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.