Deal: Cops, judges addresses protected
Published 11:58 am, Saturday, February 25, 2012
HARTFORD -- The House of Representatives on Thursday night approved legislation aimed at providing identity protections for certain public safety and social workers.
The bill, the result of a Wednesday night compromise with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, passed 120-11 after an hour-long debate. It heads to the Senate for a final vote next week.
The bill was passed in the House under an expedited parliamentary move called an emergency certification. It was drafted to address a far-reaching state Supreme Court decision last year that would have required the addresses of correction officers, police, judges, firefighters and social workers to be scrubbed from all municipal records.
A coalition of legal experts, town clerks and municipal officials from throughout the state on Wednesday complained in a public hearing that the high-court ruling would be virtually impossible to follow, because it would require the scouring of addresses from property titles, voter lists, even dog licenses.
Clerks suggested yesterday that the bill be confined to redacting the addresses of public safety and judicial workers from their personnel records.
The bill would hold municipal officials harmless if they cannot wipe out all references to an address; create a study committee; allow the workers to request that their addresses be redacted when possible, and restrict the redactions to electronic databases.
But land records, voter records and Grand Lists of taxable property would be exempt.