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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 proposals 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.

Paul Chotkowski January 07, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Hear's a few radical thoughts 1) STOP SPENDING! 2) STOP TAXING! 3) STOP OVER REGULATING! 4) STOP GIVING PAY AND BENEFITS TO STATE UNION HACKS THAT ARE GREATER THAN THE PAY AND BENEFITS OF THE PEOPLE PAYING THE TAXES 5) STOP REDISTRIBUTION MY HARD EARNED INCOME TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE POOR LIFE CHOICES AND REFUSE TO CHANGE and 6) Please stop with the attitudes that the CGA MUST DO SOMETHING because citizens are too stupid to take care of most things themselves. Progressive / Socialist / Democrats insist on telling me how I should live my life for the good of the collective. I miss America!
Ryan January 07, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Stop spending, stay away from gun control, get rid of Malloy, and stay out of our business. Seems pretty simple to me
Robert Kalechman January 07, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Simsbury made it choice last November 6 2012 and elected a democrat to the state house and now let us see if he will tell us the truth and keep his promise to the voters who elected him My guess is he will not and will vote with the Governor and do what the Speaker tells him to do then again he may play the game vote as i do Well... say what you will I was right about Linda Schofield and how she would change and i am right about the newly elected representative being a tax and spender time will tell
Andrew Ziemba January 09, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Awww they are entering a "tough" session. Tough like they know how it feels to not be able to put food on the table like the little guy? Tough like how they go into government worth $500k and leave with a net worth of 25 million? Tough like they know what its like to make just enough to NOT qualify for government handouts, but just barely ENOUGH to survive? Poor enough to suffer from the taxes that just hit from Obamacare? Poor them... How lucky we are to have such heroes devoting their time and effort to abuse errr govern us.
Paul Kapij January 09, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Its only as tough as they choose to make it. They are as spineless as they are brainless and regardless from right to left they are self serving politicians through and through. Make term limits on all politicians and make their compensation no greater than the average worker in their state and see how many of these parasites show up to be the public servants they claim to be.

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