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“Even if it is more expensive,” declared State Sen. Julie Kushner (D-Danbury), “that’s the cost of doing business.”
While three of the bills were overwhelmingly approved, the fourth -- which includes a provision allowing civil lawsuits to be filed against police officers and municipalities in certain circumstances -- only passed at 9 a.m. today after much debate.
In addition, Lamont’s emergency powers and the executive orders he issued under those powers during the COVID-19 crisis are scheduled to expire on Sept. 9, meaning that the General Assembly must decide on the absentee ballot and extension of telehealth coverage questions by then.
House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R) joins Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D) and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R) in not seeking re-election this November.
As for personal protective equipment (PPE), the governor said that while the wait continues for federal supplies to arrive, "We're not gonna sit around and wait for the cavalry to come in." Lamont said the state is "vetting lots of different options, offers" for PPE, "some of which seem a little shady, frankly."
“Democrat leadership appears lost,” according to Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano.
Courses are set to begin in the first quarter of 2019.
A new legislative task force has been approved to study the possibility of mandating paid leave for new parents, the seriously ill and those taking care of a sick family member.
With a 19-17 vote, state senators gave final approval last week to a $37.6 billion budget for Connecticut’s 2014 and 2015 fiscal years.
Connecticut legislators continued to display their inclination to be at the forefront of pro-employee legislation during the 2013 legislative session.
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