Colchester, East Haddam & East Hampton


Rep. Haines Legislation to Ban Release of Helium Balloons Passes House of Representatives

Posted on May 24, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) applauded the passage of legislation that would ban the intentional or organized release of helium balloons into the atmosphere.

The bill introduced by Rep. Haines and taken up by the Environment Committee was passed 123-12 in the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 23rd.

“The current law on the books says due to the harmful effects of these balloons when they fall back down to our lands and waterways, we should not intentionally release ten or more,” said Rep. Haines. “If ten or more are harmful, isn’t the intentional release of one to ten equally as harmful? Let’s be responsible with our litter and properly dispose of these balloons and nylon strings.”

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Bill to Increase Tax Abatement for Volunteer First Responders Passes House of Representatives

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – On Wednesday May 22nd, legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Irene Haines (R-34), HB 5125 ‘An Act Increasing the Property Tax Abatement for Certain First Responders’ was unanimously passed the House of Representatives.

The proposal would allow towns to increase the property tax abatement available to volunteer firefighters and other first responders at a level higher than the current $1,000. Under the legislation the abatement would be scheduled to increase to $1,500 in 2020 and to $2,000 in 2022. This will be optional for towns and would enable them to both attract and do a little more for our dedicated volunteers.

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Rep. Haines Participates in Capitol “Stuff-a-Humvee”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representatives Irene Haines (R-34) participated in a “Stuff-a-Humvee” drive to support Veterans in need at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 22nd. The collection solicited needed items such as socks, t-shirts and personal hygiene items.

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