Rep. Gail Lavielle’s Testimony before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)

Posted on August 25, 2020 by admin


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Good morning. My name is Gail Lavielle, and I represent the 143rd House district, which includes most of the town of Wilton and parts of Westport and Norwalk. This part of the state was hit hard by Storm Isaias. We are used to storm damage, as the area is heavily forested. We also hoped that we might become used to being better informed each time a storm hit. But we learned we were wrong about that.

Eversource’s performance after Isaias raises questions about how it has applied its revenues to the

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PURA Schedules Eversource Hearing for August 24

Posted on August 12, 2020 by admin


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The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, August 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This hearing is in response to PURA’s recent approval of Eversource’s request to increase its delivery rate. Between work-from-home orders and hot summer weather, customer electric bills were bound to be higher than usual. Raising rates on top of all this was not the right thing to do, which is why PURA subsequently suspended the increase pending further investigation.

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Should the State Control Your Local Zoning Laws?

Posted on July 27, 2020 by admin


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For longer than anyone can remember, Connecticut towns have had the ability, granted by the state, to control their own zoning locally. That may, however, be about to change, if certain proposals now circulating in Hartford and around the state become law. This is a subject that affects everyone, and I think it’s important that you be informed.

The most notable exception to local zoning control is the 8-30g statute, which was passed 30 years ago and was designed to stimulate the construction of affordable

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

Posted on July 20, 2020 by admin


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Tomorrow 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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Police Accountability Online Listening Session – Tomorrow

Posted on July 16, 2020 by admin


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Tomorrow, Friday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m., the Judiciary Committee will hold a public listening session webinar on An Act Concerning Police Accountability (LCO #3471). This bill was drafted to examine issues that exist between our law enforcement personnel, and the people they serve. With your help and feedback, we hope the final legislation is something we can all support. Whether you are a current or former law enforcement professional, or a concerned member of the public, you may either submit written

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Fall School Reopen Plan Webinar – July 9

Posted on July 6, 2020 by admin


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This Thursday, July 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Connecticut Department of Education will be hosting a live moderated webinar to discuss the official fall school reopen plan, Adapt Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together. The webinar will include an overview of the plan by the state’s Commissioner of Education, Miguel Cardona, for the benefit of district leaders, parents, students, teachers, political partners, and educational stakeholders.

The webinar will be limited

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Tax Update, Plan for Fall School Reopening, Unemployment Information, and State Programs

Posted on July 2, 2020 by admin


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I’d like to share with you an update on a few important developments from this week.

Return of the Plastic Bag Tax

On July 1, Connecticut resumed collection of the $0.10 tax on single use plastic bags. This tax was temporarily lifted in March during the height of the pandemic to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through items such as reusable shopping bags. The original executive order (7N) also allowed grocery store employees to refuse bagging items for customers who were using reusable plastic bags.

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School Reopening Plan Released, DMV Update, and New Travel Advisory

Posted on June 26, 2020 by admin


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I’d like to share with you an update on a few important developments from this week.

State Releases Outline of Fall School Reopening Plan

Distance learning has allowed our educators to continue doing their very important jobs during the height of this pandemic, but it has also presented challenges. Dealing with internet issues, difficulty accessing electronic devices, and other technology barriers, many teachers, parents, and students have found themselves limited in what can be accomplished online.

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Update on Recent Developments Related to COVID-19

Posted on June 9, 2020 by admin


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Phase Two Reopening: Rules by Sector

The Lamont administration has released rules for businesses included in the state’s Phase Two reopening plan, which so far is scheduled to begin on June 17. The documents below contain sector-specific rules for reopening including requirements for physical distancing, spatial capacity, hygiene and sanitation, personal protective equipment, and more.

Here are the documents by sector:

Rep. Lavielle, Wilton Leaders Raise Voices for Racial Justice and Equality

Posted on June 2, 2020 by admin


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It wasn’t that long ago–the summer of 2017–that so many of us in town gathered at Our Lady of Fatima to share our sorrow and condemnation of the events in Charlottesville. I didn’t imagine then that the town would be coming together in the same place to do the same thing three years later.

It’s impossible not to respond to the violence that occurred in Minnesota with anything but revulsion, disgust, anger, and sadness. George Floyd’s death and the other similar deaths we saw recently were senseless.

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