Connecticut State Senate
|Connecticut State Senate|
|2013 session start:||February 8, 2012|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||Nancy Wyman, (D)|
|Majority Leader:||Martin Looney, (D)|
|Minority leader:||John McKinney, (R)|
| Democratic Party (22) |
Republican Party (14)
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Art III, Section 1, Connecticut Constitution|
|Last Election:||November 2, 2010 (36 seats)|
|Next election:||November 6, 2012 (36 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Legislature controls with optional Commission appointed by Legislature|
Article III of the Connecticut Constitution establishes when the Connecticut State Legislature, which the Senate is a part of, is to be in session. Section 2 of Article III states that, in odd-numbered years, the Legislature shall convene its regular session on the Wednesday after the first Monday in January. Section 2 requires regular sessions in odd-numbered years to adjourn by the Wednesday after the first Monday in June.
The Constitution does not establish when the Legislature is supposed to meet in even-numbered years, so these dates are established by law. In even-numbered years, the Legislature convenes on the Wednesday following the first Monday in February, pending the decision of the Legislature, and it must adjourn by the Wednesday after the first Monday in May.
- See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Senate was in session from February 8 to May 9.
Legislators will mainly focus on the $20 billion state budget. In addition, they will also consider overhauling early childhood public education, ending the ban on Sunday alcohol sales, increasing the minimum wage, allowing same-day voter registration and the use of red-light cameras.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
In 2010, the Senate was in session from February 3rd to May 5th.
- See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012
Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate will be held in Connecticut on November 6, 2012. A total of 36 seats will be up for election. The signature filing deadline is February 6, 2012 at 12 p.m. and the primary date is February 7, 2012.
- See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 8 for candidates of either the Republican or Democratic parties and August 4 for independents. The primary election day was August 10, 2010.
In 2010, the total campaign contributions raised in senate elections was $5,157,062. The top 10 overall contributors were: 
|Senate Democrats Victory PAC||$42,651|
|Democrats for New Leadership||$38,520|
|Working Families Party||$14,853|
|Democratic Senate Majority PAC of Connecticut||$14,150|
|Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Connecticut||$11,412|
|Frantz, L Scott||$6,500|
|Senate Republican Majority Cmte of Connecticut||$5,195|
Article III, Section 3 of the Connecticut Constitution states: The senate shall consist of not less than thirty and not more than fifty members, each of whom shall be an elector residing in the senatorial district from which he is elected. Each senatorial district shall be contiguous as to territory and shall elect no more than one senator.
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
If there is a vacancy in the Senate, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election no later than 10 days after the vacancy happened. All special elections must be held no later than 46 days after a Governor's declaration. If the vacancy happened with less than 125 days left before the general election, the special election must be held on the same day as the general election. No election can be called by the Governor if the vacancy happened with less than 49 days before the general election.
- See also: Redistricting in Connecticut
The General Assembly is responsible for redistricting. The legislature appoints a bipartisan committee to draw new maps, which are then presented to both chambers for a 2/3 majority vote. Should the legislature fail to meet its deadline, a nine-member commission is appointed to assume the task. Should the commission miss its own deadline, the task then falls on the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Connecticut's population grew 4.9% from 2000 to 2010. The Assembly failed to adopt a plan in time, and the commission that took over the process barely passed one in time itself, finishing a House map with two days to go, and a Senate map leaving just hours to spare.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of May 2013|
|President Pro Tempore||Donald Williams, Jr.||Democratic|
|State Senate Majority Leader||Martin Looney||Democratic|
|State Senate Minority Leader||John McKinney||Republican|
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2010, members of the Connecticut legislature are paid $28,000 per year. They receive no per diem.
The $28,000 that Connecticut legislators are paid as of 2010 is the same that they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. The per diem is also the same.
When sworn in
Connecticut legislators assume office the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election.
List of current senators
- See also: General Assembly Committees
- Connecticut State Senate, official website
- List of members of the Connecticut State Senate
- Map of the 36 senate districts
- Vote Smart profile of Connecticut Senate
- ↑ Population in 2010 of the American states
- ↑ Population in 2000 of the American states
- ↑ Length of terms of Connecticut State Senators
- ↑ Connecticut legislative session dates, 2010
- ↑ Session Scheduling Rules website and Connecticut Constitution, Article III, Section 2
- ↑ Hartford Courant, "Governor Malloy Delivers State Of The State Address," February 8, 2012
- ↑ StateScape, State Legislative Snapshot, accessed June 30, 2011
- ↑ Follow the Money: "Connecticut Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"
- ↑ Connecticut General Assembly "Connecticut General Statutes"(Referenced Statute 9-215(a), Connecticut General Statutes)
- ↑ National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislator Compensation Data"
- ↑ Empire Center, "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"
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