Brendan Sharkey

Office of Conn. Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-88)

Brendan Sharkey, the speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, announced last week that he will not be seeking reelection to his seat in November. It effectively means the 54-year-old Hamden Democrat is giving up the speakership and retiring from the legislature this year.

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Governor Dannel Malloy says millions of dollars in savings contained in the Connecticut budget depend on lawmakers also passing his criminal justice reform bill.  

Office of Conn. Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-88)

Brendan Sharkey, speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, is retiring. The 54-year-old Hamden Democrat announced his retirement in a closed door meeting with his staff in Hartford on Monday.

The Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives said on Wednesday he’s in favor of allowing municipalities to tax college and hospital properties. Such institutions are currently exempt from local property taxes because they are non-profits.

Ebong Udoma

Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey says legislation that would end municipal car taxes is on his agenda for next year's legislative session.  Sharkey announced his plans for the 2014 legislative session in Hartford on Thursday.