Malloy won’t tip his hand on fair hearing bill

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday in New Britain (Christine Stuart photo)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday in New Britain (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy refused to tip his hand Wednesday on whether he’s planning to veto a bill that would require “fair hearings” at the Department of Social Services.

Advocates and lawmakers, who unanimously passed the legislation, have expressed concern that Malloy was leaning toward vetoing a bill they believe will help restore trust in government.

“I’m aware of the legislation,” Malloy said Wednesday. “I’m aware of pros. I’m aware of cons and ultimately I’ve got to sit down and wrap my mind around that.”

The bill would require hearing officers to inform individuals appealing their denial of benefits, such as Medicaid or food stamps, to let that individual know if they spoke with one of the attorneys inside the agency about the case.

“We believe this is an issue of fundamental fairness for people who need support,” Sen. Gayle Slossberg, who chairs the Human Services Committee, said Monday. “They should have a fair hearing and fairness shouldn’t take a backseat to an administrative burden.”

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