The Wrong Direction

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


Years of bad policies in Hartford have led to our state’s economy lagging behind the rest of the country. We have all seen the lists of lasts and the statistics about Connecticut’s job losses and lack of wage growth. We can’t forget that behind those numbers are people, families struggling to get ahead.

I approached the state budget as my constituents do, as a taxpayer, a parent and a small businesswoman.

This budget squeezes the middle class from every direction. Residents will have to pay more at the grocery store, the drycleaners, restaurants and pay more for online services such as Netflix.

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Rep. Haines Supports Legislation to Protect Maple Syrup and Honey Producers

Posted on May 31, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) voted in favor of SB 233 ‘An Act Concerning Cottage Food Products and the Production of Honey and Maple Syrup’ on Thursday evening May 30th.

The legislation would exempt Connecticut producers of maple syrup and honey from the state’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which is overseen by the Department of Consumer Protection. Instead, under this bill producers would be regulated by the Department of Agriculture.

“The Department of Agriculture is the most appropriate agency to set regulations for our farm producers,” said Rep. Haines. “In our region there is renewed interest in farming and bringing natural and native products to market. Growing cottage producers and small or family farms are part of what makes Connecticut a beautiful state to live in. This legislation makes it so much easier for our agricultural businesses to grow and thrive.”

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CT Open House Day, June 8th

Posted on May 29, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

June 8th is Connecticut Open House Day, an all-day event across the state for Connecticut’s museums, attractions and historic sites. Now in its 15th year, over 200 attractions will be participating by offering visitors free or discounted admissions.

Make sure to check out the website to see a town by town directory of events. Below are the listings in our area:

Colchester     

Rep. Haines Legislation to Ban Release of Helium Balloons Passes House of Representatives

Posted on May 24, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) applauded the passage of legislation that would ban the intentional or organized release of helium balloons into the atmosphere.

The bill introduced by Rep. Haines and taken up by the Environment Committee was passed 123-12 in the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 23rd.

“The current law on the books says due to the harmful effects of these balloons when they fall back down to our lands and waterways, we should not intentionally release ten or more,” said Rep. Haines. “If ten or more are harmful, isn’t the intentional release of one to ten equally as harmful? Let’s be responsible with our litter and properly dispose of these balloons and nylon strings.”

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Bill to Increase Tax Abatement for Volunteer First Responders Passes House of Representatives

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – On Wednesday May 22nd, legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Irene Haines (R-34), HB 5125 ‘An Act Increasing the Property Tax Abatement for Certain First Responders’ was unanimously passed the House of Representatives.

The proposal would allow towns to increase the property tax abatement available to volunteer firefighters and other first responders at a level higher than the current $1,000. Under the legislation the abatement would be scheduled to increase to $1,500 in 2020 and to $2,000 in 2022. This will be optional for towns and would enable them to both attract and do a little more for our dedicated volunteers.

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Rep. Haines Participates in Capitol “Stuff-a-Humvee”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representatives Irene Haines (R-34) participated in a “Stuff-a-Humvee” drive to support Veterans in need at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 22nd. The collection solicited needed items such as socks, t-shirts and personal hygiene items.

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Rep. Haines Co-Sponsors Legislation to Classify Fentanyl as a Narcotic Substance

Posted on May 16, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) voted in favor of legislation to re-classify the synthetic opioid Fentanyl as a narcotic substance. The bill, HB 5524 An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl, would increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and its derivatives adding them to the same category as heroin.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid often laced in heroin and other narcotics. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, fentanyl is estimated to be 30-50 times more potent than morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin.

“The opioid crisis has touched every community in our state. Fentanyl in particular has caused hundreds of deaths,” said Rep. Haines. “Currently fentanyl classified as a non-narcotic controlled substance which doesn’t carry the same penalties as other less powerful drugs. This re-classification appropriate step to recognize the dangers of fentanyl and hopefully deter its illegal sale and distribution.”

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Coffee Hour – Monday 5/20

Posted on May 16, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As your voice in Hartford, I want to hear from you! Please join me for an early morning Coffee Hour in East Hampton at McDonald’s on Monday, May 20th. Come and share your thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns about issues facing the legislature in 2019.

Coffee Hour

Monday, May 20th

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

McDonald’s

15 East High Street, East Hampton

As always, if you have questions or concerns about state government please do not hesitate to contact me at Irene.Haines@housegop.ct.gov

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Rally Against Tolls – THIS SATURDAY 5/18

Posted on May 15, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last month, Democratic members of the Transportation Committee voted in favor of three-toll related proposals. Final passage of these bills (by the House and Senate) would begin the process of placing electronic toll gantries on our highways. The Governor’s proposal involves up to 50 gantries on I-84, I-91, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, other proposals would potentially allow tolls to be expanded to any other limited access highway such as Route 2 and Route 9, making us one of the most heavily tolled states in the country.

We are asking you to spread the word and reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who doesn’t agree with the governor and majority party that tolls are the answer to our transportation related issues.

On Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be a Rally Against Tolls on the North Lawn of the State Capitol.

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Retire Your Worn American Flags 5/30 – 6/13

Posted on May 14, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

With the summer season and patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July on the horizon, it is the perfect time to properly retire your worn, faded and tattered American flags as you prepare to put on fresh new displays of the Stars and Stripes.

In cooperation with the American legion, there will be two locations that residents can drop off their worn American flags for proper ceremonial disposal according to the U.S. Flag Code.  Drop-off locations will receive flags from May 30th until June 13th.

The drop-off locations are:

  • East Haddam Town Office, 1 Plains Road, Moodus, CT
  • East Hampton Town Hall, 20 East High Street, East Hampton, CT

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