HARTFORD—Connecticut House Republicans today assigned Bethel resident Dan Carter to three legislative committees. On Jan. 5, Carter will begin his first two-year term representing the 2nd General Assembly District covering parts of Bethel, Danbury and Redding. On Election Day he unseated incumbent Jason Bartlett, a Democrat first-elected in 2006. When he takes office, Carter will serve on the Energy and Technology Committee, which oversees all matters relating to the state’s Department of Public Utility control as well as all energy planning. He’ll also serve on the Banks and Public Health committees.
Carter is prepared for challenges tied to his assignments as well as the responsibilities of being a state representative—particularly, taking an active role in resuscitating Connecticut’s ailing finances and getting unemployed residents back to work again.
“There’s a tremendous budget deficit barreling toward us, yet two weeks before the start of the legislative session ideas for expansive tax hikes are all we’ve heard about,” Carter said. “We’ve have an opportunity to flip that tired approach. The legislature should first explore ways to reduce government spending before reaching into anyone’s wallet.”
Carter’s role on the Public Health Committee will see him tackle issues tied to the state’s Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Developmental Services and the Office of Health Care Access. The committee also covers issues related to emergency medical services, licensing boards, nursing homes, drugs and controlled substances—including substance abuse treatment.
The Banks Committee oversees matters related to banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, supervision and sale of securities, and fraternal benefit societies as well as legislation dealing with secured and unsecured lending.