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Candelora Statement on the Passing of Robert M. Ward, Longest-Serving House Republican Leader

Posted on May 9, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today released the following statement about the passing of Robert M. Ward, former 86th District state representative and a longtime House Republican Leader:

“Bob Ward was a true gentleman and the nicest person you could meet in politics, qualities not always seen in this business today. His impact on our state and the lives of the people in the towns he served is immeasurable, and his passion for introducing others to the value of community service

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House Republicans Want Lamont’s Executive, Emergency Authority Curtailed, Call for Limited Extension and Legislative Oversight

Posted on March 25, 2021


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HARTFORD – House Republicans today proposed limitations on the governor’s authority to wield executive powers to run the state during the pandemic, including requiring votes in the legislature to extend emergency powers and a thorough review of all current executive orders as they apply to the COVID-19 crisis.

A year after the state was essentially shut down because of the virus that has produced more than 300,000 positive cases, Democrats are still content to leave the management of Connecticut’s

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House Republicans Raise Concern Over PFMLA Deductions for Non-Unionized State Workers

Posted on March 2, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday called for a temporary suspension of the state’s new paid family and medical leave program citing the comptroller’s failure to start mandatory payroll deductions from non-unionized state employees.

“It’s outrageous that state government has yet to deduct a dime from the paychecks of its own employees while the paid family leave authority is urging private sector employers to comply,” said House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, who wrote to the comptroller

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House Republicans Push for Clarity in Police Accountability Bill

Posted on March 1, 2021


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During a meeting of the Judiciary Committee today, House Republicans proposed an amendment to modify the state’s controversial soon-to-take-effect police accountability law to protect police officers from being held criminally and civilly liable for certain use of force actions based on the information the officer had at the time of the incident.

State Representative Craig Fishbein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, offered the amendment as a compromise during discussion on HB 6462 –

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House Republicans Designate Candelora & Perillo to Reapportionment Committee

Posted on February 15, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republicans on Monday announced that state Reps. Vincent Candelora and Jason Perillo have been designated to serve on the Reapportionment Committee.

State legislators are required by the U.S. Constitution and Connecticut constitution to redraw district boundaries every 10 years in order to adjust to changes in population. State lawmakers make up 8 spots on the committee, with the General Assembly’s four caucuses each receiving two appointments.

“We look forward to serving the people

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House & Senate GOP Leaders Oppose Extension of Governor’s Emergency Powers

Posted on January 26, 2021


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HARTFORD — House and Senate Republican leaders Vincent Candelora and Kevin Kelly on Tuesday rejected the idea of extending the governor’s broad-based emergency powers to April 20, and said they are disappointed that legislative Democrats balked when presented with an opportunity to reassert the General Assembly as a co-equal branch of government.

“At this point in the pandemic, it is not unreasonable to ask for certain modifications to the exercise of the Governor’s authority. Businesses should be

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Candelora Calls on Governor to Provide Residents an Update on DPH Operations

Posted on January 21, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday called on Gov. Lamont to update Connecticut residents on his administration’s efforts to select a permanent commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Health.

“We’ve arrived at a critical point in the state’s overall response to the virus, with a looming decision about the future of the governor’s emergency powers and growing confusion and frustration over the rollout of the vaccine,” Candelora said. “I fear that the shared optimism

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Candelora Says More Work to Be Done Despite Improving Revenue Figures

Posted on January 15, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Friday released the following statement regarding the latest consensus revenue projections:

“While it’s great to see an improvement in revenue figures, it’s not news that should cause any of us to relax. The reality is that we have a tremendous amount of work to do in order to turn around our economy that’s been propped up by federal dollars, particularly when it comes to reviving industries hit hardest during the pandemic. We can take a step

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Candelora, McCarty to Propose Legislation Establishing Minimum Guidelines for Remote Learning

Posted on January 13, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and state Rep. Kathleen McCarty, ranking House Republican on the Education Committee, said Wednesday they will pursue legislation aimed at establishing clear minimum guidelines for remote learning for Connecticut students.

“While we hope that virtual learning is temporary, the reality is that the state and school districts have invested heavily into this virtual structure, and that, combined with the uncertainty of how long COVID will linger, means

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House Republican Leader-Elect Calls on Lamont to Delay Pay Raises, Payroll Tax Amid Pandemic

Posted on December 22, 2020


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora on Tuesday said Gov. Lamont should delay $38 million in salary increases for state employees that go into effect on the same day as the Democrats’ new payroll tax that primarily targets the pockets of private sector workers.

“Main street businesses are struggling under the weight of this pandemic, and their employees even more so. Meanwhile, state government chugs along unaffected—those non-frontline workers still have their jobs, they’re

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