HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – In a special session Tuesday, the state Senate passed an extension of Governor Ned Lamont’s emergency powers in the event of a pandemic.
This is the sixth extension, which runs until February 15, 2022.
Governor Lamont said the extension is needed as the COVID Delta variant spreads. However, after fifth overtime, Lamont had said he would not look for another.
Others have said that they are increasingly frustrated.
Lawmakers met for a special session on Monday to debate an extension of the governor’s emergency powers in the event of a pandemic.
On Monday, the state House of Representatives voted in favor.
The vote was 80 to 60 to extend emergency powers until February.
On Tuesday, the Senate vote was 18-15, with three non-voters.
The order maintains around 10 warrants in place regarding vaccines, masks and testing.
âDemocrats don’t want bipartisan support,â Republican minority leader Vinnie Candelora said. “They just want to sound like they’re having a conversation, but they’re not.”
The Senate Speaker calls these powers narrow, but Republicans and even some Democrats believe it is too broad.
About 300 protesters gathered on Capitol Hill on Monday to say the governor is going too far. However, Democrats said the pandemic was not yet over and people were still dying.
Another group was also on Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to act on juvenile crime as auto thefts increased statewide.
“There must be changes to the policy, but not as much as what is proposed,” said Representative Henry Genga, a Democrat who represents East Hartford.
Republican lawmakers have pushed for action against juvenile delinquency.
Democrats have said they want more data and will review it in the February regular session.
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