Monday, September 24, 2007

Send in the StormTroopers

Are the Connecticut State Police being used by Connecticut Governor Rell as an intimidation tactic to scare legislators? Is Connecticut a police state with military style courts?

A graduation ceremony for the Connecticut State Police says it all ...

Rell Summons Lawmakers
Planning To Veto Bonding Bill, She Wants Special Session On Schools

Associated Press
September 23, 2007

State troopers have begun delivering notices to lawmakers that require them to appear for a special legislative session on Wednesday, the state Senate's Democratic leader said Saturday.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell called the session to deal solely with school bonding projects after saying Friday that she will veto the $3.2 billion overall state bonding bill approved by the General Assembly Thursday night.

Lawmakers balked, saying Rell had not given them the proper 10-day notice by mail for her session. But state law allows for less notice if state police officers or marshals hand-deliver the notices.

Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, said the Senate is still in special session, making the notices moot.

"Gov. Rell is trying to avoid responsibility for a possible veto of the bond bill - a veto that will hurt towns and cities, clean water projects, transportation improvements and school projects for K-through-12, as well as our public colleges and universities," Williams said. "This is the governor's responsibility. Her call for yet another special session after three months of work and last week's passage of the bonding bill is a sham and a diversion."

Rich Harris, a spokesman for the governor, said Rell simply called Wednesday's session, and it is the secretary of the state's job to make sure lawmakers are properly notified.

The bond package approved late Thursday authorizes spending over two years for projects ranging from sewage treatment plants to $1 billion worth of improvements over 10 years to the Connecticut State University campuses.

Lawmakers also passed an additional $850 million in bonding for transportation initiatives and $550 million for clean water projects, for a total approximate package of $4.6 billion over two years.

Rell, who has not yet received the bill, said Friday that it is well-intentioned but unaffordable and sends the wrong message to credit rating agencies and groups hoping to receive the bonding funds.

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