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Pace of Legislation Slower Than Usual

by Christine Stuart | Apr 29, 2014 2:22pm
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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.

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posted by: IOU | April 29, 2014  9:43pm

IOU

Less bills equals less monies spent.

posted by: Lawrence | April 30, 2014  7:09am

sometimes. and sometimes less bills means more private-sector for-profit companies ripping off CT consumers. it all depends on your point of view, I guess.

posted by: StillRevolting | April 30, 2014  7:26pm

This joke of a governing body knows darn well to tread lightly 6 months before an election. In fact, I’m looking at this as an indicator that even they may have an idea of how badly they have done for the people of Connecticut through their actions in previous sessions. I think the whole body is in agreement with me in making the tacit statement by doing nothing that doing nothing is better than most of the poorly conceived, badly written garbage they have handed us since one-party rule became what we asked for in CT.  We are past Rowland, Rell, and Bush. The Democrats in Hartford now wholly own our worst in the nation economy. Incumbent Republicans should be equally embarrassed about the junk that is now Connecticut law mostly because they are so far off in terms of message and electability that they don’t even have the opportunity to try to get it right. Whether they actually would is another question. Let’s at least get rid of the big-government bully named Malloy because we have clearly proven that a Progressive agenda adopted without effective dissent is an unsustainable failure.