— Sen. Beth Bye will step down as co-chairwoman of the legislature's powerful appropriations committee in order to spend more time with her wife, Tracey Wilson, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
Bye, a West Hartford Democrat who was handily re-elected earlier this month to a fourth term, disclosed her decision Monday after informing Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney.
"With this committee, more than any other, there are times when you just have to be in the room," Bye said. "But right now, I have to be in the room for her and that comes first."
Bye's announcement comes as the legislature is poised to begin what is likely to be grueling...