On a partisan vote of 79 to 70, the House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that could test the limits of the states’ ability to regulate campaign finances in the post-Citizens United era by imposing rules intended to end the use of untraceable dark money in Connecticut elections.
The Senate unanimously gave final approval late Thursday to a measure that would widen the definition of human trafficking and toughen the penalties for trafficking and related crimes. The chamber also adopted a measure to prevent state transportation officials from even researching the concept of a mileage tax.
Insufficient services, a complex funding system and deep state budget cuts have increasingly stranded developmentally disabled children in hospital emergency departments over the past year, often for weeks at a time, two state advocates told legislators Thursday.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for a new fee to ensure state parks stay open, staffed and maintained despite the state budget crisis. The fee, which proponents want to set at $10, would be collected along with auto registration fees.
WASHINGTON — Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman has told the White House he no longer wishes to be considered as a replacement for ousted FBI Director James Comey, saying the wanted to avoid the “appearance of a conflict of interest.” Continue Reading →
Town population estimates for 2016, released by the U.S. Census Bureau today, show population declines in 15 of the state’s 19 large cities. A few in southwestern Connecticut had small gains. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered a public rebuke Wednesday evening to the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate, accusing them of misrepresenting his insurance commissioner’s position on a consumer-protection bill and taking an “unnecessarily antagonistic approach toward Connecticut’s insurance industry.” Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — An analysis of the likely impact of the final House GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act says it would leave an additional 23 million uninsured by 2026 and reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the next decade. Continue Reading →
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos used the story of Michael, a young man who grew up in East Hartford, to sell President Donald Trump’s education budget before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday. “Michael got a diploma, but not an education,” she said. Continue Reading →
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging legislators to act quickly to at least mitigate the deficit in the current fiscal year, Senate Republicans unveiled a plan Wednesday to avert proposed cuts in municipalities, hospitals and state parks. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Wednesday he is “disappointed” by reports former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is no longer under consideration to head the FBI. He said Democrats’ rejection of Lieberman, a former Democrat who was Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate, would make anyone “cynical” about Washington. Continue Reading →
If the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want the House to join the Senate in granting them the right to build a casino off tribal lands, they must pay for the privilege and give Connecticut a measure of “budgetary relief,” House Democratic leaders said Wednesday. Continue Reading →
Last year the rate of bullying in Connecticut schools was above the national average, but recent figures show it has fallen below the national average of 20.2 percent. Factoring in margins of error, the figures are very close, however, within .04 percentage points. Continue Reading →