GAE approves smashing up, recycling CT Resources Recovery Authority, then rebranding it

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The legislative Government Administration & Elections Committee just approved a bill that would blow up the troubled Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, the quasi-public regional trash agency, cut the 75 employees down to 45 and change its name to the Materials Innovation & Recycling Authority. The bill heads to the Senate. It’s part of the long-term […] [Read More]
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Correction chief says 65 percent of Connecticut prison inmates have mental-health issues

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James Dzurenda, commissioner of the state Department of Correction, just told a joint meeting of the Appropriations and Judiciary committees that 65 percent of the state’s prison population have measurable mental-health symptoms. “It doesn’t mean severe, it doesn’t even mean treatment but 65 percent of population has some sorts of issues,” Dzurenda said. [Read More]
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Wah wahhhh! Appropriations Committee co-chairs mismanage the clock. Meeting postponed until Tuesday morning at 9

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Republican and Democratic staff lawyers could not agree on whether the Appropriations Committee could start after the posted meeting time was exceeded by more than 15 minutes. So Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford and Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, pulled the plug on the meeting. The agenda had 26 items referred from the Senate and […] [Read More]
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A special election where the hopes (and dreams) of the GOP minority met

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Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, just introduced the 54th member of the House minority, Tami Zawistowski, who won last week’s special election for the 61st District vacancy. “We believe slow but steady wins the race,” Klarides said to the members of the Appropriations Committee. If you’re scoring at home, it’s 96-54 in the House  now, pending […] [Read More]
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Bill to help neglected graves and cemeteries passes P&D and heads to House

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The legislative Planning and Development Committee just unanimously approved a bill that would create a separate fund to help towns and cities spruce up Connecticut’s neglected cemeteries and burial grounds. The money would be funded from fees for death certificates collected by the state Department of Public Health, which collected about $43,300 a year. If passed […] [Read More]
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Regional energy review set at DEEP today with US Energy Secy Ernest Moniz

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HARTFORD — Federal Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will brief Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon in a “Quadrennial Energy Review” for New England. They will be joined US Rep. John Larson, D-1; US Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5 and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee, and other federal and state energy officials. […] [Read More]
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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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