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House Republican Leader Candelora Statement on Constitutionality of the Connecticut Equitable Investment Fund

Posted on June 7, 2021


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House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Monday released the following statement regarding Attorney General Tong’s formal opinion regarding the proposed Connecticut Equity Investment Fund, an element of H.B. 6443 that was advanced by the Finance Committee in April.

“From the moment it was pitched it was abundantly clear to House Republicans that the Connecticut Equitable Investment Fund was a concept that deserved intense scrutiny, and it’s a no surprise that Attorney General Tong shares our

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House Republicans Concerned About Impact of Controversial “Fair Work Week” Legislation, Request information from DOL

Posted on June 2, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday again questioned the logic of installing another mandate on businesses, particularly one that would affect the state’s struggling hospitality industry, and they’ve asked the state’s Department of Labor for specifics on how it interprets the scope of the “Fair Work Week Schedule” legislation from Democrats.

“The enormity of challenges faced by businesses over the last year should have caused the majority party to soften its infamous anti-employer posture, but

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P&D Ranking Leaders: “Home Rule and Local Land Control are hanging by a thread”

Posted on May 21, 2021


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HARTFORD – During Thursday’s House session a new bill,  HB 6107, was passed. It was amended to incorporate other concepts that had come forth in the Planning and Development Committee, including sweeping changes from the original HB 6611 and SB 1024. Following the vote, Planning and Development Committee Ranking Members Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) and Representative Joe Zullo (R-99) offer the following statements:

“Issue advocacy groups made a strong push this year to implement a top-down, one-size-fits-all

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House Republican Leaders Statement on Democrats’ Inaction on Juvenile Motor Vehicle Theft Crisis

Posted on May 20, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican leaders on Thursday issued the following statement on Democrats’ inaction on juvenile motor vehicle theft crisis:

“We started this legislative session with a clear message from Connecticut residents frustrated by the increasing threat of motor vehicle-related crimes committed by juveniles. They wanted the General Assembly to tackle this public safety crisis, yet here we are, with roughly three weeks left before the session’s end, and we’re no closer to being able to tell

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House Republicans Unveil Alternative Federal Aid Allocation Plan: Revive

Posted on May 11, 2021


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HARTFORD — Connecticut is set to receive billions in federal aid through the American Rescue Plan Act, and today House Republicans unveiled an alternative plan to how our state should use a portion of that money. Reps. Holly Cheeseman and Mike France describe the focus of our plan below. Check it out here: cthousegop.com/revive.

House Republicans Question Constitutionality of Proposed Equitable Investment Fund

Posted on May 10, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans are questioning the constitutionality of the “Connecticut Equitable Investment Fund” included in legislation approved by Finance Committee Democrats recently and today asked the state’s attorney general to weigh in on the matter.

“Democrats have steered Connecticut toward uncharted territory by creating what I’ve likened to an offshore bank account, proposing to raise new revenue they would channel into to an off-budget account with no legislative oversight,” House Republican

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Candelora Statement on the Passing of Robert M. Ward, Longest-Serving House Republican Leader

Posted on May 9, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today released the following statement about the passing of Robert M. Ward, former 86th District state representative and a longtime House Republican Leader:

“Bob Ward was a true gentleman and the nicest person you could meet in politics, qualities not always seen in this business today. His impact on our state and the lives of the people in the towns he served is immeasurable, and his passion for introducing others to the value of community service

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House Republicans Want Lamont’s Executive, Emergency Authority Curtailed, Call for Limited Extension and Legislative Oversight

Posted on March 25, 2021


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HARTFORD – House Republicans today proposed limitations on the governor’s authority to wield executive powers to run the state during the pandemic, including requiring votes in the legislature to extend emergency powers and a thorough review of all current executive orders as they apply to the COVID-19 crisis.

A year after the state was essentially shut down because of the virus that has produced more than 300,000 positive cases, Democrats are still content to leave the management of Connecticut’s

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House Republicans Raise Concern Over PFMLA Deductions for Non-Unionized State Workers

Posted on March 2, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday called for a temporary suspension of the state’s new paid family and medical leave program citing the comptroller’s failure to start mandatory payroll deductions from non-unionized state employees.

“It’s outrageous that state government has yet to deduct a dime from the paychecks of its own employees while the paid family leave authority is urging private sector employers to comply,” said House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, who wrote to the comptroller

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House Republicans Push for Clarity in Police Accountability Bill

Posted on March 1, 2021


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During a meeting of the Judiciary Committee today, House Republicans proposed an amendment to modify the state’s controversial soon-to-take-effect police accountability law to protect police officers from being held criminally and civilly liable for certain use of force actions based on the information the officer had at the time of the incident.

State Representative Craig Fishbein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, offered the amendment as a compromise during discussion on HB 6462 –

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