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House and Senate Calendars

Many people will tell you that as difficult as it is to get a bill introduced, it is equally difficult to get a bill called on the floor in either chamber. The House and the Senate have separate calendars and different ways of developing their daily items that are...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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