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Candelora, Mastrofrancesco Respond to Dems' Rejection of Criminal Elections Violations Bill

HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, ranking member of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee, issued a joint statement in response to majority Democrats on the Judiciary Committee failing to advance SB 390, An Act Concerning Penalties for Certain Election Crimes. The legislation, proposed and supported by House…

House Republicans Offer Plan to Balance FY25 Budget

HARTFORD — House Republicans during a Thursday news conference at the state capitol released a plan to balance the second year of the state budget, keeping a promise to Connecticut residents by honoring the fiscal guardrails, focusing on affordability, pursuing structural spending reforms, and increasing funding for local education to help prevent more pressure on…

Connecticut House and Senate Republicans Respond To Latest Allegations In Bridgeport Election Scandal

Sen. Republican Leader Stephen Harding, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, Sen. Rob Sampson, Ranking Senator on the Government Administration and Elections Committee, and Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, Ranking Representative on the Government Administration and Elections Committee issued the following statements on the Secretary of the State’s announcement of new referrals her office made to the State…

House, Senate Republicans Say Fight Against EV Mandate Isn't Over

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding today warned Connecticut residents that Democrats have not given up on their electric vehicle mandate, explaining that pending legislation provides a “roadmap” for the majority party to launch a full-throttle pursuit of their ban on gas-powered vehicles after Election Day. A public hearing will be held…

Clean Elections Public Hearing

🚨 The absentee ballot fraud scandal in Bridgeport spotlighted the need to bolster the integrity of Connecticut elections. That effort should start with our caucus bill to create a mandatory one-year prison term for individuals found guilty of criminal elections violations. 🗣️ Testify in support of our bill. Tell Democrats who control the Government Administration…

House and Senate Republicans Stand with Law Enforcement

HARTFORD—State Rep. Greg Howard, the House Ranking Member of the Public Safety Committee flanked by House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding, the Ranking Senate Member of the Public Safety Committee Paul Cicarella and a bi-partisan coalition of House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday stood up for our state’s law enforcement and…

Opportunity Scholarships in Connecticut

HARTFORD- State legislators along with the Yankee Institute, the Connecticut Center for Educational Excellence (CTCEE), scholarship families, school officials and policy experts held a press conference on urge the passing of HB 5101, An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Educational Access And Opportunity Scholarships.  The press conference coincided with a public hearing in the Finance, Revenue and…

House Republicans Lead Resistance to "Dangerous" Housing Legislation

Hartford, Conn.– House Republicans on the Housing Committee were the chief opponents to a series of bad proposals to pass on party lines at a meeting on February 29th. Ranking Member Tony Scott (R-112) issued the following statement: I have serious concerns with An Act Concerning Evictions for Cause, which would establish a general right…

CT House and Senate Republicans Offer Ideas to Provide Ratepayers Relief on Electric Bills  

With steep electric rate hikes on the horizon, Connecticut House and Senate Republicans today unveiled a set of policy goals which aim to bring about long-term rate reduction, long-term stability, and short-term relief for consumers. “Connecticut ratepayers are frustrated, and rightly so,” Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding said.  “They feel the pain every month when their electric…

House Republicans Unveil 2024 Caucus Proposals Focused on Making CT More Affordable

HARTFORD—House Republicans, in advance of the start of the 2024 legislative session, unveiled proposals Thursday that will maintain the state’s fiscal stability while making Connecticut a more affordable place to live. Among the proposals is a call to amend the State Constitution to protect the “fiscal guardrails” that have allowed the state to build a…

Weir Appointed as House Ranking Member of Labor Committee

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday announced the appointment of state Rep. Steve Weir (R-Hebron) as House Ranking Member of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee. “During his short time in the General Assembly, Representative Weir has established himself as a leader capable of analyzing complex topics and the views and…

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