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State Passes Budget Initiatives, Reduces Police Staffing

The legislature held a daylong special session this week to wrap up a number of issues left over from the 2012 regular session.

The General Assembly spent most of the day and night June 12 debating and then passing numerous pieces of legislation that were leftover from its regular session earlier this spring. 

Some of the measures enacted by lawmakers included mandatory reduction of state police staffing levels, a new job growth plan, a phase-in for the revaluation of properties at the local level and new laws that will allow greater regulation of, and fees imposed on, tobacco shops, according to the Connecticut Mirror.

Minority Republicans voted against the initiatives and once again complained that the Democrats, who control the General Assembly, had flouted the state's usual rules of democracy by passing the measures.

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