Coffee Hour at Orem’s Diner with Reps. Lavielle and O’Dea – Friday, June 21

Posted on June 17, 2019 by admin


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Now that the 2019 session has adjourned, I’m sure many of you have questions about specific issues. On Friday, State Rep. Tom O’Dea and I will be at Orem’s Diner in Wilton to discuss major legislative topics including the state budget, minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, regionalization, the opioid crisis, tolls, and more.

Here are the details:

Who: State Representatives Gail Lavielle and Tom O’Dea

What: Coffee Hour

Where: Orem’s Diner, 167 Danbury Road, Wilton

When: This Friday, June 21st

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School Regionalization: When the People Fight and Win

Posted on June 10, 2019 by admin


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Opinion by Rep. Gail Lavielle

While the 2019 legislative session in Hartford featured a litany of controversial issues, none of them touched a nerve like the multiple proposals to regionalize Connecticut’s schools.

Yet when the session ended at midnight on June 5, not a single school regionalization bill survived — not even a meek legislative attempt to study the issue. Considering that all the bills were offered by members of the majority party, which controls the governor’s office and both legislative

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Rep Lavielle: Update on the Defeat of 2019 Forced Regionalization Proposals

Posted on June 6, 2019 by admin


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Rep. Lavielle on the 2020-2021 Budget: Lifting the Veil

Posted on June 5, 2019 by admin


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CT State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee, breaks down the 2020-2021 state budget passed on June 3 by majority House Democrats. The two-year spending and revenue plan passed 86-65 in the House without a single Republican vote. 

The new budget increases spending by 5.3%, increases taxes by $1.75 billion over the biennium, and adds $16 billion in debt payments that will fall on the shoulders of future generations

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Reps. Lavielle, Wood, House Republicans Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, Passage of 19th Amendment

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143), Terrie Wood (R-141), and fellow House Republican members celebrated the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

The Republican Party played a leading role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. In 1878, Senator Aaron Sargent (R-California) introduced language in Congress that would become the 19th Amendment. Sargent’s proposal was not successful in the beginning, but following

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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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