Connecticut lawmakers to vote on state budget deal

Connecticut state Senate Minority Leader and gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney, R-Fairfield, enters the House Chamber before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his 2014 State of the State address in front of a joint session of the legislature in the House Chambers at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are gathering at the state Capitol for a weekend legislative session to finish their remaining work, including an approximately $19 billion budget for the new fiscal year.

The House of Representatives was expected to vote Saturday afternoon on the revised tax and spending agreement, reached this week by the General Assembly’s majority Democratic leaders and Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.

It was unclear when the Senate, also meeting on Saturday, would vote on the budget bill.

The legislation delays until July 1, 2015 a proposal to restore the sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear costing less than $50.

It also repeals plans to allow the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to introduce keno as a lottery game. The legislature approved keno last year as a way to raise revenue.

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