The Connecticut House and Senate met today for a special veto override session. Seven of the bills Governor Rell had vetoed were overridden, but while the healthcare partnership bill received enough votes for an override in the House, the Senate’s 23-12 vote was one short.
This override failure is disappointing as the bill, An Act Establishing the Healthcare Partnership, would have taken a monumental step forward in reducing the skyrocketing costs of municipal health insurance – one of the most serious fiscal challenges facing towns and cities. The legislature’s bipartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis confirmed that the bill would have saved taxpayers money.
Both chambers did override Governor Rell’s veto of the SustiNet bill, which creates a volunteer board of directors, four committees, and three task forces that will set up a flexible framework for an affordable state healthcare system.