Latest Connecticut state government News

Denise Merrill won't seek 4th term as Secretary of the State

Jun. 23, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday she will not seek reelection in 2022, noting it's time for a “new generation” to “step up” with new ideas on how to further modernize voting and protect voters' rights. ...

Philip Morris to move headquarters from NY to Connecticut

Jun. 22, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tobacco company Philip Morris will relocate its corporate headquarters from New York City to southwest Connecticut, bringing 200 jobs, officials said Tuesday. The company said in a news release that the move was facilitated by the office of Gov....

Connecticut lawmaker resigns state Senate, citing divorce

Jun. 22, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Connecticut state Sen. Alex Kasser, the first Democrat elected by her Fairfield County district since 1930, announced Tuesday she is resigning from office. She cited her high-profile and contentious divorce, saying she's no longer able to adequately do her job. “I just...

Connecticut governor signs recreational marijuana into law

Jun. 22, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday signed a bill making Connecticut the 19th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which remains an illegal drug under federal law. People age 21 and older will be allowed to possess and consume marijuana...

Connecticut governor unveils plan to cut travel time to NYC

Jun. 21, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's administration unveiled an $8 billion to $10 billion plan Monday that aims to reduce commuter rail times from Connecticut to New York City by as much as 25 minutes by 2035, while pledging in the meantime to make the trip from New Haven to the Big Apple 10 minutes...

Connecticut is 1st state to make all prison phone calls free

Jun. 18, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Connecticut became the first state this week to make all prison phone calls free, addressing one of the biggest emotional and financial burdens faced by incarcerated men and women and their families as they try to stay in touch. The state...

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...