Capitol Update: Tax Free Week, Altice, Travel Advisory, and Executive Orders

Posted on August 13, 2020 by admin


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Tax-Free Week: August 16-22

Connecticut’s 20th annual Sales Tax-Free Week begins this Sunday, August 16 and runs through Saturday, August 22. This week-long “tax holiday” gives our state economy a boost each year, which our small businesses need now more than ever.

The event applies to items normally sold for less than $100, specifically clothing and footwear. Examples include athletic socks, baseball caps, belts/suspenders/buckles, blouses, chef uniforms, diapers, ear muffs, formal wear rentals,

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PURA Hearing Scheduled for August 24

Posted on August 11, 2020 by admin


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The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, August 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This hearing is in response to PURA’s recent approval of Eversource’s request to increase its delivery rate. Between work-from-home orders and hot summer weather, customer electric bills were bound to be higher than usual. Raising rates on top of all this was not the right thing to do.

The hearing will take place over Zoom. PURA officials will be questioning Eversource

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Capitol Update: Power Outages, Eversource, Travel, and Absentee Ballots

Posted on August 9, 2020 by admin


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Power Outages

Tropical Storm Isaias left over 700,000 Connecticut residents without power. In response to the storm and its aftermath, Governor Lamont declared a State of Emergency to expedite the recovery process. Fortunately, hundreds of thousands of Eversource and United Illuminating (UI) customers have been restored.

As of this morning there are 10,670 UI customers and 167,000 Eversource customers without power. Eversource expects nearly all customers to have power by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, but

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Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Deadline Extensions

Posted on July 29, 2020 by admin


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The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced the following deadline extensions for residents with expiring credentials, including credentials that expire between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020. Late fees will be waived for eligible expired credentials.

  • All licenses, permits, and identification cards: Lengthens the credential extension to 90 days for credentials that expire between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020.
  • All registrations, including International Registration

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Updated Travel Advisory

Posted on July 29, 2020 by admin


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Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York have increased the number of states/U.S. territories on the tri-state travel advisory list to 36. This now includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington,

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Legislative Leaders Respond to Eversource Electricity Rate Increase

Posted on July 29, 2020 by admin


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Some of you may have noticed a recent spike in your energy bill if you are an Eversource customer. This is because the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), approved the rate increase on June 26, 2020. The increase is in effect from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

In response, legislative leaders have submitted a letter to PURA requesting a suspension of the July 1, 2020 Eversource rate increases.

In addition to the rate increase, there are a number of reasons your bill may be higher

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Capitol Update: Special Session Recap

Posted on July 29, 2020 by admin


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On July 23, the CT House convened for special session to take up four bills: (1) An Act Concerning (AAC) Telehealth (H.B. 6001); (2) AAC Absentee Voting at the 2020 State Election and Election Day Registration (H.B. 6002); (3) AAC Diabetes and High Deductible Plans (H.B. 6003); and AAC Police Accountability (H.B. 6004). All the bills passed.

Between July 28 and 29, the Senate also passed all four bills.

While medical advice precluded me from attending the special session, I supported the passage

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A Cooler, Calmer, and More Collected Legislative Process is Needed for Police Reform

Posted on July 27, 2020 by admin


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Medical advice precluded my attending the Special Session of the House of Representatives on July 23-24. However, I watched every minute of the 22-hour marathon either live or on demand on CT-N.

As I predicted, three of the bills on the call received almost unanimous, bipartisan support. These bills were ones I had worked on for many years (absentee ballots) and for at least two sessions in the Insurance and Real Estate Committee (capping the cost of insulin and insurance coverage for telehealth/telemedicine).

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Capitol Update: Special Session

Posted on July 21, 2020 by admin


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Special Session

The Connecticut House is expected to take up four bills when we convene on Thursday, July 23 for special session. The Senate will likely convene next week. The bills are listed below.

1) An Act Concerning (AAC) Police Accountability (LCO #3471)

2) ACC Absentee Voting at the 2020 State Election and Election Day Registration (LCO #3576)

3) AAC Diabetes and High Deductible Plans (LCO #3601)

4) AAC Telehealth (LCO #3614)

Online Public Listening Sessions – Today

Two online public listening

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Public Health & Safety Update: Phase Three Reopening Delayed

Posted on July 9, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends,

Below are a few updates from the governor and state departments: Governor Lamont delays “Phase Three” reopening plans; Fall School Reopen Plan webinar to be held tomorrow; more states added to travel advisory; update on contact tracing; and the Paycheck Protection Program has been extended.

As a reminder, many tax filing deadlines are next Wednesday, July 15.

Lastly, Connecticut has reported its first day of zero COVID-19-related fatalities in months. This is a positive sign, but also

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