Fasano Statement on State’s Chief Medical Examiner Losing Accreditation

February 15, 2017

Hartford – Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner being downgraded to provisional status.

“The chief medical examiner’s office losing its accreditation shows the insanity of the state’s priorities. We knew this was coming. We were warned in the spring that the Democrats’ budget cuts would result in this outcome. We were warned again in the fall. But still the governor refused to take action and restore the $398,700 that he cut to that office. Without accreditation, every piece of evidence in every case processed by that office will be called into question. This is a core public health and public safety necessity. Ultimately losing accreditation will be a significant cost to the state and municipalities and an extreme hardship for our criminal justice system. If the state has a budget surplus, which the governor claims we do, why would he not use that now to preserve the state’s accreditation?”