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Among other items, the Senate Democrats are looking to ban chokeholds and other “unnecessary” police actions.
"You’ve got to be willing to change your mind," Fasano says. "If you walk into this chamber, stay for several years, and then walk out as the same person, you’ve missed a great opportunity."
A group of 11 State Senate Democrats has sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont questioning the prudence of starting to reopen some state businesses on May 20 – concerns that the governor tried to assuage during today’s briefing.
The chambers may have to change their voting protocols, with social distancing mandates expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Staggering votes on the floor by 10 members at a time, or allowing voting to be done by video feed, are among the approaches being considered.
Even with the gloomy forecast -- which Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw said were conservative -- "Connecticut is in a stronger position than most states, thanks to our fiscal prudence and the safeguarding of our budget reserve," according to Democratic state Senate leaders Martin Looney and Bob Duff.
The panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts organized by AdvanceCT will consult with the governor's administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system.
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.
The 61-year-old Fasano, who has served nine terms in the state senate, frequently clashed with Democratic governors Dannel Malloy and Ned Lamont, often around fiscal issues. He was also a vocal opponent of Lamont’s electronic tolls plan, which ultimately came to naught.
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."
Gov. Ned Lamont Lamont took a swing at the federal government’s response to the crisis, saying that “significant cash payments” and two weeks’ paid sick leave for affected workers must be made available. “If the federal government doesn’t get that right, Connecticut will get that right,” he declared.
“We can no longer stick our heads in the sand,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in written testimony on Monday. “Cannabis currently, and will be increasingly, available to residents of Connecticut. While I do not believe that cannabis is a riskless drug, I do believe our state is better off developing a well-regulated market for cannabis.”
Gov. Ned Lamont has announced plans to bond $200 million this year in place of the tolls income – something that Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano likened to his party’s Prioritize Progress plan. Introduced in 2015, that plan involved borrowing $700 million annually.
While Gov. Ned Lamont said "I think it's time to take a pause” on the issue, Senate Democrats insist they're still working on bringing the trucks-only toll bill up for a vote.
Among Democrats expected to oppose the bill is Sen. Alex Bergstein, D-Greenwich, who has publicly indicated her preference for tolls on all vehicles.
The bill leaves room for individual municipalities to determine their own policies when it comes to allowing retail sales of marijuana within their jurisdictions, but they would not be allowed to prevent delivery services from operating within their borders.