Rep. Carpino Begins 2020 Legislative Session

Posted on February 5, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – On Wednesday, February 5th, the Connecticut General Assembly convened for the 2020 legislative session. “It is a privilege to represent the residents and businesses of Cromwell and Portland at the State Capitol in Hartford,” said Rep. Carpino. “The legislature has a lot to do in a 3-month period, but I am confident that we can work in a bipartisan fashion to continue moving Connecticut forward. I hope we can all agree that the health, safety, and economic stability of our residents should

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Carpino, Needleman Host Office Hours in Portland

Posted on December 17, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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PORTLAND – This past Thursday, State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell) and State Senator Norm Needleman (Essex) held joint office hours in Portland. Over the course of an hour-long discussion, legislators met with local residents to discuss a variety of pressing issues impacting the state and to outline their initiatives for the upcoming session. The discussion focused on tolls, increasing recycling opportunities and the use of renewable energy, and ensuring towns increase their resiliency

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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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