Session winds down, campaign ramps up. Try the eel, please

Week in Review - May 9Busy week. The General Assembly finished its 13-week 2014 session with a flourish, passing more bills on the final day, most in the final hours, than over the previous 12 weeks and six days. Lots of votes. Lots of deals. Yes, one of them involved eels.

Legislators adopted a $19 billion budget early Sunday.

Want to see what your city or town gained or lost in state aid? Yeah, we’ve got an app for that. Or at least an interactive map. Check it out.

And we share some of the non-budget items in the budget implementer bill. 

AARP’s not crazy about it, but the legislature did pass a bill offering some consumer protections to customers of electric retailers.

SEIU 1199 New England, a close ally of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, won new reporting rules for nursing homes, a reaction to the union’s long, continuing fight with HealthBridge Management, a company that has claimed financial distress to escape contract obligations.

Assisted suicide was a non-starter this year, but legislators were comfortable creating a formal process for people with terminal illnesses to discuss their end-of-life care options with a health care provider and document their choices in a medical order.

Ever wonder if there was a connection between fracking and glass eels? There is now. Republicans ended a last-day filibuster blocking a moratorium on the disposal of fracking waste after Democrats agreed to lift a statutory ban on fishing for glass eels. The feds still have final say as to whether the eel population is sufficient to be fished.

Fish for fracking was one of the more colorful last-night deals. Slightly more complicated was a compromise setting a new regulatory structure for the conversion of non-profit hospitals to for-profits. Here’s what that one actually does and why it’s important.

Want the short hand on the session? Here’s our take on winners and losers.

We did manage to look outside the State Capitol for news.

A long-anticipated assessment on climate change was out Tuesday. Good news for ticks. Not so much for owners of coastal property. Here’s what you need to know.

DSS Commissioner Bremby is a finalist for a job in Texas. He says he’s not looking to jump ship, but, hey, they called, so why not?

Sikorsky signed a deal to produce six presidential helicopters for $1.26 billion. Or was it buy five, get one free?

We profiled Miles Rapoport, the former state representative and secretary of the state who lost a race for Congress in 1998. He’s made it to Washington as the president of Common Cause.

With the session over, political Connecticut shifted its gaze to next week’s nominating conventions. Quinnipiac accommodated with a new poll on the race for governor. At least we think it’s a new poll. Malloy and the GOP frontrunner, Tom Foley, are deadlocked, just like they were in the last poll.

Thanks for reading. You’ve been a great audience.

Try the eel.

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