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Electric Rate Increases: PURA accepting public comment

Posted on July 31, 2020 by admin


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Friends and Neighbors,

Many of you have reached out to my office about Eversource’s recent unfair and debilitating electric rate hikes. As we face a global pandemic and high unemployment, now is no time to be drastically raising rates on residents and businesses.

I support a bipartisan effort calling for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to suspend the increase to components of the Eversource delivery rate that increased July 1st. This letter was signed by all caucus leaders and the

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Judiciary Committee Listening Session on Police Accountability

Posted on July 16, 2020 by admin


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The Judiciary Committee will hold a virtual Listening Session regarding proposed legislation LCO #3471 “An Act Concerning Police Accountability” on Friday, July 17th at 10:00 a.m. This session is being held for the public to submit testimony and provide comment to committee members.

To access the rules of the Listening Session and for instructions on how to submit written testimony, please click the button below.

Testimony Instructions & Committee Rules

If you wish to speak at the Listening Session,

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RT 66 Culvert Replacement & Detour

Posted on July 9, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has recently issued an announcement regarding culvert replacement on Route 66 that will require a detour beginning on July 23rd. Please read the press release below for more details:

Scheduled Two-Week Closure and Detour of Route 66 (East High Street) in East Hampton

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the scheduled closure and detour of Route 66 (East High Street) for the planned replacement of

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Celebrating Independence Day

Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin


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This weekend, we are reminded of the focus, determination and courage of those patriots who believed passionately that our nascent country deserved a better form of government, one that acknowledged “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Two hundred and forty-four years ago, on July 4, 1776, these patriots put forth The Declaration of Independence.  This document has

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Capitol Update 6.30.2020

Posted on June 30, 2020 by admin


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School Reopening Guidelines

Last week, Governor Lamont announced a basic framework for reopening schools in the fall.  The State Department of Education (CSDE) issued more detailed guidance yesterday afternoon. For more details, click the button below:

School Reopening Guidelines

Plastic Bag Tax Returns July 1st

The state’s Department of Revenue Services (DRS) announced that the suspension of the plastic bag tax expires today, and that retailers should prepare to begin collecting the 10-cent per bag

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DMV Services Reopening Starting 6.23.2020

Posted on June 25, 2020 by admin


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Earlier this week, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced the reopening of offices with in-person services available by appointment only.

All DMV in-person services now require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Select services are also accessible online.

Drop-off services are available for select services (limited hours) at the DMV’s Danbury, New Britain, Norwich

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Travel Advisory for States with Significant COVID-19 Spread

Posted on June 25, 2020 by admin


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Governor Lamont issued a joint travel advisory with New York and New Jersey requiring travelers arriving from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.

This self-quarantine – effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a

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CT DOT Announcements Regarding RT 2 and RT 82

Posted on June 23, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has recently issued an announcement regarding culvert replacement on Route 2 in Colchester and announced a public information meeting on June 29th at 7 p.m. regarding the replacement of the culvert carrying Route 82 over Strongs Brook in East Haddam. Read the notices from CT DOT below for more information.

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Phase Two Reopening June 17th

Posted on June 8, 2020 by admin


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Governor Lamont recently announced that Connecticut’s second phase of reopening initially scheduled for June 20th, will begin three days early on June 17th.  The Department of Economic and Community Development has published specific guidelines and best practices for each business sector in order to safely reopen. Businesses are not required to reopen, that decision rests with individual business owners.

Phase Two Rules by Sector:

Capitol Update 6.1.2020

Posted on June 2, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope the message finds you well, and that you and your families are healthy and safe. During these difficult times many in our community have had their lives upended and others are mourning the loss of loved ones. The last book written by Dr. Martin Luther King was titled, “Where Do We Go from Here, Chaos or Community?” I think the answer is clear and it’s up to us. It has been inspiring to see how so many in our towns and neighborhoods have come together to support each other during the coronavirus outbreak. As we move forward, let us continue work in this spirit of community.

Sincerely,

Irene Haines

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