Wednesday, July 06, 2005

But Still Some Hope?

Efforts in Connecticut:
The top Republican in the state House of Representatives gathered support Tuesday for a bill that would ban eminent domain for economic development projects.

House Minority Leader Robert Ward, R-North Branford, collected about two dozen signatures from House members, including Republicans and some Democrats. All of them support voting on the legislation during a possible summer session planned in the coming weeks to consider bills vetoed by the governor.

Ward's staff said he needs 76 co-sponsors for the bill to be taken up. But Democratic legislative leaders said they are not certain that would guarantee a debate on the legislation. Some Senate Republicans have also said they want a special session.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, announced Tuesday that she supports Ward's efforts to have the General Assembly call itself back into session to deal with eminent domain. Rell has not said whether she would use her powers to call lawmakers back to the Capitol.