The Connecticut General Assembly has halted its business to deal with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Here is an update on what's happening from Chamber Lobbyist Armando Paolino III of Paolino Public Affairs Consulting:
We are seeing daily assessments by the joint legislative leadership aimed at minimizing the health impacts on the members, staff and the public, including yours truly and my many lobbying colleagues.
Based on the latest public health precautions regarding COVID-19, the combined legislative leadership has decided to temporarily close the Capitol/LOB complex until March 30th. Leaders of the caucuses are going to be meeting next week to assess the situation further. They are aware that this means deadlines will be passed, and they are actively working on ways to continue business following this suspension.
Earlier this week on Wednesday, the House and the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis to alter the Joint Rules that govern the conduct of business by the legislature when they are in session. That followed the decision to close the Capitol complex early through Sunday in order to perform a cleaning.
They added days to public hearing deadlines and to Joint Favorable report (committee reporting) deadlines in order to accommodate the early closing this week. That was before the two week shut-down announced today.
The situation is fluid, and as promised, we will keep you up to date with the latest developments.