Appropriations Committee, Connecticut General Assembly

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The Appropriations Committee is a joint standing committee of the Connecticut General Assembly and contains members of the Senate and the House. In the Connecticut Legislature, there are no separate chamber committees.

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Per each chamber's rules, committees of the Connecticut General Assembly are assigned by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. Committees are assigned at the start of each term.[1][2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] Neither the President nor the Speaker is recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

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A committee on APPROPRIATIONS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to appropriations and the operating budgets and all matters relating to state employees' salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers' retirement, veterans' pensions and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for state employees. In addition, any bills or resolutions carrying or requiring appropriations, or creating or enlarging a state mandate to local governments, defined in subsection (a)(2) of section 2-32b of the general statutes, and favorably reported by any other committee, except the payment of claims by the state, shall be referred to the committee, unless such reference is dispensed with by at least a two-thirds vote of each chamber, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to their fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions and shall not extend to their other substantive provisions or purpose, except to the extent that such other provisions or purpose relate to the fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Appropriations Members, 2015
Democratic members (31)Republican members (25)
Beth Bye, ChairRobert Kane, Ranking Member
Toni Walker, ChairMelissa H. Ziobron, Ranking Member
Joan Hartley, Vice chairBill Aman
Henry Genga, Vice chairDante Bartolomeo
Catherine AbercrombieSamuel Belsito
Andre BakerWhit Betts
Juan CandelariaMitch Bolinsky
Victor CuevasJay M. Case
Jeffrey A. CurreyClark J. Chapin
Patricia DillonCharles J. Ferraro
Andrew M. FleischmannPaul Formica
Mae FlexerMike France
Terry GerratanaJohn Kissel
Minnie GonzalezNoreen Kokoruda
Gregory HaddadGail Lavielle
Ernst HewettTimothy LeGeyt
Susan JohnsonJoe Markley
Matthew LesserKathleen M. McCarty
Cristin McCarthy VaheyBen McGorty
Douglas McCroryCraig Miner
Patricia MillerGayle Mulligan
Linda OrangeArthur O'Neill
Christopher RosarioMark Tweedie
Kevin RyanFred Wilms
Ezequiel SantiagoTami Zawistowski
Gayle Slossberg
Peter Tercyak
Diana Urban
Edwin Vargas
Roberta Willis
Gary Holder-Winfield


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.



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