Connecticut legislature http://wnpr.org en Judiciary Committee Approves Ban on Fracking Waste Disposal http://wnpr.org/post/judiciary-committee-approves-ban-fracking-waste-disposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would ban the storage or disposal of waste from </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Connecticut is moving through the General Assembly.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:21 +0000 Associated Press 20172 at http://wnpr.org Judiciary Committee Approves Ban on Fracking Waste Disposal Democratic Lawmakers Disagree on GMO Grass Seed Bill http://wnpr.org/post/democratic-lawmakers-disagree-gmo-grass-seed-bill <p>Democrats hold the majority in the General Assembly so it’s rare when a bill endorsed by Democrats in one chamber gets defeated in the other. But that's exactly what happened this week.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:04:06 +0000 Ray Hardman 20015 at http://wnpr.org Democratic Lawmakers Disagree on GMO Grass Seed Bill Ted Kennedy, Jr. Announces Bid for Connecticut State Senate http://wnpr.org/post/ted-kennedy-jr-announces-bid-connecticut-state-senate <p>Appearing camera ready and primed, Ted Kennedy Jr. – son of the late U.S. Senator of the same name, and nephew of President John F. Kennedy – announced on Tuesday night that he’s entering politics. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:33:31 +0000 Lori Mack 19836 at http://wnpr.org Ted Kennedy, Jr. Announces Bid for Connecticut State Senate E-Cigarette Bill Would Ban Marketing to Kids http://wnpr.org/post/e-cigarette-bill-would-ban-marketing-kids <p>Two members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have launched a bill that would ban companies from marketing e-cigarettes to children.</p><p>But they ran into some vocal opposition during a press conference to launch the legislation.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:26:15 +0000 Harriet Jones 19782 at http://wnpr.org E-Cigarette Bill Would Ban Marketing to Kids A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners http://wnpr.org/post/lot-riding-bill-limit-liability-connecticut-horse-owners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are all horses naturally vicious? The State Supreme Court didn't answer that question in its recent ruling about a horse named </span>Scuppy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who bit a toddler in 2006.</span></p><p>However, a majority of justices agreed that all horses are inclined to bite. This presumption has upset horse owners and equine business owners in Connecticut, who say a lot is now riding on legislation that would reduce their liability to personal injury lawsuits.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:27:16 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19750 at http://wnpr.org A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners Bill Could Net the State $100 Million a Year From Low-Wage Employers http://wnpr.org/post/bill-could-net-state-100-million-year-low-wage-employers <p>A new analysis says large companies that allow their workers to rely on state assistance could be heavily penalized by a law currently being considered by the state legislature.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:59:55 +0000 Harriet Jones 19712 at http://wnpr.org Bill Could Net the State $100 Million a Year From Low-Wage Employers Reverse PILOT Proposal Considered Unfair By Some Connecticut Institutions http://wnpr.org/post/reverse-pilot-proposal-considered-unfair-some-connecticut-institutions <p>Some municipal and state leaders would like to see non-profit colleges and hospitals pay taxes to the towns where they reside. One higher education official said the particular idea currently being floated is unfair.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:14:12 +0000 Diane Orson 19705 at http://wnpr.org Reverse PILOT Proposal Considered Unfair By Some Connecticut Institutions Legislative Committee Blocks Charla Nash's Request to Sue http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-committee-blocks-charla-nashs-request-sue <p>A legislative committee is not allowing a Connecticut woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack to sue the state and seek financial damages.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:02:51 +0000 Associated Press 19483 at http://wnpr.org Legislative Committee Blocks Charla Nash's Request to Sue Bill Aims to Help Low-Income Workers Save For Retirement http://wnpr.org/post/bill-aims-help-low-income-workers-save-retirement <div><p>Three quarters of Americans nearing retirement have saved less than $30,000 for their retirement years, according to data from the New School for Social Research.&nbsp;Decades of stagnant incomes, an inability to save, and disappearing pensions are part of the reason.</p><p>One third of Connecticut residents are baby boomers, and state legislators are proposing a program to help them do a better job preparing for retirement.</p></div><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:04:02 +0000 Skyler Magnoli 19379 at http://wnpr.org Bill Aims to Help Low-Income Workers Save For Retirement Charla Nash Wants Her Day in Court http://wnpr.org/post/charla-nash-wants-her-day-court <p></p><p>Charla<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charla Nash was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee in February of 2009, while helping her employer, Sandra Herold, get her pet, Travis, back in his cage. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nash says she was unaware of the danger that lurked. </span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:03:04 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 19346 at http://wnpr.org Charla Nash Wants Her Day in Court Newspapers, Municipalities Still Divided Over Legal Notices http://wnpr.org/post/newspapers-municipalities-still-divided-over-legal-notices <p>The state's daily newspapers, and its towns and cities, remain divided over how to change the state’s laws on printed legal notices.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:13:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19227 at http://wnpr.org Newspapers, Municipalities Still Divided Over Legal Notices Connecticut Has High Hospital Infection Rate; Legislature Approves a PILOT Bill http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-has-high-hospital-infection-rate-legislature-approves-pilot-bill <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/b5nORYFE5jg?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Patients at Connecticut hospitals in 2012 contracted infections during treatment at rates “significantly” higher than the national rate. According to a report released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Connecticut patients contracted infections during or after colon surgery at a rate 27 percent higher than the national average.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:47:44 +0000 Teri McCready 19154 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy Signs Minimum Wage Law in New Britain http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-signs-minimum-wage-law-new-britain <p>President Obama has congratulated Connecticut for becoming the first state to officially endorse his goal for the minimum wage. The General Assembly on Wednesday night passed a bill that will raise the wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:51:45 +0000 Harriet Jones 19129 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy Signs Minimum Wage Law in New Britain Connecticut General Assembly Passes Minimum Wage Bill http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-general-assembly-passes-minimum-wage-bill <p>The Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill that would raise Connecticut's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017. The legislation makes the state the first in the nation to endorse President Barack Obama's goal for the national minimum wage.</p><p>Republican senators offered a variety of amendments to the bill, but all were been defeated. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:22:22 +0000 Harriet Jones 19052 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut General Assembly Passes Minimum Wage Bill Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/are-there-better-ways-handling-child-custody-cases-connecticut <p><font size="2">There's growing tension in Connecticut between parents and guardian ad litem lawyers or GALs, who are appointed to represent minor children in child custody cases.</font></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Alan Yu 19005 at http://wnpr.org Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-legislative-deadlines-money-politics-and-common-core <p>Key deadlines are coming up for some proposed legislation at the state capitol and some have already passed. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we talk about what bills may or may not make it out of committee.</p><p>We also discuss the role of money in this year’s statewide elections. Common Core remains in the national headlines, with Indiana actually dropping the standards.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19011 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core Minimum Wage Hike Has Mixed Effects http://wnpr.org/post/minimum-wage-hike-has-mixed-effects <p>A new analysis from UConn claims that Connecticut may suffer some real economic pain from the minimum wage increase that went into effect this year.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:49:53 +0000 Harriet Jones 19000 at http://wnpr.org Minimum Wage Hike Has Mixed Effects Bill Aims to Strike Obsolete Regulations http://wnpr.org/post/bill-aims-strike-obsolete-regulations <p>Governor Dannel Malloy <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=5049&amp;which_year=2014&amp;SUBMIT1.x=0&amp;SUBMIT1.y=0&amp;SUBMIT1=Normal" target="_blank">has submitted a bill</a> that would eliminate about a thousand pages of regulation that's currently on the state's books.&nbsp;</p><p>The regulations dealt with in the bill are pretty obscure. Malloy's office has dubbed them obsolete, duplicative or excessively burdensome.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:39:32 +0000 Harriet Jones 18999 at http://wnpr.org Bill Aims to Strike Obsolete Regulations A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System http://wnpr.org/post/look-inside-connecticuts-family-court-system <p>Earlier this month, <em>The Connecticut Law Tribune</em> reported that a number of the state’s guardian ad litem lawyers had withdrawn from their child custody cases.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their actions came in response to growing tension within the family courts, where parents and advocates have criticized the system -- and the lawyers in it -- for high fees and lack of oversight.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:39:51 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18987 at http://wnpr.org A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System Checking In With Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey http://wnpr.org/post/checking-senate-president-don-williams-and-house-speaker-brendan-sharkey <p>Today, conversations with Connecticut’s top two lawmakers - Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey - about two big issues: Freedom of Information and taxes.</p><p>Williams has announced his retirement after 20 years in the legislature after this session ends. We talk about his tenure, which included the aftermath of the scandal that sent Governor John Rowland to jail. And about his testimony over proposed legislation that would limit access to public records.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:16:26 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18919 at http://wnpr.org Checking In With Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey Governor Malloy Discusses College Affordability; Panel Approves PTSD Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-discusses-college-affordability-panel-approves-ptsd-proposal <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/akX8BOOqvDA?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:17:16 +0000 Teri McCready 18699 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Cities and Towns Make Their Case for Funding http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-cities-and-towns-make-their-case-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Municipal leaders from across the state came to the capitol Wednesday to speak to legislators about their budget concerns.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:53:57 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18704 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Cities and Towns Make Their Case for Funding Global Warming: Attitudes Toward Our Changing World http://wnpr.org/post/global-warming-attitudes-toward-our-changing-world <p>A recent Gallup poll found that, when it comes to climate change, Americans just aren't that worried. Less than 36% of those surveyed recognized global warming as an immediate threat, while most placed economic, federal spending, and healthcare issues above the need for environmental action.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:34:59 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18613 at http://wnpr.org Global Warming: Attitudes Toward Our Changing World For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-deer-sunday-may-no-longer-be-day-rest <p>The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hasn't done a statewide estimate for about five years, but at last count, there were around 120,000 deer in Connecticut, with the largest concentrations in Fairfield County.</p><p>DEEP officials said the numbers are getting out of control, and voiced their support for a legislative&nbsp;proposal that would&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">expand deer hunting in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18588 at http://wnpr.org For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest Testimony Given on Aid-in-Dying Bill; Drop in Hospital Revenue http://wnpr.org/post/testimony-given-aid-dying-bill-drop-hospital-revenue <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JEpWK-LRnbc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The legislature's Public Health Committee heard testimony on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives. &nbsp;It's supported by an advocacy group called Compassion and Choices, which has spent thousands lobbying for the bill---while the Catholic Church, along with the Family Institute of Connecticut, have voiced strong opposition.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:48:23 +0000 Teri McCready 18575 at http://wnpr.org Public Testifies on "Aid in Dying" Bill http://wnpr.org/post/public-testifies-aid-dying-bill <p>A legislative hearing was held Monday on a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to the terminally ill. &nbsp;The session brought emotional testimony from those both in favor and opposed.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:13:53 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18576 at http://wnpr.org Public Testifies on "Aid in Dying" Bill Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" http://wnpr.org/post/legislature-hears-testimony-aid-dying <p>The legislature's Public Health Committee is slated to hear testimony Monday on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients to end their lives.</p><p>The so called aid-in-dying legislation is likely to draw impassioned advocates on both sides.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:40:43 +0000 Harriet Jones 18549 at http://wnpr.org Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" Papers Fight Proposals to Alter Publication of Legal Notices http://wnpr.org/post/papers-fight-proposals-alter-publication-legal-notices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As newspaper advertising revenue continues its slump across the country, publishers are trying to hold on to one line of stable cash: the printed legal notice. In Connecticut, municipal leaders are pushing for a change in state law that would allow them to save money and cut back on those notices. And newspapers are pushing back.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:08:06 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18456 at http://wnpr.org Papers Fight Proposals to Alter Publication of Legal Notices Hospitals Plead for Tax Phase-Out http://wnpr.org/post/hospitals-plead-tax-phase-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hospital executives and employees spoke out at a legislative hearing about the imposition of a tax that they said has had a detrimental effect on patient care in recent years.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:04:10 +0000 Harriet Jones 18428 at http://wnpr.org Hospitals Plead for Tax Phase-Out State Lawmakers Consider Requiring Providers to Offer Some Hepatitis C Screenings http://wnpr.org/post/state-lawmakers-consider-requiring-providers-offer-some-hepatitis-c-screenings <p>Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill on Friday that would require primary health care providers to offer baby boomers a screening test for Hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposed legislation would affect patients born between 1945 and 1965.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:25:11 +0000 Heather Brandon 18424 at http://wnpr.org State Lawmakers Consider Requiring Providers to Offer Some Hepatitis C Screenings