Malloy vetoes charter bill for a second time

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed his first bill of the 2012 session, a measure similar to a bill he vetoed last year over objections it would have limited the independence of charter revision commissions.

“I continue to disapprove of this concept, because it unnecessarily restricts the independence and authority of charter review commissions,” Malloy wrote in his veto message.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and 137-5 in the House.

Malloy, who was mayor of Stamford for 14 years, said the bill also restricted the ability of chief executive officers to participate in the charter revision process.

The governor said the bill also could have allowed a majority political party in a community to target parts of the charter not favored by the majority.

Under current law, charter revision commissions can consider anything in the charter.

The governor now has signed 39 bills and vetoed one.