Retire Your Worn American Flags in East Haddam, East Hampton, & Salem

Posted on June 1, 2023


Residents of the 34th District,

You will have the opportunity to drop off your worn American flags for a proper retirement ceremony later this year.

We have locations for you to drop off your flags in East Haddam and East Hampton, between June 2nd and June 12th. Also in Salem, from June 6th through June 12th, so you have plenty of time to get to your nearest location. The locations are listed on the graphics and you can contact me with any questions.

Thank you!

Rep. Haines: 2023 Budget Update

Posted on May 23, 2023


I wanted to take a moment and provide you with information on our state budget discussions. House Republicans are in the final phase of negotiations to develop it along with Governor Lamont, as well as General Assembly Democrats. I’m hopeful that our negotiations will result in a bipartisan budget for Connecticut, something we haven’t seen in our state since Republicans enjoyed nearly even numbers in the legislature back in 2017. House Republicans entered budget talks this spring with a plan that

State Representatives Irene Haines and Mark DeCaprio Strongly Support Wrong-Way Driving Prevention Bill

Posted on May 19, 2023


HARTFORD— On Wednesday, two local state representatives from eastern Connecticut voted in favor of measures to help protect the public from recent wrong-way driving incidents plaguing our roadways. State Representatives Irene Haines (R-34) and Mark DeCaprio (R-48) joined their colleagues in Connecticut’s House of Representatives unanimously in passing the legislation.

The bill, H.B. 6746, An Act Concerning Wrong-Way Driving Detection, calls for the installation of wrong-way driving detection systems

State Grants Issued Locally for Open Space and Recreational Trails

Posted on May 15, 2023


On Monday, the Governor’s Office along with the Department of Environmental Protection announced a state grant rollout to plan, built, expand, and improve 50 trails across the state. Two of which that will directly improve trails in East Haddam and East Hampton. Last week, the Town of Salem was awarded a state grant through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program and Community Gardens Program for the Salem Land Trust.

East Haddam

A $32,000 grant has been awarded to the Lower Connecticut

House Republicans Unveil Biennial Budget Proposal

Posted on May 4, 2023


House Republicans Unveil Biennial Budget Proposal

2024-2025 plan provides more tax relief than Governor and Democrats, invests in key areas including education and nonprofit social safety net providers



HARTFORD—On Tuesday, Connecticut House Republicans released a balanced budget proposal that provides more than $1 billion in broad-based tax relief to Connecticut residents while also making historic investments in education and providing

Reps. McCarty, Haines to Host Education Conversation via Zoom

Posted on April 20, 2023


HARTFORD – State Representatives Kathleen McCarty (R-38), and Irene Haines (R-34) are inviting constituents and concerned citizens to an online Education Conversation via Zoom on Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“As the session picks up speed, it is important that we hear directly from our constituents and we welcome anyone who wants to learn more about current proposals before the Education Committee to join us,” Representative McCarty, Ranking Member of the Education Committee said.


2023 Legislative Survey

Posted on April 3, 2023


I would like to hear from you!

To find out where the people of East Haddam, East Hampton, and Salem, stand on the major state issues being debated in the General Assembly, I have composed several survey questions for constituents in our district.

It is important for me as your state representative to know what the constituents I represent think about different issues facing Connecticut.

I hope you will complete my survey below:

Rep. Haines Testifies in Support of Three Public Health Bills

Posted on March 28, 2023


Last week I had the opportunity to testify in front of the Public Health Committee on three bills that impact local first responders who provide so much to our communities. With emergency services being so critically important to our small towns, I needed to point out the realities regarding the increasing challenges our EMS professionals are facing.

I will continue to work on their behalf to ensure that the bills we are passing in this legislature improve training, recruiting, and retention.



Rare Disease Day at the State Capitol

Posted on March 24, 2023


On Thursday morning, the National Association for Rare Disorders held a legislative breakfast at the State Capitol that I had the opportunity to attend. I was there in support of all people who suffer from various rare diseases, that face a multitude of challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis. We had the opportunity to listen to advocates, legislators, and those living with diseases who shared their experiences with us.

Among those who spoke this morning was Rachel O’Grady from Lyme, Connecticut.

State Representatives Haines and DeCaprio Support Public Hearing to Eliminate the Highway Use Tax

Posted on February 28, 2023


HARTFORD— State Representatives Irene Haines (R-34) and Mark DeCaprio (R-48) enthusiastically support a House Republican parliamentary procedure to circumvent Democrat opposition to a bill that would save inflation-weary businesses and residents money by eliminating the new highway use tax (HUT) on heavyweight trucks. This legislation creates an additional burden to the trucking industry and Connecticut residents in general who are already feeling the impacts of inflation.

On Tuesday, Republicans