Legislator’s Personal Story Highlights Need For Bill Protecting Domestic Violence Victims

March 16, 2016

During a public hearing March 15 in the Judiciary Committee on legislation (HB5054, HB5623) designed to increase protection for victims of domestic violence, my hometown neighbor State Representative Robyn Porter (D-Hamden, New Haven), a member of the committee, shared a story that helped emphasize in a very personal way how this proposal can save lives.

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Tong Seeks To Protect Women, Children

March 14, 2016

Rep. William Tong and Sen. Eric Coleman, co-chairs of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, joined with Rep. Caroline Simmons, Sen. Mae Flexer and other legislators and advocates on Monday to call for passage of legislation created to reduce violence against women, trafficking of people and prostitution.

A new study shows that 86 percent of state voters support closing a loophole in Connecticut law that allows gun and ammunition purchases by people served with temporary restraining orders.

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Riley Seeks To Protect Women, Children

March 14, 2016

Rep. Emmett D. Riley joins other legislators and advocates to call for passage of a bill to protect victims of domestic violence by prohibiting possession of firearms by anyone who becomes subject to a temporary restraining order upon notice of being served. The bill also seeks to combat sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

A new study shows that 86 percent of state voters support closing a loophole in Connecticut law that allows gun and ammunition purchases by people served with temporary restraining orders.

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Pedestrian Safety Bill Set For Hearing

March 8, 2016

I am pleased that a pedestrian safety bill I championed, HB 5403, got enough attention to merit a public hearing this session. The legislature's Judiciary Committee traveled to our UConn campus in Stamford, to allow local residents to testify on this and other important bills to the state.

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