In December 2009, the U.S. National Park Service released the Coltsville Special Resource Study. The study stated that the Coltsville Historic District has "national significance and is suitable for inclusion in the National Park System". Upon its release, Congressman Larson hosted a meeting with representatives of the National Park Service, the Coltsville Ad Hoc Committee, and members of the community to discuss the study's findings.
In April 2010, in response to the resource study, Congressman Larson, along with Connecticut Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman introduced The Coltsville Historical Park Act; legislation that would designate the Coltsville National Historic District as a National Park.
In June 2010, during his testimony before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, Congressman Larson emphasized the national historical significance of Colt's Patent Firearms and the legacies of Sam and Elizabeth Colt as well as the economic impact the National Park designation will have for Connecticut.
The Coltsville National Historical Park Act was approved by the Committee on National Resources in August 2010.
Section 8 Housing
Over 34,000 families in Connecticut, and over 2.1 million families nationwide, are housed successfully by the Section 8 program each year. For these families, the program offers the stability and flexibility necessary to remain in safe, decent, affordable housing. The Section 8 program provides low income families with vouchers that cover any rental costs over 30 percent of their income. In the Hartford region's tight rental market, the assistance that this program offers is critical.