House Republican Leader Larry Cafero is asking Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to convene a special session to consider legislation that aims to prevent future lengthy blackouts like the one the state currently faces.

“We should come back in special session by December to pass legislation that will bolster our state’s response to natural disasters and shorten the time anyone is without power,” Cafero said in a statement.

Legislation he says should be considered includes requiring additional utility work crews, minimum staffing levels and increase the use of fuel cells to provide more electricity not dependent on the electric grid.

Democratic legislators also have a list of suggestions.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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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