Local Lawmakers to Hold “Open For Business?” Informational Forum

Posted on October 15, 2019 by admin


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NORWALK – State Representatives Terrie Wood (R-141) and Gail Lavielle (R-143) invite local residents and business owners to meet with them at the Norwalk City Hall on October 23rd for an informational forum discussing new taxes, fees and policies that will affect Connecticut businesses; such as minimum wage increases and paid family and medical leave.

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Norwalk City Hall Community Room

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Rep. Wood currently serves

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Video: My Visit to the Largest Dairy Farm in CT

Posted on September 27, 2019 by admin


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As we are between legislative sessions right now, I have had more time to take advantage of opportunities to visit businesses in the district and across the state. I believe that this is a great way to stay connected with the key issues and concerns of our economy, and support the people who are driving its growth.

It’s also a pleasure learning new things and meeting with the job creators in our state. They are running vibrant businesses that add so much vitality to Connecticut. One of my more interesting

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Real IDs: Do I Need One? How Do I Get One?

Posted on September 23, 2019 by admin


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According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), beginning on October 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Government will require anyone boarding an airplane for domestic travel or entering certain federal buildings to have a “verified” driver’s license, state-issued ID card or show additional proof of identification, such as a passport. This verification is indicated on your license or ID card by a gold star in the top right corner and is commonly referred to as a “Real ID.”

With this deadline approaching in just over a year’s time, I wanted to share some information that will hopefully answer some frequently asked questions about how and when to get this ID.

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Help DOT Develop their Next Generation of Rail Cars

Posted on September 17, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) would like your input on the state’s next generation of rail cars. They will be purchasing a fleet of new rail cars to replace their exiting push-pull coaches operating on the Hartford Line, Shore Line East, Danbury Line and Waterbury Line and want to know what you consider to be reliable, comfortable, attractive, and sustainable.

Customers from each rail line will be selected through an open lottery process for an opportunity to participate in their

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Rep. Wood: “7.35% ‘Meal Tax’ Will Hurt Connecticut Families”

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – The Department of Revenue Services issued a clarifying statement regarding the new “meal tax” this week. State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) expressed opposition the measure, saying it will hurt Connecticut families who already struggle to make ends meet, pay ever-increasing food costs, and ever-increasing taxes.

Part of the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019, the “meal tax” adds an additional 1% to the cost of many items already taxed at 6.35%, but the DRS statement clarifies that the new 7.35% tax will also apply to many food items that have not previously been taxed when sold in grocery stores. The policy also results in a tax increase on all food items sold by restaurants and eating establishments.

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Local 9/11 Remembrance Events

Posted on September 5, 2019 by admin


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Nearly 3,000 people – comprising of citizens from 78 different countries around the world – were killed in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. In 2009, Congress named this day a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Please find a list below of local 9/11 remembrance events, which are great opportunities for our communities to come together, honor and remember these victims as we continue to combat terrorism and secure freedom for our

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Mental Health First Aid Training in Darien

Posted on August 30, 2019 by admin


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With the start of another school year upon us, I felt that this was a good time to let you know about an opportunity to take a Mental Health First Aid course in Darien on Friday, September 27th at Darien EMS. This course is designed for the general public, as well as those involved in any of the healthcare and first responder fields. I’ve taken the course myself twice and found it to be both informative and helpful. The instructor, Dawn Roy, is widely well-regarded and an excellent teacher.

This

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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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