Legislators want to hear from residents before heading up to Hartford

Before heading up to Hartford for a new session, two of Trumbull’s legislators want to hear from constituents.

State Rep. David Rutigliano (R-123) and state Rep.-elect Laura Devlin (R-134) are hosting a coffee hour, Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Bruegger’s Bagels, 900 White Plains Road, from 8 to 9 a.m.

Devlin and Rutigliano said they want to meet some of their constituents and learn about their concerns and ideas for legislation.

Rutigliano was re-elected to a second term in November. Devlin, who will represent Trumbull and Fairfield, was elected to her first term on Nov. 4. She replaces state Rep. Tony Hwang, who was elected to the state Senate.

The new legislative session opens on Jan. 7. Recently, Trumbull’s legislators received their committee assignments from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.

Rutigliano was tapped to serve as ranking member of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees committee. Both Rutigliano and Devlin secured posts on the legislature’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee, which is the powerful tax-writing committee of the General Assembly.

“This year, given the serious financial shape our state is in, and the number of other issues we face, it’s important our community’s voice is clearly heard during the committee process, and as a state representative, it’s my duty to deliver that voice,” Rutigliano said. “I’m looking forward to working side by side with my colleagues toward finding the best possible solutions to all these issues — solutions that will better our community and our state.”

Rutigilano will also remain on the General Law Committee, which deals with consumer protection issues, for a second term.

Devlin was appointed to the Transportation and the Government Administration and Elections committees.

“I am particularly excited about serving on the Transportation Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to transportation, including highways and bridges, mass transit and railroads,” Devlin said. “We have serious transportation issues in our state to resolve.”

Newly elected state Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122), who represents a small section of Trumbull, has also received his legislative committee assignments for the remainder of the year. McGorty will serve on the legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee, which has cognizance over appropriations and the budgets of state agencies. Other issues under the committee’s jurisdiction include matters relating to state employees’ salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers’ retirement and veterans’ pensions, and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for all state employees. He has also been reappointed to the Environment Committee, which oversees all matters relating to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, including conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries and game, state parks and forests, water resources, and flood and erosion control, and all matters relating to the Department of Agriculture, including farming, dairy products and domestic animals. In addition, McGorty, who also represents Stratford and Shelton, will serve on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee.