April 29, 2013 •
Replaces Rep. Bryan Hurlburt
Voters in the 53rd Assembly District will head to the polls June 11, 2013, to select a successor for Representative Bryan Hurlburt.
Rep. Hurlburt resigned his seat in mid-April to accept an appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
December 20, 2012 •
Session included memorial to shooting victims
The General Assembly held a one-day special session December 19, 2012, to approve budget cuts to close the state’s budget deficit.
The session also included a one-hour memorial for the Newtown shooting victims.
Photo of the Connecticut State Capitol courtesy of Ragesoss on Wikipedia.
September 24, 2012 •
Primary candidates tied after second recount
A judge has set October 2, 2012 as the date for a runoff election for a state House primary race.
Two recounts were conducted in the democratic primary for the 5th assembly district between Brandon McGee and Leo Canty.
The second recount resulted in a tie between the two candidates.
June 15, 2012 •
An override is unlikely
Governor Dannel Malloy vetoed House Bill 5556 today, June 15, 2012. The campaign finance bill would have required corporate board authorization for campaign-related expenditures of $4,000 or more and disclosure of donor identities for donations aggregating $1,000 or more.
The bill was opposed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, who argued that the bill would have a chilling effect on contributions.
The bill did not pass with a two-thirds vote, making a veto override unlikely.
June 12, 2012 •
House majority leader to preside over session
The Connecticut General Assembly will convene a special session at 11 a.m. today, June 12, 2012.
House speaker Chris Donovan will not be presiding over the session, instead allowing the house majority leader to handle the leadership responsibilities after Speaker Donovan’s former campaign finance manager was arrested for allegedly conspiring to conceal the source of $20,000 in campaign contributions. The contributions were purportedly linked to a bill imposing taxes on roll-your-own cigarette businesses, which is expected to be voted on during today’s session.
Speaker Donovan does plan to participate in the session.
Photo of the Connecticut State Capitol by jglazer75 on Wikipedia.
May 10, 2012 •
Colorado and Connecticut
Colorado: The General Assembly adjourned May 9, 2012. Governor John Hickenlooper announced his intention to call a special session, primarily to address a civil unions bill. The special session could begin as early as Friday.
Connecticut: The General Assembly adjourned May 9, 2012.
May 9, 2012 •
Bill now goes to Governor Malloy
The Connecticut House and Senate passed House Bill 5556 on May 8, 2012. The bill makes changes to Connecticut’s campaign finance disclosure law, requiring corporate board authorization for campaign-related expenditures exceeding $4,000 and disclosure of donor identities for donations aggregating $1,000 or more.
The bill now awaits action by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, although the governor’s general counsel has indicated that there are constitutional concerns with the bill, raising the possibility of a veto.
March 27, 2012 •
Disclosure and campaign finance reform issues made the news today. Take a look at today’s articles:
Federal: “Two SEC Commissioners Could Dramatically Change Campaign Finance” by George Zornick in The Nation. ↬via Eric Brown’s Political Activity Law blog.
California: “State political watchdog ramps up enforcement” by Brian Joseph in the Orange County Register.
Connecticut: “Connecticut legislators set focus on campaign finance reform; look to increase transparency” by Jordan Fenster in The Register Citizen.
District of Columbia: “Campaign money orders to cease?” by Jim McElhatton and Luke Rosiak in the Washington Times.
District of Columbia: “D.C. ethics law overhaul hampered by hiring difficulties, enforcement duties” by Mike DeBonis in The Washington Post.
January 13, 2012 •
Assumes Duties January 20th
Sebastian N. Giuliano, the former mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, has been chosen by the State Elections Enforcement Commission to serve as the agency’s executive director and general counsel.
The selection was announced Thursday night by commission chairman Stephen F. Cashman, but will not be formally approved until the commission’s January 18, 2012 meeting.
Giuliano was selected for the position from a field of 35 candidates. He is due to assume the duties of the position January 20, 2012.
January 10, 2012 •
Considering Charter Revision or Ordinance
The Charter Review Commission for the city of Stamford, Connecticut is considering whether changes should be made in order to mandate a city ethics code. Local officials are considering whether to institute a requirement for an ethics code into the city charter, revised only once every ten years, or by ordinance.
If an ethics code is mandated into the city charter, some commission members worry repealing or altering it could become a burdensome task due to the required approval by Stamford residents through voter referendum. In contrast, an ordinance requiring a code of ethics could be changed as necessary by Stamford officials.
The Commission will be holding several meetings to allow public comments concerning the situation prior to making any decision.