HARTFORD, CT — In the name of preserving executive branch authority, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a fifth bill Wednesday that would would have expanded the oversight of a council that monitors the state Department of Children and Families.
The bill, SB 188, expanded the duties of the State Oversight Council on Children and Families by requiring it to monitor, track, and evaluate the policies and practices of the DCF, and eliminated some of the current responsibilities including issuing reports to the governor and DCF commissioner. The legislation also would have allowed the council to make recommendations regarding funding levels for the agency.
“Senate Bill 188 represents significant interference with the orderly conduct of the essential functions of the executive branch,” Malloy said in his veto message. “First, the bill establishes a legislatively controlled council that would govern the subject matter of child welfare in Connecticut. Second, the bill does not merely provide a report as to the adherence to DCF policy or statutory requirements, nor the progress of DCF in meeting its mission, but rather it micro-manages the operations of DCF.”
Malloy said department is already subject to “some of the most exhaustive forms of oversight” in comparison to other state agencies. He said the Office of the Child Advocate is a watchdog over the agency as well as the General Assembly’s Children’s Committee and 34 legislatively mandated reports.
Malloy has until Thursday to finish signing legislation and the General Assembly will hold a veto override session on Monday, June 25, to reconsider some or all of his vetoes.
Malloy has signed 163 bills this year and vetoed five.