HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have voted to formally expand the state Attorney General's powers to include investigating allegations of certain hate crimes and civil rights violations and to initiate legal proceedings. The bill on Monday passed 96 to 51 in the House of Representatives. It now moves to Gov. Ned Lamont's desk after it previously passed in the Senate on Friday. Under current law, the office has the authority to pursue civil litigation in civil rights violation cases. However, it does not have the large-scale ability to investigate allegations or bring legal proceedings and seek relief for the affected person.