Lamont’s pair of vetoes go unchallenged in brief House and Senate sessions

HARTFORD — The House and Senate convened in lightning-fast sessions Monday morning, then adjourned without attempting to override either of Governor Ned Lamont’s vetoes.

So the short fiscal adjustment session of 2022 ended with 168 bills signed into law, plus the two uncontested rejections, one of which means West Haven won’t get a vote. military surplus armored vehicle that can move in flooded areas for rescues.

The other invoice would have limited police immunity in car chases.

“There wasn’t a significant level of interest from many members to come in and move on,” House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford, said after the chamber nearly emptied. has been adjourned for at least the summer, and probably until the next. The General Assembly meets in January.

“There didn’t seem to be any appetite to override them,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said outside the Senate Chamber after the two-minute proceedings. “We can always come back at the next session.”

Pro Tempore Senate Speaker Martin Looney, D-New Haven, standing next to Duff, said lawsuits legislation in particular would be likely to be revived in the 2023 session.

“I think there’s probably a pathway to pass this in some compromise form next year,” Looney said of the bill, the impetus for which was the case of a 15 year old passenger of a vehicle that crashed at high speed during a chase with a Shelton police officer. The teenage parents sued the city in 2012. The state Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that emergency responders had latitude to make discretionary decisions, such as quickly engaging suspects.

The acquisition of the armored vehicle from the city of Farmington would have dodged a 2020 law enforcement state law that bars cities from acquiring surplus military equipment. Lamont’s veto message last month said letting the vehicle go to West Haven would not be in the spirit of the kind of “community-oriented policing” he supports.

“We really haven’t talked much,” Looney said of that veto. During the 2021 session, Lamont signed 237 bills and vetoed four.

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