This was a year that saw an amazing amount of legislation:
• Lifted the 1933 ban on Sunday retail sales of alcohol. Gave package stores and groceries the option of selling alcohol from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, including many holidays.
Passed an extensive education bill, championed by the governor, that:
• Added $100 million for public schools.
• Started several new programs, including intensive reading instruction in early grade levels.
• Changed K-12 teacher tenure system, requiring annual performance evaluations tied to educator's employment status,
• Established a turnaround program for the state's lowest-performing schools.
• Approved Election Day voter registration, starting with the fall 2013 municipal elections.
• Created a future online voter registration system.
• Allowed patients with certain debilitating health conditions such as cancer, glaucoma and AIDS to receive doctor prescriptions for medial marijuana.
• Designated state Department of Consumer Protection to regulate marijuana and designated only pharmacists to dispense it from a set number of approved "dispensaries."
• Limited marijuana production to only licensed, in-state growers.
• Abolishes capital punishment for all but the 11 men now on the state's death row.
• Established life imprisonment without parole for future offenders convicted of "murder with special circumstances."
• Increase financial transparency in state political campaigns by requiring corporations and other groups that spend money or run ads for candidates to identify donors. (The governor has yet to say whether he'll sign this bill.)
• Passed initiatives aimed at preventing lengthy utility outages seen after Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm, including creating performance benchmarks for utility companies and penalties for nonperformance.
• Approved $20.5 billion midterm budget deal with the Malloy administration that closes projected $200 million deficit in the current fiscal year ending June 30.
• Compensated for smaller-than-projected tax revenues and new education funds by making cuts, including to higher education and the state's marketing efforts.
But many bills did not make it through both legislative chambers, including:
Minimum wage: Bill would have raised the state's $8.25 an hour minimum wage by 50 cents over two years.
Route 11 tolls: Legislation would have authorized tolls on the future second-half of Route 11.
Traffic cameras: Bill would have authorized red light traffic enforcement cameras in large cities.
MMA: Bill would have legalized of mixed martial arts
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