The new state legislative session starts in January, and there will be some new faces in the Chambers. Fairfield Republican state Representative Tony Hwang this week won election to the open Senate District which includes a part of Newtown. During the campaign, he was critical of Governor Malloy's budgeting tactics.
House Republicans won 10 more seats on Election Day Tuesday, bringing their number to 64 in the 151-member House.
During this legislative campaign season there was one thing many of the candidates agreed on--Common Core education standards need to change. Stefan Pryor, who has served as the state’s education commissioner for nearly three years, announced in August that he would not seek a second term, should Governor Malloy win re-election. Pryor has been a source of controversy as he oversaw the rollout of Malloy’s education reform efforts, including teacher evaluations and education standards.
One of the items on the General Assembly's agenda in January will be the recommendations from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. Hwang voted for the Gun Bill in 2013.
The new legislative session opens on January 7th.