Latest Connecticut state government News

Clothing drive for vets planned at Connecticut Capitol

May. 19, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are collecting clothing donations for veterans looking to join the workforce. Democratic state Rep. Dorinda Borer of West Haven and Sen. James Maroney of Milford, the co-chairs of the General Assembly's Veteran Affairs Committee, have joined forces with other...

Protesters hold anti-tolls rally at state Capitol

May. 18, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Protesters have gathered outside the state Capitol to rally against a proposal to put electronic tolls on the state's highways. Demonstrators on Saturday called the plan another tax increase state residents can't afford. They held "no tolls" signs and wore "no tolls" shirts as they...

Update to Connecticut immigration law awaits House action

May. 18, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's House of Representatives must decide whether to weigh in on the national immigration debate. The Democratic-controlled Senate last week advanced a bill to the Democratic-controlled House for action that makes changes to Connecticut's civil immigration detainer law. The...

Lamont says he looks forward to signing minimum wage hike

May. 17, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont says he's looking forward to signing a bill into law that incrementally increases Connecticut's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. By a vote of 21-14, the Democratic-controlled Senate forwarded the bill to Lamont's desk early Friday morning. The bill...

Democrats expect to pass $15 an hour minimum wage bill

May. 16, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers expect legislation that incrementally increases Connecticut's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023 will clear the Senate. Senators on Thursday night were debating the bill, previously approved by the House of Representatives. Senate President Pro Tempore Martin...

Bill barring deceptive advertising by clinics clears House

May. 16, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Democratic controlled House of Representatives has advanced legislation that attempts to clamp down on alleged deceptive advertising by crisis pregnancy centers in Connecticut. Passing Thursday on a mostly partisan 81-63 vote, the bill prohibits the typically faith-based centers...

Connecticut GOP offers alternative to tolls, Lamont balks

May. 16, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republicans are offering a new alternative to electronic tolls, but Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont isn't impressed. The governor blasted the GOP Thursday, accusing them of wanting to delay a "tough vote" on tolls by proposing "another study." Lamont promised to "make them...

No vote planned this session on religious exemption

May. 16, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The General Assembly will not vote this session on whether to eliminate Connecticut's religious exemption from vaccines for schoolchildren. Democratic House Majority Leader Matt Ritter said Thursday there was "overwhelming support" to remove the exemption, given new data that show...

House votes to increase legal smoking, vaping age to 21

May. 16, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is moving closer toward increasing the legal age, from 18 to 21, for purchasing cigarettes, other tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and vaping products. By a vote of 124-22, the House of Representatives on Thursday advanced legislation that increases the age and...

Lawmaker wants to ban police from shooting at vehicles

May. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police officers in Connecticut would be prohibited from firing their guns for the sole purpose of stopping vehicles, under legislation planned by a state senator in response to two recent officer-involved shootings of unarmed people. Democratic state Sen. Gary Winfield, of New Haven,...