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In addition to being Deputy President Pro Tempore in the Senate, the Democrat chaired the Transportation Committee and was vice chair of Finance, Revenue & Bonding.
“I feel very strongly that, just because (the rainy day fund) is there, we should not deplete it. While it's raining today, we don’t know how long the rain is going to last – or when it’s going to start raining again."
"We all need to create a more viable, sustainable, and financially sensible form of government," says the Deputy Senate Republican Leader, whose 28th District includes Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) called Lamont’s agenda “a disappointing display of one-party rule and partisan politics."
“There is a process for the governor to request an extension of his emergency powers and seek legislative approval," said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven). "That process has not happened yet."
“Even if it is more expensive,” declared State Sen. Julie Kushner (D-Danbury), “that’s the cost of doing business.”
While three of the bills were overwhelmingly approved, the fourth -- which includes a provision allowing civil lawsuits to be filed against police officers and municipalities in certain circumstances -- only passed at 9 a.m. today after much debate.
In addition, Lamont’s emergency powers and the executive orders he issued under those powers during the COVID-19 crisis are scheduled to expire on Sept. 9, meaning that the General Assembly must decide on the absentee ballot and extension of telehealth coverage questions by then.
House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R) joins Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D) and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R) in not seeking re-election this November.
As for personal protective equipment (PPE), the governor said that while the wait continues for federal supplies to arrive, "We're not gonna sit around and wait for the cavalry to come in." Lamont said the state is "vetting lots of different options, offers" for PPE, "some of which seem a little shady, frankly."
“Democrat leadership appears lost,” according to Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano.
Courses are set to begin in the first quarter of 2019.