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Public Hearing Alert – Monday, March 8 – SB 977 – AAC Virtual Learning

Posted on March 4, 2021 by admin


I just wanted you to know that on Monday, March 8, the Education Committee is holding a public hearing regarding S.B. 977, An Act Concerning Virtual Learning.

The stated purpose of this committee bill is “to require the Department of Education to develop uniform standards for the provision of virtual learning in public schools, conduct a comprehensive audit of virtual learning programs in the state and develop guidelines for training educators in the provision of virtual learning.”

There’s little

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State Representative Joe Polletta Celebrates National Read Across America Day 2021

Posted on March 1, 2021 by admin


State Representative Joe Polletta reads ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak to the students of Judson Elementary School in Watertown, Connecticut to celebrate National Read Across America Day and help foster a love of reading among today’s young learners.

Opinion: Connecticut’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

Posted on March 1, 2021 by admin


Connecticut employees should have all noticed a new deduction coming out of their paychecks by now, which took effect on January 1, 2021. This new mandate comes as a result of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) created in 2019 and passed by House and Senate Democrats. This program is funded through a 0.5 percent withholding from the paychecks of all Connecticut employees for benefits that will be made available starting January 1, 2022.

PFMLA applies to all businesses with as few as one

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Governor Lamont Announces Update to COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule

Posted on February 23, 2021 by admin


Governor Ned Lamont recently announced that the state will continue with an age-based approach to expanding eligibility to the vaccine.

The planned schedule of vaccinations is as follows:

March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64

March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54

April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44

May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

According to the governor, he is directing the Connecticut Department of Public Health to set numerical targets and work with vaccine

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Connecticut Vaccine Appointment Assist Line and COVID-19 Update

Posted on February 9, 2021 by admin


Many of you have reached out to me with questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations once you’re eligible.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the United Way of Connecticut announced plans to expand availability and access to vaccine scheduling through the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line.

Beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, 125 trained contact specialists will be available to take phone calls to schedule vaccine appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week. Contact specialists

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DOL Updates Regarding Unemployment Compensation

Posted on January 19, 2021 by admin


I just wanted you to know that last week the CT Department of Labor announced updates regarding Unemployment Compensation, including early application timelines for the new federal Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program, and a new Consumer Contact Center tool to assist residents who need unemployment claims assistance.

Established as part of the newest CARES Act iteration, the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program is a new federal resource for residents who have both self-employment

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COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up Now LIVE

Posted on January 15, 2021 by admin


I would like to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process in Connecticut. The information below is based on the latest details released by the governor’s office and the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH).
Please note that some of this information may change, and should that happen, I will forward the most up-to-date announcements to you as soon as possible.

Phase 1a
Phase 1a included healthcare professionals, medical first responders, and nursing home residents

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COVID-19 Vaccination Scams and How to Report Suspicious Behavior

Posted on January 12, 2021 by admin


As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to become available to more people, Connecticut residents should be on alert for potential scams related to the vaccine. The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has advised that residents keep an eye out for certain warning signs that can help them avoid being scammed.

Here are a few important reminders to be mindful of:

  • No one from a legitimate vaccine distribution site will ever ask for your Social Security number of bank information in order to receive a

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State Representative Joe Polletta Takes Oath of Office

Posted on January 7, 2021 by admin


On the north steps of the Capitol in Hartford on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, State Representative Joe Polletta (R-68) joined 150 legislators in the House of Representatives in being sworn in, taking the oath of office in an outdoor ceremony.

January 6, 2021 is considered Opening Day for the legislature as it marks the beginning of the 2021 legislative session that will conclude on June 9, 2021. Rep. Polletta, who was sworn in as state representative for the 68th General Assembly District which includes

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Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 21, 2020 by admin


Wishing you peace, joy and good health this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Thank you for having allowed me the honor and privilege to serve as your state representative, and I once again look forward to being your voice at the Capitol in Hartford.

Please, never hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns relating to state government at Joe.Polletta@housegop.ct.gov or at (800) 842-1423.