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Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Introduces Bill to Expand Dental Coverage

Posted on February 19, 2019 by jpheasant


Photo: Georgianna Kulasenski and her daughter Emelia, were born with born with dentinogenesis imperfecta, testified in favor of HB-5724, a bill that would expand health coverage to cover its treatment.

HARTFORD – In an effort to increase insurance coverage for individuals born with dentinogenesis imperfecta, a craniofacial disorder, State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) has sponsored a bill that would expand current health coverages to include its diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

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Bristol Lawmakers Honor Police Explorers of the Year at Awards Dinner

Posted on January 24, 2019 by jpheasant


Photo (L-R): State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato stands alongside Explorer of the Year winners Krystal Santiago, Jake Leone, and Representative Whit Betts during the Bristol Police Explorer Post 111 Awards night dinner held at the Double Tree Hotel in Bristol.

BRISTOL – State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) and Whit Betts (R-78) celebrated the accomplishments of several young men and women Wednesday night during an annual awards event held for those enrolled in the Bristol Police Explorer Post 111 program.

The program consists of youths between the ages of 14 and 21, who either live in Bristol or a bordering town that doesn’t currently have an explorer program available and are interested in the criminal justice field. In order to be accepted, they must submit a formal application and pass a background investigation.

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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: