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HealthCare4Every1 campaign greets lawmakers at the Capitol (Christine Stuart photo)

The General Assembly’s Democratic majority overturned seven of Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s 20 vetoes Monday.

That’s more than the two it overturned in 2008 and one it overturned in 2007.

The largest number of overrides was nine in 1974 when Republican Thomas Meskill was governor.

While Democratic lawmakers celebrated the overrides, Republicans said seven was far fewer than Democratic lawmakers had originally planned.

It was originally thought the Democratic majority would attempt to overturn 13 or 14 of Rell’s 20 vetoes, which includes the veto of the Democratic budget proposal during the recent special session.

It ended up overriding seven, including one of the two marquee health care reform measures.

“Through her vetoes, Governor Rell turned her back on Connecticut families looking for help, especially with concerns about health care and safety,” Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, said.

“Our representatives heard from people across this state that these initiatives were important to their quality of life,” Donovan said. 

“I vetoed these bills because they had unacceptable fiscal impacts or represented poor public policy,” Rell said in response to the daylong veto session. “While I am pleased that 13 of my 20 vetoes were not challenged or were upheld, including the health care pooling bill, I remain particularly concerned about the fiscal impact of the SustiNet bill.”

“The simple fact is that the families and employers of Connecticut cannot afford the new taxes that will be required by this new program,” Rell said.

A list of the overridden bills:

—The creation of a bi-state Long Island Sound Commission.

—A bill that requires the Metropolitan District Commission, a regional water and sewer agency, to abide by the state’s affirmative action policies.

—A bill that requires the governor’s budget office and the legislature’s budget office to agree on state budget estimates.

—A bill creating the SustiNet board of directors.

—A bill creating a Department of Corrections prison guard safety subcommittee.

—A bill that allows 600 state janitors and their families to keep their health insurance under the Standard Wage Law.

—A Department of Transportation bill, which among other things designates memorial names for 17 road segments and 11 bridges.