Rep. O’Neill Lauds House Veto Override; Senate Fails to Override, Protect ECS Funds

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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During a veto override session yesterday, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) joined his House colleagues and voted to successfully repass legislation to protect education funding statewide.

HB 5171 – an act prohibiting the executive branch from making rescissions or other reductions to the education cost sharing (ECS) grant during the fiscal year – would prevent any governor from cutting ECS aid grants to towns by using rescission authority or from reducing agency budget allotments to create General Fund budget savings.

“Protecting our municipalities from mid-year cuts to their education budgets will allow educational stability and continuity and I’m pleased the House was able to repass this important legislation,” Rep. O’Neill said.

The bill easily repassed the House by more than the needed 2/3 majority on a vote of 103-33. It originally passed the House by a vote of 117-32.

After repassage in the House, the measure was sent to the State Senate for consideration where it unfortunately failed to achieve the 2/3 majority needed to overturn the veto.

“I’m disappointed the State Senate failed to protect education funding for our towns and cities and chose instead to side with the Governor and uphold his veto,” Rep. O’Neill said. “To have legislation that passed both chambers with veto-proof majorities only a few weeks ago come up short in the Senate upon reconsideration is difficult to understand. The needs of budget and education predictability and sustainability have not changed for our municipalities.”

The Senate vote was 19-10. It originally passed the Senate 36-0.