Protesters gather at State Capitol to urge an end to Gov. Lamont's emergency powers

Around 250 protesters gathered outside the State Capital Monday to urge lawmakers to end Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers concerning the pandemic and to not extend for two more months.

News 12 Staff

Jul 12, 2021, 8:23 PM

Updated 1,042 days ago

Share:

Around 250 protesters gathered outside the State Capitol Monday to urge lawmakers to end Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers concerning the pandemic and to not extend for two more months.
They say most of Connecticut is vaccinated and businesses are open, so there's no need to extend the emergency.  
Lamont says he still needs flexibility to quickly modify state laws for vaccine distribution, help for renters and landlords, and school mask rules.
"And that's why, in a very limited way, I think it's no more than ten or 11 executive orders." Gov. Lamont shared. " They want to continue the emergency powers for another couple of months...get us through the beginning of the school year. Let's see what those boosters look like."
On Wednesday, state lawmakers plan to extend the governor's COVID emergency an extra two months.
Republicans say lawmakers can address all those issues.
Rep. Laura Devlin said, "We are called in on issues, it seems like, all the time. So I don't think it's too challenging to get us all together."
According to a poll from Sacred Heart University, almost 70% of the state approve of how Gov. Lamont handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across the country, 27 states still have COVID emergencies, but 23 states have lifted it, including every state in the Northeast except Connecticut and Rhode Island. 
COVID-19 Numbers in CT since 7/9/2021
  • New cases: 70
  • Positivity Rate: 0.061%
  • Hospitalizations: 35


More from News 12