A state Senate vote on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's criminal justice overhaul was abruptly scrapped early Friday.
Supporters of the proposal say they have the votes needed for passage, but only by the narrowest of margins.
Republicans had filed more than a dozen amendments--including one that would have reinstated the death penalty--creating the possibility of a mammoth filibuster that could have stretched on throughout the night. As the hour grew late, the chamber's Democratic leaders opted to put off the vote rather than risk winding up on the losing side because some of the measure's supporters had to leave.
The initiative, dubbed "Second Chance 2.0," could come up in the House of Representatives later today. Senators were advised to hold a day open next week to return to the Capitol for a vote on the bill.