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.

Manchester Review Blog, Host: Jack Peak February 16, 2013 at 03:27 PM
How about the one to require bicyclists to ride in single file!! Or the requirement to teach about the labor movement in in our classrooms (a union lobbying initiative) while we have the largest achievement gap in the country. Our politicians are masters at distracting us with nonsense, nanny state legislative proposals. I am not sure whether it's because they are addicted to pandering to specific lobby groups or because they just don't know what to do about real problems such as the State deficit, overspending, education, corporate welfare and entitlements. The more of these silly laws they pass, the larger the bureaucracy grows, the more taxes needed, ya da, ya da, around it goes.


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