Delta COVID Strain Could Impact Future Guidelines

State officials are tracking the presence of the more-transmissible Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus, but could not say Friday how its presence here might impact schools when they reopen later this year.  During a Friday morning press conference at Bradley International Airport, Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said that testing in Connecticut…

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CT Readies For Free Phone Calls From Behind Bars

With the stroke of Gov. Ned Lamont’s pen Wednesday, Connecticut was on its way to becoming the first state in the nation to provide free phone calls to incarcerated people and their loved ones. The passage ends a three-year battle where advocates, including Rep. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, repeatedly pointed out that families of incarcerated loved…

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Data Privacy Change Noted As Senate Approves Budget Bill – Again

The Senate gave final passage Thursday to a more than 800-page budget implementer bill despite complaints from leading Democrats over language eliminated by the House to limit the collection of some user data by digital companies.  Lawmakers approved the enormous bill, primarily designed to implement the two-year, $46 billion state budget on a 20 to…

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Murphy Launches Bill To Fund School Support Staff, Not Police

Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and other Democratic lawmakers are reintroducing legislation to fund school social workers, nurses and psychologists while barring states and cities from using that federal money to pay for school resource officers. The “Counseling Not Criminalization In Schools Act” is an attempt to address students’ needs by targeting more money to…

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Lamont Promises to Sign Cannabis Bill Following Senate Passage

With “serendipitous” timing, the Senate gave final passage Thursday to a bill legalizing recreational cannabis on the 50th anniversary of former President Richard Nixon’s 1971 speech credited with kicking off the ill-fated war on drugs.  The Senate voted 16 to 11 to send the bill to Gov. Ned Lamont, who released a statement promising to…

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House Gives Senate Second Chance At Budget Implementer

It’s more than 800 pages of language to implement the state budget and there were sections that the House just couldn’t stomach so they amended it Thursday morning and sent it back to the Senate.  The House sent the bill back to the Senate with an 89-50 vote after several hours of debate. Two Democrats…

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House To Change Cannabis Legalization and Force Third Senate Vote

House leaders plan to run a version of the recreational cannabis legalization bill Wednesday, undoing part of an amendment adopted Tuesday night by the Senate in an effort to avoid the veto threatened by Gov. Ned Lamont.  House Democrats spent the morning meeting behind closed doors, trying to navigate an increasingly convoluted path to legalizing…

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Take Two: Inspector General Position Posted

After a failed attempt at an appointment last fall, the state Criminal Justice Commission is again accepting applications for the first Inspector General to investigate deadly use of force incidents by police and in-custody deaths. Attorneys with at least three years of experience practicing law and extensive experience in conducting investigations and providing leadership must…

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DOC Workers Call For Hazard Pay For Pandemic Hours

Ginny Ligi believes she contracted COVID-19 in her job as a correction officer at Cheshire Correctional Institution. “I was bedridden for over a month,” said Ligi, who is the secretary of AFSCME Local 387 representing state Department of Correction employees. She lived “behind a closed door” so she didn’t pass the disease on to her…

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Cannabis Question Mark Lingers

The last day of the legislative session is always full of unknowns, but in the House it looks like lawmakers are headed for a showdown over legalized cannabis.  Unable to resolve their differences, Republicans are…

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OP-ED | The Most Important Piece of Legislation You Have Never Heard Of

The global transition to EV is happening faster than anyone expected. Trillions of dollars will flow into everything from vehicles, to battery technology, the electrical grid, IoT, cellular, autonomous vehicles, and infrastructure. And there is a race by each state to attract the companies and the millions of jobs that will be created in this new economy.

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