As noted earlier, on August 2, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell vetoed SB 551. The Senate overrode her veto on August 5, by a vote of 24-10. The House will vote on whether to override her veto on Friday, August 13.
The bill adds a severance clause to the state’s public funding law. The current law says that if any part is unconstitutional, the entire law is void. If the legislature can add a severance clause, the program survives. Last month the 2nd circuit ruled parts of it unconstitutional, although it upheld the parts that discriminate against independent candidates and the nominees of new political parties.
The bill also doubles the amount of public funding for gubernatorial candidates who qualify for full public funding, from $3,000,000, to $6,000,000. The Governor vetoed the bill primarily because of that provision. Her veto message said the state can’t afford that money.