The state House voted Tuesday to override Gov. John G. Rowland’s veto of a one-year moratorium on all utility projects in Long Island Sound, including a bitterly contested electric power cable that would stretch from New Haven Harbor to Brookhaven, N.Y.
The 102-43 tally marked the first time either the House or Senate has voted to override a Rowland veto since he became governor in 1995.
The override now goes to the Senate, which could take it up as soon as Tuesday night.
Cheers went up from the House floor shortly before 6:30 p.m. as the Democrat-controlled chamber approved the override. Two-thirds of the House — or 101 members — needed to vote in favor of the override for it to be approved.
Seven Republicans joined 95 Democrats in voting for the override of the Republican governor’s veto. Four Democrats voted against it.