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 Labor and Public Employees Committee - February 16, 2016
  Testimony of the Division of Criminal Justice in support of H.B. No. 5075, An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation, Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees, February 16, 2016.
 
 Planning and Development Committee - February 19, 2016
  The Division of Criminal Justice strongly opposes S.B. No. 86, An Act Concerning the Fire Safety Code and One, Two and Three-Family Dwellings and would respectfully recommend that the Committee take NO ACTION on this bill.
 
 Housing Committee - February 23, 2016
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully recommends the Committee’s Joint Favorable Report for H.B. No. 5335, An Act Concerning the Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Regarding the Treatment of Bed Bug Infestation.
 
 Banking Committee - February 25, 2016
  The Division of Criminal Justice supports H.B. No. 5295, An Act Concerning Debit Card Fraud, and would respectfully recommend the Committee’s Joint Favorable Substitute Report for this bill.
 
 Housing Committee - March 1, 2016
  The Division of Criminal Justice opposes S.B. No. 259, An Act Concerning Inspections by Fire Marshals, as now drafted and would respectfully recommend the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITUTE Report to delete the current language and substitute language to establish a state property maintenance code for Connecticut.
 
 Public Safety and Security Committee - March 1, 2016 - S.B. No. 119
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully recommends the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE Report for S.B. No. 119, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Study Hoarding. The Division reiterates the position that it has taken in strong support of similar legislation in the 2015 Regular Session.
 
 Public Safety and Security Committee - March 1, 2016 - H.B. No. 5273
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully recommends the Committee take NO ACTION on H.B. No. 5273, An Act Concerning the Penalty for Assault of an Off-Duty Police Officer. While the Division supports the intent behind this bill, the legislation itself is unnecessary and confusing as drafted.
 
 Transportation Committee - February 29, 2016
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully recommends the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITUTE Report for H.B. No. 5412, An Act Concerning Recommendations by the Department of Motor Vehicles Regarding Hazardous Materials, Car Dealers, Student Transportation Vehicle Operators, Diversion Programs and Motor Vehicle Inspectors.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 7, 2016 - S.B. No. 363
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully requests the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT for S.B. No. 363, An Act Concerning Revisions to Various Statutes Concerning the Criminal Justice System. This bill is submitted to the Judiciary Committee as part of the Division’s 2016 Legislative Recommendations to the General Assembly.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 7, 2016 - S.B. No. 364
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully requests the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT for S.B. No. 364, An Act Concerning Notification to the State’s Attorney of the Death of a Person in State Custody. This bill is submitted to the Judiciary Committee as part of the Division’s 2016 Legislative Recommendations to the General Assembly.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 7, 2016 - S.B. No. 365
  The Division of Criminal Justice supports S.B. No. 365, An Act Concerning Child Endangerment While Driving While Intoxicated and the Time Limit Under Which to Administer a Test for Blood Alcohol Levels, which deals with the passage of impaired driving legislation aimed at protecting children who are passengers in vehicles driven by impaired motorists and the modification of the two-hour rule applicable to chemical testing following an impaired driving arrest.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 7, 2016 - H.B. No. 5473
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully requests the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT for H.B. No. 5473, An Act Concerning the Investigation of Fraud and Corruption. This bill is submitted to the Judiciary Committee as part of the Division’s 2016 Legislative Recommendations to the General Assembly and is our top priority again this legislative session.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 7, 2016 - H.B. No. 5527
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully recommends the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT for H.B. No. 5527, An Act Concerning Crimes Committed While on Pretrial Release. This bill is submitted to the Judiciary Committee as part of the Division’s 2016 Legislative Recommendations to the General Assembly. The need for this legislation was brought to the attention of the Division by prosecutors working both at the trial court level and in our Appellate Bureau.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 7, 2016 - H.B. NO. 5532
  The Division of Criminal Justice respectfully requests and recommends the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITUTE Report for H.B. No. 5532, An Act Concerning the Use of An Administrative Search Warrant for Property Posing a Serious Hazard to Persons. This legislation was submitted to the Judiciary Committee as one of the Division of Criminal Justice’s 2016 Legislative Recommendations to the General Assembly.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 14, 2016 - S.B. No. 427
  The Division of Criminal Justice opposes S.B. No. 427, An Act Concerning Children in the Juvenile Justice System and Guardianship Appointment, and would respectfully recommend the Committee take NO ACTION on this bill.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 14, 2016 - S.B. No. 444
  The Division of Criminal Justice opposes Section 1 of S.B. No. 444, An Act Concerning Penalties for Family Violence Crimes that a Child Witnesses and Establishing a Working Group Concerning Information and Communications Related to Victims of Family Violence. The Division would respectfully recommend the Committee delete Section 1 from this bill.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 14, 2016 - H.B. No. 5052
  The Division of Criminal Justice is an active participant in the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force, a collaborative effort initiated by the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut to marshal state, federal and local law enforcement resources to vigorously investigate and prosecute human trafficking crimes. It is our intention to designate at least one prosecutor in each of the state’s 13 Judicial Districts to coordinate and advance the important work of this task force.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 14, 2016 - H.B. No. 5621 - H.B. No. 5623
  Both of these bills – which contain several identical sections – propose valuable tools to assist in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. The Division commends the Committee for its consideration of these provisions and we recommend your strong support. However, while we support the overall intention and contents of these bills, we must oppose certain provisions and would respectfully recommend and request that the Committee delete these sections should it decide to move forward with either or both of the bills.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 18, 2016
  The Division of Criminal Justice submits the following testimony with regard to bills on the agenda for the public hearing of March 18, 2016.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 21, 2016
  The Division of Criminal Justice opposes S.B. No. 460, An Act Concerning Compensation for Wrongful Incarceration, and would respectfully recommend the Committee take NO ACTION on this bill. The Division specifically objects to section (d) (3), which would allow a person to collect compensation for a supposedly "wrongful conviction" without any showing whatsoever that he or she was actually innocent of the crime involved.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 23, 2016 - S.B. No. 18/H.B. No. 5642
  The Division of Criminal Justice fully recognizes and respects the intent of S.B. No. 18, An Act Concerning a Second Chance Society, but cannot support the legislation as it is now written. Simply put, the bill jeopardizes public safety by allowing individuals who are otherwise treated as adults for most purposes to avoid meaningful consequences holding them accountable to the community for serious and violent criminal offenses. If this bill passes, very serious crimes will be treated as juvenile offenses and remain in the juvenile court.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 23, 2016 - H.B. No. 5474
  The Division of Criminal Justice supports H.B. No. 5474, An Act Concerning DNA Testing for Persons Arraigned for a Serious Felony, and would respectfully recommend the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITURE Report. This bill would allow the state to obtain DNA samples at arraignment from persons who have been charged with serious crimes. It will allow law enforcement to establish conclusively the identity of persons who have been arrested and will ensure that all pertinent information regarding the individual is available to the court at critical stages of the prosecution.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 23, 2016 - H.B. No. 5634
  The Division of Criminal Justice fully supports H.B. No. 5634, An Act Concerning the Costs of Extraditing Fugitives, and respectfully requests the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT. This proposal is a result of the work of the Task Force to Examine Methods to Reduce Costs to Extradite, which was established pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 15-211, An Act Concerning Revisions to the Criminal Justice Statutes and Concerning the Psychiatric Security Review Board, Domestic Violence, Condominium Associations and Depositions of Persons Living Out-Of-State.
 
 Judiciary Committee - March 23, 2016 - H.B. No. 5640
  The Division of Criminal Justice fully supports H.B. No. 5640, An Act Concerning Compelled Disclosure of Cellular Telephone and Internet Records and recommends the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT. Over the past year the Division has worked with the Division of Public Defender Services, the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut to craft a revision to General Statutes §54-47aa that will protect the privacy and civil liberties of Connecticut’s citizens while, at the same time, allowing law enforcement to expeditiously obtain electronic communication information. This bill achieves those goals.