Connecticut

Connecticut just became the tenth blue state to pledge to cast its electoral votes for whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote nationally. Why? Because according to the measure’s proponents, the electoral college — along with everything else that’s more than 10 minutes old — is backward and stupid. Here’s one more step toward making…

HARTFORD, Conn. (July 19, 2017) – Last week, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law that significantly reforms the state’s asset forfeiture laws, but fails to close a loophole that allows police to circumvent more strict state laws by passing cases off to the feds. The House Banking Committee Committee introduced House Bill 7146 (HB7146)…

HARTFORD, Conn. (May 30, 2017) – Activists in Connecticut are working to improve a bill to limit the use of “stingrays.” If amended and passed, the proposed law would not only protect privacy in Connecticut, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. The House Judiciary Committee introduced House Bill 7291 (HB7291)…

HARTFORD, Conn. (Jan. 13, 2017) – A bill filed in the Connecticut House would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Connecticut, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal…

HARTFORD, Conn. (Jan. 9, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Connecticut Senate would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Passage would also take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in the state. Sen. Martin Looney (D-New Haven) filed Senate Bill 11 (SB11) for introduction during the 2017 session. The legislation reads…

HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct 3, 2016) – A law that sets the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients went into effect on Saturday. The Joint Insurance and Real Estate Committee introduced what would become Senate Bill 371 (SB371) in March,…

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 22, 2016) – Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy’ has signed a bill into law that sets the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. The Joint Insurance and Real Estate Committee introduced what would become Senate Bill 371…

Bills recently signed into law in two states expand medical marijuana access, further nullifying federal prohibition in practice. Last week, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed House Bill 5450 (HB5450). The new law will effectively expand access to medical marijuana to hospitalized patients. NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano reported that the legislation will “protect nurses who…