CRMA Live Broadcasts to feature Legislative leaders
More key committee announcements made
Other news and notes from the State capitol
CRMA making changes
News and notes from around the state

  • We are pleased to announce today that we will once again host a series of Live Broadcasts that will feature the four Legislative leaders – Democrats and Republicans – giving us a preview of what the upcoming legislative session will look like.
  • Our Live Broadcasts will be sent to members via our FF and also posted on our website for folks to watch at their leisure.
  • We are pleased that all four of the caucus leaders – Senate and House – have agreed to join us for these conversations, which will give members a good first look at what might be on the mind of leaders as we get ready for the long legislative session that will begin January 4, 2023.


More key committee leaders announced

  • BREAKING NEWS: Just as Friday Facts was going to press, Senate Democrats leadership announced their Committee Chair assignments this afternoon for the upcoming Session.
  • Leading the Finance Committee on the Senate side will once again be Sen. John Fonfara (D-Hartford). The Senate Chair of the General Law Committee will be Sen. James Maroney (D-Milford).
  • Named as Senate Chair of the Environment Committee is Sen. Rick Lopes (D-New Britain), and the new Senate Chair of Insurance will be Sen. Jorge Cabrera (D-Hamden).
  • House Speaker Matt Ritter and Majority Leader Jason Rojas have continue to round out their leadership team in recent days by making a series of announcements about committee chair assignments, including key Committees that CRMA works with.
  • Mike D’Agostino (D-Hamden) will return as House Co-Chair of the General Law Committee; Rep. Kerry Wood (D-Rocky Hill), is going back to Insurance, and Rep. Joe Gresko (D-Stratford), will once again be the House Chair of the Environment Committee.
  • In addition, with Rep. Maria Horn leaving Public Safety and going to the Finance Committee, Speaker Ritter named Rep. Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret), as the House Chair of the Public Safety Committee. Boyd is a leader of the House Democrats Moderate Caucus.
  • The House Leadership still has some other committee chairs to announce and is expected to complete those up by the end of next week.


Other news and notes from around the State Capitol

  • While the House Leadership grinds away naming their committee chairs, Senate leaders have not yet released the list of Committee Chairs. We continue to keep an eye out for those announcements and will keep you posted.
  • Beginning in January, the state Department of Consumer Protection has announced that the first recreational marijuana retail stores will be open for business. The Hartford Courant has the story here.
  • On Thursday of this week, the State Bond Commission met to vote on some major infrastructure projects throughout the state.
  • The CTNewsJunkie has more details on what the Bond Commission was voting on, and the communities that are set to receive fund.
  • Lamont continues to announce personnel changes as the start of his second term draws closer. CTNewsJunkie reports on the latest round of announcements by the Governor.


CRMA changes

  • With the start of the legislative session less than a month away, CRMA is preparing for an active legislative agenda and a very visible effort advocating for Connecticut retail businesses. 
  • As part of that effort, we will be rolling out some exciting changes, updates and upgrades to enhance our efforts on behalf of retailers. 
  • As the calendar flips from December to January, look for further news about the work done behind the scenes by Board members these past few months, about to come to fruition.


News and notes from around the state

  • With sharp electricity rate increases just weeks away, state officials are looking for ways to soften the blow for ratepayers. The Hartford Courant’s Chris Keating has an update here.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office reached over $305 million in lending to small businesses through more than 791 traditional loans during Fiscal Year 2022. Fairfield County Business Journal has the details here.
  • UConn’s Board of Trustees discussed student tuition and fees, carbon neutrality, and a range of subjects at a meeting this week. The Daily Campus reports on the Board’s actions.
  • Connecticut’s towing companies, citing rising costs to run their businesses, want a 60 percent increase in fees for removing and storing vehicles taken away from crashes or violating private parking rules. CT Post’s Ken Dixon has that news here.