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  • Committee Approves Sweeping Tax Changes On Income, Sales

    Committee Approves Sweeping Tax Changes On Income, Sales
    HARTFORD – In a series of sweeping changes in state tax policy, the legislature's finance committee voted Wednesday to raise the income tax on the wealthy, legalize keno gambling and impose new sales taxes on services that are currently not taxed....
  • Finance Committee Backs Cap On Car Tax Rate

    Finance Committee Backs Cap On Car Tax Rate
    HARTFORD — A key legislative committee on Wednesday endorsed a sweeping plan to cap motor vehicle taxes, encourage regional cooperation among communities and hand over a portion of the sales tax to local governments. "I believe that this bill will...
  • Panel To Consider Lower Sales Tax Rate But Taxing More Items

    Panel To Consider Lower Sales Tax Rate But Taxing More Items
    HARTFORD — The legislature's tax committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a plan that would lower the state's sales tax rate, but expand the number of items that are taxed, a committee co-chairman said Tuesday. Co-Chairman Jeffrey Berger, D-...
  • Committee Approves Body Camera Training

    Committee Approves Body Camera Training
    With major police clashes in Baltimore, Charlotte, and Ferguson, Mo., a key Connecticut committee voted Tuesday to require all police officers to be trained in the use of deadly force and body cameras. The legislature’s public safety committee...
  • Health Care Cost Should Be Clear In Advance

    Health Care Cost Should Be Clear In Advance
    Many readers may be familiar with the story last year about a patient who received a bill for $117,000 from a doctor who had assisted in his surgery. This assistant surgeon — totally unknown to the patient — was not in the network of providers...
  • On Third Try, Youth Parole Bill Clears the State Senate

    On Third Try, Youth Parole Bill Clears the State Senate
    After two failed attempts, a criminal justice bill that would give juveniles serving lengthy prison terms the chance for parole cleared the state Senate Monday. The measure, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 31-5, now heads to the House of...
  • Chase Rogers Easily Gains Confirmation As Chief Justice

    Chase Rogers Easily Gains Confirmation As Chief Justice
    HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives approved the nomination of Chase T. Rogers as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court on Wednesday by a wide margin. Rogers has enjoyed bipartisan support through the years, but her appointment...
  • Legislators Hoping To Revive Some Failed Judiciary Bills

    Legislators Hoping To Revive Some Failed Judiciary Bills
    HARTFORD — Top legislators are working to resurrect many of the 45 bills that died in the judiciary committee this week, the casualty of an email squabble between two legislators that brought the committee's work to an abrupt halt. Democrats,...
  • Minnie Gonzalez: Email Clash Is Over

    Minnie Gonzalez: Email Clash Is Over
    State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez says it's over. Gonzalez, a Hartford Democrat, vaulted into the headllines this week after writing a highly critical email to Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, a Naugatuck Republican who serves as the committee’s ranking House member....
  • Police Videotaping Bill, And 44 Others, Die In Committee

    Police Videotaping Bill, And 44 Others, Die In Committee
    HARTFORD — A bill that would have allowed people to file lawsuits against police officers who interfere with those photographing or videotaping them during the performance of their duties was blocked Monday by Republicans in the judiciary committee....
  • Republicans Block Bill Allowing Lawsuits In Police Recording Cases

    Republicans blocked a controversial bill Monday that would have allowed citizens to file lawsuits if a police officer interfered with the citizen who was recording police activity with a camera or cell phone. Republicans expressed concerns because the...