Saturday, July 11, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Connecticut Override

"Malloy could face override from fellow Connecticut Democrats" by Susan Haigh Associated Press  July 11, 2015

HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy could face the first real threat of a veto being overridden by his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly.

While no date has been set yet for a legislative veto session and Democratic leaders have not said whether they will attempt any overrides, some rank-and-file lawmakers and groups such as the state’s largest teachers union and University of Connecticut students are among those pushing to overturn some of the nine vetoes issued so far by the second-term governor.

The Connecticut Education Association this week took to social media, urging its more than 30,000 members to ask their lawmakers to save a bill that created qualifications for the state’s education commissioner. The bill had originally passed the state Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives on a 138-5 vote.

Meanwhile, two Democratic legislators recently issued a rare public rebuke of Malloy and his veto of a bill that would have doubled the number of student members on the UConn board of trustees from two to four. Only one lawmaker voted against the bill.

Killingly state Senator Mae Flexer called the veto ‘‘both outrageous and unnecessary,’’ adding that student membership on the board has remained stagnant for 40 years despite enrollment doubling over that time period.

Mansfield state Representative Greg Haddad said Malloy’s veto ‘‘ignores’’ that tuition and fees are now funding more of UConn’s budget than ever before. Students have been contacting lawmakers, urging them to support an override.

In his veto message, Malloy said adding two more students ‘‘would alter the balance currently reflected in the makeup of the board of trustees.’’

Maybe that was a mistake.

As of Friday, Malloy had signed 257 bills into law.


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