- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Democratic leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly announced Friday they’ve decided not to try and override any of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s nine vetoes.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey issued a statement saying the “general consensus among our members, and in light of some of the governor’s concerns, is that these issues would be best re-looked at during the next regular session.”

The next regular legislative session begins in February.

Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, and Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, the legislature’s top two GOP leaders issued a joint statement accusing the majority Democrats of “putting politics before policy” and pointing out how the Democrats have never overridden a single bill Malloy vetoed, but had overridden former governors. Malloy also is a Democrat.

Legislative leaders had been under pressure to resurrect several bills the Democratic governor had nixed, including legislation that created new standards for the next state education commissioner. The state’s largest teachers union urged its 30,000 members to call their local legislators about the bill.

Mark Waxenberg, CEO of the Connecticut Education Association, said the union plans to push for the bill again next year. He called it “distressing” that the Department of Correction commissioner is required to have specific industry experience but not the state’s education commissioner.

For technical reasons, a veto session will still be held Monday, but only a handful of Democrats are expected to be on hand. The legislature’s minority Republicans said they plan to attend, arguing that the legislature has a “constitutional duty to the public” to reassess the vetoed bills.

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