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Fri January 31, 2014
Sexual Assault Legislation Proposed; Right-to-Die Laws Get Another Look
Laura Cordes, Executive Director of Connecticut Sexual assault Crisis Services, along with many female legislators, announced on Thursday a bill to address sexual assault on college campuses in the state. It says that students attending a Connecticut college can expect a community with zero tolerance for offending behavior and victim-blaming, clear options and assistance for reporting, victim support services, and holding offenders accountable. The act expands on Connecticut’s current law.
Right to Die Legislation to Get Another Look
Supporters of legislation that would allow terminally ill patients the right to die gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday. Last year, legislation that would have allowed a terminally ill patient to request medication from a doctor that would end his or her life failed to pass committee. State Representative Betsy Ritter, who co-sponsored last year’s bill, said she will introduce similar legislation this year.
East Haven Police Chief Wants to Hold on to Recruits
East Haven’s police chief is asking that something be done to stop town police recruits from completing their training and immediately transferring elsewhere. Chief Brent Larrabee has seen 26 officers of his 53 person force leave during his two years on the job, according to The New Haven Register.
UConn May Face Fines
The University of Connecticut’s police chief said the school likely faces a fine from the federal Department of Education over its past crime reporting practices. Barbara O’Connor took over the UConn police department in 2012, a year after the school was audited for its compliance with the Clery Act, which requires school to report statistics on crimes in and around college campuses. The university has not received the results of that audit, but after an internal review, O’Connor said she’s found problems in how data had been collected and reported, and those problems have been addressed.