State Rep. Harry Arora – IMPORTANT: Register to participate in Emergency Orders public hearing

Posted on February 7, 2022

The Governor’s Emergency Orders expire on February 15, 2022. The Governor has asked legislative leaders to extend his emergency powers and pass legislation to codify some of his previous executive orders. The Governor has asked for codification of EO 9-1, which allows the Connecticut State Department of Education to require masks in schools, and EO 13, which enables DPH to impose mask mandates at their discretion. Click HERE to read the letter Gov. Lamont sent the legislative leadership.

The legislature plans to hold an informational public hearing via Zoom on Feb 8th, 9 AM to 3 PM, to get your input. Please participate in this informational hearing and make sure your opinion is heard. Here is how to participate.

  • You can send a written testimony or testify via Zoom.
  • Please email written testimony to  The testimony needs to be in Word/ PDF format.
  • If you wish to testify via Zoom, you must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form. The registration form must contain the name of the person who will be testifying. Registration will close on Monday, February 7, at 3:00 PM.
  • Speaker order of approved registrants will be listed in a randomized order and posted on the CGA Website Calendar under the event on Monday, February 7 at 6 PM.
  • Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.
  • The Informational Hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live or on
  • The first two hours of the hearing are reserved for state officials.

Based on the public input, the legislative leadership will put forth legislation on February 9 and February 10, which will be debated and voted in both chambers of the legislature. As I have indicated earlier, I will vote to end the Governor’s emergency powers.