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Reps. Haines and Howard to Host Forum on Zoning Legislation

Posted on May 7, 2021


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Monday, May 10 beginning at 7:00 p.m., I will be co-hosting an informational forum with State Rep. Greg Howard of Stonington regarding pending legislation that could affect local zoning, land use, and affordable housing. Joining us will be the Ranking Members of the Planning and Development Committee, State Senator Tony Hwang and State Representative Joe Zullo, who will discuss each bill in more detail.

No need to register. All you need to do is watch on Facebook Live by going to FB.com/CTHouseGOP

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Can you afford a new Gas Tax?

Posted on April 29, 2021


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Republicans and advocates from the food and fuel industries held a press conference on Wednesday in response to growing concern of how a new gas tax will increase your living expenses. Instead of crafting policies that will help residents and businesses meet the challenges of the pandemic, the governor and legislative Democrats continue to present new ways to tax you.

The new gas tax will be implemented as a revenue mechanism to fund

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April 24 is National Drug Take Back Day

Posted on April 21, 2021


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Saturday, April 24 is the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day, a day where you can anonymously dispose of any unwanted or expired prescription drugs or medications. Properly disposing of medications is important in order to prevent theft and misuse, and also to protect the environment. Medications that end up in the water supply, sewage system or landfills can be harmful to animals, plants and even people.

Drop-off opportunities are available locally in East Haddam and East Hampton, and the Colchester

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Rep. Haines: Remarks on Religious Exemption Bill

Posted on April 20, 2021


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Click on the link below to view my comments on the bill to remove the religious exemption from childhood vaccinations (HB 6423), which I voted against. The bill passed the House of Representatives 90-53.

DEEP: Parks and Boat Launches Will Provide Full Services for 2021

Posted on April 12, 2021


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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently announced that Connecticut’s State Parks system and boat launches are planning to return to providing full services to visitors during the 2021 season, with some state campgrounds already accepting reservations.

Personal and group compliance with COVID-19 precautions, mask wearing, and maintaining social distance practices will be essential to the safety of park visitors and staff, and DEEP’s ability to ensure maximum safe access

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Rep. Haines Supports Education Proposals for CT Students

Posted on April 8, 2021


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HARTFORD– State Rep. Irene Haines (R-34) last week supported two pieces of legislation in the legislature’s Education Committee aimed at establishing clear minimum guidelines and standards for remote learning to ensure quality education and establishing social-emotional learning to adequately provide mental health support for all Connecticut students.

An Act Concerning Virtual Learning (SB 977), would require the state Department of Education to create uniform standards for online learning by July,

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DVA COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Sunday, April 11

Posted on April 7, 2021


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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday, April 11 from 8:00am-3:30pm at the CT Department of Veterans Affairs Campus in Rocky Hill (287 West Street).

Those eligible include anyone who has served in the military, veteran spouses and veteran caretakers. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling 203-932-5711, extension 5627, 7784 or 7754.

For more information, see the flyer below or visit www.connecticut.va.gov.

DSS Announces Additional SNAP Benefits for Schoolchildren in April Through ‘Pandemic EBT’ Program

Posted on April 7, 2021


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The Connecticut Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, has announced that $88.6 million in special food assistance benefits will be going in April to families of nearly 220,000 schoolchildren in the state who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals programs.

Funded through the federal “Pandemic EBT” (or P-EBT) program, the new benefits will help ensure that eligible children in pre-kindergarten through high school can purchase food to support

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Two Opportunities to Connect with me via Zoom this April

Posted on March 31, 2021


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As we are still in the process of re-opening the state, I would like to offer you two opportunities to speak to me via Zoom regarding state issues and potential legislation this April.

“One-on-One” Zoom Office Hours: April 8

If you would like to meet with me “one-on-one” via Zoom to discuss your concerns regarding state issues, please sign up for one of the 15-minute time slots available Thursday, April 8 from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

You can register for a time slot by clicking here by April 7 at 12pm.

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Rep. Haines Praises Work of Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee

Posted on March 30, 2021


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HARTFORD Last week marked the end of regular business for the legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee. State Representative Irene Haines (R-34), the Republican Ranking Member of this committee, praised the committee’s work and noted several bills voted out of committee that she was especially proud of, including:

  • HB 6374, which would protect students who report being a victim or witness of sexual assault, stalking or violence from disciplinary action by an institution

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