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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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Travel Advisory for States with Significant COVID-19 Spread

Posted on June 26, 2020 by admin


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Governor Lamont issued a joint travel advisory with New York and New Jersey requiring travelers arriving from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.

This self-quarantine – effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over

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Phase Two Reopening June 17th

Posted on June 8, 2020 by admin


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

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Capitol Update 6.1.2020

Posted on June 2, 2020 by admin


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House Republicans Call for Special Session

The House Republican caucus last Wednesday announced that its members would be petitioning for a special session of the House to address the growing state budget deficit, allocate federal relief funding and review Governor Lamont’s emergency executive orders. There has been growing concern in recent weeks about the lack of transparency and legislative input as the administration has proceeded with its reopening strategy. The special session would seek to

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Capitol Update 5.22.2020

Posted on May 22, 2020 by admin


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Next Steps for Reopening

May 20th marked the start of Phase One of the state’s efforts to re-open with restaurants, retailers, small businesses, museums and zoos reopening in the safest ways possible. During this phase businesses will have to comply with sector rules and undergo a self-certification process. Detailed guidelines for businesses and customers are available online at the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Governor Lamont announced that hair salons and barbershops, initially

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Reopening Guidance for May 20th

Posted on May 15, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As the May 20th date for “Phase One” re-opening approaches, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has published industry-specific guidelines for eligible businesses. These guides outline best practices for keeping workers and customers safe. The ultimate decision to open will rest with the owners and/or management of these businesses and organizations.

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Department of Labor Update on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Posted on May 8, 2020 by admin


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On April 30th, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) announced that the self-employed could apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. At that time, only the first step of the process was available for claimants and the system for the second step was not fully set up to handle those claims.

The site has been updated and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation “red button” is posted and active on their site.

Self-employed individuals must follow a two-step application

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Capitol Update 5.6.2020

Posted on May 7, 2020 by admin


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School Closures Continued for Remainder of the Academic Year

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced an executive order that in-person classes at K-12 public schools will remain cancelled for the 2019-2020 academic year. Distance learning and school meals programs will continue. The administration is currently consulting with state and local education officials regarding whether summer school programming should commence as scheduled. Guidance is anticipated toward the end of this month.

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