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House Republicans Challenge Governor on Executive Powers

Posted on September 3, 2020 by Devin Keehner


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HARTOFRD – House Republicans, at a Capitol press conference today, challenged Gov. Lamont’s authority to singlehandedly determine how Connecticut emerges from the pandemic, saying a legislative committee should vote on his efforts to extend his sweeping executive orders beyond their Sept. 9 expiration date.

Republicans said the state Constitutional safeguards that guarantee separate but equal branches of government are at stake. The orders would affect virtually all aspects of public life. Republicans

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House & Senate Republican Leaders Issue Letter to Top Democrats Over Executive Powers

Posted on September 1, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano on Tuesday called on leading Democrats to reject the full extension of Governor Lamont’s emergency powers that come without checks and balances. The legislature’s leading Republicans wrote to their majority party counterparts as well as Democrats who lead the legislature’s Public Health Committee. Read the letter here or below.

 

Dear Senator Looney, Speaker Aresimowicz, Senator Duff, Representative Ritter,

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’ Statement on Gov. Lamont’s Executive Orders

Posted on September 1, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s issuance of the continuance of Executive Orders until Feb. 9:

“The legislature agreed on the onset of the COVID-19 virus last March to grant the governor executive authority over the day-to-day, and emergency operations of the state of Connecticut that he would not otherwise have had under our Constitution and General Statutes, given that the Capitol had to be effectively shut down. We

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Electricity Rate Increases Addressed, Energy Committee Informational Forum Upcoming

Posted on August 24, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) held a public hearing today in order to investigate if Eversource had over collected revenue from its customers. Several members of the House Republican caucus participated in the hearing by offering testimony on the issue against the approved rate increases. At the end of June, PURA had approved a rate increase that impacted customers during an unusually hot summer in the midst of a pandemic.

Opening statements were made by Penni Connor

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House Republicans Question Conclusions of Interim Nursing Home Report

Posted on August 18, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – Saying they questioned some of the conclusions reached in an interim report on nursing home Covid-19 cases, House Republicans today called for a greater in-depth analysis of how the virus spread so fast through the facilities this spring and summer.

“I’m not sure how comprehensive the study was given some of the conclusions that we heard today,” House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said after a morning briefing. “The consultant offered some pretty basic findings that seem fairly obvious.”

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Energy & Technology Committee to Hold Virtual Informational Forum on Tropical Storm Response

Posted on August 18, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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The Legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee will hold a virtual Informational Forum on Tropical Storm Isaias response and electric utility rate increases with invited speakers on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. via zoom. This is in addition to the Monday, August 24 PURA regulatory hearing to investigate rate increases.

For interested residents you will be able to access the livestream of the virtual Informational Forum by visiting www.CT-N.com.

The Energy Committee is requesting that

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House Republicans Cite SOTS Merrill for Bungling Absentee Balloting for Tuesday Primary

Posted on August 10, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republicans leaders today said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has so mangled the absentee balloting process for Tuesday’s primary that election officials will have to extend vote counting until at least Thursday, otherwise thousands of people will become disenfranchised.

“It is unfortunate that we have gotten to this place but the process has been so badly planned and handled by the Secretary of the State that we are left with no choice but to extend the counting at least

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Storm Isaias Response Resources

Posted on August 6, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Reminders to Safely Use Generators During Power Outages

A generator can be a great backup plan if the power goes out, but it must be used safely. Taking the proper precautions can help protect you, your family, your neighbors and our crews working to restore power.

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House Republican Leaders Call For Full Blown Investigation into Merrill’s Absentee Ballot Program, Cite 20,000 Unissued Ballots

Posted on August 4, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – Saying the Secretary of the State’s flawed absentee ballot process could lead to widespread disenfranchisement of voters because of problems with her hand-picked mail vendor, House Republicans today called for an investigation into Denise Merrill’s overly ambitious vote-by-mail program.

According to the Connecticut Town Clerks Association, as many as 20,000 absentee ballot requests were not processed on time last week by the vendor Merrill selected. Merrill’s office admitted as much in

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Klarides, Candelora Communicate Concern Over Absentee Ballot Confusion

Posted on July 31, 2020 by admin


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House Republican leadership on Friday sent a letter to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill over confusion tied to the absentee ballot applications she mailed to all voters eligible to participate in the Aug. 11 primary. Read the letter here, and see the statement from Reps. Themis Klarides and Vincent Candelora below.

“It’s become increasingly apparent that the Secretary of the State’s breakneck push to get absentee ballot applications into the mail is causing considerable problems for town clerks

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