Latest Connecticut state government News

What's next as Connecticut looks ahead toward legal cannabis

Jun. 18, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Connecticut is poised to become the 19th state to legalize adult, recreational use of cannabis, now that a long-awaited bill has cleared the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has said he'll sign it into law. While it will be legal as of July 1 for adults 21 years and older to...

Highlights of Connecticut budget implementation bill

Jun. 17, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate on Thursday gave final legislative passage to a wide-ranging bill that spells out details of the new, two-year $46.3 billion state budget and includes numerous other provisions. It now awaits Gov. Ned Lamont's signature. ...

Legal cannabis bill clears state Senate, Lamont to sign it

Jun. 17, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate voted Thursday to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults, the final legislative action for a bill that lays the groundwork for the new industry in Connecticut and attempts to address racial inequities stemming from the nation's war...

Connecticut labor commissioner announces retirement

Jun. 17, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby announced his retirement Thursday after leading the department's response to a major spike in unemployment claims during the pandemic. Gov. Ned Lamont said Westby, who has served as commissioner for five...

Highlights of Connecticut's cannabis legalization bill

Jun. 17, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut state Senate on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a wide-ranging bill that legalizes the adult use of cannabis, sending the legislation to Gov. Ned Lamont, who said he will sign it into law. Following are highlights of the proposal. ...

Connecticut legislature approves bill legalizing recreational marijuana; governor is expected to sign it

Jun. 17, 2021 12:08 PM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut legislature approves bill legalizing recreational marijuana; governor is expected to sign it.

House passes marijuana legalization bill, sends it to Senate

Jun. 16, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Proponents of legalizing the adult use of marijuana in Connecticut dodged a threatened veto on Wednesday, advancing a revamped bill that Gov. Ned Lamont supports by a narrow vote in the House of Representatives. The much-debated proposal now...

Senate passes marijuana bill, but Lamont vows a veto

Jun. 15, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate on Tuesday passed legislation for the second time in about a week that legalizes the recreational use of cannabis for adults. But Gov. Ned Lamont is threatening to veto the retooled bill, arguing it opens the industry up to tens of thousands of...

Towns face losing funds if tribal team mascots don't change

Jun. 15, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

Connecticut schools that still use Native American nicknames and mascots could take a financial hit if they continue to use those images without written consent from a state- or federally-recognized tribe in their region, under a provision tucked into a massive budget implementation bill that...

Prison guards seeking hazard pay for work during pandemic

Jun. 14, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

Correction Officer Ginny Ligi says she was working 80-hour weeks in April 2020, often without the needed personal protective equipment, when she began feeling sick. A test soon confirmed her worst fear — the intense vertigo, nausea and headaches were symptoms of...