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Special Session A Chance To Tackle Social Justice Issues, Conn. Democrats Say

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Danielle Wedderburn
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WSHU
The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford

Connecticut Democratic legislative leaders say criminal justice reforms are not the only social justice issues state lawmakers will consider in a special session this summer.

Senate President Martin Looney says they’ll also discuss more state money for COVID-19 testing, rental assistance for undocumented residents, and COVID-related prisoner releases.  

“I think all of us here tonight, certainly Democratic legislators, are committed to moving as rapidly and ambitiously as we can on all of the issues we’ve spoken about, while there seems to be a national movement going on and while the feeling is this intense.”

Looney made the pledge during a virtual meeting with a regional interfaith group called CONECT – Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut.

About 400 people attended the online session, including other state lawmakers and some members of the state’s congressional delegation.

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.
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