LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN CIVIL RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT IN CONNECTICUT PASSES HOUSE
(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass legislation strengthening the Office of the Attorney General's ability to enforce civil rights laws in Connecticut.
"Today's vote is an important step forward for civil rights enforcement in Connecticut. I want to thank members of the House of Representatives for their support, and the passionate advocates who have testified and advocated in support of the measure. This bill strengthens the ability of the Office of the Attorney General to proactively seek justice for those whose rights and liberties have come under attack. Now more than ever, we cannot take our civil rights for granted. The Office of the Attorney General has the capacity, expertise and desire to take on this important work," said Attorney General William Tong.
H.B. 7222, An Act Concerning the Duties of the Office of the Attorney General, formally recognizes the Attorney General's role in combating hate and defending civil rights. It brings Connecticut into line with our sister states by formalizing the ability of the Attorney General to investigate and – where the evidence warrants – bring civil rights lawsuits to stop large-scale, systematic violations of existing constitutional and statutory rights.