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Bristol Lawmakers Prepare for 2019 Legislative Session, Announce Committee Assignments

Posted on January 8, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) and Whit Betts (R-78) are joining their fellow colleagues in the Connecticut General Assembly in preparing for the start of the 2019 Legislative Session which convenes Wednesday, January 9th.

For the upcoming two year term, the Bristol lawmakers were given their appointments and committee assignments by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides. Rep. Betts will continue to serve as House Republican Whip. He will also serve on the Appropriations, Public Health, and Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committees.

“I’m honored to have been selected by Leader Klarides to continue serving the House Republican Caucus in my leadership capacity as House Republican Whip for the upcoming term,” Rep. Betts said. “In the upcoming session, there will be a wide range of important topics coming before the legislature for discussion and debate. I look forward to hearing from my constituents about their thoughts so that I can best represent and reflect their views in my committee work and the votes I will take on the House floor later this spring. My monthly coffee hour events that I co-host with Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato and Sen. Martin in district are a great way for constituents to meet with me in person and have these discussions.”

Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato will serve as Ranking Member of the legislature’s Insurance Committee. She will also serve on the Appropriations and Education Committees as well as Screening.

“I’m thankful to Leader Klarides for recognizing my unwavering commitment to serve with my appointment as Ranking Member of the Insurance Committee. I’m also looking forward to crafting a state budget as a member of the Appropriations Committee that will best serve state taxpayers by funding critical programs while maintaining fiscal responsibility. This session promises to bring both challenges and opportunities, and I’m excited to get to work on behalf of my constituents and the residents of Connecticut,” said Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato.

Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato expressed their continued support for common sense fiscal policies that will eliminate wasteful government spending and balance the state’s checkbook while maintaining and attracting new business. The lawmakers also reaffirmed their commitment to supporting and expanding manufacturing opportunities within the state, including increased education and apprenticeship programs to attract and retain a highly skilled and competitive workforce.

The 2019 Legislative Session will run from January 9 to June 5.

Reps. Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato can be reached at 800-842-1423 or via email at and Constituents can follow their legislative activity throughout the session by logging on to or Follow the lawmakers on Facebook at and

Betts represents Bristol, Plymouth, & Terryville, and Pavalock-D’Amato represents Bristol in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Bristol Legislators to Host First Coffee Hour of the New Year

Posted on December 28, 2018 by admin


BristolState Reps. Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-77), and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Bristol residents to join them for their monthly Coffee Hour event on Friday, January 4 at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol).

The public is invited for coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to meet with their legislators in a relaxed setting and discuss the issues that will shape the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session, which convenes on January 9. Residents may discuss any state or legislative issues, including bill proposals or concepts, or local concerns.

All residents are encouraged to attend. Coffee will be provided.

Those unable to attend the event but would like to discuss any concerns may contact Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato at 800-842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022.


Bristol Legislators Ring Salvation Army Bells to Help Neighbors in Need

Posted on December 28, 2018 by admin


Bristol State Representatives Whit Betts (R-Bristol, at right) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-Bristol, center) again participated in The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at the Bristol Walmart on Wednesday December 19 alongside Lt. Emmanuel Echavarria (at left) of The Salvation Army.  The state lawmakers thanked the shoppers from the greater Bristol community for their generosity in helping their fellow neighbors in need this holiday season.

The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort and care to local residents as well as people in need across the United States. For more information on the program, including donating year round, visit:

Bristol Legislators to Ring Salvation Army Bells

Posted on December 18, 2018 by admin


PlainvilleState Representatives Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-77) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) will again participate in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at Walmart on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Community members are invited to support the cause and donate whatever they can.

Walmart is located at 1400 Farmington Ave. in Bristol.

WHO: Reps. Whit Betts and Cara Pavalock D’Amato and Sen. Henri Martin
WHAT: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign bell ringing
WHEN: Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Walmart – 1400 Farmington Ave., Bristol
WHY: State Legislators will join fellow volunteers ringing bells to raise money for the Salvation Army this holiday season.


Home Heating Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted on December 14, 2018 by admin


Connecticut currently ranks in the top five highest energy costs in the nation. With the cold weather upon us, many residents may struggle to pay their heating bills. However, fuel assistance is available to those in need.

Operation Fuel is now accepting applications for one-time grants of up to $500 per household for deliverable fuel, gas and electric utilities. Qualified individuals are those who have received a shut-off notice, have no utility service, or need assistance to maintain payment arrangements or have a past due balance of 30 days or more.

In order to apply for an Operation Fuel utility or deliverable fuel grant, you must submit an application through a fuel bank. To find the fuel bank that serves your town, please either use the Fuel Bank Finder or call 2-1-1.

You will need to provide proof of the last 4 weeks of income for all household members, the name of your fuel vendor (for deliverable fuel customers only), or your utility bill and payment history (for electric and gas utility customers only).

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Their partner agencies may also be able to connect residents with programs that provide assistance for food, clothing, health services, childcare, and more.