HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Democratic leaders of Connecticut’s General Assembly did not attempt Monday to override any of fellow Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s six vetoes, pledging to work with him to reach compromises on some of the issues.

Monday marked the legislature’s annual veto session, which attracted only a handful of lawmakers.

One of the vetoed bills, which received strong support from legislators during the regular session, would have created a new tax credit program to encourage development around Oxford Airport.

It now it appears that the issue could come up again during a planned special legislative session on job creation and economic development that’s slated for September.

“One of the things that we’ll also be talking about is airports in general and the Oxford Airport specifically,” said Senate
President Donald Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn. Malloy said his office, in the meantime, plans to work with legislative committees “to develop an appropriate set of economic development tools” to speed up job creation around the airport.

Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown, a proponent of the bill, questioned the veto and the decision to wait until September. He said the greater Waterbury area is experiencing 11.2 percent unemployment.

“So, let me get this straight:  When this bill was a Republican idea that passed nearly unanimously in the legislature, it was bad, and now that it is the governor’s idea, it’s good,” Kane said.

“Well, it’s good to see the governor has finally come around.”

Malloy had originally said the legislation was premature because the new Connecticut Airport Authority was being created to help boost economic development around airports.

Malloy also vetoed a bill that imposed new requirements for individual and small group health insurance companies regarding rate increases. Williams said lawmakers plan to work with Malloy on ways to expand public involvement in the rate approval process.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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