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Yankee Institute statement regarding extension of Gov. Lamont’s emergency powers

“There is no public interest that is served by extending Governor Lamont’s emergency powers, as state lawmakers reportedly plan to do next week.  

Our state senators and representatives  are  fully capable of  debating and voting on whether policies put in place by the governor over the past 18 months should continue.  Dodging that responsibility undercuts the role of the General Assembly in state government and will permanently weaken the House and the Senate as institutions.  

Instead of extending the governor’s emergency powers, lawmakers could instead change their own rules to better address sudden developments in the state’s pandemic response. These changes  would include shortening the notice for special remote legislative sessions from 72 hours to 24  hours and  creating a standing committee of lawmakers that meets regularly with the governor’s staff to quickly develop legislation as needed.  

If state lawmakers can come to Hartford to hold political fundraisers, they can meet to perform their constitutional duties.”

Statement attributable to Carol Platt Liebau, President of Yankee Institute.  

Yankee Staff

Yankee Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and citizen education organization that does not accept government funding. Yankee Institute develops and advances free-market, limited-government solutions in Connecticut. As one of America’s oldest state-based think tanks, Yankee is a leading advocate for smart, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and an open road to opportunity.


  1. Todd R Smith
    September 23, 2021 @ 2:13 pm

    If the democratic leadership votes to extend Gov. Lamont’s emergency powers for another 90 days they should all resign. if they don’t want to do the job that they were elected to do why are they still in office? please resign.


  2. Barb
    September 24, 2021 @ 3:53 pm

    Enough is enough now. the dictator needs to be stopped now. children do not need masks their health is in danger. Bio 101 you have an immune system. let people live their lives. i have had covid and i am fine. no vaccations are necessity unless you want it just like the flu so leave us alone. vote republican.


  3. Patricia Miller
    September 25, 2021 @ 10:21 am

    THERE is no EMERGENCY, we need To get ba to the Construct of the Constitution in which our REPRESENTATIVES discuss and vOte in the way it was designed. There are not enough sick people to warrant an emergency.


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