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Connecticut Legislature Adds Veto Clause To Lamont Emergency Powers Extension

The Connecticut Capitol Building in Hartford
Johnathon Henninger
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The Connecticut Capitol Building in Hartford

The Connecticut House is set to take action on another extension of Governor Ned Lamont’s emergency powers to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaker Matt Ritter said the powers would be extended until July 20.

But legislative leaders would be able to keep a check on the governor’s power.

“If the Legislature authorizes the extension and there is a particular order the legislative leaders don’t like, they can veto it. So it's a very different mechanism for the next nine, 10 months,” Ritter said.

Ritter said lawmakers intend to create a panel of public health and civil preparedness experts to study the mechanism so it could be crafted into law in next year’s legislative session.

Lamont’s COVID-19 restrictions on businesses in Connecticut end on May 19.