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Rep. Joe Polletta Wishing Families a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Posted on November 24, 2020 by jdooley


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. This Thanksgiving, many families are making decisions on how to celebrate safely. Health professionals have suggested that families limit their Thanksgiving holiday dinners to immediate family and limit travel.

Even during a pandemic, there is a renewed appreciation for the heroic people who are there for us. From our frontline healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, childcare providers, pharmacy workers,

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Polletta, Miner Seek Hearing on Missing Unemployment Checks, Banking Information Potentially Compromised

Posted on October 14, 2020 by jdooley


HARTFORD – State Senator Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) and State Representative Joe Polletta (R-Watertown), ranking members of General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, are requesting that the committee hold a hearing immediately to investigate reports that multiple people collecting unemployment benefits have had their direct deposit banking information changed without their knowledge.

“After a very rough and shaky start to actually getting checks out to people Connecticut now has this

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Rep. Polletta Announces Upcoming Energy Hearings on Rate Hikes

Posted on September 4, 2020 by jdooley


On Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 AM, the Energy and Technology committee will be holding a listening session to get public testimony on a bill to address emergency responses and revise the regulation of our public utilities. 

Check out the bill here.   

If you wish to testify via Zoom, you must register in advance here: 

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cKHiLFBeSru6a1ksewZX0A

*Registration will close on Monday @ 12PM* No internet
access? No problem! You can also provide testimony via phone. To register

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Rep. Polletta: Tax Free Week Starts August 16th

Posted on August 13, 2020 by jdooley


With our normal routines disrupted by the Coronavirus, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 16 through Saturday, August 22.

Last year, I was part of a contingent of legislators who successfully fought back against attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many working families.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

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Rep. Polletta: PURA hearing on Eversource rate increase

Posted on August 13, 2020 by jdooley


The bipartisan effort from legislative leaders I wrote to you about previously has spurred the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to suspend an Eversource rate increase affecting the delivery portion of electric bills.

This week, PURA announced it will hold a hearing on the Eversource increase Monday, Aug. 24 by Zoom meeting. It begins at 10 a.m. Anyone who wants to participate must first register here, and further instructions will follow. Public comment will occur at the end. Written

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COVID-19 Update – July 13

Posted on July 13, 2020 by hbrooks


Connecticut State Dept. of Education Holds Roundtable Regarding School Reopening

Last week, the Connecticut State Dept. of Education (CSDE) hosted a roundtable discussion regarding K-12 school reopenings in the fall. The department’s leadership team answered a host of questions from parents and educators about safety protocols, contingency plans for moving to remote learning in case of a COVID-19 surge, and more.

Please click here to view the roundtable.

Travel Advisory Status

Earlier this month,

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Resumption of DMV Services and New Tri-State Travel Advisory

Posted on June 25, 2020 by hbrooks


Limited Resumption of DMV Services

Governor Lamont has announced limited DMV in-person reopening beginning this week. Services are available in-person, by appointment only.

All DMV in-person services now require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Select services are also accessible online.

Drop-off services are available for select services (limited hours) at the DMV’s

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Rep. Polletta Applauds State Order for Independent Review of Nursing Home Practices

Posted on June 11, 2020 by hbrooks


HARTFORDState Rep. Joe Polletta (R-68) on Thursday applauded a state order to establish a third-party review of the preparedness for and response to the COVID-19 outbreak inside Connecticut nursing homes.

The independent review was ordered by the state on Monday as more than 60-percent of the total COVID-19-related deaths in Connecticut have been among residents of nursing homes.

“No population in Connecticut has been more devastated by the COVID-19 outbreak than seniors,” said Rep. Polletta,

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COVID-19 Update – June 10

Posted on June 10, 2020 by hbrooks


State’s Phase 2 Reopening Scheduled for June 17

Governor Ned Lamont recently announced that Connecticut’s second phase of reopening initially scheduled for June 20 will begin three days early on June 17. The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has published specific guidelines and best practices for each business sector in order to safely reopen. Businesses are not required to reopen; the decision to reopen rests with individual business owners.

Phase 2 reopening rules by sector:

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COVID-19 Business Reopening Resources

Posted on May 21, 2020 by hbrooks


With yesterday’s reopening of many business sectors across the state, numerous state agencies have put out resources, guidance, and rules for businesses and patrons to reference. Below, you will find links to many of these guidelines, along with some general resources you may find helpful as you navigate the state’s phased reopening.

Department of Agriculture (DoAg)

Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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