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Conn. Lawmakers Consider Pandemic Preparedness Office

The Connecticut Capitol Building in Hartford
Johnathon Henninger
Lawmakers would take up the issue at the capitol building in Hartford.

Connecticut Democrats want to create a state-level office to prepare for future pandemics.A group of lawmakers led by State Senator Cathy Osten say they’ll put forward a bill to create an Office of Pandemic Preparedness. The role would focus on preparing testing, emergency stockpiles and social services.

Osten says the office would also create a medical manufacturing pipeline so the state didn’t have to rely on high prices or uncertain supply chains for PPE. And it would create a plan for schools to address staff shortages — such as allowing districts to share teachers.

The next legislative session begins in January.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.