by marcia chambers | Dec 5, 2013 1:09 pm
In the end, the core issue facing the pet industry is the care, quality and health of thousands of puppies shipped into the state and then sold to residents from one of the 16 commercial pet stores now operating in Connecticut.
It is a big business. Leaders, lobbyists and employees in the commercial pet industry and animal advocates seeking a new business model for pet stores (sell dogs and cats from shelters and private breeders) came to Hartford yesterday to testify before a special legislative task force that will report its findings to the legislature next year.
Possible legislation could restrict or ban the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens in the state’s 16 pet stores. Branford’s All Pets Club is one of them. It has been the site of a number of protests over the sale of sick puppies. Click here for story.
by Grace Merritt/ CT Mirror | Sep 26, 2013 7:56 am
A new legislative task force on puppy mills decided Wednesday it will research and hold public hearings around the state on whether to ban the sale of commercially bred puppies in Connecticut pet shops.
During an organizational hearing at the state Capitol, the task force announced it would send a report by January in time for a legislative hearing on a bill in the coming session.
If the bill passes, Connecticut would be the first state to ban the sale of these dogs and cats in pet stores, though some cities, including Los Angeles, have passed similar bans.
Click here to continue reading Grace Merritt’s report at the CT Mirror.
by marcia chambers | May 7, 2013 5:18 am
A mattress recycling bill that is expected to become the model for laws across the nation was overwhelmingly approved by the state House of Representatives late Thursday, nearly a year after it was shelved because it wound up on the other side of midnight on the last day of a legislative session.
As fate would have it, Rep. Pat Widlitz (pictured), D-Guilford and Branford, the major sponsor of the bill, said waiting a year may well have been a blessing because the additional year gave legislators and industry officials time to formulate a plan that others states are likely to adopt.
by marcia chambers | Mar 4, 2013 8:30 am | Comments (1)
Will Attorney Shelley Marcus (pictured) be called as a witness in Branford’s malpractice case against the Marcus Law Firm, her law firm and the town’s former counsel?
This was one of the many pointed questions posed by Republican state Rep. Rosa Rebimbas of Naugatuck as Marcus appeared before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee Friday to determine whether Marcus is qualified to be a Superior Court judge.
by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2013 8:49 am
As former town counsel Shelley Marcus (pictured) prepares to address questions from the state legislature Friday on her fitness to be a state judge, her law firm has moved to try to end a contentious malpractice suit filed by the town of Branford against her law firm.
That suit was filed against the Marcus Law Firm in 2008. The firm has waited until now to file a motion to have the suit dismissed.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy recommended Shelley Marcus and 14 other nominees to positions on the state Superior Court bench late in January. All are expected to appear Friday in Hartford at a public confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee. The General Assembly must approve their judicial appointments.
by marcia chambers | Aug 6, 2012 10:10 pm | Comments (4)
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal came to Branford Sunday to personally endorse and formally kick off the 2012 election campaigns of State Reps. Pat Widlitz and Lonnie Reed and State Sen. Ed Meyer.
Speaking at a fundraiser on the porch of a private home on Linden Avenue, Malloy said of Meyer and Widlitz and Reed that “in the senator and these two reps you have fantastic people representing you in the legislature, the senate and house. Each one is unique, so very smart, and so very influential in different ways that I appreciate working with them every single day.”
by marcia chambers | Jun 5, 2012 8:15 am | Comments (3)
At 7 a.m., the doorbell rang at the home of state Rep. Pat Widlitz, co-chairwoman of the state General Assembly’s powerful Finance Committee.
She answered the door, still in her bathrobe and wearing slippers. She expected to find deck painters. Not the FBI.
by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 4, 2012 8:56 am | Comments (2)
The just-ended session of the Connecticut General Assembly was characterized by bills that drew heavy media attention: education reform targeting low-performing teachers, repeal of the death penalty, the go-head for Sunday liquor sales, legalizing of marijuana for medical use and the passage of a cell tower bill.
Three bills benefiting Connecticut’s animals – one amending vouchers for spaying and neutering pets and mandating training for animal control officers; another strengthening the 2009 pet lemon law; and a third increases the penalties for multiple offenses of animal abuse—were also approved, flying somewhat under the radar. All were passed unanimously by the House, then by the Senate during the last minutes of the legislative session.
by Diana Stricker | May 11, 2012 10:35 am | Comments (3)
Only minutes before the midnight deadline for the legislative year came to a close Wednesday, State Rep. Lonnie Reed’s cell tower bill was unanimously approved by the state Senate.
Reed (D-Branford) said the legislation, which updates the way the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) approves cell towers, is expected to be signed into law by the governor. The Assembly approved the bill unanimously in April.
The legislation is particularly important to people in Branford who have seen an onslaught of cell tower proposals in their community in the past three years.
Reed told the Eagle yesterday that she was happy and relieved that the legislation will finally become a reality.
by marcia chambers | Apr 3, 2012 10:20 am
By a vote of 52-3, the Branford Democratic Town Committee (DTC) overwhelmingly endorsed U.S. Rep Chris Murphy (D- 5) for United States Senate last week. Three DTC members voted for former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. State Rep. William Tong received no votes.
The three candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Joseph Lieberman. The winner will probably face either Republican Linda McMahon or Republican Chris Shays in November. (Brian K. Hill is also seeking the Republican nomination.)
At the outset, DTC chair Victor J. Cassella told the committee that the vote would be settled by a majority or a plurality. Murphy and Bysiewicz were nominated from the floor. Then there was a pause, but no one stood to nominate Tong. DTC members raised hands to vote for Murphy.