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 the towns of Watertown, Oakville and Woodbury, indicated that fixing the state’s ailing budget and assisting unemployed residents and hurting businesses get back to work will be top priorities.
“There are a number of important issues that will arise this session, especially given our state’s fiscal climate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and I look forward to dedicating myself to the work that lies ahead,” said Rep. Polletta. “I will continue to support the needs of our community, and I encourage residents to reach out to me with any questions or feedback regarding state government.”
During the day, Governor Lamont addressed House and Senate members with his State of the State speech, which touched mainly on the public health and the economic struggles that continue to plague Connecticut after the effects of COVID-19.
This session, the legislature will be tasked with crafting a new two-year state budget that will fix the persistent deficits hampering economic recovery and the staggering unemployment.
Polletta will serve as the legislature’s Ranking Member on the Housing committee and will also serve as a member on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, and Insurance and Real Estate committees.