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Municipal leaders pushing for drug abuse ombudsman, funding – Thehour.com

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1:36 p.m. EST, Saturday, January 18, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut's largest association of cities and towns plans to campaign for a new drug abuse and control policy ombudsman when state legislators return to the Capitol next month for the 2020 legislative term.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said that a designated Ombudsman would be able to coordinate funding for drug abuse prevention, education, and restoration efforts. It is one of the different priorities of legislation for local officials.

CCM also plans to urge lawmakers to continue to provide funding for key grants for local transportation and infrastructure, to make proposals that could change collective agreements for local union workers, and to support a new pilot program that determined Cities and municipalities allow cities to use photographic traffic technology.

The organization announced that it would also support efforts to develop a bipartisan plan to improve traffic, an issue the Democratic government wanted to tackle before the General Assembly met on February 5, Ned Lamont.

"This plan must identify and allocate appropriate resources that may include the introduction of limited tolls and allow the state to use all available federal funding resources," said a CCM press release.

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