DEFINITIONS AND WHAT ABOUT CREATIVE BOOKKEEPING?  WESTON TEAM;  HANDY LIST OF ALL LEGISLATOR CONTACTS
Most of CT wants a blue solution - "Structural Change" alternative #2.  Example:  https://www.thehour.com/opinion/article/Editorial-Creative-thinking-needed-on-state-13411348.php

TABLE OF CONTENTS
NEWS:  SESSION DAY Wednesday March 13th, 11:30am for both House and Senate

Five Special Elections for Senators and Representatives who have joined the new Administration - DONE.

2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION DAYS - January 9. 2019 to June 5, 2019.  COMMITTEE DEADLINES;

COMMITTEES we "follow" meaning we watch them and track all meetings.
P&D
Environment
Energy & Technology
Transportation

COMMITTEE Chairs for 2019-2021 Session.  Others we follow sort of:

Education, and Higher Education.

Housing and some others, too, as things develop.  Commerce; G.A.E.;  for gambling - Public Safety and SecurityOPIOIDS as we follow this issue and other cultural problems.

Committee on Contested Elections (the results in this case in the 120th District)

BIENNIAL BUDGET:
Appropriations;
Finance.  Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.





THE CONNECTICUT LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2019-2021 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND LINKS...
Senator Haskell: 6 Committees - Environment, GAE, Higher Education (Senate Chair). Human Services, Judiciary, Transportation
Senator Hwang: 4 Committees (Ranking Member on 3) - Higher Education, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation
Representative Hughes: 3 Committees - Aging, Human Services, Insurance & Real Estate


 

Weston's Rep. wants to tax the rich - Anne Hughs Co-Chair:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/03/15/progressive-dems-offer-new-tax-hike-aimed-at-millionaires/


PARTICULARLY COGENT NEWS COMMENT
https://ctmirror.org/2019/01/11/lamont-plants-clues-first-budget-opening-address/
https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Ken-Dixon-What-to-remember-of-Lamont-s-first-13528748.php
CTNEWSJUNKIE
CTPOST
CT MIRROR
AS WE WAITED ON NEXT LEGISLATURE...AND ADMINISTRATION...




NEWS



Connecticut will be "sin tax capital" as well as a sweet smell of "affordable" MJ.  Zoning decision may be affected - incentivize communities.


HOW COULD THE FUTURE OF CT LOOK BETTER?  ANSWER:  IN A DRUGGED STATE.  REP. ELLIOT THE MOST INFORMED.
1st draft of legalized pot - gambling on getting high:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190314_lawmakers_offer_first_draft_of_legal_cannabis_bills/
Q&A:  http://ct-n.com/CTNplayer.asp?livestream=0




Comprehensive report from CT MIRROR:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/02/12/gop-candidate-asks-court-for-new-review-of-disputed-stratford-election/

Committee on Contested Elections ("CCE"):  IN  CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:
  1. January 11, 2019
  2. January 18, 2019
  3. January 24, 2019
  4. January 25, 2019
  5. February 1, 2019
  6. More on Monday...2-2 tie:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/02/04/house-committee-deadlocks-on-disputed-stratford-election/




L-R - Mike D'Agostino (Chair.), Jason Perrillio, Vin Candeloria, Greg Haddad
Four members, 2 from each Party.  Familiar faces from last Session or two. 
The one lawyer is Chair. (l) - and he took the opportunity to make a case for one of the three reasons to hold or not a special election: 


Committee on Contested Elections, 1-18-19

ORGANIZING THE PROCESS FOR TESTMONY...  
 
SUBPOENAS TO BE ISSUED
If this is a several phase process.  Testimony at 10am, location - LOB, 2A.- on Thursday;  continuing 1pm Friday same location.




Committee on Contested Elections, 1-24-19;  10am - 3:30pm with brief lunch break.
COMMITTEE ON CONTESTED ELECTIONS ISSUES SUBPOENAS FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY


              
WITNESSES
Questions about how election day goes.  What may have been the source of the boo-boo?  "EDR" number has no trail... Break at 11:32am.  Chain of custody?  So you both verify this?

PLAY-BY-PLAY OF ELECTION WEEK
Republican Registrar (above#2), Democrat Registrar (above#3) reported how it worked.  Input of data for questions the next morning;  18 votes made re-canvas necessary.  Friday they announced the result.



MALCOLM STARRATT, MODERATOR AT BUNNELL
       

QUESTIONS RE:  HOW IT HAPPPENED - 16 year old poll worker???
"I don't see my candidates" sparked the whole thing.  Inconsistency?  More detail- "intent to cast a ballot" subjective process. 

Subpoenaed (no good deed goes unpunished dept.) 
Last witness is a poll worker who claimed he had no training, did not know that there were 2 districts at Bunnell...


3:30pm adjourned until tomorrow at 1pm.








COMMITTEE ON CONTESTED ELECTIONS, 1-25-19

    
Round two...
More Registrars' office folks...then recess to wait to hear from Dem winner's attorney. 

   
Democrat attorney.
Young took the oath January 9th.  He gets to serve, no problema.   Isn't this an exercise in futility?


NEXT AND FINAL (?) STEPS...
This is going to keep going until Jan. 30.  And a bit more to make sure everyone is heard.  See posted schedule of meetings - nothing Wed., Thuirs., but yes for Friday!

Meeting adjourned (not too long)




COMMITTEE ON CONTESTED ELECTIONS
February 1, 2019
.

Decision and debate.
News:  :https://www.ctinsider.com/politics/thehour/article/Dan-Haar-Bring-a-new-election-in-Stratford-13613852.php
Report:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/02/04/house-committee-deadlocks-on-disputed-stratford-election/
By the way, we note that another story of mistakes by local election officials in recounted areas (Ansonia senate seat) - an argument that all local officials make mistakes? 





JANUARY 9 TO JUNE 5, 2019 (shown)

"LEGISLATIVE SESSION DAYS"
Opening Day, Governor's addresses...in chronological order.

Our running commentary:
  IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER 

HOUSE

SENATE







OPENING DAY IS JANUARY 9 (Wednesday), 2019.
Swearing in preceded by Amazing Grace performance.  Swearing in done by former Chief Justice, friend of the family...

  
Joint Convention opened and conducted by LTGOV Susan Bysiewicz:  Public-Private deal:  Federal Workers in CT $$
Lamont address very personable....thanks Gov. Malloy (perhaps for having plagiarized Himself's previous messages)
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DEBT DIET:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190220_lamont_plan_calls_for_53_toll_gantries/



COURANT reports 25% of teacher retirement costs to towns:  https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-gov-lamont-teachers-pension-fund-20190219-ogw7tzzn75fdzhs7ftljbhfgly-story.html
RISK-REWARD RETIREMENT COSTS: 
https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190219_labor_says_it_wont_entertain_lamonts_request_for_concessions/

We watched it live.  https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/2019-Legislative-Proposals
The Governor noticed what got a luke warm reception.and more detail to be delivered in person by OPM - on the link above...

         
Quick run thru of power point  prior to Governor's budget address.
Office of Policy & Management Secretary explains that this pass thru on Teacher Retirement is not draconian - which doesn't do Weston any good, JMO.

WATCH IT HERE (12 NOON WEDNESDAY):  https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/2019-Legislative-Proposals

"Let's get to work."  https://portal.ct.gov/OPM/Bud-Budgets/2020-2021-Biennial-Budget/FY-2020-2021-Biennial-Budget


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Sin tax on 4 letter words? 
"Lamont to propose expanded taxes on sugary drinks, plastic bags, vaping products, tobacco and liquor bottles."



SLIPPERY SLOPE IN DEFINING A SIN
Do you remember where you bought various wine bottles? And he wants to encourage gambling/sports betting?

  

Sen. Looney's bill SB431.  The looming additional 1-mil statewide property tax to fund Payment In Lieu of Taxes ("PILOT").that sits in the Finance Revenue & Bonding Committee 

Tolls, check.  Car tax collected state-wide, check.  "Sugary drinks", wine bottle deposit...what else do we expect before Wednesday Biennial Budget Proposals?

$15 dollar minimum wage in 4 installments:  https://www.ctinsider.com/politics/thehour/article/Lamont-will-expand-the-sales-tax-base-but-not-13613533.php
HOSPITALS?  https://ctmirror.org/2019/02/04/hospital-tax-poses-huge-challenge-for-1st-lamont-budget/
CT "CREDIT CARD" CONTROL?  STORY HERE:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190212_lamont_wants_to_put_connecticut_on_debt_diet/
DIGITAL DOWNLOADS TO THE RESCUE?  MEANWHILE...
An open letter to the citizens of Connecticut:  https://www.ctinsider.com/politics/thehour/article/Lamont-Extend-drivers-licenses-to-eight-years-13607919.php

OPENING DAY OVER - KEN DIXON COMMENTS PLUS SOME GRAPHICS BY ABOUT TOWN

For the subject of what's in store for CT, Ken Dixon's take:  https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Ken-Dixon-What-to-remember-of-Lamont-s-first-13528748.php



TOMORROW IS GOV. LAMONT ON FIXING THE DAMN BUDGET ONCE AND FOR ALL DAY.





GOVERNOR'S BUDGET ADDRESS LATER IN FEBRUARY...



How does this fit into the "calendar?"  Or does it matter???




HOUSE



HOUSE COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP (D)
Feb. 26 Special Election for 2 House seats (elected candidates accepted positions in the Administration)





HOUSE SESSION March 13, 2019 schedule for 11:30am

We watched this relatively brief Session Day on the 14th. 
This seems to be only an appointments confirmation Session...







HOUSE SESSION Feb. 20, 2019 began at 10:30am and continued after 1:15pm until 3:04pm




         
After Governor's budget address, "HR" house resolutions debated and voted upon - i.e. union contracts.
Unionized prosecutors contract will now be with all the goodies in SEBAC

Commissioner of Labor vote:  115-21.

DOT unanimous lots of GOP OK from around CT.


Adjourned 3:04pm.  FWIW, Senate adjourned earlier.





HOUSE SESSION JAN. 30th at noon
, promptly.  House Leaderhip below.

 
Speaker notes 3000 bills to listen to no matter how silly;  Minority Leader calls out some bills on school districts.

ON THE "AGENDA" OR "CLERK'S DESK"

Nominations, bills, calendar...

Appointments, Re-Appointments and Nominations
Addiction services.  Airport Authority. Judges...Referees.  Rep. Vail announces intention to vote no on all judges out of deference to the issue of staff shortages.


Over before 2pm after Rep. Perone's report about massive heart attack.
He rose to speak to warn everyone who feels the symptoms to get to the emergency room prono.




EMERGENCY SESSION CALLED JAN. 22, 2019- 1pm

Will the House be in on time for this Emergency Session? YES IT DID.and is now, 3 minutes later, "standing at ease."  Many empty seats.  Back in business at 12:10pm.

HB5765 An Act Establishing...Loan Program administered  3 loans/90 days T$5kx3/tax/deferment/


Credit-worthiness not mentioned.  90 days?  Back pay lag.  High rate on unpaid taxes (18%). No fiscal note on amendment - perhaps because it doesn't have one - its purpose in the first place.

MAIN MOTION
127-15 (7 absent);  Minority Leader praises Gov. urges passage,

House done.  Sends bill to Senate.



OPENING DAY

2 D not seated -



Here we go again...
above, House swearing in
not including two who took jobs in the Administration.
Lots of new Senators including ours.  LTGOV intro.  Most striking but really not a surprise - three not present for the same reason as above:
PLEASE note that the Governor seemed to us to be laying down the law on everyone being positive and inclusionary (both Parties) - see notes.




SENATE



SENATE 23-13.- 3 D not seated - Feb. 26 Special Election for Senators elected who chose to join the Administration).




Senate Session Wednesday March 13, 2019 at 11:30am...did they entertain comment from K-9 visitors, too?








Senate wnt into Session later than House and finished sooner.




SENATE SESSION Jan. 30, 12 noon


Sen. Haskell speaks up for Commuter Council appointee


Same drill as House, but they put stuff on "consent calendars" and vote once.

Way before 2pm - done..




EMERGENCY SESSION JAN. 22, 2019 AT 1pm


We note that both the House and Senate are scheduled to open Emergency Sessions at the same time - usually the Senate takes its time...waiting for the House to send ot the bill approved.



2:30pm.  First 20 minutes sympathy on death of Stanley Bysiewicz.  We note bew /senator who had previously been in House (r).

Several more Senators spoke, too...
    

32-1 in favor. Sent to Governor.  Signing above.







OPENING DAY
 
INTRODUCTION OF ALL NEW SENATORS
Senator Haskell was one of a lot of new faces in the Upper Chamber, Chair Higher Ed and member of G.A.E., seated next to Senator Duff, Majority Leader of Senate.








COMMITTEES ABOUT TOWN FOLLOWS LIKE A HAWK


PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT



Co-Chairs Cassano, McCarthy-Vahey, Ranking Member Zawatowski



Wednesday, March 20, 2019  11am Public Hearing  (30 minute
AGENDA:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/pddata/pha/pdf/2019PHA00320-R001100PD-PHA.pdf



SB1082 Consolidation of call centers
911 -  PSAP:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB01082&which_year=2019
Regionalizing call centers - so why so many?  C.O.S.T. Exec. Director supports this and other technical regionalization improvements..

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SB882 - M.E.R.S. Surprise!  Towns and cities had cover the differential to cover lower estimated investment return %.
Bill on retirement:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00882&which_year=2019
Curt Lang, Hamden First Selectman (not pictured):  Do a new second tier - retirement, vesting period, all retirement years average., new tiers for new employees.
CCM suppports 882: Questions including those about unions.  WestCog join with Metro COG?  Regions?  Cafeteria works can't afford MERS increase/tiers - pro-labor (not shown).

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SB1081
Set-aside should be reinstated for minority/disability business for public projects.  Small towns don't bother to ask for state money.





Council of Small Towns leads off...
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB07192&which_year=2019

      

HB7192
C.O.S.T. - Combining with ACIR - next, OPM Under Secretary Jonathan Harris and excellent questions from legislator, right.
Eliminated by Governor of changing districts
ACIR cost-benefit analysis
COG funding must have adequate funding
Shared school services 874 - OPM & Governor will facilitate not mandate.
Regional assessment division - assessors' services affected?
Reval zones
PSAP

        
More questions
This is the part that eliminates presently elected officials.  And she thought "we the people" had the power...says minister, second from left below.

Re:  Tax Collectors
            
Rep. Metsgers says make mandatory into conditional.  Meridan minister tells it like it is.  COG issue - you need more people there.
Greenwich tax collector makes the argument about elected officials more responsible to voters.  Home rule undermined.Regional revenue sharing.

      
ACIR members testify...COGS and ACIR for research...continuity?  Turnover in CEO in Towns.


Concern.  
This is the new language of the bill not being heard at P&D today:   https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/News/20190320-Proposed-revisions-to-SB-874.pdf?la=en



Wilton citizen has a plan:  How do we deal with equality?
And more (@5:30pm)...but not much more.





P&D PH, Friday, March 15, 2019, 12 noon - https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/PDdata/pha/pdf/2019pha00315-R001200PD-pha.pdf

HB7319

            
Former Speaker loves the idea of proponent (next) - Co-Chair mixed;  others no so pleased.
"Sharing" within CT Town's (Cassano, r.) is easier to do than trying to get folks together from different towns.  FWIW:  In NYS "Town" is not the same as CT "Town"

          
OFFICIAL C.O.S.T. COMMENT -no- ZERO BASED BUDGET. PLACE TO START
Controlling costs - cut mandates.  Grow out of control (7319).- first step in regionalization.  Bonding authority a problem.  Which system is better?  So not ready for prime time (JMO).

HB6566:
Conflict of interest/town employees being on council.

BRIDGEPORT BILL
Combined legislative and finance, Charter


Above, we caught the end (we were watching FR&B live).  Saw replay on Saturday from the beginning...
In the meantime, we checked out testimony online.
CTNEWSJUNKIEreporting on P&D:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190315_municipal_leaders_divided_over_giving_schools_taxing_authority/

P&D UNDER THE RADAR MOST OF SESSION SO FAR...PH Friday, March 15 should be pretty hot....

With no visibility on CT-N previously, it has taken a lucky accident to discover these bills: 

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB7319&which_year=2019

https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/h/pdf/2019HB-07150-R00-HB.PDF




P&D FIRST PUBLIC HEARING 2-13-19

MULTI-FAMILY ZONES BILL GETS A HEARING...TESTIMONY https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocTmyBill.asp?comm_code=pd&bill=HB-05273&doc_year=2019


Doing our homework over the weekend...
WHAT'S UP AT P&D:  From the minutiae of their first  Public Hearing...above, focus on local need.

Planning & Development has sent this to LCO for drafting and a Public Hearing
An example of a bill, we would bet, that springs from a specific incident in the district of the legislators introducing it? 

Here's one that sounds interesting for seniors, perhaps:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB06761&which_year=2019

Had a Public Hearing last Wednesday:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/pddata/pha/pdf/2019PHA00213-R001115PD-PHA.pdf
Cluster Development (protecting wetlands):  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB06756&which_year=2019


As well as as-of-right multifamily housing zone:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB06761&which_year=2019
American Planning Association testimony:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/PDdata/Tmy/2019HB-05273-R000213-Piscitelli,%20Michael,%20President-CT%20Chapter%20of%20the%20American%20Planning%20Assoc.-AAC%20As%20Of%20Right%20Mulifamily%20Housing%20Zones-TMY.PDF


P&D Committee Meeting agenda, 1-30-19
A whole lot of change - we note Arts Districts;  and multi-family district nearby train station;  obstacles to merging fire districts.
At 10:30am, P&D met to do bills and at 10:40am they were done:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/pddata/ca/pdf/2019CA-00130-R001030PD-CA.pdf

Item#3 - refers bills to other committees
Item#4 - for public hearing
Item#5 - Concepts
Item#6 - Drafting

Next meeting next Wednesday.

P&D 1-16-19 Committee meeting - Ranking Member notes P&D works out conflicts between State and local governments.

Bills/Concepts raised at Planning and Development including "Shared Services" - https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/pddata/ca/pdf/2019CA-00116-R001115PD-CA.pdf



BILLS WE'RE INTERESTED IN
Don't they have this already - or maybe not?  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5542&which_year=2019
Link between transit and density - to be part of a Committee Bill eventually, we think:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5273&which_year=2019
ZBA member be alternate on P&Z:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB522&which_year=2019
Exemption of office supplies from property tax:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/s/pdf/2019SB-00363-R00-SB.PDF

PUBLIC NOTICE ONLINE
Posting public notices on Town website:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5230&which_year=2019
PUBLIC NOTICES IN ONLINE PAPERS:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB515&which_year=2019
AND ANOTHER:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB553&which_year=2019



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TO BE OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION FOR C.G.A.  OR IS IT FOR THE BOND COMMISSION?
Tarry a little, there is something else.
This BOND doth give thee here no jot of blood;
The words expressly are "a pound of flesh."
The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1, 304–307

Up in flames before the latest effort to revive got started - but no mind, Maybe fire insurance pay out can be set aside for any "match" required from a future grant? 

More here on fire:  https://www.nhregister.com/local/article/Latest-updates-on-Shakespeare-theater-fire-13532385.php

As of January 18th, bonding requested:  https://www.westport-news.com/politics/article/Lawmakers-request-bond-money-to-rebuild-destroyed-13544849.php





ENVIRONMENT 
Will they be tackling Trash to Energy Plant M.O.U. for the future?


PUBLIC HEARING ON, WELL, PLASTIC...
March 11, 2019...we'll watch it later...







SAME TIME AS EDUCATION 3-1-19...
Report from Environment P.H. on hemp:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190304_committee_urged_to_allow_farmers_to_cultivate_hemp_in_connecticut/







PUBLIC HEARING 2-15-19 ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE AGENDA



Food waste bill -  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00234&which_year=2019
Fishing fleet saving fuel and time via permit for dual landing.


WADSWORTH ATHENEUM CURATOR TESTIFIES (L)
Ivory bill - https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00020&which_year=2019
Take out teeth of this bill instead?  C.G.A. might ban the  expression "tinkling the ivories"next?  You have no idea how different this Session appears.


Fluke:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00226&which_year=2019


Turf fields 5249 - https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05249&which_year=2019


Tree clearing on Merritt Parkway - DOT "standards?"


Shark fin bill 5251


5394 Ivory - testimony by antiques dealer who looks familiar from Antiques Road Show!







State-wide Fracking Ban P.H. ongoing...Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

      
Many of these already voted on "to draft"
Which is the next step in the process.  No Public Hearing yet listed.  According to what this Committee has done in the past, everything seems to get drafted
!
JAN. 18, 2019

Committee Bills includes concepts raised:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/envdata/ca/pdf/2019CA-00118-R001100ENV-CA.pdf
  1. Calf Pasture as preserved natural place:  Why a Committee bill?  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00007&which_year=2019
  2. Elephant horns, rhino etc:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00020&which_year=2019
  3. Animal shelters:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00021&which_year=2019
  4. Flyers in driveway stormwater:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05092&which_year=2019
  5. Shark fins:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05251&which_year=2019
  6. Conveyance:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05254&which_year=2019
  7. Vegetation:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05308&which_year=2019
  8. Balloons:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05314&which_year=2019
  9. "Styrofoam":  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05384&which_year=2019
  10. Rhino horns:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05394&which_year=2019
PREVIOUSLY...
New Grant program:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5253&which_year=2019
No petshop animal sales:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5246&which_year=2019
No plastics:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBilShark fins:lType=Bill&bill_num=HB5245&which_year=2019
Expand fracking waste ban:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5244&which_year=2019
Prohibit use of artificial turf:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5249&which_year=2019
Free fishing licences seniors:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5187&which_year=2019
Free fishing licences (vets):  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5094&which_year=2019
HB5019 (bag tax):  5 cent tax of paper and plastic bags:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5019&which_year=2019
SB8 (hemp):  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB8&which_year=2019

  

CLIMATE CHANGE, PLASTIC BAG BAN, LONG ISLAND SOUND, EXPANDING FRACKING WASTE BAN
What our new Senator will push for in Environment this Session.- can't wait to hear what his plans are for the budget.  (R) New Stamford Representative backs anti-pet shop sale of animals.





ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY
Will they be tackling Trash to Energy Plant M.O.U. for the future?

   
WIND POWER?
Is that like political hot air power?  Here we go again...feel good?






TRANSPORTATION
 


TRUCKS ONLY 2018 (L) AND TOLLS YUP 2019
Graphic from early in 2018 campaign and brand new one.

SB423
TOLLS - Transportation Committee votes


      

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE MAY VERY WELL COME A TIME WHEN THOSE VOTING "YES" WILL SAY "I DIDN'T KNOW" WHEN $$ DREAMS VANISH...

THREE TOLL BILLS TO THE FLOOR

Others of the total 34 bills...vote deadline set for 6pm.

Just a note from About Town: 






A user fee, with discounts

The annual cost of a round-trip daily commute from Hartford to New Haven at rush hour would be about $823.46, based on pricing information provided by the state DOT.

Drivers with Connecticut-issued E-ZPass transponders would pay an average of 4.4 cents per mile during off-peak travel periods, which DOT officials said is a 30 percent discount off the 6.3-cent-per-mile price for out-of-state vehicles. The rates would go up 25 percent during rush hour as part of a congestion mitigation plan proposed by the DOT.

“Any part of this is still subject to change, with guidance that we get from the governor and legislature,” said Joe Giulietti, Lamont’s transportation commissioner and a former president of Metro-North Railroad.





Public Hearing March 6, 2019:  First hours for Committee questions of DOT & OPM


 
House Chair. Lemar;  OPM Sec'y clarifies much.  "Local traffic uses I-95 as a local road"...how will this work with discounted "fare" on highways?  Same plan?
 
History of toll roads simplified
Ans.  No.  The "congestion pricing" matter is separate from the toll discussion.  He'll get back to them.

PUBLIC HEARING continues...with the public!


Unified: CCM & Mayor of Waterbury and 1st Selectman of Ridgefield (& COST)

We cut out now...Committee had expected pitchforks - but not yet!




PUBLIC HEARING FEB. 13, 2019:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/tradata/pha/pdf/2019PHA00213-R001030TRA-PHA.pdf

  
SB419 - zone pricing. 
"Didn't know this existed" - does it?  Testimony seemed to be from the smaller operators (as opposed to gas-station-as-loss-leader at shopping centers).


SB713 - rest stops.and truckers and tourist center or the lack of same.





Comprehensive analysis:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190204_op-ed_looney_bill_a_nonstarter/


EDUCATION


BILLS WE NOTICED:  Report from CTNEWSJUNKIE lists more!
 

Co-Chair.



MARCH 1st Public Hearing, 1pm to close to 11pm (it didn't start on time becaause of crowds:  Nine (9) hours and 47 minutes long.
Reports from COURANT and the DAY.
Read our picture story below.  Press conference first.


Public Hearing 9hrs 47min:  We kept switching back and forth from Channel 59 to online.  We did not watch past 10:30pm.

FIRST HOUR
- Governor only wants voluntary consolidation - CONNCAN in driver's seat.
“We no longer live in a time in Connecticut where it is practical or feasible for the state to have 200 independently operated school districts."  

 

Poverty proxy question.  Apples to apples comparison of poverty.  Sort of light "invert" color function.



2-3pm - school children only.


3-4pm  - mix officials, public.  Then general public and finally at @5pm, Superintendents spoke.
And it continued until after 10:30pm...the woman who moved to CT (North Haven, I think), compared CT to other states as backward,  parochial and inferior to states with County based systems.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE 2-13-19
Concepts:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/eddata/ca/pdf/2019CA-00213-R001400ED-CA.pdf
First PH next week (the 20th???)

Regional school districts
Not so fast:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/s/pdf/2019SB-00572-R00-SB.PDF
Size of school districts (40,000):  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/s/pdf/2019SB-00454-R00-SB.PDF: 
Senator Looney fixed the language above to this: Regional schools...https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/s/pdf/2019SB-00738-R00-SB.PDF

Size of school districts (2000):  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/s/pdf/2019SB-00457-R00-SB.PDF

Special Ed
Special Ed:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/s/pdf/2019SB-00637-R00-SB.PDF
Lowering the excess cost threshold for out-of-district special education:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/h/pdf/2019HB-05069-R00-HB.PDF

CLIMATE CHANGE:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5011&which_year=2019

Report from Education Committee:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190128_education_committee_lets_at_least_talk_about_regionalization/

Higher Education - eliminate the Board of Regents:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05207&which_year=2019


PINK=decrease, GREEN=increase - percentage.
“We’ll see. Generally, I think that we ought to focus our money on the towns that are the most in need given the incredible achievement gap in this state,” he said. “I would keep the overall grant the same, not town-by-town, but the overall grant.”

One issue that Lamont will not face is legal uncertainty about whether the state is spending enough on education. The Connecticut Supreme Court in 2018 ruled that the state is providing students in Connecticut’s most impoverished school districts with the minimally adequate education the state constitution mandates...from CT MIRROR 1-7-19.


AT C.O.S.T.  RE:  TEACHER RETIREMENT
ON THE SAME SUBJECT:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/01/16/lawmakers-renew-teacher-pension-cost-sharing-debate/

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HIGHER EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

  

HIGHER EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
One concept introduced:  Use Section 8 $$ for students who are living in their cars in parking garages (estimated as 10% of Community college students).





HOUSING

P&Z TAKE NOTE - here it is for this Session:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/h/pdf/2019HB-05421-R00-HB.PDF


      
AT THE HOUSING COMMITTEE...What is meant by the term  "SUBJECT MATTER PUBLIC HEARING"
Watch this interest Committee meeting - well run and not too long!




COMMERCE
Above, Weston's version of the subject - Weston Shopping Center.

Support local business:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5005&which_year=2019
Sudent loan reimbursement:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5007&which_year=2019


Senate Co-Chair.
Members of the Committee include the one remaining Democrat who voted for the Republican Budget last Session.






GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION & ELECTIONS


Here comes Early Voting again...https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HJ5&which_year=2019






https://www.theday.com/local-news/20190218/when-it-comes-to-marijuana-detecting-impaired-driving-is-hazy-issue
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

ANOTHER ONE
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB17&which_year=2019

NEWS REPORTS:    

The DAY (direct):  https://www.theday.com/local-news/20190218/when-it-comes-to-marijuana-detecting-impaired-driving-is-hazy-issue

 
            
First the Lottery q&a regarding relationship to online gaming.  Sports betting, casino in Bridgeport - constituents favor RFP;  SB11 - move East Windsor casino forward.





Our observation of submitted testimony (indirect) of trifecta of groups - Police Chiefs, ACLU-CT and AAA Support Study Bill by Rep. Lavielle.  Example:
Marijuana for recreation/driving:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/psdata/tmy/2019HB-05152-R000214-McGuire,%20David,%20Executive%20Director-ACLU-CT-TMY.PDF

         
House Chair.;  Sens. Hwang and Osten, Rep. Hall (from East Windsor).



INFORMATIONAL PUBLIC HEARING TO UPDATE COMMITTEE ON WHERE IT ALLL STANDS

And we watched the beginning of the grilling of the Lottery folks re:  Auditors' report.
https://www.courant.com/politics/government-watch/hc-pol-lender-lottery-officials-questioned-20190125-y7j7ajj6t5ahjotoioq3n3wpl4-story.html





HUMAN SERVICES





Sunday Feb, 24, 2019 Public Hearing LIVE...

   
Weston's new legislators both on this Committee...

 
The definition of 24/7.
Testimony on inclusion of SMS as a recognized disease.





Closest Representative who speaks up for the Minority Party
APPROPRIATIONS:  Ranking Member, Hon. Gail Lavielle (143rd District/Wilton, Norwalk, Westport); and link to her comments on regionalization of education.  And legalization of recreational marijuana.



Appropriations



APPPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING 11 am to 2pm Feb. 21, 2019
THEN SUB-COMMITTEES WILL MEET HOLD P.H. AND RENDER REPORTS




ECONOMIC GROWTH IS THE GOAL (and by the way, they had to fix some arithmetic over night)
Q U E S T I O N S
       
OPM SEC'Y MCCALL (l), REP. LAVIELLE, SENATOR SOMERS, SENATOR MINER
1.  ECS:  How the 25% was arrived at?  (Not to mention how they came up with "over funded" districts.)
2.  Exact scope of what "sharing" theory will work?  School consolidation.  Gather facts first.  Set key milestones for districts.  Is there is an opportunity to consolidate, say yes or no and why.
3.  Hospital question. 
4.  And the last question:  How much under the Spending Cap for various parts of the budget is this CT BUDGET?

2pm adjourn.






Finance, Revenue & Bonding




Connecticut is the "Land of Steady Habits" and now we know which habits.  Thanks, F,R & B
Please note that only two people knew what "F,R&B" stands forSocializing funds for the neediest.



Finance Revenue & Bonding Public Hearing at 10:30am March 15, 2019
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/FINdata/pha/pdf/2019pha00315-R001030FIN-pha.pdf
We note that JF deadlines approach for most Committee - but FR&B comes last!!!


SB877 - NORWICH (Reliance Health and WATERBURY):  Governor's Budget cut it.
1)Sobriety.  2)More sobriety - depression.  3)And another, reading statement - mental health, substance abuse.  4)Homeless  5) mental health, 6)asks for Pequot fund to contribute. 7)mental health $$ - hears voices.8) & 9) & 10) 1 guy, 2 women.  11)mental health - take it from the wealthy 12)living in community - less expensive than psychiatric hospital. 13)disabilities.


OPM Sec'y McCaw testifies (again) on Governor's Bill


RACE TO THE BOTTOM?
Taxing junk food - but beer tax reduction not the same?  Sugar tax certain.  Jurisdictions or state-wide?  Boat tax?  Sales tax broadening...
CTPOST:  https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Bridgeport-state-Representative-dies-13691026.php

SB431
"Tax the wealthy more" seems to be the consensus... massage therapy to be taxed.

Rep. Santiago heart attack...


 
After break...testimony against SB431 and a few other billd from Sen. Somers;  SB431 testimony from COST members opposed.

Weston is, you should pardon the strong language, screwed.  In case you hadn't figured that out.

Sen. Looney modified SB431.  Rep. Wood dismayed.  New Democrat rep - unintended consequences?
We note that our concept from long ago re:  disparities had been 2 mils across the board - why stop at 2 mils in the 21st century?


Making the case for repealing "car tax" (must be a polished-up version of his one-page concept):
On another subject...
PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR POKES HOLES IN PROPOSALS, CRITIQUES THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET






We found a link to this in CT POST story on SB431:  https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/OPM/IGPP-Data-Grants-Mgmt/GL-2017-FY-2019-Mill-Rates-UPDATE.pdf?la=en


FR&B, 2-27-19:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16063

        
             
MANAGING EXPECTATIONS LIKE MANAGING TRAFFIC?
Congestion mitigation - "lox" box, tolling only on major routes. Reference made to "carrot" in "Fairfield County."  Income tax, capital gains restructuring...and there was more (15 min).  Diet soda not taxed.  Got a "wait 'til  DOT..."


WATCH OUT WESTCOG
Being of a suspicious nature, it would seem that the Finance Revenue & Bonding Committee will be quite prepared to employ all of Governor Lamont's ideas and "improve" them some as well.  



FR&B, 2-20-19:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/FINdata/ca/pdf/2019ca-00220-R000930FIN-ca.pdf




PUBLIC HEARING FEB. 13, 2019

    
HB6464 - taxing vaping.(L) and several hours later...operator of vaping place (doesn't do the bad cigarette pack in one vape).
 



MALL TAX:  Sen. Looney's bill - one of them!  So would Weston get a piece of sales at Danbury mall?  Probably not.

     
SB 475 - L - R - regional sharing of sales tax; Favorable;  Not so fast;. Later, retail industry says hell no (not pictured).  Rep. Klarides in behalf of seniors...NO.

 
SB124 - donation to state entity that would allow the giver to get a benefit on taxes.  No way.  Don't want this to undermine other sources of donations.



HB6270 (internet sales) HB6273;  Rhode Island. Speaker of the House testifies as does Norwalk-based software guy..
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IF THE SHOE FITS DEPT.
This is a comforting prospect, believe it or not.  It appears to cobble together various underfunded programs and injects a source of revenue.

"If it moves tax it" arrow in FR&B quiver...how to find money the state doesn't have.
https://www.ctpost.com/politics/article/Democrats-create-statewide-tax-rate-for-vehicles-13558312.php

PRESS:
https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-connecticut-sales-tax-exemptions-20190131-nwyzmeu6mzghdcuu2l3xoeigxq-story.html#nt=oft-Double%20Chain~Flex%20Feature~homepage-main-chain~centerpiece~~2~no-art~curated~curatedpage
https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/car_taxes_ECS_formula_proposals/







OPINION

https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20100107_op-ed_demand_that_lawmakers_take_action_on_plastic_bags/








BACKGROUND FROM A PREVIOUS SESSION
New HOUSE Chair. of Housing Committee McGee:  http://www.ct.gov/doh/lib/doh/analysis_of_impediments_2015.pdf








    

CHANGING KEYS
And we quote Sunday's COURANT

Len Fasano, the Republican leader in the state Senate, recently met with the governor-elect for 90 minutes and came away impressed.

"He’s not afraid to say ‘I know what I know and I know what I don’t know.'’' Fasano said. "He’s very honest about that and that is extraordinarily refreshing.''

But...“That’s the difficulty he’s going to run into. There are a lot of people who were elected and believe there’s a mandate for progressive/socialist policies when it was really more of a rejection of Trump...in the building that he’s operating in, there are many factors that could divert him from his mission."
Re:  Comment from CCAG leader, referring to 2006 campaign.  Which makes me think the Legislative Majority and the incoming administration may be playing the same tune, just on different instruments and with a different arrangement now. 






  
POT (l), HEMP (r) - Move to make both street legal by the end of this Session.
A much underrated way to help Connecticut residents ease the pain of fiscal burdens?  Hemp weaker.






MILLIONAIRES' TAX COMING?
Are we going to see Fiscal Stability's recommendations in another light in the Long Session?  "Trickle Up" economics?





REPORT
As some say, new administration "Malloy 2.0."  Meanwhile, "structural change" meaning robin hood approach and while he's at it, tolls cetaininly in the hopper.








By the way, is this one of the issues the new Governor will be facing?
One of our favorite topics. 

And after three months, it is partially fixed, according to COURANT report 1-29-19.






CALIFORNIA DREAMING L.I.S.-STYLE?
https://www.courthousenews.com/california-intent-on-public-access-for-beach-in-ritzy-enclave/





PLAY THAT NUMBER IN 2019? 






 
A.C.A. THREAT
https://www.theday.com/nationworld-news/20181214/federal-judge-in-texas-rules-obama-health-care-law-unconstitutional
Speaking of the A.C.A., outgoing Lt. Gov most knowledgeable about this:


TAPPED TO BE HEAD OF CT DEMS
We note Nancy Wyman has been strong leader in health care.



December 14, 2018 COURANT article opens new front in "crumbling foundations" matter.



SHRINKING NEWS SOURCES
And the Hartford COURANT picked up CT MIRROR report as the lead story December 15. 2018 on CRUMB RUBBER BAN(D)


 

HOW ABOUT DARIEN?
"...Barnes said the state, sooner or later, has to deal more directly with the fact that more affluent communities such as Greenwich, Weston, and Westport need less state funding than poorer communities such as Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport."

WATCH OUT WESTON:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/ben_barnes_unplugged/




NOW THIS WAS AN EYE-OPENER
Well now, why are we surprised by this?  Nice interview.









END OF YEAR JOINT COMMITTEE - APPROPS & FRB - Nov. 27, 2018http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15784
We're rolling in money.  Or are we?  "Fiscal Accountability Meeting" - debt service?  BONDING CAP.  Bond Covenants - school construction, infrastructure.  Major tax expenditures - foregoing revenue to support something else.  Motor carrier fuel.
Sales and use tax.  Major take-away?  Structural FY20.. Barnes next...

 

We came in for part two in Sec'y Barnes' presentation.  Good questions from Minority members.  No questions by Majority.
Hospitals:  What's the story about what happens after the two-year fix is up?  Drop in high-earner segment of population.  "Repatriation" - on-shore reporting never again?. Lots of thanks to State staff.  Especially by legislators who will not be returning.



TOLLS Others?

CONSOLIDATION OF GOVERNMENTS

We may be ahead of ourselves here...https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/pub/chap_099.htm#sec_7-195

POLICY v. POLITICS:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181126_lamont_transition_gets_busy_on_policy/









N E W    A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
New Commissioner of Housing chosen:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/02/21/seila-mosquera-to-be-named-state-housing-commissioner/
New Commissioner of DHS chosen:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190222_lamont_brings_former_dhp_staffer_back_to_head_department/




Held at Upward Hartford - a 300 sq ft innovation hub, Stilts Bldg.
ECONOMIC TEAM (DECD Commissioner and CERC Co-Chairs.)  PRESS CONFERENCE FEB. 1, 2019
      
Gov. Lamont encouraging Public-Private Partnerships
No one pictured above taking a salary.  WATCH IT HERE:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15978





ADMINISTRATION PRESSER, FRI. JAN. 25, 2019.  ANSWERS BELOW - QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

 
Governor-Elect Lamont carry-overs
PRESS CONFERENCE JANUARY 7, 2019

NEW DCF COMMISSIONER

Long time top regional administrator, Vannessa Dorantes, DCF




  

DO WE SEE A CONFLICT AHEAD?  FISCAL RESTRAINT UP IN SMOKE?
https://ctmirror.org/2018/11/19/rainy-day-fund-beckons-lamont-insists-fiscal-reforms/

Another CT MIRROR 1-7-19: 
Education Commissioner coming next???

“We’ll see. Generally, I think that we ought to focus our money on the towns that are the most in need given the incredible achievement gap in this state,” he said. “I would keep the overall grant the same, not town-by-town, but the overall grant.”

One issue that Lamont will not face is legal uncertainty about whether the state is spending enough on education. The Connecticut Supreme Court in 2018 ruled that the state is providing students in Connecticut’s most impoverished school districts with the minimally adequate education the state constitution mandates.


Colleen Flanagan back in a new role.

KEEPING UP WITH THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION.  So far (Dec. 28th) COURANT reports...With more from other sources..


                 

 
Newly proposed O.P.M. Sec'y had served 8yrs in CT O.P.M. (17 yrs all in) - Admired and learned from Marc Ryan and also Ben Barnes.
Press corps try to eat all three for lunch - one question is about how tier 3 city financial officer can teach anybody about how to manage stuff


  
SCOTT JACKSON TO CONTINUE!!!

Hartford COURANT & New London DAY (A.P.):  https://www.theday.com/statenortheast-news/20181203/lamont-warned-about-unemployment-trust-funds-insolvency
CT MIRROR REPORT  NOV. 30:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/11/30/can-efficiency-save-state-government-1-billion-per-year/
CTNEWSJUNKIE REPORT NOV. 27:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181126_lamont_transition_gets_busy_on_policy/

   
Some members of transition team above:  https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-lamont-transition-20181115-story.html

      
MORE FROM THE C.G.A. JOINING TEAM
Inside baseball:  https://www.theday.com/local-news/20190107/martinez-expected-to-run-for-sotos-state-rep-seat
We missed pix of press aide Colleen Flanagan...Rep. Soto to join administration as legislative director. 
https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181219_lamont_picks_a_new_london_lawmaker_to_serve_his_administration/




OUTGOING GOVERNOR REPORT:  https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-poll-connecticut-tolls-how-much-20181116-story.html
    

GOVERNOR - ELECT FAVORS TOLLS FOR TRUCKS.  
What's in store for other modes of travel?  For some other related ideas such as:
  1. Never mind that idea - tolls for everybody every 6.6  miles:  https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-poll-connecticut-tolls-how-much-20181116-story.html
  2. Regional Schools,
  3. Taxing power to COGs after bill passes for "weighted" voting?
  4. STATE-WIDE PROPERTY TAX ON CARS.
  5. The last CT Governor from Greenwich brought us the State income tax...
  6. FWIW, this election proved to me that people are "relocating" for property tax purposes - we'll see what happened in local elections next year.









HAPPY THANKSGIVING CT!!!  OUTGOING A.G. JEPSEN SAYS "DRAFTING ERRORS" NO PROBLEM BECAUSE...
"It isn't reasonable to believe the Legislature knew what it was doing"...https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20181121_jepsen_budget_bill_errors_dont_change_legislative_intent/



Identity Politics. 

    

Cuban-Americans who are Republicans don't count?
https://ctmirror.org/2018/11/20/better-organized-latinos-try-shape-lamont-administration/




 
 
SHOULD BE INTERESTING
Governor-Elect says two things of note:  Chicken salad excellent in L.O.B. lunchroom and he will staying at his Gubernatorial residence during the week. 

COURANT article re:  Promises promises:   https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-lamont-campaign-promises-20181116-story.html




CT SENATE AND HOUSE DISTRICTS MAP
The CT Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor who breaks ties.  NOT THIS SESSION, WE WOULD EXPECT

    
WE ARE ABLE TO SPELL "BYSIEWICZ" BY NOW...

LINK TO CT SENATE & HOUSE RACES: 
In particular, the Senate has changed from a tie to veto-proof majority (but no one is even going to have to override a veto).  We observe that the turnover is enormous on both sides.

Some pix for CT 2019 SENATE FACES:  Depending on the final recount numbers, which were...23-13 (could have ended up 24-12, too).  91-59 in the House.
26 of 36:  Some familiar faces were either not re-elected, had not run for re-election, WON running to move upstairs;  or John Lindsay-like message ("He is fresh...and everyone else is tired")...and others never spoke up enough for a graphic!
Some of our favorite Legislators are in the House - whose Speaker won a re-election after a recount.  Some recounts still going on Wednesday morning November 14th).  The last disputed race is in the 120th HOUSE district..







 

THE PARADE HAS BEGUN...THIS IS NO SMALL MATTER
Ben Barnes goes from O.P.M. Sec'y  to C.F.O. of C.S.C.U. - announcement from the President, Mark Ojakian.  Who himself moved from the administration three years ago.




CT COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY (LIVE)

           

ENTERPRISE & TECHNOLOGY (D.A.S.) - CT COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY (Chair. left)
Executive Director opens meeting.  Connecticut Education Network discusses safety in network.  Standards.  For students no problem - how about the B.O.E. level?  Interesting discussion of survey.  And furthermore, these programs are designed for consultants to make entry into funding source.  Consultants are on this panel.  So this is a meeting where the experts are scratching their heads trying to translate the value of their work. 



State Librarian:  Libraries and the digital divide.  RESOLUTION:  Acknowledge that there are only available digitally.  There are people who are not able to do so.  The poor and senior community.  Libraries are the answer.  They have staff.  Located optimally.  It is their mission.  1) libraries should and 2) state should make libraries the key to solving the problem.  Public input - maker spaces, life-long learning.