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March 13, 2019

Actor Helps Lobby For Aid-In-Dying Legislation

by Christine Stuart | Mar 13, 2019 6:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — Actor James Naughton, whose wife died from pancreatic cancer in 2013, was surprised to learn that aid-in-dying legislation has never made it out of the Public Health Committee in Connecticut.

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March 12, 2019

Connecticut’s Top Prosecutor Wants More Staff

by Lisa Backus | Mar 12, 2019 12:00pm
Posted to: Courts | Law Enforcement | Legal | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Despite a $2.4 million budget increase recommended by Gov. Ned Lamont, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said he’s looking for another $1.5 million on top of that to continue and expand a successful court diversion program while also meeting the needs of legislators who are calling for greater transparency within the Division of Criminal Justice.

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March 8, 2019

Court Recording Monitors Fear Job Loss With Outsourcing in Bill

by Lisa Backus | Mar 8, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Courts | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Budget | State Capitol

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While both sides agree that integrity matters when it comes to the accurate and timely transcription of court proceedings, the state’s court recording monitors are protesting what they believe is a move by Judicial Branch officials to outsource their jobs.

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February 19, 2019

State Lawmakers Stay Focused on Opioid Epidemic

by Jack Kramer | Feb 19, 2019 4:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Legal

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GUILFORD, CT — A group of state officials took a few seconds Tuesday to bask in the good news that the death rate from the opioid epidemic seems to have finally peaked, but quickly moved on to what new steps the state should be taking to decrease the still staggering fatality rate.

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February 13, 2019

Fasano Says His Former Legal Counsel Should Serve Time If Found Guilty

by Jack Kramer | Feb 13, 2019 2:02pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT —  Struggling with his emotions Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano said he thought “prison should be on the table” if the former lawyer for the Senate Republican caucus is convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican PAC.

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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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February 1, 2019

Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Ban Ghost Guns, Increase Gun Safety

by Lisa Backus | Feb 1, 2019 5:03pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Legal | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic lawmakers are hoping to pass at least four bills aimed at reducing gun violence this year, including one named after a 15-year-old killed last year in Guilford.

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January 28, 2019

Complaints About DSS’s Transportation Contract Continue

by Christine Stuart | Jan 28, 2019 12:30pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Legal | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT— It’s been over a year, but there are still plenty of complaints about the transportation contractor hired by the state Department of Social Services to give rides to Medicaid patients.

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January 24, 2019

OP-ED | CCSU Report Illustrates Why Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Only As Good As Its Exemptions

by Mike Savino | Jan 24, 2019 4:02pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Labor | Legal | Media Matters | State Capitol | Transparency | New Britain

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A report from outside investigators this week detailing former students’ complaints of sexual misconduct against two Central Connecticut State University professors — and the university’s failure to take corrective action — highlights a blind spot in Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law.

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