Connecticut Senate Republicans

  1. (Watch) Two weeks left…two different visions for CT.

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  2. (Watch) Two weeks remain…a quick State Capitol update.

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  3. (Watch) Tolls? Tax hikes? Say, “Enough is enough!”

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    Two weeks remain in the legislative session, and I am fighting to protect your wallets.

  4. Senator McLachlan Receives AARP Capitol Caregiver Award
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    Senator Michael McLachlan (center) receives the American Association of Retired Persons of Connecticut’s Capitol Caregiver Award from AARP volunteers. Presenting the award are AARP volunteers (left to right) Bill Birothe, Margaret Bain, John Coats, Barbara Munck, Jim O’Brien, and Stacy Stableford.

    Hartford – State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) recently received the Capitol Caregiver Award from the American Association of Retired Persons of Connecticut.  The award recognizes the senator’s work supporting family caregivers.

    AARP CT John Erlingheuse said, “AARP Connecticut thanks and congratulates Senator McLachlan for his continued advocacy and support on the vital services Connecticut’s 459,000 unpaid family caregivers and their families rely upon.”

    Sen. McLachlan said he is humbled that AARP chose to recognize his work.

    “Family caregivers play such an important role for our aging population, particularly in helping seniors to remain in their own homes,” he said. “As a legislator, my goal has always been to promote legislation that is in the best interest of the state and its residents, especially our seniors. Receiving this award from AARP for my work is truly an honor.”

    Sen. McLachlan represents the communities of Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, and Sherman.

  5. (Watch) I’m fighting against tax hikes and tolls.

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  6. Senator Martin Joins Veterans Calling for Funding of State Hospital
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    State Senator Henri Martin (center) speaks to veterans in support of restoring funding to the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill.

    Hartford – State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) joined leaders of state veterans’ organization in calling for the reinstatement of $2 million in funding to the state’s Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill.

    “I am proud that it has been a bipartisan effort to provide the funding necessary to keep the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill and the Levitow Healthcare Center open,” Sen. Martin said. “These facilities provide much needed care to members of our armed forces who have given so much for our country. Veterans who have received care at these facilities include recipients of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, Medals of Valor, Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge. Some simply served honorably. Because of the sacrifice of these soldiers, we have the freedom to sleep in peace at night, the freedom to pursue happiness, and the liberty to pray.”

    Statewide veterans organizations called the April 24 press conference to call for restoration of funding that had been cut in the state’s budget.

    As Co-Chair of the legislature’s Veterans Affairs Committee, Sen. Martin said he worked with his Republican and Democrat colleagues on the committee to propose legislation to restore the $2 million in funding. He said the money is necessary for the Veterans’ Home to provide the services and care that ill and less fortunate veterans need.

    “Our veterans sacrifice so much for our country and often come home with physical, mental, and emotional scars that stay with them for years,” he said. “Providing proper care for them after all they have done for us is the very least that we can do.”

    Sen. Martin serves the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.

  7. Sen. Kissel Receives Capitol Caregiver Award from AARP-CT
    Senator Kissel Capitol Caregiver Award

    AARP-CT volunteers (from Left to Right – Back) John Coates and Bill Biro, (From Left to Right – Front) Barbara Munck, Stacy Stableford, Jim O’Brien and Margaret Bain, presented Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) with a Capitol Caregiver Award at the state capitol on Wednesday, April 25th.

    HARTFORD, Conn. – State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) received a prestigious Capitol Caregiver Award from the American Association of Retired Persons – Connecticut (AARP-CT) on Wednesday, April 25 at the state capitol in Hartford.

    “AARP Connecticut thanks and congratulates Senator Kissel for his continued advocacy to protect services that help Connecticut’s 459,000 unpaid family caregivers. Senator Kissel was a key champion on reforming conservatorship laws to better protect vulnerable adults and provide additional support to family caregivers, who are appointed by the probate courts, to manage the health and finance of their loved ones and deter potential misconduct through the use of random audits,” said AARP-CT Advocacy and Outreach Director, John Erlingheuser.

    Sen. Kissel has previously received Legislative Achievement Awards from AARP for his efforts to protect seniors in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

    “It is an honor to receive the Capitol Caregiver Award from AARP-CT this year,” said Sen. Kissel. “AARP-CT does a great job advocating for our seniors, their families and caregivers and I want to applaud the work they do in Hartford. I will continue to work to protect our aging population and the dedicated caregivers who take care of them – I want to thank AARP-CT for recognizing my work.”


  8. A Muddled Report on a Muddled Session

    The legislature has been running behind and still has many issues in front of it. The next week and a half will be crammed with many bills coming up for consideration. Tolls, recreational marijuana, and the national popular vote are among the bad ideas that may get a vote. The budget too is in flux. Stay tuned, I am planning another video on that topic in the coming week.

  9. North Central CT Chamber Discusses Economic Development
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    Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) speaks with the North-Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at their Economic Development breakfast meeting in Enfield.

    By: Senator John A. Kissel

    The North-Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC) is known throughout our communities as an active local organization. At the start of April I was honored to speak at their breakfast meeting to discuss economic development and how we can do better as a state.

    NCCCC’s membership is made up over 300 local business leaders, with new members joining each month. The good news is that despite all of the negative attention toward Connecticut, these chamber members are still optimistic about opportunities here in Connecticut. I was happy to talk with them about all the great things they are doing in the community, along with their optimistic attitudes about the future of our state.

    That being said they did want to discuss a few topics that are on the docket for this legislative session including tolls, new taxes and the state budget.

    As I have told all my constituents – I am strongly against the installation of tolls across Connecticut. These tolls are just another tax on the hard-working families of North-Central Connecticut, families who are just trying to get to work each day to put food on the table.

    That brings me to the next topic I discussed at the breakfast, taxes. Over the past 8 years Connecticut businesses and families have seen nothing but tax increases. That is why I am working with my colleagues to develop a state budget that doesn’t include tax increases – these taxes only make it harder for businesses to thrive here in our state.

    I want to extend a thank you to NCCCC for inviting me to speak to their members about economic development and I look forward to following the work they do in the community.

  10. Sen. Hwang: Legislation will protect CT seniors and homeowners



    Sen. Hwang: Legislation will protect CT seniors and homeowners

    Sen. Tony Hwang applauded the state senate’s Apr. 24 unanimous passage of an important proposal to protect and inform Connecticut seniors and homeowners on Reverse Mortgages.

    Senate Bill 150  – An Act Providing for Protections for Consumers Applying for Reverse Mortgages – prevents Connecticut banks from originating a reverse mortgage unless the bank has:

    • informed the applicant of the HUD counseling requirement
    • the applicant has attended the counseling session
    • the counseling session was conducted in person.

    “Many of us have heard horror stories about people – friends, neighbors – thrown out of their house due to a reverse mortgage,” Sen. Hwang said. “I sponsored this bill in order to better protect Connecticut homeowners and vulnerable residents that may be persuaded by sophisticated sales and marketing of complicated mortgage finance contracts, and this bill should do just that. I was also encouraged to see that the banking and credit union industry has advised on this legislation.  We will help protect people in our state on financial decisions impacting their homes.”
    The bill now heads to the House of Representatives.

    *Sen. Hwang, who is Co-Chair of the state legislature’s Housing Committee and Vice-Chair of the Aging Committee, represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport. On the web:  He can be reached at and at 800-842-1421.

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