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.

  • The legislature has passed a 10-year plan to provide 50,000 children with a high-quality early education and set the state on a path toward universal pre-k.

  • New legislation will impose new 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.

  • Senate Votes to Increase Protections for Electric Consumers

    With bipartisan support, the Senate passed greatly strengthened consumer protection measures for residential electric customers.

    “When customers shop for electric service, they should know exactly what is being offered and what their current rate and terms are. This bill will make that information available on customer’s monthly bills, in periodic reminders, online and in advertising materials.”
    Senator Bob Duff

  • Aerospace Investment

    The Senate has given bipartisan support to an agreement with United Technologies under which the company will make investments to upgrade and expand its aerospace r&d and manufacturing facilities in Connecticut over the next five years—impacting 75,000 jobs in the state.

  • Consumer Protections

    The Senate has recently passed three bills that will protect the rights and privacy of Connecticut consumers. The legislation will strengthen Connecticut’s “Do Not Call List,” protect consumers from fraudulent prepaid heating plans, protect the privacy rights of consumers and increase transparency in debit card transactions.

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

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 08/01/2014
    Economy adds 209,000 new jobs in July
    Hartford Courant: U.S. employment growth continued at a solid pace in July, with the economy adding 209,000 new jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.
  • 07/31/2014
    Manufacturers Optimistic About Economic Outlook
    WNPR: Manufacturers are increasingly bullish about the state of the economy, according to a new survey.
  • 07/31/2014
    Grant to help clear storm debris from Stratford shoreline
    Stratford Star: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program has awarded $752,822 in federal funds to the state to help remove marine debris generated by SuperStorm Sandy from Connecticut’s shoreline including Stratford. The Marine Debris Program funds were made available to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
  • 07/30/2014
    Lt. Gov. Wyman marks passage of sexual assault prevention law in Norwich
    The Day: Parents routinely caution young children to be wary of strangers, not to open doors or get into cars — called “stranger danger” — but it’s more difficult to talk about and teach about the possibility of danger within a family or trusted neighborhood.
  • 07/30/2014
    Bouncing Back, Economy Grew 4% for Quarter
    New York Times: The United States economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter of the year, shaking off the negative effects of an unusually harsh winter and stirring hopes that it might finally be establishing a solid enough footing to put the lingering effects of the recession squarely in the past.
  • 07/28/2014
    Waiting and waiting to go home: Many storm victims not home yet
    Milford Mirror: “We just want to get home,” said Joe Mirmina, one of Storm Sandy’s victims. Mirmina and his wife, Ann-Marie, are two of many Milford shoreline residents still struggling through red tape to get the government money they’ve been promised to fix their storm-damaged houses and move back home.

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Investing in Job Training Programs for Bridgeport

July 11, 2014 — Senator Musto toured Premier Construction MAC in Bridgeport to learn about the new training center that was established with the help of the state’s Small Business Express and STEP-Up programs.

STEP-Up Program Creates Jobs and Opportunities in West Haven

June 24, 2014 — Senator Holder-Winfield tours John DeGrand & Sons Inc. in West Haven to discuss the company’s success with the STEP-Up program.

Improving Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults

June 17, 2014 — Senator Gerratana discusses a recent report that details recommendations on how to improve behavioral health services in Connecticut.

Job Creation Gets a STEP-Up at a Manufacturer in Newington

June 12, 2014 —Senator Doyle tours Lynn Welding Co., Inc. in Newington to learn how the STEP-Up program has helped the small manufacturer to grow and retrain its workforce.

A Small Business Success Story in Norwich

June 9, 2014 — Senator Osten talks with Miranda Creative founder and Creative Director Maria Miranda in her business office about the positive impact that a state business loan has made on her company.