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State to Lift Park Capacity Limits, Campgrounds Open This Weekend

Connecticut will lift pandemic-related capacity restrictions at its state parks and beaches as part of expanded guidelines announced by Gov. Ned Lamont and environmental officials at a Friday press conference.  “Really, we’re going back to the way we were before the pandemic, where we close parks when our parking lots get full and we can’t…

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Online Harassment Could Become A Stalking Crime

Certain types of online harassment would become stalking crimes under a bill approved Thursday by the legislature’s Judiciary Committee.  The proposal, which was approved unanimously by the panel ahead of its Friday deadline to pass bills, would adjust Connecticut stalking laws to include some forms of harassment over the Internet.  “This is a bill that…

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Vaccine Production Issues Alter Plans for College Students

Connecticut officials expect a sharp decline in the supply of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for at least the next two weeks as a result of a production problem at one of the company’s manufacturers.  “We have been hit by Johnson & Johnson. I think you probably know they had a problem in…

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Domestic Violence Bill Moves On To Senate

In an effort to expand the definition of domestic violence to include coercive control the Judiciary Committee forwarded legislation to the state Senate Thursday. “This is groundbreaking legislation for Connecticut in many ways because it ensures the rights of every victim – adults and children – to be safe,” said Sen. Alex Kasser, D-Greenwich, who…

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Lamont Considers Former Connecticut Juvenile Training School To House Immigrant Children

Gov. Ned Lamont says when Vice President Kamala Harris visited Connecticut two weeks ago she asked him if he had any space to house unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the border without permission.  Lamont suggested the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown.  But not everyone believes that’s a good solution.  Read Christine Stuart’s full report…

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According to testimony during a State Election Enforcement Commission meeting held Wednesday, April 8, this image of a West Haven ballot box was captured by West Haven Town Clerk Patricia Horvath two days after the Aug. 11 primary last year.

Election Regulators Dismiss Concern Over Ballot Box Photo

Connecticut election regulators dismissed concerns Wednesday that a photo of an absentee ballot drop box, twice-cited during legislative hearings, cast doubt on the security of ballot drop boxes.  During a Wednesday meeting, the State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed a matter concerning a photograph of an election drop box, which depicted absentee ballot envelopes sticking out…

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Businesses, Lawmakers Want To Use Federal Funds To Lower Unemployment Debt

Employers both big and small are concerned that they will have to start paying more into Connecticut’s Unemployment Trust Fund to pay back the $700 million borrowed to pay claims.  “Absent federal relief dollars businesses in connecticut will be paying down this debt for many years to come,” Chris Dipentima, president and CEO of the…

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Risk Warrant Law May Get An Update

The Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 Tuesday to move forward an updated version of the state’s risk protection warrant law.  The law was created in the wake of the 1998 Connecticut Lottery shootings to keep guns out of the hands of those who may harm themselves or others. The bill sent Tuesday to the House allows…

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Judiciary Committee Passes Recreational Marijuana

Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal to legalize recreational cannabis cleared the legislature’s Judiciary Committee in a close vote Tuesday as lawmakers called the more than 200-page bill a work in progress.  The panel voted 22 to 16 to advance the bill before its Friday deadline. Republicans voted against the measure along with a handful of Democrats…

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Automatic Erasure, Juvenile Parole Bills Advance

Republicans and crime victims were left Monday rallying against the passage of two bills. One would allow those under 21 convicted of serious crimes to request parole and the other would automatically erase some criminal records.  Both bills, according to the proponents, are considered steps forward in the state’s drive to reform the criminal justice…

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With 2M Shots In Arms, Looking To Winter Boosters

Connecticut’s older vaccinated residents may require COVID booster shots ahead of the 2021 to 2022 winter season, according to comments from the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, during a Monday press briefing.  Gottlieb, a Connecticut resident and occasional adviser to Gov. Ned Lamont, struck a largely-optimistic tone during…

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Affordable Housing Bills Advance With Some Changes

Two pieces of legislation aimed at reforming local zoning laws made it out of a key legislative committee last week, in a step proponents hope will help address Connecticut’s affordable housing shortage.  The affordable housing bills were the main focus of a March public hearing that lasted 24 hours and saw 340 people signed up…

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Vaccine Passport? Not So Fast Says Lawmaker

While New York launches a voluntary ‘COVID passport,’ Gov. Ned Lamont has suggested the private sector may eventually lead similar efforts in Connecticut. But some — including a prominent Democrat in the legislature — are already raising privacy concerns.  The concept of establishing some way to verify that residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus…

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OP-ED | The Rules That Made U.S. Roads So Deadly

A 25-year-old Yale Law student. A crossing guard. A 78-year-old woman. A high-school teacher. These are but four of the pedestrians and bikers counted among the 310 motor-vehicle-related deaths seen in 2020 in Connecticut. Our state saw one of the highest increases in the U.S. for such deaths: 22% more than in 2019.

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OP-ED | The Public Health Care Utility?

The state wants to help low-income residents get health insurance by giving them more subsidies, and wants to charge insurance companies fees to do it. But the business community, farmers, and other employers around the state are rallying against the plan, fearful that the insurance company will just pass the cost on to them.

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