MONROE, Conn. — State Rep. Tony Scott, R-112th, was joined by Monroe First Selectman Ken Kellogg in hosting a legislative update event for Monroe and Newtown residents at Monroe Social.
Over 30 people showed for the event, featuring free food and conversation around major events of the 2021 state legislative session, including the legalization of marijuana in Connecticut, the enactment of new statewide zoning laws and the imposition of a mileage fee on heavy trucks.
Scott also explained how his work to build strong relationships with colleagues paid off at the State Capitol, according to a news release. He said working with Rep. Greg Howard, a police detective in Stonington and Scott’s seatmate, along with his local police chief helped him to advance policies to better support law enforcement and respond to recent juvenile crime in Monroe and statewide.
Scott also shared how these relationships, which often cross party lines, have helped him and other lawmakers build up a “‘firewall’ of Republican and moderate Democrat legislators against controversial tax hikes like the Governor’s TCI Plan and some of the more invasive zoning mandates contemplated this year.”
“I’m always looking out for the best interests of Monroe and Newtown, and where our local interests align with those of other communities, we try to collaborate to find a common ground that benefits everybody,” Scott said.
“But, in Hartford, circumstances are always changing,” he continued. “The emergency certification process for bills can allow even the longest, most complex legislation to be called for a vote with less than a day’s notice, before the public has even had a chance to read it! That means it’s all the more important to have a strong minority voice in the House chamber to ensure that all towns are not only being represented in policy discussions, but our concerns and hopes are actually being heard.”
Scott encourages constituents to contact him at any time at [email protected] or by calling 860-240-8700. To stay up-to-date on bills and future events, sign up for Scott’s email newsletter at www.RepScott.com.
Wiffle Ball Fun Day
Wiffle Ball Fun Day, a tournament benefiting the Monroe Food Pantry, will be held at Wolfe Park this Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26.
The event is sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank and Jensen Tire, Auto and Marine, LLC.
For details, visit the Monroe Food Pantry on Facebook.
Children’s Fishing Derby
The 3rd District of the American Legion will host its first annual Children’s Fishing Derby at Great Hollow Lake on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Admission is free. Check in at the Great Hollow Lake Pavilion for the chance to win a door prize.
Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded to winners in three age groups: five and younger, six to 10 and 11 to 15. There will also be a prize for the largest fish.
Parents may help children cast, but the child must reel in the fish, which will immediately be brought to the measuring table. In the event of a tie, the fish with the earliest time will win.
Only two trout per angler may be kept, in accordance with State rules. Do not return trout to the lake. All other species may be catch and release.
Among the sponsors is the Newtown Country Club, which is donating 40 sets of fishing tackle for kids who arrive for the derby, but do not have fishing gear.
Other sponsors include Norwalk Post 12, Shelton Post 16, Shelton Unit 16, Stratford Post 42, Ridgefield Post 78, Wilton Post 86, Trumbull Post 141, Monroe Post 176, Bridgeport Post 177 and Newtown Post 202.
Charity Tag Sale
Monroe Congregational Church is hosting a Charity Tag Sale at the church, 34 Church St., on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There is an early bird special at 8 a.m.
Scott receives recognition from CBIA
HARTFORD, CT — State Rep. Tony Scott, R-Monroe, was recently recognized for his “exceptional voting record in support of both Connecticut businesses and workers,” according to a news release.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), which represents thousands of large and small employers in the Constitution State, recently gave Scott a 100% score on its annual State House Voting Record Scorecard.
Lawmakers were judged based on their support for policies that create jobs and bring businesses to Connecticut, as well as their opposition to “job-killing taxes and harmful mandates.”
“With the Capitol and other legislative buildings closed to them during COVID, I wanted to make sure the small business community still had a seat at the table in the discussions around this state’s economic recovery,” Scott said. “The most frequent concerns I hear from my constituents are about the sky-high taxes in this state, and Connecticut’s businesses have long put up with excessive taxation as just another cost of doing business here.”
“But it doesn’t have to be that way,” he added. “The House Republican caucus has prioritized the recovery and future success of our state’s businesses coming out of the pandemic, and we will continue to fight for policies to make businesses in Monroe and Newtown strong.”
CBIA’s policy initiatives appear in a number of bills with recommendations designed to help businesses manage the high costs of navigating COVID-19 restrictions, create and retain jobs, and lead Connecticut’s economic recovery.
To read the full report, click here.