After all, the 2013 legislative session won't be measured by the quantity of "studies" that will gather dust in the , or its bold initiative on the chicken crisis.
In fact, overwhelming majorities of the bravely stood up to the gun lobby and responded historically towards the shootings, making it Air Jordan 11 Space Jam
slightly tougher on lawful gun enthusiasts and taking small steps toward stopping disturbed individuals from living out murderous fantasies.
Why, someday they might even vote to make the planned dangerous weapon offender registry available to the public.
As Sen. , a Watertown Republican, asked last week, doesn't the state owe it to the public to let Nike Blazer High Women
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manner similar to the way the public can access the sexoffender registry?
This year's long, fivemonthplus legislative session is a threeinone marathon.
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there were the weeks and months following the December 14 murders of 20 firstgraders and six adults at the school, prior to the April 3 votes in the home and Senate.
There were public hearings with dueling groups of gun enthusiasts and reform advocates; subcommittees; long leadership meetings nowadays; and finally, that mostly bipartisan agreement that makes Connecticut gunpurchase laws some of the most restrictive in the nation.
The second phase for lawmakers was developing a budget. In oddnumbered years a twoyear plan's created, with revisions for the second year of the biennium during the sessions in the evennumbered years. This is a saga of its own, at this point, as Democrats and the Democratic governor plot ways around the constitutional spending cap in order to increase spending to keep up with expenses.
The third segment may be the actual legislative session, with more public hearings among the 26 committees on concepts, proposals and bills. Lots of bills. Thousands of bills, actually, since this is the only year of the biennium in which lawmakers can introduce personal bills.
By Friday, those bills have been whittled down to about 818, with more in route as we sail quickly toward the midnight, June 5 adjournment. About 180 have passed both chambers.
Rep. , a 13thterm Thomaston Republican, noting that many bills seem modest efforts at getting a handle on major issues, recently called this session the entire year of the "study."
So I did a fundamental search in the legislative database. It lists 243 bills with "study" in the title. But there's a lot of overlap and duplication.
A narrower search finds 19 count them 19 study bills. If you cannot legislate something in a soft economy having a huge budget deficit, order research so you can tell the folks home you did something about Lyme disease testing; do it yourself contractors; family medical leave insurance; emergency power needs in elderly housing; injury rates in high school athletics.
My favorite piece of legislation that won the attention of the vaunted state Senate a week ago was "An Act Concerning Locally Grown Poultry in Connecticut Food Markets."
It won unanimous approval within the Senate and had previously been OK'd in the House, so it's on to Gov. 's legal staff and possibly, probably, most assuredly, his signature.
Current law, you will be interested in knowing, allows local farmers to sell their chickens to private residents, hotels, restaurants and, in a nod to the Great Depression of the 1930s, as opposed to our current neverending recession, "s."
During the dark ages, there was a daily newspaper cartoon called "Our Boarding House," which in fact had a wide range Christian Louboutin Outlet Paris
of wacky characters centered around Major Amos . The strip ran from 1921 until 1984, finally not having enough gas. Look it up on the Internet. I miss the various characters getting together with each other, as opposed to looking into electronics that tell you how lovely the first is.
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of boarding house life may be found in the communal living arrangements of these Fairfield beach houses filled with Jeremy Scott Wings Sale
university students, if there were any adult supervision.
Therefore the "Chicken" bill, as I call it, would allow farmers to, get this: sell their chickens to grocery stores. Longchamp Shopping Bag
Wow, what a concept! What legislative leadership. Exactly what a jobs creator.
And it's far more easy to understand than "An Act Concerning Subcontractor Prequalification and Classification Thresholds and Enhancing the Threshold for Requiring Competitive Bidding of Public Works Projects," or "An Act In regards to the New England National Scenic Trail."
It does answer, finally, that eternal question of what came first to Connecticut stores. It had been the egg.