Republican: Too many senators on panel, making votes invalid

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A top Republican in the Connecticut House of Representatives says there are too many senators on the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, making the panel's votes this session invalid.

Deputy Republican Leader Vincent Candelora of North Branford said Tuesday he noticed last week that 10 senators were voting on bills, including legislation implementing highway tolls. In a letter to Democratic leaders, Candelora notes how Senate rules limit each committee to having no more than nine senators.

Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney disagrees, noting there were 10 senators on the Transportation Committee in the 2017 to 2018 session. He says Senate Democrats have spoken with Senate Republicans and "we believe the issue is moot." He says the transportation committee's work stands.

Connecticut's legislative committees include both House and Senate members.

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