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Conservative Caucus Proposes Alternative to State-Run Paid Family & Medical Leave Program

Posted on April 8, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – As bills to provide paid Family and Medical Leave advance through the committee process, the legislature’s Conservative Caucus proposed an alternative that would provide coverage for families without burdening individual taxpayers with a mandatory and onerous new payroll tax.

Current paid family and medical leave proposals would mandate employers offer up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to their employees. To fund the program, virtually all employees would be compelled to

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Killingly State Representatives Visit Site of Recent Mill Fire to Offer Their Support

Posted on April 1, 2019 by jpheasant


(photo): Reps Dauphinais and Hayes talk with Fire Marshall Randy Burchard regarding the recent fire that occurred at the Acme Cotton Mill.

KILLINGLY – State Representatives Anne Dauphinais (R-44) and Rick Hayes (R-51) spent Monday afternoon speaking with Killingly’s Fire Marshall and Town Manager about the recent fire that destroyed a local mill and to offer their support moving forward.

Both Dauphinais and Hayes joined Randy Burchard Town Fire Marshall and Mary Carlio Killingly Town Manager at the

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Transportation Committee Leadership and Local Lawmakers to Host Toll Forum

Posted on March 19, 2019 by jpheasant


KILLINGLY – State Representatives Rick Hayes (R-51) and Anne Dauphinais (R-44) in conjunction with State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134), Ranking Members of the legislative Transportation Committee are inviting the public to attend an informational forum on tolls.

WHERE: Killingly High School – Auditorium

226 Putnam Pike, Killingly

WHEN: Wednesday, April 3rd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Investing in and improving Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure

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Eastern CT Lawmakers Support Bills to Prevent Merger or Closure of QVCC Without Legislative Approval

Posted on February 21, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representatives Rick Hayes (R-51), Anne Dauphinais (R-44), Pat Boyd (D-50), and Senator Mae Flexer (D-29) have backed two bills that would seek to prevent Quinebaug Valley Community College and other Connecticut institutions within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities from merging or closing without legislative approval.

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Rep. Hayes Proposes Legislation to Expand the State’s Current Hunting Laws

Posted on February 6, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORDState Representative Rick Hayes (R-51) has introduced two separate pieces of legislation to amend the state’s statutes to extend the current season and expand the type hunting allowed on Sunday’s.

“Hunting is extremely important to not only the people of my district by also many of those who live in the Northeastern portion of the state,” Rep. Hayes said. “By extended the Sunday hunting requirements to allow shotguns and rifles, it will then allow others who are currently being excluded

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Republican Legislators Oppose Changes to Racing Regulations

Posted on February 1, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – Several Republican legislators stand in opposition to a proposal that could potentially alter existing state laws regarding local racing rules. State Representatives Rick Hayes (R-Putnam), Kurt Vail (R-Stafford), Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), and State Senator Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) expressed issues with unintended consequences of the newly proposed bill, H.B. 6591, because it seeks to regulate the times during which motor vehicle racing can take place.

“Throughout my campaign I promised that I would support local business.  In my opinion this bill, as written, is anti-business and would directly impact Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, a locally owned business which has been a great community partner and a local icon for many years,” Rep. Hayes said. “The Hoenig Family has invested in major improvements to this attraction which draws thousands of visitors to our northeast corner of the state. As legislators we need to do whatever possible to attract new local business and make it easier for current business owners to continue in being successful by regulations and operational barriers.  I will oppose this bill and will continue to support and work hard on behalf of local business.”

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Eastern Connecticut Lawmakers Join Fight to Prevent Closure or Consolidation of QVCC

Posted on January 30, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representatives Rick Hayes (R-51), Anne Dauphinias (R-44), and Doug Dubitsky (R-47) are a part of a Republican drafted bill that would seek to prohibit the merger or closure of an institution within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities without the review and approval of the General Assembly.

HB6474, AN ACT CONCERNING THE MERGER OR CLOSURE OF INSTITUTIONS WITHIN THE CONNECTICUT STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, seeks to remove the power for school consolidation and closing

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Rep. Hayes Sworn In, Receives Committee Assignments

Posted on January 11, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representative Rick Hayes (R-51) was sworn into office early Wednesday morning beginning his first-term as State Representative for the 51st district, representing the towns of Killingly, Putnam, and Thompson.

“It was truly an honor to stand in the chamber with my hand raised taking my oath to uphold both the United States and Connecticut Constitutions. There are so many good strong leaders in that room and to think back to the history of those who have done this before me is very

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