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Tue May 6, 2014
Malloy Says Metro-North Power Line Work Near Completion; School Security Bill Approved
Governor Dannel Malloy, joined by Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp ---- announced today that nearly 80 percent of the overhead power lines on the New Haven commuter rail between Southport and Bridgeport have been replaced.
A bill creating a system for the Department of Education to help Connecticut school districts update their security plans is moving through the General Assembly. The House of Representatives has voted in favor of the bill, which creates guidelines for the state to follow when working with districts whose "safe school climate plans" have been rejected.
Electric Supplier Bill Approved
The Connecticut House and Senate have approved consumer protections promising more transparent billing and marketing by electricity suppliers. This comes following numerous complaints from consumers about higher prices and deceptive marketing. The bill now heads to Governor Dannel Malloy, who supports it.
French Officials Say General Electric Offer to Buy Energy Company Too Low
French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by Connecticut-based General Electric for French engineering company Alstom is not large enough. The $17 billion bid for Alstom’s energy activities prompted resistance within the French government just as it is trying to revive the industry.
Senate Bill on Waste Fracking in Connecticut
Connecticut senators have endorsed a bipartisan compromise on how to handle the possibility of waste coming to the state from hydraulic fracturing operations in other states. The legislation creates a moratorium on the waste being stored or disposed in the state until the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection adopts regulations on the matter. The bill still needs support from the House of Representatives.