This Week at the State Capitol

Posted on May 30, 2023


May 29th – June 2nd

We have another busy week ahead in the House of Representatives!  We have one week to go in the 2023 legislative session, and we will be in doing the people’s business during the coming days. I will also be sure to update you on the state budget in the coming days.

To follow along and keep up to date on the bills that impact you and your family, click here to livestream.


Rep Hayes: 2023 Budget Update

Posted on May 23, 2023


As we keep our eyes on the state budget, I wanted to let you know that House Republicans are in the final phase of negotiations to develop it along with Governor Lamont, as well as General Assembly Democrats. We are 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 was hard for our

POSTPONED: A Presentation on PURA & Your Utility Bills

Posted on March 9, 2023


POSTPONED – Due to expected inclement weather this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the near future. 

In an effort to better understand your electricity bill, you are invited to join me, along with State Representative Anne Dauphinais and Marissa Gillett, PURA Chairman, for a workshop to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have.

These events are free of charge and open to the public. If you have any questions or are unable to attend but would still like to connect

Northeastern Connecticut Republican Delegation Supports Public Hearing to Eliminate the Highway Use Tax

Posted on February 27, 2023


HARTFORD—Connecticut House Republicans have used a parliamentary procedure to circumvent Democrat opposition to a bill that would save inflation-weary businesses and residents money by eliminating the new highway use tax (HUT) on heavyweight trucks. The HUT creates an additional burden on the trucking industry and Connecticut residents in general who are already suffering from the impacts of inflation.

On Tuesday, Republicans successfully petitioned to raise H.B. 5290, An Act Eliminating the Highway

Rep. Hayes Supportive of Contract to Improve State Police Recruitment

Posted on January 26, 2023


On Wednesday in the House of Representatives, I voted in favor of supporting House Resolution No. 9, which was the approval of a collective bargaining agreement between the state and the Connecticut State Police Union, but it should not end there. The last several years have been particular rough on our men and women in uniform, and as a legislature, we need to do all we can in our power to address the ever-changing challenges that our law enforcement officers are facing.

House Republicans Offer

Opening Day of the 2023 Legislative Session

Posted on January 4, 2023


On Wednesday, it was my honor to be sworn into my third term being your state representative. I was so energized seeing multiple people back inside the House Chamber as we begin this new session! I want to thank my constituents in the 51st General Assembly District for once again entrusting me to be your voice at the State Capitol.

We will get right to work on Thursday, January 5th at noon, for our first Public Safety and Security meeting right here in Hartford. Along with serving on Public Safety,

State Representative Hayes Receives 100% Voting Record From CBIA

Posted on July 12, 2022


“I will always stand strong with Connecticut businesses, and I am happy to once again receive a perfect voting record once again from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA). With the struggles our small businesses are facing, I am committed to doing my part to support all pro-business legislation,” said State Representative Rick Hayes.

CBIA is the state’s largest business organization recognized my perfect voting score on key bills impacting Connecticut’s economic growth and business

Legislative Update with State Representatives Anne Dauphinais & Rick Hayes

Posted on June 1, 2022


You will have two opportunities to join State Representatives Anne Dauphinais & Rick Hayes, for a Legislative Update on the recently adjourned 2022 Legislative Session, and discuss any other issues that are important to you and your family. Please join us this Saturday, June 4th from 9:00-10:30 A.M. or Tuesday, June 7th from 6:00-7:30 P.M. at Four G’s Pizza located at 305 Hartford Turnpike in Dayville. This event is open to all residents in Connecticut’s 44th & 51st Assembly Districts.

We look forward

Interstate 395 Roadwork Advisory

Posted on May 26, 2022



The following is from the Connecticut Department of Transportation-


Safety Improvement Project on I-395 in Killingly, Putnam and Thompson

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a safety improvement project will be performed on I-395 northbound and southbound in Killingly, Putnam and Thompson.

The project consists of installing guide rail on I-395 northbound and southbound at various locations in Killingly, Putnam and Thompson.  This project is scheduled to begin on Wednesday,

Rep. Hayes Opposes Budget Adjustments

Posted on May 3, 2022


As we enter the final two days of the 2022 Legislative Session, I wanted to touch on the budget vote from last night that passed the House last night 95-52, strictly along party lines. The headlines this morning read “Largest Tax Cuts in Connecticut History”, but it is important to note that this act was an adjustment to the budget which included the budget implementer and bonding for a total of $547 million dollars, or a 6.4% increase. While there are positives within this budget that offer SHORT-term