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Fate of Malloy’s criminal justice reform bill uncertain

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – It’s uncertain when or if Connecticut lawmakers will return to the state Capitol to vote on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s latest criminal justice reform bill.

Democratic House Speaker Brendan Sharkey told reporters on Monday it’s unclear whether there’s enough support for the legislation in the House of Representatives.

He says Malloy’s administration has been reaching out to lawmakers to brief them on the bill, which would extend juvenile court jurisdiction to young adults up to age 21. The bill also would bar surety bonds for certain misdemeanor offenders.

Lawmakers didn’t take the bill up during the regular session, which adjourned May 4, saying they needed more time to review it.

Sharkey says near the end of the month would be the earliest for a possible vote.

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