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Longtime Connecticut Senate President Donald Williams says he's not seeking re-election to the General Assembly.

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."

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.

Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law

Apr 4, 2013
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Connecticut lawmakers have approved legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown.

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.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, who plans to sign it at noon on Thursday.

Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan

Apr 2, 2013
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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. 

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.

With release of documents, Newtown vote imminent

Mar 29, 2013
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 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.

Several leaders said Thursday it was chilling to learn the extent of weaponry and ammunition the 20-year-old shooter, Adam Lanza, had amassed inside his home.

Democratic Senate President Donald Williams said it "absolutely confirms we're on the right track in pursuing a very strong and comprehensive bill."

Vote on Newtown bill possible next week

Mar 26, 2013

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.

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.