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Veto override flies through General Assembly

January 31, 2018 GMT

HARTFORD — The House and Senate on Wednesday quickly overrode Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto on Medicare Savings Program funding for about 90,000 Connecticut seniors and disabled. It took the House less than 15 minutes, while the Senate debate and vote lasted about eight minutes.

Lawmakers admitted that they will revisit the overall funding issue, especially the second year of the popular savings program, in the budget-setting session that starts February 7.

The bill was approved 131-4 in the House, with three Democrats and one Republican voting against the override. The Senate vote was 30-1, putting the final touch on a budget that took effect last July 1. Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, voted against the override.

Malloy has vetoed the bill after assuring funding for the program through the fiscal year, June 30. In his veto message, Malloy criticized the funding mechanisms lawmakers chose, stressing that they should focus their attentions on a deficit in the current state budget that tops $240 million.

kdixon@ctpost.com Twitter: @KenDixonCT