Posted on September 2, 2020 by admin
Yesterday, Governor Lamont re-declared Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies for an additional 6 months. By statute, a small group of legislators can reject his declaration of Public Health Emergency if they act within the first 72 hours following the declaration.
Today, I sent a formal letter to legislative leadership requesting their respective committees take up and ultimately reject the governor’s recent actions to extend the emergency powers.
As I wrote in my letter, this is an unprecedented time, but it’s also an important time to make sure we do all we can to protect the people of our state without alienating them from the legislative process, or stripping them of their rights.
The letter reads:
Dear Senator Looney, Speaker Aresimowicz, Senator Duff, Representative Ritter, Senator Daugherty Abrams, and Representative Steinberg:
Yesterday Governor Lamont filed Emergency Public Health and Civil Preparedness Declarations with the Secretary of State and the Clerks of the General Assembly in an effort to extend his powers for another five months terminating on February 9, 2021. Your respective committees are now within the statutorily provided 72-hour window to meet to review these declarations.
As the short period of time will expire quickly, I ask you to choose the voices of our citizens and convene a meeting to review these declarations. The Connecticut Legislature is a co-equal branch of government and our constituents are counting on us to work together on their behalf. This is an unprecedented time, but it is our opportunity to make sure we are doing all we can to protect the people of our state without alienating them from the legislative process or stripping them of their rights.
It is time to return the power back to the people by allowing legislative voices to be heard. I urge you to meet and to not accept this unprecedented abdication of the function of the legislative branch. Let us work together as co-equal branches of government to move Connecticut forward in the right direction.