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Following the House's passage of an amended bill, the state Senate will vote upon it for a third time.
“This proposal opens the floodgates for tens of thousands of previously ineligible applicants to enter the adult-use cannabis industry," said Lamont Chief of Staff Paul Mounds.
The union representing the nursing home workers said state's proposal failed to “lift nursing home workers out of poverty and improve staffing numbers for direct care services."
Sports betting could be legalized in time for the NFL season, which is scheduled to begin on Sept. 9.
Although one supporter calls Lamont's bill “as tightly written as I have ever seen,” others say it does not go far enough in making the playing field equitable -- and other opponents object to legalizing marijuana at all.
“There’s a lot of urgency,” said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman. “It’s really important that we get this done this year.”
Meanwhile, security is being beefed up around Albany and Hartford in the wake of FBI warnings that more potentially violent protests are in the making in all 50 states.
"People are thinking differently about the state," Mounds said, "not just from a professional standpoint but from a family values and family health standpoint as well.”
Six days in to Phase 1 of reopening the state, the picture in Connecticut is good, at least on an anecdotal basis. So said Gov. Ned Lamont at his daily briefing today. However, he noted, disagreement with the tribal owners over their planned June 1 reopening continues.
This is a limited series of Q&As by Fairfield County Business Journal Bureau Chief Kevin Zimmerman with leaders in various business sectors and industries....
Impatience among restaurant owners and questions about how an outside consulting group is working on Connecticut's soft reopening on May 20 rose to the fore today, as Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged.
Gov. Ned Lamont focused on the continued ramping up of COVID-19 testing at today's briefing, noting that the number of weekly tests has increased from about 18,000 a couple of weeks ago to roughly 29,000 now.
The panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts organized by AdvanceCT will consult with the governor's administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system.
According to the Department of Public Health, Fairfield County's COVID-positive cases jumped by nearly 500 since yesterday, to a total of 6,004, with another 22 hospitalizations for a total of 710. The county recorded another 14 deaths to bring that total to 262.
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