House & Senate Republican Lawmakers: “Pump the Brakes” on Proposed Ban on Gas-Powered Vehicle Sales

Posted on November 15, 2023


Key Committee Vote to be Held on Nov. 28

 CT farmers, fuel distributors and truckers speak out vs. adoption of regulations


In advance of a key legislative committee vote on Nov. 28, Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today urged Democrats to “pump the brakes” on the Lamont administration’s proposal to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and send the proposed regulations back

State Representative Irene Haines Earns Perfect CBIA Score

Posted on October 31, 2023


HARTFORD – Connecticut’s largest business organization recognized State Representative Irene Haines (R-34), with perfect voting scores on key bills impacting Connecticut’s economic growth and business climate during the 2023 legislative session.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) ranked all state lawmakers based on their support for the business community’s positions on 10 important policies. The bills all affect job creation, small business growth and economic stability in

Rep. Haines Attends Governor’s Prevention Partnership Press Conference on October 30th

Posted on October 30, 2023


On Monday, I joined local leaders and advocates at the State Capitol for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Press Conference, to support the “Prevention Starts with You,” campaign. This campaign is a multi-prong approach to combating youth substance abuse by encouraging the safe disposal of expired medications at home. Connecticut’s Senate Delegation was able to secure $1.2 million in federal funding to purchase 50,000 Deterra Drug Deactivation System pouches, that will be distributed in the Greater

Veterans’ & Military Affairs Committee Update: November 8th Informational Public Hearing

Posted on October 27, 2023


On Wednesday, November 8th, there will be an Informational Public Hearing will be hosted by the Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee, at the Legislative Office Building, Room 2C, from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

All Connecticut veterans, military personnel, advocates, and their loved ones are invited to share issues or concerns related to veterans and military affairs in our state.

You are encouraged to participate in this hearing if you have any comments or concerns with state policies that impact veterans

Prohibiting the Sale of New Gas-Powered Vehicles: Survey

Posted on October 17, 2023


Cheeseman & Haines Hails State Grants for East Lyme & Salem

Posted on September 29, 2023


HARTFORD- State Rep. Holly Cheeseman (R-37) and Irene Haines (R-34) today announced that the State has awarded two Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants one each to East Lyme and Salem for the continued improvement of local roadway infrastructure and repairs to the Town Hall.

East Lyme is slated to receive $500,000 in state funding for the renovation and construction Plants Dam. This will be matched by $137,900 in town funds.

Salem is slated to receive $198,000 in state funding for

Back to School Safety

Posted on August 25, 2023


With schools across Connecticut opening for the new school year, here is an important reminder that roads will get a little busier in the morning and afternoon as summer comes to an end.

When school is in session, drivers should use extra caution, especially near bus stops, schools, playgrounds, and athletic fields. With the amount of accidents on Connecticut roadways, we all need to do our part to ensure safe travel for our students.

Safety tips for drivers:

  • State law prohibits passing a school

Connecticut Tax Free Week: August 20th – August 26th

Posted on August 18, 2023


As inflation causes prices to continuously rise, we are paying more for everything we purchase, including food, clothing, and skyrocketing fuel costs! I wanted to remind you that Connecticut Tax Free Week, which includes store and online purchases, runs from Sunday, August 20 through Saturday, August 26.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts,

DEEP to Hold Public Hearings Regarding Concerning Proposed Regulations on Gas-Powered Vehicles

Posted on August 14, 2023


There are major regulatory changes are on the horizon that will impact all of us, from daily commuters who need their cars to get to work or drop off their kids, to business owners who need to make deliveries or carry out a job for clients.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is accepting written comments on two proposed regulations, the first would ban the sales of new gas-powered passenger cars beginning in 2035. The other would gradually prohibit the sale of

Acts Effective July 1st, 2023

Posted on June 23, 2023


On July 1st, there will be sixteen recently passed bills that will become law in our state. These new legislation effective dates usually come into effect on January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st.

During our legislative sessions there are a large amount of bills are typically passed, and the 2023 session was no different. I will be sure to update you again prior to October. Please reach out with any questions.

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