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Tax Free Week August 16-22

Posted on August 11, 2020 by cthomas


With our normal routines disrupted by the virus, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 16th through Saturday, August 22nd.

Last year, I was part of a contingent of legislators who successfully fought back against attempts by the governor to end the yearly tax break event which benefits so many families.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000 and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered

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‘Zoom’ Meeting with Madison Police Chief Jack Drumm RE: Police Accountability

Posted on July 30, 2020 by cthomas


MADISON – State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda hosted a ‘Zoom’ meeting with Madison Police Chief Jack Drumm to discuss the recently passed Police Accountability legislation. He had many thoughtful comments and explained some very important aspects of the legislation.

You can view the video here.

Connecticut Travel Update

Posted on July 22, 2020 by cthomas


Governor Lamont has issued an Executive Order that strengthens his previously enacted travel advisory for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high infection and positivity rates for COVID-19. The order changes the travel advisory to mandatory and has been taken in conjunction with similar measures by the governors of New Jersey and New York. Under the new order, failure to comply may result in a $1,000 penalty imposed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH).

Travelers will now

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Online Listening Sessions Tomorrow: Absentee Ballots, Telehealth Coverage and Capping the Cost of Insulin

Posted on July 20, 2020 by cthomas

FacebooktwittermailTomorrow at 2:00 p.m., the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee will hold an online public listening session on An Act Concerning (ACC) Absentee Voting at the 2020 State Election and Election Day Registration(LCO #3576).

The Insurance & Real Estate Committee will also be hosting a public listening session tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on two bills: AAC Diabetes and High Deductible Plans (LCO #3601) and AAC Telehealth(LCO #3614).

If you have an opinion on any of these issues, and would

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COVID-19 Update – July 13

Posted on July 13, 2020 by hbrooks

FacebooktwittermailConnecticut State Dept. of Education Holds Roundtable Regarding School Reopening

Last week, the Connecticut State Dept. of Education (CSDE) hosted a roundtable discussion regarding K-12 school reopenings in the fall. The department’s leadership team answered a host of questions from parents and educators about safety protocols, contingency plans for moving to remote learning in case of a COVID-19 surge, and more.

Please click here to view the roundtable.

Travel Advisory Status

Earlier this month,

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Phase 3 Reopening Delay & Roadwork in Madison

Posted on July 8, 2020 by hbrooks

FacebooktwittermailGovernor Delays Phase 3 Reopening Indefinitely

Earlier this week, Governor Lamont announced that his administration would be delaying the state’s Phase 3 reopening – which would have included bars and increased outdoor event capacity to 250 people – indefinitely.

This delay is indefinite and comes as a precaution, as several other states have seen surges in COVID-19 cases.

To watch the governor’s full press conference on Monday and learn more about this announcement, please click here.

As a reminder,

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Dept. of Education Releases Roadmap for Reopening K-12 Schools in the Fall

Posted on July 1, 2020 by hbrooks

FacebooktwittermailEarlier this week, Governor Lamont released the state’s roadmap for reopening schools in the fall. The plan will allow all school districts in the state to deliver full-time, in-person classes and includes COVID-19 mitigation, containment, and monitoring strategies for districts to implement. The roadmap also includes contingency plans for class cancellation should Connecticut see a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The plan features five operational considerations: cohorting, social distancing and facilities,

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Resumption of DMV Services and New Tri-State Area Travel Advisory

Posted on June 25, 2020 by hbrooks

FacebooktwittermailLimited Resumption of DMV Services

Governor Lamont has announced limited DMV in-person reopening beginning this week. Services are available in-person, by appointment only.

All DMV in-person services now require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Select services are also accessible online.

Drop-off services are available for select services (limited hours) at the DMV’s

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COVID-19 Update – June 19

Posted on June 19, 2020 by hbrooks

FacebooktwittermailSmall Business Administration Renews Disaster Loan Program

The Federal Small Business Administration recently announced the reopening of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to eligible applications that experienced economic impacts due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the SBA, the “EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue.

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COVID-19 Update – June 8

Posted on June 8, 2020 by hbrooks

FacebooktwittermailState’s Phase 2 Reopening Scheduled for June 17

Governor Ned Lamont recently announced that Connecticut’s second phase of reopening initially scheduled for June 20 will begin three days early on June 17. The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has published specific guidelines and best practices for each business sector in order to safely reopen. Businesses are not required to reopen; the decision to reopen rests with individual business owners.

Phase 2 reopening rules by sector:

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