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Weekly Legislative Update 5.22.15 

Thursday, May 28, 2015
I highly recommend that YSB Directors and supporters begin calling their Legislators requesting that YSB funding remains in the budget at the levels that both the Appropriations Committee and Republican alternative budgets set forth. Read More.
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Weekly Legislative Update 5.10.15 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
What a great week for YSBs! Wednesday was the 11th annual YSB Day at the Capitol! While I canít speak for the attendees or staff who put the event together, from my standpoint, the day went very well. Yes, we had to maneuver around an 11:00 a.m. Appropriations Committee meeting which robbed us of several of the Legislators we expected for our panel discussion, however, those who did make it were exceptional! This was by far the largest number of kids weíve had at this eventÖever! Read More.....
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Weekly Legislative Update 4.24.15 

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Senate and House Republicans announced their alternative budget Friday morning. I am happy to report that YSBs were treated exceedingly well as they restored EVERY PENNY of YSB funding in both line items back into the budget.
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Weekly Legislative Update 4.10.15 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The unofficial mid-session lull has hit the Capitol. All but three Committees (Judiciary, Appropriations and Finance) have met their deadlines and are in fact acting on bills referred to them by both Chambers. Read More,,,,,
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New Britainís Juvenile Review Board in Action 

Monday, March 30, 2015
It isnít every day that a child of fifteen can walk into a J.C. Penny and claim whatever she wants. For Suhailey Oday that moment came once and she sought to make the most of it. With her friend as backup, Suhailey entered the department store armed with nothing but an empty bag. She would see something that caught her eye and immediately tuck it away without concern for the price. When she was through browsing and concealing the items, she tried to make a quick and easy getaway. That was until she was stopped at the entrance by an undercover mall security guard, who had been following her every move from the perfumes to the shoes and through to the lingerie section. Read More.....
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Weekly Legislative Update 3.27.15 

Monday, March 30, 2015
As the Committees begin to hit their deadlines, things are beginning to slow down just a bit. Of course the budget continues to be top priority and clearly remains the elephant in the room. On Wednesday evening, the Office of Fiscal Analysis reported that THIS YEARíS budget deficit has grown to nearly $190 million. If the Comptrollerís office agrees and certifies that number, then technically, that would trigger the Governor to call the Legislature into session in order to mitigate that deficit. OPM has said that there could potentially be yet another round of rescission cuts made, however, that remains to be seen. I will keep you up to date. Read More.....
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Quiet Corner JRB Spotlighted in Hartford Courant 

Friday, March 27, 2015
Representatives from community service organizations and several area schools met in Thompson on March 19 for a presentation on the Northern Quiet Corner Justice Review Board. Facilitated by the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group, JRB Supervisor Diane Farquharson and JRB Case Manager Jennifer Plaza gave a brief rundown on how the program works and who could refer juveniles to the system. Read More.....
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Weekly Legislative Update 3.20.15 

Monday, March 23, 2015
Less hectic! Those are the words that described this week in regards to Youth Service Bureaus. I told you last week that Rep. Andy Fleischmann had requested information of CYSA about the overlap of the SBDI program with what services YSBs already provide. That information has been put together and sent it to him. Read More.....
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Weekly Legislative Update 3.16.15 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Last week I told you that Rep. Fleischmann requested specific information and data from CYSA in regards to funding, JRBs and how the micro SBDI program overlaps YSB programming. This week that gathered information bore fruit (more on that in a moment).
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Paying Too Much for Childrenís Services, Not in Our Backyard 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
OP ED Written by Vernon YSB Director Alan Slobodien about the importance YSBs play locally and statewide.

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