Rep. Lavielle Addresses Advocates at State Capitol on World Water Day

Posted on March 22, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) was invited to speak to a gathering of fellow water advocates at the Legislative Office Building on Friday, March 22nd as they celebrated “World Water Day”.

Addressing the group, Rep. Lavielle said, “Water issues have special significance for me. I used to run corporate affairs worldwide for Suez Environnement, the largest water company in the world at the time. From that experience I learned two things about water – that our supply is finite, and that people

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Rep. Lavielle Opposes Vague Toll Concept Legislation

Posted on March 21, 2019 by admin


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Majority Democrats Advance Bills to House and Senate

HARTFORD – State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport), a member of the legislature’s Transportation Committee and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee, voted against three toll bills yesterday at the Legislative Office Building. Despite strong Republican opposition, the bills passed along party-line votes.

The three bills that were approved by the committee are:

State Legislative Update – March 28, 2019

Posted on March 21, 2019 by admin


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On Thursday, March 28, I will be hosting a State Legislative Update with Rep. Tom O’Dea at Orem’s Diner, 167 Danbury Road, Wilton, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

I’m sure many of you have questions about the budget process, the teachers’ pension fund, proposed new taxes and tax expansions, school regionalization, tolls, various House and Senate bills, and more.

This event is an opportunity for you to address these questions, and I hope you’ll be able to join us.

If you can’t make it, but have questions or

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Rep. Lavielle Remains Concerned About Governor’s Legislation on Shared Services

Posted on March 20, 2019 by admin


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Testimony in Opposition to H.B. 7192

An Act Concerning Municipal and Regional Opportunities and Efficiencies

Planning & Development Committee

March 20, 2019

Senator Cassano, Representative McCarthy-Vahey, Senator Champagne, Representative Zawistowski, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to offer testimony on HB 7192, An Act Concerning Municipal and Regional Opportunities and Efficiencies.

As a whole, HB 7192 deals with fostering cooperation, regional or otherwise, among municipalities,

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Rep. Lavielle Testifies Against H.B. 7319, Giving School Districts the Power to Tax

Posted on March 15, 2019 by admin


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Testimony in Opposition to:

HB 7319: An Act Concerning the Fiscal Independence of School Districts

Planning & Development Committee

March 15, 2019

Senator Cassano, Representative McCarthy-Vahey, Senator Champagne, Representative Zawistowski, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to offer testimony on HB 7319, An Act Concerning the Fiscal Independence of School Districts.

Under this bill, every school district in Connecticut, whether single-town or regional, with 15,000 or

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Taxes, Taxes, Taxes: Finance Committee Public Hearing this Friday

Posted on March 13, 2019 by admin


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This Friday, March 15, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee is holding a public hearing on three important bills that would, if passed, significantly affect taxes in Connecticut. If you’re concerned about the effect of tax changes on the state’s economy and job market, or on your own finances, you may want to submit testimony to the Committee.

Here are the tax bills on the hearing’s agenda:

  • S.B. 431: An Act Concerning Property Tax Reform. This bill would create a statewide one mill tax on

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Rep. Lavielle Testimony in Support of H.B. 7219

Posted on March 12, 2019 by admin


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Testimony in Support of House Bill 7219: An Act Concerning Ghost Guns

Judiciary Committee

March 11, 2019

Senator Winfield, Representative Stafstrom, Senator Kissel, Representative Rebimbas, and distinguished members of the Judiciary Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify in favor of HB 7219, An Act Concerning Ghost Guns.

I support this bill for several reasons related to safety and security:

  • Law enforcement personnel in my area have often cited their serious concern that firearms without

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Taxing and Spending at the Same Time: A New Role for School Districts?

Posted on March 11, 2019 by admin


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Taxing and Spending at the Same Time:

A New Role for School Districts?

This Friday, March 15, the Planning & Development Committee is holding a public hearing on a bill that would make almost every single school district in Connecticut an independent taxing district. In doing so, it would transfer to these “educational services taxing districts” certain fiscal powers currently held by municipalities.

I have serious concerns and questions about this bill, HB 7319, An Act Concerning the Fiscal Independence

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Tolls: Your Opportunity to Submit Testimony

Posted on March 5, 2019 by admin


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If the subject of tolls is important to you, there is an opportunity to submit testimony for two bills on tolls that will be heard by the Transportation Committee in a public hearing this week.

On Wednesday, the Transportation Committee will be hearing two bills concerning tolls: H.B. 7202, a governor’s bill, and H.B. 7280, a bill introduced by majority leadership of the Transportation Committee.

Both bills would allow tolling on I-95, I-84, I-91, Rte. 15, and other existing highways in Connecticut.

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Rep. Lavielle, House Republicans Hold News Conference on Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on March 1, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD—House Republican legislators at a Friday news conference joined Connecticut residents in opposing legislative proposals aimed at forced school regionalization.

The event at the Legislative Office Building preceded an Education Committee public hearing on bills (S.B.457, S.B. 738, S.B. 874) concerning the topic. Republican lawmakers echoed the concerns of parents, educators, school administrators and local officials who descended on the Capitol for the hearing.

“These bills have hit a nerve,

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