State Parks & Boat Launches Will Provide Full Services for 2021

Posted on April 14, 2021


More signs that CT is opening up.

So many of us love our state for its natural beauty!! The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that Connecticut’s State Parks system and boat launches will return to providing full services to visitors during the 2021 season, with some state campgrounds already accepting reservations.

There is still a current 200-person limit for outdoor group activities in Connecticut, which may be further adjusted throughout the recreation season.

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CAPITOL UPDATE: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Posted on April 10, 2021


CT’s UNEMPLOYMENT FUND CRISIS

As we all eagerly look forward to putting COVID behind us, our local Connecticut business owners and job creators could be under continued dire pressure — because of our state’s insolvent Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund (UTF). This week, bi-partisan representation of legislators and business leaders held a virtual press conference to discuss steps to avert tax increases on the state’s business community.

What is the UTF?

The UTF is the state-run fund that provides

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CAPITOL UPDATE: Thursday, April 1, 2021

Posted on April 2, 2021


LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY THIS WEEK

Public hearings are coming to an end and committees are beginning to vote legislation out to the floor. It is very important to watch what gets out, because those bills are one step closer to becoming the law in CT.

BILLS THAT MADE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE:

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S.B. No. 1024

An Act Concerning Zoning Authority, Certain Design Guidelines, Qualifications of Certain Land Use officials and Certain sewage disposal Systems

THANK YOU to everyone who emailed legislators. This is

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Asian Discrimination Is A Priority: Opinion by Kimberly Fiorello

Posted on April 1, 2021


Last week, it was an honor to represent Greenwich and Stamford as I led the state House of Representatives in the Pledge of Allegiance, standing with Speaker Ritter and Attorney General Tong as fellow Americans who have a passion for Connecticut.

It was no coincidence that this invitation was extended to me as an Asian-American now serving in House, when people in Connecticut are hurt and repulsed by the now widely-seen remarks, even on CNN, of State Rep Mike Winkler that “Asians and other minorities

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P&D Committee to Vote on Local Zoning Legislation Tomorrow!

Posted on March 31, 2021


The legislature’s Planning and Development Committee will be voting tomorrow on several zoning bills. See Agenda. I highlighted for you the zoning bills on the agenda that threaten local zoning decision rights and create top-down, state-wide mandates for our towns.

It’s not too late to email…

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Contact the Leaders of the Committee:

Senate Democratic Chair Steve Cassano

House Democratic Chair Cristin McCarthy-Vahey

Senate Democratic Vice Chair Norman Needleman

House Democratic Vice Chair Christine

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Public Hearing on Car Thefts, Police Accountability: March 31 @ 10 AM

Posted on March 29, 2021


Connecticut’s news media has dedicated considerable time to sharing the concerns of residents frustrated by escalating motor vehicle break-ins and car thefts committed by juveniles. This has been a major issue; see local coverage in Greenwich, Stamford, and other towns.

On Wednesday, there is a Judiciary Committee public hearing [details below] where you can share your thoughts about the issue. Bills referenced are H.B. 6667 and H.B. 6669.

The committee will also receive testimony on S.B. 1093

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CAPITOL UPDATE: Friday, March 26, 2021

Posted on March 26, 2021


Yesterday, I was very proud to represent Greenwich and Stamford in leading the House in the Pledge of Allegiance. It was an honor to stand with Speaker Ritter and Attorney General Tong as fellow Americans, who have a passion for Connecticut.

Please scroll down for more information on the following:

* The topic of racism against Asian-Americans took center stage during Monday’s Planning and Development Committee public hearing.

* House was in session. See below for explanation of bills that passed.

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Office Hours: NEW DATE!

Posted on March 25, 2021


Due to an unexpected House session tomorrow night, I have rescheduled my office hours for next Tuesday, March 30, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please sign up for a one-on-one, 15-minute appointment. We can discuss specific legislation or any local or state issue that is important to you.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT!

If you are unable to meet during my office hours, but would still like to speak with me, please reach out by email or Facebook and I will reply to you as soon as possible!

Email: Kimberly.Fiorello@housegop.ct.gov

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ACTION ALERT: 2nd Opportunity to be heard on Zoning Monday, March 22 Public Hearing!

Posted on March 21, 2021


We need your testimonies again! This is an important opportunity to have your voice heard at a public hearing on Monday in the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee. We have two more bills aimed to silence local voices in local zoning and land use decisions AND even introduce an additional property tax! Please register to testify. It is vital that the legislators hear from you.

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SB 1068-AN ACT CONCERNING PROPERTY TAXES AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

**This bill mirrors SB 172 that was heard

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CAPITOL UPDATE: Friday, March 19, 2021

Posted on March 19, 2021


Starting TODAY, COVID vaccine eligibility expands to residents aged 45 to 54 years.  On April 5, 2021, scheduling is expected to expand to ages 16 to 44. See below for an update on vaccine administration in our state.

Earlier this week, on Monday, the public hearing for the Planning and Development Committee, on which I serve, lasted 24-hours. Thank you so much to everyone who testified on the zoning bills and who watched the hearings on YouTube. See below for my comments on the hearing.

The next

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