Rep. Dauphinais Discouraged Democrats Back Malloy’s Vetoes

Posted on June 28, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44) and her legislative colleagues were called back into session this week for to override one of the seven bills vetoed by Governor Malloy this year.

Bills to expand school safety for teachers and students, prohibit the governor from making cuts or reductions to educational cost sharing grants, and the Hartford bailout were some of the legislation lawmakers had expected to override.

PA 18-140, An Act Establishing the State Oversight Council on Children and Families, HB-5171, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Recessions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year, and PA 18-157, An Act Concerning State Contract Assistance Provided to Certain Municipalities, were all bills Rep. Dauphinais thought would have gotten some override consideration.

“I am extremely disappointed in many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle for the lack of action taken during this veto session,” Rep. Dauphinais said. “Despite these bills receiving favorable votes during the regular session, both House and Senate Democrats instead chose not to protect educational funding for our students, provide oversight to DCF to help improve services, or adjust the $500 plus million dollar bailout Governor Malloy has agreed to give the failing city of Hartford.”

The four other bills vetoed by the governor include:
• Public Act 18-18, An Act Extending the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Tax Credit to Pass-Through Entities.
• Public Act 18-89, An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior
• Public Act 18-156, An Act Concerning an Animal Abuse Registry
• Public Act 18-119, An Act Concerning Election Day Registration Locations

Despite all of the bills receiving a more than favorable vote in both chambers, none that had been previously vetoed by the governor were overridden by the legislature. The House did meet the two-third’s margin to protect ECS funding from the governor’s cuts, but Senate members failed to meet the requirement. SB-453
failed to garner its original support and fell 14-17. The bill never made it to the House for a vote as a result.