Handful of lawmakers open session amid storm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A handful of Connecticut legislators have officially opened this year’s session of the General Assembly.

The House of Representatives and Senate members, as well as Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman — who presides over the Senate — braved Wednesday’s snow and ice to convene the 2014 session.

Wednesday’s opening day activities, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s address to a joint session of the legislature, were postponed until Thursday due to the snow and ice storm. Malloy is expected to unveil his proposed changes to the second year of the two-year state budget passed last year.

The Democratic governor has already revealed some key details of his revised budget, including expanding eligibility for an elderly renters’ rebate program. Malloy has also proposed increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

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