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March 15, 2019

Minimum Wage, Captive Audience, Public Option Bills Pass Labor

by Christine Stuart | Mar 15, 2019 9:59am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT —Three significant bills were passed out of committee Thursday: a minimum wage increase, limits on what employers can say to employees in the workplace, and the creation of a public health insurance option for small businesses.

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March 13, 2019

Democratic House Leader Promises A Vote On Removing Religious Exemption To Vaccines

by Christine Stuart | Mar 13, 2019 1:09pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Health Care | Public Health | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — House Majority Leader Matt Ritter vowed Wednesday that in the next 12 months the General Assembly will vote on whether to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines for school children.

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March 7, 2019

What Should Remain Public Information In Criminal Investigations?

by Jack Kramer | Mar 7, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | FOIA | Law Enforcement

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HARTFORD, CT — Whether the public should have access to all evidence seized in a criminal investigation was the subject of a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday.

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March 5, 2019

OP-ED | Town-Based School Districts Are a Legacy of the Racist Past: It’s Time for Them to Go

by Susan Bigelow | Mar 5, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Equality | Town News | Opinion | Education Opinion

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Recently, leaders in the legislature proposed bills urging consolidation of certain smaller school districts. The backlash was as telling as it was immediate and fierce: threatening the high-achievement school systems that so many people worked so hard to buy their way into is like touching a live wire.

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February 18, 2019

Police-Involved Shooting Prompts Call to Shorten Investigations

by Lisa Backus | Feb 18, 2019 11:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Public Safety | New Britain | Criminal Justice

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After a bruising 13 months that included protests, desk duty for five officers and an internal affairs investigation that pointed out policy gaps, New Britain officials are hoping legislators will shorten the length of time required to conduct police-involved death investigations.

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February 15, 2019

OP-ED | Rehabilitation Should Be Afforded to Youth, Too

by Sarah Bryer | Feb 15, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Juvenile Justice | Opinion | Cheshire

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The National Juvenile Justice Network, comprising 53 state-based advocacy organizations across 42 states and the District of Columbia, has frequently recognized Connecticut as a leader in its creation of a rehabilitative justice system for youth under 18. In this vein, we were pleased to see in your Feb. 5, 2019, article that Gov. Ned Lamont visited the T.R.U.E. Unit at Cheshire Correctional Institute where the program is committed to ending mass incarceration.

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February 11, 2019

Lengthy Investigations of Police-involved Shootings Prompt Calls for Legislation

by Lisa Backus | Feb 11, 2019 4:06pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | State Budget | Bridgeport | New Britain

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NEW BRITAIN, CT — Advocates say 13 months is too long to wait for investigations into police-involved shootings, but legislators in Hartford are wary of setting a deadline even though they empathize with victims’ families.

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Tong Breathes New Life Into Captive Audience Bill

by Christine Stuart | Feb 11, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Business | Civil Liberties | Labor | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — With a new attorney general, Connecticut’s Democratic Senators believe they have a better chance of passing legislation that seeks to limit what employers can say to employees in the workplace.

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January 24, 2019

CT Delegation United on Campaign Reforms, Guns and Off-Shore Drilling

by Peter Urban | Jan 24, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Election Policy | Environment | Federal Budget | Immigration | Public Health | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs

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As they begin to put their names to legislation this Congressional session, Connecticut lawmakers are united on a handful of high-priority issues including gun control, campaign reforms and off-shore drilling.

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January 21, 2019

OP-ED | Lawmakers Need To Move On Legal Cannabis, Or Cede the Upside

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 21, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Analysis | Business | Startups | Civil Liberties | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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It seems like our culture is changing at breakneck speed before our very eyes. Over the past 25 years, the internet, smartphones, and the information revolution are the most visible reminders of how far we’ve come since the days of afternoon newspapers, letters to the editor, and Walter Cronkite. Moreover, the lightning speed of the shift in attitudes toward the LGBTQ community has left my head spinning.

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