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January 24, 2017

Overwhelming Number of Lawmakers Unhappy with DCF Settlement

by Christine Stuart | January 24, 2017 12:15am

Courtesy of CTN Following a four hour hearing, the Appropriations Committee voted overwhelming against a plan that would require Connecticut to increase funding for the Department of Children and Families to $801.2 million a year. That’s more than $794.2 million it’s expected to receive this fiscal year.

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January 23, 2017

Connecticut Lawmakers Reaffirm Their Commitment to Women’s Rights, Ready For Debate

by Christine Stuart | January 23, 2017 2:02pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie At least 20 Connecticut lawmakers reaffirmed Connecticut’s commitment to reproductive rights and continued access to health services for women Monday at a Legislative Office Building press conference.

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January 20, 2017

Committee Moves Closer To Drafting Legislation To Raise The Age

by Jack Kramer | January 20, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of CTN HARTFORD, CT – The Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) Thursday adopted recommendations that set out to implement Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s vision to treat most 18, 19, and 20-year-olds as juveniles and not adults in the criminal justice system.

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January 18, 2017

Women Rally In Hartford For Healthcare

by Jack Kramer | January 18, 2017 8:38pm

Jack Kramer / CTNewsJunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — Chanting, “We won’t back down we’re here to fight, healthcare is a human right,” 300 people marched to the state capitol Wednesday afternoon in an effort to build momentum against Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and what marchers termed other threats to women’s healthcare.

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January 12, 2017

Report Recommends Going After Johns To Curb Sex Trafficking

by Jack Kramer | January 12, 2017 5:30am

HARTFORD, CT — Emphasizing that the sex industry — especially when it involves underage children — is a form of human trafficking, the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council (TIP) is making several legislative recommendations aimed at going after the buyers of sex.

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December 22, 2016

Child Protection Agencies Release Report on Fatalities: 367 Over Last 5 Years

by Jack Kramer | December 22, 2016 4:42pm

Office of the Child Advocate & Child Fatality Review Panel HARTFORD, CT — A new state report shows that 367 children died from 2011 to 2015 in Connecticut from both unintentional and intentional injuries. The largest portion of the deaths, 113, were infants under the age of 1.

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December 16, 2016

OP-ED | Achievement Gap Remains - Not Only in Connecticut, But in Every Other State

by Barth Keck | December 16, 2016 10:00am

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At last week’s meeting, state Board of Education member Malia Sieve not only expressed her displeasure with the latest national science test results; she also called out her fellow board members’ Pollyannaish reactions to those results.

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Malloy To Try Again To Raise The Age

by Jack Kramer | December 16, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo HARTFORD, CT – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, less than three weeks away from the start of the 2017 General Assembly session, made it clear Thursday that he will once again be pushing hard to pass legislation allowing 18-to 20-year-olds to be tried as juveniles.

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December 15, 2016

Connecticut Won’t Spend Any Money On Tobacco Prevention This Year

by Christine Stuart | December 15, 2016 11:30am

Courtesy of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Connecticut will collect $519.7 million in revenue this year from the 1998 state tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend none of it on tobacco prevention programs.

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November 30, 2016

OP-ED | How Should Connecticut Invest in Youth? Listen to the Experts

by Toni E. Walker | November 30, 2016 11:11pm

As co-chair of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, I have a central role to play in forming our state’s budget. Yet I have never been totally happy with the result.

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