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.

  • The legislature has passed a 10-year plan to provide 50,000 children with a high-quality early education and set the state on a path toward universal pre-k.

  • New legislation will impose new 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.

  • Senate Votes to Increase Protections for Electric Consumers

    With bipartisan support, the Senate passed greatly strengthened consumer protection measures for residential electric customers.

    “When customers shop for electric service, they should know exactly what is being offered and what their current rate and terms are. This bill will make that information available on customer’s monthly bills, in periodic reminders, online and in advertising materials.”
    Senator Bob Duff

  • Aerospace Investment

    The Senate has given bipartisan support to an agreement with United Technologies under which the company will make investments to upgrade and expand its aerospace r&d and manufacturing facilities in Connecticut over the next five years—impacting 75,000 jobs in the state.

  • Consumer Protections

    The Senate has recently passed three bills that will protect the rights and privacy of Connecticut consumers. The legislation will strengthen Connecticut’s “Do Not Call List,” protect consumers from fraudulent prepaid heating plans, protect the privacy rights of consumers and increase transparency in debit card transactions.

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

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 07/21/2014
    Summer youth jobs program gives teens a taste of work
    Norwich Bulletin: For the next several weeks, he and 400 other young people between the ages of 14 and 21 will fan out to job sites across the 41-town Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board region to take part in its summer youth employment program.
  • 07/21/2014
    Norwich's Stanton, Uncas schools to get nearly $930K from state
    Norwich Bulletin: “There are about 650 kids in these two schools who are going to benefit from a huge state investment in their education and their learning environment," said state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague. "These are the types of investments and outcomes that I and every Norwich parent are looking for."
  • 07/21/2014
    Malloy seeks $3 million for century-old rail span
    CBS3 Springfield: Sen. Bob Duff and Reps. Chris Perone and Bruce Morris say that when the bridge fails, it affects more than 141 Metro North and Amtrak trains, inconveniencing 125,000 commuters. The three lawmakers represent Norwalk.
  • 07/20/2014
    Trumbull Senior Center Kitchen Gets State Funding
    Trumbull Hamlet Hub: The Trumbull Senior Center serves the town's seniors a variety of activities, but most of all, it serves food that leads to seniors socializing.
  • 07/18/2014
    Offering State-Sponsored IRAs to Private-Sector Workers California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon’s “second mother,” his Aunt Francisca, spent most of her 74-plus years cleaning houses for people who had pensions through their employers or were wealthy enough to set aside money in their own retirement accounts.
  • 07/19/2014
    States with higher minimum wage gain more jobs
    Detroit Free Press: The 13 states that raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not, providing some counter-intuitive fuel to the debate over what impact a higher minimum has on hiring trends.

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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.

STEP-Up Program Creates Jobs and Opportunities in West Haven

June 24, 2014 — Senator Holder-Winfield tours John DeGrand & Sons Inc. in West Haven to discuss the company’s success with the STEP-Up program.

Improving Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults

June 17, 2014 — Senator Gerratana discusses a recent report that details recommendations on how to improve behavioral health services in Connecticut.

Job Creation Gets a STEP-Up at a Manufacturer in Newington

June 12, 2014 —Senator Doyle tours Lynn Welding Co., Inc. in Newington to learn how the STEP-Up program has helped the small manufacturer to grow and retrain its workforce.

A Small Business Success Story in Norwich

June 9, 2014 — Senator Osten talks with Miranda Creative founder and Creative Director Maria Miranda in her business office about the positive impact that a state business loan has made on her company.