When is a ‘dead’ bill not dead? When vampire grass walks the earth (and there are a few weeks left in the session)

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One would think that last Thursday’s death of the so-called GMO grass-seed in a bipartisan rejection in the House the day after the Senate approved it, would have finished the legislation for the year. But there are plans in the Senate to get all-vampire about it and   turn the ban language into a five-year […] [Read More]
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Bill that would give information to adopted people 18 and over advances in very-split Judiciary Committee vote. Future uncertain

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  The Judiciary Committee, gathered in the bustling hall outside the House chamber, just approved a controversial bill that would force the state Department of Public Health to give adoptive children over 18 years of age copies of their birth certificates. It was a very-split vote of about 2-1, with some folks such as Republican […] [Read More]
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Sign of the late winter? House approves special-event ice cream permits

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Rep. Auden Grogins, D-Bridgeport, just gave the House of Reps a taste of the coming summer, when she led the chamber in a discussion of a bill that would expedite the local special-event permit process for sellers of ice cream and frozen desserts. The bill would require towns and cities to act within 10 business […] [Read More]
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Transportation, Environment Committees advance farm, winery-related bills

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Outside the House chamber, the legislative Transportation and Environment Committees, respectively, just approved bills to use roadside signage to designate nearby farms; and allow farm wineries to sell off-site seven times a year. It was fairly excruciating to try to hear the committee proceedings amid the hustle and bustle of lobbyists and visitors. Fortunately, ranking […] [Read More]
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Malloy announces brownfield clean-up grants: $200,000 for Bridgeport; $200K to investigate conditions at O’Sullivan’s Island in Derby; $200,000 for Newtown to probe former Fairfield Hills

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The governor has announced $3.8 million in grants to 21 towns and cities to tackle the long-term problem of contaminated building sites called brownfields. In all, 310 acres across 48 sites will be investigated. “As Connecticut’s economy continues to grow, more and more of our legacy manufacturing and other brownfield sites are becoming ripe for redevelopment […] [Read More]
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Bullying section of “safe schools” bill goes bye-bye

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We’re getting into that time of the session when legislative committees can act like rugby teams. They gather in scrums at appointed hours outside the House or Senate to go over the latest incarnations of legislation. Amended bills are essentially secrets until their LCO (Legislative Commissioner’s Office) numbers are posted. Observers, who are cheek-by-jowl with […] [Read More]
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You think Connecticut alcoholic-beverage laws are old and clunky? You are correct!

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  The Environment Committee this afternoon will vote on this at about 12:15, before today’s House session. Here’s the legislative summary:   “AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN OFF-SITE FARM WINERY SALES AND TASTING PERMIT. SUMMARY: This bill creates an off-site farm winery sales and tasting permit that allows farm winery permittees to sell bottles of wine […] [Read More]
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Democratic majority wants to determine the fat content in daycare milk. Chocolate, anyone?

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Minority Republicans in the Appropriations Committee just blasted a proposal that would set standards for juice and milk at day care centers. The Republicans warned that the bill, set to pass along party lines and head to the Senate, would meddle too much in families. Others warned that prohibiting milk with a higher that 1-percent […] [Read More]
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