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July 13, 2018

DSS Reduces Average Wait To One And A Half Hours

by Christine Stuart | Jul 13, 2018 1:58pm
Posted to: Equality | Health Care | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Elderly Care | Poverty | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The Department of Social Services average wait time for its call center improved slightly in June to 85 minutes, at the same time as the call abandonment rate increased from 57 to 58 percent.

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June 29, 2018

DSS Wait Times Near 2 Hours In Some Cases

by Christine Stuart | Jun 29, 2018 12:57pm
Posted to: Aging | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health

Courtesy of DSS

HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4 p.m.) Telephone wait times for low-income residents seeking to verify their Medicaid, food stamps or other benefits has ballooned to an average of 96 minutes.

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June 28, 2018

NAACP Sues State For Prison Gerrymandering

by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 28, 2018 4:29pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Legal | New Haven

Markeisha Ricks /New Haven Independent

NEW HAVEN, CT — The NAACP is suing the state of Connecticut with hopes of changing a practice here—and possibly throughout the country—that disproportionately impacts blacks and Latinos when it comes to counting prisoners for purposes of political representation.

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June 27, 2018

Connecticut Labor Hopes To Blunt Janus

by Christine Stuart | Jun 27, 2018 1:52pm
Posted to: Courts | Jobs | Labor | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:30 p.m.) It was not unexpected, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME found government unions can’t force non-members to pay “agency fees” and it’s being framed by those who support the ruling as a blow to public sector unions.

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June 22, 2018

OP-ED | Animals, and Those Who Care About Them, Deserve Real Humane Reform

by Debora M. Bresch | Jun 22, 2018 10:54pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Ethics | Law Enforcement | Legal | Opinion | Criminal Justice

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Last Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy wisely vetoed legislation that purported to crack down on animal cruelty by requiring anyone convicted of abusing an animal to register on a public statewide database.

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June 18, 2018

Robinson Sworn In As First African-American To Lead Connecticut Supreme Court

by Jack Kramer | Jun 18, 2018 1:25pm
Posted to: Courts | Equality | Legal

Mark Mirko/The Hartford Courant

HARTFORD, CT — Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Robinson was sworn in Monday as the first African-American Chief Justice in Connecticut’s history.

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The Bysiewicz Test

by Christine Stuart | Jun 18, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s been almost eight years since Susan Bysiewicz sued the Connecticut Democratic Party to prove she was qualified to run for attorney general.

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June 15, 2018

Larson Concerned Facebook Seeks Social Security Data

by Peter Urban | Jun 15, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Legal | Privacy | Social Security

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New rules that Facebook has adopted regarding political ad buys have raised concerns within the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee where John Larson is the ranking Democrat.

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June 14, 2018

Malloy Vetoes Changes To Hartford Bailout, Animal Abuse Registry

by Christine Stuart | Jun 14, 2018 4:57pm
Posted to: Legal | State Budget | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill Thursday that would have changed how the state board overseeing Hartford’s finances would have operated.

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June 13, 2018

Advocates Dissect Malloy’s Veto of School Expulsion Bill

by Jack Kramer | Jun 13, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | Equality | Legal | Poverty

Courtesy of CT-N

HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision to veto a bill that some felt would tackle classroom safety by allowing teachers to remove physically violent students prompted a spirited discussion Tuesday.

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