Legislation

The ACLU of Connecticut takes an active role in every session of the state legislature, supporting bills that advance civil liberties and opposing those that don’t. We have testified before the legislature hundreds of times and have taken leading roles in the struggles to repeal the death penalty, fight racial profiling, decriminalize marijuana, protect LGBT rights and prevent encroachment on the right to free speech.

A 14th person has died after being Tasered by police in Connecticut but we still don’t have any statewide regulation on the use of electronic weapons by law enforcement.

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A bill designed to punish people who post ‘revenge porn’ on the Internet is written so loosely that it could interfere with the freedom of speech and of the press, Sandra Staub, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, told a legislative committee on Monday. She testified against Senate Bill 489, which […]

The state should require police to get a search warrant before putting a GPS device on a vehicle and should expand the warrant requirement to cover cellphone tracking, David McGuire, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, told the state legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Monday. McGuire testified in support of House Bill […]

Lobby Day 2014

March 19, 2014

Drone regulation was at the forefront of Lobby Day 2014, the ACLU of Connecticut’s annual legislative event. Kade Crockford, director of the ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project, explained the challenges to privacy presented by government surveillance via cameras mounted on drones. David McGuire, staff attorney for the ACLU of Connecticut, briefed participants on […]

It’s time to reform Connecticut’s harsh drug-free zone law, which has punished minorities more severely than white people for the same crimes and has failed to protect urban children.