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Lamont: Newly Passed Police Accountability Law Not Up For Changes In Special Session

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
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Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said modifications to the newly passed police accountability law will not be on the agenda for a special legislative session this month.

Lamont said the controversial new police accountability law does not go into effect until next summer. That allows plenty of time for specific changes to be considered during the regular legislative session next year.

“The legislature smartly said it doesn’t go into effect until, I think its June 30 next year. So there is time to make any clearly defined narrow fixes necessary to make sure it meets all protocols and laws out there,” he said.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano had called on Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders to consider changes to the police accountability bill in this month’s special legislative session.

The Connecticut State Police Union claims sections of the law violates their contract. They’ve passed a vote of no confidence on Lamont.

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As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year. In addition to providing long-form reports and features for WSHU, he regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative.