Today is the last day of the General Assembly session and there are only so many hours to debate and pass bills.
And so, in a year when so many labor & employment law bills were up for consideration, it’s come down to a finish line where just one or two might pass.
The Pay Equity bill I highlighted earlier this week is on to the Governor’s desk, where he has indicated he will sign it.
But the bill making broad changes to the harassment and discrimination laws in the state now appears to be on life support. Perhaps even “mostly dead”.
You will recall from my post earlier this week that the bill passed the Senate with an overwhelming majority with language that seemed to have broad support.
According to a report in CT News Junkie, a deal has yet to be reached in the House and there may be too many issues with it to come to a deal today.
At issue has been the language eliminating the statute of limitations for some sex crimes. It’s possible that a fix that revises the training requirements could perhaps see it’s way out of the mess but that is seeming increasingly unlikely according to news reports.
There are other bills still floating out there: Paid FMLA, changes to minimum wage, etc. None of them though seems to have enough steam at this stage to get over the finish line.
So stay tuned. There’s a budget bill that is still up for grabs and the last day always has a way of surprising.
I’ll have a full legislative recap once the dust settles.