Malloy vetoes first bill of 2016

The first bill vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2016 is Senate Bill 302, An Act Concerning the Impact of Proposed Regulations on Small Businesses.

In a veto message delivered Tuesday, Malloy said he supports the concept, but the bill was overly broad and burdensome to state agencies.

Current law requires agencies to prepare a “regulatory flexibility analysis” with every proposed regulation to provide ways to minimize any adverse impact on businesses with fewer than 75 employees. The vetoed bill would expand that to companies with up to 250 employees.

It also would require them to calculate the number of businesses “potentially” affected, without providing guidance on how “potentially” should be defined, Malloy said.

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