Brendan Sharkey

Office of State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz / Facebook

Democratic Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin is set to be the next speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This comes after a meeting of House members in Hartford on Tuesday.  

Johnathon Henninger

Connecticut state lawmakers appear to be distancing themselves from Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy this election year. On Monday members of the General Assembly voted to override three of the governor’s vetoes. It’s the first time a Malloy veto has been overridden since the governor took office five years ago.

Jessica Hill / AP

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.