For the past few years, I’ve dreamed small. My small dream was to convince the Connecticut General Assembly to amend a statute honoring a man who dreamed big. Last year, Connecticut General Statute Chapter 2 Section 1-4 read “the first Monday occurring on or after January 15th as ‘Martin Luther King Day.’” The Federal Holiday is … Read more
OLR (my favorite office in State Government aside from LCO) just completed a shocking report on Connecticut’s shameful rape kit backlog. One of the great difficulties in representing someone who is the victim of a crime is explaining the length of time it takes to get reports back from the State. Despite all of the … Read more
The legislation would accomplish something that I agree with – namely that it would allow Mr. Tate to go to the prom. However, this legislation is a symptom of a larger problem: here in CT there is a belief that any problem big or small can be solved through legislation.
by Ryan C. McKeen In the midst of a massive budget crisis, our State Legislature spent the final hours of its session debating…..get this……drumroll please…..passing a bill to protect stupid people from owning dangerous animals. Yep. Can’t make this stuff up. The bill would add only gorillas, chimps and orangutans to the list of wild … Read more
When statutes and a supreme court ruling conflict the legislature should look at revising its statutes. Uncertainty can make life uncomfortable for citizens, lawyers, and judges – it’s generally a bad thing. Today, the legislature is holding a hearing on exactly what to do in the wake of Kerrigan. Link. Proposed legislation would transform all … Read more
by Ryan McKeen It’s also time for reform of our probate court system. Our system is antiquated and broken. I am proposing an overhaul that will reduce the number of courts, improve services and increase the hours of operation. It will also save money. Gov. Rell, 2/4/09 Here is the link to Governor’s Bill No. 6385 … Read more