May 10, 2018 •

Connecticut General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 9, 2018. Lawmakers took no action on a bill affecting campaign finance and elections. House Bill 5526 would have modified registration requirements for political committees, expanded independent expenditure disclosure requirements, prohibited […]

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 9, 2018. Lawmakers took no action on a bill affecting campaign finance and elections.

House Bill 5526 would have modified registration requirements for political committees, expanded independent expenditure disclosure requirements, prohibited independent expenditures by foreign-influenced entities, and required online platforms to disclose purchasers of political advertisements.

Employer and lobbyist reports are due on the 10th day of the following month when the General Assembly is in regular session.

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May 7, 2018 •

Connecticut Governor Announces Special Election

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election for June 4. The special election will fill the Connecticut House of Representatives District 4 seat left open by the resignation of Rep. Angel Arce, with months remaining on his term. State Rep. […]

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election for June 4.

The special election will fill the Connecticut House of Representatives District 4 seat left open by the resignation of Rep. Angel Arce, with months remaining on his term.

State Rep. Arce resigned last April due to allegations of inappropriate text messages with a teenage girl.

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March 7, 2018 •

Connecticut Installing a New Lobbyist Reporting System

The Connecticut Office of State Ethics will soon transition to a new lobbyist reporting system. The new system will be installed on March 8 starting at 7am. Users may experience some difficulty with the system during the installation process.

The Connecticut Office of State Ethics will soon transition to a new lobbyist reporting system.

The new system will be installed on March 8 starting at 7am.

Users may experience some difficulty with the system during the installation process.

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January 16, 2018 •

Connecticut Special Election Announced for Assembly District 120

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election will be held on February 27 for Assembly District 120. The seat was vacated by Laura Hoydick effective January 2, who was elected mayor of Stratford. This is the second special election to […]

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election will be held on February 27 for Assembly District 120.

The seat was vacated by Laura Hoydick effective January 2, who was elected mayor of Stratford.

This is the second special election to be held in Connecticut this year, after the 15th Assembly District special election on January 9.

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January 10, 2018 •

Connecticut Special Session Adjourns

After being delayed by a snowstorm, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned on Monday, January 8. Both chambers overwhelmingly passed House Bill 7601, which restored funding to the Medicare Savings Program. Gov. Dannel Malloy has threatened to veto the bill.

After being delayed by a snowstorm, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned on Monday, January 8.

Both chambers overwhelmingly passed House Bill 7601, which restored funding to the Medicare Savings Program.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has threatened to veto the bill.

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January 4, 2018 •

Connecticut Legislature to Meet for Special Session

Legislative leaders successfully petitioned lawmakers to convene a special session scheduled for Friday, January 4, 2018. Gov. Dannel Malloy had been pressuring legislators to convene a special session for a month to rebalance the budget they passed in October. Legislative […]

Legislative leaders successfully petitioned lawmakers to convene a special session scheduled for Friday, January 4, 2018.

Gov. Dannel Malloy had been pressuring legislators to convene a special session for a month to rebalance the budget they passed in October.

Legislative leaders said they will address the budget shortfall but first want to reverse cuts to the Medicare Savings Program.

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November 28, 2017 •

Special Election Announced for Open Connecticut House Seat

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election for Assembly District 15 will take place on January 9, 2018. Rep. David Baram resigned the seat following his election as a probate court judge earlier this month. Assembly District 15 consists of […]

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election for Assembly District 15 will take place on January 9, 2018.

Rep. David Baram resigned the seat following his election as a probate court judge earlier this month.

Assembly District 15 consists of Bloomfield and parts of Windsor.

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July 31, 2017 •

Connecticut General Assembly to Meet in Special Session

The General Assembly will convene a special session today, July 31, 2017, to vote on an over-due budget proposal. Lawmakers failed to pass a budget during this year’s regular session and are one month past the deadline for a new […]

The General Assembly will convene a special session today, July 31, 2017, to vote on an over-due budget proposal. Lawmakers failed to pass a budget during this year’s regular session and are one month past the deadline for a new two-year budget.

Senator’s will vote to approve a labor deal made between Gov. Dannel Malloy and the employee unions to fund the state’s pension system. The House already approved the deal.

The Senate is evenly split among Democrats and Republicans, so a party line vote would require Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, a Democrat, to break the tie.

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June 8, 2017 •

Connecticut General Assembly Adjourns, Special Session Still to Come

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2017 regular session Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Lawmakers will have to return for a special session after failing to reach an agreement on a two-year state budget. For the second year in a row, […]

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2017 regular session Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Lawmakers will have to return for a special session after failing to reach an agreement on a two-year state budget.

For the second year in a row, Gov. Dannel Malloy declined to give the traditional after-session speech to members due to the Assembly not completing its work by the midnight deadline.

A budget must be finalized by June 30. Other legislation left hanging in the balance includes a bill to allow Tesla to build a dealership in the state and a proposed constitutional amendment to protect state parks.

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March 14, 2017 •

Special Elections Announced for Connecticut House Vacancies

Two special elections will take place on April 25, 2017, to fill vacancies in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the elections for Assembly Districts 7 and 68 after the incumbents, Rep. Doug McCrory and Rep. Eric […]

ConnecticutTwo special elections will take place on April 25, 2017, to fill vacancies in the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the elections for Assembly Districts 7 and 68 after the incumbents, Rep. Doug McCrory and Rep. Eric Berthel, won seats in the Senate during a special election on February 28.

District 7 consists of portions of Hartford, while District 68 contains Waterbury and part of Woodbury.

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January 17, 2017 •

A Special Election will be Held Next Month for Connecticut General Assembly Openings

A special election will be held February 28, 2017, to fill General Assembly vacancies. Seats for Senate Districts 2 and 32 as well as House District 115 were vacated when the legislators resigned to take other positions within state government. […]

Connecticut_State_Capitol,_HartfordA special election will be held February 28, 2017, to fill General Assembly vacancies.

Seats for Senate Districts 2 and 32 as well as House District 115 were vacated when the legislators resigned to take other positions within state government.

Sen. Eric Coleman resigned to seek a state judgeship, Sen. Rob Kane hopes to be appointed state auditor, and Rep. Steven Dargan will serve on the Board of Pardons and Paroles. All three lawmakers won re-election in November.

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October 24, 2016 •

Special Election to Fill Connecticut House Seat Set for Same Day as General

A special election will be held on November 8, 2016, to fill the state’s 90th House District seat. Rep. Mary Fritz, who held the seat for three decades, died in July. The winner of the special election will finish Fritz’s […]

mary-fritzA special election will be held on November 8, 2016, to fill the state’s 90th House District seat. Rep. Mary Fritz, who held the seat for three decades, died in July.

The winner of the special election will finish Fritz’s term, and the winner of the general election, held the same day, will serve the next term beginning in January.

Photo of Rep. Mary Fritz courtesy of the Connecticut House Democrats website.

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September 26, 2016 •

Connecticut Lawmakers to Meet to Approve Deal with Helicopter Manufacturer

Gov. Dannel Malloy has summoned lawmakers back into a special session beginning Wednesday, September 28, 2016, to approve a deal with Sikorsky Aircraft. The tentative agreement, worth $220 million in grants and tax exemptions, will keep the company in the […]

Connecticut_State_Capitol,_HartfordGov. Dannel Malloy has summoned lawmakers back into a special session beginning Wednesday, September 28, 2016, to approve a deal with Sikorsky Aircraft.

The tentative agreement, worth $220 million in grants and tax exemptions, will keep the company in the state for the next 14 years.

Sikorsky has also committed to growing its Connecticut workforce to 8,000 individuals, and they will build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters in-state.

Photo of the Connecticut State Capitol by jglazer75 on Wikimedia Commons.

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August 10, 2016 •

Connecticut Gov. Wants to Cut Budgets Amid Investigations

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration announced they are cutting the budgets for the state’s watchdog agencies. The Office of State Ethics, the Freedom of Information Commission, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission will be subject to shrinking budgets at a time […]

ConnecticutGov. Dannel Malloy’s administration announced they are cutting the budgets for the state’s watchdog agencies. The Office of State Ethics, the Freedom of Information Commission, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission will be subject to shrinking budgets at a time when the governor’s office is facing investigations from two of the agencies.

Just months ago, Malloy’s administration stated the agencies would not face cuts, but reversed its position soon after the Office of State Ethics voted to investigate the administration’s hiring of a former lobbyist to lead the regulatory review of a former client’s proposed merger. The timing has led to talk of the cuts being a form of retribution.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission also just levied a $325,000 penalty against Malloy’s state Democratic Party for pay-to-play violations, the subject of a new federal grand jury investigation. Heads of the agencies argue, however, the cuts are illegal under a 2004 law meant to prevent unilateral action by the governor.

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