- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers on Monday overrode three of the eight vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, marking the first time the General Assembly has overturned one of Malloy’s vetoes during the 5 ½ years he’s been in office.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said the Democratic controlled legislature has been careful in the past to “consider the wisdom of an override” and decided to let his vetoes stand.

“This year,” he said, “we really did feel there were some important policy initiatives and also pro-business bills that we really felt were very important to the state of Connecticut.”

The three overridden bills provide greater flexibility in employee compensation levels for investment officers working at the Office of the State Treasurer; require the state to seek a service for nonemergency transportation for Medicaid recipients; and require state agencies to determine the impact of regulations on small businesses

At least a two-thirds majority was needed in each legislative chamber to override a gubernatorial veto. The House of Representatives wanted to resurrect more bills, but the Senate ultimately agreed to only three overrides - a move that took Sharkey by surprise and prompted criticism from House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, who accused the Senate Democrats of “doing the governor’s bidding.”

Senate Democratic leaders said it’s not uncommon for the House and Senate to disagree on matters.

Many of the bills Malloy vetoed had cleared both chambers by overwhelming margins during the regular legislative session, which ended in May.

Devon Puglia, a spokesman for the governor, said while Malloy stands fully behind his vetoes, “today was part of the legislative process and we respect that process.”

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