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Legislators would be able to be notified of special sessions via email under legislation that won final passage in the state Senate Wednesday.

Currently, the legislature’s 187 members of the state Senate and House are notified through first-class mail or in-person at the legislator’s home by state police. The cost ranges from $100 to $10,000, depending on how members are notified.

The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.

However, the legislation will not make it to the governor’s desk in time for it to become law before legislators are called back into special session next week to pass the budget.

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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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