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Rep. Polletta Co-Sponsors Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis

Posted on April 26, 2022

Bill Would Implement Pilot Peer Navigator Program

HARTFORD – State Representative Joe Polletta (R-68) co-sponsored and voted in favor of HB 5430 “An Act Concerning Opioids,” which would update existing laws affecting opioid abuse, prevention, and treatment.

Among the changes in the bill are allowing for mobile treatment programs, adding more non-opioid treatments to the list of options practitioners must provide their patients, and amends the definition of “drug paraphernalia” to allow individuals

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Juvenile Justice Public Hearing, Monday March 14

Posted on March 10, 2022

The Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 14, regarding our proposals to address the issue of juvenile crime. The proposed bill is 5418 ‘An Act Revising Juvenile and Criminal Justice Statutes and Insurance Statutes Concerning Theft of a Motor Vehicle.’ Testimony on this important piece of legislation can be submitted to the committee by e-mailing If you would like to speak at Monday’s hearing, please note that registration to

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Republicans Present Plan to Address Crime Crisis

Posted on February 3, 2022

House Republicans held a news conference on Wednesday morning to outline their legislative proposals addressing Connecticut’s crime crisis. Lawmakers were also joined by victims and advocates to explain how the crisis has impacted them. You can view the entire news conference by clicking the image below.

Protecting the Public

The proposals presented at yesterday’s news conference are segmented into three specific categories – Safe Streets, Victim’s Rights, and Supporting Law Enforcement.

Safe Streets

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Free Covid-19 Rapid Tests and Helpful Tax Season Information

Posted on January 19, 2022

The federal government yesterday released a website allowing households across Connecticut and the country to order free COVID-19 rapid tests for delivery by visiting: Just click on the website link, input your information and address, and confirm for four free COVID-19 rapid tests to be delivered through the post office. These test kits are expected to be shipped in late January.

With tax season rapidly approaching, I also wanted to provide you with some information

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New Laws Effective January 1st

Posted on January 3, 2022

New policies affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses took effect on January 1st, 2022. This year, several important measures that may impact you, your family or your business become law, including:

New legislation effective

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Rep. Polletta Joins Juvenile Crime Forum in Watertown

Posted on December 10, 2021

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Rep. Polletta will police officials, area legislators, and Watertown Police Chief Josh Bernegger in attending a Juvenile Crime Forum at Watertown Town Hall (Council Chambers), located at 61 Echo Lake Road in Watertown. 

As part of the forum, panelists will discuss changes needed to the justice system because of escalating juvenile crime in the area.

“The Greater Waterbury community, including Watertown, has seen a recent string of car thefts, shootings, and other

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House Republicans call for governor to stop implementation of controversial truck tax

Posted on November 17, 2021

House Republicans on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, called for Gov. Lamont to stop implementation of the truck tax, contending the confluence of substantial federal infrastructure aid and the controversial revenue policy that will increase costs for businesses and residents should have state lawmakers redefining a path forward on improving our transportation grid.

“From staffing problems to supply chain issues, and rising fuel prices to inflation, Connecticut businesses face a multitude of challenges

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Connecticut Launches New Statewide Tools To Help Parents Monitor Children’s Development, Access Expert Tips And Support Healthy Early Development

Posted on November 15, 2021

Connecticut Launches New Statewide Tools To Help Parents Monitor Children’s Development, Access Expert Tips And Support Healthy Early Development

The Office of Early Childhood recently announced a new statewide initiative to support children from birth through age 5 by offering Sparkler — a mobile app for parents and caregivers — to all parents with young children and to programs serving those families. Connecticut is the first state in the nation to offer families with children ages birth to 5 comprehensive

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Alzheimer’s Association November Caregiver Month Programs

Posted on November 1, 2021

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the Connecticut Chapter is promoting several virtual events for families and their caregivers that I’d like to make you aware of.

Click below for information regarding each program.

November 3 at 12 PM ►Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Special Program – November 4 at 1 PM ► Journey of Dementia: What Are Caregivers Experiencing?

November 4 at 4 PM ► Safety and Memory Challenges

November 10 at 1:30 PM ► Living WIth Alzheimer’s:

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National Veterans Small Business Week: November 1 – 5

Posted on October 22, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service member (including National Guard and Reserve), veteran, and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners – past, present, and future – during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), which is observed from November 1 – 5.

The SBA helps veterans tackle new challenges – from understanding how to become lender ready, develop an emergency plan, or connect with a mentor to help rebuild a professional network.

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