The New York Times reports municipalities in the U.S. have been held hostage by sophisticated criminals who have hacked computer systems, encrypted data and demanded millions of dollars in ransoms for freeing the systems. Interviewed by reporters, Rep. Steven Stafstrom says 2017 legislation he led to passage as a deterrent calls for up to three years in prison upon conviction.
The $115 million financing for the construction of a new Bassick High School is moving forward, thanks to the House of Representatives voting to give final approval to legislation authorizing $90.8 million in state bond funding – about 80 percent of the total project cost.
On the last day of session, the House passed a bill that would allow juveniles charged with car theft to seek services rather than face adult prosecution. “It’s to make sure those juveniles who are wrapped up in the system as a result of a car theft can get the services they need and an opportunity to right themselves,” Judiciary Committee House Chair Steve Stafstrom said.
Led by Rep. Steve Stafstrom, Judiciary Committee co-chair, the House passed a bill to Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk that requires law enforcement to change the way they publicly release information after use-of-force incidents and prohibits police officers from firing into fleeing vehicles.
The House passed a budget that is responsible, stable and funds the Rainy Day Fund at historic levels. With significant investments in education, job growth, and economic development throughout the state, the budget holds the line on spending.
Today is a great day for Connecticut. After many hours of debate over the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) legislation, my colleagues and I were able to pass the bill, which the Senate had already approved. The bill now goes to the governor for his expected signature next month.
In 2013 legislators approved the Trust Act, setting conditions for state and local law enforcement authorities for voluntarily cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials seeking to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. Since then we've discovered loopholes and other problems in the law and this year passed a bill striking an important balance.