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2024 Acts Affecting Available Now!

Posted on July 8, 2024


I just wanted you to know that at the conclusion of each legislative session, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research compiles reports on public acts organized by topics. These reports include various topics such as “Acts Affecting Seniors,” “Acts Affecting Criminal Justice and Safety,” “Acts Affecting Business and Jobs,” and much more.

Click here to access the full range of reports.

New Laws Now in Effect!

Posted on July 3, 2024


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted you to know that several new laws took effect on July 1st that could have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I highlighted some of them below.

An expanded list of those that took effect, along with summaries, can be accessed here.

An Act Concerning Coerced Debt (Public Act: 24-77)

  • More than likely one of the most important bills passed this session to protect victims of domestic violence, this new law permits a victim of financial abuse to contact

A Great Day at Great Wolf Lodge!

Posted on June 13, 2024


It was a great day in Mashantucket as the final beam was placed high above the main building during the “topping out ceremony” of the first Great Wolf Lodge in Connecticut, located at Foxwoods.

State Reps. Kathleen McCarty, Holly Cheeseman, Greg Howard, were all on hand to celebrate the achievement and see the incredible construction progress in person.

Following remarks by Steve Jacobsen, Great Wolf Lodge’s v.p. of development, Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler welcomed and thanked the dignitaries,

Announcing $2M Bonding for New Animal Control Facility

Posted on June 12, 2024

A great day for Montville, and for the future of animals throughout the region!
I want to thank Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, Rep. Holly Cheeseman, my colleagues, and local officials for coming together on behalf of the animals, and for joining us to announce $2M in bonding for a new, regional Animal Control Facility.

Reps. McCarty, Cheeseman Announce Bond Money for Montville Animal Shelter

Posted on June 4, 2024


House Republicans Reps. Kathleen McCarty and Holly Cheeseman today announced the  authorization of $2 million in state bonding for the long-anticipated construction of a new Montville Animal Control Facility that could eventually serve other towns in eastern Connecticut.

Cheeseman, R-37 of East Lyme, thanked Gov. Lamont and his staff for working to provide the money for the project. The local share of the project is $600,000.

“I am thrilled and thankful to Governor Lamont for including this grant

Rep. Kathleen McCarty Applauds Bond Commission Support for Harkness Memorial State Park, The Friendship School

Posted on May 31, 2024


State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-38) today applauded the state Bond Commission’s anticipated allocation of $4 million for renovations and improvements to Waterford’s Harkness Memorial State Park, and $108,100 for The Friendship School during next week’s scheduled meeting.

“This is wonderful news for Waterford and the Connecticut residents who come to the shoreline to experience the incredible beauty and facilities of Harkness Memorial State Park,” Rep. McCarty said. “I want to thank the Bond

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Posted on May 17, 2024


May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Throughout the month, mental health information and encouragement is being shared on the Brian Dagle Foundation Instagram Account.

The Foundation encourages people to check in on their friends and family, noting that sometimes those who appear to be the strongest may also be struggling.

They also provide a large list of support groups and resources on their website, including:

  • Bereaved Parents, Grandparents, or Siblings Support Group


Rep. McCarty Joins End Child Poverty Now Panel Discussion

Posted on May 16, 2024


State Rep. Kathleen McCarty joined Reps. Cathy Osten and Anthony Nolan, and childcare advocates and non-profit providers for the End Child Poverty Now panel discussion on May 15th at Waterford Public Library.

The panel was sponsored by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and featured the lawmakers, as well as Emily Byrne, Executive Director of Connecticut Voices for Children, Merrill Gay, Executive Director of the Connecticut Childhood Early Alliance, and Chelsea Ross, Executive Director

Information About Early Voting

Posted on March 18, 2024


Friends and neighbors,

Early voting was approved by Connecticut voters in 2022. During the 2023 legislative session, the General Assembly authorized in-person early voting for elections held after April 1, 2024. Under this schedule, the first election utilizing early voting will be the Presidential Preference Primary on April 2, 2024.

The early voting dates for this election have been modified to reflect the Good Friday holiday and Easter Sunday. Early Voting will be held Tuesday, March 26 through

Rep. McCarty meets CABE for “Day on the Hill”

Posted on March 13, 2024


State Rep. Kathleen McCarty, Ranking Member of the legislature’s Education Committee, took a few minutes out of her morning schedule to address the annual legislative meeting of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education held at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.

Rep. McCarty provided a brief overview of the issues currently in front of the Education Committee, and how she perceived support or opposition within the committee and the broader legislature for each measure.