Snow will delay the delivery of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget to the General Assembly by 24 hours until noon Thursday, when he will address a joint session of the General Assembly.

“Given the forecast over the next couple of days, I’ve asked legislative leaders to postpone the start of session until February 6,” Malloy said.  “While I hope the storm is not as bad as the predictions suggest, I also don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way.  I want to thank the leaders for accommodating this request.”

Legislative leaders had considered delaying the opening until Wednesday evening, but a winter storm warning for Hartford will be in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Snow is expected to fall at the rate of an inch or two an hour at times, with accumulations of six to 12 inches.

“Safety is first and foremost,” said Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn.  “It makes sense to exercise caution and move opening day to Thursday given the blizzard-like conditions being predicted for tomorrow.”

“This decision was based on the latest forecast for a serious winter storm Wednesday, and is the prudent thing to do for the safety of all concerned,” said House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden.

The speech will be carried live on CT-N, the public-affairs cable network that covers the General Assembly.

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

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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