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Gov. Lamont Signs First Bill: Bipartisan Legislation Allows Federal Workers Impacted by the Shutdown to Receive Financial Assistance Through a Partnership With the State’s Banks and Credit Unions
Governor Ned Lamont this afternoon signed emergency certified legislation he proposed last week that will enable both essential and nonessential federal workers to receive no-interest loans during the shutdown of the federal government through a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks and credit unions. The partnership guarantees that federal workers in Connecticut, some of whom are still required to work while not receiving a paycheck and are otherwise ineligible to apply for unemployment assistance, will be able to receive financial assistance during the shutdown.
Gov. Lamont Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Gov. Lamont Orders Partial Activation of the State Emergency Operations Center at 6pm Saturday
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he will partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 to monitor storm conditions across the state. Forecasts are showing a range of accumulating snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
Gov. Lamont Launches the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls
Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated state response to issues that impact the lives of women and girls, their families, and the State of Connecticut.
Gov. Lamont and Legislative Leaders Reach Agreement to Adopt Legislation Assisting Federal Workers During Shutdown
Governor Ned Lamont and the Democratic and Republican leaders in each of the General Assembly’s four caucuses today announced that they have reached an agreement to adopt emergency certified legislation that will enable non-essential and essential federal workers who are working without pay to receive unemployment assistance under a public-private partnership reached between the state and private banks and credit unions that the governor announced earlier this week. The legislation is currently being drafted and will be released as soon as it is finalized. The four legislative leaders said that they anticipate to schedule a session of the Senate and the House to vote on the bill on Tuesday.
Gov. Lamont Urges Residents to Take Caution as Winter Storm Expected to Impact Connecticut Saturday Night Through Sunday
Governor Ned Lamont is urging Connecticut residents to be prepared as the first significant winter storm of the season is forecast to impact the state Saturday night through Sunday. In addition, he announced that he plans to activate the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning at noon on Sunday, January 20, and lasting through noon on Wednesday, January 23, as bitter cold temperatures are anticipated to spread throughout the state just as the storm begins to move out.
Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance. In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.
Gov. Lamont Sets February 26 Special Elections for Five General Assembly Seats
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has selected Tuesday, February 26 as the date to hold special elections to fill vacancies for five seats in the Connecticut General Assembly.
OPM Secretary-Designate McCaw Announces Leadership Team
Melissa McCaw, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary-designate, today announced the agency’s leadership team.
Gov.-Elect Lamont Nominates Vannessa Dorantes to Lead the Department of Children and Families
Governor-elect Ned Lamont today announced that he is nominating Vannessa Dorantes to lead the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Gov.-Elect Lamont Renominates Nine Commissioners
Governor-elect Ned Lamont today announced that he will renominate nine commissioners who are currently serving the people of Connecticut.
Gov.-Elect Lamont Appoints State Sen. Tim Larson to Office of Higher Education
Governor-elect Ned Lamont today announced that he has nominated State Senator Tim Larson to lead the Office of Higher Education, which administers state financial aid programs, oversees the licensure and accreditation of the state’s independent colleges and universities, and regulates more than 150 postsecondary career schools.
Gov.-Elect Lamont Nominates Beth Bye to Lead the Office of Early Childhood
Governor-elect Ned Lamont today announced that he is nominating State Senator Beth Bye to lead the Office of Early Childhood. The office was created in 2013 to coordinate and improve the various early childhood programs in the state to create a cohesive high-quality early childhood system. Bye will complete her current term as a state senator, but will resign her member-elect status and will not be sworn in to a new term in the Connecticut State Senate.
Gov.-Elect Lamont Nominates James Rovella as Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Governor-elect Ned Lamont today announced that he has nominated James Rovella as Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). In addition, Rovella has selected Regina Rush-Kittle as Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management and Stavros Mellekas as State Police Colonel.
Gov.-Elect Lamont Nominates Katie Dykes as Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Governor-Elect Ned Lamont today announced that he has nominated Katie Dykes as Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Dykes most recently served as Chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).