Conn. General Assembly

Fewer Women In Office Than Men In Connecticut

Jul 25, 2016
Johnathon Henninger

Women are trailing men in Connecticut when it comes to elected representation in city halls, the state legislature and Congress.

It's a trend that's found across the nation, despite Hillary Clinton being poised to accept the Democratic nomination for president this week.

Johnathon Henninger

Connecticut's newly formed state Commission on Women, Children and Seniors is beginning to take shape.

Michael Dwyer / AP

A Quinnipiac University Poll released this week finds that Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's popularity rating has hit a new low. It finds that only 24 percent of registered voters approve of how Malloy is handling his job, while 68 percent disapprove.

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Tomorrow the Connecticut General Assembly will begin the 2016 legislative session. Lawmakers are facing some tough issues this year. The state budget has a big gap that needs to be closed. There’s the lockbox to protect funding for transportation projects. And GE is taking its headquarters out of Fairfield and relocating to Boston which will be a big hit to the state’s coffers. Susan Haigh, Capitol reporter for the Associated Press, joins us from the AP offices in Hartford to give us a preview of some of the top issues lawmakers will take on this year.

The Connecticut House of Representatives has approved a bill that clarifies what school districts around the state must do to meet state requirements in creating school safety plans. Lawmakers required the safety plans last year in response to the Newtown School Shooting.