Behind the Vail: Bigelow Hollow State Park

Posted on July 10, 2024


UNION – Join me in my latest edition of Behind the Vail, which brings us to Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union. The park is open year round and visitors have access to both Bigelow Pond and Mashapaug Lake. Opportunities for recreation are plentiful, with excellent multi-use trails for hiking and biking. There is also swimming, boating, and scuba diving.

Click here to check out my tour, coordinated by the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

I want to recognize the efforts of DEEP’s

2024 Acts Affecting Reports Collection

Posted on July 9, 2024


HARTFORD – Each year, the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) publishes a collection of “Acts Affecting” reports. These reports provide a brief explanation of the new state laws impacting various subjects and topics. To date, reports cover the following categories:

  • Seniors
  • Housing & Real Estate
  • Business & Jobs
  • People with Disabilities
  • Municipalities
  • Banking
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Veterans & the Military
  • Town Clerks & Elections
  • First Responders
  • Animals & Agriculture
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Criminal

Laws Effective July 1st

Posted on June 28, 2024


Several new laws will be going into effect on Monday, July 1st. I have highlighted some of the major pieces of legislation for your review and encourage you to check out all the newly effective laws.

Click here to review all new Connecticut laws taking effect on July 1st.

July 1st New Laws…

School Mandate Relief (Public Act: 24-45)

  • This new law creates an advisory council to examine any mandates imposed on local boards of education by the General Assembly and will provide recommendations to remove


Posted on June 27, 2024


HARTFORD – The House of Representatives convened for a Special Session on Thursday, June 27, to consider an ’emergency certified’ bill. It contained several components, including the restructuring of motor vehicle taxation. According to State Rep. Kurt Vail (R-Stafford), the public had no time to weigh-in on the bill before it was voted on.

“We are doing a disservice to our communities by voting on items that did not undergo the full vetting of the legislative process. The public had no chance to

Vail Applauds Expected Bond Commission Allocation for Woodstock Volunteer Fire

Posted on June 6, 2024


HARTFORD – The State Bond Commission is expected to meet on Friday morning to act on several agenda items, including a significant line-item for the Town of Woodstock. Pending the final action of the commission, the town can expect $225,000 for the replacement of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department’s exhaust system. According to State Rep. Kurt Vail (R-52), this is a welcomed investment toward improving community public safety.

“This is an important upgrade for firefighters in Woodstock. I applaud

2024 Major Public Acts Report

Posted on May 21, 2024


The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has published its 2024 “Major Public Acts” report. This report gives a categorical breakdown of the major topics that the General Assembly addressed in the 2024 session. OLR produces this report in consultation with the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA). The legislation included in the report has been broken out into 20 different categories including energy, environment, taxes, and transportation.

To review the report in its entirety,

Somers H.S. Lady Spartans Basketball State Champions Visit Capitol

Posted on May 8, 2024


HARTFORD – The Somers High School Lady Spartans basketball team earned the Class “S” State Championship title. On Wednesday, State Representative Kurt Vail welcomed the team to the State Capitol.

“Congratulations to the Somers High School women’s basketball team on a great season! The Lady Spartans won the Class S State Championship by a final score of 56-43, defeating Thomaston. It was their first title since 1977! I had the honor of welcoming the team to the House of Representatives during their

Stafford Diaper Drive Wrap-up

Posted on April 30, 2024


STAFFORD – State Rep. Kurt Vail (R-Stafford) has concluded the 2024 Stafford Diaper Drive.

“Thank you to all who participated in the Stafford Diaper Drive! Your participation in this event made it a successful collection. I am so proud and honored to represent such an engaged and caring district.





I want to give a special thanks to all our partners who helped make this drive possible:

  • Johnson Memorial Hospital 
  • Stafford Public Library 
  • Stafford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 
  • Stafford Motor Speedway

Vail Acts to Create a Full Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

Posted on April 29, 2024


HARTFORD – The House of Representatives acted on H.B. 5491 – An Act Establishing a Property Tax Exemption for Veterans who Have a Service-Connected Permanent and Total Disability Rating. State Representative Kurt Vail (R-Stafford), who is the Ranking Member of the Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee, spoke in favor of the legislation while it was under consideration during Monday’s session.

“I’ve spoken to veterans throughout my district, which covers Stafford, Somers, Union, and Woodstock,

House Republican Budget Adjustments

Posted on April 26, 2024


The Appropriations Committee’s leaders did not feel it was necessary to move forward a budget adjustment bill this session. Typically, this piece of legislation is the start of the budgeting process. The inaction on this bill, with just days left in our current legislative session, has put the state’s finances in limbo. The FY 2025 budget is above the spending cap and doesn’t balance, which is why House Republicans put forth a plan that provides a path to a balanced document that is $43.5 million