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Current News & Issues
STATE TAKES A STEP TOWARD THREE NEW CASINOS
A push to add three new casinos in Connecticut took a step forward with the approval of the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee. The proposal now under consideration would see a partnership between the two Connecticut based Native American tribes build a gaming facility outside the reservation.
BILLS SEEK COVERAGE FOR STRESS DISORDERS
State lawmakers are again debating whether workers’ compensation should be expanded to cover mental trauma for certain employees who witness intentional maimings and killings on the job. The Public Safety and Security Committee voted 23-2 recently to advance a Senate bill to cover police, firefighters and emergency medical workers. A state-licensed psychiatrist or psychologist would determine that a worker suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from personally viewing a traumatic event or its aftermath within six hours after law enforcement secures the scene. READ MORE
LEGISLATORS HEAR ARGUMENTS ON RESIDENT TROOPER COSTS
A public hearing on a proposal to lower towns’ share of overtime costs for resident troopers quickly turned into pleas for lawmakers not to follow the governor’s proposed budget to increase their costs and a discussion of how small towns could provide police services. The Public Safety and Security Committee is considering a bill that would reduce a town’s share of overtime costs for resident troopers, although the bill doesn’t specify by how much. READ MORE
The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee Convened a Public Hearing in West Hartford. State Representative Verrengia Chaired that Meeting, Welcoming State Government into his District.
FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION
Noting that the season is here for filing your income tax return, free help with tax preparation is being offered to low- to moderate-income residents. READ MORE
A SPECIAL MASS CELEBRATED FOR A WHPD RETIRED OFFICER
Recently, Saint Brigid School (SBS) held a special Mass service in honor of one of SBS' distinguished alum, a graduate of the class of 1978, retired West Hartford Police Sergeant, and State Representative Joseph Verrengia. After serving 25 years with the West Hartford Police Department, Verrengia shared his future plans with SBS' students and faculty. READ MORE