The House has passed a bill that would allow Connecticut to join with other states to award the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
The bill originally seemed to fail by a single vote, but several Democrats, including Rep. Peggy Sayers and Rep. Robert Godfrey, changed their votes to “yes.” The bill eventually passed 76-69. The bill now heads to the Senate.
The tradition that allows members to change their votes after they go up on the tally board but before the clerk calls the roll stinks, by the way. Talk about peer pressure.
Up in Smoke
Two controversial bills, one which would have legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana and another which would have banned smoking in the state’s casinos, both were not brought up for a vote in committee today, effectively killing them (for now).
Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) actually ran out the clock by reading pages and pages of information until time had expired. Boucher was the subject of a threatening email last week, written by the head of a local pro-decriminalization group.