With 60 minutes left in the 2012 session of the General Assembly, a favored bill of the Senate’s leader was stuck in the House, while a favored bill of the House leader was stuck in the Senate. At midnight Wednesday, both bills die.

Senate Democratic leaders were trying at 11 p.m. to salvage S.B. 1, a jobs bill that passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, only to be held hostage in the House over the Senate’s refusal to pass a minimum-wage increase sought by House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden.

The Senate plan was to attach S.B. 1 as an amendment to a bill that the House leadershp wants. An unanswered question: Is there a must-have bill that the House would quickly pass with S.B. 1 as amendment?

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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