The General Assembly is considering overriding seven of Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s nine vetoes during a special session Monday, June 21.
The Democratically-controlled Senate and House will look for help from their Republican colleagues in overriding seven bills ranging from off-track betting to a bill that would ban the state from asking a job applicant about their criminal background.
Most of the seven bills were passed by veto proof majorities.
The seven bills up for consider include the following:
An Act Concerning Selection of Tenant Commissions, which passed the Senate 29-5 and the House 104-42. An Act Concerning Criminal Background Checks for Prospective State Employees, which passed the Senate 35-0 and the House 141-0. An Act Establishing a Sentencing Commission, which passed the Senate 34-1 and the House 146-0. An Act Licensure of Master and Clinical Social Workers, which passed the Senate 34-1 and the House 143-6. An Act Concerning the Master Transportation Plan, the Transportation Facilities Assessment Report, the CT Pilot Commission and the CT Maritime Commission, which passed the Senate 35-0 and the House 150-0. An Act Concerning Additional Off-Track Betting Branch Facilities In New London, Manchester and Windham, which passed the Senate 24-11 and the House 99 to 43. And last but not least An Act Concerning Long Island Sound and Coastal Permitting, which passed the Senate 34-0 and the House 138-0.
House Minority Leader Larry Cafero,-R-Norwalk, said Friday that he still needs to go over each of the bills with his caucus and will abide by whatever the caucus decides to do Monday.
Overall, Cafero, said most of the vetoes came as a surprise to him. “We were unaware the governor had any concerns until she vetoed them,” Cafero said.
Cafero said he was told by House Speaker Chris Donovan that the Democrats may need Republican votes in order to get to the 101 votes necessary for an override in the House.
The House Democratic caucus is expected to meet Monday morning to discuss the agenda, which will also include legislation to extend the municipal conveyance tax for one year.
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