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GOVERNOR LAMONT ACTIVATES EXTREME HOT WEATHER PROTOCOL FROM SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY

Cooling Centers Are Open and Can be Located by Calling 2-1-1 or Visiting 211ct.org (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that as another heat wave is expected to approach Connecticut in the coming days, he is directing Connecticut’s Extreme Hot Weather Protocol to be activated effective at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2024, and remaining in effect through 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe hot weather conditions. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies, municipalities, and other partners to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 to make sure that information regarding cooling centers is available statewide.…

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BLUMENTHAL INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FEDERAL WHISTLEBLOWERS FROM RETALIATION

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act to shield federal employees who report information to Congress from retaliation. Under current law, federal employees are guaranteed the right to petition or provide information to Congress. However, without adequate protections in place, individuals who do so can face termination or retaliation. The Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act ensures that all federal employees, contractors, and applicants are able to file an administrative complaint if their right to share information with Congress has been interfered with or denied. Additionally, if corrective action is not reached within 180 days of filing a complaint, the legislation allows whistleblowers to pursue a lawsuit in federal court and seek a range of relief, including lost wages and…

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The City of Bridgeport Health & Social Services Department Receives Grant to Address Heat and Air Quality Issues in Public Housing

Bridgeport, CT – The City of Bridgeport’s Health & Social Services Department has been a recent recipient of the Connecticut State Department of Public Health for Local Heat and Air Quality Preparedness & Response Planning grant; counting Bridgeport as one of two cities in Connecticut who’ve received this grant. The grant’s primary use will be for implementation of six community groups within public housing areas underneath the Park City Communities leadership: one in each of the City’s zip codes. The initiative behind the usage of the grant is to address heat and air quality disparities within public housing areas that specifically affect Bridgeport’s elderly population. Mayor Ganim stated, “I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the State Department of Public Health…

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GOVERNOR LAMONT ACTIVATES EXTREME HOT WEATHER PROTOCOL THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Cooling Centers Are Available and Can be Located by Calling 2-1-1 or Visiting 211ct.org (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that due to a weather forecast indicating that Connecticut will experience very hot and humid temperatures over the next several days, he is directing Connecticut’s Extreme Hot Weather Protocol to be activated effective at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2024, and remaining in effect through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. The current forecast is indicating that temperatures over this period during the daytime will rise into the 90s and the heat index will be between 95 and 100 degrees. Overnight temperatures are expected to be very uncomfortable, with lows only falling to the 70s and dewpoints…

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State Police Prepare for July 4th Weekend Enforcement

Connecticut State Troopers are preparing for increased traffic and patrols during the upcoming Independence Day holiday. With July 4th on a Thursday, celebrations could extend from Wednesday evening, July 3, through Sunday evening, July 7. This period is expected to see more trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, and fireworks displays. State Troopers will ensure safe driving and conduct DUI roving patrols. They remind drivers to buckle up, adhere to the speed limit, put down cell phones, and focus on driving. Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays due to road construction and increased traffic. Connecticut’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to slow down and move over for stationary vehicles when safe. Troopers urge drivers to designate a driver if…

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Governor Lamont Has Covid

(HARTFORD, CT) – Julia Bergman, director of media relations and chief spokesperson for Governor Ned Lamont, today released the following statement: “Yesterday afternoon, Governor Lamont was feeling slightly under the weather and out of an abundance of caution he decided to take an at-home COVID test, and the result came back positive. He is feeling fine other than a couple of mild symptoms. During these last couple of days, he has not been in the office, nor has he been in close physical proximity with any staff or state officials because he had been taking previously scheduled time out of the office. He has notified those he recently came into close contact with regarding his test result and he has…

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BLUMENTHAL DELIVERS OPENING STATEMENT AT HEARING WITH BOEING CEO DAVE CALHOUN

“Boeing needs to stop thinking about the next earnings call and start thinking about the next generation.” [WASHINGTON, DC] – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), delivered opening remarks at a hearing titled “Examining Boeing’s Broken Safety Culture: Dave Calhoun Testifies.” The hearing—featuring testimony from Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun—examined the safety and quality practices surrounding Boeing’s commercial aircraft manufacturing as well as whistleblower allegations, executive management of the company, and the company’s broken safety culture. “When you were named as Boeing’s Chief Executive, Mr. Calhoun, we were told that you were the right person to correct course, and you committed to, ‘strengthen Boeing’s safety culture and rebuild trust with our customers, regulators, suppliers,…

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GOVERNOR LAMONT ACTIVATES CONNECTICUT’S EXTREME HOT WEATHER PROTOCOL FOR THE COMING WEEK

Cooling Centers Are Opening and Can be Located by Calling 2-1-1 or Visiting 211ct.org (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that due to a weather forecast indicating that Connecticut is about to experience very hot and humid temperatures over the coming days, he is directing Connecticut’s Extreme Hot Weather Protocol to be activated effective at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, and remaining in effect through 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2024. The current forecast is indicating that temperatures over this period will rise into the 90s and higher. This is the first time this year that the protocol is being activated. The purpose of this protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection…

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GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN FOR FIRST ROUND OF CONNECTICUT’S STATE AND LOCAL CYBERSECURITY GRANT PROGRAM

Applications for This First Round Must Be Submitted to the State by July 19, 2024 (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), in consultation with the Connecticut Cybersecurity Planning Subcommittee, is now accepting applications for the first round of funding authorized under Connecticut’s State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. This newly established program was created as a result of funding Connecticut received through the recently enacted federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law). The state-administered program is providing grants to eligible entities to address cybersecurity risks and cybersecurity threats to information systems that are owned or operated by, or on behalf of,…

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Governor Signs Bill Restructuring Connecticut Siting Council

HB 5507 Becomes Law; Corrects Regulatory Bias Favoring Utility Companies Fairfield, CT, June 12, 2024 - Yesterday, Governor Ned Lamont officially signed HB 5507, a significant piece of legislation correcting regulatory bias currently favoring utility companies, into law. HB 5507—An Act Concerning State Agency and Court Proceedings Relating to Electric Transmission Lines—now ensures a fairer balance with the needs and rights of Connecticut residents, businesses, and municipalities in matters relating to infrastructure siting, use of land, and construction. The governor’s signature signals the most significant change to the regulations governing the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) since its creation in 1981 under Connecticut Public Act 81-369. “We are grateful to Governor Lamont for hearing the voices of residents throughout the state…

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