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Capitol Update 11.12.2020

Posted on November 12, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As the coronavirus case numbers increase in our region, the state has implemented “Phase 2.1” reinstating certain restrictions on businesses and events. I am also sharing information on when and where to get tested, and information from the Department of Economic and Community Development regarding grants for small business.

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Phase 3 Reopening October 8th

Posted on September 28, 2020 by admin


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Late last week, Gov. Lamont announced plans to move Connecticut into Phase 3. The plan is targeted to take effect on Thursday, October 8th.

Business changes in Phase 3 will include:

  • Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors – subject to COVID-19 safety requirements – for restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries;
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.) will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing

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Veterans Stand Down September 24-25

Posted on September 15, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding the 2020 Veterans Stand Down virtually on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th.

This two-day event provides Connecticut’s Veterans with a wide variety of programs and services offered by State and Federal agencies, Veterans Organizations and Community Based Non-profits.

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Energy & Technology Committee Informational Forum on Isaias Response & Utility Rate Increases

Posted on August 25, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Thursday, the Energy & Technology Committee will hold a public informational forum to address recent issues with our electric utility providers. Please read the bulletin announcement below for more information and instructions on how to submit public testimony.

Energy & Technology Committee Informational Forum on Isaias Response & Utility Rate Increases

The Energy and Technology Committee will hold a virtual Informational Forum on Tropical Storm Isaias Response and

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Sales Tax Free Week – August 16-22

Posted on August 14, 2020 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

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

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear

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Electric Rate Increases: PURA accepting public comment

Posted on July 31, 2020 by admin


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Friends and Neighbors,

Many of you have reached out to my office about Eversource’s recent unfair and debilitating electric rate hikes. As we face a global pandemic and high unemployment, now is no time to be drastically raising rates on residents and businesses.

I support a bipartisan effort calling for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to suspend the increase to components of the Eversource delivery rate that increased July 1st. This letter was signed by all caucus leaders and the

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Judiciary Committee Listening Session on Police Accountability

Posted on July 16, 2020 by admin


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The Judiciary Committee will hold a virtual Listening Session regarding proposed legislation LCO #3471 “An Act Concerning Police Accountability” on Friday, July 17th at 10:00 a.m. This session is being held for the public to submit testimony and provide comment to committee members.

To access the rules of the Listening Session and for instructions on how to submit written testimony, please click the button below.

Testimony Instructions & Committee Rules

If you wish to speak at the Listening Session,

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Celebrating Independence Day

Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin


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This weekend, we are reminded of the focus, determination and courage of those patriots who believed passionately that our nascent country deserved a better form of government, one that acknowledged “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Two hundred and forty-four years ago, on July 4, 1776, these patriots put forth The Declaration of Independence.  This document has

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Capitol Update 7.1.2020

Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin


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School Reopening Guidelines

Last week, Governor Lamont announced a basic framework for reopening schools in the fall. The State Department of Education (CSDE) issued more detailed guidance yesterday afternoon. For more details, click the button below:

School Reopening Guidelines

Plastic Bag Tax Returns July 1st

On Friday, the state’s Department of Revenue Services (DRS) announced the resumption of the 10-cent plastic bag tax beginning July 1st. The governor suspended the tax in late March during

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DMV Services Reopening Starting 6.23.2020

Posted on June 26, 2020 by admin


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Earlier this week, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced the reopening of offices with in-person services available 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 Danbury, New Britain, Norwich

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