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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.

Phil Williams February 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM
And to think they get paid to come up with these laws! Why don't they try helping businesses move forward so more people can work?
Fran M. February 17, 2013 at 03:58 PM
So, a 16 yr old can go to a doctor for approval to tan, but doesn't require a parent's consent? Is that the idea? I'm not a hunter myself, but why isn't hunting permitted on Sunday? Would that force state game wardens to work on Sunday? I followed the link on the proposal for "humane treatment of animals", and this article's statement seems misleading-- the proposal is to *permit* school systems to utilize ASPCA cirriculums in school... it sounds like an optional thing, it doesn't say "mandate". Is it actually a mandate?

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