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Legislative Roundtable: Education, Business, and Fracking

Chion Wolf

The short state legislative session is always filled with a little bit of drama. Namely, there are the burning questions: Can lawmakers get everything done by the end of session? Will we know what’s in the bills that get passed?

But with a budget set, and with all of them facing re-election this year, the short session can often be a time for lawmakers to work on legislation that’s near and dear to them. If you’re a new Democratic senator like Gary Holder-Winfield, that might mean pre-K education.

If you’re a Republican representative like Gail Lavielle, that might mean making sure the state’s more business-friendly. And if you’re a Democrat in the House like Matt Lesser, that might mean addressing the problem of waste from hydraulic fracturing.

This hour, lawmakers answer questions about these issues -- and high-schoolers take on chronic absenteeism.


  • Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield - Represents the 10th State Senate District
  • Rep. Gail Lavielle - Serves the 143rd General Assembly District
  • Rep. Matt Lesser - Serves the 100th General Assembly District

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Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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