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Casualties of the 2014 Session

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (Photo by Christine Stuart)
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (Photo by Christine Stuart)

HARTFORD, Conn. –The Senate passed 71 bills on a consent calendar in the last minutes of session and approved a budget bill with barely 15-minutes to spare, but a lot of business still didn’t make the cut this year.

When the smoke cleared a bill that would prohibit the discrimination against unemployed workers and a bill to allow Sunday bow hunting remained on the Senate calendar.

Retiring Sen. President Donald Williams said in a short session because of the timetable there are a number of issues that get left undone.

In theory, a short session gives the part-time legislature a chance to adjust the two-year budget, but every year lawmakers wind up raising a host of unrelated proposals for debate.

“I can’t think of examples where bills died or did not have a chance because of the increased tension between the chambers,” Williams told reporters Thursday afternoon.

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