GOVERNOR LEFT TO CALL FOR TOLLING 2019 SPECIAL SESSION?  RESTAURANT WORK MIDDLE-GROUND MAYBE?  "SINE DIE" WHEN?


NOTE:  We noticed Rep. Currey (r) say this term as the House adjourned...Sen. Fasano explained what "sine die" means and why that had significance...







CT PORT AUTHORITY STORY HERE
I think I get it - only Republicans care about transparency and the problem with quasi-publics




  
Special Session:  Bonding package from Majority Party will pass - will Governor veto it? 
https://ctmirror.org/2019/08/20/lamonts-family-fight-with-dems-over-borrowing-priorities/






   
PRIMED FOR SHORT SESSION
The answer to the question "why?" no action on PFAS in Long Session:  https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-pfas-pushback-20190812-rjycx53clfdohix73l72gqd3um-story.html











REMEMBER THE END OF THE 1000+pp NOVEL "GONE WITH THE WIND?" Of course, there is the issue of transportation (read that as "tolls")...and a bridge too far...clock is ticking on this?

NOTE:  "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" was the last line of the movie. 






"LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2019"
Governor just blue-skying an idea again:  https://ctmirror.org/2019/08/06/tribes-reject-lamonts-grand-bargain-on-gambling/

But seriously, folks...

We have to note for the record that we do not support, nor have we ever supported, gambling off-reservation.

Capitol News Briefing on Proposed Casino Expansion, Sports Betting and Other Gaming Issues in Connecticut 
Recorded On: 7/31/2019
PRESS CONFERENCE:  Sen. Osten outlines draft bill for a Special Session sooner rather than later, that includes:
Holistic approach:  http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16585








JULY 22, 2019 VETO SESSION - (We had to go out before any action and just returned...)


HOUSE "standing at ease" at 10:25am - we think having voted between then and 12 noon to approve holding the veto session 130-0.
SENATE "will convene shortly."   And now after noon, voting 21-0 to convene the veto session HJ204.

By 12 noon CT MIRROR had reported no override attempted in the House.  Quote from Minority Leader - "“I can yell and scream as much as I want, but that’s not going to change anything,' she said. 'Overriding a veto in one chamber is a moot point.'”
By 1pm, CTNEWSJUNKIE reported:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190722_veto_override_stalls/

Who will come back into Session first?  Senate.  And why are they still there since they aren't vetoing anything?  To pass school bonding.   And now lunch


THE MEANING OF SPECIAL
C.G.A. IS MORE LIKE BOUILLABAISSE.  No trout, no lobster nor salmon in the bouillabaisse recipe.
   
CONSENT CALENDAR RARE IN THE HOUSE, MAJORITY LEADER (C) SAYS
House voting on conveyances as one - Rep. Godfrey (r) in the Chair..  Rep. France (l) gives dates voted upon previously.


THEN A "SPECIAL SESSION" (THESE ARE ALLOWED TO RUN FOR 3 DAYS) SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION ONLY ON THIS DAY, ADJOURNED, "SINE DIE" (translation - "whenever")




REP. MCCARTY MAKES THE CHANGE IN CONSTRUCTION GRANTS CLEAR (l)
Emergency certified bill on - SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION/SB1212.  93-35.  Lame excuse (r)

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IN THE SENATE, MEANWHILE...
Votes on conveyances, school construction bonding first....

Sen. McCrory says "neighborhood schools" although diverse, don't count.
“...'The diversity was only within one school in Greenwich so it didn’t do what we actually wanted it to do,' McCrory said.  'It was a loophole.'”
(The only one willing to question new "range" of grants Sen. Sampson [l])...

Go to lunch, then

WE KNOW HOW THIS ENDED, SINE DIE?
After lunch break, reconvened 2pm and then adjourned.  2:05pm.


TO BE DONE IN ANOTHER SPECIAL SESSION?
Will "servers" unionize?  We would venture to guess that this is a distinct possibility.

 
HOW LONG A WAIT FOR THIS SPECIAL SESSION?







WE SPOTTED THIS ON THE C.G.A. WEBSITE TODAY. JULY 21st
Because, according to the CTNEWSJUNKIE, this July 22 date is for a VETO SESSION and none were expected but three happened 
CT MIRROR reports it as the time for the "bond package approval" as well, so maybe it will be on???  Yes.  In a Special Session called after the Veto Session.

SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE!   Governor Lamont vetoes three bills:  https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190712_lamont_vetoes_3_bills/



   

Well, now we know why the bipartisanship - Rep. Klarides authored the bill.
The hyper-partisan legislature never allowed it a Public Hearing.  Full story here: 
https://www.ctinsider.com/local/thehour/article/CT-restaurant-workers-who-claim-they-re-14108805.php?_ga=2.139537463.540815295.1563631557-2125611160.1555678345#photo-17265022

COURANT EYES ETHICS:  CAN YOU EXCLUDE THE PRESS FROM ANY EVENT IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE?

CT reaches 2nd deal in three years to refinance employees’ pension fund
Just hits the wires...

By CT MIRROR's Keith Pfaneuf

Moody's outlook now?










WHAT DID GOVERNOR LAMONT JUST SAY (7-15-19)?  BACK TO TWO SLICES?
 





Comptroller Kevin Lembo spot on!!!  Supported by Hartford COURANT editorial here
He notes that "Partnership for Connecticut" schools project begun by $100M donation.  Eventually requires an equal amount from the State of Connecticut's taxpayers as well as expecting yet another $100M of donations: .https://ctmirror.org/2019/07/12/lembo-urges-partnership-for-connecticut-to-follow-all-disclosure-ethics-rules/






IF THE SHOE FITS...BETTER THAN A CEMENT OVERCOAT???
Half way into the program Gov. Lamont speaks:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16500

REST STOPS RE-OPEN 24/7 BEGINNING MONDAY JULY FIRST







STATE BOND COMMISSION PLAY-BY-PLAY 6-26-19, 33 items.
        
TRANSPARENCY WITH ROSE COLORED GLASSES.  Some items approved...
 
Education network re: $$, housing commissioner - better than private sector?  Deputy Commissioner (OPM???);  CTDOT;  DMV Dep. Commissioner;  new D.E.E.P. Commissioner answers...
      
Is this one of the closed prisons we wonder?  So much for promises.
Senator Witkos asks specific question about this project of prison architect...and Rep. Davis grilled others (Dep. D.A.S).  We heard 2 Fire Training projects funded but not another



Rep. Davis asks the obvious question...after at press conference.
"So what happened to Governor/Lt. Gov pledge to establish fire training school in Naugatuck Valley?"






"CONGESTION PRICING" AS DESCRIBED BY FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION.
In Channel 12 report Saturday. this is their report:  "Lamont says no improvements are possible without at least some form of tolls."

   
PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES...TOLLS TO PAY FOR IMPROVEMENTS???
The argument for tolls:  "Feds will take over our spending priorities" if our infrastructure not on a road to improvement - via another lock box?

Press conferences:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16471







So which bill was it - the Water Plan - attached to?  Where does A.C.I.R. fit into sHB7192?  Former Speaker Sharkey, (M.O.R.E. Commission) scores. 





SHARING COST OF TEACHER PENSIONS TO RETURN?  HOW ABOUT TOLLS

So is House Speaker Joe planning to bail out before the Legislature does this?  PUNCH LINE OF GOVERNMENT WATCH:
 "...the provision in the now-dead bill would also have applied to other legislative and executive branch officials...it would not have been of any use to Aresimowicz...because the speaker has declared that he won’t seek re-election in 2020.






 
"Isn't this past July 1st and the new Fiscal Year?" Senate Minority Leader doubtful the Governor's plan is legal. 
Press conferences (l) Governor and OPM Sec'y as we heard it could be up to 60 days although elsewhere from 2 reliable sources it is reported 30-45 days to get union agreement from SEBAC board.






"FREEDOM FROM INFORMATION" THANKS TO 2019  C.G.A.  AND GOVERNOR?

Bipartisan?  Or actually an example of "non-partisanship?"
Rep. Candelora said it first, and we believe, Sen. Flexer was 2nd.  A 21st century version of the Trojan Horse story?

https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/undo-the-dalio-funds-exemption-from-the-foi-act/

https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190612_op-ed_100m_makes_partnership_for_ct_a_functional_equivalent/






Minority Leader (R.) asks "Where's the $450,000,000 in savings?" 
Governor's office says Union negotiator (c) “expressed a willingness to jointly pursue,”  reworking of agreement.  And (l) by the way this commentary.