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January 18, 2019

Bill Named After Guilford Teen Now Has Federal Version

by Jack Kramer | Jan 18, 2019 2:30pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety | Guilford

Courtesy of the Song family

GUILFORD, CT — On Friday, the day before Ethan Song would have turned 16, his parents were joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, state Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, and dozens of supporters to announce new federal safe gun storage legislation.

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January 17, 2019

Coalition Backs Legislation To End Discrimination and Increase Prosecutorial Transparency

by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2019 4:30pm
Posted to: Courts | Housing | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The ACLU’s Smart Justice coalition, which is led by formerly incarcerated individuals, wants the Connecticut General Assembly to pass legislation that will increase prosecutorial transparency and another that would end discrimination of formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Blumenthal Continues To Push For Unemployment Compensation for Federal Workers

by Jack Kramer | Jan 17, 2019 12:15pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Public Safety | Transportation | BDL

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HARTFORD, CT — Surrounded by federal workers who cannot collect unemployment because they have been called back to work, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Thursday for an end to the practice.

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January 15, 2019

OP-ED | Like Sandy Hook Families, We All Must Fight for Truth in a World of Lies

by Barth Keck | Jan 15, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Safety | Newtown

YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

At time when bullying and hate crimes are on the rise, score one for the good guys.

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January 14, 2019

Q-Poll: Democrats Are Winning Messaging On Shutdown

by Christine Stuart | Jan 14, 2019 3:16pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Poll | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,209 American voters found 63 percent oppose shutting down the government to force Congress to fund a wall along the southern border.

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January 9, 2019

Marijuana Legalization Advocates Waste No Time

by Jack Kramer | Jan 9, 2019 10:06am
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Public Health | Public Safety | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — It didn’t take long for proponents of legalizing recreational cannabis to start making their case Wednesday to the newly-convened General Assembly.

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January 7, 2019

Murphy, Blumenthal: Momentum Is On The Side of Gun Background Checks

by Jack Kramer | Jan 7, 2019 12:56pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT —Even though Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators have tried and failed in the past to pass legislation to strengthen federal background checks on gun owners they are giving it another shot this year and believe 2019 may finally be the year.

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January 2, 2019

Outgoing Officials: Criminal Justice System Is In Good Place

by Jack Kramer | Jan 2, 2019 12:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Nonprofits | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — Members of the Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission (CJPAC) held their final meeting last week and took time to reflect on what many said were monumental, positive changes to the system they helped manage.

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Lamont Administration Begins To Take Shape

by Christine Stuart | Jan 2, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Energy | Environment | Law Enforcement | Public Safety | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — Governor-elect Ned Lamont stayed busy during the holidays last week filling out a number of key administrative appointments as he heads toward his Jan. 9 inauguration.

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December 19, 2018

School Safety Report Draws Criticism

by Peter Urban | Dec 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — A commission established by President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., issued its final recommendations to improve school safety Tuesday, including arming teachers as one of 93 “best practices and policy recommendations.”

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