It isn’t just the budget that the legislature left unfinished this session, but several other noteworthy bills also did not pass or were never brought to a vote.
Paid Sick Days.
One of these was the paid sick days legislation that would have made Connecticut the first state in the country to mandate that employers give employees time off for being sick. However, an 18-18 deadlock in the Senate was never broken. Eight Democrats opposed the bill, while two Republicans supported it. I expect that labor groups will continue to bring it up, however–as it came only one vote shy of passing this year. Meanwhile, employers who don’t currently provide sick time for employees can breathe a sigh of relief. They should not, however, breathe too deeply, as their employees probably all have swine flu.
Another bill that didn’t pass was a measure (S.B. 939) that would have made it easier for teachers to become certified by expanding the extremely useful Alternate Route to Certification program and making it easier for out-of-state teachers
One obnoxious thing that the bill would have done was to subject student teachers to the same fingerprinting and criminal background checks that certified teachers have to go through. Welcome to a lifetime of constant suspicion and humiliation, kids!
A bill requiring more credits to graduate high school, plus some sort of capstone project for seniors, was nixed earlier. Too bad. High school degrees should count for something.
The legislature did have time for a bill providing for transparency in shellfish commission decisions. No, I didn’t know we had local shellfish commissions, either.