State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco Receives Champion of Open Government Award

Posted on June 13, 2024


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HARTFORD – State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80th) was the recipient Wednesday evening of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information’s Champion of Open Government Award.

Rep. Mastrofrancesco received the award during the Council’s award banquet held at the Hartford Club. The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information fights to preserve Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act and has advocated for transparency of government since 1955.

In its letter announcing the award, the

Rep. Mastrofrancesco to hold Post-Session Legislative Update with Sen. Sampson and Rep. Veach

Posted on June 11, 2024


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SOUTHINGTON – State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80th), Rep. Donna Veach (R-30th) and State Sen. Rob Sampson (R-16th) will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Southington on Thursday, June 20, which is open to all residents.

Now that the 2024 Legislative Session has concluded, the lawmakers want to hear your top concerns, give you an update about legislation that has passed and make you aware of government-related issues that are important to you.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rep. Mastrofrancesco Issues Joint Statement Following Democrat Rejection of Election Law Bill

Posted on May 3, 2024


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, ranking member of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee, issued a joint statement in response to majority Democrats on the Judiciary Committee failing to advance SB 390, An Act Concerning Penalties for Certain Election Crimes.

The legislation, proposed and supported by House and Senate Republicans, would provide a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of twelve months that may

Rep. Mastrofrancesco Honors Military Veterans During Events at the Capitol

Posted on April 22, 2024


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HARTFORD – During several busy days at the Capitol, Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, R-Wolcott, paused recently to take part in two events that honored Connecticut’s veterans and their sacrifices.

Rep. Mastrofrancesco took part in the unveiling of a new plaque in the Capitol concourse for 616 service members from Connecticut who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for our country in Vietnam. She joined many veterans who attended the event to showcase the new plaques, which join several other memorials

Rep. Mastrofrancesco, GOP Leaders Prompt Action to Secure CT Elections  

Posted on April 1, 2024


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HARTFORD – Government Administration and Elections Committee Ranking Members State Sen. Rob Sampson and State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, joined by State Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding, continued their push for measures to secure Connecticut’s elections and prevent further voter disenfranchisement in the state.

During a Monday press conference in Hartford, the lawmakers re-introduced proposals to:

  • Prevent the mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications
  • Update voter rolls and perform

Bad Bills of the Wild, Wild Left – 2024 Edition

Posted on March 22, 2024


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Each session, there are hundreds of bills introduced in Hartford, and you would not believe some of the ideas that extreme members of the legislature dream up.

Decriminalizing the possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms? Giving illegal immigrants taxpayer-funded health insurance? Mandating that you drive an electric vehicle? Stopping landlords from evicting people? Erasing women and mothers from state statutes?

These are not just ideas; they are the many bad bills that have actually been introduced

Senate and House Republicans Issue Statement in Response to New Allegations in Bridgeport Scandal

Posted on March 15, 2024


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HARTFORD, CT – Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco and Senator Rob Sampson, ranking members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, issued a statement Friday in response to new allegations revealed by Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas.

Thomas has made new referrals to the State Elections Enforcement Commission in connection with the February 2024 Mayoral General Election redo in Bridgeport.

Rep. Mastrofrancesco Visits Local School to Serve as Guest Speaker During Read Across America Week

Posted on March 13, 2024


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WOLCOTT – Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, R-Wolcott, recently visited Wakelee Elementary School where she served as a guest reader for Read Across America week.

Rep. Mastrofrancesco read “Daisy-Head Mayzie,” by Dr. Seuss to the third-grader class, which served as an opportunity to promote literacy.

“Our read today was an opportunity to promote literacy and the joy of reading in our schools. The students were bright, engaged and have great teachers to guide them,” said Rep. Mastrofrancesco. “I look

Rep. Mastrofrancesco Voices Opposition to Removal of Women and Mothers From Bill Language

Posted on March 1, 2024


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HARTFORD – Rep. Mastrofrancesco, R-Wolcott, voiced her concerns about S.B. 125 “An Act Concerning the Recommendations of The Department of Children and Families Relative to Identified Adoptions and Revisions to Certain Terminology” during a recent meeting of the Children’s Committee. The bill was advanced out of committee despite opposition by Republicans.

The bill erases “expectant mother” and replaces it with “pregnant person,” and “his or her” is removed and replaced with “such alleged genetic

Protecting Women and Girls in Sports

Posted on March 1, 2024


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Please See My Recent Column on Protecting Women and Girls in Sports: 

Have you heard of the story of Chelsea Mitchell? In 2020, she had trained extraordinarily hard as a female track athlete in Canton and was ranked as the fastest Connecticut high school female in the 55-yard dash. You would think with her hard work and talent she would win constantly.  Instead, Chelsea lost four women’s championship titles to two biological males who were allowed to compete against her.

The governing body for student

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