Lamont Issues First Vetoes Of His Term

Jul 15, 2019

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has issued his first three vetoes since taking office.

Lamont says he vetoed the bills last week on behalf of Connecticut workers and consumers who don’t have lobbyists looking after their interests at the Capitol.

The bills include one that would have made the theft of cooking oils a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison. He says it's already a crime to steal these products, and the bill would have imposed a much tougher penalty on someone who steals even a small amount of vegetable oil or animal fats.

Another would have weakened a requirement that real estate brokers tell prospective buyers when they're representing the interests of the seller.

And the third would have lowered wages for some restaurant workers who receive tips for part of their work.

All three bills passed the General Assembly with broad bipartisan support.

It’s not certain that legislative leaders have enough votes to override Lamont’s vetoes when lawmakers reconvene for a possible veto override session next Monday.

Lamont has signed a total of 223 bills.