Latest Connecticut State General Assembly News

Connecticut lawmaker arrested, accused of COVID funds misuse

Oct. 20, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state legislator who works as an aide to the West Haven City Council is accused of creating a company that received more than $600,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds for services that were never provided. Rep. Michael DiMassa, a...

Guilty plea entered in state senate election fraud case

Oct. 20, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former campaign worker for a Connecticut state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges that she conspired to fraudulently obtain public funds for the senator's 2018 legislative campaign. Tina Manus, 42, of Stratford, worked on the...

Redistricting panel picks 9th member, hopes to meet deadline

Oct. 20, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The panel of state lawmakers charged with redrawing Connecticut's legislative and congressional district lines has once again chosen a former state senator who also served as a state auditor to be its ninth, tie-breaking member. Kevin Johnston of...

Lawmaker standing by comments comparing Lamont to Hitler

Oct. 10, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker is standing by comments that compared Gov. Ned Lamont and his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic to Adolf Hitler. Republican state Rep. Anne Dauphinais initially posted a comment on Facebook Thursday night that called the...

Senate votes to extend Lamont's emergency powers to Feb. 15

Sep. 28, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate voted Tuesday to extend Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers for the sixth time during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite pushback from Republican lawmakers who argue the state is no longer in crisis. “It all needs to...

House votes to extend Lamont's COVID power amid protests

Sep. 27, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers moved closer Monday toward extending Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic for the sixth time, an issue that has become more contentious with each extension. The House of...

Lawmakers to consider 6th extension of Lamont's COVID powers

Sep. 21, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are expected to return to the state Capitol next week to decide whether to extend Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic until early February. The state Senate is scheduled to...

Connecticut redistricting panel announces 4 public hearings

Sep. 03, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The General Assembly's Reapportionment Committee on Friday announced plans to hold one virtual and three in-person public hearings later this month to gather input on redrawing Connecticut's legislative and congressional district boundaries. ...

Connecticut Senate majority leader calls for required shots

Aug. 11, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, a top Democrat in the Connecticut General Assembly, is calling for all state and municipal employees, including teachers, professors and police officers, to be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Refusing to get vaccinated is not a...

Fate of bipartisan juvenile crime reforms appear uncertain

Aug. 10, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The chances of reaching a bipartisan agreement on juvenile justice reforms this summer appeared uncertain Tuesday, with a top Republican in the Connecticut House of Representatives saying talks have “broken down" and how the General Assembly should push ahead with a...