Republican lawmakers push back on extending Gov. Lamont's emergency powers

Gov. Ned Lamont has extended his emergency powers by five months, but Republican lawmakers are saying not so fast.

News 12 Staff

Sep 1, 2020, 7:04 PM

Updated 1,380 days ago

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Gov. Ned Lamont has extended his emergency powers by five months, but Republican lawmakers are saying not so fast.
Lamont announced the extension during a news conference Monday, but top Republicans said moments later that they never agreed to it.
"I met with the legislative leadership today, and we're going to have an extension of emergency powers for another five months," Lamont said.
His powers previously would've ended on Sept. 9. Connecticut has COVID-19 rules for schools, restaurants, bars and even face masks - all through executive orders.
Republican leaders say they never agreed to the extension.
"There was no promise that this would be approved by lawmakers," says state Sen. Len Fasano.
GOP leaders are requesting a formal review, citing "grave concerns," saying, "We believe that the power must be given back to the elected representatives."
Republicans want any extension to come with conditions.
"It would work this way. He would put an emergency order forward. There has to be 72 hours in which we can review that emergency order," says Fasano.
Lamont's office tells News 12 that they want the powers to continue as they are now.
Lamont officially announced the extension Tuesday, and said it will last until Feb. 9, 2021. A special legislative committee has 72 hours to reject it.
Those on the committee include the state Senate president and the House speaker, the party leaders of both chambers and the heads of the Public Health Committee. Only four of them are Republicans, which is not enough to block the governor.
"I want to stick within my lane and focus really on health care, and that's where we need it given the COVID nature of this," says Lamont.
It appears likely the governor will keep those powers another few months.
"We are closely examining the full implications of continuing the governor's emergency powers, and haven't fully decided whether the select committee should meet to consider nullifying his request as is. There are some more discussions to be had at this point," says Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz.


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