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May 25, 2018

OP-ED | Conspiracy Theory Thinking has Poisoned Politics

by Susan Bigelow | May 25, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Courts | Law Enforcement | Legal | Media Matters | Opinion | Newtown

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Radio host Alex Jones has for years spread a vile conspiracy theory that the 2012 mass shooting of innocent elementary school students and teachers in Newtown was some kind of hoax. In response, the families of six of the murdered children and teachers are taking Jones to court. Good — I think.

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May 24, 2018

Big Pharma Asks Court To Dismiss Cities’ Opioid Lawsuits

by Jack Kramer | May 24, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Courts | Health Care | Legal | Public Health | Bridgeport | New Britain | New Haven | Waterbury

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HARTFORD, CT — Lawyers for pharmaceutical opioid distributors are asking the court to throw out lawsuits filed by Connecticut cities accusing the companies of indirectly shipping “suspicious” quantities of opioids.

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May 23, 2018

Bumps In The Road for Medical Transportation Continue

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Legal | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — Some patients are still not receiving the rides they need and livery and taxi companies are laying off employees because they are no longer receiving calls from the contractor in charge of transporting Connecticut’s 800,000 Medicaid recipients.

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May 15, 2018

Coalition Sues State Over Sweep of Energy Efficiency Funds

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2018 11:56am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Economic Development | The Economy | Energy Sector | Energy | Environment | Jobs | Legal | State Budget

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(UPDATED 12:55 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — A group of energy efficiency contractors and both consumer and environmental advocates sued the state of Connecticut today, claiming that the legislature illegally swept $155 million in ratepayer funds to close last year’s budget deficit.

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May 10, 2018

Sexual Harassment Bill Dies On House Calendar

by Christine Stuart | May 10, 2018 3:26pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — In the era of the MeToo movement, when it seems like more women are coming forward to report sexual assault and harassment, the Connecticut General Assembly failed to pass legislation to address the issue.

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May 9, 2018

Senate Forwards NDA Threshold Bill To House

by Christine Stuart | May 9, 2018 10:17am
Posted to: Business | Equality | Ethics | Labor | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would change how non-disclosure agreements work for state agencies and quasi-public agencies.

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May 8, 2018

House Debates Then Tables Voting Rights Bill

by Christine Stuart | May 8, 2018 7:47pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Election Policy | Equality | Juvenile Justice | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — The House spent about an hour Tuesday debating and then tabling a bill that would restore voting rights to parolees, who are still serving their sentences.

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Victory Lap on Sexual Harassment Bill May Have Been Premature

by Christine Stuart | May 8, 2018 2:22pm
Posted to: Business | Civil Liberties | Equality | Jobs | Legal | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s the headline in every newspaper, but the House might not have enough votes or enough time to pass a bill written to address sexual harassment in the workplace and sexual assault.

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May 7, 2018

Calendar Helps Kill Controversial Judicial Nomination

by Jack Kramer | May 7, 2018 1:21pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT— Only one judge didn’t win reappointment this legislative session — Judge Jane B. Emons of Woodbridge. Her term ended Saturday, May 5. The House never raised her renomination for confirmation.

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May 6, 2018

Pot Proponents Make One Last Pitch

by Jack Kramer | May 6, 2018 4:20pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Legal | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — With the end of the legislative session fast approaching the House and Senate have plenty of bills on their calendars, but legalizing recreational marijuana apparently isn’t one of them.

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