Pace of Legislation Slower Than Usual
The House and the Senate have sent a combined 13 bills to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk with just seven days left in the 2014 legislative session. The pace of the legislation could speed up as the May 7 deadline approaches, but will likely fall far short of previous years.
In 2013, the House of Representatives passed 508 bills, including an incredible 48 bills on the final day of the session. In the Senate, 51 of the 553 bills passed were approved on the constitutionally mandated last day.
In 2012, of the 387 bills that passed the state Senate, 193 or 50 percent were approved in the final 10 days, including 72 on the last day of the regular session. The House passed 385 bills that year with 199, or 52 percent, coming in the last 10 days.
During the final 10 days of 2011 regular session, 172 bills passed the House and 229 zoomed through the Senate.
The 2010, the last gubernatorial election year, the House completed 226 bills, or 51 percent of its work, in the last 10 days while the Senate addressed 293 bills, or 62 percent of its business, in the same timeframe.