Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Westports State Sen. Judy Freedman Lone Dissenter on Primary Bill
WestportҒs state Sen. Judith G. Freedman cast the only nay vote today when the state Senate voted to schedule a single primary date, days after the governor warned he would veto legislation that set two primaries, according to the AP.
Proponents of the bill said the new date, the second Tuesday in August, was a compromise between those who favor keeping the primary in September and those who want it held in June.
The Senate passed the primary reform bill 34-1. Freedman, a Republican, said she voted no because she believed many voters would not be available in August. The bill returns to the House of Representatives for further action.
It was unclear whether there was enough support in the House for a single date, the AP said.
Update (6/4/03): The House Tuesday passed the primary bill by a vote of 129-17 and sent it to the governor for signature.