Burlington Eagle Scout Honored by Local Officials

Posted on November 21, 2022


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BURLINGTON – On Saturday, November 19, Burlington resident Jonathan Sullivan was recognized for earning the rank of ‘Eagle Scout,’ which is the highest achievement within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The ceremony was held at the Burlington Town Hall and was attended by Sullivan’s fellow Troop 23 members, family, friends, First Selectman Doug Thompson, and State Rep. John Piscopo.

“Jonathan’s dedication to his community illustrates his leadership skills. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is a laudable

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Consumer Alert: Electricity Rate Increase Request

Posted on November 18, 2022


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I am sharing an urgent consumer alert, regarding Connecticut’s utility companies. Eversource and United Illuminating have submitted electricity rate increase requests to the state’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA). These increases would double supply rates, effective January 1, 2023, resulting in increases of $85 and $79 respectively for households that use an average of 700kWh per month.

These astronomical rate increase requests come at a time when the cost of living has been skyrocketing

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New Laws – October 1st 2022

Posted on October 3, 2022


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

October 1st marks the effective date of many new laws. Below are links for information on notable laws (or sections of laws) taking effect that address juvenile crime, youth mental health, government transparency, and lifting the cap on cottage food.

AN ACT CONCERNING JUVENILE JUSTICE AND SERVICES, FIREARMS BACKGROUND CHECKS, AND LARCENY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE.
Public Act No. 22-115 (Sec. 1-4, 6-10, 13-18)
Summary
House Bill No. 5417

AN ACT CONCERNING THE IDENTIFICATION AND

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2022 Veterans Stand Down Events

Posted on September 16, 2022


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) recently announced their annual “Stand Down” event for Veterans scheduled for Friday, September 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at five locations across the state.

These events are a one-stop location for Connecticut’s Veterans, Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel, and their immediate families to access DVA services and programs from federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community-based

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Calling for Additional Heating Assistance Funds

Posted on September 8, 2022


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

On August 29th, Republican members of the Appropriations, Energy, and Human Services committees proposed an amendment to supplement $79.2 million in expected federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds to increase total home energy assistance to $191.5 million. The amendment, however, was not entertained by the majority party and rejected on procedural grounds.

As a result, millions of dollars in potential relief was left on the table.

To overcome procedural

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Back to School Traffic Safety

Posted on September 8, 2022


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

With school starting and thousands of children soon waiting at the end of their driveways or on the side of a road for the bus, I wanted to remind everyone to be careful on our public roadways. When school is in session, drivers should use extra caution, especially near bus stops, schools, playgrounds, and athletic fields.

Safety tips for drivers:

  • State law prohibits passing a school bus with its lights flashing. Some school buses are equipped with cameras to record passing

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Rep. Piscopo Achieves Perfect Voting Record for 2022 Session

Posted on August 15, 2022


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HARTFORD – State Representative John Piscopo (R-76), recorded a perfect 100% attendance for voting in the 2022 legislative session.

According to statistics compiled by the House Clerk’s office for the 2022 session, Rep. Piscopo cast a vote for each of 265 pieces of legislation put before the Connecticut House of Representatives this year.

“It is important to me to try and make every roll call vote in the House, this session we had 265. I always keep in mind I work for every person in the 76th district

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2022 Connecticut Sales Tax Free Week

Posted on August 12, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

From Sunday, August 21, through Saturday, August 27, there will be a tax-free holiday on clothing and footwear. Items sold at $100 or under will not be subject to the state’s sales tax during this time. This is the 22nd annual sales tax free week which typically occurs during the third week of August.

Examples of Exempt Items

Examples of Exclusions

Earlier this year we passed legislation – HB 5501 “An Act Suspending Certain Gas Taxes and Sales and Use Taxes on Certain

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2022 Acts Affecting

Posted on July 29, 2022


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At the conclusion of each legislative session, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research compiles reports on public acts organized by topics. These reports include various topics such as “Acts Affecting Seniors,” “Acts Affecting Education,” “Acts Affecting Business and Jobs,” and much more.

Follow the link below to access the full range of reports:

Rep. Piscopo Hosts Successful Flag Day Collection Drive

Posted on June 15, 2022


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HARWINTON – State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) sponsored a worn, tattered, torn, or otherwise unserviceable American Flag collection between Memorial Day and June 10th in preparation for Flag Day, June 14th. Collection boxes co-sponsored by State Senators Witkos and Martin and were placed at the Town Halls in Harwinton and Burlington.

The collection concluded with a retirement ceremony in Harwinton on Saturday, June 11th. Harwinton American Legion Post 137 led the ceremony with assistance from

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