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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Lamont's Emergency COVID Powers Are Constitutional

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The Connecticut Supreme Court said Governor Ned Lamont’s emergency orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are constitutional. Republicans have called on Lamont to let his emergency powers expire.

Lamont declared a state of emergency at the outset of the pandemic. Since then, he’s issued dozens of executive orders — like limiting capacity in businesses, and requiring masks in schools.

The case stems from a Milford bar owner who sued over Lamont’s order to close bars and restaurants. The Supreme Court said Lamont was acting within his constitutional authority.

Lamont’s emergency powers are set to expire on April 20. State lawmakers will consider giving him another month-long extension. Republican leaders call the measures one-person rule.

Lamont said the state of emergency is necessary to secure federal funding.