THE VETO SESSION ‘CHRISTMAS TREE’

In the weeks after the end of every session of the state legislature, lawmakers return to Hartford to hold what is called “the veto session”—a chance for the House and Senate to attempt to override any of the governor’s vetoes for that session. It’s a fairly rare occasion for the two bodies to pull together enough votes for an override. Therefore, unless it’s clear to the legislative leadership that the votes are there, a vetoed bill isn’t brought to an override vote. This year’s veto session is scheduled for June 21th.

The veto session is also a chance for legislators to try to get passed what they failed to pass during the regular session. They make their cases to the leadership to get their bill on the agenda. The problem is, once one lawmaker or one group of lawmakers gets their bill on the agenda, everyone else wants theirs too. The veto session agenda can quickly become “a Christmas tree”—everyone wants their ornament on.