Legislative Session is Off and Rolling!

January 20, 2023


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Dear Neighbor, 

Just wanted to share a few updates with you all: 

  • I'm hard at work as the Vice Chair of the Energy and Technology Committee.
  • I've attended my first committee meeting on Banking and am excited to serve in this new position.
  • The Public Health Committee is busy raising bills on a wide variety of topics including many of top concern in our district.
  • I've introduced bills based on work in the past 2 years and many constituent and local group lead efforts. I'm excited about ones related to energy and grid resilience, green energy financing, accountability for freight rail systems, tax reduction for seniors, more support for veterans, public safety bills driven by local police and EMS and a food as medicine and more!
  • I've been working with municipal leaders in Ellington and East Windsor on bond requests and hope to advocate with the Vernon delegation on Vernon requests.
  • I'm championing a bill on school meals for all that is a primary ask of the Vernon and Ellington district.
  • I've seen a LARGE influx in constituent issues around the Department of Labor and am working to find swift resolution for many local workers and companies.
  • I wrote letters of support for many local farms whose applications for the new Department of Agriculture grants went in over the last few weeks.
  • I'm working on scheduling a few themed listening sessions on bills of interest to our district.

There's more but this is just a quick snapshot on a day in the life. I'm hustling every day for you all! Stay in touch and keep reaching out if you have issues, ideas or anything!

The legislative session is really off and rolling as we just past the deadline to file bills. I'm incredibly excited to work with a group of bipartisan representatives to introduce, HB 5052 - our bill to allow more retirement income to be exempt from the state income tax. We've been working on this issue for sometime now and I'm committed to continuing this work in the new session. 

WBDC Equity Match Grant Application Period Open Now

The Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) Equity Match Grant Program application period is open now through February 28. The program is designed to help Connecticut women-owned business grow! 

Grants between $2,500 and $10,00 will be awarded to eligible business owners for clearly defined projects that will have measurable impact on the business, its growth and profitability. 

For more information on eligibility, match requirements, and upcoming info sessions, click here

Vernon Fire Department Offering CPR and Babysitting Classes 

The Vernon Fire Department will offer CPR classes, as well as babysitting class, in February, March, and April. 

Bystander CPR is essential to saving the life of someone who has suffered cardiac arrest, and having a community full of people who have been trained in the life-saving procedure benefits everyone. And, the babysitting class will teach students all they need to know about caring for a child as well as CPR.

Classes in HEARTSaver CPR for adults, children and infants will be offered 7PM-9PM on the following Tuesdays: February 7, March 14 and April 4. There is a $40 fee and participants become certified.

Hands only CPR is offered from 10AM-12PM on the following Saturdays: February 11, March 18 and April 8. The fee is $10 and participants do not earn certification.

All classes will be offered at the Vernon Public Safety Complex, 280 West Road. For more information or to sign up, please call 860-871-7468 and press *1. 

Registration Open for Ellington Youth Lacrosse 

Registration is now open for Ellington's Youth Lacrosse spring 2023 session. Teams are available for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. The program will likely meet beginning in April and run through mid-June, pending field conditions. 

Register now on ActiveNet - registration closes February 15. If you have any questions or need more information, contact the Recreation Department at (860) 870-3118 or email recreationstaff@ellington-ct.gov

Registration Open for Ellington/East Windsor Softball

East Windsor Softball is now a part of the Ellington Girls Softball (EGS), and registration is open now for girls ages 5-15! 

Register now by clicking here - registration closes March 1. For more information, click here. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering, contact EGS President Jay Fisher at jfisher2479@gmail.com.


Jaime Foster

State Representative


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