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July 29, 2015

Legislative Leaders Call For Hearings on DCF

by Christine Stuart | July 29, 2015 5:30am

Courtesy of the DCF website Legislative leaders asked the co-chairs of the Appropriations, Children’s and Human Services Committees on Tuesday to hold legislative hearings on the conditions and practices at the Department of Children and Families’ two locked facilities for juveniles.

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July 24, 2015

Lawmakers: Time Ran Out on Bill That Would Have Made Armed Drones Illegal

by Elizabeth Regan | July 24, 2015 12:00pm

As four gunshots and the whir of helicopter rotors reverberate across the Internet, Connecticut law remains silent on the issue of weaponized drones.

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July 23, 2015

Fasano Calls For Katz’s Resignation

by Christine Stuart | July 23, 2015 3:30pm

Hugh McQuaid photo Citing recent reports highlighting problems at DCF’s two locked facilities, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano is calling on Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz to resign.

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July 22, 2015

Child Advocate Identifies Abuse At DCF’s Locked Juvenile Facilities

by Christine Stuart | July 22, 2015 8:59am

Doug Hardy photo The Office of the Child Advocate has identified numerous safety risks, incidents of abuse, and the use of “unlawful” restraint and seclusion at the Department of Children and Families’ two locked facilities for boys and girls in Middletown. The information is part of a report, released Wednesday, that also indicates that some whistleblower calls made by DCF staff about the abuse were ignored.

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Study Shows Economic Recovery Is Leaving Low-Income Families Behind

by Elizabeth Regan | July 22, 2015 5:30am

CAHS Data released Tuesday by one of the nation’s leading children’s charities reveals that economic recovery is lagging among the lowest income families and, especially in Connecticut, has left behind a disproportionate number of minority children.

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July 21, 2015

Republican Leader Says DCF Needs Reform, Questions Commissioner’s Commitment

by Elizabeth Regan | July 21, 2015 12:00pm

Christine Stuart file photo A leading Republican lawmaker is questioning whether Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz is fully committed to reforming the troubled agency in light of two recent reports citing deficiencies in its operations.

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July 20, 2015

General Assembly Opts Not to Override Malloy’s Vetoes

by Christine Stuart | July 20, 2015 2:26pm

Christine Stuart photo The House needed 101 votes to override Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of a bill that outlined qualifications for a state Education Commissioner, but only 62 lawmakers voted in favor of an override Monday.

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July 17, 2015

General Assembly Won’t Override Malloy’s Vetoes

by Christine Stuart | July 17, 2015 12:36pm

Christine Stuart file photo Despite pressure from one of the teacher unions, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey announced Friday that there wasn’t enough support to override any of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s nine vetoes.

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July 16, 2015

Malloy Touts New Law to Curb Heroin Overdoses in Hard-Hit Eastern Connecticut

by Elizabeth Regan | July 16, 2015 12:15am

Elizabeth Regan Gary Mendell, a father from Easton, was in New London on Wednesday to talk about the role the government can play in shifting society’s response to drug addiction from shaming to saving.

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July 15, 2015

Lawmakers Announce Appointments To Task Force Created To Tackle Family Violence

by Madeline Stocker | July 15, 2015 3:11pm

Madeline Stocker photo The death of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno of Middletown was a painful reminder to lawmakers about why they created a new task force to look at family violence cases.

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