State Representative Haines to Hold East Hampton Town Hall on Wednesday July 24th

Posted on July 12, 2024


I will be hosting a Legislative Town Hall Meeting in East Hampton on Wednesday, July 24th, at the East Hampton Public Library. You are encouraged to attend and discuss the 2024 Connecticut Legislative Session, as well as address any East Hampton or state issue that matter to you.

This event is free and open to the public. I hope you can join me! See the graphic for complete details.

New Connecticut Laws as of July 1st

Posted on July 5, 2024


On July 1st, several new laws came into effect across Connecticut. These laws include An Act Establishing a Fallen Officer Fund, An Act Concerning Homelessness, along with others.
New laws voted on in the legislative session generally take effect on the following- July 1st, October 1st, or January 1st.

For more, please click here.

State Representative Irene Haines Collecting Flags for Retirement in East Haddam and East Hampton

Posted on June 5, 2024


Hartford — To honor Flag Day, State Representative Irene Haines (R-34), in cooperation with VFW Post #5059 and Scout Troop #8, are collecting worn American flags for retirement.

The U.S. Flag Code specifies that old American flags that are no longer in service must be properly disposed, and this service is being offered free of charge, in conjunction with VFW Post #5059.

On Tuesday, June 11th, a Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at the East Hampton VFW Post #5059 located at 20 N. Maple Street

Happy Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month!

Posted on May 28, 2024


I’m joining over 200 elected officials across 17 states in supporting the creation of the National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate the vibrant cultures, contributions, and histories of our AANHPI communities in the U.S.

In March, I offered this letter to the United States Congress in support of National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture.

Fallen Officer Fund Bill Signed into Law

Posted on May 17, 2024


It was important to co-sponsor Public Act 24-27, An Act Establishing a Fallen Officer Fund and Providing Health Insurance Coverage to Survivors of a Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty. I believe it is very fitting that this piece of legislation was signed during Police Week 2024. Our men and women of law enforcement lay it on the line for us each time they leave their homes for a shift. The sad reality as we know is- some do not make it back home.

This priority of the Connecticut House Republicans

Rep. Haines to Host East Haddam Legislative Town Hall on June 1st

Posted on May 3, 2024


HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) announced that she will be holding a Legislative Town Hall Meeting in East Haddam on Saturday, June 1st, at the East Haddam Grange Hall. You are encouraged to attend and discuss the 2024 Connecticut Legislative Session, as well as address any East Haddam or state issue that matter to you.


East Haddam Legislative Town Hall

Saturday, June 1st

10:00 A.M to 11:30 A.M.

East Haddam Grange Hall

488 Town Street

East Haddam


The 34th General Assembly

State Representatives Haines & DeCaprio Address Enforcement Concerns for Drugged Drivers

Posted on April 30, 2024


HARTFORD—House Republicans are blasting majority party Democrats for their indifference to the scourge of drugged driving after they opposed Republican legislation aimed at making Connecticut’s roadways and communities safer.

During debate on H.B. 5500 on Monday evening, House Republicans reminded Democrats of the crisis on Connecticut’s roadways—wrong way driving, in particular. While Democrats have trained their focus on simply lowering the state’s blood alcohol content, Republicans have instead

Important Early Voting Information

Posted on March 22, 2024


Early voting was approved by Connecticut voters in 2022. During the 2023 legislative session, the General Assembly authorized in-person early voting for elections held after April 1, 2024. Under this schedule, the first election utilizing early voting will be the Presidential Preference Primary on April 2, 2024.

The early voting dates for this election have been modified to reflect the Good Friday holiday and Easter Sunday. Early Voting will be held Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28 and

Read Across America: Memorial School in East Hampton

Posted on March 1, 2024


What a wonderful morning spent earlier today with the students and faculty at Memorial School in East Hampton to celebrate Read Across America! First, it was off to Mrs. Snyder’s kindergarten class where everyone was in a festive mood getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day! In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I read “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” to the children and it was a blast! We had so much fun, we did it all over again when we got to Mrs. Lapierre’s kindergarten class.

The children were very

Area Lawmakers Push for More Safety Precautions at Gardner Lake State Park in Salem

Posted on February 29, 2024


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HARTFORD- State Reps. Holly Cheeseman (R-37), Kathleen McCarty (R-38) and Irene Haines (R-34) along with Salem First Selectman Ed Chmielewski came together to support a legislative proposal which develops a safety capacity for Gardner Lake State Park in order to protect public safety in the area.

The legislation, 5216, An Act Concerning The Safety Capacity At Gardner Lake State Park received a public hearing in the legislature’s Environment Committee