Thank god its Friday! Looking forward to a beautiful spring weekend.
The House passed the soda bill by a narrow 76-71 vote on Thursday. Governor Rell is expected to sign what is termed the strongest such bill of its kind in the nation.
The Senate, in almost a party line vote, passed a measure to limit the authority of the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to appoint judges from lower levels to decide cases.
As municipalities state-wide struggle with the effects of property revaluation, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez threatened massive lay-offs of police officers, teachers and the closing of schools if the state did not help the city out. Surprising because, as the Hartford Courant reported this morning, City officials had been meeting quietly with state leaders to work something out. Legislators are said to be offended by Perez's outburst and I can't say that I blame them.
The US House Armed Forces Subcommittee approved an additional $400 million appropriation for submarine production on Thursday. The effort is being led by Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Rep. Rob Simmons of CT. Senator Dodd has called it good news as well but all 3 have conceded it is still an uphill battle.
So what else is going on today?
Perez's Pique Performance Irks Lawmakers , Oshrat Caemiel, Jefferey B Cohen And Mark Pazniokas/The Hartford Courant, April 28, 2006