Connecticut legislature

State Senate
10:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

For Some Political Incumbents, the Races Are Real

Democrats Shawn Wooden, Sen. Eric Coleman, and Len Walker at a candidate forum in Hartford Thursday night.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Good government advocates sometimes lament how easy it is for incumbent politicians return to office, often uncontested. That's not always the case, though. One long-time, Democratic state senator is facing two challengers from within his party. 

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18th District
8:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Stonington State Sen. Andrew Maynard in Serious Condition After Injury

On May 17, State Sen. Andrew Maynard, left, stood with Congressman Joe Courtney at the Charles W. Morgan, boarding the ship for its first voyage in nearly 100 years. Maynard secured state bonding for a signficant share of the ship's restoration.
Connecticut Senate Democrats

A state senator from Stonington is in serious condition at a Rhode Island hospital after falling from an outside staircase at his home. 

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For-Profit Hospitals
1:58 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

St. Mary's Hospital Opts for Tenet Healthcare Deal

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A fifth hospital in Connecticut has announced plans to give up its not-for-profit status, and join the for-profit Tenet Healthcare group.

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New Month, New Fiscal Year
10:20 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Laws Take Effect in Connecticut

Governor Dannel Malloy signed several bills into law on May 12, 2014.
Governor Dannel Malloy

Connecticut's revised state budget and a host of new laws take effect Tuesday after being passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Dannel Malloy.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Boughton Bails, Party Money, and Political Alliances

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse recaps the week's political news.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Where We Live host John Dankosky recently had lunch with Luis Suárez and thought he was joking when he ordered "The Dankosky." Therefore, Colin McEnroe will guest-host our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton dropped out of the race for governor and threw his (lukewarm) support behind Tom Foley for the Republican nomination.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Juvenile Sentencing; Women in Politics; Guitarist Yovianna García

Madeline Sachs.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Each year, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center honors people whose writing advances social justice and inspires action. This year, the two winners of the Student Stowe Prize crafted essays on two issues that are very important in 2014.

Madeline Sachs, a high school student from Chicago, spoke on the inequity of juvenile sentencing standards, an issue that’s important as Connecticut lawmakers grapple with -- and still fail to implement -- a new law to come into compliance with a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. We hear some of her presentation and talk with a civil rights lawyer.

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Playing Ball
9:53 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Hartford State Senator Opposes New Rock Cats Stadium

A rendering of a proposed Rock Cats stadium in Hartford.
Credit City of Hartford

Earlier this week, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra called the plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city a "done deal." 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The Present and Future of Gun Control In America

Sen. Chris Murphy
Chion Wolf WNPR

The latest mass shooting in California has left many questioning America’s gun control policies, and left a grieving father pleading for action from lawmakers -- not sympathy.

This hour, we look at the present and future of gun control in America. We also consider how to celebrate the 200th birthday of Samuel Colt, the man who revolutionized and popularized the gun.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Wheelhouse Drinks Chocolate Milk To Recover From Convention Hangover

Tom Foley and Dan Malloy are endorsed for a rematch of the close 2010 race.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The conventions are over and the results are...familiar. Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley have been endorsed for a rematch of the 2010 race. But there may be a wild card entering the field. Jonathan Pelto is a liberal critic of Malloy and he's considering a run for governor.

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Tasers
2:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Connecticut Could Be First In U.S. to Have a Law Tracking Taser Use

One of the Tasers made by Taser International.
Sarah Caufield Creative Commons

The use of Tasers by police has been controversial in communities nationwide after isolated deaths and reports of misuse. In Connecticut, lawmakers have approved a bill that would make it the first state in the country to require police to report how the weapons are being used.

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Cafeteria Staple
1:21 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Tweeting Over Spilled (Chocolate) Milk

Gov. Malloy wins over the elementary school student demographic.
Credit United States Department of Agriculture

Governor Dannel Malloy's office released a statement today with an eye-catching title:

STATEMENT FROM GOV. MALLOY'S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR ANDREW DOBA ON CHOCOLATE MILK 

In case you missed it, a provision was put into a bill with "minor revisions" that would ban chocolate milk in schools.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The Wheelhouse Puts On Convention Hats

Are you ready for election season?
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse gears up for the statewide political conventions, which move the campaign season into full swing. Last week's Quinnipiac poll was good news for Tom Foley, who has been largely quiet recently.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Free Speech in the Public Workplace; Employment Law; an Exit Interview with Teresa Younger

U.S. Supreme Court
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Sometimes the rulings of the narrowly-divided Supreme Court actually reflect the very divided views of the public and the delicate nature of the law.

But the 2006 decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos made a lot of people scratch their heads. In it, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that work-related statements made by public employees are not protected by the First Amendment.  

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Connecticut First
5:23 pm
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

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The Session That Was
4:38 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Governor Malloy Reflects on the Session

Governor Dannel Malloy addresses reporters the day after the legislative session ends.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

With the state's legislative session now over, Governor Dannel Malloy met with reporters to discuss which bills were passed, and which weren't. Malloy told reporters that he got most of what he asked for in this short session. 

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Legislative Session
8:59 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Legislative Wrap-Up: Fracking Waste Moratorium Passes; Hospital Conversions Possible

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
Cliff Creative Commons

The General Assembly's session ended overnight with lawmakers finishing up work on a measure spelling out details of the $19 billion state budget. 

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Freedom of Information
4:33 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

FOI Advocates Pleased With Legislature's Lack of Action

Jim Smith, president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Efforts to change the state's laws regarding access to public information have apparently stalled. That comes as good news to those who advocate for freedom of information. 

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Horses Prevail
11:02 am
Wed May 7, 2014

A Bill to Protect Connecticut Horse Owners Heads to Governor's Desk

Horses being horses.
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Governor Dannel Malloy plans on signing a bill into law that says horses are not inherently vicious. Both the Senate and House unanimously passed the bill in recent days. It was first introduced by Malloy in response to a court decision involving a horse named Scuppy, who bit a child. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Budgets, Bills, and Freedom of Information

Keith Phaneuf, budget reporter for The Connecticut Mirror
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

There are just hours left in the 2014 legislative session, which means it’s time for lawmakers to start cramming in bills. This hour, we discuss the messy state budget with The Connecticut Mirror’s budget guru Keith Phaneuf.

We also talk about Freedom of Information, something that was changed in the closing minutes of the last session.

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Legislative Session
9:39 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Connecticut Senate Passes Bill Creating Three-Year Ban On Fracking Waste

Mamata.mulay Wikimedia Commons

Connecticut senators unanimously endorsed a bipartisan compromise on how to handle the possibility of waste coming to the state from hydraulic fracturing operations in other states. 

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Legislative Session
7:34 am
Tue May 6, 2014

School Security Bill Passes in Connecticut House of Representatives

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

A bill creating a system for the Department of Education to help Connecticut school districts make sure their security plans are adequate is moving through the General Assembly. 

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Connecticut First
5:32 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Senate Approves Annual Budget; Bill Would Expand Early-Childhood Education

The state Senate approved a $19 billion annual budget over the weekend. It postpones three tax breaks for shoppers and retired teachers as the state's surplus dissolves in the state’s sluggish economy. Democrats rallied around the package that provides funding for public education, housing, after-school programs, social service needs, and transportation infrastructure. The budget now awaits Governor Dannel Malloy's signature.

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Legislative Session
4:57 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Bill On Legal Notices Is Stalled

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Some of the state's municipal leaders have pushed for a change in state law that would allow them to save money and cut back on printed public notices. But it seems unlikely that lawmakers will pass a measure before the session ends on Wednesday. 

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Early Childhood Education
2:18 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

More Children in Connecticut Could Have Access to Preschool Soon

Gov. Dannel Malloy called for universal access to pre-kindergarten this year, including at a press event at a middle school in Hamden.
Gov. Dannel Malloy Creative Commons

The Connecticut General Assembly passed a budget this past weekend, which -- along with two other bits of legislation -- expands access to pre-kindergarten education. Advocates have said it doesn't reach the ideal goal of universal preschool, but it's an important step in that direction.

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Mental Health
7:55 am
Fri May 2, 2014

As Funding Runs Low, Two Early Intervention Programs Advocate for Support

One early intervention program in Connecticut is iCare, based in Middletown, which helps elementary-aged children in their schools, homes, and communities.
Paul Horton Creative Commons

School officials and health care professionals joined lawmakers at the state capitol on Thursday, touting the importance of early mental health care intervention for kids. It's a cause that's gotten increased attention since the school shooting in Newtown.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Wheelhouse Won't Be $55 Richer After All

Governor Dannel Malloy from January 11, 2013 on WNPR's Where We Live.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

If you had big plans for that $55 tax rebate that Governor Dannel Malloy announced in his State of the State address, think again.

This week, Malloy acknowledged this election-year plan was dead.

On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, our team of reporters will discuss the rebate, the 2014 race, Hillary Clinton's visit to UConn, and fracking legislation at the state capitol.

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Legislative Session
8:49 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bill Poised to Give More Freedom to Certain Nurses

Legislation introduced by the governor will allow certain APRNs to practice independently.
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A bill that would allow advanced practice registered nurses more flexibility appears poised to become a law.

The nurses, also known as APRNs, have been licensed to treat patients and prescribe medications independently since 1999, but there's been a catch. They can only do that after entering into a signed collaboration agreement with a medical doctor.

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Fracking Waste
12:12 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

What Connecticut Stands to Gain (and Lose) From Fracking

Water tanks preparing for a fracking job.
Joshua Doubek Creative Commons

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a ban of waste from “fracking,” the controversial method of obtaining natural gas cheaply. This comes less than a year after the state approved a major expansion of its natural gas infrastructure to capitalize on production in nearby states. Now, some are wondering whether Connecticut can avoid the environmental risks of the fracking boom.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Governor Malloy and DEEP Commissioner Klee In Studio

Governor Dannel Malloy on WNPR's Where We Live.
Credit Chion Wolf

For the first time since declaring his re-election plans, Governor Dannel Malloy joins us in studio as the legislative session winds down. Joining him is the new commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Robert Klee.

The Malloy administration continues its push for an expansion of natural gas, which is part of its Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

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Live Tweets
8:43 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Fracking, Tax Rebates, and Keno: Malloy and Klee Live

Governor Dannel Malloy during a previous appearance on WNPR's Where We Live
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy and Robert Klee, commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection appeared on WNPR's Where We Live to talk about the environment, energy, politics, and more.

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