Yep, it’s Husky Day in the Capitol, a time for dorky lawmakers to bask in some athletic glow that, judging by the crew up here, very few ever enjoyed in their youth. Maybe Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, a football star at Yale back in the day, could put it in the right perspective. The full gush isn’t going to occur in the House and Senate until this afternoon, when the UConn football and basketball teams arrive to accept their kudos, followed by a reception, where lawmakers will autograph graze.
No, don’t expect the perennially nationally ranked UConn men’s and women’s soccer teams to show up. Those sports are too esoteric. We’re talking Connecticut lawmakers demanding star dust and…oh yeah…some autographs for their kids from the Fiesta Bowl (how’d that work out financially?) footballers and the unlikely NCAA champions. The Blogster would like to start a pool. It’s free to join. Just pick the number between one and 187 (the combined number of senators and representatives) that you think will coincide with the number of basketballs – and footballs – brought in by lawmakers for signatures. The Blogster will work the halls and report back around 5 p.m.
In the way of actual work in the Legislature, the House has scheduled crucial votes on bills that would hold dog owners responsible for damage done to other animals. Arf! Arf! Yes, the Capitol is going to the dogs. The adjournment date is June 8 at midnight. Where’s the budget, you ask? Alas, it’s for another day.
Here’s the tulip round-up.