Several town charters or other local laws require regional board of education members and other board or commission members to be nominated and elected or appointed at town meeting or referendum in May for terms that expire on June 30. To address concerns with holding such meetings and elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Lamont issued
Executive Order 7OO
Suspends the deadline for holding any district or town meeting required by law for the purposes of nominating but not electing or appointing candidates and, instead, requires the nominating meeting to be held on June 9, 2020. The EO also provides that no other business may be conducted at this meeting.
Note: This provision is intended to address a particular situation involving the nomination of regional BOE members in Woodbury and Bethlehem, which meeting is held separately from the election.
Suspends the deadline for holding any district or town meeting for the purposes of electing or appointing members or officials to any municipal or regional governmental entity or quasi-municipal corporation, including nomination of candidates, if applicable, and, instead, requires such district or town meeting to be held between June 27 and June 30, 2020. The EO also provides that no other business can be conducted at such election or district or town meeting.
Requires the officials responsible for administering any such district or town meetings, elections and nominations to use their best efforts to conduct such proceedings using remote means in accordance with the open meeting provisions of Executive Order No. 7B, while also implementing measures to safeguard the integrity of the process.
Provides that if it is determined that any such district or town meeting or election cannot be conducted safely and accurately by remote means, officials shall take all reasonable measures to protect the public health, including consulting with local or state public health officials and conducting such meeting or election in a way that significantly reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19.