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State Supreme Court To Hear Trooper Staffing Case

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State Police Union emblem at union headquarters in East Hartford. (Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer)

State Police Union emblem at union headquarters in East Hartford. (Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration to Connecticut’s law requiring a minimum number of state troopers.

The Connecticut State Police Union sued Malloy and the state public safety commissioner last August because the state wasn’t abiding by the law requiring a minimum of 1,248 troopers. The state now has fewer than 1,100 troopers.

The Supreme Court decided last week to hear the state’s appeal of a lower court decision that rejected the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Administration officials argue the staffing level isn’t mandatory and interferes with the governor’s staffing and budgeting powers. A bill that would have eliminated the staffing requirement died in this year’s legislative session.

It’s not clear when the Supreme Court will hear arguments.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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