CT Lawmakers Start Special Session Today

Legislators will tackle controversial issues such as new fees for smoke shops and reducing the state police work force.


The state legislature today begins what is expected to be a marathon special session that will tackle such issues as whether to change a law requiring the state have at least 1,248 troopers on its payroll and whether to charge roll-you-own cigarette shops new fees.

The legislature also will take up a jobs initiative bill drafted by Senate Democrats, the Hartford Courant reports.

The proposed smoke shop legislation was thrust into the limelight following the about two weeks ago of Robert Braddock Jr., the campaign finance manager for , D-Meriden.

Braddock is accused by the FBI of trying to hide donations to Donovan's campaign from smoke shop owners, raising questions of whether the donors were seeking to influence Donovan's vote on the pending legislation.

any knowledge of the campaign donations and has said he  at no time made deals with donors in exchange for campaign cash.

However, Donovan has said he will in the special session that starts today.

Robert Kalechman June 13, 2012 at 03:19 AM
there you go again Governor Malloy along with Simbury repersentative Linda Schofield the people of Simsbury are now paying higher state taxes then ever you told them you would lower the taxes Ms Schofield debated me and said she and her party would support lower state taxes she did not the democratic with with republican support voted spend ,spend and tax ,tax and more taxes now you want to use our State Police as your scape goat for higher taxes i guess if you get the State Police beholding to the Connecticut state house we will then have Mr Donovan and others breaking all the Election laws and Corrupticut once again thank the lord for the Feds. i was right during the debates between the democratic republicans and me Robert H. Kalechman the candidate with out a party on the Ballot last State of Connecticut Election
Malvi Lennon June 13, 2012 at 01:03 PM
There are many other hidden "gems" in the jobs bill. Such things as NEW TAXES for roll your own smoke shops. We can anticipate some shops will close. In addition, Connecticut residents will not be able to obtain information on the Governors "First Five" initiative, which gave away billions of taxpayer dollars to Jackson Labs (and others) I sincerely hope my fellow republicans made the majority party read every word on every page of this bill aloud. Taxpayer money should NEVER be spent in the dark. The citizens of Connecticut DESERVES better.
Marty Salvatore June 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
You were a candidate?! Dude, how do you expect people to believe that you can solve systemic government problems when you can't even effectively use punctuation? Oi vey!
Spiff June 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Hey Marty, I thought you were Italian?


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