Got Budget?

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HARTFORD – The General Assembly’s vector with its midnight, June 3 adjournment hour is closing in and depending on the time of day, a budget deal is close, closer, or not. Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey thinks a compromise on the two-year $40-billion spending package can be reached with Gov. Malloy in time to […] [Read More]
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House attacks prescription narcotics abuse

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HARTFORD – The House of Representatives took on the state’s prescription narcotics and heroin problem on Thursday, unanimously approving a law that would require pharmacists and doctors to pay closer attention to the state’s electronic drug-monitoring program. The bill, which next heads to the Senate, would force practitioners who prescribe more than a 72-hour supply […] [Read More]
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McLachlan fails, again, in freeing SEEC, OSE, FOIC

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Sen. Mike McLachlan, R-Danbury, just crashed and burned – narrowly – after offering an amendment to pull the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Office of State Ethics and the Freedom of Information Commission from the Office of Government Accountability and make them independent again. The vote was 16-18. In recent years Gov. Dannel P. Malloy […] [Read More]
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Bluefish games would be tax-free

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Shortly after 11 last night, the House approved legislation that would exempt Bridgeport Bluefish games from 10-percent admission taxes, from July 1 through June 30, 2017. It would join the existing tax-free benefits for admission to the XL Center in Hartford and the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The vote was 119-23 and the bill, […] [Read More]
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It’s spring: Sunday bow-hunting approved by the House

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Well, it’s too late for St. Joseph’s Day, March 19, when the famous swallows fly back to Capistrano, California. But gentle readers will understand the analogy when the Blogster announces that yet again, the Connecticut House of Representatives, after a perfunctory debate, just voted its annual approval of the bill that would allow for Sunday […] [Read More]
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Senate deal on “Second Chance Society”

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Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano of North Haven and Sen. Gary Winfield , D-New Haven, just announced a bipartisan deal to approve sections of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s “Second-Chance Society” proposal, including responses to excessive police tactics, drug-possession charges and the sentencing of juvenile offenders. “Sen. Winfield, Rep. Klarides, House Democrats, and I have all […] [Read More]
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House votes electric-consumer protection

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  The House just voted 144-1 to make state consumers the first in the nation to be protected from deceptive, variable electric rates. The bill passed the Senate last week and now heads to the governor. It was in response to claims that consumers, particularly the elderly, were being cheated by some electric providers who claim […] [Read More]
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Interactive map shows schools, day care centers

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Wonder why there’s suburban and rural opposition to the portion of Gov. Malloy’s Second Chance Society bill that would limit drug-possession in school zones to misdemeanors? The interactive map doesn’t lie:   http://ctmaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=1b3f7fdb22d74dcb9bf9a4dee18af133 Click on schools and day care facilities [Read More]
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