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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Wright Tech proposal salvaged at last minute

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The bill I referenced in the blog post directly below that involved an effort to save J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford was resuscitated in the frenzied final minutes of the session tonight and passed by both the House and Senate. I understand House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, despite pressure from the administration, realized […] [Read More]
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Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele at odds with Stamford delegation over best way to save Wright Tech

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As reported last week, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposed as part of her updated two-year budget closing J.M. Wright Technical School in Stamford to save about $5 million annually. She proposed the closure despite the fact that Stamford legislators have been working for months with Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, also from Stamford, to ensure […] [Read More]
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Reindeer Games

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In a surprising move, the House of Representatives tonight revived and passed a watered down version of the controversial wild animal ban aimed squarely at prohibiting primates and putting off the question of what other wild and exotic creatures should be outlawed as pets for another day. With the session wrapping up at midnight, however, […] [Read More]
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Judiciary Chairmen preparing death penalty letter to Governor

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Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford and Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, co-chairs of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, are drafting a letter to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell about her announced plans to veto the capital punishment bill the two spearheaded. Lawlor said the letter, which may be released later today, urges Rell to offer a proposal […] [Read More]
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Only a few hours left to get your bill passed. Seriously, no pressure.

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It’s just after 2 a.m. In a few hours you lawmakers will return to the capitol for the final day of the 2009 session and the scramble to get as many bills as possible passed before the midnight deadline will begin. For some of you, the day is going to end well. For others, well, […] [Read More]
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If anyone was holding out hope the wild animal ban would come up for a vote before the session ends Wednesday night…

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… Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a sponsor of the proposal, issued a press release today criticizing lawmakers’ failure to pass the legislation, which was inspired by February’s chimpanzee attack in Stamford. “The tragic chimp attack, leaving the victim with severe, lifelong injuries, underscored the urgent need to carefully regulate and restrict private possession of wild […] [Read More]
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Is the “block the box” bill dead?

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As someone who has, on occasion, tried to make a green light and wound up stuck in a busy intersection, I can’t say I am all that excited about a proposal allowing cities and towns to authorize their police to ticket selfish, self-centered drivers like myself. But I was surprised tonight when the bill, which […] [Read More]
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As another legislative session nears an end, another “open container” bill goes down for the count

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After a lengthier-than-expected debate Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives this afternoon “passed temporarily” legislation making it illegal for drivers or their passengers to have open containers of alcohol in their vehicles while on the road. That gives supporters an increasingly narrow window of opportunity before the session concludes at midnight tomorrow to work […] [Read More]
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