Connecticut bump stock ban passes; marijuana, tolls won’t


(WTNH) – Several items were on the table at the state capitol, from Medicare to marijuana. 

A key piece of legislation has passed: a ban on bump stocks, which increase the rate of fire on semiautomatic weapons.

Bump stocks are what the shooter in Las Vegas used to kill 58 people and injuring more than 800 others. 

“It is a tremendously important bill for all of us, and I think it is part of what we have done in Connecticut, which is create some of the strongest gun laws in the nation,” said Rep. William Tong (D)- Stamford.

Other bills are still waiting in the wings for action, like relief for crumbling foundations. It has been passed by the house, and looks like it will go through in the Senate, adding a $1 a month surcharge on insurance policies, 85 cents of which would go to crumbling foundations.

“I am rather disappointed that the federal emergency management has taken a walk on that, when they had an opportunity to help, and I think the banks and insurance companies still have an opportunity to participate, we left the back door open,” said Rep. Tim Larson (D)- East Hartford.

Still others never made it to a final vote. While adding tolls to Connecticut roadways to pay for failing infrastructure has been preliminarily voted on researched and researched again, it will not make it through this time around, but is expected to be revisited next session.

“If there is no appetite for it, then maybe we don’t move forward with it anymore, but the bottom line is that if we are losing on the gas revenue side, then we are going to have to make it up somewhere else,” said Tony Guerrera (D)- Newington. 

While medical marijuana has more than 25,000 participants in the program, legalizing recreational marijuana failed this time around.

“We have been at this for the last four years, trying to get this bill through, which I think is a good policy for the state of Connecticut,” said Rep. Juan Candelaria (D)- New Haven. 

In between talking about the bills and passing legislation, Democrats and Republicans set their top priority– passing a budget in the next 24 hours.

“The biggest thing we have to do before the end of session, is come up with a fiscally responsible budget, and that is taking care of the people in our community,” said Rep. Tony Hwang (R)- Westport.

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