Rep. Haines Praises Nest Swing Donated by InCord of Colchester

Posted on August 4, 2021


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EAST HADDAM –Friday, July 30th State Rep. Irene Haines, Quinn McKenna of InCord, Director of East Haddam Parks & Rec Lisa Conroy, and many others close to the project celebrated the dedication of the brand new nest swing constructed at the East Haddam Town Beach.

In 2019, Rep. Haines met Quinn McKenna of East Haddam at CT Day at the State Capitol. They discussed the old nest swing at the Town Beach, which McKenna had played on as a child. He expressed interest in donating a new swing to the town,

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Rep. Haines Urges Parents Use “Sales Tax Free Week” for Back to School Shopping

Posted on August 4, 2021


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HARTFORD—As the start of the next school year approaches state Rep. Irene Haines today urged parents to take advantage of “sales tax free week” beginning Aug. 15.

The one-week exemption period that ends Aug. 21 eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

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

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SNAP Benefit Updates – July 2021

Posted on July 19, 2021


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Additional SNAP funds to be received Friday, July 23 to all SNAP-eligible households

The Connecticut Department of Social Services has announced that it will deliver $33.2 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to over 218,500 Connecticut households on Friday, July 23, 2021. Authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, this federal allocation will provide a minimum of $95 in extra food aid to all enrolled families and individuals, raising

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House Republicans Launch Petition Process on Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on July 8, 2021


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HARTFORD—State Rep. Irene Haines and House Republicans on Wednesday kickstarted their call for immediate legislative action on the juvenile crime crisis that has gripped communities throughout the state, officially launching a petition effort to bring all state lawmakers into session to implement reforms.

“I hope the majority hears our plea and signs their own petitions to get us into session,” said Rep. Haines. “We need to come together as a legislature and address this issue head on, and we need

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Constituent Mail RE: Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on July 6, 2021


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I have been contacted by several constituents about the recent uptick in juvenile crimes. Brian from Colchester sent a particularly thoughtful letter that he gave me permission to share. Please read it below:

“I wanted to reach out as a concerned citizen in regards to the numerous car break ins and thefts that have been happening across the state for years now. Especially with the recent stolen car incidents in Glastonbury and New Britain, I feel something needs to be done before the situation gets

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Rep. Haines Hosts Constituent Gatherings in East Hampton and Moodus

Posted on July 2, 2021


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HARTFORD – Despite the potential for rain, storms, and some of the worst heat so far this year, State Rep. Irene Haines hosted Office Hours June 29th at the East Hampton Library and July 1st at the Heritage Park Pavilion in Moodus. She briefed the constituents who joined her on legislation that passed the House and Senate this session and the legislative process.

Specifically, the conversation focused on the marijuana legislation that went into effect July 1, the recent uptick in juvenile car thefts

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Rep. Haines Calls for Immediate Action on Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on July 2, 2021


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HARTFORD—State Rep. Irene Haines (R-East Haddam) joined House Republicans on July 1 in a call for immediate action on the juvenile crime crisis affecting communities throughout Connecticut, with caucus leadership requesting a special legislative session to implement long-overdue solutions.

“The uptick in preventable tragedies we have seen lately, most recently the hit-and-run in New Britain and a car theft-related shooting in Glastonbury, is unacceptable and cause for immediate action by the legislature,”

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Rep. Haines, Area Legislators Voice Concerns with Marijuana Legalization

Posted on July 1, 2021


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Photo: Reps. Green, Haines and Carpino in Hartford during the June special session.

HARTFORD — Governor Lamont recently gave his signature to a new law legalizing the sale and adult use of recreational marijuana, following an intense and protracted battle in the legislature over the merits and downsides of legalization.

State Representatives Christie Carpino (Portland), Irene Haines (East Hampton) and Robin Green (Marlborough) all voted against the measure during the House’s recent special session

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Acts Effective July 1 and Major Public Acts

Posted on July 1, 2021


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The Office of Legislative Research has put together two useful resources that outline legislation taking effect today, July 1, and Major Public Acts that have passed in 2021.

Legislation effective today includes:

  • An Act Concerning Solid Waste Management
  • An Act Concerning Incentives For Qualified Data Centers To Locate In The State
  • The Authorization Of Self-Pour Automated Systems For Certain Alcoholic Liquor
  • An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting From Employees Working Remotely During

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Scheduled Closure and Detour of Route 149 in East Haddam for Rock Slope Stabilization Work Begins July 6

Posted on June 28, 2021


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced the scheduled closure and detour of Route 149 in East Haddam to facilitate rock slope stabilization activities, beginning on July 6, 2021.

Route 149 will be closed to all traffic Monday through Friday between the Salmon River Boat Launch and Landing Hill Road beginning on July 6, 2021, for a period of approximately 5 weeks. Route 149 will be opened to traffic Friday evenings and throughout the weekend and then closed again Monday mornings

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