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Insulin, telehealth bills headed for governor’s desk
The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a pair of health bills that would cap the soaring cost of insulin in Connecticut and extend changes to telemedicine through March 2021. The Senate voted 35-1 in favor of a measure limiting the...
Connecticut’s coffers have swelled — not shrunk — during COVID
State government’s coffers have swelled by hundreds of millions of dollars since the coronavirus struck in mid-March, despite warnings of a nearly $1 billion deficit just three months ago. Connecticut’s rainy day fund, which stood at $2.5...
Police reforms clear Connecticut Senate on partisan vote
A divided state Senate shouldered past the fierce opposition of Connecticut police unions early Wednesday to vote 21-15 for final passage of a police accountability bill that both capitalizes on and addresses the outrage over the police killing...
What’s in Senate Republicans’ $1T pandemic relief plan
Senate Republican leaders on Monday unveiled a draft plan to provide $1 trillion in coronavirus relief funding ahead of talks with Democrats. A package of separate bills, it gives Congress the option of passing parts of the agenda — such as...
House Passes ‘Robust’ Police Accountability Bill
After eight hours of often emotional debate and a tie vote to strike a key provision, the police accountability bill passed the House in special session Friday morning. The bill includes a provision that would allow citizens to file civil...
House Overwhelmingly Approves No-Excuse Absentee Ballots
Republican lawmakers loudly objected to the ballot boxes Secretary of the State Denise Merrill bought for every town in Connecticut, but only two voted not to expand voting by absentee ballot in the November election. The House voted 144-2 in...
Constitutional Question Raised About Portion of Police Accountability Bill
State officials are questioning the creation of an independent office to investigate the use of deadly force as created by the police accountability bill that passed the House Friday. The Senate is expected to take up the bill Tuesday. ...
Fasano Calls For Delay On Police Accountability Vote
Hours after Attorney General William Tong declined to provide a formal opinion on the constitutionality of the police accountability bill, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, asked Senate Democratic leadership to put a vote on the...
Additional cost to reopen CT schools during a pandemic: $420 million
Whether schools open for in-person instruction or remote learning during this pandemic, the additional costs are pegged at $420 million. A recent survey of superintendents by the state Department of Education found that installing plexiglass,...
A quarter of Connecticut students went MIA when COVID closed schools. Could holding live, online classes lure them back?
The opportunity to see his crush is what drove one of Hilary McDevitt’s sixth grade students to log into the live online classes she began hosting after COVID-19 shuttered the elementary school she teaches at in Bridgeport. “This is so silly,...