It’s possible Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell put down her veto pen for the last time Friday with her 13th veto of the 2010 legislative session.
In what will likely be the last veto of her administration, Rell nixed a bill that would have allowed Off-Track betting in facilities in New London, Manchester and Windham.
“This is a worrisome and growing trend,” Rell wrote in her veto message.
The bill initially drafted to allow simulcast of off-track betting in New London was expanded to include venues in both Manchester and Windham.
In response to a Manchester restaurateur’s excitement about the bill, which he said would have been a boon to his daytime business, Rell wrote that restaurant patrons should be attracted and enticed “by atmosphere, price, service, quality, menu, and other such factors, not by the availability of gambling.”
This year Rell signed 187 bills and vetoed 13.
On June 21 the Democrat-controlled General Assembly will convene to see if they can override any of Rell’s vetoes.
Derek Slap, spokesman for Sen. President Donald Williams, said Williams and House Speaker Chris Donovan are discussing, which pieces of legislation they will seek to override.
In order to override a veto the House needs the support of 101 members, while the Senate needs 24 members.
It’s unlikely any of the controversial bills, such as the energy reform bill or the tax on TARP bonuses will be considered for an override. There are 9 other bills which Rell vetoed that did pass by veto proof majorities in both chambers that will likely be considered.
In addition to overriding the vetoes leaders in both the House and the Senate said in early May that they will look at extending the municipal conveyance tax.
Municipalities rely on the tax, which according to the fiscal note brings in about $20 to $25 million a year for struggling municipalities.
In the hours after the session ended at midnight May 5, Slap said it was not intentional and it’s possible they will be able to extend the municipal conveyance tax when they return for a veto session. Slap said Friday that the Senate has every intention of correcting the error by extending the conveyance tax.