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.

For more, click here.

State Representatives Irene Haines and Mark DeCaprio Support 2024/2025 Biennial State Budget

Posted on June 14, 2023


Hartford– On Wednesday, June 7th, the 2023 Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Session adjourned. Earlier in the week, the 2024/2025 Biennial State Budget passed through the House of Representatives as well as the State Senate, marking the first bi-partisan budget since 2017. Two local lawmakers, State Representatives Irene Haines (R-34) and Mark DeCaprio (R-48), both supported this budget that will cut the state income tax for Connecticut’s working class.

Since last spring, Connecticut House

Retire Your Worn American Flags in East Haddam, East Hampton, & Salem

Posted on June 1, 2023


Residents of the 34th District,

You will have the opportunity to drop off your worn American flags for a proper retirement ceremony later this year.

We have locations for you to drop off your flags in East Haddam and East Hampton, between June 2nd and June 12th. Also in Salem, from June 6th through June 12th, so you have plenty of time to get to your nearest location. The locations are listed on the graphics and you can contact me with any questions.

Thank you!

Rep. Haines: 2023 Budget Update

Posted on May 23, 2023


I wanted to take a moment and provide you with information on our state budget discussions. House Republicans are in the final phase of negotiations to develop it along with Governor Lamont, as well as General Assembly Democrats. I’m hopeful that our negotiations will result in a bipartisan budget for Connecticut, something we haven’t seen in our state since Republicans enjoyed nearly even numbers in the legislature back in 2017. House Republicans entered budget talks this spring with a plan that

State Representatives Irene Haines and Mark DeCaprio Strongly Support Wrong-Way Driving Prevention Bill

Posted on May 19, 2023


HARTFORD— On Wednesday, two local state representatives from eastern Connecticut voted in favor of measures to help protect the public from recent wrong-way driving incidents plaguing our roadways. State Representatives Irene Haines (R-34) and Mark DeCaprio (R-48) joined their colleagues in Connecticut’s House of Representatives unanimously in passing the legislation.

The bill, H.B. 6746, An Act Concerning Wrong-Way Driving Detection, calls for the installation of wrong-way driving detection systems