DMV Announces Online License Renewals

Posted on February 6, 2021 by admin

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently launched new services that enable residents to renew their driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards online without having to visit an office in-person.

The DMV’s new online renewal option has already been offered to residents whose driver’s license or non-driver ID expired within the last 45 days. As part of the soft-launch of the new service during the last two months, more than 20,000 individuals have already successfully renewed online.

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Posted on February 5, 2021 by admin

The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the United Way of Connecticut announced plans to expand availability and access to vaccine scheduling through the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line.

Beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, 125 trained contact specialists will be available to take phone calls to schedule vaccine appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week. Contact specialists will have the capability of booking up to 10,000 appointments at twelve locations across the state. This

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Equity Match Grant Program for women-owned businesses / or minority-owned businesses

Posted on February 1, 2021 by admin

The Women’s Business Development Council and the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) launched a new COVID-19 relief program for women-owned businesses / or minority-owned businesses in CT.

The Equity Match Grant Program is designed to help businesses pivot, expand or restructure during the pandemic and beyond.

The application period is open now (Feb. 1), and continues through February 15th.

Grants will range between $2,500 and $10,000 for clearly defined projects that will

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Rep. Harrison Requests Review of Governor’s Executive Powers

Posted on January 27, 2021 by admin

Today, I joined my colleagues and asked the members of the Public Health Emergency Committee to review and vote on the governor’s extension of his executive powers until April 20.

As a member of the General Assembly, I want to make sure the voices of my constituents are heard and not silenced. I hope the committee will carefully look at this request.

CSDE Outlines 6 Steps to Keeping Schools Open Safely

Posted on January 22, 2021 by admin

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) recently released the following 6-steps they are using to keep schools across our state open safely.

  1. Priority Access to COVID Testing — The State has contracted with testing partners to provide priority access testing for all staff in schools and childcare settings. Priority access is intended for staff who need to get tested quickly, in order to ensure their work day is not interrupted. Among the state-contracted partners who support this effort

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DOL Updates regarding Unemployment Compensation

Posted on January 19, 2021 by admin

The CT Department of Labor announced updates regarding Unemployment Compensation, including early application timelines for the new federal Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program, and a new Consumer Contact Center tool to assist residents who need unemployment claims assistance.

Established as part of the newest CARES Act iteration, the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program is a new federal resource for residents who have both self-employment earnings as well as W2 earnings. Currently,

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2021 Legislative Session Major Issues

Posted on January 19, 2021 by admin

Every year, as the legislative session begins, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) publishes a report on the major issues that could be taken up by the legislature.

OLR provides brief descriptions on several topics, including but not limited to issues impacting:

  • seniors
  • the state budget
  • education funding
  • business programs and regulation
  • public utilities, and much more

This report, and reports from past years, can be found on the OLR website.

You may notice that some of these items

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2021 Legislative Session: How to Attend a Virtual Committee Meeting

Posted on January 18, 2021 by admin

I just wanted you to know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legislative Office Building and Capitol are closed until further notice. In the meantime, representatives and senators will conduct most business virtually.

You can watch livestreams of committee meetings, and there will be opportunities to participate in public hearings using Zoom.

In order to make it easier to find all the information you need in one place, the House Republican Caucus created an online virtual meeting guide with information,

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Keep in Contact with Your Legislature

Posted on January 15, 2021 by admin

This year, when the Connecticut General Assembly meets it will be, by all appearances, in a virtual session. This means that committee hearings, floor votes, town halls, and even office hours will be mostly conducted through Zoom, with lawmakers observing social distancing. While the Capitol Complex will remain closed to the public, there are many new opportunities to participate in the process and make sure your voice is heard.

Referred to as a “regular session,” the 2021 legislative session began

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Vaccination Update – Phase 1b

Posted on January 14, 2021 by admin

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Governor Lamont announced that phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, and residents in the state over the age of 75 can now schedule appointments to receive the vaccine.

To date, approximately 160,000 doses have now been distributed statewide.

Vaccine access with be phased in for the following groups in Phase 1b

Currently scheduling:

Scheduling soon:

  • Front line essential workers
  • Individuals

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