Latest Connecticut state government News

Connecticut's first Black chief justice, Richard A. Robinson, to retire in September

May. 21, 2024 15:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson, a veteran jurist who served more than two decades on the bench, including six years as the state's first Black chief justice, is retiring in September. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced Robinson's planned...

Bashing governor in publicly funded campaign ads is OK in Connecticut legislative races, court rules

May. 20, 2024 18:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that state elections officials violated the constitutional free speech rights of two Republicans running for the state legislature when it fined them thousands of dollars for criticizing the Democratic governor in ads paid for by...

Connecticut lawmakers adjourn session, fail to pass AI regulations but pass absentee ballot reforms

May. 09, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers began the 2024 legislative session with hopes of passing one of the first major bills in the U.S. to rein in bias in artificial intelligence and protect citizens from harm. But a veto threat from Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, a former...

Connecticut lawmakers debate spending remaining COVID-19 funds, forgoing changes to state budget

May. 07, 2024 21:13 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Facing a Dec. 31 deadline, Connecticut lawmakers were on track Tuesday to approve a Democratic plan to spend at least $360 million in remaining federal COVID-19 pandemic funds on key areas, including higher education, not-for-profit social service agencies, municipal aid...

Connecticut lawmakers take first steps to pass bill calling for cameras at absentee ballot boxes

May. 03, 2024 18:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers took the first steps Friday toward tightening absentee ballot laws since video last year captured people stuffing reams of ballots into collection boxes in one city, creating a “black eye” for Connecticut and fueling skepticism in some circles about U.S....

Employer of visiting nurse who was killed didn't protect her and should be fined, safety agency says

May. 01, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A home health care company failed to protect a visiting nurse who was killed during an appointment with a convicted rapist at a Connecticut halfway house and should be fined about $161,000, federal workplace safety officials said Wednesday. The Occupational...

Ellen Ash Peters, first female chief justice of Connecticut Supreme Court, dies at 94

Apr. 17, 2024 18:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ellen Ash Peters, who was the first woman to serve as Connecticut's chief justice and wrote the majority opinion in the state Supreme Court's landmark school desegregation ruling in 1996, has died. She was 94. Peters, who also was the first female faculty...

Judge rejects officers' bid to erase charges in the case of a man paralyzed after police van ride

Mar. 28, 2024 17:44 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Four former Connecticut police officers accused of mocking and mistreating a man after he was paralyzed in the back of a police van in 2022 were denied bids Thursday to enter a program that could have erased criminal charges against them and let them avoid trial. ...

Connecticut considering barring legacy admissions at private colleges, in addition to public ones

Mar. 14, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

Connecticut lawmakers are considering banning the use of legacy and donor preferences in admissions to all colleges and universities across the state, including private ones like Yale University. A bill was advanced to the Senate floor on Thursday, days after Virginia Gov. Glenn...

Connecticut woman accused of killing husband and hiding his body pleads guilty to manslaughter

Mar. 11, 2024 19:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 76-year-old Connecticut woman who was accused of killing her husband, hiding his body for months and collecting his paychecks pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday, a state prosecutor said. Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi was arrested in February 2018 in the death of...