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Borrowing still separates Rell, Democrats

On paper, Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the legislature’s Democratic majority are very close to a tentative plan to balance the next state budget. In reality, though, one sticking point remains, and according to sources close to both sides, it is arguably the most controversial item in the preliminary, $18.93 billion budget adopted last September […]

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Energy bill gives a jolt to the final three days

Today the General Assembly begins a three-day countdown to its midnight Wednesday adjournment with a calendar crowded with bills deemed largely irrelevant to broad constituencies. Exceptions include an ambitious energy bill, education reforms, efforts to streamline environmental permitting and a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, a chore that brought key legislators and budget […]

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Overhaul of state vo-tech schools heads for governor’s desk

A bill aimed at improving the state’s vocational-technical schools is headed for Gov. M. Jodi Rell‘s desk. Rep. Andrew W. Fleischmann, D-West Hartford, co-chairman of the Education Committee said, the bill “addresses all of the shortcomings” at the state’s vo-tech schools. The bill passed unanimously in the House today and in the Senate last week. […]

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House rejects watered-down ‘concussions’ bill, sends back to Senate with original intent

The House has rejected the Senate’s attempt to water down a bill requiring that student athletes suspected of suffering a concussion sit out for 24 hours and get a licensed medical professional to clear them before returning. The Senate last week approved an amendment essentially undoing the original intent of the bill by giving coaches […]

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Senate pulls plug on energy bill for tonight

The Senate now appears likely to postpone until tomorrow a debate of a major energy bill. With a veto threat from the Rell administration, the proponents of the bill have been trying to shore up support by negotiating changes. Senate staff now says the bill will not go forward tonight. The Senate Democratic majority will […]