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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 important 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.

BCT January 08, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Taxes raised at the height of the fiscal crisis with no concessions by public employees while private sector taxpayers who support their salaries and pensions continue to stagnate and suffer. When math meets ideology, math wins.
Alethiologist January 08, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Nonetheless Brennan & Richards continue to get salary increases beyond reason as they spend spend spend. Pathetic.
Charley January 08, 2013 at 01:51 PM
The problem is the majority of CT electorate is not that smart and will continue to vote these people into office. CT and the rest of the country will learn the hard way, including much of the unborn populace. I think the state debt is 1.6 billion, I may be mistaken, but hey, it's only a B. If you want to destroy this country, just continue the path we're going and don't change a thing, 37th to 50th, we're right on target.
It is our own fault January 08, 2013 at 01:55 PM
The people of this town complain about higher taxes, yet what happens every May? The same people either don't bother to vote on the budget (they are too busy) or they don't vote no. So why should the town cut spending if every May we approve our increased taxes. The only way they will cut spending is if we start to vote (not just talk about it) NO.
Alethiologist January 08, 2013 at 03:59 PM
AZ Well lo and behold! Thais is the first comment of yours that I can fully support! Keep it up, focus on spending not more laws!

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