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Jul 14
Connecticut General Assembly Extends Gov. Lamont's Executive Powers

​Both the Senate and House of Representatives convened today for a special session to consider extending Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency powers for a sixth time that were initially issued in March of 2020.

Ultimately, both chambers voted to renew Governor Lamont’s declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies through Sept. 30, with extension of 11 executive orders (listed below):

  • Facilitating the use of state commuter parking lots as vaccination sites 
  • Allowing for flexibility in procurement rules to assist state agencies, hospitals and other health care providers 
  • Empowering the DPH Commissioner to follow the lead of the CDC in issuing guidance for the wearing of masks in public places 
  • Encouraging landlords and tenants to apply for federal rental assistance before an eviction can proceed 
  • Authorizing OPM to provide Coronavirus Relief Funding to health care providers 
  • Housing homeless and domestic violence victims in non-congregate housing settings (with federal funding) 
  • Requires health insurers to reimburse "out-of-network" health care providers for vaccinations at 100% of the Medicare rate 
  • Providing SDE and OEC, with DPH, the authority to issue rules for schools, childcares, and camps in order to ensure keep the children and staff healthy 
  • Extending municipal or other public agency directives that are currently in place to keep the public safe 
  • Providing time for nursing home staff that have not yet completed their background check because they were hired at the height of the pandemic to complete the process


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