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Rep. Petit Kicks Off New Session, Highlights Priorities

Posted on February 9, 2022


HARTFORD On Wednesday, State Representative William A. Petit Jr. (R-22) joined his fellow Republican and Democrat colleagues on the floor of the house, officially kicking off the 2022 legislative session.

A few of Rep. Petit’s legislative priorities for this year include restoring public safety, improving portions of the police accountability bill, and protections for officers getting mental health assessments so they can seek treatment without fear of discipline or losing their jobs.

Additionally, he hopes to pass a comprehensive mental health bill to increase access, licensing reciprocity, and the number of school-based health centers along with providing adequate funding and resources to the Office of Victim Advocate.

“While the legislature will have many issues to consider during this shortened session, one of the most important items on my agenda this year is addressing the mental health issues we face, especially those in children,” Rep. Petit said. “I am very hopeful that we will be able to shepherd a large multifaceted bill thorough the Public Health, Children’s and Human Services committees to improve and expand mental health services throughout the state.

Rep. Petit also mentioned a goal this session is to try and find ways the legislature can work together to provide tangible tax relief to residents.

In the second year of a two-year legislative cycle, the main goal of the legislature is to make any necessary adjustments to the budget adopted in the previous year. Any new laws or adjustments to previously passed laws must be budgetary related. All bills brought forth in the shorter session must come through the committee that has oversight into the issue being presented.

Rep. Petit can be reached at, or by calling (800) 842-1423. Residents of Plainville and New Britain can follow his legislative activity by visiting his website, or by connecting with him on Facebook at

The 2022 legislative session will adjourn at midnight on Wednesday, May 4.