The 2021 legislative session ended at midnight Wednesday. As usual, some folks came out of the process happy. Others are already plotting their strategies for the special session that could come as early as next week.
The impact of these decisions will take years to determine. Here’s a rundown of significant bills that passed and some that didn’t.
Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative leaders from both parties on Thursday took a step toward streamlining the hundreds of policies the governor imposed via executive order during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.
But it remained unclear whether the two parties will find common ground when it comes to the extent of the governor’s emergency powers during future crises.
“I believe there was a willingness and a cooperative spirit among the four caucuses to work,” Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, said following a teleconference meeting between legislative leaders and the governor Thursday afternoon.
Lamont, who has issued more than 300 executive orders under powers that allow him to suspend state laws or temporarily change them, has whittled that down to about 80 that he wants legislators to consider extending or codifying in state law.
Under the terms of a law passed last week, the governor’s emergency powers are set to expire on May 20.