The Metropolitan District Commission which provides water and sewer to the Hartford region has paid nearly $1 million in settlements to a group of former employees who had filed discrimination complaints against the agency, according to a review of the municipal water authority's board minutes.
A controversial bill that would force nonprofit groups to disclose their donors to the government may come a vote in the House of Representatives as early as Tuesday. House Bill 5589 is being pushed heavily by House Speaker Joe Arerisimowicz, D-Berlin, who has made the donor disclosure bill a priority this session.
The Connecticut state agency that handles claims of employment and housing discrimination received almost as many complaints in 2016 as its counterpart in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has nearly double Connecticut's population but only 15 percent more discrimination claims raising questions as to whether Connecticut is simply more litigious or if the policies at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities are encouraging more claims.
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned Wednesday a New York law that prevented businesses from charging an extra fee for credit card purchases. The ruling could affect a nearly identical law in Connecticut. Merchants in Connecticut and nine other states can only offer customers a "discount" for using cash but can not charge a "surcharge" for using a credit card.
Many important bills are making their way through the state legislature and several have been passed out of committee. Some of them are good, others bad. These proposed bills will have a big impact on the people of Connecticut, so we have listed some of them below with an update on what they do and what it could mean for Connecticut.