Lawmakers Sound off on Budget with Bipartisan Support

...didn’t find their way into the final budget package,” said Formica, who played a key role in the last bipartisan budget agreement in 2018.  “This budget is a solid bipartisan solution to our state’s needs,” said State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton. “The shift away from tax increases is a win...

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Debating the Impact of Eliminating Connecticut’s Religious Exemption to Vaccination

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...place or the government’s place to dictate that,” said Martindale. Republican legislators, including State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, State Rep. Whit Betts, R-Bristol, and State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, suggested during a public health committee meeting on March 31 that, rather than mandate vaccination, there should be more of an...

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Equality Act a ‘Monumental Gesture of Overreach’

In the name of equality Joe Courtney has single handedly led an assault on young girls, at-risk mothers, religious institutions and on each and every voter from Groton to Vernon, from Connecticut to California. In a monumental gesture of overreach, Representative Joe Courtney co-sponsored one of the most destructive and...

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Legislators Heard 12 Hours of Testimony on a Bill to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in Connecticut

...student of public policy at the University of Connecticut, shared her mother’s experience of feeling ignored by healthcare professionals when she was giving birth. State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, asked what about that experience was specific to her racial background.  “Groton is pretty diverse, we have people from all over,...

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Courtney Fields Questions on COVID Aid

...new federal funds.  A caller from Groton asked about whether American Rescue Plan funds will help support schools facing new, expensive needs as they reopen amid the pandemic.  “The Rescue Plan follows up the CARES Act and the December COVID relief bill with some new money to help the school...

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Groton City Mayor Keith Hedrick Makes his Case for a 3rd Term

Incumbent Keith Hedrick is facing off against former State Rep. Aundré Bumgardner in the Democratic primary for Groton City Mayor on Monday, March 8. Hedrick served for decades in the U.S. Navy and is endorsed by the Groton Democratic Committee.  In a conversation with Connecticut Examiner, Hedrick shared why he...

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Aundre Bumgardner Makes His Case for Groton City Mayor

Former State Rep. Aundre Bumgardner is challenging incumbent Keith Hedrick in the Democratic primary for the Groton City mayorship on Monday, March 8. Bumgardner, who represented Groton and New London in the General Assembly from 2015 through 2017, was sworn in at the age of 20, making him the youngest...

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Target Dates Announced for Vaccinations; Provisions for School Employees and ‘Vulnerable Communities’

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...approved. Reginald Eadie, co-chair of the state’s Vaccine Advisory Group, said that the decision to base eligibility on age had come out of discussions with the group’s Allocation Subcommittee. State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, a member of the governor’s Vaccine Advisory Group, told CT Examiner that she believed age was...

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Parties Split on Elections Legislation

...do is start a conversation. “I think we just need to change the legal way we approach voting in Connecticut as more of a right that is universal,” he said. “ Just making sure that voting rights are the same in Greenwich and Groton and Goshen, and every town in...

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Legislators Offer Bills Aimed Connecticut Port Authority

...things together then, we’re going to recommend that it be returned to DOT, so we’re asking DOT what are the steps to do that.”  Other co-sponsors of the bill include State Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, State Rep. Joe de la Cruz, D-Groton and State Rep. Anthony Nolan, D-New London.  Osten...

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Opioid Bill Pairs Doctors and Recovering Addicts in Push Statewide

...in support of anything that remotely looks like that,” said State Rep. Joe de la Cruz, D-Groton. De la Cruz is the co-founder of Community Speaks Out, a Groton-based nonprofit that supports families who are dealing with opioid addiction. De la Cruz said his organization has been sponsoring individuals who...

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Groups Press Lamont to Allow Medical Assistants to Administer Vaccinations

...to administer vaccinations. The bill passed in the House, receiving the support of community health centers, physicians and the Connecticut Hospital Association. However, the bill was never passed by the Senate.  State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, said she believed that the COVID vaccine was particularly challenging to administer because of...

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Tourism Grants Announced for Eastern Connecticut

...marketing Digital marketing campaigns are another popular use for the funds. The Thames River Heritage Park is using the $9,000 in grant money, plus $4,500 it raised independently, to create a series of 30- and 60-second videos featuring nine New London and Groton historical sites it partners with. Amy Perry,...

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Courtney Sponsors Bill to Aid Districts with Tribal Lands and Military Bases

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...Groton school district. “Groton has about 1000 military-dependent children who live in military housing, and because their parents don’t pay property taxes on their military housing, the town misses out on that revenue.” The bipartisan “Impact Aid Coronavirus Relief Act” will allow school districts to receive the same federal Impact...

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