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Fasano Seeks Opinion On Cuts To Watchdog Agencies

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Connecticut Senate is asking the state attorney general for a formal opinion on whether Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has the legal authority to cut the budgets of three watchdog agencies.

Sen. Len Fasano, who represents North Haven, made the request Tuesday.

Fasano says he believes the Democratic governor was wrong to cut more than $180,000 from the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Freedom of Information Commission and the Office of State Ethics. Legislation passed in 2004 prevents governors from reducing their budgets.

Leaders of the three agencies have not yet finalized a request for a ruling from Attorney General George Jepsen. A spokeswoman from the State Ethics Office says the leaders are scheduled to meet Friday with Malloy’s budget office to discuss their budgets.

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