Ban On Cyberbullying: A bill banning cyberbullying, which cleared the House on a unanimous vote, is designed to give school officials a tool allowing them to intervene when a student is harassed or threatened through electronic means -- even when it occurs off school grounds -- if those actions affect the student's schoolwork or willingness to attend school. It would direct school officials to develop a policy for maintaining a safe school environment and provide training in suicide prevention to teachers. The bill includes some protections for administrators who were concerned that their districts could be held liable if they failed to prevent cyberbullying. However it does not provide legal immunity in cases of gross negligence.
Keeping Safe Distance From School Buses: By law, drivers must stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights. This bill allows towns and school boards to install cameras on school buses to record motor vehicles that violate this law, requires police to issue a summons based on the recorded images, and allows the images to be used as evidence against vehicle owners. The bill imposes a $ 450 fine on first offenders. The previous law imposes a fine of between $100 and $500 on these offenders. The penalty for a subsequent offense remains a fine of between $500 and $1,000, imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both.
Prison Release Program: The early release program for Connecticut's prisons allows Department of Correction commissioners to award credits to prisoners for things like good behavior, participating in activities and following a rehabilitation plan. Inmates can cut five days per month off their sentences with the credits, although they cannot be reduced beyond their mandatory minimum, and serious offenders, like murderers, are not eligible.
Establishment Of Standards For Electronic Recording Of Interrogations: This law requires the Chief State's Attorney, with the Police Officers Standards and Training Council and a representative of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association to set standards for the (1) recording equipment used in connection with such statements, including transcriptions, and (2) training law enforcement personnel in using the equipment, by January 1, 2012.
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