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Posted inCT Viewpoints

CT restraining order bill — protection for women or an infringement of firearms rights?

Dozens of witnesses have offered their opinion on Senate Bill 650, a proposal that would enhance in several ways protection for restraining order applicants. One controversial element, however, would also abridge the rights of Connecticut firearms owners, opponents say. Here are excerpts from a sampling of the written testimony both in favor of and opposing the firearms portion of the bill.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Connecticut women’s lives depend on fate of firearms removal bill

Two bills currently before the legislature would greatly expand protections for victims of domestic violence by ensuring that if a judge determines a victim is in imminent danger and grants a temporary restraining order, all firearms must be taken away from the person being served with the order. It’s time Connecticut closed a dangerous and unnecessary loophole that jeopardizes women’s safety and security in the home.

Posted inHealth, Politics

Budget would cut health, social services, but less than gov’s plan

Updated at 6:40 a.m.
The budget deal between legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration calls for millions of dollars in cuts to programs that serve seniors, poor families, and people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. But compared to the deep reductions Malloy proposed in February, many of the cuts are relatively modest.