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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)
Esty Statement on Bipartisan White House
Meeting on Gun Violence Prevention
Meeting embraced goals of Esty’s background check, gun violence protection order legislation
Washington, D.C. – Following a bipartisan, bicameral meeting on gun violence prevention held in the White House’s Cabinet Room this afternoon (2/28/18) with President Donald Trump, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), a vice-chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force who represents Newtown, Connecticut released the following statement:
“Today’s meeting shows that we are at a tipping point on gun violence in America,” Esty said. “The students of Stoneman Douglas High School and their counterparts throughout the country are mad, and they’re right to be mad. Our kids have spent their entire childhoods participating in active shooter drills and living in fear of their school becoming the next target for a mass shooter. It’s got to stop, and I’m glad that the president said as much during his remarks.
“For years now, Connecticut has been leading the way on commonsense gun safety legislation, and it’s time for our example to become the model for the rest of the country. Our gun violence protection orders are saving lives, and experts agree that these protective orders could have halted the shooting in Parkland. I was particularly glad to see President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Congressional leaders from both parties embrace the idea of helping states across the country institute these orders, as my legislation would do.
“In the end, one meeting is good, but we need action, and we need it yesterday. The American people are watching, and their message to us is clear: lead, follow, or get to work finding a new job.”
Along with Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), Esty introduced legislation last year to give states support for specialized risk protection orders that temporarily separate individuals who have been adjudicated to be a danger to themselves or others from weapons. The system proposed by Esty and her colleagues has been in effect in Connecticut since 1999, and a Duke University study found that it may have saved as many as 100 lives.
Esty is also the co-author of bipartisan House legislation to update and improve the federal NICS background check reporting system introduced in the fall of 2017. She is the author of the Keep Americans Safe Act, legislation which prevent access to high-capacity magazines, and is a cosponsor of federal legislation to prohibit the future sale of assault weapons.
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)
Explaining Gerrymandering
U.S. history scholar, John Dasher explaining Gerrymandering at a League of Women Voters of Litchfield County event on Sunday, January 14 at the Litchfield Historical Society. ~ contributed