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The Citizens’ Election Program

The Connecticut General Assembly established the Citizens’ Election Program(CEP) during an October Special Session in 2005 (Public Act 05-5/Chapter 157 C.G.S.). The CEP was used for the first time by candidates during the 2008 election cycle. The fund provides statewide and General Assembly candidates with matching grants for both primary and general elections if participants…
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Quorum

We often here a question of quorum in meetings and in other legislative votes, but what does it truly mean and what happens if you don’t meet the threshold? The joint session rules identify a quorum as a majority of members. A quorum is sometimes called into question during long debate or during debates occurring…
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Committee Deadlines

When the next General Assembly convenes in January their first order of business will be adoption of the joint rules. The rules remain in effect for the duration of the biennium and can have an enormous impact on the process. The joint rules establish the committees, their schedules, the structure of leadership, the formalities such…
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The Veto Process

At the conclusion of every session most people ponder how the Governor will respond to the most controversial proposals. So what exactly can the Governor do and does the General Assembly have any power after the fact? Upon passage of a bill the Chamber may elect to immediately present the bill to the Governor or…
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The State Budget Process

When the legislature reconvenes in January for the 2019 legislative session, a new General Assembly and a new Gubernatorial Administration will have to craft and implement a new biennial state budget. This overview will explain the legislature’s constitutional obligations to preparing that budget, the legislative process they use to get there, and the Governor’s role…
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What does it mean to be “Germane”, and why does it matter?

Often times we will use the term ‘strike-all amendment’, which essentially means the underlining bill would be gutted and replaced with the language contained in the amendment. Clients will often ask us, “how can they do that?” The answer is always that the amendment was ruled germane. Once an amendment (or JFS language in the…
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General Assembly Adopts Bipartisan Budget

On October 25th the General Assembly adopted a full biennium budget after months of negotiations, vote attempts, and a veto. A September Special Session saw a proposal crafted by Democratic leaders and the Governor fail to a Republican proposal, which was ultimately vetoed by Governor Malloy. As October began, legislative leaders from both parties took…
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October State Budget Update

The State Legislature has grappled with the task of adopting a full biennium budget since February and was unable to successfully adopt one by the session’s end in June. This year’s unusual, chaotic, and contentious budget process began with the Appropriations Committee failing to get their proposal out of committee for the first time in…
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The Governor’s 2017 Budget Address

Governor Dannel P. Malloy presented the legislature with his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 carrying the fundamental message of “fairness”. This budget proposes General Fund expenditures of $18.3 billion for FY 2018 and $18.3 billion in FY 2019, the grand total for the biennium would reach an estimated $40.6 billion. The Governors proposed budget…
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The Budget

The focus for the 2017 Legislative Session in Connecticut is clear; legislators will be faced with the daunting challenge of addressing the State Budget predicament. According to projections made by the bipartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) on November 15, 2016, the General Fund for fiscal year (FY) 17 faces a deficit of $77.5 million…
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