Office of Legislative Research Issues Major Acts Report

Many pieces of legislation were debated and passed by the General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session, which adjourned earlier this month. To help keep you informed about this legislation, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has released summaries of the “2017 Major Public Acts“. Not all provisions of the acts are included, more detailed summaries can be found here. To view the report, please click here. Topics outlined in the report include children, seniors, environment and business. The report does not include an Office of Fiscal Analysis budget summary because the General Assembly did not adopt a budget by the end of the regular session.

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Klarides, Logan Call on Trinity College to Remove Professor Johnny Eric Williams

June 21, 2017

President Joanne Berger-Sweeney
Trinity College
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Dear President Berger-Sweeney,

As alumni of Trinity College, we are appalled at the published comments Professor Johnny Eric Williams made in the aftermath of the attempted assassinations in Alexandria, VA., a week ago of Republican members of Congress. We are calling upon the school to immediately, and permanently, remove Mr. Williams from the ranks of the school’s faculty. His reprehensible suggestions that white people in general need to “die’’ and that they be confronted for their white supremacist attitudes and mores goes beyond any imaginable level of social discourse.

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Klarides Op-Ed: After failed session, the real work begins

The just concluded regular legislative session that failed to produce a budget was more memorable for what did not happen than what did.

Themis Klarides, sessionThere were many floor discussions and debates, but no votes cast on a host of issues that, had there been definitive action taken would have marked this session as one of the most remarkable in years. The House majority Democrats who ultimately control the agenda gave themselves oratorical platforms from which to express their views: on recreational marijuana, elimination of the electoral college, controversial violent conflicts between police and civilians and electronic tolls, to name a few. Read More

DMV to Begin Phase-In of New Program to Mail Driver Licenses, ID Cards

The DMV, starting Tuesday, June 13, will phase-in a new program to mail driver licenses and ID cards to customers renewing them or applying for a new one. The agency will also introduce a new design for these credentials as part of a continuing effort to help prevent identity theft.

No longer will licenses and ID cards be handed to someone in the office. More than 25 states nationally now mail these credentials. Although residents still must appear at a DMV or AAA office to renew or apply for them, customers will be given a temporary paper card until the permanent card arrives in the mail.

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2017 Budget Proposal