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Big turnout expected at latest hearing on vaccine exemption

Feb. 17, 2020 10:01 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will hear again from the public about the latest proposal to eliminate the state's religious exemptions from certain vaccines for public school students. The General Assembly's Public Health Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Wednesday on this...

Lamont elected to lead association of northeastern governors

Feb. 15, 2020 11:41 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont will lead a nonpartisan association of northeastern states including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Democrat has been elected unanimously to serve as chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern...

Drug overdose deaths in Connecticut reach record-high

Feb. 14, 2020 11:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials announced drug overdose deaths in the state increased by nearly 20% last year. Exactly 1,200 people died of some sort of drug overdose in 2019, an increase mostly attributed to the continued rise in fentanyl use, the Hartford Courant reported Friday. ...

Plan to upgrade Connecticut pier for wind industry approved

Feb. 11, 2020 7:21 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A plan to upgrade a southeastern Connecticut port so it can become a staging area for the offshore wind industry has been approved. Members of the Connecticut Port Authority on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize the $157 million state pier project in New London. Democratic Gov....

Connecticut launches new website with Census information

Feb. 9, 2020 12:45 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new website has been launched to provide Connecticut residents with reliable information about the 2020 U.S. Census. Accessible at www.ct.gov/census, the site includes links with information about Census jobs, facts about the Census and the importance of an accurate count to...

Lamont attending national governors meeting, other events

Feb. 8, 2020 11:20 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont was scheduled to spend the weekend with his fellow governors in Washington, D.C., discussing issues ranging from infrastructure funding to increasing broadband access. Other planned topics included strategies to curb the nicotine epidemic and better plan...

Lawmakers kick off debate over ending religious exemption

Feb. 7, 2020 3:20 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have officially resurrected a contentious proposal to eliminate the state's religious exemptions from certain vaccines for public school students. The General Assembly's Public Health Committee voted Friday to raise the concept for an upcoming public hearing....

Editorial Roundup: New England

Feb. 7, 2020 10:04 AM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT 2020 is the time for legislature to make big policy decisions The Day Feb. 4 In the legislative session now underway, Gov. Ned Lamont and his fellow Democrats, who control solid majorities in the House and Senate, need to demonstrate they can pass major pieces of...

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State during opening session at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Lamont opens session with rosy speech, says state improving

Feb. 5, 2020 3:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont welcomed state lawmakers back to the Capitol with a pep talk on Wednesday, touting an improved economy, a more stable state budget and an uptick in economic development. During his second State of the State Address, the former businessman quoted a...

Connecticut could soon regulate 'forever chemicals'

Feb. 2, 2020 3:46 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state legislators could soon move to regulate toxic compounds found in drinking water. High levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively called PFAS, have been found in drinking water systems in Greenwich, Willimantic and Enfield, the Hartford...