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Rep. France, Delegation Join Norwich Chamber Legislative Breakfast

Posted on May 10, 2022


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I would like to thank the  Norwich Chamber of Commerce for hosting another successful Legislative Breakfast and meeting with the 2022 Leadership Development Students.

CT DOT Hearing on proposed route, rate and schedule changes

Posted on May 9, 2022


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is holding two public hearings to gather input on proposed additional rail service; a proposed rail fare discount; and proposed additional bus service, including three new bus routes.

Proposed changes for bus service include extra trips on CTtransit Hartford area routes 512 (Berlin Turnpike) and 24 (Windsor-Bradley Int’l Airport-Windsor Locks). Proposed new bus services include CTtransit New Haven area Route 282 (East Grand Avenue), CTtransit Express

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Republicans Propose Tax Relief for an Affordable Connecticut

Posted on April 26, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week, House and Senate Republicans held a press conference to outline our proposal for tax relief to make Connecticut more affordable for residents. Inflation is here, and relief must be too.

AFFORDABLE CONNECTICUT

The Problem:

Connecticut’s state budget is benefiting from inflation as the state sales tax and gas tax brings in new, unplanned for revenue – a result of surging prices.

Meanwhile, CT residents are struggling to balance their own family budgets with no

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National Drug Take Back Day is April 30th

Posted on April 12, 2022


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Saturday, April 30th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

For more information, or to check availability or specific drop off times, please contact the agency listed. Collection sites are set up throughout the area, including:

Ledyard

Ledyard Police Department, 737 Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Ledyard, CT

Groton

City of Groton Police Department, 295 Meridian St, Groton, CT

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Tax Free Week Starts on Sunday

Posted on April 8, 2022


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Last month, when the General Assembly passed legislation to suspend the state’s $.25 excise tax on gasoline we also created a second Sales Tax Free Week to be held this spring. The spring Sales Tax Free Week begins on Sunday, April 10, and runs through Saturday, April 16.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000 and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use. Goods not covered under the program include items that are solely intended for use in sporting activities and

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 1, 2022


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“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Enforcement Period Kicked off April 1

The Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office launched U Drive. U Text. U Pay., a national high-visibility enforcement campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The campaign will step up enforcement efforts to enforce distracted-driving laws from April 1 to April 30, 2022.

In Connecticut in 2020, there were nearly 5,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving.

Connecticut law prohibits the use of

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House Passes $.25 Gas Tax Suspension

Posted on March 23, 2022


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In an effort to reduce costs for Connecticut drivers, House Republicans proposed and today were overwhelmingly joined by Democrats who voted for a temporary suspension of the state gas excise tax.

During a March 10th press conference in front of a Hartford gas station displaying prices higher than $4, House and Senate Republicans called for a temporary suspension to certain state gas taxes. With inflation and costs rising on goods and services statewide, legislators on both sides of the aisle have

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Public Hearing Alert – Judiciary Committee – Monday, March 14th

Posted on March 10, 2022


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The notable rise in crime, especially juvenile crime, across Connecticut is a growing concern in all 169 cities and towns. Locked cars are being ransacked and stolen from driveways and even from inside garages like one poor woman in Glastonbury who had her car stolen twice! Recently, some thieves have gotten so brazen that they’ve moved past property crimes and have begun carjacking innocent men and women at the gas pump.

We know you’re fed up. We are too, and we hear you! 

The House Republican

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Public Informational Meeting re: Route 85 Improvements South of Route 82 in Salem and Montville.

Posted on March 4, 2022


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Public Informational Meeting Concerning the Route 85 Improvements South of Route 82 in the towns of Salem and Montville.

The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a public informational meeting concerning the proposed Route 85 Improvements South of Route 82 on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.  The formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Refer to the project webpage for more detail: https://portal.ct.gov/DOTSalemMontville85-146

The project is identified as State Project No. 85-146.

The

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PURA: Virtual Public Listening Session on Performance Based Ratemaking – March 16

Posted on March 1, 2022


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The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is tasked with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut’s energy utility and telecommunication companies. As part of their work, the agency is investigating different systems to help increase efficiency for customers while also reducing costs.

Two years ago, the governor signed PA 20-5 that requires PURA to establish a Performance Based Ratemaking (PBR) framework that “contain standards and metrics to measure how electric distribution

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