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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford
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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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DOT Commish didn’t use the word “dead” to describe Super 7, but…

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While on the topic of Super 7 I spoke briefly today with Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie, who was hired about a year ago to take over the agency, about whether he might consider selling off the land acquired for the long-dormant expressway linking Norwalk to Danbury. The state purchased the land decades ago […] [Read More]
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Sens. Boucher vs. Duff over Super 7 = Spy vs. Spy

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“Spy vs. Spy” is a nearly 50-year-old cartoon that originated in MAD Magazine depicting two spies – one garbed all in white, the other all in black – who are constantly at odds with no clear victor. Sometimes one wins, sometimes the other wins. I was reminded of those characters today while reading a catch-all […] [Read More]
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House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero is a smart man, but…

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… he really needs to get the names of his sugary snacks correct. Cafero, R-Norwalk, is currently lambasting a piece of legislation that would require restaurant chains include calorie information on menus. In the midst of his speech he referred to junk food ingested by children, including something he called a “Yo Ho.” Larry, you’ve […] [Read More]
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DECD Commissioner: I’m not being groomed to be Rell’s new budget chief

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Not long ago State Budget Director Robert Genuario, a former Republican state Senator from Norwalk, dismissed rumors he was eyeing the early retirement package being offered to thin the ranks of state employees and help balance the budget. Turns out what’s been helping to fuel the rumor is the inclusion of Joan McDonald, the state’s […] [Read More]
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DEP schedules “don’t ask, don’t tell” day for residents to turn in “exotic animals”

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The state Department of Environmental Protection just announced it has teamed up with Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport for an “exotic animal amnesty day” on July 25. The announcement comes on the heels of recent news coverage about some of the problems facing passage of a bill intended to ban a wide variety of exotic and […] [Read More]
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