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.
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