Candelora, Mastrofrancesco Respond to Dems’ Rejection of Criminal Elections Violations Bill

Posted on May 3, 2024


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

House Republicans Offer Plan to Balance FY25 Budget

Posted on April 25, 2024


HARTFORD — House Republicans during a Thursday news conference at the state capitol released a plan to balance the second year of the state budget, keeping a promise to Connecticut residents by honoring the fiscal guardrails, focusing on affordability, pursuing structural spending reforms, and increasing funding for local education to help prevent more pressure on local property taxpayers.

House Republicans, led by Rep. Vincent Candelora

Connecticut House and Senate Republicans Respond To Latest Allegations In Bridgeport Election Scandal

Posted on March 15, 2024


Sen. Republican Leader Stephen Harding, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, Sen. Rob Sampson, Ranking Senator on the Government Administration and Elections Committee, and Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, Ranking Representative on the Government Administration and Elections Committee issued the following statements on the Secretary of the State’s announcement of new referrals her office made to the State Elections Enforcement Commission which are related to the February Mayoral General Election

House, Senate Republicans Say Fight Against EV Mandate Isn’t Over

Posted on March 12, 2024


House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding today warned Connecticut residents that Democrats have not given up on their electric vehicle mandate, explaining that pending legislation provides a “roadmap” for the majority party to launch a full-throttle pursuit of their ban on gas-powered vehicles after Election Day.

A public hearing will be held Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 10 a.m. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building. Click here to submit testimony

Have your say on H.B. 5485!
(A “Roadmap” to an EV Mandate)

Posted on March 8, 2024


Wednesday | March 13 | 10 a.m.

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Clean Elections Public Hearing

Posted on March 8, 2024


🚨 The absentee ballot fraud scandal in Bridgeport spotlighted the need to bolster the integrity of Connecticut elections. That effort should start with our caucus bill to create a mandatory one-year prison term for individuals found guilty of criminal elections violations.

🗣️ Testify in support of our bill. Tell Democrats who control the Government Administration & Elections Committee it’s time to hold bad actors accountable for their behavior.

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House and Senate Republicans Stand with Law Enforcement

Posted on March 6, 2024


HARTFORD—State Rep. Greg Howard, the House Ranking Member of the Public Safety Committee flanked by House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding, the Ranking Senate Member of the Public Safety Committee Paul Cicarella and a bi-partisan coalition of House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday stood up for our state’s law enforcement and bolstering public safety in Connecticut instead of continuing to tie the hands

Opportunity Scholarships in Connecticut

Posted on March 6, 2024


HARTFORD- State legislators along with the Yankee Institute, the Connecticut Center for Educational Excellence (CTCEE), scholarship families, school officials and policy experts held a press conference on urge the passing of HB 5101, An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Educational Access And Opportunity Scholarships. 

The press conference coincided with a public hearing in the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, in which the committee heard

House Republicans Lead Resistance to “Dangerous” Housing Legislation

Posted on March 1, 2024


Hartford, Conn.– House Republicans on the Housing Committee were the chief opponents to a series of bad proposals to pass on party lines at a meeting on February 29th.

Ranking Member Tony Scott (R-112) issued the following statement: I have serious concerns with An Act Concerning Evictions for Cause, which would establish a general right for any tenant to remain in a rental unit after a lease term expires. The state shouldn’t hamstring the right of a housing provider to use their property as

CT House and Senate Republicans Offer Ideas to Provide Ratepayers Relief on Electric Bills  

Posted on February 23, 2024


With steep electric rate hikes on the horizon, Connecticut House and Senate Republicans today unveiled a set of policy goals which aim to bring about long-term rate reduction, long-term stability, and short-term relief for consumers.

“Connecticut ratepayers are frustrated, and rightly so,” Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding said.  “They feel the pain every month when their electric bill comes, and that pain is only getting worse.  Our goal