The Connecticut General Assembly has begun another term. Before highlighting some of the proposals to consider this year, I must cover the particulars of our state legislature.
First off, the General Assembly meets from the beginning of the calendar year until late spring. They can still hold special legislative sessions beyond springtime months, but we technically have a hybrid legislature, since it’s not a full-time legislative body. There have been proposals to change that, but full-time legislatures are often for larger states that require lawmakers to stay over in their state capitals. (For example, Albany and Boston.) In my former policy-aide life, I worked for New Jersey’s legislature, and I can’t easily agree with their lawmaking sessions meeting beyond one season. I’ve been pressed by students and WNPR listeners to say which model is ideal, but considering our small state and tradition, I’ll stick with our current lawmaking process.