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Connecticut Is In a Good Place: An Update on Schools, Mask Requirements, and the Upcoming Election
“Connecticut is in a good place.”   - Dr. Anthony Fauci Yesterday, Dr. Fauci joined Governor Ned Lamont on his daily press conference to give Connecticut a big pat on the back for achieving one of the lowest rates of infection in the country. But despite the state's continued success in tamping down infection rates, Governor Lamont continues to underperform in terms of his approval rating compared to other governors in the region.  Governor Lamont's high water mark was 66...
Socially distanced Senate passes no-excuse absentee ballot bill
Meeting for the first time since COVID-19 forced the closure of the State Capitol in March, the Connecticut Senate voted 35-1 Tuesday for final passage of legislation allowing no-excuse absentee ballot voting as a public health precaution in November. Gov. Ned Lamont promised to quickly sign the measure that temporarily expands the definition of “sickness” in state voting law to cover concern over getting COVID during the pandemic, rather than being ill and unable to vote. It gives every...
Insulin, telehealth bills headed for governor’s desk
The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a pair of health bills that would cap the soaring cost of insulin in Connecticut and extend changes to telemedicine through March 2021. The Senate voted 35-1 in favor of a measure limiting the monthly cost of insulin to $25 for people on state-regulated health plans. Insulin-related supplies, such as blood sugar meters, pumps and syringes, would be capped at $100 a month, and the cost of other glucose-lowering medications would be limited to...
Connecticut’s coffers have swelled — not shrunk — during COVID
State government’s coffers have swelled by hundreds of millions of dollars since the coronavirus struck in mid-March, despite warnings of a nearly $1 billion deficit just three months ago. Connecticut’s rainy day fund, which stood at $2.5 billion when the pandemic struck, now approaches $2.8 billion, according to an ongoing review of thousands of state tax returns filed after July 15. And while the legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis still expects Connecticut to exhaust most...
Police reforms clear Connecticut Senate on partisan vote
A divided state Senate shouldered past the fierce opposition of Connecticut police unions early Wednesday to vote 21-15 for final passage of a police accountability bill that both capitalizes on and addresses the outrage over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. After weeks of bipartisan revulsion at the video of a white police officer casually kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he lay handcuffed and dying, the question of how best to confront police misconduct and change the...
House Passes ‘Robust’ Police Accountability Bill
After eight hours of often emotional debate and a tie vote to strike a key provision, the police accountability bill passed the House in special session Friday morning. The bill includes a provision that would allow citizens to file civil lawsuits against police, eliminating the qualified immunity which protects officers from being sued in state courts.
House Overwhelmingly Approves No-Excuse Absentee Ballots
Republican lawmakers loudly objected to the ballot boxes Secretary of the State Denise Merrill bought for every town in Connecticut, but only two voted not to expand voting by absentee ballot in the November election. The House voted 144-2 in favor of a bill that allows anyone concerned about going to the polls on election day to vote by absentee ballot.
Constitutional Question Raised About Portion of Police Accountability Bill
State officials are questioning the creation of an independent office to investigate the use of deadly force as created by the police accountability bill that passed the House Friday. The Senate is expected to take up the bill Tuesday. Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, sought a legal opinion from Attorney General William Tong on the creation of the independent office within hours of the bill passing.
Fasano Calls For Delay On Police Accountability Vote
Hours after Attorney General William Tong declined to provide a formal opinion on the constitutionality of the police accountability bill, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, asked Senate Democratic leadership to put a vote on the bill on hold. The bill passed the House early Friday and is on the agenda for the Senate’s special session Tuesday. Fasano didn’t specify when he wanted the legislation to come up for a vote.
Additional cost to reopen CT schools during a pandemic: $420 million
Whether schools open for in-person instruction or remote learning during this pandemic, the additional costs are pegged at $420 million. A recent survey of superintendents by the state Department of Education found that installing plexiglass, and providing every student and school employee with enough face masks and cleaning supplies is expected to cost $59 million this coming school year. Purchasing computers and upgrading technology so students can learn remotely from their homes...