- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on the plans by Connecticut lawmakers to pass a last-minute budget deal for the new fiscal year (all times local):

12:30 a.m.

Connecticut lawmakers have officially adjourned their regular legislative session, knowing they’ll be back next week at the state Capitol to vote on a revised budget for the new fiscal year.

The House of Representatives and Senate both wrapped up the session at midnight on Wednesday in the traditional flurry of activity.

Minutes later, lawmakers in both chambers passed resolutions spelling out rules for a special legislative session that Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff says will be held on May 12.

Democratic legislative leaders hoped to vote Wednesday, the final day of the legislative session, on an 11th-hour budget deal they reached Tuesday night with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. However, they scrapped those plans after it become clear they wouldn’t have enough time to pass that bill and related legislation.


11:30 p.m.

It’s official. There’s going to be a special session

Connecticut lawmakers passed a resolution Wednesday night, 30 minutes before the midnight adjournment of the regular session, calling the legislature back to the state Capitol sometime after 12:01 a.m. on May 5, likely next week.

Democratic leaders, who control the General Assembly, had hoped to vote Wednesday on an 11th hour budget deal they reached with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but scrapped the idea after it became clear there wasn’t enough time.

The resolution passed the Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives 138-9. Republican House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (THEHM’-his KLEHR’-ih-dehs) said she supported the resolution with a “heavy heart.” While she welcomed more time to review the budget deal, she says the legislature should complete its work on time.


9 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s fine with Connecticut lawmakers waiting until a special legislative session to vote on a budget plan that addresses next fiscal year’s projected $960 million deficit.

The Democrat sealed the approximate $19 billion budget deal with his Democratic colleagues in the General Assembly late Tuesday.

They had hoped to vote on the bill Wednesday, the final day of this year’s regular legislative session, but postponed those plans after it appeared there wouldn’t be enough time for debate.

Malloy says he hopes the delay will not encourage lawmakers to try and change the Democratic budget plan, saying he “will not move from the principles we’ve agreed to.”

Malloy is forgoing his traditional midnight end-of-session address to the General Assembly.


7:40 p.m.

Democratic Senate President Martin Looney says he expects a special legislative session will be held early next week to pass a new budget for Connecticut’s next fiscal year.

Looney made the comments Wednesday after House Democratic leaders said there wasn’t enough time to debate the more than $19 billion budget deal reached between Democratic legislators and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy late Tuesday.

The legislative session ends at midnight Wednesday.

Looney also expects lawmakers to vote on a bonding bill and Malloy’s criminal justice bill next week. Malloy’s bill would increase the maximum age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 to 20 and make changes to the bail system.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano is praising the delayed vote, saying lawmakers need more time to review the legislation that was still being crafted.


5:40 p.m.

The Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives say there is not enough time to vote on a budget before the General Assembly adjourns its regular session.

Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits) issued a statement early Wednesday evening, hours before the midnight adjournment deadline, saying pushing ahead with a vote would mean cutting off debate.

The announcement means the General Assembly will have to return to the state Capitol for a special legislative session. While no date was announced, they will likely try to pass a bill before the fiscal year ends on June 30.

Democratic lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reached a last-minute deal late Tuesday night.


5 p.m.

Legislative Republicans are decrying plans by the Democrats to push through a budget deal on the final day of the legislative session, saying they still haven’t received the details of the nearly $20 billion package.

Democrats, who control the General Assembly, hope to vote by midnight Wednesday on the compromise deal they reached with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano says it would be ridiculous to rush a vote on a deal reached behind closed doors Tuesday evening. He says it makes sense to return during a special session before the fiscal year ends June 30.

Fasano says Republicans don’t plan to run out the clock in order to kill the bill. However, he says the GOP legislators will ask questions about the bill.


12:45 p.m.

Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to pass a last-minute Democratic budget for the new fiscal year that would finally fix the state’s projected $960 million deficit.

The General Assembly has until midnight Wednesday to pass the approximate $19 billion compromise that was reached between Democratic lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy late Tuesday.

It’s unclear whether the legislature’s minority Republicans will attempt to run out the clock with a lengthy debate. They were not part of the final negotiations and are unhappy with the last-minute push.

Republicans are also voicing concern about the decline in estimated revenues included in the budget plan. Republican Sen. Michael McLahlan says the drop in income taxes represents an “atomic bomb.”

Wednesday is the final day of the legislative session.

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