- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Senate is planning to vote next week on a resolution calling on the U.S. Senate to hold confirmation hearings on President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff tells The Associated Press the vote on a resolution has been rescheduled from Tuesday until next Wednesday. It’s expected to clear the Democratic-controlled Senate.

He says Connecticut would be the first state legislature to take official action regarding the high court’s vacancy. He hopes other states will follow suit.

Republicans, who control the U.S. Senate, have refused to hold hearings on Merrick Garland’s nomination.

Duff says there are several cases of interest to Connecticut that could be affected by a potential 4-4 tie in the court, including an appeal of Connecticut’s gun control law.

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