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Connecticut's Legislature Entering Tough Session

Lawmakers in Hartford will tackle gun control and budget issues during the new legislative session, which begins Wednesday.

The state's General Assembly will tackle several significant matters when it convenes later this week for the new session, including a slew of gun control proposals filed in the wake of the Newtown shootings and a $1.2 billion budget deficit projected for July 1.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has empowered a new study commission to make recommendations on what the state should do following the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, several legislators have also filed their own porposals on gun control ahead of the start of the new session.

Some of the proposals include a bill that would make public the names and addresses of anyone in the state who owns a gun and another that would limit access to ammunition, including high-capacity gun magazines. Malloy's commission is expected to file recommendations in mid-March.

Connecticut's pro-gun lobby has already begun gearing up for what is expected to be a major fight in Hartford this winter and spring over gun control measures.

Besides the debate on guns, the legislature must balance the state budget, which some are projecting will see a $1.2 billion deficit by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. In addition, state lawmakers must pass a new two-year budget this year.

John Durand January 08, 2013 at 06:49 PM
As is typical of EVERY session, our legislature will waste the entire session with misc.legislation to cure the ills of society. I'm not trying to minimize the Newtown tragedy, however, the MAIN OBJECTIVE of the legislature, which by the way, is responsible for the spending disaster we face, must be BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET. CT has huge unfunded pension, medical and other post employment obligations and a government with huge opportunity for spending reductions. Frankly, given a choice, I'd clean out both the CT and National leadership, impose term limits, shorten session time and set real priorities. I've had enough of both parties, the lack of TRUE citizen representation and the self indulgence of our elected officials. Perhaps we can start the session determining how we can call taxes something else so we can say we have not raised taxes without lieing or "misspeaking". I implore our legislators to do the spending reductions first, get the budget on track (not via on paper manipulation) and under control. I ask voters to pay attention, not what is spun in the media, but to actualality and get involved. Do some research and look at the real spending, debt and tax load. Our cost of services and menu of services is way beyond the true needs of the community and is killing the economic opportunity of businesses and jobs creation.

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