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House Republican Leader Klarides’ Statement on Gov. Lamont’s Plan to Hire Consultant to Find Budget Savings

Posted on September 25, 2020 by admin


“The Republican-driven 2017 bipartisan budget plan that broke the seven-month budget impasse and overcame a Malloy veto included $500 million in anticipated savings. They were never achieved following the 2018 elections that returned Democrats to sole majority party rule in Hartford.

“Anytime we can achieve savings, when it comes to spending taxpayers’ dollars, it is a good thing. But it should be noted Gov. Lamont intends to hire an out-of-state consultant to find budget savings that his administration

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria Announce Farmers to Family Food Box Event in Ansonia

Posted on September 22, 2020 by admin


HARTFORD – A Farmers to Family Food box distribution event to benefit the greater Naugatuck Valley will take place Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Nolan Field in Ansonia, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria announced today.

The event will take place from noon to 6:30 p.m. or for as long as the supplies last. At least 1,150 food boxes will be handed out. Nolan Field is located at 461 Wakelee Ave., in Ansonia.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture F2F food program is being

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House Republicans Challenge Governor on Executive Powers

Posted on September 3, 2020 by admin


HARTOFRD – House Republicans, at a Capitol press conference today, challenged Gov. Lamont’s authority to singlehandedly determine how Connecticut emerges from the pandemic, saying a legislative committee should vote on his efforts to extend his sweeping executive orders beyond their Sept. 9 expiration date.

Republicans said the state Constitutional safeguards that guarantee separate but equal branches of government are at stake. The orders would affect virtually all aspects of public life. Republicans

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’ Statement on Gov. Lamont’s Executive Orders

Posted on September 1, 2020 by admin


HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s issuance of the continuance of Executive Orders until Feb. 9:

“The legislature agreed on the onset of the COVID-19 virus last March to grant the governor executive authority over the day-to-day, and emergency operations of the state of Connecticut that he would not otherwise have had under our Constitution and General Statutes, given that the Capitol had to be effectively shut down. We

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Statement from House Republican Leader Klarides on “Police Accountability” Legislation

Posted on July 29, 2020 by admin


“Given the disappointing vote in the House on July 24, no one should be surprised by the Senate’s partisan acts on the so-called “police accountability’’ bill today, or Governor Lamont’s promise to sign the legislation. This is happening despite the many concerns shared by stakeholders who rightly worry that the unintended consequences of this legislation will leave our communities less safe, property taxpayers with bigger bills, and police officers fearing that the foundation from which they operate

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House Republican Leaders Call for Eversource Rate Hike Hearing

Posted on July 28, 2020 by admin


HARTFORD – House Republican Leaders Themis Klarides and Vincent Candelora today called for a public hearing for Eversource to answer questions about the recent spike in monthly utility bills and why costs go up regardless of weather conditions or other factors.

Many consumers have seen a jump in their bills in the last month and are mad, the lawmakers said.

“Connecticut utility costs were already at the highest point in the country and on July 1 the rates went higher. We had a mild winter, people

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An Act Concerning Police Accountability

Posted on July 16, 2020 by admin


The legislature’s Judiciary Committee will hold a virtual Listening Session tomorrow, July 17 to allow the public to submit testimony and offer comment on proposed police accountability legislation. It begins at 10 a.m, and you’ll be able to watch the livestream at

You can view a working draft of the legislation at this link.

The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research has produced an analysis on the proposed legislation. You can review their report at this link.

How to submit written

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Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines

Posted on June 18, 2020 by admin

As we continue to navigate the state of Connecticut’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of our economy, Phase 2 of the reopening plan began on June 17th.

Businesses who are part of the Phase 2 reopening:

·  Amusement parks

·  Hotels / Lodging

·  Restaurants (indoor dining)

·  Museums, zoos, and aquariums

·  Indoor recreation (bowling, movie theaters, etc.)

·  Libraries

·  Outdoor events

·  Personal services (nail salons, tattoo parlors, etc.)

·  Sports and fitness facilities (gyms, fitness

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’ Statement on Delayed Openings for Hair Salons

Posted on May 18, 2020 by admin


“The last-minute decision to delay the opening of hair salons, less than two days before they were scheduled to go back in business, sends confusing and contradictory messages to the public. We can agree that personal safety and public health are our primary concerns. And, there is no universal opinion among the professionals in these fields, specifically hair stylists. We have to be sensitive to the divergence of opinions of who wants to open up now, and those who are reluctant and want to wait

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Republican Leader Themis Klarides Calls on Governor Lamont to Include Elected Representatives in Decision-Making Process

Posted on May 16, 2020 by admin


Dear Governor Lamont,

It has been two months since the shutdown of the State Capitol that effectively ended the regular legislative session. However, that did not end our roles as elected representatives. In fact, our members and staff are fielding historic volumes of phone calls, letters, and emails. The volume of correspondence compels us, once again, to share with you the frustrations voiced by many constituents in our communities.

After workers were laid off because businesses had to reduce hours

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