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Judge: Lamont COVID-19 Executive Orders Were Constitutional

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A state Supreme Court judge ruled that Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s executive orders that shut down business amid the pandemic were constitutional.

Kristine Casey owns a bar in Milford, and sued the state in June. She claimed her rights were violated when Lamont decided in March to close her bar — and all restaurants.

Attorneys for the bar argued that the executive orders are unconstitutional because they give the governor power to legislate that he otherwise wouldn’t have under the state constitution.

The judge said Lamont, “had the authority to issue executive orders to protect the public health.”