Connecticut General Assembly

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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In Connecticut the legislative session ends on Wednesday, but Democratic leaders in the state legislature and Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy have yet to reach an agreement on resolving a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Connecticut State Senate President Martin Looney and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp want to start taxing money made by Yale’s endowment.

Yale University doesn’t pay federal, state or local taxes on its academic property because it’s a non-profit.

Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer toward allowing qualified patients under 18-years-old to use medical marijuana to treat their debilitating illnesses.

The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee overwhelmingly approved the proposed legislation on Monday. It now awaits further action in the House of Representatives.

Connecticut Considering Regulating Online Fantasy Sports

Mar 10, 2016
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Connecticut moved closer Thursday toward becoming the latest state to regulate the fast-growing online fantasy sports industry.

A legislative committee forwarded a bill that would require the state's Department of Consumer Protection commissioner to adopt regulations to protect consumers who play daily fantasy sports contests such as DraftKings and FanDuel.