New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 27, 2022


I wanted to make you aware of new laws affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses taking effect on Saturday, October 1st. This year, several important public safety measures become law, including many that were a result of pressure from both the public and Republican lawmakers concerned about an increase in crime, especially juvenile crime, and the dramatic rise in incidents of car theft; from 2019-2020 the increase in motor vehicle theft was just less than 4 times the national average – 41%

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Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight and Win a Tour of the State Capitol!

Posted on September 22, 2022


Join State Representative Craig Fishbein (R-90) at this year’s Celebrate Wallingford and take a guess at a pumpkin’s weight for a chance to win a guided tour of YOUR State Capitol!

On Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd, Rep. Fishbein will be set up in Booth 13 on South Main Street with a large pumpkin, talking with constituents and recording your guess. Do you have what it takes to analyze, scrutinize and hypothesize the true weight? It might not be a giant but it’s harder than you think …

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Veterans Stand Down 2022

Posted on September 15, 2022


I just wanted you to know that the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) announced Veterans STAND DOWN 2022 will take place on September 23rd from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. at five regional sites across the state.

While the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way agencies and organizations operate, the DVA continues its commitment to serving Connecticut’s Veterans by providing access to a range of programs and services offered by state and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community-based

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CT Sees Uptick in Fraudulent Benefit Claims, How to Protect Against It

Posted on September 13, 2022


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It has been recently reported that an uptick in fraudulent claims benefits have been processed through the Department of Labor (DOL). I want to make you aware of this increasing threat and provide resources so you can protect yourself, or your business, against criminals looking to steal your personal information.

Reducing Fraudulent DOL Benefit Claims

The uptick in fraudulent benefits claims is alarming. According to reports, two-dozen businesses have notified the Connecticut

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I was elected to represent you, California’s politicians were not

Posted on September 1, 2022


This year, Connecticut decided that elected representatives from California would set Connecticut’s emission standards – rather than those from Connecticut.

I was elected to represent you, California’s politicians were not.

I voted no, both in committee (video below), as well as on the floor. I said that it was irresponsible, and an improper abdication of legislative power from this state to another, without the people approving an amendment to the Constitution providing for such transfer.

Last week,

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LIHEAP – Appropriations/Energy and Technology/Human Services Committee Joint Public Hearing – Monday, August 29th, 10 a.m.

Posted on August 24, 2022


The cost of heating your home …

In early June, my Republican colleagues and I raised concerns about the financial pressure residents would experience this fall as they faced the skyrocketing expense of heating their homes. We proposed a plan to use some of the state’s significant surplus funds to provide additional home heating assistance to those who would need it. Unfortunately, our plan fell on deaf ears.

However, Our concern on this subject continues as the legislature grapples with the reality

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Back to School Safety Tips

Posted on August 17, 2022


With school starting and thousands of children soon waiting at the end of their driveways or on the side of a road for the bus, I wanted to remind everyone to be careful on our public roadways.

When school is in session, drivers should use extra caution, especially near bus stops, schools, playgrounds, and athletic fields.

Safety tips for drivers:

  • State law prohibits passing a school bus with its lights flashing. Some school buses are equipped with cameras to record passing drivers.
  • Observe the

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Tax Free Week is Sunday, August 21 – Saturday, August 27

Posted on August 12, 2022


Friends and Neighbors,

With inflation causing prices to rise, we are paying more for everything we purchase, including food, clothing and fuel, and saving money is more important than ever.

I have consistently advocated for additional tax relief for Connecticut families but the governor and the majority party have opposed and stalled those sincere efforts to provide meaningful relief to Connecticut’s residents.

That being said, with school less than two weeks away for some students, I want to remind

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Connecticut Insurance Department Announces Public Informational Meeting on August 15 for Health Insurance Rates

Posted on August 2, 2022


I just wanted to let you know that earlier this year when several healthcare insurers who offer plans in our state proposed substantial rate increases that averaged more than 20%, our side of the aisle immediately called for full legislative public hearings on the matter. With only a brief comment period open, the attorney general asked for department-level meetings but fell short of joining our calls for full public hearings before the General Assembly.

Despite increasing public outcry and steady

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CT Summer at the Museum

Posted on July 27, 2022


The popular “Connecticut Summer at the Museum” program has returned for the 2022 summer season, which enables Connecticut children to receive FREE ADMISSION at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

Originally established in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded by money Connecticut received from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act

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