HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a “virtual listening session” on Friday so the public can learn more about a police accountability bill that’s expected to be taken up for a vote in a special session later this month.
The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee’s session will begin at 10 a.m. and end no later than 10 p.m. It will be available live or on-demand on Connecticut Network TV, accessible on cable or on www.CT-N.com. A traditional, in-person public hearing is not being held because of the coronavirus pandemic.
To testify virtually before the committee, members of the public can register online. Registration will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday. People can also leave a message at 860-240-5255 requesting to virtually testify. The order of speakers will be selected at random and will be available online. Chosen speakers will have three minutes.
Written testimony can be sent by email to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Those who made submissions are asked to include their name and town in the email.
A wide-ranging, bipartisan police accountability bill, proposed in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and other police-involved killings, calls for a new inspector general to investigate police use-of-force cases and would require all Connecticut police officers to have periodic mental health screenings.