New Milford Rep Shares Some of the Strangest Bills Being Introduced in CT
If you follow some of the action in the CT Capitol (Hartford), you might think our priorities are a bit out of whack. Bill Buckbee is a State Representative from New Milford, CT.
Buckbee is a friend of the I-95 Morning Show so we asked him to join us and talk about the recent activity in Hartford. We were curious to find out if there are any strange bills being introduced at the Capitol and it turns out there are some doozies. Buckbee started out with a bill that would make voting mandatory. This is how Buckbee described it:
"There is a call for mandatory voting, House Bill 5704. It basically says if you're registered to vote and you don't vote, you're going to get an inquiry from the State. And, if you don't answer the inquiry, you could face a penalty or a fine for not voting."
The next Bill he shared was my personal favorite. This was a proposal that involves kangaroos IN CONNECTICUT. This is how the New Milford rep explained it:
"House Bill 5113, is an act prohibiting the sale, barter, or offering for sale or barter of a dead kangaroo and any product made from dead kangaroos. Because kangaroos are a huge issue here in Connecticut."
We asked who introduced the bill and Buckbee said, "I believe that is David Michel." At this point, I suggested that David be asked to go home. You can listen to my full reaction below.
Then, Mr. Buckbee reminded us that he sits on the Energy and Technology Committee in CT, so he was familiar with a bill regarding USB cables, saying:
"There is a bill from Senator Anwar this year that didn't make it out of screening, to remove sale of all USB cables in CT and only sell USC cables for your electronic devices."
I wondered aloud if "big cable" has any role in this.
After we had some fun, we inquired about bills that Buckbee may be introducing and he shared an idea he has. Mr. Buckbee AKA "Mo" wants to install new lighting in New Milford, saying:
"I sat before the D.O.T. with State Senator Harding and Representatives Callahan and Harrison and we said look we've got some problems in New Milford, we've had some traffic issues there. They wanted Willow Springs to pay for a traffic light if they were going to put it in and I said it's not there problem. You made the road from a two lane, to a four lane road and now it's a super-highway in front of Willow Springs. Then they told me the other issue we have is if you put a light in, you get more rear-end collisions. I'm like, let's get rid of all the traffic lights then, we don't want all of those rear-end collisions. I'm pretty sure they didn't like that. But, we've had a couple of incidents with pedestrians walking on that stretch in the evenings. There is an educational piece we need to address with that too. People are wearing dark clothing on not lit well roads but we need to light that road. The only way to get their attention is to say hey we want to get some lights up here. So, we put in some legislation and see what they say."
You can listen to our entire discussion with Bill "Mo" Buckbee below. During the talk, we also discussed his role in an upcoming film which was shot right here in New Milford.
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