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Connecticut committee OKs Burma san

Subject: Connecticut committee OKs Burma sanctions bill

Tuesday April 1 2:03 PM EST 

Connecticut committee OKs Burma sanctions bill

HARTFORD, April 1 (Reuter) - A Connecticut legislative committee on Tuesday
approved a bill that would prohibit the state from purchasing goods and services
from companies doing business in Burma. 

The measure, introduced by Democratic Rep. Jessie Stratton, is similar to a bill
adopted by Massachusetts last year and signed into law by Governor William

"This bill represents a strong stand against repression and for human
rights," Stratton
said. "The legislation would end any support Connecticut provides through its
purchasing policies for Burma's totalitarian regime." 

Among the U.S. companies that have pulled out of Burma are Eastman-Kodak,
Hewlett-Packard Co , Apple Computer Inc and Eddie Bauer. 

On the federal level, several U.S. senators have urged President Bill Clinton to
impose sanctions on Burma authorized by Congress.