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MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR PASSING THE FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT ACT

MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR PASSING THE FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT ACT
 
Hartford, Conn. (May 6, 2016) – Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin applauded the Connecticut General Assembly for passage of The Fair Chance Employment Act (HB 5237). The legislation, which passed in the State House of Representatives last week, was approved in the State Senate on Wednesday.
 
“Support for The Fair Chance Employment Act from both chambers of the State legislature sends a strong message that Connecticut remains committed to leading the nation on criminal justice reform,” said Mayor Bronin. “This bill recognizes that past mistakes, particularly those mistakes made during youth, should not be a permanent barrier to employment. The Fair Chance Employment Act will help us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records.”
 
Also known as a “ban the box” measure, the bill would ensure that prospective employees are not required to disclose any prior convictions until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment to that prospective employee.
 
Nationwide, more than 100 cities and counties — including Hartford — as well as more than 20 states, have adopted “ban the box” policies to encourage employers to put a candidate’s qualifications first. At the federal level, President Barack Obama backed a “ban-the-box” policy in directing federal agencies to wait until later in the hiring process to look into job applicants’ records.
 
The Fair Chance Employment Act will be presented to Gov. Malloy, who is expected to sign the measure.
 
Mayor Bronin is also encouraging businesses in Hartford to sign President Obama’s “Fair Chance Business Pledge.” The pledge is a call-to-action for all members of the private sector to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and create a pathway for second chances.
 
“I’ve spoken to countless business owners throughout Hartford who have made a conscious commitment to look beyond an individuals past mistakes,” said Mayor Bronin. “They’ve told me that, often, returning citizens are their hardest workers, because they know how far they’ve come, how hard they’ve had to work to get there, and how much they have to lose.”
 
Today, one-in-three American adults have some criminal record, according to the Center for American Progress. A conviction record reduces the likelihood of a follow-up interview or job offer by nearly one-half, according to the Council of State Governments.
 
Research shows that fair chance employment policies are good for business. The decreased output of goods and services from those with criminal records results in an estimated $57 to $65 billion in losses to our national economy annually, according to a Center for Economic and Policy Research study.
• Click here for more on the “Fair Chance Business Pledge”: http://1.usa.gov/26v3IE0

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MAYOR BRONIN THANKS STATE LAWMAKERS FOR PASSING BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL ATVs

MAYOR BRONIN THANKS STATE LAWMAKERS FOR PASSING BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL ATVs
 
Hartford, Conn. (May 6, 2016) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin thanked state lawmakers for passing An Act Concerning the Penalty for Violations of a Municipal Ordinance Concerning the Operation of a Dirt Bike, All-Terrain Vehicle or Mini-Motorcycle (SB 463). This legislation, which passed with overwhelming support in the State Senate earlier this week, sailed through the State House of Representatives on Wednesday.
 
“Thanks to both chambers of the General Assembly for passing this important measure,” said Mayor Bronin, “and thanks to Senator Fonfara for his leadership and to the entire Hartford delegation for their support of this important issue.”
 
Under the bill, municipalities may regulate the operation and use of mini-motorcycles on public property and impose penalties up to the same limits applicable to dirt bike, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and snowmobile ordinance violations.
 
In addition, municipal officers and employees may issue citations without first providing a written warning to individuals who violate a mini-motorcycle ordinance. By law, the same is true for citations concerning a dirt bike or ATV ordinance.
 
The bill also authorizes municipalities with a population of 30,000 or more to enforce ordinances concerning mini-motorcycle, dirt bike, or ATV operation by confiscating and destroying any vehicle used to violate them.
 
“In Hartford and other cities across the state, illegal ATV and dirt bike use is wreaking havoc and putting kids and families in danger,” said Mayor Bronin. “If enacted, this bill would give our police officers stronger tools to crack down on illegal ATV and dirt-bike use.”

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