Not much too comment on here, this AP article highlights, and lowlights the body of work the 5 month legislative session produced. From The Courant:
Major legislation that succeeded and failed in 2007
JAMES TILLMAN – East Hartford man given $5 million in compensation for serving a prison term of more than 18 years for a rape that DNA evidence determined he did not commit.
ENERGY REFORM – After two years of debate, lawmakers passed large bill that includes everything from tax breaks for energy-efficient appliances to ways to reduce electricity demands at expensive peak times. But no immediate rate relief is expected.
PLAN B – Rape crisis advocates scored a victory by helping to pass a bill requiring all hospitals, including Catholic ones, to offer emergency contraception to rape victims.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA – Bill allows adults with specific debilitating medical conditions to cultivate and use marijuana to relieve symptoms. It’s uncertain whether governor will sign it.
JESSICA’S LAW – In honor of slain Florida girl, bill toughens sentences for child sex crimes and creates new crime with 25-year prison sentence for those who abuse a child under 13.
CHASE ROGERS – Legislature confirms former Appellate Court Judge Chase Rogers as second female chief justice of state Supreme Court.
IMMIGRANTS – Children of illegal immigrants granted in-state college tuition rates. It’s uncertain whether governor will sign it.
EMINENT DOMAIN – After years of dispute, lawmakers pass bill prohibiting property from being taken solely to boost property taxes.
TEACHERS – After years of underfunding, lawmakers pass bill that authorizes the state treasurer to borrow money to reduce the state’s $6.9 billion unfunded teacher pension liability.
TV PERSONALITIES – The Senate approved a bill that bars non-compete clauses in contracts for workers in the broadcast television and radio industry.
BUDGET – Lawmakers and governor remained at odds over a new, two-year tax and spending plan. There’s disagreement about the need to raise taxes.
HEALTH CARE – Despite passing a bill that attempts to insure half of the state’s approximate 370,000 uninsured, it appeared destined for a veto because of budget impasse.
ELEPHANTS – There just wasn’t enough support for a bill that would make it a crime to use a bullhook or ankus – a sharp, pointed hook attached to a long handle – when handling circus elephants in Connecticut.
GAS TAX CUT – Republicans tried to amend numerous bills with a three-month rollback of the state’s 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax, but each time the effort failed. Bill was included in a vetoed tax bill as well.
TEEN VOTERS – Lawmakers fell short of enough votes to put a question on the November 2008 ballot, asking voters to amend the state constitution and allowing certain 17-year-olds to vote in presidential primary elections.
BOTTLE BILL – An effort to expand the longtime bottle redemption bill to include plastic containers for water, juice, sports drinks and flavored tea fell flat.
TRANS FATS – A move to ban restaurants from serving food prepared with frying oils containing artificial trans fat was expected to die in the House due to inaction.
SICK LEAVE – A bill requiring employers with more than 50 workers to provide paid sick days died in the House due to inaction.
SEX OFFENDER E-MAILS – A proposed e-mail registry for sex offenders died in the Senate due to inaction.
OPEN CONTAINER – A bill banning passengers from having an open container of alcohol failed in the House due to inaction.
ADOPTEES – Despite a late effort in the Senate, a proposal giving adoptees access to their birth records when they turn 21 died in the House due to inaction.
CONTRACTING REFORM – A compromise proposal that sets standards for privatized contracts died in the House after Democrats pulled it from consideration following lengthy debate