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Governor Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

Posted on March 5, 2021 by admin


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Today, the governor has announced several changes to COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and places of worship. This is in response to positive data, including a decrease in infection rates and hospitalizations. All protocols related to mask and face covering requirements, social distancing, and cleaning measure will remain in place.

Here are the highlights:

Beginning March 19, 2021

  • All capacity limits will be lifted for certain businesses, including restaurants (8 people per table limit), retail

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Important Public Hearing on Virtual Learning Standards: Monday, March 8!

Posted on March 5, 2021 by admin


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At the start of the 2021 legislative session, my colleagues and I announced our intention to push for standards and metrics for virtual learning. Now, you will have the opportunity to speak up on this issue.

The Education Committee will hold an important public hearing on Monday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. to consider testimony on S.B. 977An Act Concerning Virtual Learning.

The purpose of this committee bill is “to require the Department of Education to develop uniform standards for the provision of

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My Latest Hartford Current Column: Seek Viable Solutions, Not Bigger Problems

Posted on March 5, 2021 by admin


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Below you will find my recent column on two major bills – one proposal establishing a new statewide property tax on homes valued more than $300,000, and another proposing state government control of local zoning. Both pieces of legislation are supposed to address urban poverty, but it remains unclear how these proposals will resolve this issue.

I encourage you to read my column, as published in the Darien Times, to learn more about these proposals and how they could affect our communities.

Connecticut Freedom Trail

Posted on February 26, 2021 by admin


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I thought you all would appreciate knowing about the Connecticut Freedom Trail as we close out honoring Black History Month.

The Connecticut Freedom Trail is a group of historical sites that tell the story of Connecticut’s Black History. It includes locations that hosted safe houses along the Underground Railroad, homes of abolitionists, monuments to Black heroes and other experiences are among the many points of interest integral to our state’s history.

The trail’s website has four themed trails…

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PLEASE READ: Governor Announces New Schedule for Vaccine Eligibility

Posted on February 23, 2021 by admin


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This afternoon, Governor Lamont announced a revised, age-based COVID-19 vaccination schedule for Connecticut residents. Individuals ages 55 to 64 will be able to schedule their vaccination appointment beginning March 1, 2021.

Below is the planned schedule:

  • March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
  • March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
  • April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
  • May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

In addition to the aged-based schedule, school staff and teachers

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Opportunity to Testify on Local Zoning Legislation Tomorrow

Posted on February 17, 2021 by admin


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Today at 3:00 PM is the deadline to sign up to testify in Thursday’s Housing Committee Public Hearing on two bills that are related to affordable housing.

One is related to eliminating local control over zoning/oversight and the other is related to providing more opportunity for families to move successfully into affordable home ownership. Please review these bills and consider signing up to give public testimony and/or written testimony for the record.

HB 5683: Allows affordable housing options

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Rep. Terrie Wood Provides Update on the 2021 Session

Posted on February 12, 2021 by admin


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Where will the intersection of solving our state’s problems and far left policy proposals meet? This appears to be the theme of this year’s legislative session. Hang on to your hats, it is sure to be a fast and interesting ride. All in, around 5,000 concepts will be proposed and by the beginning of June 350 will become law.

This legislative session, I’m focused on a course that takes compassionate care of those in need, creates solid education opportunities for all students in our state, while setting

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“Hartford Current” – Solving Problems with Good Policy

Posted on February 12, 2021 by admin


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Where will the intersection of solving our state’s problems and far left policy proposals meet? This appears to be the theme of this year’s legislative session. Hang on to your hats, it is sure to be a fast and interesting ride. All in, around 5,000 concepts will be proposed and by the beginning of June and 350 will become law.

This legislative session, I’m focused on a course that takes compassionate care of those in need, creates solid education opportunities for all students in our state, while

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Residents 65+ May Register for the COVID-19 Vaccination Beginning Thursday, February 11

Posted on February 8, 2021 by admin


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Governor Lamont has announced that Connecticut residents ages 65 and up may register for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning this Thursday, February 11.

The governor has urged residents to remain patient as the state balances the weekly vaccine supply (approximately 60,000) with demand (approximately 350,000 between the ages of 65-74).

Please note: If you are eligible under Phase 1a (healthcare workers, medical first responders, nursing homes residents and staff), or if you are 75 years of age or

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How to Participate in Virtual Public Hearings

Posted on February 5, 2021 by admin


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Capitol complex is closed to the public for this legislative session. I encourage everyone who is interested in giving public testimony on any legislation to do so. All public testimony will be given virtually and everyone may participate.

Every voice counts, and yours deserves to be heard as we discuss, debate, and ultimately vote on legislation that may pass into law.

Here are the steps to testify at a public hearing:

  • Review the bulletin daily and check to see

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