The General Administration and Elections Committee passed a bill Monday that would give a legislative panel supervision over law enforcement lists like the one which prompted Ken Krayeske’s arrest during the governor’s inaugural parade.
The bill 6249 was passed 9 to 4 and now heads to the Judiciary Committee for approval.
Rep. John Hetherington, R-New Canaan, one of the four Republicans who voted against the bill, said the legislation is a “disproportionate” response to the arrest. He said the charges against Krayeske were dropped and he now has the right to pursue a civil lawsuit against those involved in the arrest. Using this logic, Hetherington concluded the system is already set up with checks and balanced.
GAE Co-Chairman, Rep. Christopher Caruso, D-Bridgeport, said if a group of legislators hadn’t immediately spoken out on this issue it may have had an entirely different outcome. He advocated the need for legislative oversight.