for those with disabilities seeking employment passed the House of Representatives unanimously. Carpino introduced the concept earlier this session after speaking with constituents and advocates about the struggles those with physical and intellectual disabilities encounter when seeking gainful employment. Research confirmed that those with disabilities are woefully underrepresented in the workplace. The

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No Budget, No Pay; Proposal Would Cut Legislative Pay

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORDState Representatives Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) and Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), along with several other House Republican members, have submitted a proposal that would cut pay to legislators, if the state budget is not passed by the statutory deadline. According to current state law, the budget must be passed by the final day of the legislative session.

“Our first priority should be to pass a state budget. It is unfair to state residents and local communities to have to live in fear

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Opening Day

Posted on March 29, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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Opening Day for America’s favorite pastime is here. The rules of the game are basic and understood by everyone. The old adage ‘three strikes and you’re out’ is universally recognized. During the season, your team will win some, lose some, and in a great year, your team gets to play in October. The common goal, regardless of your team, is to achieve victory.

Rules don’t change mid-game or mid-season. Fair play is expected, otherwise all credibility is lost.

Perhaps Connecticut should take a few hints

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Greater Employment Opportunities for Individuals Fighting Substance Abuse

Posted on March 18, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – The state legislature’s Labor Committee moved legislation forward that will help individuals recovering from substance abuse find quality employment opportunities. The legislation, co-sponsored by Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) and State Representative Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), was approved to go to the House of Representatives as a result of the committee’s vote on the bill.

Representative Klarides explained, “It’s important to consider all available resources when it

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