Opening Day of the 2015 Legislative Session

January 7, 2015 — Senate President Martin Looney reflects on the start of 2015 legislative session and details some of his legislative priorities for the coming year.

  • Senator Kennedy, from Branford, joins us with a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors. He’ll be chairing the Environment Committee. Visit his page to learn more about him.

  • Senator Larson, from East Hartford, also joins us after serving in the House of Representatives. He will be chairing the Public Safety & Security Committee. Visit his page to learn more about him.

  • Senator Moore is a lifelong Bridgeport resident and community activist. Marilyn has been a force in advocating for health equity, a living wage and legislation that supports and protects Connecticut communities. She’ll serve as chair of the Human Services Committee. Visit her page to learn more about her.

  • Senator Flexer, from Killingly, joins us after serving in the House of Representatives and will be chairing both the Aging and Veterans’ Affairs committees. Visit her page to learn more about her.

  • Electric Customer’s
    Bill of Rights

    With anticipated increases in electric rates around the corner, you should be aware of several new 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.

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 01/26/2015
    State Adds Jobs In December
    CTNewsJunkie: A new report from the Connecticut Department of Labor shows that the state added 4,800 positions in December 2014 and more importantly is just 22,800 jobs away from a full recovery.
  • 01/22/2015
    CT manufacturing wages fifth-highest in U.S.
    Hartford Business Journal: Manufacturing jobs in Connecticut had the fifth-highest hourly wage in the country in 2013, according to an analysis by a think tank that focuses on the plights of middle and lower-income workers.
  • 01/21/2015
    Push For New Apprenticeship Gets Support From Three Lawmakers
    CTNewsJunkie: A small group of lawmakers and advocates began a difficult push Wednesday—asking the state to help fund a new apprenticeship program during a session when the legislature is focused on making difficult budget cuts.
  • 01/20/2015
    Connecticut Democrats Plan Push to Kill Car Tax
    Wall Street Journal: In Greenwich, residents who own a vehicle with an assessed value of about $15,000 pay about $165 annually in car taxes. Democratic state Sen. Martin Looney, the Senate’s highest ranking member, plans a push this year to change the tax, following a failed attempt in 2013 by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy to get it eliminated.
  • 01/20/2015
    Panelists in New Haven talk next steps for Common Core
    New Haven Register: discussion about Common Core state standards Tuesday at Varick AME Zion Church was absent heated arguments against the standards — and instead featured panelists discussing next steps for implementation and parent concerns about larger educational issues.
  • 01/13/2015
    Looney Promises To Look Out For Maynard's Towns
    Hartford Courant: Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney met Monday in Groton with municipal officials from the 18th Senate District, promising to represent them while their senator, Andrew Maynard, continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury.

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Supporting Norwalk Community Nonprofits

January 23, 2015 — Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff joined business representatives to present checks to Norwalk nonprofits as part of a holiday giving campaign. Senator Duff helped coordinate the donation of $16,500 by local businesses

Touring Optimus HealthCare Center in Bridgeport

January 16, 2015 — Senator Moore visited the Optimus HealthCare Center in Bridgeport to learn about the comprehensive healthcare services it provides for the surrounding community.

Mae Flexer Sworn In As State Senator

January 7, 2015 — Senator Flexer reflects on her first day in the State Senate and details some of her priorities for the 2015 legislative session.

First Day in the Senate

January 7, 2015 — After being sworn in as the new State Senator for the 3rd District, Senator Larson shares some of his legislative goals for the 2015 legislative session.

First Day in the Senate

January 7, 2015 — Marilyn Moore is sworn in to the Senate and details some of her priorities as the 2015 legislative session commences.