Recap of the 2014 Legislative Session

May 8, 2014 —Senate Democratic Leaders praise the State Senate for its approval of a variety of issues aimed at improving the lives of Connecticut residents.

  • 2014 End of Session Report
  • Connecticut
    Smart Start

    This year we passed a 10-year plan to provide 50,000 children with high-quality early education and set the state on a path toward universal pre-K. Competitive funding to achieve this goal will son be available for our cities and towns.

  • We passed new legislation that will impose fines and penalties for reckless motorists who seriously injure or kill pedestrians and other users of public way. These “vulnerable users” include pedestrians, highway workers, cyclists, a person operating an agricultural tractor or farm implement, a blind person and his or her service animal, and others.

  • Electric Customer’s
    Bill of Rights

    Beginning this summer, several changes took place to laws concerning Connecticut’s electricity market. With this legislation we created greater transparency and increased protections for residential consumers by requiring electricity suppliers to provide very clear and specific information about how much they are being charged for electricity.

  • $10.10 - Connecticut's minimum wage comes closer to becoming a living wage

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 09/15/2014
    Benefit corporations prepare for launch
    Hartford Business Journal: On Oct. 1, Christopher Brechlin plans to convert his Willimantic civic startup, Blueprint for a Dream, into one of Connecticut's first benefit corporations.
  • 09/11/2014
    Traffic Stop Statistics Examine Racial Profiling Issue
    Hartford Courant: Civil rights activists say statistics released Thursday by a state racial profiling task force provide a clear enough picture of the problem for police around Connecticut to start reforming their policies and procedures. But members of the task force and a top police official insist the raw data still needs far more analysis before any hard conclusions can be drawn.
  • 09/11/2014
    Shell fishermen protest new state requirements
    WFSB-3: A profession that has been ingrained into Connecticut's history for generations is under attack, fishermen from across the state claim.
  • 09/10/2014
    Delivery Of 405 new rail cars ordered to be complete by the end Of 2014
    The Norwalk Hour: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday that Connecticut is close to receiving all of the 405 Kawasaki M-8 rail cars that were ordered to replace the entire New Haven Line fleet which is well beyond its useful lifespan.
  • 09/09/2014
    New Mental Health Website Created by Young People for Young People in Connecticut
    Connecticut Magazine: Mental health and substance abuse have been hot button topics on the public agenda for years. As a nation we have increased awareness of, and funding to address, these issues—though many would argue not well enough. Yet stigmatizaton and misinformation persists along the path to wellness and recovery for people who struggle.
  • 09/09/2014
    Group pushes for more jobs for minorities, New Haven residents
    New Haven Register: Looney said at the state level, the administration of Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy already has had some success finding jobs for the unemployed. He said the Step Up jobs program, launched in 2011, has enabled companies to hire over 2,500 previously unemployed individuals at an average salary of $14 per hour.

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Upgrading Connecticut’s Data Networks

September 15, 2014 — Senator Bye announces a revolutionary plan to updgrade Connecticut’s data network infrastructure to ensure high-speed internet access for local communities and businesses.

Groundbreaking for Wall Street Place

September 12, 2014 — Senator Duff celebrates the groundbreaking for a new, $46 million mixed-used housing and retail development in Norwalk.

Securing the Future of Manufacturing Jobs in Connecticut

September 3, 2014 — Senator Cassano applauds an investment by UTC to upgrade and expand its aerospace research and development/manufacturing facilities which support more than 75,000 jobs in Connecticut.

Making a Splash for a Good Cause

September 3, 2014 — Senators Looney and Fasano took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for, and awareness of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.