HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Legislative leaders in the state capitol announced Thursday legislative business will be postponed until March 30 and the capitol building will be closed for deep-cleaning amid coronavirus concerns.
Monday, Governor Ned Lamont announced the capitol building in Hartford would be closed for a deep cleaning to prevent the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus.
Thursday, Democratic and Republican legislative leaders in the State Senate announced legislative business – including committee meetings and public hearings – will be postponed until March 30. The Legislative Office Building, State Capitol, and the Old State House will be closed during that time.
Legislative leaders said in a statement they will meet again next week to determine if further action needs to be taken.
In order to continue to take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of the public, the General Assembly will postpone all committee meetings, public hearings, and other legislative business until March 30.
Over the next two weeks we will continue to discuss amongst each other and determine if any additional action needs to be taken.– Joint Statement: Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, Senate President Martin M. Looney, House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano
In a press conference Monday, State lawmakers announced that the legislative office building in Hartford will be closed immediately to non-legislative visitors, events, meetings, tours, and gatherings beginning Tuesday.
Wednesday will be a ‘shortened day’ for legislators. Only two public hearings will be held: one on an appropriations bill and another on workman’s comp. And at noon a session will be held on a bonding bill.
The capitol will be closed to everyone Thursday and Friday for deep-cleaning.
Lawmakers also said Monday that deadlines for JF – the process and deadlines associated with writing and approving bills in committee – will be extended for the days the capitol will be closed for cleaning.
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The announcement was made Monday as Governor Ned Lamont held a meeting at the State Emergency Operations Center for municipal emergency management and public health update call with town and health leaders across the state.
Earlier Monday afternoon, Governor Lamont attended a virtual meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and all governors from across the country “as we continue our #COVID19 preparedness and response efforts.”