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State Senator Tony Hwang & Representative Laura Devlin Vote Against Further Extending Governor’s Emergency Powers

Posted on July 14, 2021


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HARTFORD – State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) and State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) today voted “no” on extending Governor Ned Lamont’s pandemic-related emergency powers that have lasted over 16 months. They released the following statements following their votes:

Representative Devlin said, “Today I voted against extending Gov. Lamont’s emergency powers because we are in a much different place than we were 15 months ago. People are traveling, businesses are open and kids are enjoying their summer vacations. Connecticut stands as a model for the one of the highest vaccination rates in the country and state infection rates which have remained below 1% for weeks. In our state, the emergency of Covid is passed. We can’t govern or cede our co-equal power based on a series of ‘what if scenarios’ or fear.”

Senator Hwang said, “Connecticut should be proud of the Covid-19 health safety progress we have made. Our vaccination rate is one of the best in the nation. Our infection rate has been under control for several months and we are closely monitoring variant cases. We are moving forward to a ‘new normal’ environment where businesses, restaurants and people are gathering, but Democrats are conveniently sounding the alarm to justify further extending the Governor’s Emergency Powers. Extending the emergency authority strengthens one-party rule and enables decision making without medical facts or data and possibly based on a mercurial whim. We, instead, should be readying our state to move forward and meet the economic, health and social challenges of today instead of furthering this limbo-holding pattern. It is time to return Connecticut to ‘we the people’ and restore equal branches of Executive, Legislative and Judicial governmental checks and balances.”