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A New Social Media Challenge is Encouraging Car Thefts

Posted on August 16, 2022


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A new social media trend is resulting in a recent wave of vehicle thefts happening in Connecticut and across the country.

Kia and Hyundai vehicle owners are being urged to stay vigilant as a new social media challenge is encouraging individuals to steal vehicles using a phone charging cable and screwdriver.

The theft of these vehicles is possible due to the lack of an immobilizer. An immobilizer is a security device that doesn’t allow the car to be started unless the transponder or smart key is used.

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Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund

Posted on July 27, 2022


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Small businesses and nonprofit organizations with less than 100 full-time employees may be able to benefit from the newly created Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund. The program provides low interest non-forgivable loans to approved applicants between $5,000 and $500,000 (subject to eligibility).

Loans totaling less than $150,000 will have a 60-month repayment period while those totaling more than $150,000 will have a 72-month repayment period. These loans can be used for payroll, equipment, utilities

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Republican Legislative Leaders Renew Calls to Hold Public Hearing at State Capitol on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on July 13, 2022


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HARTFORD – Connecticut Senate and House Republican Leaders are renewing their calls for a public hearing at the state Capitol on the proposed health insurance rate filings for the 2023 individual and small group markets, which include proposed rate increases averaging over 20%.

On Monday, Connecticut Republicans wrote to legislative leaders, Governor Lamont, and Insurance Department Commissioner Mais calling on them to hold a public hearing at the State Capitol complex on the proposed health insurance

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Reps. Pavalock-D’Amato, Betts and Sen. Martin to Collect Weathered Flags for Proper Retirement

Posted on May 26, 2022


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BRISTOL – State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) are encouraging residents to ‘Retire Your Worn American Flags’ for a proper retirement. Flags will be collected beginning Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, June 10th at two drop off locations in Bristol.

Collection Sites:
Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street
Bristol Mayor’s Office, 150 Main Street

The U.S. Flag Code specifies that the flag, when it is in such condition that it is

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Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Highlights Legislative Priorities

Posted on February 28, 2022


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HARTFORD – Less than a month into the 2022 session, State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) has outlined her legislative priorities for this year and atop the list is reigning in the ever-increasing delivery costs utility companies can impose on their customers.

“Connecticut’s energy costs are some of the highest in the entire country,” Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato said. “Something needs to be done to protect the customer from the rate increases and exorbitant delivery costs that are being pushed

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Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato and Colleagues Request Financial Assistance for Essential Caregivers

Posted on February 22, 2022


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HARTFORD – In an effort to bring more attention to the financial need of the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders, State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-Bristol), William A. Petit Jr. (R-Plainville), Whit Betts (R-Bristol), and Holly Cheeseman (R-East Lyme) submitted a request to DSS Commissioner, Deidre S. Gifford, and OPM Secretary, Melissa McCaw, to assist Essential Caregivers by closing a gap in their reimbursement.

In their letter, the lawmakers request the DSS commissioner and

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Informational Hearing on the Continuation of Emergency Declarations and Limited Executive Orders

Posted on February 7, 2022


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Take this chance before the start of the legislative session to have your say about the governor’s executive orders. Speakers invited to this virtual hearing include both state’s commissioners on Public Health and Education, and representatives from the governor’s office are expected to participate too.

Registration will close on Monday, February 7 at 3:00 P.M. Speaker order of approved registrants will be listed in a randomized order and posted on the CGA Website Calendar under the event on Monday,

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Assistance with Unclaimed Property

Posted on February 1, 2022


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After numerous calls for change from House Republicans, the Office of the Treasurer has agreed to make it easier for people to reclaim their lost property from state control. Millions in unclaimed assets from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks or abandoned stocks and bonds, as well as unclaimed proceeds from life insurance policies winds up with the State of Connecticut.

In 2019, my colleagues Rep. Lezyle Zupkus, Mike France and I sponsored HB-5709, An Act Requiring Additional Notification

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2022 Legislative Survey Results

Posted on January 19, 2022


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A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a survey asking for your feedback on important issues facing our state. It is expected many of these will carry over into the 2022 legislative session that begins on February 9th.

Thank you to everyone who provided me with some feedback, your responses are greatly appreciated.

 

What should be the legislature’s top priority in 2022? (results below)

When members of the legislature make budgetary adjustments this spring, which of these issues are important to

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Reps. Pavalock-D’Amato, Betts, and Fishbein to Host Juvenile Justice Forum in Bristol

Posted on October 28, 2021


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BRISTOL – Responding to the concerns of residents statewide who are alarmed by the rise in juvenile crime, most especially the rampant increase in incidents involving the theft of motor vehicles, State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78), and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee State Representative Craig Fishbein (R-90) will hold a Juvenile Justice Forum on Wednesday, November 10 at the Bristol Public Library.

Despite assurances from legislative Democrats that violent

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