No surprise: No veto overrides attempted

The House and Senate held perfunctory trailer sessions today in case there was an attempt to override any vetoes of the state’s first-year governor, Dannel P. Malloy. As expected, the Democratic legislature made no attempt to overturn any veto by the Democratic governor.

In fact, the leadership gaveled open the sessions and then closed them before nearly empty chambers.

Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders issued a joint statement prior to the sessions that their staffs would work on economic-development proposals for the area around Oxford airport. Malloy had a vetoed an Oxford development zone, saying the state should have a strategy for all its airports, not just one.

Their statement was not applauded by Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown, a sponsor of the vetoed bill.

“So, let me get this straight: When this bill was a Republican idea that passed nearly unanimously in the legislature, it was bad, and now that it is the governor’s idea, it’s good?” Kane said. “Well, it’s good to see the governor has finally come around.”

Malloy had called the separate zone for Oxford premature, since the legislature recent created a Connecticut Airport Authority to better use the airports as engines of economic development.