Sun, Soccer, and Session

Legislative Roundup

Despite a short legislative session, McDowell Jewett was involved in a number of issues on behalf of our clients: 

CARA. For the fourth year in a row we supported the CT Automotive Retailers Association with its efforts to prevent Tesla from implementing a risky direct sale model in Connecticut. The Association supports more than 270 dealerships throughout Connecticut with a focus on jobs and the future of our state's economy.

Expanding Protections. The CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) successfully put an end to Connecticut's dual arrest policy - further protecting victims of domestic violence. Governor Malloy is expected to sign the measure into law. 

New Funding.
 Message was a key to the winning argument for the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk (above). The aquarium is expected to receive $34.5 million in state funding to update its facility, including: a new walk bridge over the Norwalk River, and improvements to the IMAX theater and the popular seal exhibit. This was a complicated case involving local, state and federal government. At stake was the future of a beloved Connecticut institution. We can't wait to see the transformation. 

New Ideas. The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth prompted important conversations at the state capitol by introducing recommendations for a more competitive Connecticut. Some of the final proposals were included in this year's budget. Read the details here.  

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