Reps. Wood, Lavielle, House Republicans Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, Passage of 19th Amendment

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Terrie Wood (R-141)Gail Lavielle (R-143), and fellow House Republican members celebrated the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

The Republican Party played a leading role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. In 1878, Senator Aaron Sargent (R-California) introduced language in Congress that would become the 19th Amendment. Sargent’s proposal was not successful in the beginning, but following four decades of rejection by the legislature, the U.S. House of Representative finally passed the resolution on May 21st, 1919, followed by the U.S. Senate two weeks later on June 4th – 100 years ago today. It was ratified on August 18th, 1920 once Tennessee became the 36th state to sign on. Over 70 percent of the states to ratify the amendment were led by Republican legislatures. Of those states, twelve had already given women the right to vote before the amendment went into effect.

Republicans were also the first major party to advocate for pay equity – a torch carried by Connecticut House Republicans to this very day.

Today, at the state Capitol as the 2019 session draws to an end, women on both sides of the political aisle commemorated this historical day by wearing white.

“Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s right to vote,” said Rep. Wood. “For decades thousands of women and men fought courageously for this right for all women in our country.  I’m grateful to my mother, grandmother and father for keeping this history and privilege alive while stressing the importance of participating in our democracy by always voting.  Today, I remember with respect and gratitude  all who advocated for this right that we enjoy today.”

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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As the mother of three children, I know the time and energy that parenthood demands. I’ve also cared for aging family members and understand the emotional and physical toll it takes. For those working a full-time job, the stress can be overwhelming. While navigating the responsibilities of taking care of children, looking after an ailing family member, or both, we’ve all asked ourselves: How do I balance it all?

Paid family and medical leave (PFML) is a viable solution to this dilemma. Republicans in the House and Senate recently proposed an efficient, sustainable and equitable PFML solution. Unlike the costly state-run program proposed by the Democratic majority (Senate Bill 1), this program would not have involved a 0.5% payroll tax on Connecticut’s workforce.

Employees would have had the option to purchase private sector family and medical leave insurance through new insurance regulations. They would have been able to choose a plan with the appropriate coverage, price and duration that they need. Coverage would be available for caring for grandparents, grandchildren, sibling and spousal-type relationships.

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Rep. Wood Named “Capitol Caregiver” by AARP

Posted on May 31, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien) was presented with an award on Wednesday from AARP Connecticut Volunteers Peter and Kathy Eder of Darien acknowledging her work advancing policies in 2018 that supported in-home family caregivers of parents, spouses and children with disabilities.

“I am honored to receive this 2018 AARP Caregiving Champion award,” said Rep. Wood, member of the Human Services Committee. “Connecticut’s dedicated caretakers make it possible for their loved ones to live independently in their own home, which greatly improves the quality of life for so many. Anything we can do to help them in their efforts is a worthwhile cause in my book.”

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Reps. Wood and Lavielle Collecting American Flags in Need of Retirement

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) is hosting two flag drives this year – one in Darien and one in Norwalk with State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) – from May 28th to June 13th, during which constituents can drop off worn and damaged American Flags to be properly and honorably disposed of.

WHEN: May 28 – June 13, 2019

DROP-OFF BOXES WILL BE LOCATED AT:

Darien Library
1441 Post Road

VFW Post #6933
205 Noroton Avenue

Darien Town Hall
2 Renshaw Road

Rowayton Library
33 Highland

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Memorial Day 2019

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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I wish you and your family the best this Memorial Day weekend. Please consider attending one of these local events to honor the sacrifice so many Americans have made to ensure our freedom.

Rowayton Civic Association Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 26th at 12:00 p.m.
Rowayton Community Center to Downtown Rowayton
Ceremony to be held at Veterans’ Cannon after the parade,
followed by a cookout at the Firehouse.

Darien Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Goodwives River Shopping Center

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Rep. Wood Congratulates Stamford Hospital Physician on EMS Award

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin


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Joined by Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and Executive Director of Darien Post 53 & Deputy Chief of Stamford EMS Joe Larcheveque

HARTFORD – In honor of National EMS Week, Officials from the CT EMS Councils, EMSPro, CT Department of Public Health, and legislators from across the state gathered at the State Capitol today to award emergency responders who have gone “beyond the call.” State Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien), as well as Executive Director of Darien Post 53 & Deputy Chief of Stamford EMS Joe Larcheveque and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, were in attendance to congratulate Dr. Dorothy Turnbull of Stamford Hospital for her lifetime of service to EMS.

Dr. Turnbull received the Dr. AE Hertzler Knox Award. The intent of this award is to recognize and commend an individual whose work has made an extraordinary, significant and lasting impact on the EMS system in Connecticut. A graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania with 43 years of experience, Dr. Turnbull is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has also served as the Medical Director of Post 53 for more than 30 years.

“I thank Dr. Turnbull for her life-long dedication to medicine, and for all she has done for the patients of Southwestern Connecticut,” said Rep. Wood. “The emergency room can be a daunting place, so I am very proud of the high-quality care being offered to my constituents, knowing they can rest assured that they will be in excellent hands.”

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Rep. Wood Heralds Passage of Bill to Increase Employment Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – On Wednesday the House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation to study and develop recommendations to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. State Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien), who co-sponsored and voted in favor of the bill, hopes to see it pass through the Senate as well.

“House Bill 7093 serves as a critical step towards successfully supporting our individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in becoming more independent and

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Update from the Capitol: Minimum Wage

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


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We have slightly less than four weeks left of the legislative session. I wanted to update you on the legislation that passed yesterday that many feel will further impede our efforts at fiscal recovery for our state. Here is a summary and my thoughts on it. As always, please let me know your thoughts on this and any other pending legislation.

I voted against H.B. 5004, An Act Increasing the Fair Minimum Wage from $10.10 per hour to $15 per hour (a 48.5 percent increase) over a four year period beginning October 1, 2019 ($11/hour). The rate would then increase $1 per year until June 1, 2023, when it becomes $15. From then onward, the minimum wage would rise automatically with the employment cost index. Only individuals under 18 years of age will be eligible to receive 85 percent of the minimum wage for the first 90 days of employment.

This bill was called on the House floor at 10:00 p.m. on May 8th and was debated for just over 14 hours before going to a vote shortly after 12:00 p.m. the following day. The bill passed 85 to 59 without a single Republican vote. Two Democrats voted in opposition as well.

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Rep. Wood Applauds Darien High School for GreatSchools Award

Posted on May 8, 2019 by admin


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DARIENState Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien) is proud to announce that Darien High School is one of just 41 schools in the Connecticut to receive a “2019 College Success Award.”

This award, which will be presented by GreatSchools, recognizes Darien High School’s successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two for four-year colleges, are ready for college-level coursework, and/or persist onto their second year of college.

“As a member of the Legislature’s Higher Education

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Long Island Sound Blue Plan Public Meeting

Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin


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The Long Island Sound Blue Plan is designed to protect marine life, water quality and recreation in the Sound. I encourage you to learn more about this important plan, ask questions, or share any comments you may have, at the upcoming Blue Plan Public Meeting.

 

When: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT

 

The meeting will be held by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Town of Darien and the Darien Advisory

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