DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury State Rep. Dan Carter (R-2) joined fellow legislative leaders for the start of the 2016 legislative session Wednesday at the State Capitol, which marked the beginning of his sixth legislative session.
Carter represents the 2nd District of Bethel, Danbury, Newtown and Redding.
This three month “short” session, however, is unique as it occurs biannually and only allows legislator- proposed bills related to budgetary, revenue and financial matters to be considered. Committees, on the other hand, can submit bills to be considered on any subject.
Carter will continue to serve as ranking member on the General Law committee, and member of the Education and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding committees. One of the most critical issues facing the General Assembly is making adjustments to the state’s biennial budget, Carter said. After a budget fix during the December special session, there is still a projected shortfall of more than $507 million, and an out year deficit of more than $4 billion.
“We are facing a fiscal crisis like never before. If the Governor is true to his word, we may be able to rein in the ridiculous spending and taxes imposed by the legislature,” said Carter. “If not, we will continue to face unnecessary financial hardships brought on by those who have decided to put politics over leadership."
On Monday, House and Senate Republicans released their budget priorities for the 2016 session
Constituents can follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, or by streaming the proceedings online.
The session will adjourn at midnight on May 4.
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