PTSD would be covered by Workers’ Comp

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  HARTFORD – Municipal first responders including firefighters, police and EMS personnel would be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder under legislation that overwhelmingly passed the Public Safety and Security Committee on Thursday. The bill, which was drafted as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of December 2012, […] [Read More]
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Republicans offer urban agenda. Dems scoff.

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HARTFORD – Senate Republicans offered a new urban agenda on Thursday, offering legislation that would support start-up businesses and provide tax credits for employers who hire handicapped workers and veterans. The GOP lawmakers, during an afternoon news conference in which they invited the mostly Democratic Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, also announced support for a […] [Read More]
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Plan to allow local property taxes would hinder University of Bridgeport: Foster

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HARTFORD – Mary-Jane Foster, vice president for university relations at the University of Bridgeport, just testified against one of Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey’s centerpiece bills for the legislative session. The bill would allow cities and towns “to tax any real and personal property acquired after July 1, 2016, by private nonprofit institutions of higher […] [Read More]
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Andres Ayala wins unanimous confirmation for DMV post

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Former state Sen. Andres Ayala Jr. of Bridgeport was just confirmed to be the state commissioner of Motor Vehicles. The unanimous Senate vote was the result of putting his nomination on the consent calendar. “He’s certainly qualified for this position,” said Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, noting Ayala’s master’s degree in education, his career […] [Read More]
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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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