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Connecticut House, Senate honor the late Larry Miller of Stratford

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He died at the end of May last year and now the House of Representatives and Senate are honoring the memory of the late Rep. Larry Miller, 78, of Stratford, whose district included part of Shelton. House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, led the remembrances of the 12-term Republican, who worked hard for affordable housing […] [Read More]
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Mixed Martial Arts back in the ring…again

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Three years ago the General Assembly approved legislation that was supposed to have opened the state to Mixed Martial Arts fights in Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena and Hartford’s XL Center. But in reality, the laws weren’t properly crafted on the issue of insurance and liability, so MMA nights have remained limited to the two sovereign […] [Read More]
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Lawmaker, tribes will announce legislation to allow “defensive” casinos

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 Majority Senate Democrats just emailed notice of a “major announcement” tomorrow morning on the future of organized gambling in the state. It looks as if there will be a bill to allow the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots to build between one and three new casinos to play “defense” against the planned casinos in Massachusetts. Senate Majority […] [Read More]
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CT keeps bond ratings

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OPM Secretary Ben Barnes on today’s bond ratings: “Unlike some of our neighboring states which have been downgraded over the last year, we’re grateful that we’ve retained our AA ratings in the face of what we’ve long known – that despite a rebounding economy, state revenue has been growing too slowly to keep up with […] [Read More]
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Senate Dems tout more-affordable college legislation

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State Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford, left, co-chairman of the General Law Committee and Sen. Edwin A. Gomes, D-Bridgeport this morning joined Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff in announcing support for helping college become more affordable. During a news conference in the Capitol complex, they highlighted bills that […] [Read More]
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Malloy package store bill gets mixed reviews

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HARTFORD – Package store owners are divided over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to extend hours of sale and eliminate the state’s price-support program for alcoholic beverages. Larger stores favored the governor during a public hearing Monday before the tax-writing Finance Committee. But smaller store owners said that without so-called minimum pricing, big stores can […] [Read More]
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GAE okays new Inspector General office

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The Government Administration & Elections Committee just place on its consent calendar, with no discussion, a bill that would establish an Inspector General’s office. The legislation next heads to the House, where it will ping pong to other committees. Here is the current language: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/H/2015HB-06669-R00-HB.htm   [Read More]
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Malloy’s budget would cost $ for state troopers

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities just released a survey indicating that Gov. Malloy’s budget, which would force towns to pay for their resident state troopers, would cost 29 towns $3.1 million a year. They currently pay 70 percent of the cost of paying troopers. The governor’s budget would increase it to 100 percent. Here is […] [Read More]
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Circus sees the elephants(s) in the room

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  http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Ken-Dixon-Saving-the-circus-from-extinction-6121011.php       [Read More]
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Local registrars will target reform proposal

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On Monday, voter registrars from throughout the state are expected to criticize Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s proposal to turn their elected jobs into Civil Service positions. The Legislature’s Government Administration & Elections Committee will be hearing testimony on several election bills starting at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2-A of the Legislative Office Building. […] [Read More]
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