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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

Time’s Up Act Passes First Test

Times Up Act

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This week, the Time’s Up Act, the largest overhaul in modern history of Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws, passed the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.

The Time’s Up Act, which I proposed with my Democratic colleagues, will establish Connecticut as a national leader when it comes to stamping out sexual assault and harassment by:

  • reforming the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) complaint process to help all employees harassed or discriminated against in the workplace
  • strengthening and expanding Connecticut's mandated reporter laws to stop abuse of children
  • eliminating statutes of limitation for all felony sexual assault crimes and all sexual assault crimes against minors
  • increasing financial penalties for offenders
  • providing for injunctive relief and punitive damages so employers get serious about ending workplace harassment
  • setting a universal process for investigations of harassment complaints against school administrators, and
  • requiring increased training and education in Connecticut workplaces.
     

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

VIDEO: MLK

This week, we remember the life and legacy of Dr. King and challenge ourselves, as he said, to "...rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation."

Marvin School Students Visit the State Capitol

Marvin School Visit

I was happy to welcome a class of Marvin School 4th-graders to the State Capitol this week. We had lots of fun talking about state laws like recess, seatbelts and the school year.

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

‪Thanks to Governor Malloy for providing a proclamation declaring April as Autism Awareness Month in the State of Connecticut and Mayor Rilling for doing the same for Norwalk.

Important Step Toward Improving Gun Safety

This week, I was proud that the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee--after much heated debate--voted to ban bump stocks and untraceable "ghost guns".

Bump stocks are devices that transform the firing mechanism of a semi-automatic weapon into a weapon that fires like a fully automatic weapon. They also make the weapon less accurate.

In Las Vegas, we witnessed the absolute devastation that a mass shooter can accomplish with a bump stock. There is no legitimate reason why bump stocks should be owned or sold in our state.

"Ghost guns" are guns that do not have serial numbers, most commonly because they are sold only partially assembled and thus are not required by current law to have a serial number. They also represent a threat to our public safety.