Domestic violence, highways expected to top new legislative session

- FILE - Legislators at the State Capitol (WTNH)


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– When Governor Malloy is inaugurated for a second term and the legislature begins its 2015 session next Wednesday, Jan. 7, domestic violence prevention is expected to be one of the top issues.

There are several big issues facing the governor in his second term, but the escalating domestic violence statistics dictate that not enough is being done to prevent fatal incidents. Thirteen people died from domestic violence last year; it was nine the year before.

During the campaign, Gov. Malloy said that if he was re-elected, he would propose a law that would immediately remove an alleged domestic violence abuser’s firearms as soon as a judge issues a temporary restraining order.

“It is highly, highly dangerous and it’s a time when there is a propensity for homicide, so that’s why this measure, which removes firearms, is so important,” said Karen Jarmoc of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The legislature will receive recommendations next week from a task force that has been studying the issue. Their draft report recommends that local police, not just judicial marshals, serve restraining orders whenever firearms are involved.

“It felt important to have law enforcement be in a position to be serving orders where firearms or ammunition is present when a restraining order is issued,” said Jarmoc, co-chair of the task force.

The governor has said that addressing the state’s aging highway transportation system will also be a top priority for his second term.

Top legislative leaders have already said they want to attempt to re-open the talks between Tenet Healthcare and Waterbury Hospital. Tenet pulled out of the deal to purchase the non-profit hospital late last year.

In November, the Mohegan Tribal chairman told News 8 the tribe was interested in getting the assembly to entertain the idea of another gambling facility in Northern Connecticut to compete with the expected competition from a new casino over the border in Springfield, Mass. So far, the governor and legislative leaders have been cool to the idea, but they could change their minds as the state’s cut from the casinos continues to dwindle in a year when the state budget is predicted to be in the red.

The 2015 General Assembly session begins Wednesday morning with the swearing in of state lawmakers, an inaugural parade, and ceremony swearing in the governor and other state constitutional officers Wednesday afternoon.

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