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Candelora and O’Dea Statement on Republican amendment requiring governor to hold public hearings on new executive orders

Posted on September 27, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Deputy Republican Leader Tom O’Dea (R-125) today issued the following statement after House Democrats prevented a vote on a Republican amendment (LCO 11114) during debate over whether to extend the governor’s emergency declarations:

“We continue to be disappointed by Democrats’ willingness to prevent their constituents from adding their voices to the conversation on decisions Gov. Lamont is making through his emergency declarations, today

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Candelora Responds to House Speaker Ritter Over Manufactured Hearing Controversy

Posted on September 22, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Matt Ritter’s comments about a public hearing on workers affected by employer-issued vaccine mandates:

“This is what Democrats do — provoke, attack, and silence people who have different views than they do. Speaker Ritter’s hyperbolic statement about today’s hearing conducted in a nearly-empty building is not only predictable, it’s inaccurate given the guidance legislators

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Rep. Candelora, Sen. Kelly Call on Gov. Lamont to Expand Call for Special Session to Address Rise in Crime

Posted on September 21, 2021


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) are calling on Governor Ned Lamont to expand the anticipated call for special session next week on pandemic-related emergency powers to include a call to address the rise in violent crime across Connecticut. The Republican leaders released the following statement today:

“Our state is fully submerged in a crime wave that legislative Democrats have willfully ignored despite

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Candelora and Kelly Statement on Bipartisan Commission to Study Declarations of Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies

Posted on September 15, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly on Wednesday issued the following statement urging Governor Lamont to make his appointment to the Bipartisan Commission to Study Declarations of the Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies:

“Over the last year we’ve been adamant in our concerns that the legislature’s role as a co-equal branch of government has been diminished through the unprecedented level of control the governor has held throughout

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Candelora Receives FOI Award for Efforts Aimed at Government Transparency

Posted on September 14, 2021


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HARTFORD — The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information on Tuesday gave its Bice Clemow Award to House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora of North Branford and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter of Hartford. The award, named after a former West Hartord-based newspaper editor who drove implementation of the state’s Freedom of Information laws, was presented jointly to both lawmakers during a luncheon held in Hartford at Elizabeth Park. In his remarks about Candelora’s work, Council President

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House Republicans Raise Alarm Over Unemployment-related Costs, Call for Action to Help Main Street Businesses

Posted on September 9, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans this week warned that Connecticut’s business community will continue to face considerable challenges in the coming months, raising alarm that employers will soon be responsible for paying 50 percent of the extended unemployment benefits the state provides to out of work residents.

Those extended benefits amount to 13 weeks beyond the standard 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. They are provided when the state’s unemployment rate is at least 6.5 percent for the most recent

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Public Hearings: Redistricting Project 2021

Posted on September 3, 2021


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The Reapportionment Committee today announced it will hold four public hearings this month ahead of the work to redraw district lines for congressional, state senate, and state representative districts. Three of the hearings will be in-person events and one will be held virtually. Anyone can participate in each of these hearings—it doesn’t matter where you live. Here’s the schedule:

️ Hartford Public Hearing
Wed., Sept. 8 @ 7 p.m.
Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave.

️ Norwich Public Hearing

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House Republicans Urge Transparency in Use of Federal Pandemic Aid

Posted on September 3, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republicans say the historic level of pandemic-related funding provided to the state by the federal government triggers need for an increased level of transparency, and they’ve asked the governor’s budget director to provide the legislature—and taxpayers—with a detailed status report.

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, on behalf of his 54-member caucus, sent a letter Aug. 18 to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, contending that having a better understanding

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House Republicans Urge Transparency in Use of Federal Pandemic Aid

Posted on September 3, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republicans say the historic level of pandemic-related funding provided to the state by the federal government triggers need for an increased level of transparency, and they’ve asked the governor’s budget director to provide the legislature—and taxpayers—with a detailed status report.

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, on behalf of his 54-member caucus, sent a letter Aug. 18 to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, contending that having a better understanding

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Candelora and Fishbein React to Judicial Branch Policy Change on Juvenile Record Information, Issue Call for Democrats to Take Action

Posted on August 31, 2021


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HARTFORD  — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and state Rep. Craig Fishbein, House Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today in response to a Judicial Branch decision to implement new procedures providing police more access to juvenile arrest record information:

“These welcomed policy and procedure changes implemented by the Judicial Branch are a direct result of the outcry and advocacy from scores of Connecticut residents who are fed up with our state’s

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