Clock’s ticking. Education bill takin’ a licking?

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Speaker of the House Chris Donovan wasn’t showing his hand this afternoon when talking with reporters about the status of the governor’s portion of the education-reform legislation that’s the subject of secret negotiations. “Everybody’s still talking,” Donovan said. “People met this weekend, you know, trading ideas back and forth. We’re still trying to work things […] [Read More]

It’s definitely “for the kids.” Legislature messing with their very definition

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Consider this bill just posted on today’s “Go” list in the house. “AN ACT REVISING THE DEFINITION OF A CHILD CARE FACILITY TO CONFORM WITH THE DEFINITION OF A CHILD.” [Read More]
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It’s 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Do you know where your House of Reps is?

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They are finally abandoning the Capitol, after a threatened multi-hour debate on the minimum wage. Fresh off their 7-hour debate on putting the “pal” in palliative marijuana, the House caucused a watered-down minimum wage bill that would raise the current $8.25 level to $8.50 next January and $8.75 the year after. The current bill does not […] [Read More]
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It’s (Rep. and Soundkeeper) Terry Backer Day in Connecticut

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State Representative Terry Backer, D-Stratford, was honored Monday for 25 years heading the non-profit Long Island Soundkeeper Fund. During a ceremony before about 100 people at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection offices in Hartford. Stte officials said that as Soundkeeper, Backer has inspired over 200 other autonomous water keepers across 20 countries.        “I want to thank everyone for this […] [Read More]
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GAE Committee today has bill that would force towns and cities to have agents for the elderly

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The Government Administration & Elections Committee has a noon meeting today to take up a bill on social services. According to the legislation, it: “. establishes the Community Choices program to assist the elderly, people with disabilities, and their caregivers in gathering information and making long-term care decisions; 2. changes eligibility requirements, funding, and participation […] [Read More]

Malloy says howdy to Connecticut’s business partners

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  Times are hard for the state’s two Native American casinos, what with the blossoming Internet and states full of marks such as Massachusetts planning their own gambling destinations. Gov. Malloy made brief remarks this afternoon at a Capitol reception sponsored by the Mohegan Tribal Nation: “…I want to be very clear that the investments that […] [Read More]

Crossing party lines in the death penalty vote

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The state House voted late Wednesday night to repeal the death penalty, sending a bill that had narrowly passed the Senate to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is expected to sign it. Nineteen of the 99-member Democratic caucus, including veteran Rep. Bob Godfrey , D-Danbury, voted against the bill. Eight of the […] [Read More]
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Blogster prods Malloy on Whitnum candidacy

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy just told reporters that Lee Whitnum of Greenwich is on “the fringe of the fringe” and shouldn’t be among the debaters for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. Here’s the set-up. Blogster: “Governor as the titular head of the Democratic party, do you think it’s a little early in the nomination process […] [Read More]
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Committee kills bill that would have given the auto-insurance industry cover from FOIA

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In February, the Insurance & Real Estate Committee approved legislation that would exempt insurance companies from providing basic public information on their auto policy underwriting. It was on the Government Administration & Elections Committee agenda this morning, but Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, D-Milford and her co-chair, Rep. Russ Morin, D-Wethersfield, put a “hold” on it, […] [Read More]

Cynics alert! Malloy signs gross-receipts tax bill. How do you spell immediate relief? 1.5 to 1.7 cents per gallon

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Gov. Malloy, in Bloomfield at an unrelated event, said that savings will be linked to the wholesale price. “We’re now trading above that ($3 a gallon wholesale price)… so you see a decline in essence. You can reasonably predict everytime you see gas going up at the pump probably tied to a higher wholesale price, […] [Read More]