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

  • 10/14/2014
    Seven towns join Clean Energy Communities
    Hartford Business Journal: Seven Connecticut towns – Colchester, New Hartford, Marlborough, Hebron, Bolton, Morris, and Vernon – have joined more than 100 others in joining the state's Clean Energy Communities program.
  • 10/14/2014
    Gilead Hill School unveils new preschool playground
    Reminder News: On Oct. 9, the Hebron Early Childhood Center at Gilead Hill School celebrated the long-awaited opening of the new courtyard playground at the school geared specificially toward preschool-aged children.
  • 10/09/2014
    Big Uptick In Job Gains Forecast For 2015 In Connecticut
    Hartford Courant: After sluggish gains this year, the Connecticut economy will add jobs next year in numbers close to the boom years of the late 1990s, a regional forecasting group said Thursday.
  • 10/05/2014
    Breast Density Can Affect Accuracy Of Mammograms
    Hartford Courant: Breast cancer survivors and physician continue working to ensure all women know how "dense" they are – their breast density.
  • 10/02/2014
    As its first building opens, Jackson Lab has an eye on expansion
    CT Mirror: Workers are still putting the finishing touches on The Jackson Laboratory’s new building on the UConn Health campus in Farmington, but some officials at the genomics lab are already thinking about their next facility.
  • 10/02/2014
    Connecticut To Cobble Together Rest Of Money For Walk Bridge
    Hartford Courant: The state will come up with the extra $188 million needed to replace the decrepit Norwalk River railroad bridge, but the new span won't be in place until 2020, officials announced Thursday.

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New Spanish-language Domestic Violence Hotline

October 15, 2014 —Senator Bartolomeo visits Chrysalis in Meriden to announce a new statewide Spanish-language hotline that offers 24 hour, 7-day a week access to certified domestic violence counselors who are fluent in both Spanish and English.

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.