HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) — With a winter storm bearing down on the state, Governor Malloy has asked for staggered release of nonessential state workers.  First shift workers will begin leaving at 3:00 p.m.  The governor suggested private companies might want to consider similar a similar plan, especially with snow forecast to pick up during the normal afternoon commute.

To minimize traffic problems,  the Departments of Economic and Community Development, Social Services, Metal Health and Addiction Services, Corrections, Housing, The Office of Policy and Management and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities all will dismiss at 3:00 p.m.

Then, at 3:15 p.m., employees at the Departments of Children and Families, Agriculture, Revenue Services, Consumer Protection, Energy and Environmental Protection, Labor, Aging and the Office of Protection and Advocacy will be released.

Non-essential employees of all other state agencies will be dismissed at 3:30.

The governor also activated the Emergency Operations Center as of 3:00 p.m.,  to monitor and respond to any problems resulting from the storm.


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