Connecticut lawmaker seeks trooper staffing compromise

HARTFORD, CT &#8211 A legislative leader says he hopes to broker a compromise regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to end a mandate requiring the Connecticut State Police to have a minimum of 1,248 troopers on staff.

Rep. Stephen Dargan, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, said Tuesday that he plans to work with the administration, the Connecticut State Police Union and other lawmakers to try and come up with a solution before the committee’s March 15 deadline.

The committee held a hearing Tuesday on Malloy’s bill.

The minimum staffing level was imposed in 1998. It’s at the center of a legal battle between Malloy and the union. A judge recently sided with the union, which wants the state to stick to the standard. There are currently 1,080 sworn members.

From The New Haven Register.