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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 bills currently pending include proposals 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.

Dick Kaminski February 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Frivolous? As to the proposal to restrict the use of tanning beds, here is part of a statement copied from www.skincancer.org . The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), has unequivocally linked sunbed tanning among young people to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. After exhaustively reviewing decades of worldwide research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), has unequivocally linked sunbed tanning among young people to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. According to the agency's conclusions, the weight of evidence also points to youthful sunbed use as a cause of squamous cell carcinoma(SCC), the second most common skin cancer, as well as other health problems. The data show a clear increase in melanoma risk associated with sunbed use in one's teens and twenties," said Peter Boyle, MD, Director of the IARC. "And limited data show a similar increase in risk of squamous cell carcinoma for those who first used sunbed tanning as teenagers. The connection between sunbed tanning and melanoma across all age groups was not statistically significant, though "still not negligible," Dr. Boyle noted. However, the link between youthful sunbed tanning and melanoma was "prominent and consistent"- a 75 percent increase in risk of melanoma among those who first used sunbeds in their twenties or teen years.
Arek Wenta February 22, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I don't think there should be tanning salons, period. Besides, they make you orange.
Dick Kaminski February 22, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Arek, I could not agree with you more. But based on last years proposal, a complete close down seems unlikely. I would be happy for the under 18 as a start.
Arek Wenta February 22, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Yeah, they can tell us how much soda we can drink but not how much cancer we give ourselves. It's marginally funny.

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