Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 7/13/2021
Paolino Public Affairs Consulting, Inc. Final Bill Tracking Report
This is your final bill-tracking report for the 2021 legislative session! What you will find is a condensed version of the reports I have been sending you for the past six months. Bills that have died have been removed, and final actions have been highlighted. 

Additionally, there is a special session this Tuesday to extend Governor Ned Lamont’s executive powers granted to him at the beginning of the pandemic. With high vaccination rates and COVID cases low, Governor Lamont said Tuesday he expects the legislature will vote on a “narrow” proposal to extend his pandemic-related emergency authority beyond its July 20 expiration date. “Hopefully, if everybody here is on board, they’ll continue the emergency powers in a very discrete set of [executive orders] specifically related to imminent things on public health,” Governor Lamont said last Tuesday. “So it’s a narrow continuation going forward.” We will keep you apprised on all matters regarding the session.
 
After 17 months, the Legislative Office Building (LOB) and State Capitol have reopened with limited access to the public. This comes as Covid cases have remained low, and Connecticut residents continue to get vaccinated. House Speaker Matt Ritter expressed that he is excited for the reopening. The public has access to the first floor of the LOB and Capitol. As restrictions continue to ease, we will keep you updated with the latest.
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 3 July
U.S. hotel occupancy dipped while average daily rate (ADR) was up from previous weeks and the comparable period in 2019, according to STR‘s latest data through 3 July. 

27 June through 3 July 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019*):

  • Occupancy: 65.4% (-0.1%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$135.35 (+5.8%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$88.51 (+5.7%)

While occupancy was down because of the holiday week, overall comparisons were more favorable because of low performance during the corresponding week from 2019. That week in 2019 was lower due to the 4th of July falling on a Thursday.
Infrastructure Deal Takes Shape
A bipartisan group of Senators led by Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Rob Portman (R-OH) recently announced they have reached a deal on a framework to modernize the nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies. The deal totals $1.2 trillion over the next 8 years with $579 billion marked as new spending. 
 
The proposal allocates $312 billion to transportation, which further supports the broader travel industry, including:
  • $109 billion for roads, bridges, and other major projects;
  • $66 billion for rail;
  • $49 billion for public transit and;
  • $15 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure, electric buses and other modes of transportation. 
Notably, this investment would not increase taxes and instead be paid for through a series of potential financing options including unused COVID relief funds, 5G spectrum auctions, customer user fees, as well as other mechanisms. Critically, President Joe Biden stated his support for the framework, praising both Republicans and Democrats who worked on the deal in a White House event that happened before the July 4th holiday. Although in very early stages, this bipartisan agreement marks the first tangible progress on infrastructure legislation in years. If passed, this would be the largest transportation project ever approved by Congress
DCF Human Trafficking Prevention Course for Lodging
Join us Tuesday, July 27th for CLA's virtual training course on Human Trafficking Prevention from the CT Department of Children and Families. This course is open to any and all lodging employees. Please register each employee who will attend the course separately.

Please send any questions in advance to info@ctlodging.org, with subject line 7/27 HTP Question. 

When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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