Veterans Day

Posted on November 8, 2019 by admin


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On Monday, November 11, we will observe Veterans Day and pay tribute to the unbroken line of brave citizen soldiers going back to the Revolutionary War who stepped forward and served our great nation in times of peace and armed conflict. We honor the brave men and women who fought to preserve freedom for each successive generation.

This year marks the 101st anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end the First World War – the war to end all wars. Armistice Day – Veterans Day in the U.S. –

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Public Hearing to Study Energy Demand Fees for Houses of Worship; Next Hearing on November 4 in Stratford

Posted on November 1, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) recently joined concerned clergy and citizens for a public hearing with officials from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to study creating new energy rate classes for certain properties, including houses of worship, with tax exempt status.

Governor Lamont authorized the study when he signed legislation originally introduced and championed by Rep. O’Neill to exempt houses of worship from energy demand fees. The study will consider the impact

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In Response to Tragedy, Risk Warrant Legislation Gains Traction

Posted on October 23, 2019 by admin


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In remembrance of the one year anniversary of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, a reporter from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette  came to investigate Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation risk warrant, or “red flag,” law.

Under Connecticut General Statute 29-38c, seizure of firearms and ammunition from persons posing a risk of imminent personal injury to self or others can occur after a recommendation to a judge by a state’s attorney or assistant state’s attorney, or by any two police officers, that probable

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Drug Take Back Day is October 26

Posted on October 14, 2019 by admin


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Saturday, October 26th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

The State Police have collection sites inside their barracks, including:

Connecticut State Police Troop A
Lakeside Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and prescription drug abuse by dropping off any unwanted, expired, or unused medicines, vitamins, or nutritional supplements.

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Public Meetings to Study Energy Demand Fees for Houses of Worship; October 30 in Waterbury, November 4 in Stratford

Posted on October 4, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) today reminded residents that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will be holding two public comment hearings to study creating new energy rate classes for certain properties, including houses of worship, with tax exempt status.

The public comment hearings will be held at Waterbury City Hall (2nd Floor), 236 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702, on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. and at Birdseye Municipal Complex (Room 110), 468 Birdseye

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Upcoming Scheduled Weekend Road Closures on Route 133 over the Housatonic River in Bridgewater and Brookfield

Posted on October 1, 2019 by admin


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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing upcoming scheduled weekend closures and detour of Route 133 in Bridgewater and Brookfield to facilitate construction activities on Bridge 01343 carrying Route 133 over the Housatonic River.

 

The first closure will begin Friday, October 11, 2019,  at 10:00 PM and last until 5:00 AM,  Monday morning, October 14,

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New Taxes Effective Oct. 1st!

Posted on September 26, 2019 by admin


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October 1, 2019, marks the onset of millions of dollars in new tax and fee increases on some of our most consumed goods and services. These taxes, along with those that went into effect throughout the summer, were included in the state budget passed this year and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on families, seniors, and businesses throughout our state.

In an effort to keep you informed, here are some of the tax increases going into effect next week:

Digital Goods – The current tax on digital

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Grocery Tax is Back!

Posted on September 16, 2019 by admin


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Last week, I attended a press conference with my House and Senate Republican colleagues to voice my opposition to newly released details on a 7.35% “meals tax” set to go into effect on October 1, 2019. The tax was included in the Democrat budget passed during the 2019 legislative session and will include nearly all prepared food items from bags of spinach weighing 8-ounces to rotisserie chicken.

According to a recently-issued Department of Revenue Services (DRS) policy statement, the Democrat-approved

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Connecticut’s “Red Flag” Legislation Is Model for the Nation

Posted on August 10, 2019 by admin


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Lawmakers across the country are looking for positive, proven ways to keep people safe and curtail access to firearms for those who should not have them. Connecticut was the first state in the nation to introduce the “Red Flag” law and institute risk warrant legislation which allows police, with a court order, to temporarily remove firearms from someone suspected of being a danger to themselves or others.  To date, this law has been used more than 1,200 times in the state.

Under Connecticut General

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Study of Energy Demand Fees for Houses of Worship Signed Into Law!

Posted on July 17, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) is pleased to announce that legislation he proposed to require the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to study creating new energy rate classes for certain properties with tax exempt status has been signed into law by the Governor.

The study is based on a proposal originally introduced and championed by Rep. O’Neill to exempt houses of worship from energy demand fees. The study will consider the impact of creating new rate classes and report

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