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Thu May 8, 2014
Malloy Addresses General Assembly as Session Ends; Juvenile Sentencing Bill Dies Again
Addressing the House and Senate as the legislative ended, Gov. Dannels made. Malloy is running for a second term as governor.
Bill Would Address Lengthy Sentences for Juvenile Offenders
Connecticut’s Senate has again failed to vote on a bill that would bring the state in line with two U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Justices ruled that life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional and states must give offenders an opportunity for a second review.
Ban on Storage of Gas-Drilling Waste
Connecticut has established a minimum three-year moratorium on the processing and storage of waste from natural gas exploration. The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday approving the measure that bans waste generated from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The bill now heads to Governor Malloy.
Sikorsky Aircraft Contract
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Stratford-based Sikorsky a contract valued at $1.2 billion dollars---for 6 test aircraft, and 21 overall. Most of the work will be done in Connecticut. Governor Malloy says this comes at a time when defense budgets are being significantly reduced. He says the contract, combined with an agreement to keep Sikorsky and other United Technologies companies in Connecticut for years to come, means residents will continue to have good paying jobs with good benefits.
Sorority Chapter Revoked After Hazing
University of Connecticut has revoked the registration and recognition of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority after a hazing investigation. A sophomore at the school alleged that sorority members forced her and others to commit humiliating acts. She says she was pressured to drink alcohol to the point of passing out. Uconn officials have ordered the sorority off campus by May 15.