Connecticut State Senate

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Democrats in the Connecticut State Senate want to make it easier for veterans to start and grow their businesses in the state.  

Senate Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would give a 15 percent price preference to veteran-owned micro-businesses bidding on state contracts. It would also waive the business tax for start-up companies for the first year.  

Senate Pro Tempore Martin Looney said veterans often make good entrepreneurs.  

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.

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Tuesday was a busy day for the Connecticut State Senate. It passed a range of bills intended to help the consumer. Those include one bill that could give police chiefs in cities and towns a say over the renewal of liquor permits and another to modernize the state's Do Not Call Registry.

WSHU's Bill Buchner recently sat down with Norwalk and Darien Democratic State Senator Bob Duff, and discussed topics ranging from the state budget to re-development in Norwalk. Bill asked the Senator for his reaction to the claim, by Republican legislators, that they were left out of the budget planning process.