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Rep. Staneski Attends 7th Annual Special Education Day


HARTFORD – State Representative Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) attended the 7th Annual Special Education Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday morning. The event was sponsored by Connecticut Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTO) Alliance.  This informational event was held to celebrate Special Education in Connecticut.

State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-Milford) alongside State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-Prospect) speaking on Special Education Day at the State Capitol.

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State Rep. Pam Staneski Reads to Live Oaks Students


MILFORD –State Representatives Pam Staneski (R-119) paid a visit to Live Oaks Elementary in Milford to participate in Read Across America Day today.

Rep. Staneski read ‘Spaghetti Hot Dog Bun Courage To Be Who You Are’ by Maria Dismondy to the students. The book promoted this year’s theme of ‘kindness’.

Spaghetti Hot Dog Bun: Having Courage To Be Who You Are teaches young children to have compassion and show kindness for those who might be different than they are. The story conveys the ‘golden rule’ principle of treating people how you would like to be treated.

Staneski read to the fifth grade class.

“I had a wonderful time reading to these amazing kids,” said Rep. Staneski. “This event is one of the funniest parts of my job, and the school staff always does such a great job promoting the event.  It is of the utmost importance that children explore and develop good reading habits.”

According to its website, The National Education Association seeks to build a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

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Rep. Staneski, Domestic Violence Advocates Call for Change in CT Domestic Violence Laws


HARTFORD- Today State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) joined a bi-partisan group of legislators and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) calling on Connecticut to change its existing intimate partner violence dual arrest law to a add a ‘dominant aggressive’ provision. Current statistics show that CT has a 20% dual arrest (aggressor and victim arrested) rate. The intent of the mandatory arrest policy was to remove discretion at the incident scene.  However, it came with unintended consequences—victims being arrested too!

State Reps. Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan), William Petit (R-Plainville), Pam Staneski (R-Milford), Gary Byron (R-Newington) and Sen. John Kissel (R-Enfield) stand in solidarity with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence on changing the duel arrest domestic violence laws.

A dual arrest occurs when both parties are arrested for a family violence offense after police intervention and investigation. Connecticut’s dual arrest rate is double national rates.  Victims of domestic violence have experienced first-hand the unintended consequences of dual arrest when they make the call to have police intervene—small children who just witnessed a parent being abused are traumatized when both parents are carted away in police cars, public reporting of the arrest result in ‘quiet’ gossip among neighbors, and many feeling victimized all over again. 

Rep. Staneski said, “I certainly understand the concern expressed by some of our police officers around the liability that can come when an arrest is not made, especially when our statutory language dictates an arrest in response to an incident of family violence.  These are emotionally charged situations; however, asking the state to allow police officers some discretion in handling the incident by adding a ‘dominant aggressive’ provision will help reduce the harmful impact on victims and their families.” 

The proposal that the group supports is before the Judiciary Committee and call for changing Connecticut’s family violence arrest law to clarify that, when receiving complaints from two or more opposing parties, law enforcement must determine which party is the dominant aggressor. Such laws exists in 27 other states and guide law enforcement in determining which party is the most significant aggressor or poses the most serious ongoing threat.