Today's MC&P was served up by Melissa Ozols
Gov To Announce New Chief Legal Counsel
Later today Gov. Dannel Malloy will appoint U.S. Treasury Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Luke Bronin to chief legal counsel, according to sources. Bronin, will replace Andrew McDonald, who was nominated to the Supreme Court. The Yale Law School graduate worked on Malloy's 2006 campaign as the deputy campaign manager. The Rhodes Scholar also earned a coveted spot in the NY Times' vow section for his 2007 marriage to another Rhodes Scholar.
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State Owes Feds $1.7M
State auditors wrote
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday to tell him they discovered that the state overbilled $3.4 million in Medicaid claims to the federal government. That means the feds have a $1.7 million credit with the state. Read more
McDonald Nomination Hearing Stays On Script
Former state Sen. Andrew McDonald sat before the committee he once chaired to answer questions about his nomination to the state Supreme Court bench. The committee must have liked what they heard because they voted 41 to 2 in favor. Sen. Michael McLachlan and Rep. Al Adinolfi were the two "no" votes. Read more
Sandy Hook Parent: 'I Do Not
Want There To Be A Next Time'
Friends and family of some of the Sandy Hook victims formed the group Sandy Hook Promise and held a press conference calling for a national conversation on mental health, school security, and guns. The group has yet to advocate specific positions. Read more
Cost of Transparency: $0
Comptroller Kevin Lembo increased government transparency Monday by launching Open Connecticut.
The site allows for taxpayers to track how money is spent and it cost the taxpayers nothing. Read more
GUN VIOLENCE SURVIVORS, corporate watchdogs, consumer advocates, and concerned citizens and parents will gather to protest and deliver a petition urging Walmart to "stop selling assault weapons and munitions" at 11 a.m. at Walmart, 67 Newtown Road, Danbury.
LOB Activities, Meetings & Events
WILLIAMS, LOONEY, SHARKEY, ARESIMOWICZ, McKINNEY & CAFERO will hold a press conference to announce the creation of a bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention & children's safety at 11 a.m. in Room 2B.
COMMISSION ON EQUITY will hold a briefing at 9 a.m. in Room 1B.
CHILDREN'S RBA REPORT CARD WORKING GROUP will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1E.
CHRO SPECIAL COMMISSION will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 2B.
LEGISLATORS FOR ANIMAL ADVOCACY will meet at 2 p.m. in Room 1B.
CT-N will be covering the legislative leaders' press conference live.
Mark Your Calendar
THE OLD STATE HOUSE
will host its next installment of "Conversations at Connecticut's Old State House" on Jan. 16 at noon. The conversation entitled Myths and Legends of the Emancipation Proclamation will feature author Dr. Matthew Warshauer followed by a panel discussion moderated by CT-N's Diane Smith. More information
'Does the State Legislature Need
Former state Rep. Astrid Hanzalek, who served from 1971 to 1981, penned an op-ed for the Courant on the topic of legislative leadership posts. "We should ask ourselves - whether House or Senate - if leadership bonuses are a way to increase legislators' income without asking the public to increase their salaries," Hanzalek writes. Read more
More Than 100 Extra-Paid Leaders?'
|The governor has not released any public events, but the announcement of his new chief legal counsel is expected later today.|
DeLauro Pushing Tax Credits
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro is proposing legislation entitled "Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Reduction for our (SAFER) Street Act" that will offer a tax credit for turning in an assault weapon to local or state police. WFSB has more
for Turning In Assault Weapons
Esty Meets With BidenU.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty was invited to the meeting with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence as part of a newly created task force. Esty offered several suggestions and felt the meeting was "productive." Courant's Capitol Watch has more
Holder-Winfield: Crime Verdict Not In Yet
A one-year 50 percent drop in homicides doesn't mean New Haven has solved its crime problem, Gary Holder-WInfield said at a mayoral campaign event. Read more
Malloy Offers VP Biden Some
Suggestions On Violence Prevention
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told Vice President Joe Biden that Connecticut may have some of the strongest gun control laws in the country, but "our laws are not enough; gun control must be addressed nationally." Read more
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|A "shout out" goes to United Illuminating on receiving the Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Response Award for Recovery. |
Also belated birthday wishes to WNPR's Patrick Skahill. He turned 29.
9 a.m. Sen. Harp: Commission on Equity Briefing, LOB Room 1B |
9 a.m. Connecticut Chinese Culture Association, Inc. Informational Display Re: Shen Yun 2013, LOB, Concourse
10 a.m. Rep. Urban and Sen. Bartolomeo: Children's RBA Report Card Working Group Meeting, LOB, Room 1E
11 a.m. Human Services Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 2A
11 a.m. Commerce Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1D
11 a.m. Sen. Williams, Speaker Sharkey, Sen. McKinney, Rep. Cafero: Press Conference, LOB, Room 2B
11:30 a.m. Housing Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1C
12 p.m. Executive & Legislative Nominations Committee Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1A
12:30 p.m. Joint Committee on Legislative Management Organizational Meeting, LOB, Room 1E
1 p.m. Rep. Hewett: CHRO Special Commission Meeting, LOB, Room 2B
2 p.m. Rep. Camillo and the Legislators for Animal Advocacy, LOB, Room 1B
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