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Connecticut Consumers Spent Nearly $24 Million on Cannabis In June

July 12, 2023

Connecticut residents favored cannabis flower over vapor or edible products as they spent nearly $24 million on cannabis products during the month of June, the Department of Consumer Protection announced in a press release on Monday.

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CT finances projected to stay flush — even after COVID aid expires

July 03, 2023

The state’s preparations for the next recession far exceed those for 2007-09 downturn, which depleted Connecticut’s rainy day fund

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Lamont Vetoes Five Bills, But Grumbles About One He Signed

June 30, 2023

Gov. Ned Lamont issued his first vetoes of the year on Thursday when he rejected five bills passed by the state legislature and denounced as “environmentally and fiscally irresponsible” another bill affecting the disposal of solid waste in Connecticut.

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Connecticut's new data privacy law takes effect July 1. What you need to know.

June 28, 2023

The Connecticut Data Privacy Act, approved last year, takes effect Saturday July 1. With this new law, Connecticut is the fifth U.S. state with comprehensive consumer privacy legislation and there is a lot all of us need to know. We asked an expert at Day Pitney LLP Data Privacy, Protection and Litigation practice and these are his answers.

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Lowell Weicker, Connecticut governor and U.S. senator, dies at 92

June 28, 2023

Among the last of New England’s moderate Republican senators, he was elected governor as an independent

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From Baby Bonds to Bongs: A Fresh Batch of Laws Set for July 1

June 21, 2023

A handful of new laws take effect July 1, including the Baby Bonds program, permissions to allow more adults to grow cannabis at home, and a boost to voter rights.

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Harmonious CT budget sets stage for spending cap battle in 2024

June 14, 2023

House speaker warns purists not to allow guardrails to become a ‘strait jacket’

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CT's 2023 legislative session has ended. What does that mean for you?

June 12, 2023

The Connecticut General Assembly’s 2023 legislative session ended last week. Lawmakers introduced hundreds of bills, and around 330 were passed by both the House and the Senate.

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Lamont Signs the Budget to Bipartisan Acclaim

June 12, 2023

Connecticut policymakers from both sides of the political aisle gathered at the state Capitol Monday afternoon to watch Gov. Ned Lamont sign a two-year state budget including broad income tax cuts into law following its bipartisan approval by the legislature.

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Connecticut Among First States to Enact 30-Month CPA Exam Testing Window

June 09, 2023

With just minutes left in the 2023 Connecticut legislative session, Connecticut officially joined the first states to adopt the 30-month CPA Exam testing window recommended by NASBA.

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Winners and Losers of the 2023 Legislative Session

June 09, 2023

The 2023 Connecticut legislative session wrapped up at midnight on Wednesday, ending a five-month struggle for countless causes, advocates, and public officials all hoping to see their interests moved across the finish line and signed into state law.

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CT 2023 legislative session ends with passage of wide-ranging bill

June 08, 2023

The 2023 session of the Connecticut General Assembly lurched to its constitutionally mandated end at midnight Wednesday, capped by votes on a hastily assembled omnibus bill that offered a last ticket to passage for stalled measures, including a major campaign finance bill.

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Lawmakers Complain About Guardrail Constraints, But Keep Them In Place

June 08, 2023

Much of the Senate debate on the $51.1-billion state budget followed a usual formula: members talked about areas where they think the budget fell short before ultimately praising its income tax cut and increased spending on priorities.

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Municipal Retirement Fund Reform Wins Final Passage

June 08, 2023

A bill to reform a pension system for municipal employees in 107 Connecticut towns passed the state Senate on a nearly unanimous vote Wednesday night shortly before the end of the legislative session.

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Aside from cutting taxes, this budget could decide who runs for AG

June 06, 2023

On pages 339 and 340 of the 882-page budget bill passed early Tuesday in the House of Representatives is a provision that could affect who can and cannot run for attorney general in 2026.

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CT House adopts $51B budget with big middle-class tax cut

June 06, 2023

Package makes big investment in local schools, more modest hikes for social services, higher ed

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Senate gives overwhelming bipartisan approval to new CT budget

June 06, 2023

Package featuring middle class income tax cut and big new investments in local schools heads to Gov. Ned Lamont for expected signature

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Budget Vote Expected Early Next Week

June 01, 2023

After weeks of negotiations, state policymakers have reached a two-year budget deal which legislators are expected to approve early next week, Gov. Ned Lamont told reporters after a Thursday press conference.

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With 7 days left in legislative session, many bills are destined to die

May 31, 2023

Power shifts from Democratic majority to GOP minority, which can kill bills by extended debates

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Connecticut Faces Impending Teacher Exodus as Legislative Session Closes

May 30, 2023

Connecticut Education Association President Kate Dias is concerned the urgency of tangible action regarding a teacher shortage is beginning to fade as the legislative session winds down.

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