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More offbeat bills for you

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People who want to pick mushrooms in state forests at the height of their menstrual cycles would be big winners under separate pieces of legislation awaiting interest, or neglect, in the General Assembly. One pending bill would allow free harvest rights for mushroom hunters, (photo by Getty Images) in state parks.http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5769&which_year=2015&SUBMIT1.x=8&SUBMIT1.y=7&SUBMIT1=Normal The other would add […] [Read More]
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Little known commission votes 10-percent wage hikes for gov, General Assembly

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The panel appointed to review the salaries of elected state officials on Wednesday recommended 10-percent pay hikes for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, constitutional officers and the General Assembly. The little-known Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials made the decision during a late-afternoon meeting in the Legislative Office Building. Whether the recommendations translate into bigger paychecks, […] [Read More]
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Malloy nominates veteran prison official to head DOC

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Scott Semple, 52, of Watertown has been nominated to head the state Department of Correction. The veteran department employee has been acting commissioner of the DOC since August of 2014, following the retirement of James E. Dzurenda from the $167,500 position.   “Scott has extensive experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the Connecticut Department […] [Read More]
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WestConn cut out-of-staters slack on tuition: audit

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The Auditors of Public Accounts just released a review of Western Connecticut State University for 2011 and 2012. They make 19 recommendations.http://cga.ct.gov/apa/reports/Western%20Connecticut%20State%20University_20150121_FY2011%2c2012.pdf Auditors found that some out-of-state students were getting charged in-state rates: “Western Connecticut State University should take steps to ensure that students are properly classified and charged as in-state or out-of-state students for […] [Read More]
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GAE agenda takes flight this afternoon

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While this afternoon’s meeting of the Government Administration & Elections Committee might not take long, in raising a host of bills for public hearings the committee’s workload will start to crystalize. Here is the list of concepts expected to be raised when they gather at 2 in the old same place: Room 2-B of the […] [Read More]
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That was then. Senator Finch supported giving felons right to vote, run for office

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So 2001 was a few years back, but the Blogster has a bit of a memory and the digitized history of the state Senate, to recall that back on April 25, 2001, then-Sen. Bill Finch, left, supported controversial legislation to allow convicted felons accelerated rights to vote. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2001/vote/s/2001SV-00142-R00HB05042-SV.htm What the bill did (copy of summary […] [Read More]
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Motorists saving at the pump equals soaring budget deficit

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While lower gas prices are being celebrated by consumers, it’s becoming a huge headache for the Malloy administration. The state’s incredible inflating budget deficit has risen to nearly $121 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30, prompting Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management yesterday, in a letter to Comptroller […] [Read More]
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Bat (they are not rodents) on the loose in Capitol.

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For the last hour or so, a bat has been flying back and forth between the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building. It’s an annual occurrence when one of the  mammals of the order Chiroptera – they are not rodents - finds its way through a hole in a wall or ceiling of the 1878 Capitol, […] [Read More]
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