Champagne to Serve as Ranking Republican on Legislature’s Planning and Development Panel

January 4, 2018

“I will be an advocate for property taxpayers across this state.”

State Sen.-elect Dan Champagne (R-Vernon) has been named the Ranking Member of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee.

The Planning and Development Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to local governments, regional planning and development activities, the State Plan of Conservation and Development, and economic development programs impacting local governments.

“I believe my experience in serving as Vernon’s Mayor since 2013 will allow me to bring a strong municipal voice to this panel,” Champagne said. “I will be an advocate for property taxpayers across this state. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to make positive bipartisan policy changes which help grow our economy and improve the quality of life for all Connecticut residents.”

Champagne, who spent 22 years as a Police Officer in Vernon, will also serve on the Public Safety and Security Committee. The committee has cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, state police, municipal police training, the fire safety code, the state building code and legalized gambling.

Champagne will also serve on the Judiciary Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, and criminal law.
He said he will focus on providing relief for homeowners with failing concrete foundations, protecting taxpayers, preserving services for seniors and vulnerable residents, and fiscal restraint.

“I encourage taxpayers to contact me anytime with comments, questions and ideas on how to improve our state,” Champagne said. “Friend me on Facebook and sign up for my State Capitol updates starting on Jan. 9.”

The 2019 legislative session starts on Jan. 9 at the State Capitol.