CT Good Governance On WDRC Re: Approval Of Union Contracts

Dan Lovallo, host of WDRC’s “CT on the Hill,” kindly invited me on his show yesterday to discuss my recent post on the possible constitutional problems with the “deemed approval” of collective bargaining agreements. “Deemed approval” refers to the process by which a CBA is submitted to the legislature and becomes law if the legislature fails to reject it within 30 days. My post argues that allowing CBAs to become law without the affirmative vote of a majority of both houses of the legislature may constitute an unlawful delegation of the legislature’s lawmaking authority to the executive branch, i.e., the governor. Click here to listen to my discussion with Dan.

To Avoid A Constitutional Problem, The Legislature Should Vote On Union Contracts

Last year I wrote at length about a state legislative process that allows collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with state employees to become law without legislators actually voting to approve the agreements. Under the “deemed approved” process, a CBA is presented to the legislature for consideration. If the legislature does not reject the CBA in thirty days, it becomes law.

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Emoluments, Pension Deals And More On The Legal Eagle Show

I had the pleasure of joining Marcia Chambers today on Legal Eagle, her weekly radio show on WNHH, the New Haven Independent’s affiliated radio station.  We discussed a wide range of topics, including the recent arrest of a reporter in New Haven for photographing a potential crime scene, President-Elect Donald Trump’s impending violations of the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution, and a potential constitutional problem with a recent deal between the Malloy administration and public employee unions to fix the state pension system.  Click here to listen to the show on SoundCloud.

Kudos to Ted Kennedy, Jr.

In an interview with the New Haven Independent’s Marcia Chambers, State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) offers some excellent thoughts on ways to reform the budget-making process in Connecticut.  In particular, he challenges the use of so-called “e-cert” procedures for passing the budget, which make it impossible for rank-and-file legislators to thoughtfully consider a budget before they are required to vote on it.

I, along with many other folks, have been complaining about misuse of the e-cert process for many years.  I’m glad Senator Kennedy is speaking up on this issue.

State Whittles Away At The Watchdog Agencies

In her op-ed in The CT Mirror, State Representative Mary Mushinsky (D-Wallingford) writes about an unanticipated, end-of-the-legislative-session, 50% cut to the personnel budget of the General Assembly’s Office of Program Review and Investigations.  “The Office of Program Review and Investigations is the nonpartisan staff office that supports the oversight work of the bipartisan Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee. At the direction of the committee, PRI staff examines state programs and systems to determine efficiency, effectiveness, compliance with legislative purposes, and whether corrective actions, modification, or elimination are necessary.”

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