A task force of the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee is recommending changes in the controversial mental health questions which for years have drawn fire from scholars and advocacy groups.

Former Appellate Court Judge Anne C. Dranginis, now a partner at Hartford’s Rome McGuigan, chairs the subcommittee. In its Jan. 17 report, the panel recommended the BEC eliminate three “have you ever” questions dealing with substance abuse and hospitalization for mental illness. “The ‘have you ever’ language is overly broad, and not necessarily relevant to present moral fitness,” the Subcommittee on Mental Health Inquiries wrote.

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