Latest Connecticut state government News

Vaccine appointments now being taken for 75 years and older

Jan. 14, 2021 7:19 PM EST

Roughly 277,000 Connecticut residents who are 75 years and older were allowed Thursday to begin making appointments online or via telephone for their COVID-19 vaccinations, with plans in the works to eventually phase in people 65 and older and anyone 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them of...

McDonald reconfirmed as justice in rescheduled House session

Jan. 14, 2021 5:27 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers reconfirmed State Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald on Thursday to another eight-year term, two years after he lost a politically charged battle to become the high court's chief justice. The state House of Representatives approved McDonald's nomination by...

FILE — In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong speaks to the media during a watch party for the Democratic National Convention, at Dunkin' Donuts Park, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon's e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws, state Attorney General William Tong said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Connecticut probing Amazon's e-book deals with publishers

Jan. 14, 2021 1:03 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon's e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws, state Attorney General William Tong said Thursday. Tong released only a few details of the probe. He said the state attorney general's...

Connecticut governor recuperating after hip surgery

Jan. 13, 2021 11:47 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont was recuperating at home Wednesday following hip replacement surgery, according to his communications director. Max Reiss said in a statement that the 67-year-old Democrat had undergone the medical procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Stamford....

Lawmakers considering whether to extend COVID voting rules

Jan. 13, 2021 6:47 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With a handful of special elections coming up, Connecticut lawmakers will likely soon decide whether to again give all eligible voters the option of voting absentee to avoid the polls during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The General Assembly's Government Administration and...

FILE — In this Nov. 7, 2018 file photo, J.R. Romano, Connecticut GOP Chairman, calls it a night at 1:35 a.m. with no decision in the Connecticut gubernatorial race, in Rocky Hill, Conn. Romano, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has resigned abruptly for reasons he has not made clear, saying

Connecticut GOP chair resigns abruptly, reason unclear

Jan. 13, 2021 2:37 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republican Party Chair J.R. Romano, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has resigned abruptly for reasons he has not made clear, saying “the decision is what's best for the organization to move forward.” Romano announced his departure in an email...

Panel recommends vaccine for 65 years and up, among others

Jan. 12, 2021 6:47 PM EST

Members of the state's vaccine advisory group agreed Tuesday to recommend Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont expand who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase of distribution to include people 65 and older, as well as younger people with at least one health condition that puts them at greater risk for...

A Trump supporter protests outside on the State Capitol grounds, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Hartford, Conn. Hundreds of protesters turned out for the swearing-in ceremonies.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Lamont sends Guard to D.C. as state prepares for any rallies

Jan. 12, 2021 5:27 PM EST

As Connecticut law enforcement prepares to protect the state Capitol complex during possible armed protests in the coming days, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday he is authorizing the deployment of more than 100 members of the Connecticut National Guard to help protect the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Lamont, who...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Vaccine sign-ups for 75 years and older to begin next week

Jan. 11, 2021 8:55 PM EST

Connecticut residents age 75 and older will be able to begin signing up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments next week, a process Gov. Ned Lamont promised on Monday will be more orderly than in states where senior citizens have waited outdoors in long lines. The Democrat said vaccines will be administered by...