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Frivolous Bills or Necessary Legislation? Variety of Proposals Before Connecticut's Lawmakers

There's something for everyone in the myriad of bills pending in the state's General Assembly this year.

Want to go to a tanning salon? If you're under 18 you might need a doctor's note for that.

Want to visit daddy in prison? There's a proposal afoot that would require taxpayers to fund a child's transportation to visit a parent incarcerated in a Connecticut prison.

Now that you can buy booze on Sundays, why not go hunting as well? One state lawmaker wants to permit hunting on Sundays.

Those are just a few of the seemingly quirky and offbeat bills currently pending before Connecticut's General Assembly this legislative session, according to this rundown provided by the Hartford Courant.

Other proposals currently pending include bills to make the polka the state dance, mandate the teaching in public schools of the humane treatment of animals and require cell phones to carry warnings about how to safely use them.

This year's regular legislative session started last month and runs through May.

Karl Walton February 16, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Very telling that the Bill to require tax payers to pay for a trip for kids to visit their parent in jail is by the same person that thinks a .50 tax on every bullet sold is reasonable ..... Martin "LOONEY" ;)
meowkats4 February 16, 2013 at 01:26 PM
What is the difference between whitening your teeth at home with a product you buy online and whitening your teeth at a shopping mall or salon with an identical product bought there? The person who sold you the product at the mall or salon can be charged with a felony and sentenced to up to five years in prison. http://www.ij.org/ct-teeth-whitening
Malvi Lennon February 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Legislators should devote their time to meaningful legislation like repealing the governors Early Release grogram. Or at the very least amending it so murderers, rapists and child molesters are not eligible.
Spiff February 16, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Yes Malvi, good point. I think instead of Gun Control, we need Dan Malloy Control! That'll do more to reduce criminal activity than any firearms legislation!
John Dolle February 17, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Absolutely nailed it Spiff. "Dan Malloy Control" is a perfect bill to introduce. Place a collar on him and every time he barks or stammers he gets a shock from an aversion therapy device. Malloy lets out criminals early, eliminates the death penalty, no jobs for releases ex cons to go to, and now wants gun control. This sounds like bad recipe.
Jim G. February 17, 2013 at 05:29 PM
So you're willing to shoulder the bill for increased prisons and inmate populations?
Tig February 23, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Yes Jim G. I would rather shoulder the bill for new prisons and guards than shoulder the bill for funerals of victims or shoulder the shame of letting our daughters getting raped. Building prisons is as good for the economy as building houses is. Maybe instead of HOPING that the housing market MIGHT carry the economy we should take the reins and guarantee an economic boost by building prisons. And instead of paying police 6 figure salaries to keep busting the same thugs over and over again, then paying even more expensive lawyers and legislatures to keep letting them out over and over again, we should just moderately pay prison guards to sit there and babysit these thugs. That would be a taxpayer super bargain. So yes I would love to shoulder the bill for more prisons and guards. That would be a bargain.

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