Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed two more bills that passed the General Assembly on the last day of the legislative session.
One bill would have required a doctor to oversee all cosmetic medical procedures performed at places called “medical spas.” The bill was supported by plastic surgeons who said they often were left having to correct the botched procedures done at these spas by medical professionals who are not doctors.
Dr. Patrick Felice, head of the Connecticut Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, testified in March that the explosion of med spas across the country has led to injury and death. “It is a little bit of a Wild West out there,” he said, quoting a recent news article. He said it was a matter of public health.
Malloy didn’t disagree.
“Protecting public health is an essential role of governor, and I strongly support the objectives of this bill,” Malloy said in his veto message.
However, “requiring physicians to perform all initial assessments and to perform or supervise and control all cosmetic medical procedures may unnecessarily limit the scope of practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and other licensed medical professionals.”
While some lobbying of the bill took place during the legislative session, most happened after the bill had passed and medical spas in the state became aware of it.
The second bill Malloy vetoed on Friday would have voided noncompete agreements employees have with their employers if the business is acquired or merged with another company.
“Unfortunately, this bill leaves certain key terms undefined or unclear. As a result, this bill has the potential to produce legal uncertainty and ambiguity in the event of a merger or acquisition,” Malloy said in his veto message.
“If I signed into law, costly and time-consuming litigation would likely be required to provide necessary clarity. It would be better for both employers and employees to receive greater clarity from the General Assembly on this issue next session.”
The bill was one of 19 that was on the consent calendar the House passed moments before the clock struck midnight.
As of Friday, the governor has signed 327 bills and vetoed 8.