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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Posted on January 19, 2021 by cthomas


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Vaccine distribution has been well under way in Connecticut since late December with roughly 160,000 doses administered to date. Distribution started with Phase 1a which included healthcare workers, first responders and long-term care facility residents. With the start of Phase 1b on January 18th, more members of the general public have become eligible to receive the vaccine.

Phase 1b Vaccine Distribution

Distribution for Phase 1b will begin with individuals 75 and older and will ultimately include

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2021 Virtual Meeting Guide

Posted on January 11, 2021 by cthomas


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I just wanted you to know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legislative Office Building and Capitol are closed until further notice. In the meantime, representatives and senators will conduct most business virtually.

You can watch livestreams of committee meetings, and there will be opportunities to participate in public hearings using Zoom.

In order to make it easier to find all the information you need in one place, the House Republican Caucus created an online virtual meeting guide with

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Rep. Zupkus Begins 2021 Legislative Session

Posted on January 6, 2021 by cthomas


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HARTFORD – On Wednesday, January 6th, the Connecticut General Assembly convened for the 2021 legislative session. Please click on the image below to view an opening day message from Rep. Lezlye Zupkus.

Representative Zupkus was appointed to serve as Deputy Republican Leader and is a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Public Health, Legislative Management and Transportation Committees.

Eversource “Kill-a-Watt” Kits Available at Public Libraries

Posted on December 26, 2020 by cthomas


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Connecticut residents in Eversource service territory can check out a “Kill-A-Watt” kit from their local library. The kit includes a “Kill-A-Watt” meter and information to help homeowners and renters understand the three different types of electric use: plug, lighting, and mechanical.

With the help of a Kill-A-Watt meter and the Eversource educational booklet included in the kit, residents can measure and record the amount of electricity they’re consuming. The booklet also provides tips to help homeowners

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House Republicans Announce Pandemic Relief Legislation to Help Bars & Restaurants

Posted on December 18, 2020 by cthomas


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This week, I joined my House Republican colleagues in calling for legislation aimed at providing relief for Connecticut’s struggling bar and restaurant industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent government-mandated closures and restrictions have decimated the hospitality industry and more than 600 Connecticut restaurants have permanently closed, with hundreds more currently on the brink.

With the new legislative session starting in January, we have the opportunity to provide real relief for these

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Zupkus Named a Deputy Republican Leader

Posted on December 7, 2020 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – On Friday, State Representative Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) was appointed by House Republican Leader-elect State Representative Vincent Candelora (R-86) to a join his leadership team as a Deputy House Republican Leader.

In addition, Rep. Zupkus was re-appointed to be a member of the Public Health Committee. Lezlye will also serve on the Education, Transportation and Legislative Management Committees.

“I am honored to be named a Deputy House Republican Leader. It is incredibly important to me

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Support Local Business on Small Business Saturday!

Posted on November 27, 2020 by cthomas


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This Saturday, November 28, 2020 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our communities.

Due to the continued impact on local businesses from COVID-19, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they struggle to keep their doors open and employees working.

Please join the Small Business Association (SBA) and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by shopping at a small business.

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Prospect Machine Products Receives Presidential Award for Exports

Posted on November 23, 2020 by cthomas


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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross notified Prospect Machine Products of its selection to receive the President’s “E” award for exports. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Prospect Machine Products has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Prospect Machine Products’ more than doubling of export sales over the

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Veterans Day Observance

Posted on November 10, 2020 by cthomas


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On Wednesday, November 11, we observe Veterans Day and pay tribute to the unbroken line of brave citizen soldiers going back to the Revolutionary War who stepped forward and served our great nation in times of peace and armed conflict. We honor the brave men and women who fought to preserve freedom for each successive generation.

We can commemorate the day by reaching out to veterans by phone, text or email and thanking them for their service. I hope you will join me in honoring their service to

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Rep. Zupkus Honors National Blue Ribbon Winner Norton Elementary School

Posted on November 6, 2020 by cthomas


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CHESHIRE – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-Cheshire) honored Norton Elementary School of Cheshire with a legislative citation from the Connecticut General Assembly on November 5th honoring them as a National Blue Ribbon School for the 2020-2021 school year.

53 schools in Connecticut where chosen by the U.S. Department of Education for this commendation, which is based on math and language proficiencies, student to teacher ratios, and minority enrollment. Norton School is in the top 20% of the state

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