AI and Paid Sick leave bills highlight this week at the State Capitol
CRN Legislative Reception next week
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • This week the General Assembly was back in session and took up many issues that had been pending all session, but two in particular that we want to highlight this week. 
  • HB 5005 AAC Expanding Paid Days has been a major priority for the Labor community for two years and on Wednesday of this week, the House of Representatives held an over 5-hour debate on the bill before voting for it along party lines. 
  • The bill now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. 
  • HB 5005 makes many changes to the current paid sick leave law in CT.  Among those changes is the requirement to give employees time off will now apply to all business, not only retail and other service industries.
  • But the bill also makes changes that will impact retailers, because the bill lowers the employee count for having to comply with the law in phases so that by 2027 even employers with 1 employee will have to comply.
  • You can read the Office of Legislative Research analysis of the bill as amended that was voted on by the House by going here
  • Mark Pazniokas from the CT Mirror has more on the debate and the issue.  Details reported here.
  • Meanwhile, that same day – and eventually during the same time – the State Senate debated and ultimately passed SB2 AAC Artificial Intelligence.
  • We have talked about the importance of our interest in SB 2 previously, as it will impact any size retailer that uses AI systems.
  • While we were pleased to see that the final version that the Senate took up for a vote contained many of the important previsions that we asked for, it did not include all of them, which is very disappointing.
  • SB 2’s sponsor, Sen. James Maroney (D-Milford), has made it clear that he is working with other states in drafting a bill and because of that we felt very strongly that we needed to push hard to get ALL the changes we needed.
  • The bill is now headed to the House where its fate is tied to what Governor Lamont thinks of the bill. And as of today, the Governor has sent some pretty strong signals that he is not a fan of SB 2.
  • We will keep you updated on the fate of SB 2. Meanwhile  thanks to the CT NewsJunkie you can read more on the passion on both sides of SB 2  by going here

 

CRN Legislative Reception set for Tuesday, April 30, 2024

  • We are approaching our Legislative Reception and are asking all members to try and attend. 
  • The legislative session is heading into its last full week, so this is a good time for us to hold our reception because it will give those folks who attend a chance to meet with legislators who will be in session that afternoon. 
  • There is no charge to attend this event so please consider joining us on Tuesday of next week at the Capitol, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. 
  • You can go here to get some more details. 

 

News and News from the State Capitol

  • The House and Senate voted Tuesday to increase pay for some state employees by a total of up to 4.5% for the next fiscal year, an increase of $154 million.  CTNewsJunkie reports on the vote here.
  • House Republicans made a late-session push Thursday to reopen the state budget to increase local education funding, including more for special education.  Details reported by CTNewsJunkie here
  • Unsung heroes who fought in World War II could soon be honored with their own special day in the state of Connecticut.  If a bipartisan bill passes, April 26 would be named Tuskegee Airmen Day in Connecticut.  Details reported by NBC Connecticut here.  
  • Following ongoing concerns from hospitals, doctors and behavioral health providers about the security and confidentiality of patient health data, lawmakers are calling for further discussion about what records will be included and accessible in the state’s Healthcare Information Exchange.  Details here from CT Examiner.
  • Connecticut lawmakers for years have tried to place tighter restrictions on, or even ban employer noncompete agreements.  
  • This year, the Labor and Public Employees Committee passed a bill that sets additional limits on noncompete agreements.  It still needs approval by the House and Senate. But now, the Federal Trade Commission has voted to ban most U.S. employers from forcing workers to sign noncompete agreements, saying that will increase innovation and foster new business formation.  Details here from Hartford Business Journal.

 

News and Notes Around Connecticut

  • The Hartford and Bridgeport metro areas are among the 25 most competitive markets in America for renting a starter home, according to a new study by Forbes Advisor.  Details reported by Hartford Business Journal here.
  • In CT towns and cities, ARPA is funding a downtown revitalization.  Details reported by CT Mirror’s Erica Phillips here
  • Gas prices in Connecticut jumped nearly 30 cents a gallon in the last month — 20 cents in the last week alone — little more than a month away from the long Memorial Day holiday, the traditional start of the summer driving season.  The Hartford Courant has the numbers here.
  • Ocean Beach in New London was named one of the best in the country.  WFSB Channel 3 has the story here