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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on October 12, 2021


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October is domestic violence awareness month. Advocacy efforts to decrease incidences of domestic violence have made a significantly positive impact on how the legislature has responded to this issue. Consequently, the state continues to make progress in curbing incidences of domestic violence.

Earlier in the year, I proudly supported a new law that expands the legal definition of ‘domestic violence’ to include coercive behavior. Too often, victims of domestic violence crimes feel trapped in a helpless

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New Laws Effective October First

Posted on October 4, 2021


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Several new laws will be taking effect Friday, October 1st. I have highlighted a handful of the changes to public policy below and I encourage you to review all the newly effective laws as they may have a direct impact on you, your family, or business.

You can access a complete list of them by clicking here.

October’s New Laws…

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This new law was enacted to expand the definition of domestic violence to include coercive behavior. Additionally, the

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International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on August 31, 2021


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International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Time to Remember. Time to Act.

To learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day, click here.

For state resources on addiction services, click here.

Milling and Resurfacing Project on Route 202 in Torrington Including Scheduled Temporary Closure of Park and Ride Lot on Christopher Road

Posted on August 27, 2021


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TORRINGTON- The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be conducting a milling and resurfacing project on Route 202 in Torrington, including a temporary closure of the Park and Ride Commuter Lot on Christopher Road.

The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 1.89-mile segment of Route 202 from 0.06 miles west of Walnut Street, to Fern Drive. The milling portion of the project is scheduled to occur from Sunday, August 29, 2021, to Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The resurfacing portion

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Tropical Storm & Hurricane Preparedness

Posted on August 20, 2021


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CONN. – Tropical Storm Watches and Hurricane Watches have been issued for various parts of our state. While our community may not immediately be impacted by “Henri”, please take into consideration some of the safety and preparedness tips that have been provided by the Dept. of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS).

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Virtual House Call for Parents and Families

Posted on August 19, 2021


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Families, do you have questions about returning to school safely this fall? The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), together with Connecticut Children’s and other healthcare providers, is hosting a virtual meeting to answer your questions about what to expect and how to prepare for a safe and successful return to school.

  • Date: Monday, August 23
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join pediatricians, school medical experts, and other healthcare providers to get answers to your questions about

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Sales Tax Free Week Begins Sunday, August 15

Posted on August 11, 2021


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Connecticut will continue its tradition of a Tax Free Week beginning on Sunday, August 15, and ending on Saturday, August 21. This will be the 21st Tax Free Week to take place in the Nutmeg State.

During the one-week tax exemption period, purchases of clothing or footwear costing less than $100 per item will not be subject to Connecticut sales tax. The exclusion applies to clothing sales made by Connecticut retailers (and out-of-state retailers) to Connecticut customers.

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House Republicans Put Forth Plan to Curb Juvenile Crime

Posted on August 10, 2021


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In response to rising incidences of juvenile crime House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive approach to much-needed reform within the juvenile justice system on Tuesday morning. The plan identifies crime prevention resources that will be made available to all of Connecticut’s communities and specific adjustments that can strengthen the abilities of judges and law enforcement to address this crisis. Republican legislators are urging their colleagues in the majority party to convene a special session

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National Purple Heart Day Ceremony

Posted on August 6, 2021


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Torrington – In recognition of National Purple Heart Day, State Rep. Jay Case (R-Winsted) and State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) attended a ceremony in Torrington on Friday morning. The annual event was held in front of City Hall and was well attended by public officials, first responders, and the community’s veterans.

For men and women in our military, receiving a Purple Heart is an indicator that they have been shot and wounded or, in the gravest scenario, killed in action. Torrington has been

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2021 Major Public Acts Report

Posted on July 2, 2021


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HARTFORD – The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has compiled its annual report of “Major Public Acts.” This report provides summaries of all the new laws that will result in significant policy changes. These changes could impact you, your family, business, or our community. I encourage you to review the document in its entirety.

Click here to view the report.

The report is broken down into several categories. Below are some excerpts from the report which outline some of the significant

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