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House of Representatives Passes Controversial Removal of Religious Exemption Bill

Posted on April 22, 2021


After a very long night from Monday into Tuesday, it is time to vent. On Tuesday morning, our Constitution was completely ignored. Parental rights were dismissed because some feel the state should decide what and when substances will be injected into your children.

I supported several amendments, including one which would require any new vaccine a child is mandated to take, to go through the entire House and Senate before it is added to the vaccine schedule. Unfortunately, like every other Republican

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House of Representatives in Session Monday

Posted on April 17, 2021


Yesterday during our Appropriations Committee meeting, another item on the majority’s wish list was passed through our committee and will arrive on the House floor this coming Monday.

Democrats were unwilling to compromise, unwilling to debate and were unrealistic in discussing the impact to students and costs associated with their efforts to remove the religious exemption from mandatory school vaccines. The bill which has been rammed through committees, awaits further action on the House floor

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April 7th Virtual Town Hall

Posted on March 30, 2021


On Wednesday, April 7th, please join State Representative Rick Hayes (R-51) and  State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44)  for a Virtual Town Hall at 6:00 P.M.

Representative Hayes and Dauphinais will provide a legislative update to discuss the bills that will impact your family, community and local business.

If you have a question that you would like addressed during the Town Hall, please email it to or

The Zoom link is-

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Representative Hayes Advocates for Additional Volunteer Fire Service Stipend

Posted on March 25, 2021


HARTFORD- During the Public Safety and Security Committee meeting on Wednesday, State Representative Rick Hayes (R-51), a co-sponsor of H.B. #5722 AN ACT ALLOWING A PERSONAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR STIPENDS PAID TO VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE MEMBERS, raised an amendment to change the original deduction written in the bill from $1,000 to $1,500. The amended bill passed through committee and awaits action on the House floor.

“As a former police chief, I have always been a supporter

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The Latest Governor’s Executive Powers Extension

Posted on January 28, 2021


Today, I joined my colleagues and requested that the members of the Public Health Emergency Committee discuss and vote on yet another extension of the governor’s executive powers through April 20, 2021.

When the latest regular legislative session began on January 6th, it was my hope that we would see the end of the governor’s executive authority when it was set to expire on February 9th. It is frustrating that the governor is seeking yet another extension of unilateral authority while the House and

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Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus Welcomes New Members; Officers Selected for 2021-2023 session

Posted on December 29, 2020


“I am proud to be part of this team.” State Representative Rick Hayes, (R-51)


HARTFORD — Following the 2020 election, the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) Conservative Caucus held an organizational meeting to elect officers to serve for the next two years.  The entire slate of officers has been reaffirmed for another two-year term:  Rep. Mike France will continue to serve as Chair, with Rep. Craig Fishbein, Vice Chair, Rep. Anne Dauphinais, Secretary, and Rep. David T. Wilson, Treasurer.

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Salvation Army: Help Rescue Christmas

Posted on December 18, 2020


I will not be doing a traditional Salvation Army “Bell Ringing” this year in our District, but I would like to invite you to check out my virtual page set up by the Salvation Army. If you would like to donate, all you will have to do is click here.

Thank you, stay safe and Happy Holidays!


CT Cares Small Business Grant Program Update

Posted on November 19, 2020


Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has launched the online application process for its new CT Cares Small Business Grant program.

The initiative sets aside $50 million to help small businesses recover from the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses and nonprofits can receive a one-time $5,000 grant, and all funds will be disbursed to approved applicants by December 30.

Grants can be used for:

  • Payroll
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Inventory
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Veterans Day: We Honor All Who Have Served

Posted on November 11, 2020


The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affair’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the ceremony held annually at the Middletown State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown at 2p.m. on November 11, 2020.

This ceremony will stream live via Zoom Meeting. Zoom platform information is:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 986 7749 7482
Passcode: 3iaz2X

Veterans Day Restaurant Specials

Applebee’s – November 11, 2020
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal

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State Representatives Dauphinais & Hayes Have Serious Concerns Over Extension of Governor’s Executive Orders

Posted on September 9, 2020


Hartford – On Friday morning, a special legislative oversight committee voted in favor, strictly along party lines, for Governor Lamont to maintain his emergency powers. On March 10, Governor Lamont signed the initial declaration of a health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order, which was slated to expire on September 9, was extended by the governor last week. The special legislative committee voted in favor of the order 6-4, which will now extend the governor’s unilateral rule through

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