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Connecticut Lawmakers Pass Bills Before End Of Session

Matthew Trump

Connecticut lawmakers worked into the weekend to pass several pieces of legislation before the end of the formal session. 

One bill approved by the House would require school boards to take additional steps to determine whether teacher candidates have a history of sexual misconduct or abuse involving children.

Another would toughen penalties against those who threaten schools. Under the bill, causing a buildings or grounds to evacuate during school hours would be classified as a Class C felony and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Both education bills now move to the state Senate.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman broke an 18-18 tie in the Senate to pass a bill that would create a retirement savings program for private-sector employees. It now moves to Governor Dannel Malloy's desk.

The legislative session ends Wednesday.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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