Rep. Lavielle and Colleagues to Host Citizen Activists for a Press Conference About Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on February 27, 2019 by admin


Public Hearing to Begin at 1 p.m. in the LOB

HARTFORD – State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport) will host a press conference with fellow legislators this Friday, March 1st to discuss three forced school regionalization bills that are under consideration in Hartford:

  • S.B. 457, An Act Concerning the Size of School Districts
  • S.B. 738, An Act Concerning the Creation of Regional School Districts
  • S.B. 874, An Act Concerning Education Initiatives and Services in Connecticut (the governor’s

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Norwalk Informational Forum on Tolls – February 26

Posted on February 22, 2019 by admin


On Tuesday, February 26, I will be hosting an informational tolls forum with State Rep. Terrie Wood at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. The governor has introduced a bill to install electronic highway tolls across the state, which would directly impact our region. Click here for a link to the summary page.

Many of you will have questions, so we have invited the Transportation Committee Ranking Members, State Rep. Laura Devlin and State Sen. Henri Martin, who will give a presentation.

As Ranking

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Details of the March 1 Hearing on Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on February 22, 2019 by admin


Many of you have been following the developments related to legislation about forced regionalization of school districts. A date for the anticipated public hearing before the Education Committee was confirmed this afternoon, and I wanted to share with you as soon as possible all the available details.

The Bills

While SB 738, introduced by Sen. Looney, and SB 457, introduced by Sens. Duff and Osten, have been circulating for several weeks, there is now a third bill in the mix. It is a Governor’s Bill,

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Budget Day Irony: After Hearing Governor’s Fiscal Exhortations, Legislators Vote to Increase Spending

Posted on February 21, 2019 by admin


Yesterday was the official launch of the state budget process in Hartford, with Governor Lamont presenting his budget proposal to a joint session of the House and Senate in the House chamber. He spoke to us, quite rightly, about Connecticut’s “chronically broken budget” and “fixed costs such as pensions, state employee healthcare and bonded debt – all growing faster than our economy”. He stressed the importance of taking the situation seriously, and of the importance not just of balancing the budget

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Here Comes the Budget

Posted on February 20, 2019 by admin


Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20, Governor Lamont will present his 2020-21 biennial budget proposal to the full legislature. That will be the beginning of a process that will take at least the full length of the legislative session, which ends on June 5, to complete. In recent years, it has sometimes taken much longer.

The Budget Process

As a reminder, here is how the process works. The legislature, not the governor, develops and votes on the budget. The governor’s proposal provides a framework and

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Local Legislators Welcome Wiltonian David Moyer at Hartford Hearing on Bill Supporting Classic Car Owners

Posted on February 19, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – Last Wednesday, State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), together with State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan) and State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport), welcomed Wiltonian David Moyer at  the Capitol, where he delivered testimony before the Transportation Committee in favor of H.B. 6973An Act Concerning the Display of Number Plates at the Front of Certain Motor Vehicles. Rep. Lavielle introduced the bill at the request of Moyer, who is the owner of an antique car, and Rep.

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Small Business Owner Says CT School Regionalization Would Harm Industries

Posted on February 1, 2019 by admin


During a Manufacturing Caucus public hearing, CT State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport) discussed the need for skilled workers in manufacturing and how Connecticut must make this a priority. Lucia Furman, a small business owner, also made it clear that forced school regionalization would undoubtedly affect the quality of education in Connecticut. This would cause many employers, like herself, to question if our state is

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Reps. Lavielle, O’Dea Speak with Energized Crowd at Orem’s Diner

Posted on January 30, 2019 by admin


Connecticut State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport) and Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) hosted a coffee hour at Orem’s Diner in Wilton on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The crowd of nearly 80 attendees brought a number of concerns to the event, chief among them being a proposal by Senate President Pro-Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven), which would require the forced regionalization of schools. Several parents, educators

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Rep. Gail Lavielle Challenges Senate Democrats on Regionalization Plans

Posted on January 28, 2019 by admin


Connecticut State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport) questioned Education Committee Chairman Sen. Doug McCrory (D-Hartford) on a proposal by Senate President Pro-Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven) to require the regionalization of Connecticut schools. Rep. Lavielle is the Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s joint Appropriations Committee, and is a former Ranking Member of the Education Committee.

Coffee Hour January, 29 – Orem’s Diner

Posted on January 24, 2019 by admin



State Representative Gail Lavielle

State Representative Tom O’Dea


Coffee Hour


Orem’s Diner, 167 Danbury Road, Wilton


Tuesday, January 29 from 8-9 a.m.


Call: (800) 842-1423


Gail Lavielle

State Representative – 143rd District

Wilton, Westport & Norwalk