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.

  • 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.

  • We passed new legislation that will impose 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.

  • 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

  • 09/15/2014
    Connecticut Mayors Seek Gigabit Partners
    Multichannel News: Three Connecticut cities are putting the pedal to the metal on 1-Gig broadband service, and are inviting other cities to join their effort.
  • 09/15/2014
    Sex offenders living on Broad Street in Norwich reignite concerns
    Norwich Bulletin: The news came near the end of a 30-minute briefing by state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, to the City Council, where she provided several statistics comparing the number of sex offenders in Norwich to other metropolitan areas in Connecticut.
  • 09/15/2014
    Benefit corporations prepare for launch
    Hartford Business Journal: On Oct. 1, Christopher Brechlin plans to convert his Willimantic civic startup, Blueprint for a Dream, into one of Connecticut's first benefit corporations.
  • 09/11/2014
    Traffic Stop Statistics Examine Racial Profiling Issue
    Hartford Courant: Civil rights activists say statistics released Thursday by a state racial profiling task force provide a clear enough picture of the problem for police around Connecticut to start reforming their policies and procedures. But members of the task force and a top police official insist the raw data still needs far more analysis before any hard conclusions can be drawn.
  • 09/11/2014
    Shell fishermen protest new state requirements
    WFSB-3: A profession that has been ingrained into Connecticut's history for generations is under attack, fishermen from across the state claim.
  • 09/10/2014
    Delivery Of 405 new rail cars ordered to be complete by the end Of 2014
    The Norwalk Hour: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday that Connecticut is close to receiving all of the 405 Kawasaki M-8 rail cars that were ordered to replace the entire New Haven Line fleet which is well beyond its useful lifespan.

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Upgrading Connecticut’s Data Networks

September 15, 2014 — Senator Bye announces a revolutionary plan to updgrade Connecticut’s data network infrastructure to ensure high-speed internet access for local communities and businesses.

Groundbreaking for Wall Street Place

September 12, 2014 — Senator Duff celebrates the groundbreaking for a new, $46 million mixed-used housing and retail development in Norwalk.

Securing the Future of Manufacturing Jobs in Connecticut

September 3, 2014 — Senator Cassano applauds an investment by UTC to upgrade and expand its aerospace research and development/manufacturing facilities which support more than 75,000 jobs in Connecticut.

Making a Splash for a Good Cause

September 3, 2014 — Senators Looney and Fasano took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for, and awareness of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.