Malloy Optimistic, But Guarded
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is finishing up his fourth legislative session, said Wednesday afternoon that it was difficult for him to reflect on the 2014 legislative session, which is expected to wrap up at midnight.
“It’s best to reflect when the whole thing is done . . . in case there are any late casualties,” Malloy said after an unrelated event.
That said, Malloy thinks he was able to effectively move his agenda through the legislature.
“I think, at least as of last night, all of the bills that we wanted to get through the House we’ve gotten through the House,” Malloy said. “There’s a bunch of stuff that’s pending at the Senate level, so I feel good about it.”
He said his bills that started in the Senate have already passed the House and the bills started in the House have been sent to the Senate. That’s more than lawmakers can say about their pet legislative priorities.
Sen. President Donald Williams’ genetically-modified grass seed ban was defeated in the House, and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey’s bill requiring nonprofit colleges and hospitals to pay property taxes on new facilities is likely to languish on the Senate calendar or get watered down in the budget implementation bill.
Malloy announced at the end of March that he would seek re-election. But about 18 lawmakers’ have announced that they’re not seeking re-election to their seats. There are another five House members who have announced they would run for vacant Senate seats. At least one Senator is running for any opportunity to challenge Malloy.
“They’ve been good people to work with,” Malloy said. “I’ve enjoyed working with them most of the time.”
If the legislature finishes its work by its midnight deadline and there’s no reason to reconvene for a special session, Malloy said he would address lawmakers.