HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Senate Democratic Caucus announced Friday policy proposals to address police accountability and systemic racial inequities during the 2020 special session.
“Our message to the people of Connecticut is simple: we hear you and we will take action,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney. “There are moments in our history that pass us by and there are moments that turn into movements.”
Officials aim to reform criminal justice and police accountability policies, provide more economic opportunities, address educational inequality, reform health care, and address housing, the environment, and voting rights.
The proposals include reforms such as banning chokeholds and other unnecessary police actions, decertify police convicted of misconduct, require police to intervene if another is engaging in brutality or misconduct, and more.
Governor Lamont issued a statement Friday, regarding the Senate Democrats’ plan:
I plan on calling the General Assembly into special session during the month of July to address the issues of police accountability and expanding access to absentee ballots. There’s still more that we need to do in addition to those issues to address the complex and difficult problems of racial and economic inequality. I look forward to working with legislators and other stakeholders on those issues during the next regular session.Governor Lamont on calling special session
The full list of legislative proposals outlined can be seen here.