State Capitol Update from Rep. Fortier

April 12, 2023

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Dear Neighbor,

I hope you are well and are enjoying the warmer temperatures.

Below is a recap of news and events happening in Bristol.

It is my honor to represent our district. I am excited to hear from you about the issues raised in this newsletter or any other topics you think I should know about.

Have a good day!

Energy Assistance and Policy Panel Discussion
I thank everyone that joined me last week for a great discussion on state and federal assistance programs helping with rising energy costs and other policy measures that can do more to keep energy costs affordable.

Thanks to panel guests from, DEEP, Operation Fuel, HRA of New Britain, and PURA for their insight.

Bristol's American Clock & Watch Museum
Receive Museum Makeover Program
Congratulations to the American Clock & Watch Museum for being selected as a recipient of the Museum Makeover program! They will receive a grant funded by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and the Community Development Connecticut Office of the Arts from the Connecticut State Legislature.
Click the link below to learn more about Museum Makeover.
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Visit to Bakery on Maple With Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz

I had a great time visiting Bakery on Maple earlier this week.  Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz joined me in congratulating owners Erika Stirk & David Landi for receiving a loan through the Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund to help them grow their businesses.
Thank you for letting us try so many delicious pastries!
Read More Here
Autism Acceptance Month
April is Autism Acceptance Month. This year's theme, “Celebrate Differences,” aims to herald the acceptance of individuals beyond the spectrum.

Formerly known as Autism Awareness Month, in 2021 the Autism Society of America changed it to Autism Acceptance Month to promote receptivity and inclusivity.
Autism is a complex developmental condition stemming from differences in a person's brain structure and neurotransmitters affecting individuals' verbal and non-verbal communication. Currently, 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism every year.
Things to remember about autism:
  •     Autism is a disorder, not a disease.
  •     Autistic individuals need our support and not our judgment.
  •     It is likely you have met someone with autism, even if you think you haven't.
  •     Everyone on the autism spectrum is different, and there are many subtypes.
  •     Children with autistic characteristics are generally diagnosed by age four.
  •     Diagnosis rates may be increasing, but there are now better ways to monitor and assess symptoms.

To learn more about autism and state resources, click the button below.

State Resources
Please feel free to contact me at the Capitol at 1-800-842-8267 or by email at if you have any questions or concerns.


Mary Fortier


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