Republican state Reps. Themis Klarides, Pam Sawyer, Larry Cafero and Thomas O'Dea work into the evening on the last day of the Connecticut legislative session Wednesday. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant / June 5, 2013)

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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    How would you grade this legislative session?

    • Honors. This legislature passed what are arguably the strongest gun control laws in the nation. It continues the state's commitment to school reform and invests $2 billion in UConn. Finally, it balanced a budget in a very tough year economically. Those deserve a top grade.
    • Pass. This session could have been a great one. But the legislature created bills in secret and passed them with no public hearings. It backslid on the state's commitment to clean elections and it raided the clean energy and transportation funds. It was disappointing.
    • Fail. The Capitol resorted to slimy tricks to balance the budget, like taking Medicaid spending off the books and voting to bring the highly addictive game Keno to family restaurants. It did a lot of its work in secret, ignoring Republicans.
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The Connecticut General Assembly is scheduled to close out the legislative session Wednesday night. How did they do? Some would say it’s a remarkable session, with historic gun controls passed and such firsts as legislation to label genetically modified foods. Others would say that the budget is a shell game of gimmicks to cover over serious financial problems in the state, and that such things as driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants are distractions from the state’s deeper woes. What’s your view?


In The End, A Disappointing Session At The Capitol
Courant editorial, June 5

Connecticut Legislature Approves Budget
New York Times, June 3

Malloy Signs Bill To Withhold Homicide Photos, Other Records
Hartford Courant, June 5

Ned Lamont: Budget contains even more promises and gimmicks
CT Mirror, May 30

Environmental leaders very disappointed
Environmentalheadlines.com, June 4