Malloy Temporarily Scraps Old State House Transfer

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s temporarily halting plans to transfer the historic Old State House in Hartford to the state’s environmental protection agency because doing so is too expensive.

In a letter released Monday, the Democratic governor tells legislative leaders the recent transfer of responsibility from the Office of Legislative Management to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been more costly than initially projected.

Last month, DEEP officials said they planned to move out expensive artwork and artifacts because they didn’t have the resources to maintain the valuables. The 220-year-old landmark has been closed to the public for a month.

Malloy says DEEP will officially transfer the building’s responsibility back to OLM until the legislature determines other alternatives. Lawmakers reconvene in January.

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