Posted on March 13, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Rep. Kurt Vail (R-Stafford) welcomed members of the American Legion today at the State Capitol. It is the organization’s 100th Anniversary, when it was established by congress in 1919 following World War I.
During the ceremony, Rep. Vail presented the American Legion’s Vice Commander, Paul Spedaliere, a legislative citation in recognition of the legion’s advocacy and impact on our state’s veterans.
Rep. Vail, Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said, “It was wonderful…
Posted on February 19, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
Hartford – State Rep. Kurt Vail (R-Stafford) spoke in favor of legislation that would require the State of Connecticut to adopt Atlantic Standard Time as its static time zone. Effectively, this new law would extend daylight during the winter months. Rep. Vail testified with Scott C. Yates who authors the blog, Lock the Clock Movement, to help provide additional educational resources to committee members about the time zone issue.
“This legislation would have a positive impact on all of Connecticut’s residents. There are numerous studies that show there are negative health effects associated with turning the clocks back an hour, and then jumping ahead an hour biannually. It’s disruptive and it’s also negative for businesses that could benefit from it being light out later in the day,” explained Rep. Vail.
Scott C. Yates explained the current situation, “This issue is the very definition of nonpartisan one. No matter where you are politically, this issue defies any political bent. It’s one of those weird ones that nobody can quite figure out why it’s an issue at all, why it hasn’t been fixed. The answer, I’m afraid, is simply inertia. We do it because we’ve always done it.”
Posted on January 31, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – Several Republican legislators stand in opposition to a proposal that could potentially alter existing state laws regarding local racing rules. State Representatives Kurt Vail (R-Stafford), Rick Hayes (R-Putnam), Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), and State Senator Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) expressed issues with unintended consequences of the newly proposed bill, H.B. 6591, because it seeks to regulate the times during which motor vehicle racing can take place.
“Stafford Motor Speedway is a staple to our community and is a top economic driver. There’s no reason to change the way we currently regulate how the track operates, which could limit the track’s viability and overall success. In a day and age when we need to be more business-friendly, this type of legislation sends the wrong message,” explained Rep. Kurt Vail.
Rep. Vail explained that throughout his life he has regularly attended events at the local racetrack and noted that that the legislation was proposed by Maria Horn (D-Salisbury), a freshman Democratic state representative from the state’s northwest corner.