Reed Ready To Try Again On Solar

by marcia chambers | Feb 11, 2016 12:46 pm

With Permission Branford State Rep. Lonnie Reed is back in Hartford working on getting players to the table who might be able to resolve a sticky proposed pilot project: community based solar for renters of apartments and condos and those houses unable to install solar panels.

The holdup is the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) request for clarification from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on what the pilot project may do. According to a story in the CT. Mirror, DEEP will formulate a preliminary request for proposals only when it receives a ruling from PURA. 

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TK2 Considering Second Term

by marcia chambers | Feb 3, 2016 7:30 am

Paul Bass Photo Ted Kennedy Jr. plans to seek a second term as state senator of the 12th District, but has decided to formally announce his candidacy later on in the year.

Kennedy has served for one year. His second year, this one, is known as a short-session year, one that runs from February to May.

Wednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his state of the state address at noon. It will be televised by CT-N.

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TK2 On Parks’ Future, Uncut

by Paul Bass | Jan 19, 2016 3:07 pm

How about Donald Trump Hammonassett Beach State Park?

State Sen. Ted Kennedy’s not advancing that idea for rescuing and shoring up the long-term budgets of Connecticut’s state parks.

But pretty much everything else is on the table.

Kennedy talked about that in the studios of WNHH radio, after an appearance on the “Legal Eagle” program, when he was paid a surprise visit by Fox 61’s Matt Scott.

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State Rep.Lonnie Reed Seeks Re-Election

by marcia chambers | Jan 18, 2016 7:40 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission Lonnie Reed will seek a fifth term as Branford’s 102nd District state representative, she announced today. Reed, a popular legislator and the Democratic incumbent, is House chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, a member of the powerful Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee, and has been instrumental in bringing bio-tech businesses to Branford. 

The 102nd District covers Branford except for Stony Creek and Pine Orchard, which state Rep. Sean Scanlon of Guilford represents. He announced his candidacy for a second term earlier this month, saying he wanted to work on gaining public financing before the session begins. Ted Kennedy, Jr., the 12th District’s state senator, is expected to seek a second term in office, but has not yet announced his candidacy. 

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State Rep. Lonnie Reed Wins Perfect Environmental Score

by marcia chambers | Oct 5, 2015 8:59 am

With Permission The state’s leading environmental watchdog group has given State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-Branford), a perfect 100 percent score for supporting key pieces of environmental legislation this legislative session.

The watchdog group, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV), said Rep.Reed also earned a lifetime score of 96 percent. Reed is House chair of the Energy and Technology Committee.

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Kennedy Jabs Malloy On Medicaid Cuts

by marcia chambers | Sep 25, 2015 6:44 am | Comments (5)

Marcia Chambers Photo Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (pictured) Thursday criticized Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision to make $103 million in emergency health cuts to avoid a deficit in this year’s fiscal budget, saying Medicaid was “the last program” the governor should have touched.
Responding to a question posed at a morning legislative breakfast in Branford, Kennedy, a longtime health care lawyer who speaks often about health care economics, did not mince words. 

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Malloy Signs, Then Promotes, Newly Tweaked Budget

by Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf | Jul 1, 2015 11:43 am

CT Mirror Photo The rocky path to a fiscal plan for the next two years ended Tuesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signing the budget adopted June 3 in the closing minutes of the 2015 session — and tax rollbacks passed earlier Tuesday in special session to quell an outcry from business interests.

“Massachusetts doesn’t have a budget. Maine doesn’t have a budget. Illinois doesn’t have a budget. New Hampshire doesn’t have a budget,” Malloy said after signing the documents at a ceremony attended by the legislature’s top leaders and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “We got a budget.”

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Reed Seeks To Restore Major Energy Bill

by marcia chambers | Jun 12, 2015 11:01 am

State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) will seek to restore a major energy bill that would modernize the electric grid, a bill that died before the tumultuous end of the recent legislative session.

She told the Eagle that the legislature is expected to hold a special session toward the end of June to discuss certain bills and she plans to fight to restore the bill, which passed in the Senate. Reed, the co-chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, plans to press for the bill, which was studied throughout the session and is considered a major piece of legislation. The bill died on the other side of the midnight deadline.

The bill may have fallen to the back of the pack because she voted against the budget. Click here to read the full story by Jan Ellen Spiegel of the Connecticut Mirror.

Reed, Scanlon Buck Party On Budget Vote

by marcia chambers | Jun 4, 2015 7:15 am

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, D-Branford, one of 11 Democratic legislators voting against a bitterly contested $40 billion, two-year state budget, said in an interview yesterday that to the end, she fought for and was hoping for “a final budget proposal that I could support.” 

“Unfortunately, the budget we were asked to vote on gave me great concern that it would sabotage all of the incentives for economic growth that I have championed throughout my tenure at the Capitol.” The state budget runs to June 30, 2017.

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Kennedy Goes Green

by marcia chambers | Apr 30, 2015 10:22 am

Marcia Chambers Photo State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., co-chair of the legislature’s Environment Committee, moved on several major environmental and legislative fronts this past week in concert with the annual celebration of Earth Day.

He advocated for the “Long Island Sound Blue” plan, after the bill won unanimous passage in the House of Representatives. He pressed for passage of new bills to phase out single-use plastic bags and to prevent the sale of toothpastes and cosmetics that contain harmful microbeads. Kennedy and State Rep. James Albis (D-East Haven,) the House chair of the Environment Committee, said single-use plastic bags clog up “our waste stream and pollute our waterways,” including Long Island Sound.

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