- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A legislative committee has rejected a plan Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says will forge a new path toward ending decades of federal oversight of Connecticut’s child welfare agency.

Despite Monday’s vote by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee, the “unfavorable recommendation” still moves to the House of Representatives and Senate for further consideration.

Malloy says he’s disappointed with the vote, but remains hopeful the agreement will ultimately be approved.

Lawmakers have various concerns with the agreement, which sets a minimum budget of $801 million for the Department of Children and Families that lawmakers cannot change.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano says he has no confidence the department can comply with the goals needed to end federal oversight.

Appropriations Committee Co-Chairwoman Toni Walker says she hopes the plan can be renegotiated.

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