The first day of the legislative session was a busy one for state lawmakers. The day started Wednesday with points of personal privilege where members shared personal news and introduced people they brought with them for the swearing in ceremony.
They then met in joint session to hear remarks from Governor Dannel Malloy. The House and Senate then resumed their separate sessions in order to receive committee assignments and start to introduce bills for consideration.
Wilton Republican state Senator Toni Boucher used her time on the floor to welcome Bethel Registrar of Voters Tim Beeble. She says he has not only worked for the municipality, but also donated his time and been a great supporter and friend.
Boucher also mentioned the new members of the Senate, including Craig Miner. She call him her friend from the House, where she previously served. Miner was elected in November to the 30th Senate District, which includes Brookfield and New Milford. Boucher told her colleagues they are lucky to have Miner's wisdom and talent.
Boucher also told Senate President Martin Looney that everyone was rooting for his good health. The Democrat received a kidney transplant two weeks ago. Boucher said even though they differ greatly on big issues, but there's no question about the respect and regard she has for him.