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Lawmakers seek to curb youth access to e-cigarettes, tobacco

An e-cigarette. Connecticut lawmakers are sounding the alarm on teen vaping and tobacco use with a wave of legislation that would impose further restrictions on the products and attempt to curb youth access as states across the country are taking up similar measures. Bills introduced from both sides of the aisle or with bipartisan support […]

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Marijuana legalization debate gets heated at Capitol press conference

Bo Huhn, the spokesman for the Connecticut chapter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The debate over whether Connecticut should legalize recreational marijuana got heated at the State Capitol Wednesday as advocates opposing legalization held a press conference that was repeatedly interrupted by heckling pot supporters. “I believe we really do […]

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Blumenthal, Murphy, introduce federal gun storage bill

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announces a new federal gun storage bill outside Guilford Town Hall on Friday. A federal gun storage bill being sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy would mirror a new state proposal to tighten Connecticut’s own current firearm storage law. At a press conference on Friday amid snow showers, Blumenthal […]

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ACLU of Connecticut unveils latest criminal justice priorities

They call it “Smart justice.” Three formerly incarcerated Connecticut residents working for an American Civil Liberties Union campaign unveiled a pair of legislative proposals on Thursday that dovetail with the organization’s nationwide initiative to end racial disparities in the justice system and cut the prison population in half.

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State sued over failure to provide adequate Medicaid transportation

Attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit against the state Department of Social Services for failing to provide Medicaid recipients transportation to critical medical appointments, a move that follows dogged complaints about missed pickups and poor customer service for some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable patients.

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Malloy leaves office as national leader on criminal justice reform

Under Gov. Dannel Malloy’s leadership, Connecticut has repealed the death penalty, closed prisons, decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, raised the age from 16 to 18 at which defendants are tried as adults for most crimes, streamlined the process for parole and pardons, and reduced penalties for non-violent drug crimes.