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Local Rep called out for mocking colleague

On Thursday, CT House Representatives settled in for another long night. As cable network CT-N documented, Rep. Doug Dubitsky, R-Chaplin, was asking questions about the Trust Act. Anne Hughes, the state representative from Easton, Redding and Weston, was one of several who walked behind Dubitsky in acts of disrespect.

Hughes glared at her colleague, and one point put her hands on her hips- with an expression showing her annoyance with Dubitsky’s method of extending the debates with repetitious questions.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby opened the House of Representatives on Friday with a firm dressing down.
“When we disagree on the issue we disagree without being disagreeable and it’s not personal,” Aresimowicz told the chamber Friday that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

Klarides said later on Facebook, “Serving is an honor and we will not tolerate disrespect of the Connecticut General Assembly.”
She added, “Being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly is an honor and a privilege. We are entrusted by the people of Connecticut to uphold the Constitution, respect the reverence of creating legislation, preserving democracy and protecting the people of this great state. While political parties might clash at times it is essential that we forever value each day we serve the State of Connecticut and creating legislation that will impact the lives of millions.”

Hughes told hello, NewsCT, “We were bored. And walked behind Rep. Dubitsky who prides himself on keeping the ‘conversation’ going for hours. Frustrated by the repetitive questions and comments over multiple days of categorizing CT citizens as fraudulent and especially condescending to women. I apologize for any disrespect experienced. I am still committed to representing the whole community in our district with a fair and equitable budget, support for good, equitable education, and resources for aging in place.”

Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan was also visible walking behind Dubitsky although he said that activity behind other reps was common. Allie-Brennan claimed he was merely helping a colleague by moving a plant from the caucus room to another location.

Allie-Brennan said, “It was never my intention to disrespect anyone. I take the role very seriously and as a freshman legislator I’ve introduced bills that have been passed, been appointed to House Leadership positions and still spend every opportunity I have meeting and exchanging ideas with my constituents. I am committed to the role of State Representative and I am grateful every day for the opportunity to serve.”

The other side of the aisle is not immune to childish behavior. Earlier this week, a New Milford Republican chewed on a straw during a debate over a bill to phase out the use of plastic straws. This was also seen on CT-N.
Aresimowicz said he’s the judge of decorum in the chamber and will be speaking with everyone involved in any pranks.

Hughes’ response to a constituent who contacted the representative to complain about her behavior” included, “By the way, I apologized to Doug. We’re cool.”

Public Hearing on Forced Regionalization


Multiple bills that would force towns and cities to regionalize school districts will be discussed at a public hearing in Hartford on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The proposals include a bill that would force any school district with fewer than 2,000 students to regionalize. Another bill would force any town with a population of fewer than 40,000 to consolidate with other towns to form new school districts matching the state probate court districts

While encouraging towns to share services can be beneficial, forcing towns and cities to regionalize their school districts without considering their unique needs raises concerns.

This public hearing is an opportunity to make your voice heard and share your opinion on these proposals. Here’s how to speak out:

Send a brief email to edtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Put “Bill 457 and Bill 738” in the subject line.
Include your name and town.

If you can, attend the public hearing on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. If you cannot attend you can still submit testimony as explained above.

You can read more and track the bills at the following links:
Senate Bill No. 457

Senate Bill No. 738

Traffic Alert

The CT Department Of Transportation began replacing the guard rail system and cutting trees on Rt. 59 on April 16th. This work will continue for about a month and a half between the hours of 9am to 3pm. Monday thru Friday. Please expect delays during these times along different parts of Rt. 59. We have included a map of the different areas of Rt. 59 that will be affected. Work will most likely begin in the area of Rt. 59 and Church Rd. It is recommended that you find an alternate route around these areas during the next 6 weeks.