Recap of the 2014 Legislative Session

May 8, 2014 —Senate Democratic Leaders praise the State Senate for its approval of a variety of issues aimed at improving the lives of Connecticut residents.

  • We passed new legislation that now imposes fines and penalties for reckless motorists who seriously injure or kill pedestrians and other users of public way. These “vulnerable users” include pedestrians, highway workers, cyclists, a person operating an agricultural tractor or farm implement, a blind person and his or her service animal, and others.

  • 2014 End of Session Report
  • Connecticut
    Smart Start

    This year we passed a 10-year plan to provide 50,000 children with high-quality early education and set the state on a path toward universal pre-K. Competitive funding to achieve this goal will son be available for our cities and towns.

  • Electric Customer’s
    Bill of Rights

    Beginning this summer, several changes took place to laws concerning Connecticut’s electricity market. With this legislation we created greater transparency and increased protections for residential consumers by requiring electricity suppliers to provide very clear and specific information about how much they are being charged for electricity.

  • $10.10 - Connecticut's minimum wage comes closer to becoming a living wage

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 10/01/2014
    New Laws Include E-Cigarettes Bans, Heightened Reckless Driver Penalties and Fines for Robocalls
    NBC Connecticut: Several new laws will go into effect Wednesday, including heightened penalties against reckless drivers and e-cigarette bans for minors.
  • 10/01/2014
    Riverfront Park Phase II and Boathouse open
    Reminder News: Gov. Dannell Malloy was among the hundreds of guests and dignitaries at the grand opening celebration for Glastonbury's Riverfront Park Phase II and Boathouse on Sept. 27. Malloy said the project, to which the state contributed $4 million of the $13 million price tag, is one of the most impressive public park undertakings in the state.
  • 09/30/2014
    Seaside will become a state park
    The Day: Two decades, three requests for zoning changes and a handful of lawsuits since the Seaside Regional Center for the developmentally disabled was vacated, state officials have decided upon a new fate for the state-owned parcel once destined for private development.
  • 09/30/2014
    Fusion Paperboard workers to get federal aid
    The Day: Job-retraining money has been approved for about 145 Fusion Paperboard workers laid off in a plant closing.
    U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and state Sen. Cathy Osten made the announcement Monday that the U.S. Department of Labor had approved a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance for the displaced workers, who learned in July that their jobs were in jeopardy. Fusion Paperboard, which closed last week, was the town’s largest taxpayer, contributing about $250,000 to the rolls last year.
  • 09/30/2014
    These maps show the Internet is getting faster in (almost) every state
    Washington Post: Pity Nevada and Rhode Island, the only states to see Internet speeds slow down between the first and second quarters of the year, according to a new report.
  • 09/30/2014
    Task Force To Take A Comprehensive Look At State Tax Code
    CT News Junkie: A panel of experts in tax law, tax accounting, tax policy, economics and business finance convened for the first time Monday to start the process of examining the state’s tax code for the first time in 25 years.

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Redeveloping Middletown’s Waterfront 

September 29, 2014 —Senator Doyle and Senator Bartolomeo celebrate the announcement of a new plan to redevelop Middletown’s waterfront.

Improvements to Senior Housing in Glastonbury

September 24, 2014 — Senator Cassano visits the Village Green senior housing development in Glastonbury to celebrate the completion of 34 retrofitted and expanded apartments.

2014 Inductees for Connecticut Hall of Fame

September 22, 2014 — Senator Crisco announces the 2014 class of inductees to the Connecticut Hall of Fame. This year’s group of honorees included jazz virtuoso Dave Brubeck, aviation pioneer Frederick Rentschler, civil rights activist Constance Baker Motley, judge John Downey and legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead.