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Governor signs legislation protecting survivors of domestic violence

August 26, 2013 Areawide No Comments

STATE CAPITOL via Capitol PR 2011Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday (Aug. 23 ) joined with a group of legislators and advocates for the ceremonial signing of a new package of laws (Public Act 13-214) that expand protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, continuing a trend to better coordinate services to best assist survivors.

“Over the past several years, our state has made a number of alterations to how we respond to domestic violence, recognizing that when a person is faced with this matter, it impacts almost every aspect of their lives,” Gov. Malloy said.

“While we’ve made great strides in improving services, we can do more – not only within our criminal justice system, but also with other matters, such as housing and financial issues.  These are all parts of a much bigger system that only works best when they are coordinated to work together,” Malloy said.

The legislative package responds to a number of domestic-violence related issues and laws.

Provisions include:

  • Requiring probation officers to provide notice of suspected probation violations assigned to victim advocates;
  • Requiring state courts to maintain separate, secure rooms in certain courthouses to be utilized privately by survivors and victim advocates;
  • Permitting a sexual assault survivor to terminate a rental agreement without penalty under some circumstances;
  • Requiring the Judicial Branch to develop a plan to include temporary financial support as part of the relief available to domestic violence survivors through the civil restraining order;
  • Requiring the Judicial Branch to make the family-violence training program for judges, Judicial Branch personnel, and court clerks available to guardians.

Gov. Malloy specifically thanked State Rep. Mae Flexer (D-Killingly, Plainfield), who serves as Chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and has been among the legislature’s most vocal advocates on behalf of domestic violence issues.

“I was proud to stand with Gov. Malloy as he signed legislation that continues our effort to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” State Re.  Flexer said.  “These new measures will help victims avoid the devastating effects an abusive relationship can have on their finances, protect victims facing abuse from a neighbor, and enables victims to meet privately with victim advocates in our courthouses.”

“Connecticut has long recognized that domestic violence is no longer a private, family matter, rather it is a societal crisis that requires a coordinated community response,” State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose said.

“The creation of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence has brought forth more awareness, attention and response to strengthen the criminal justice community’s response to incidents of domestic violence, while further enhancing protections for victims and their families.  The measures of Public Act 13-214 are another step toward improving our commitment to combat and end domestic violence in our state.  In addition, the law will provide the same safe housing protection to victims of sexual assault that are already afforded to victims of domestic violence,” Ambrose said.

Karen Jarmoc, Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said, “Connecticut’s most recent measures to strengthen our state’s response to victims of domestic violence provides meaningful opportunities for systems to work more collaboratively, improve training and offer a more effective coordination of services to victims. Most importantly, this new law aims to provide better outcomes to some 60,000 victims of domestic violence that come through the doors of domestic violence agencies in Connecticut annually for help.”

Posted August 26, 2013

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New USDA standards aim for ‘smart snacks’ at school

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

Press Release

“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy,” said First Lady Michelle Obama about the USDA’s new standards for school nutrition.

The USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food.

America’s students now have healthier and more nutritious school meals due to improved nutrition standards implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Now these standards are extended to snacks available in schools.

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EPA warns so-called refrigerant substitutes can cause explosion

July 2, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air-conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air-conditioning systems.

The EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22), a refrigerant that is widely used in home air-conditioning systems.

Other names for some unapproved refrigerants include R-290, 22a, 22-A, R-22a, HC-22a and CARE 40.

Home air-conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other similar flammable refrigerants. The use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard for homeowners and service technicians.

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Gov. Malloy defends new campaign finance law

June 19, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments

GOV MALLOY official head shot resized 2011Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (June 19) released the following statement regarding signing new campaign finance legislation into law:

“Today, I signed into law a bill (Public Act 13-180) that will vastly increase disclosure requirements for independent campaign expenditures.

As the first candidate for governor elected under the state’s public financing system, I am deeply committed to the principle that the people of Connecticut have a right to know who’s paying for the advertisements and other expenditures that are designed to sway public opinion prior to an election. This bill does that.

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Flags half staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Peace Officers Memorial in Florida. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

Peace Officers Memorial in Florida. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has directed that U.S. and Connecticut flags be flown at half-staff today (May 15, 2013) in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

“National Peace Officers Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the service of our brave men and women in law enforcement,” said Gov. Malloy.

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CT State Police ID suspect vehicle in missing ECSU student case

April 26, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
State Police have identified a car, a black 2009 Nissan Altima with tinted windows, they say is related to the case of a missing ECSU student in Willimantic, CT.  Photo provided by CT State Police.

State Police have identified a car, a black 2009 Nissan Altima with tinted windows, they say is related to the case of a missing ECSU student in Willimantic, CT. Photo provided by CT State Police.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

The Connecticut State Police Major Crime and Missing Person Unit Detectives are continuing the search for a young woman reported missing from the Eastern Connecticut State University campus in Willimantic, CT.

Now, State Police Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a vehicle they say is related to the case – a black, four-door, 2009 Nissan Altima sedan with tinted windows and plate CT Reg 297-ZOY.

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CT Police issue Silver Alert for missing ECSU student

April 25, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
CT Police have issued a Silver Alert for ECSU student Alyssiah Marie Wiley who they say was last seen April 20, 2013. Photo courtesy of CT State Police.

CT Police have issued a Silver Alert for ECSU student Alyssiah Marie Wiley who they say was last seen April 20, 2013. Photo courtesy of CT State Police.

Press Release

On Wednesday, April 24 2013, Connecticut State Police were contacted by Eastern Connecticut University Police regarding a student reported missing.

The missing student is identified as 21-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley (DOB:11/24/92) described as a Black female, 5’6”, about 150 lbs.

Police say she was last seen at ECSU on April 20, 2013.

University Police initiated a case after being told that the student could not be located by friends or family and have issued a Silver Alert.

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Moment of silence April 22 for victims of Boston bombings

April 22, 2013 Areawide No Comments
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, asks Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today (Monday, April 22) in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, asks Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today (Monday, April 22) in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, asks Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today (Monday, April 22) in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.

“I’ve directed state agencies to join Massachusetts in a moment of silence at 2:50 today, and am encouraging Connecticut residents to do the same,” Gov. Malloy said.

“We thank law enforcement and first responders for their actions at the marathon and in the days that followed. Our thoughts remain with the victims of this senseless tragedy and the families mourning the loss of their loved ones,” he said.

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Lawmaker continues to push for animal advocates in courts

April 20, 2013 Areawide No Comments
Connecticut State Rep. Diana Urban with “Justice for Desmond” supporters and Rep. Brenda Kupchick urged support April 18 for legislation that would appoint advocates to court cases involving animal cruelty. The legislation was approved 38-6 by the Judiciary Committee this week and may be forwarded to the Environment Committee before coming to the House for a vote. Photo by Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.com

Connecticut State Rep. Diana Urban with “Justice for Desmond” supporters and Rep. Brenda Kupchick urged support April 18 for legislation that would appoint advocates to court cases involving animal cruelty. The legislation was approved 38-6 by the Judiciary Committee this week and may be forwarded to the Environment Committee before coming to the House for a vote. Photo by Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.com

by Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie.com

Rep. Diana Urban, her dog Indiana Jones, and a group of animal advocates urged support Thursday (April 18) for legislation that would appoint advocates to court cases involving animal cruelty.

The legislation was approved 38-6 by the Judiciary Committee this week and may be forwarded to the Environment Committee before coming to the House for a vote.

Animal cruelty is a “red flag” for future violent acts and it’s clear that judges need to educate themselves about the connection, Urban said.

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Sandy Hook families sway Washington’s discussion on Gun Legislation

April 16, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
Eleven family members of those killed in the December 2012 shooting at the Newtown, CT elementary school joined President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight from Connecticut to D.C. after Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford on Monday. At the university, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Megan Merrigan photo, CTNewsJunkie.com

Eleven family members of those killed in the December 2012 shooting at the Newtown, CT elementary school joined President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight from Connecticut to D.C. after Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford on Monday. At the university, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Megan Merrigan photo, CTNewsJunkie.com

By Megan Merrigan | CTNewsJunkie.com

April 12, 2013

Eleven family members of those killed in the December 2012 shooting at the Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Elementary school joined President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight from Connecticut to D.C. after Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford on Monday (April 8).

“The families of Newtown literally turned the tide in Washington, D.C.,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said at a press conference at the University of Hartford on Friday (April 12). “Their faces and voices are an historic story in achieving better measures against gun violence.”

In all, 16 Republicans contributed to Thursday’s (April 11) 68-31 bipartisan victory over the Republican-led filibuster that would have prevented debate on the legislation.

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