By STEPHEN SINGER,  Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Republican leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives says lawmakers need to meet for a special legislative session and require additional work crews for utilities, impose minimum staffing levels and other initiatives in the wake of last week’s autumn nor’easter that left hundreds of thousands without power for most of the week.

Rep. Lawrence Cafero of Norwalk said since the General Assembly is not scheduled to return until February, it makes sense to hold a special session in December, before more storms hit the state.

A message was left seeking comment with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office and the Democratic leaders, who control the legislature.

Cafero said one idea under consideration is requiring utilities to train and maintain emergency standby crews of first responders and retired utility workers.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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