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.
As American politics becomes increasingly divisive and at times violent, two bills threaten to force nonprofits that take issue positions to report the names of their supporters or members to the state government. House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, an employee of the powerful government union AFSCME, introduced one of the bills. The government administration and elections committee introduced a second proposal.
Should Connecticut repeal the estate and gift taxes? Should members of the military and their spouses be forced to jump through the red tape of Connecticut's occupational licensing laws? These are just two of the many bills that were debated throughout this week. Below is a run down on which bills Yankee testified on and our position.
A bill that would roll back the controversial state practice of civil asset forfeiture is headed for a public hearing before the Banking Committee on Thursday. The proposed bill would require a criminal conviction in order for the state to forfeit property related to the commission of a crime.