A bill extending the seven-day window the legislature has to respond to a court decision on the state’s embattled campaign finance program was passed by the Senate Wednesday and signed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

A federal appeals court is currently considering the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that the public finance law is unconstitutional. Under the current law, if the appellate court agrees the program is unconstitutional, the legislature has seven days in which to fix it.

The law extends the deadline to 30 days.

Almost 250 committees have been formed for the 2010 elections, and are considering using public campaign financing.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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