Lamont Bans Tractor Trailers During Saturday Snow Storm

Connecticut highways will be closed to tractor trailer trucks beginning 6 a.m. Saturday morning as the region braces for what Gov. Ned Lamont was expecting to be a “wicked” snow storm.  The storm was expected to begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday. The National Weather Service was projecting it would have the greatest impact…

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Session to Open In Person, Public Hearings Likely To Remain Remote

The Connecticut legislature looks likely to open its 2022 session next month with an in-person address by the governor before lawmakers begin a hybrid of traditional and remote work in a concession to the improved but lingering COVID-19 pandemic.  House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, said he expected to hold a limited ceremony in the House…

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Judge Gives Preliminary Approval to Settlement Ending Sheff v. O’Neill

Potentially ending decades of litigation on racial inequities in Hartford schools, a Connecticut Superior Court judge approved a settlement agreement Thursday in the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case, which will now head to the legislature for approval. During an afternoon hearing conducted by video conference, Judge Marshall Berger gave his preliminary endorsement of what’s expected…

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State to Begin Accepting Cannabis License Applications in February

Beginning next month the Department of Consumer Protection will begin accepting applications for certain adult-use cannabis licenses.  The start date for the applications depends on what type of license a person is seeking.  Disproportionately impacted cultivators who want to grow cannabis or those who want to open retail locations can start applying on Feb. 3.…

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Committee Seeks To Get Kids Into Programs, Prevent Arrest

The Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee agreed last week to advance to the legislature initiatives that would expand the committee and prevent juveniles from being arrested for certain petty crimes in favor of diversionary programs. The recommendations didn’t include a push to raise the age of arrest from 10 to 12. It also didn’t…

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Domestic Violence Prevention Advocates Ask for Funding For Children

In 2021 there were 11 intimate partner murders, with about half witnessed by children under the age of six, according to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That doesn’t include the thousands of children annually who regularly witness domestic violence at home, advocates said. The coalition and its 18 member organizations that provide shelter and…

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Unions Beg State To Hire More Workers For Addiction Treatment

Union members and two state senators are decrying the temporary reduction in admissions to two state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services treatment units designed to help Connecticut’s poorest residents overcome drug addiction. The DMHAS Addiction Services Division detoxification and intensive treatment facilities at Blue Hills Treatment Center in Hartford and Connecticut Valley Hospital…

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Emergency Powers Hot Potato

With the legislative session set to begin next month, state policymakers Tuesday were debating which branch of government should hold the reins of managing the COVID-19 pandemic and how to maintain federal reimbursements associated with emergency declarations. For nearly two years, Gov. Ned Lamont has maintained a level of emergency authority allowing him to quickly…

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Connecticut Ends The Year By Adding Jobs

Connecticut added 600 jobs in December 2021, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor. This is the 12th month of job growth but the lowest in the past few months.  “Job growth slowed at the end of 2021 but continued to add to the very strong gains from earlier in the year,” Patrick Flaherty, director…

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Problem Gambling Concerns Emerge With Expansion of Gaming

A panel of lawmakers tried during a Monday hearing to get their arms around the extent to which problem gambling has increased in the months since Connecticut legalized sports betting and online gambling.  The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee heard from the parties authorized in a law last year to expand their betting operations…

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New Website Focuses On Police Contracts

With the launch Jan. 18 of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut’s Project Flashlight, for the first time the public will be able to find key information on police contracts and police commissions throughout the state in one online location. The police transparency project was years in the making and will ultimately include information…

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Join CTLCV for the 2022 Virtual Environmental Summit

Join the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters on Jan. 25 and 27 for the 2022 Environmental Summit. Register today to reserve your spot for this virtual event! Visit the CTLCV’s website for more info or…

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