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JAN. 15, 2013

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WHAT TO WATCH  

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

TODAY

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
 
Press Conferences 
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.

Meetings 
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.

HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 2A. View the agenda here 
 
COMMERCE COMMITTEE will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 1D. View the agenda here.

HOUSING COMMITTEE will meet at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1C. View the agenda here.

EXEC. & LEG. NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE will meet at noon in Room 1A. View the agenda here

LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE will meet at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1E. View the agenda here

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

CREAM & SUGAR

'Does the State Legislature Need
More Than 100 Extra-Paid Leaders?'

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

GOVERNOR'S DAY
The governor has not released any public events, but the announcement of his new chief legal counsel is expected later today.

CONGRESSIONAL BUZZ
DeLauro Pushing Tax Credits
for Turning In Assault Weapons

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

Esty Meets With Biden
U.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

YESTERDAY
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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SHOUT OUTS
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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