June 10, 2020
of our duly elected
. Citizens can wait no longer for them to address the critical issues of police accountability, voter safety and public trust. The legislature must conduct the public’s important business in public—in a “special session” to be held NOW.
We therefore call on members of the LWVCT to contact legislative leaders and their own elected representatives immediately to ask them to
- convene in special session right away;
- pass police accountability legislation;
- pass legislation that makes it legally permissible to use an absentee ballot for fear of sickness from COVID-19 in November 2020.
While we appreciate that the Governor said yesterday that he would call a special session, it is still unclear when that would happen. The presiding officers should themselves issue a joint call NOW for a special session. This will assure that these critical issues of police accountability and safe and secure voting will have a public hearing before legislators vote on them.
In Connecticut, a special session may be called by joint call of the presiding officers of both houses.
Read more from the National Conference on State Legislatures
There are six officers of the Senate and House. That means that right now, Senators Duff, Fasano and Looney and Representatives Aresimowicz, Klarides, and Ritter have the power to make sure the citizens of CT have a voice in these important decisions. [
See below for their email addresses