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How to Participate in Virtual Public Hearings

Posted on February 5, 2021


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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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House Republicans Respond to Governor’s Extension of Emergency Declaration

Posted on January 26, 2021


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Governor Lamont first declared a civil preparedness emergency and a public health emergency on March 10 of last year. The declarations gave him broad emergency powers to help the state respond to an unprecedent pandemic. These powers were originally set to expire after six months (September 9, 2020), but they were extended for an additional five months, now set to expire on February 9, 2021.

As we approach the one-year mark since the crisis began, the governor has once again extended the state of

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Update on Phase 1b of CT’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Posted on January 26, 2021


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Connecticut is currently in Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination distribution process. Senior 75 years and older may now register for an appointment, and individuals 65 – 74 will likely be eligible beginning in February.

To date, 265,947 individuals have received their first dose, and 42,555 have received their second dose. The state can now report that 27 percent of Connecticut residents ages 75 and older have received their first dose.

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has released a

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Recap of Today’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program Town Hall

Posted on January 21, 2021


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Today, Kathleen Silard, CEO of Stamford Hospital, Commissioner David Lehman of the Department of Community and Economic Development, and Women’s Business Development Council president Fran Pastore held a highly informative virtual town hall to discuss Connecticut’s current vaccine distribution program.

The vaccine rollout was addressed in detail and pertinent questions answered. The discussion also covered how the rollout will impact the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

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Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Tomorrow

Posted on January 21, 2021


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Tomorrow, the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), Stamford Health, and the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will hold a virtual town hall via Zoom to discuss Connecticut’s current vaccine distribution program.

Stamford Health President and CEO Kathy Silard, CT DECD Commissioner David Lehman, and WBDC CEO Fran Pastore will discuss the state’s vaccine distribution program, and the impact it will have on the state’s economic recovery.

The virtual meeting will take

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Capitol Update: House Republicans Propose Distance Learning Guidelines

Posted on January 15, 2021


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Many of the key issues that will be addressed this session will be relating to the impact of COVID — the economic recovery of our small businesses, the health and well being of our residents, and the ongoing education of our children.

Below is a link to a legislative proposal that I thought would be of interest to you regarding education and remote learning. I’m a co-sponsor of this legislation and believe it will strengthen education accountability for our K-12 students.

In a nutshell, this proposal

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Capitol Update: Vaccination Efforts in Connecticut

Posted on January 13, 2021


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I would like to provide you with an update on Connecticut’s vaccine distribution plan. This information is from the Governor’s office, CT Department of Public Health and resources available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Phase 1a

Connecticut is currently in Phase 1a of the vaccine distribution process, which includes healthcare professionals, long-term care facility residents (and employees), and medical first responders. These are individuals who are likely to have direct

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Capitol Update: 2021 Session Begins, Relief for Small Businesses on the Way

Posted on January 9, 2021


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2021 Legislative Session Begins

Dear friends and neighbors,

Wednesday, January 6, we convened for the first day of the 2021 legislative session in Hartford. Thank you for your faith and trust to continue as your state representative and voice in our Capitol.

In addition to serving on the Human Services, Higher Education, and Finance Committees, I’m honored to be serving as House Republican Policy Chairman.

It will be an unusual session given the social distancing requirements. I’m confident that

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Capitol Update: Restaurant Relief, Vaccination Efforts, and New Laws/Taxes for 2021

Posted on December 23, 2020


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Dear friends and neighbors,

Below you will find an update on the following items:

  • Relief for Bars and Restaurants
  • New Laws and Tax Changes for 2021
  • Vaccine Distribution Update

I would also like to wish you and your families a safe, healthy, and joyful holiday season.

To our women and men overseas, our frontline healthcare workers and first responders, and all essential personnel who will be working during the holidays, thank you for you’re exemplary service to our communities. You continue to give

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House Republicans Urge Immediate Action to Assist Businesses

Posted on December 3, 2020


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This morning, House Republican Leader-Elect Vincent Candelora and House Republican members gathered outside the State Capitol for a press conference to propose how we can help Connecticut’s business community during the pandemic.

Between the pandemic itself and the many executive orders that have followed, small businesses across the state are struggling to stay afloat as foot traffic decreases and restrictions limit their operations.

Over the past several months, we have spoken with many of you

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