Updates from State Rep. Chris Poulos - February 13, 2024

February 13, 2024

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Dear Neighbor, 

Last Wednesday, the 2024 Legislative Session officially opened as t

he House of Representatives met to start doing the people's work and hosted a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly to hear Governor Lamont's State of the State address.

This session, I am serving on the Commerce, Education and Veterans' and Military Affairs Committees.

Since the close of the 2023 Legislative Session, it has been a priority to host district events, stop by local businesses, and check in with residents. These opportunities have offered me an invaluable insight that I will now bring to Hartford in an effort to represent your voices during the legislative session.

Please continue reading below for other noteworthy items, and thanks as always for taking the time to read them!

Legislative Q&A 

Thank you to all the residents who joined me for Sunday's Legislative Q&A at the Southington Coffee House. The discussion was productive, and I truly valued the opportunity to meet with so many constituents, listen to their concerns, and understand their hopes and challenges. I remain committed to incorporating their priorities, along with those of others I have met during my term, into my advocacy efforts in Hartford.

My next Legislative Session Q&A will be held on Sunday, February 25 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Lions Den Coffee Shop in Plantsville.  Representatives Mike DiGiovancarlo and Jill Barry, both members of the Moderate Caucus, will be joining me.

The Moderate Caucus (“Connecticut Blue Dogs”) is a coalition of 24 Connecticut House Democrats who advocate within the House Democratic Caucus for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and good governance while making common-sense policy for all Connecticut residents. Blue Dogs work toward bipartisan consensus, rather than conflict with Republicans.

We look forward to speaking with you about key issues in Hartford.

Ongoing Advocacy 

As a follow up to my continuing efforts to advocate for Connecticut’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community, I was honored to help organize, attend, and speak at the legislative breakfast for the Connecticut Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf (CCOSD). Legislators from both sides of the aisle attended to learn about CCOSD’s priorities and offer their support. I am proud to be a leader of the growing bipartisan coalition that is working hard on behalf of Connecticut’s deaf community, which includes a number of Southington residents.

Witchdoctor Visit 

Last week, I visited Witchdoctor Brewing Company and met up with owners Josh Norris and Mike See. Several weeks ago, Josh contacted me about challenges that breweries are facing with their CT Craft Café permits and since, I have joined a bipartisan group of legislators on authoring a letter requesting a public hearing for a bill that would resolve their issues. Breweries are philanthropic centers of our communities, owned by hard-working families and built on strong friendships. I am happy to support them.

Tax Preparation Help

It's tax-filing season, and if you need help preparing your federal and state taxes, Southington Community Services, in partnership with Human Resources Agency (HRA) of New Britain, offers free income tax preparation services by appointment only to income-eligible families and individuals. When you call HRA at (860) 826-2278, let them know that you are calling to make an appointment to be seen at Southington Community Services

Income tax assistance is also available by appointment only at Calendar House for individuals or couples to file their income tax returns with AARP Tax-Aide. Appointments will be available on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. through April 12. Appointments can be made by calling (860) 621-3014.