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.

  • We passed new legislation that now imposes 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 10/24/2014
    Construction To Begin On New Commuter Rail Stations In Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin
    Hartford Courant: The New Haven to Springfield commuter rail service that's scheduled to begin in 2016 will be called the Hartford Line, said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who announced Friday that station construction will start this fall in Wallingford, Meriden and Berlin.
  • 10/24/2014
    Panel: City Can Do More For Its Teachers
    New Haven Independent: To figure out how to better support and evaluate teachers in and outside of the classroom, ask the teachers what they need.
  • 10/19/2014
    OP-ED | On the Occasion of the Opening of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
    CT News Junkie: On Oct. 7, several hundred friends and supporters gathered for the grand opening of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine on the University of Connecticut Health Center campus in Farmington. This will be the newest branch of The Jackson Laboratory — a nonprofit research institute that has been a pioneer in genetics research for 85 years.
  • 10/18/2014
    October is ADHD Awareness Month
    It's Relevant: "Kids with ADHD are brilliant kids," said M. Jeffry Spahr. "They just have more of a heavy load that they have to carry." Senator Bob Duff presented a proclamation declaring October as ADHD Awareness Month in Norwalk on Friday at Winston Preparatory school.
  • 10/14/2014
    Seven towns join Clean Energy Communities
    Hartford Business Journal: Seven Connecticut towns – Colchester, New Hartford, Marlborough, Hebron, Bolton, Morris, and Vernon – have joined more than 100 others in joining the state's Clean Energy Communities program.
  • 10/14/2014
    Gilead Hill School unveils new preschool playground
    Reminder News: On Oct. 9, the Hebron Early Childhood Center at Gilead Hill School celebrated the long-awaited opening of the new courtyard playground at the school geared specificially toward preschool-aged children.

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New Spanish-language Domestic Violence Hotline

October 15, 2014 —Senator Bartolomeo visits Chrysalis in Meriden to announce a new statewide Spanish-language hotline that offers 24 hour, 7-day a week access to certified domestic violence counselors who are fluent in both Spanish and English.

Redeveloping Middletown’s Waterfront 

September 29, 2014 —Senator Doyle and Senator Bartolomeo celebrate the announcement of a new plan to redevelop Middletown’s waterfront.

Improvements to Senior Housing in Glastonbury

September 24, 2014 — Senator Cassano visits the Village Green senior housing development in Glastonbury to celebrate the completion of 34 retrofitted and expanded apartments.