EARLY LITERACY FORUM
March 13, 2017 the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, the Commission on Equity and Opportunity, the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus and the State Department of Education jointly hosted an important literacy forum where experts, educators and stakeholders focused on the transformative power of early literacy interventions.
DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC POLICY – POLICY DAY FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
March 16, 2017 the CT General Assembly’s Commission on Equity and Opportunity and the Hispanic Federation hosted “Diversity in Public Policy – Policy Day for Communities of Color in Connecticut. Distinguished leaders, policy-makers, community advocates, and constituents from across Connecticut assembled to discuss and advance successful initiatives that support and promote topics ranging from budget stability, education funding, and healthcare.
CAMBODIAN BUDDHIST SOCIETY OF CT- UNIFICATION CEREMONY
March 19, 2017 Executive Director, Subira Gordon attended the Cambodian Buddhist Society of Connecticut’s Unification Ceremony at the Buddhist Temple in Bristol. Honored guests included Senators Tony Hwang and Henri Martin along with Bristol Mayor, Ken Cockayne. The Khmer community voiced their concerns and took the opportunity to forge a strong relationship and better understanding with elected leaders.
CIVIL FORFEITURE ABOLITION (SHB 7146)
Civil Forfeiture Abolition (SHB 7146): Forfeiture proceedings are civil suits in equity in which the court has jurisdiction over property. Civil asset forfeiture under current law gives police the power to take and keep property from an individual who has not been convicted or charged with a crime. This bill limits the conditions under which property for non-drug crimes is subject to forfeiture to the state and establishes a procedure by which a person who claims interest in seized property may petition the court for its return. CEO supports this legislation to prevent government overreach while depriving defendants of their property without due process. The CEO Staff is currently working to provide an amendment to the Committee to enhance the language of the bill to be in compliance with State standards as requested by the Judicial Branch.