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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Common Sense Gun Safety

March 4, 2016

The legislature is reviewing some common sense gun safety regulations. Police should be able to ask for your gun permit if you are walking in public armed and you should lose your weapons while under a restraining order.

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Executive Action on Gun Violence

January 20, 2016

Today, President Obama announced new executive actions to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. I stand with the President’s balanced approach of increasing mental health care access and working to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.

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