Governor Accelerating Age-Based Vaccine Rollout

Posted on March 15, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is accelerating Connecticut’s age-based rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Connecticut include:

  • All individuals age 55 and older;
  • Healthcare personnel;
  • Medical first responders;
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities;
  • Residents and staff of select congregate settings; and
  • PreK-12 school staff and professional childcare providers.

Going forward, Connecticut’s rollout of the vaccine

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Public Hearing on SB 171, Monday, March 15

Posted on March 12, 2021

The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee is holding a public hearing on Monday, March 15th regarding SB 171 that will establish a 1 mil state wide property tax on commercial and residential property. This legislation will affect nearly every municipality in the state, and possibly your personal tax bill.

More information, including links to register to testify, is available by clicking here.

Monday, March 15th – Public Hearings

Posted on March 11, 2021

I just wanted you to know that there are several important public hearings next week, including Monday hearings in the Judiciary Committee, Public Health Committee, Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Planning and Development Committee. Some of the proposals are listed below, and the full list of upcoming hearings and events is updated daily in The CGA Bulletin.

Two proposals that could impact property taxes will be heard by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee during a public hearing

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CT DMV Expands Online Resources; License Replacement Now Included

Posted on March 8, 2021

The CT Department of Motor Vehicles recently expanded their online web portal to facilitate more virtual actions. The site now includes the options to:

These applications are estimated to take less than 10 minutes to complete, as well as offer a tracking component for replacement card requests, and driving history document retrieval for up to 30 days at no additional cost.

To get started

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Capacity Restrictions to be Loosened on March 19

Posted on March 4, 2021

Tonight, Governor Lamont announced that some restrictions, including capacity limits, will be loosened or eliminated beginning on March 19th. Mask and social distance requirements will remain in place, as will the 11 p.m. closing time and a maximum of 8 people per table for restaurants. Bars remain closed if they do not serve food.

The state’s travel advisory is also being changed from a “mandate” to “guidance” with travelers urged to quarantine.

Beginning Friday, March 19, 2021

All capacity limits

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Public Hearing Alert – Monday, March 8 – SB 977 – AAC Virtual Learning

Posted on March 4, 2021

On Monday, March 8, the Education Committee is holding a public hearing regarding S.B. 977, An Act Concerning Virtual Learning.

The stated purpose of this committee bill is “to require the Department of Education to develop uniform standards for the provision of virtual learning in public schools, conduct a comprehensive audit of virtual learning programs in the state and develop guidelines for training educators in the provision of virtual learning.”

There’s little doubt that the pandemic has had

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House Republicans Raise Concern Over PFMLA Deductions for Non-Unionized State Workers

Posted on March 3, 2021

House Republicans on Tuesday called for a temporary suspension of the state’s new paid family and medical leave program citing the comptroller’s failure to start mandatory payroll deductions from non-unionized state employees.

“It’s outrageous that state government has yet to deduct a dime from the paychecks of its own employees while the paid family leave authority is urging private sector employers to comply,” said House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, who wrote to the comptroller Tuesday

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Rep. Harrison Reads to the 69th  

Posted on March 2, 2021

Logged into Zoom to virtually celebrate Read Across America Day from a socially safe distance, State Representative Cindy Harrison (R-69) paused her usual schedule of legislative meetings and spent part of her morning reading to students from Bridgewater’s Burnham School.

Rep. Harrison chose to read the classic Dr. Seuss title, “Horton Hears a Who” which provides a tongue-twisting adventure that also incorporates the important themes of friendship, honoring your word, perseverance and showing respect

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State Announces Schedule for Vaccine Eligibility

Posted on February 22, 2021

Governor Lamont today announced that the state will continue with an age-based approach to expanding eligibility to the vaccine.

To provide clarity and predictability, he also released a schedule for age-based eligibility for the next several months:

  • March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
  • March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
  • April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
  • May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

In addition to the age-based eligibility, preK-12 school staff and teachers,

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HB 5379 – An Act Promoting the Participation in Vocational Agriculture Programs by Small Farms

Posted on February 19, 2021

Before the Labor Committee today, I testified in support of legislation I introduced – House Bill 5379: An Act Promoting the Participation in Vocational Agriculture Work Programs by Small Farms – to encourage small farms to work with more VoAg students.

Students in the Vocational Agricultural Program (VoAg) are required to participate in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE); many on small farms throughout the state. Students are paid for their SAE work, however, farmers are required to pay

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