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Executive & Legislative Nominations

When the newly elected Governor takes office, one of their first orders of business will be to appoint commissioners of the State’s Agencies and Departments. The executive nominations process also applies to heads of quasi-public agencies such as the Public Utilities...

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State Bonding Process

Much like the state budget, Connecticut’s bonding process begins with a proposal for capital expenditures from the governor. At the beginning of each odd-numbered year, during which a biennial budget is to be adopted, the governor presents a proposed capital budget to...

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Permanent Legislative Commissions

Among the nonpartisan arms of the legislature are three permanent commissions designed to provide the Governor and the legislature with research, guidance, and advocacy within particular areas of policy. These commissions includeThe Connecticut Commission on Women,...

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The Committees of the General Assembly

When bills are first introduced, they are referred to the appropriate committee of cognizance. As we have discussed before, that process it determined by the Legislative Commissioners’ Office in conjunction with the screening committees. What we have not yet discussed...

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Constitutional Offices

During campaign season, the gubernatorial election tends to overshadow the other constitutional candidates. But as advocates we understand that these offices are fundamental to the operations of the State, and they hold a considerable amount of both statutory and...

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The Governor of Connecticut

The Governor of Connecticut is elected every four years, with no limit on the number of terms they may serve. During the general election gubernatorial candidates campaign with and are elected alongside their Lt. Governor. However, during the primaries candidates for...

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Caucus Leadership

With November around the corner and all eyes on the general election, one topic that is already gaining more attention is the issue of party leadership. Party leadership includes the Speaker of the House, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and majority and minority...

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Regulations

In this blog series so far, we have talked a lot about the various aspects of the legislative process. In this article we will focus on the regulation process. When the legislature passes legislation, it is the executive branch agencies and departments that implement...

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Bill Referrals  

The Connecticut General Assembly has twenty-five permeant legislative committees. When a legislator proposes a bill, it is submitted to a committee that has responsibility for the proposed bill’s subject matter. This is called referring the bill to the “committee of...

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