State Capitol partially reopening to public ahead of special session on Gov.’s COVID authority


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Part of the state Capitol complex will be open to the public starting Tuesday, July 6, for the first time since March of 2020. Legislative management will allow the public into the first floor of the capital of the legislative office building.

This comes as Connecticut lawmakers are expected to return to the state Capitol this month and decide whether to extend Gov. Ned Lamont’s public health emergency and his executive authority once again. They’re currently scheduled to expire on July 20.

“We’re ready to go in July 12 to take care of the governor’s emergency powers so we’re ready to go in anytime to take care of the people’s business,” House Speaker Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) told News 8.

The General Assembly, controlled by Democrats, agreed in May to extend Lamont’s authority until July 20.

Lawmakers are also debating whether to bring up a bipartisan bill to reform the juvenile justice system, in light of that deadly hit and run last Tuesday in New Britain. That’s happening on July 7.

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