Connecticut General Assembly http://wamc.org en Conn. Senate President Not Seeking Re-election http://wamc.org/post/conn-senate-president-not-seeking-re-election <p>Longtime<a href="http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams.php" target="_blank"> Connecticut Senate President Donald Williams</a> says he's not seeking re-election to the General Assembly.</p><p>The Brooklyn Democrat who has served in the Senate's top leadership role for a decade said Wednesday he is looking forward to "pursuing other challenges at the end of this term."</p><p>Williams has served in the state legislature for 22 years, representing northeastern Connecticut. A former first selectman of Thompson, Williams has also worked as a reporter and educator.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:07:30 +0000 Jim Levulis 84719 at http://wamc.org Conn. Senate President Not Seeking Re-election Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law http://wamc.org/post/conn-lawmakers-pass-wide-ranging-gun-control-law-0 <p>Connecticut lawmakers have approved legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown.</p><p>Following hours of respectful and at times somber debate, the House and the Senate voted in favor of the 139-page bill crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.</p><p>The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, who plans to sign it at noon on Thursday.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:50:31 +0000 Jaired Crofut 61410 at http://wamc.org Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan http://wamc.org/post/conn-lawmakers-unveil-bipartisan-gun-control-plan <p>Connecticut lawmakers say they hope their announcement of proposals to curb gun violence sends a message to Congress and other state legislators that bipartisan agreement on gun control is possible.&nbsp;</p><p>Legislative leaders yesterday revealed proposals spurred by the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting following weeks of bipartisan, closed-door negotiations. A vote is expected Wednesday in the General Assembly, where passage is all but assured.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:40:12 +0000 Jaired Crofut 61227 at http://wamc.org Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan With release of documents, Newtown vote imminent http://wamc.org/post/release-documents-newtown-vote-imminent <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;Legislative leaders say the newly released search warrants in the Newtown school shooting help confirm the need for many of the gun law changes they've been negotiating for weeks.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Several leaders said Thursday it was chilling to learn the extent of weaponry and ammunition the 20-year-old shooter, <font color="red">Adam</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Lanza</font>, had amassed inside his home.</span></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:19:40 +0000 Jaired Crofut 60989 at http://wamc.org With release of documents, Newtown vote imminent Vote on Newtown bill possible next week http://wamc.org/post/vote-newtown-bill-possible-next-week <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. is optimistic the Connecticut General Assembly will be ready to vote next week on a bill addressing the deadly Newtown school shooting.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The Democrat had hoped for a vote Wednesday, but said Monday that legislative leaders now plan to wait for the expected release of more information in the Dec. 14 massacre.</span></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:09:35 +0000 Jaired Crofut 60690 at http://wamc.org Vote on Newtown bill possible next week