Recap of the 2014 Legislative Session

May 8, 2014 —Senate Democratic Leaders praise the State Senate for its approval of a variety of issues aimed at improving the lives of Connecticut residents.

  • Tax free purchases are expected to save consumers as much as $5.7 million statewide, especially on back-to-school shopping. Learn more from DRS.

  • This year we passed a 10-year plan to provide 50,000 children with high-quality early education and set the state on a path toward universal pre-K. Competitive funding to achieve this goal will son be available for our cities and towns.

  • We passed new legislation that will impose fines and penalties for reckless motorists who seriously injure or kill pedestrians and other users of public way. These “vulnerable users” include pedestrians, highway workers, cyclists, a person operating an agricultural tractor or farm implement, a blind person and his or her service animal, and others.

  • Electric Customer’s
    Bill of Rights

    Beginning this summer, several changes took place to laws concerning Connecticut’s electricity market. With this legislation we created greater transparency and increased protections for residential consumers by requiring electricity suppliers to provide very clear and specific information about how much they are being charged for electricity.

  • $10.10 - Connecticut's minimum wage comes closer to becoming a living wage

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 08/21/2014
    Ground is broken at Mill Hill Historic Park for ADA upgrades Story
    The Hour: With ceremonial shovels in hand, local dignitaries and members of the Norwalk historical community celebrated the groundbreaking Thursday of the first phase of a series of upgrades and improvements to Mill Hill Historic Park -- including features to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines.
  • 08/20/2014
    Town gets $800,000 for senior housing
    New Britain Herald: State Reps. Rick Lopes (D-New Britain, Newington), Sandy Nafis (D-Newington) and state Sen. Paul Doyle (D-Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield) announced Friday that $800,000 in funding has been approved for senior housing in Newington.
  • 08/18/2014
    Connecticut environmentalists applaud fracking waste ban at East Haven bill signing
    New Haven Register: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy picked Farm River State Park as the backdrop for Monday morning’s ceremonial signing of legislation that will kick-start a three-year ban on the storage or handling of hydraulic fracturing waste on state grounds.
  • 08/18/2014
    CT's individual insurance market grew 55 percent under Obamacare
    CT Mirror: The number of Connecticut residents covered by health insurance purchased through the state’s individual market rose by nearly 60,000 since last year, a 55 percent increase since the implementation of major provisions of Obamacare, according to figures released by the Connecticut Insurance Department.
  • 08/15/2014
    July Jobs Numbers Solid, Number of Unemployed Falling
    Hartford Courant: Connecticut employers added 2,400 jobs in July, the sixth consecutive month of net job gains, according to preliminary estimates from the state Department of Labor Friday.
  • 08/14/2014
    Injured Senator Is Moved To Hospital For Special Care
    Hartford Courant: Sen. Andrew Maynard, who suffered severe head injuries as a result of a fall at his home last month, has been discharged from a Rhode Island hospital and was transferred to a New Britain facility for therapy to continue his recovery.

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Organic Business Development in Glastonbury

August 6, 2014 —Senator Cassano toured Fresh Farm Aquaponics in Glastonbury, a local home industry that has just won a state grant to expand its environmentally friendly aquaponics business.

Bringing Quality Jobs to New Haven

August 6, 2014 — Senator Looney toured Quality Hyundai’s new facility in New Haven which created 20 new jobs in the community and utilized green technology through a rooftop solar array.

Touring the 4-H Summer Camp in North Franklin

August 4, 2014 — Senator Osten toured the 4-H summer camp in North Franklin that she helped secure $40,000 in state funding for in order to provide one free week of summer camp for 100 children from military and disadvantaged families.

Investing in Job Training Programs for Bridgeport

July 11, 2014 — Senator Musto toured Premier Construction MAC in Bridgeport to learn about the new training center that was established with the help of the state’s Small Business Express and STEP-Up programs.