Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell brought her total number of vetoes up to four when she vetoed two more bills Monday.
One required the Department of Social Services to contract with a nonprofit agency to independently monitor the performance of the Husky program, the state’s health insurance program for low-income families.
The second created a new license category for social workers.
In her veto message Rell says she vetoed the independent monitoring of the Husky program because, “while well-intentioned, this bill unnecessarily requires an additional independent monitoring of the Husky program.”
She said the Husky program is already sufficiently monitored both independently and by government entities, such as the Medicaid Managed Care Council.
Rell also vetoed a bill that on its face looked fairly benign.
The creation of a new licensure category for social works is “no cause for celebration—only confusion,” Rell said. The bill includes an untested phrase, which would have the Public Health Department develop the new licensure category: “if appropriations are available for such implementation.“
The nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis determined that this phrase could mean one of four things. The Public Health Department will proceed with the establishment of the new licensure category and run a deficit in fiscal year 2011; it could delay the new licensure category pending approval of additional appropriations; it could shift administrative resources from other \priorities to establish the new licensure category; or it will not establish the new category.
“Legislation should be clear, purposeful, and promote certainty on behalf of the affected Connecticut residents, employers, educational institutions, and regulatory bodies,” Rell said in her veto message.