CRN gearing up for the Legislative Session
Legislative Leaders to Preview Session with CRN
News and Notes from the State Capitol
News and Notes from around the state

  • With the new year now upon us, we turn our attention to the start of the CT General Assembly, which will go back into regular session on February 7, 2024.
  • This being an even year, the February start is the kickoff for the so-called “short” session, meaning the General Assembly will adjourn its regular session May 8, 2024. 
  • Short sessions, which are technically only supposed to deal with budget issues, typically are a condensed version of the regular long session with many issues that are dealt with in a long session coming back again in the short session. 
  • The short session also tends to be a political session, as all members of the General Assembly will be up for re-election in the fall of 2024. That typically impacts the way the General Assembly conducts business during the session, with Leadership wanting to limit bills to be considered and doing everything they can to finish business on time so that members can get out on the campaign trail. 
  • At CRN, we will once again be at the State Capitol looking out for your interests. We will do this with the assistance of our Legislative Committee, which will be meeting throughout the session to review bills and develop strategies to deal with proposed bills that will impact the retail industry. 


Legislative Leaders to Preview Session with CRN

  • We are planning once again to hold what we refer to as Quick Conversations with Legislative Leaders via Zoom prior to the start of the session. 
  • These conversations will give members a preview of what we might expect during the session, directly from the top 4 legislators in the General Assembly in exclusive interviews with CRN. 
  • You can look for a link to those Zoom visits here in our weekly FF. 


News and Notes from the State Capitol

  • Comptroller Sean Scanlon, in his monthly financial and economic update, projected that the General Fund will end Fiscal Year 2024 with a $178.0 million surplus and the Special Transportation Fund will end Fiscal Year 2024 with a $210.3 million surplus. CTNewsJunkie has that update here.
  • Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday said he wants to see more towns build more housing and develop businesses near train stations, but he stopped short of calling for mandated changes to local zoning policies.  CT Mirror reports on the Gov’s comments here.  
  • A Connecticut man wanted on 18 warrants was arrested after fleeing police following reported shoplifting in East Haven.  The Hartford Courant reports that news here, along with comments from local legislators. 
  • A series of book challenges across Connecticut last year has led librarians to ask for state laws protecting librarians and to make it more difficult to challenge books in library collections.  CT Examiner has the details here.  
  • The minimum wage in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey increases in 2024, among nearly two dozen states increasing their hourly wage in accordance with state legislation.  Details reported by WABC-TV here.  


News and Notes from around the state

  • As fireworks filled the sky over Bushnell Park, marking a new year, the Capital City welcomed its new leader. Arunan Arulampalam was sworn in at midnight as Hartford’s 68th mayor.  NBC CT has the story here
  • In New Haven, Mayor Justin Elicker was sworn in for another term leading that city.  FOX61 reports on that event here.  
  • More than 800,000 Connecticut residents had their personal information compromised during a data breach of an online wellness program used by healthcare providers and businesses, including some Connecticut health systems.  CT Mirror reports here.
  • Ridership on Connecticut’s Hartford Line surged beyond its pre-pandemic norm over the last two months, officials said Thursday, setting a pace to break ridership records in 2024. CT Insider has the details here.  
  • About three-quarters of residents who graduated from the University of Connecticut during recent semesters now work in the state, according to new data from the school.  Hartford Business Journal has the numbers here
  • While traffic-related fatalities have declined from the especially deadly year of 2022, preliminary statistics released this week by the Department of Transportation suggest that at least 316 people died on Connecticut roadways last year.  CTNewsJunkie has the DOT data here.
  • Norwalk-headquartered Xerox Holdings Corp. has announced it is laying off 15% of its workforce.  Details reported by Fairfield County Business Journal here.