“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.