Now that the General Assembly has passed Senate Bill 363, An Act Concerning the Duties of the Office of the Attorney General, and given the Attorney General the power to investigate and prosecute large scale civil rights violations, the Attorney General must iron out the thorny issues that arise from this power.

As the lawyer for the state of Connecticut and its administrative agencies, the attorney general’s office must defend lawsuits in federal and state courts alleging state actors violated civil rights. Attorney General William Tong has said Connecticut needed SB 363 to be in line with other states, like New York and California, which have similar offices.