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Lawmakers ‘Alarmed’
By Firearm Paperwork

Law enforcement officials have requested more funding to handle a growing backlog of paperwork for firearm purchases and transfers-of-ownership. State police gave lawmakers a sense of the growing pile last week, telling lawmakers the backlog had grown from about 1,000 transfer applications in December to around 62,000 today. Yup. The number is 62,000 and doesn’t include the other paperwork like fingerprints and pistol permits. Read more

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CT Gunmaker Wooed By Texas

Many of Connecticut’s gun manufacturers were in Texas for the NRA Convention over the weekend. At least one company, Stag Arms, met with Gov. Rick Perry. The Courant has more

See You Soon

As many of you may know, I’m expecting my first child and will be taking a bit of time away from Morning Coffee & Politics. Don’t worry Morning Coffee & Politics will still arrive in your inbox! I leave you in the very capable hands of Audrey Honig Geragosian until my return.


U.S. SEN. BLUMENTHAL will join Mayor Finch, immigrant families and advocates for a discussion on the need for federal immigration reform at 10 a.m. at the Brazilian Immigrant Center at St. John Episcopal Church, 768 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

LOB Activities, Meetings & Events


Committee Meetings
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE will meet at noon in Room 2B. View the agenda here

FINANCE COMMITTEE will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 2E. View the agenda here

GAE COMMITTEE will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 2A. View the agenda here


Other Events & Meetings
GREATER NEW HAVEN OIC will host its Annual OIC Day at the Capitol starting at 9 a.m. in Old Judiciary.

Mark Your Calendar
U.S. REP. LARSON will host a Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force “field hearing” on May 10 at the Hartford Public High School Law & Government Academy at 10 a.m. More information

STATE GOP will hold its 35th Annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner on May 20 at the Stamford Hilton Hotel with Gov. Scott Walker serving as the keynote speaker. For more information or to purchase tickets


John Rowland Is Free To Tell It Like It Is

The Norwich Bulletin’s Ray Hackett applauds former Gov. John Rowland on his honesty and candor and offers a plug for Rowland’s current radio talk show after being a guest on Wednesday. Read more

Canadian Hydropower: Is It Good for Connecticut?

The CT Post takes a closer look at Quebec’s hydropower along with the opposing views of DEEP and environmental groups on the issue. Read more

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At 9 a.m., Gov. Malloy will be on WNPR’s “Where We Live” with John Dankosky. Have a question for the governor? Call 860.275.7266


Labriola Attacks Esty’s Campaign Donation

GOP State Party Chair Jerry Labriola has turned his attention to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and campaign contributions from energy companies. Check out his full statement here

State Democratic Party Executive Director Jonathan Harris fired back at the criticisms. Read more

Check out the piece by the Courant’s Jon Lender on the issue here.


Charter School Advocates Rally Against Education Cuts

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A “shout out” goes to U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney on receiving the Friends of Children’s Mental Health Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

Also, belated birthday wishes go out to Malloy Staffer Liz Donahue (it was Saturday)!

7:30 a.m. House of Good Hope: Hartford House of Prayer Bible Reading Marathon, CAP, Grounds East   

9 a.m. Greater New Haven OIC: Annual OIC Day at the Capitol, CAP, Old Judiciary Room
10 a.m. Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission Re: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LOB, Concourse
12 p.m. Planning & Development Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2B
1 p.m. Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2E
1 p.m. Government Administration and Elections Committee Meeting, LOB, Room 2A   

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