Lawmakers Look To Extend Lamont’s Powers Next Week

The legislature will meet for two days early next week to debate extending Gov. Ned Lamont’s pandemic-related emergency declarations which are currently scheduled to expire next Thursday.  Lawmakers in the House will convene Monday for a special session to approve the extension and the Senate will follow suit on Tuesday. The governor has maintained a…

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Lawmakers Request Public Hearing For Those Impacted By Employer Vaccination Mandates

A conservative group of lawmakers wants to hold a public hearing this week to hear from workers who say they have been negatively affected by COVID-19 vaccination requirements imposed by their employers. The hearing is tentatively scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22, but the Office of Legislative Management still hasn’t signed off on the…

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Resettling Afghan Refugees Is A Bipartisan Affair

Connecticut is ready to welcome 310 Afghan refugees who were able to escape the Taliban in the past few weeks. The effort to resettle them is bipartisan. Gov. Ned Lamont made the announcement Friday on the steps of the state Capitol. He was flanked by a Democratic mayor and the chair of the Republican Town…

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Redistricting Moves Beyond Deadline To Next Phase

After two meetings and four public hearings, Connecticut’s 2021 Reapportionment Committee disbanded Wednesday when, as expected, it missed its deadline to draft plans for new voting districts. It will now reshape itself into an expanded commission. The committee was sure to miss its Sept. 15 deadline before it even got to work on the once-in-a-decade…

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Eight Straight Months of Job Growth

The state of Connecticut added 11,100 jobs in July and 3,300 jobs in August, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That means Connecticut has added jobs consecutively for eight months. The state’s unemployment rate remains around 7.2%.  “These numbers are good and going in the right direction, especially the July job…

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Effort To Change Sex Offender Registry Still A Work In Progress

More work will need to be done before members of the state’s Sentencing Commission give their stamp of approval to legislation that would provide a path to move some people off the state’s sex offender registry. “The question is how granular do you get on this?”Judge Robert Devlin said Wednesday. “Should it be retroactive or…

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Don’t Call It A ‘Passport’

Despite avoiding the term “vaccine passport,” Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is exploring ways for Connecticut residents to provide digital proof of their COVID-19 vaccine status to businesses or employers.  During a press conference Tuesday, Lamont said he had yet to reach a decision on implementing a state method to prove residents had been vaccinated, but…

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DOC Unions Say Shortages Jeopardize Safety

Staffing shortages at the state Department of Correction are forcing frontline staff to work repeated 16-hour shifts which is compromising the safety of employees and inmates, according to the unions representing more than 4,000 agency workers. “When staffing levels are low, that includes health care workers and counselors,” said Brian Larson, a correction officer at…

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Lamont To Seek Sixth Extension of Emergency Powers

Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday he would recommend the legislature extend his emergency declarations related to the pandemic at least until the start of the next legislative session in February, but the length of the extension was still a topic of debate Tuesday afternoon.  The governor’s emergency authority, which serves as the basis for around…

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Report Shows State Wage Inequality, Sluggish Growth

A new report shows significant racial inequality in pay in Connecticut beyond the disparities that exist nationwide. According to the 2021 State of Working Connecticut report issued by Connecticut Voices for Children, the typical Black worker in the state was paid 68 cents for every dollar a typical worker made – 19% less than Black…

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Meet the People Who Want To Police The Police

A federal public defender, a retired judge who is the chair of the state’s Sentencing Commission, a veterans’ legal rights attorney and a former state prosecutor who is now a criminal and civil defense attorney are the finalists vying to become Connecticut’s first Inspector General investigating fatal police use of force incidents and in-custody deaths.…

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No Exemptions Needed to Opt Out of State Vaccine Mandate

(Updated at 8:15pm to reflect a subsequent executive order signed Friday by the governor which stated that state hospital and long-term care employees do not have the option of electing weekly testing rather than vaccination. ) Gov. Ned Lamont’s order requiring school workers and state employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 included medical and religious…

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State Offers COVID Outbreak Examples

State public health officials pointed Thursday to separate COVID outbreaks at a summer camp, group home, and outdoor party in August to stress the importance of maintaining pandemic precautions as fall weather approaches.  In an afternoon press release, Gov. Ned Lamont and acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said the cases tied to the…

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20th Inmate Dies From COVID

A 78-year-old inmate who recovered from COVID-19 in December died Wednesday after contracting the disease a second time. The man is the 20th incarcerated person in the state to die from complications related to COVID-19. The…

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