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Committee Passes So-Called ‘Bysiewicz Bill’

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A bill that would clarify the qualification requirements for an attorney general candidate in Connecticut has passed its first round of votes in the Legislature.

Members of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted 28-to-16 in favor of passage Monday.

The bill would remove the position’s requirement of having at least 10 years “active practice” in law, replacing it with a necessary 10-year minimum Connecticut Bar Association membership.

The proposal comes after a 2010 state Supreme Court ruling disqualified Democratic candidate and Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) from her bid for attorney general due to her lack of courtroom litigation experience.

Opponents of the measure said it strips the position’s qualifications. Supporters, however, said the proposal would lead to fewer court cases over qualifications, like Bysiewicz’s.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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