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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. ...

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...

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...

Advocates see special session as 2nd chance for their issues

Jun. 14, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

Advocates for different causes are hoping to get a second chance at passing a bill or securing funding in the new state budget as the Connecticut General Assembly prepares to return to the Capitol for a short special session this week. The list runs the gamut from climate...

Connecticut legislature addresses nursing home deficiencies

Jun. 12, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some big changes are expected at Connecticut nursing homes in the coming months. From mandatory two-month supplies of personal protection equipment and full-time infection specialists to the ability for residents to have cameras in their rooms,...

Prison that housed Connecticut death row is closes early

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has closed the maximum security prison that once housed the state's death row. Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday that the Northern Correctional Institution, the state's highest security prison, was taken out of service three weeks ahead...