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Gov. Dan­nel P. Mal­loy ve­toed a bill Wed­nes­day that would have made changes to the over­sight of the state Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies.

The 19-mem­ber State Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies would have re­ceived new du­ties, in­clud­ing track­ing and eval­u­at­ing the poli­cies and prac­tices of DCF and mak­ing fund­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for the agency, un­der the bill, which over­whelm­ingly passed the House and Se­nate. The leg­is­la­tion would have also elim­i­nated the Coun­cil’s need to is­sue re­ports to the gov­er­nor and DCF com­mis­sioner.

This bill “rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­tru­sion by the leg­isla­tive branch into the func­tion­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive au­thor­ity of an ex­ec­u­tive branch agency in vi­o­la­tion of the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers doc­trine,” Mal­loy wrote.

DCF needs more over­sight be­cause of re­cent “sys­tem fail­ures” that re­sulted in the abuses of chil­dren, said Se­nate Repub­li­can Leader Len Fasano, of North Haven.

Mal­loy urged law­mak­ers to pass a re­vised ver­sion of the bill that strikes a bet­ter bal­ance be­tween “leg­isla­tive over­sight and ex­ec­u­tive branch au­thor­ity,” in their veto ses­sion in the com­ing weeks. In that ses­sion, leg­is­la­tors re­view the bills ve­toed by the gov­er­nor and de­cide whether to over­ride his veto, change the bill or drop it.

This is the fifth bill passed by law­mak­ers the gov­er­nor has nixed this spring.

Ned Ger­ard / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Mem­bers of the Strat­ford Coed Beach Vol­ley­ball pro­gram play a game on the sands of Short Beach, in Strat­ford. Run by the Strat­ford Re­cre­ation Depart­ment, the vol­ley­ball games are played every Wed­nes­day even­ing through­out the sum­mer, and is just one of many fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered to adults and kids around the Town of Strat­ford.

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