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Blondin elected as new Secretary
of the State Central Democratic Party
Audrey Blondin of Litchfield was recently elected as the new CT Central Democratic Party Secretary. She stated, “I'm so proud on behalf of all of us here in the NW corner, as I believe I am the first woman from our part of the state to be elected to a state party leadership role and I thank all of you for all of your support over the years on my behalf. Some of you may recall former State Senator and Attorney Joseph Ruggiero from Litchfield, who served as special counsel to Governor William A. O'Neill and counsel to the Connecticut State Democratic Party under Chairmen John Droney and Ed Marcus in the 1990's. I would also like to thank my predecessors as the State Central Committeewoman for our 30th District Doris Sweetman who served from the 1960's to the 1990's, who also served as a great mentor to me over my earlier years in politics, and former Representative Roberta Willis who served our district as our State Central Committeewoman from 1994-2002. I would also like to acknowledge and thank my 30th District Partner Larry Sweeney from Morris who nominated me and 32nd District State Central Committeewoman Sharon Sherman from Woodbury who seconded my nomination, as well as our state party leadership Chairman Nick Balletto, Vice Chairman Sharon Mounds and Treasurer Mike Pohl. I look forward to continuing to serve our district along with my state party duties and please feel free to contact me at any time if I can be of future help or service to you in any way.”
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Dear Friends & Neighbors, 

This promises to be another busy week in Hartford. There will be public hearings on several bills regarding elections, campaign finance and other issues which may be of interest to you. This is your opportunity to be involved in your state government. I encourage you to check the agendas to see which bills will be heard before each committee, and consider submitting testimony. Let your voice be heard!

Below is a list of this week's public hearing agendas at the Legislative Office Building.
Click here for a link to the Connecticut General Assembly calendar and bulletin.
Here are the public hearings scheduled for March 19th - March 22nd:
Monday, March 19th.
Click here for Government Administrations & Elections agenda, including bills to adopt the national popular vote & change our Citizens Election Program
You can submit testimony here:
Click here for Judiciary agenda, including a bill prescribing opioid intervention
You can submit testimony here:
Click here for Planning & Development Agenda
You can submit testimony here:
Tuesday, March 20th
Click here for Commerce agenda
You can submit testimony here:
Public Health agenda will be available here
You can email testimony here:
Human Services agenda will be available here
You can email testimony here:

Wednesday, March 21st

Click here for joint committee
Appropriations, Commerce, Finance, Revenue & Bonding, and Planning & Development public hearing on the Report of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth
You can email testimony here:
Thursday, March 22nd
You can submit testimony here:
If you are interested in any of these issues, I encourage you to let your voice be heard.
You may email testimony on any of the bills to the email addresses listed above for each committee. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, include the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and please copy my office at on your testimony so I can be aware of your thoughts on these issues.
You may also testify in person at a hearing. (Click here for a guide for testifying at hearings and here for driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building).

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact my office at (800) 842-1423, or email me at  You can also follow my legislative activity on my website:
I hope this information is helpful.
State Rep. David Wilson (R-66)
800-842-1423 (Toll Free)
860-240-8700 (Local)
House Passes STOP School Violence Act
Legislation had been championed by Sandy Hook Promise organization, cosponsored by Esty
Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2018) – One month following the shooting in Parkland, Florida, the STOP School Violence Act passed the House with broad, bipartisan support by a vote of 407-10. The bill, which would give students and educators tools to recognize and prevent violence in their schools, follows a model advocated for several years by Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) was a cosponsor of the legislation.
“The passage of this legislation is a testament to the hard work that Mark, Nicole, and all of the parents of Sandy Hook Promise have put in to collaborate with school officials and law enforcement to come up with real solutions and save lives,” Esty said. “The STOP School Violence Act will not save every life threatened by gun violence, but it will save some. We need to do what we can to protect our loved ones from harm, and I hope we’ll take more steps after today to keep all Americans safe.”
“This bill will prevent all forms of violence and self-harm in our schools and teach multiple generations of students and adults to be upstanders in making their communities safe from gun violence.  We were proud to work with the champions of this legislation to pass this bill that will ensure millions more students will be trained to know the signs of violence and lives will be saved,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
Click the image above or this link to view Esty’s remarks on the House floor about the STOP School Violence Act.
The bill would invest in programs to train school personnel, students, and law enforcement to identify signs of potential violence and prevent it before it happens. It also makes key investments in reporting and threat assessment systems for schools, as well as security equipment.
Congresswoman Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5)
March 13, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
I wanted to notify you that this week bills regarding tolls and the legalization of marijuana will receive public hearings. 

Are you concerned about these two bill becoming law? If so, your voice can be heard by submitting written testimony to the Transportation Committee and the General Law Committee. 

This is your chance to let the Transportation committee know your thoughts on implementing electronic tolls on all major highways, including I-95, I-91, I-84, I-395, I-691, as well as Route 2,
Route 6, Route 7, Route 8 and Route 15. It's also your opportunity to let the General Law committee know your thoughts on the retail sale of marijuana in Connecticut. 
How to submit your testimony? You can testify in person or send the committees an email. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, include the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and copy my office at
Transporation Committee.
Email -
House Bill 5391 - An Act Concerning Transportation Infrastructure
General Law Committee
Email -
House Bill 5458 - An Act Concerning the Regulation of the Retail Sale of Marijuana

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please contact me at or 860-240-8700.
State Rep. David Wilson (R-66)
800-842-1423 (Toll Free)
860-240-8700 (Local)
March 1, 2018
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Your input is important to me as your State Representative. As a member of the legislature's Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee, I want to inform you of the upcoming public hearing on proposals related to Governor Malloy’s proposed tax increases, state bonding priorities and also some proposals to provide some taxpayer relief.

I've talked to many of you over the last year and the message I have heard over and over again is that the people in the 66th General Assembly District are over-taxed and need some relief. Some of these proposals provide the tax relief you have been asking for.
Here are some bills scheduled for the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee public hearing on March 2nd that may be of interest to you and our community:
- SB-10, An Act Concerning Revenue Items To Implement The Governor's Budget.
- SB-11, An Act Concerning Connecticut's Response To Federal Tax Reform.
- SB-12, An Act Authorizing And Adjusting Bonds Of The State For Capital Improvements And Other Purposes.
- HB-5088, An Act Concerning The Cancellation Of Unissued Bond Fund Authorizations For Silver Sands State Park.
- HB-5095, An Act Increasing The Cigarette Tax.
- HB-5096, An Act Exempting Social Security Benefits From The Personal Income Tax For Certain Individuals.
- HB-5009, An Act Exempting Car Wash Services From The Sales Tax.
- HB-5019, An Act Exempting Health Club And Athletic Club Membership Dues And Initiation Fees From Tax.
- HB-5028, An Act Eliminating State Taxes That Cost More To Administer Than Is Gained In Revenue.
- HB-5133, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Student Loan Repayment Assistance To Employees.
- HB-5134, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Paid Family And Medical Leave.
To view the full agenda with links to each proposed bill, click here. Should you wish to write a letter in support of or opposition to a proposed bill, please email testimony to Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Please also copy me on the email at so I can be aware of your opinions.

For information and committee rules on testifying in person at the public hearing, 
click here. To stay up-to-date on what's happening at the Capitol, I encourage you to click here and click on the “Bulletin.”
A guide for testifying at hearings can be found here and driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building are available here.
If you have additional questions, please contact my office at 1.800.842.1423 or email  I hope this information is helpful.
State Rep. David Wilson (R-66)
800-842-1423 (Toll Free)
860-240-8700 (Local)
860-240-0207 (Fax)
Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The state’s non-partisan 
Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its report on important issues that the 
General Assembly may face during the 2018 legislative session that begins on February 7th.
This is also your opportunity to contact me with bill proposals or ideas.
You can also visit my webpage at and sign up for my newsletter, or connect with me via Facebook @RepDavidWilson.
As always please feel free to contact me at or call 800-842-1423, if you have questions, concerns or ideas about issues related to state government.
State Rep. David Wilson (R-66)
800-842-1423 (Toll Free)
860-240-8700 (Local)