Connecticut First
6:18 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Health Care Sign-Up Deadline Is Here; Metro-North Delays Are Up

Connecticut residents have until midnight tonight to obtain an insurance plan and avoid a federal tax penalty. Residents without health coverage can shop and compare plans at accesshealthct.com. Anyone who remains uninsured when the deadline expires will face a penalty of either 1 percent of the family's gross household income or $95 for each uninsured individual -- whichever amount is greater.

Metro-North train delays rose early this year as the railroad expanded track repair work after a year of major problems. An operating report shows maintenance work delayed more than 4,500 trains in the first two months of the year, compared with only 456 delays the year before. The extreme winter weather also played a role in delaying about a thousand trains which is a 485 percent spike over last year’s milder winter.

Long Gun Rules Change April 1 

Connecticut State Police are reminding firearms owners that state regulations on long guns will change this week. Troopers say that beginning April 1 long guns cannot be sold or transferred without a permit or eligibility certificate to carry pistols or revolvers or a long gun eligibility certificate. 

Public Testimony Heard Over Child Guardians

Lawmakers heard testimony today on a bill prompted by complaints from parents involved in contentious child custody cases. The wide-ranging proposal involves attorneys for minor children and guardians who are appointed by judges to represent the interests of children in some custody cases. Some parents have been complaining that the guardians’ fees are too high.

Keno Repeal Is Considered

As the General Assembly considers ending Keno before it begins, Connecticut's two tribes that run casinos are close to an agreement to expand gaming beyond their reservations.The Mohegan Indians said they have forwarded an agreement to allow Keno statewide to the state's budget office, while the Mashantucket Pequots said they are finalizing language within the agreement.  Governor Dannel Malloy says he will not stand in the way if the General Assembly repeals Keno.

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