GO DIRECT TO C.G.A. WEBPAGE
SPECIAL SESSION WEDNESDAY JULY14th ON EMERGENCY POWER EXTENSION - OVER. Capitol and LOB to re-open partially to the public (first floor only).
SPECIAL SESSION COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER.
TOTAL BILLS SIGNED, VETOED: "Long Session 2021" over. Special Session on Marijuana and Implementer over.
Taking effect July 1, 2021: Nearly 100 laws - including these 11 (from Hartford COURANT article )...
more gambling on your desktop & cell phone plus sports betting (not
CT NCAA CT or UCONN football or basketball. Online keno & online
- Access to original birth certificates.
- Marijuana legal.
- Deception in pregnancy centers.
- Financial incentive for data centers.
- "Safety" around ice cream trucks.
- Nursing home patients' rights to include virtual visits.
- Sexual misconduct on college campus.
- Black & Latino studies in school curriculum.
- Tasers allows for those over 21.
- Increased broadband across the state.
Senator Haskell also - but he does not serve on committees of
interest. We very much like his vision of the broader picture -
P&D THE HOT COMMITTEE 2021SESSION
Planning & Development Committee (we think) last year's bill (2020): https://www.cga.ct.gov/2020/TOB/h/pdf/2020HB-05132-R00-HB.PDF
What's in the hopper? Some things that are in P&D but with different bill #'s - lots of "look a likes" out there!
Public Health Committee
Who said we have a "part-time" Legislature? More than 1 year into COVID-19. RACISM A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS passes bi-Partisan Senate 30-5. CTNEWSJUNKIE FABULOUS STORY HERE.
One of the few bi-partisan Committees at CGA...REGS REVIEW - woof
EDUCATION: From Public Health Committee, sSB288 - Education Committee so pleased to be having this bill right now!!!
REAPPORTIONMENT IN CONNECTICUT 2021
NEXT STEP IN RE-APPORTIONMENT
Meetings and Public Hearings over, deadline missed (again - same in 2021) - now what?
Re-Apportionment Committee PUBLIC HEARING NEWS
September 14, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom is the test case for Internet help in reaching public - see above article for report!
CT REDISTRICTING POST U.S. CENSUS DATA RELEASE:
TASK FORCE MEETING#1
C.G.A. non-Partisan membership "task force" - https://www.cga.ct.gov/rr/taskforce.asp?TF=20210401_2021%20Redistricting%20Project
LINK TO MEMBERSHIP: https://www.cga.ct.gov/rr/tfs/20210401_2021%20Redistricting%20Project/membership.pdf
From the CTNEWSJUNKIE: Getting started NOW (August 3, 2021)
From the CT Legislature - "gerrymandering" in the eye of the beholder department. The arguments: https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/05/12/bill-changing-inmates-voting-districts-gets-final-passage/
From the NYTIMES: https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/04/26/the-remapping-of-political-lines-gets-started/
Here we go again - House and Senate links for Special Session on extension of Emergency Powers.
CT MIRROR webinar: What happened? What happened, blow-by-blow, as we saw it.
HERE IT IS (below)!!! Marijuana (r) and Philip Morris move to Stamford...
SENATE GOT ONE MORE SHOT AT BOTH LEGALIZED POT AND IMPLEMENTER (Zoom continuation left intact):
HOUSE - SENATE STORY: https://ctmirror.org/2021/06/17/house-senate-tensions-evident-in-budget-implementer-bill/
Special Session makes heads spin - sweet scent of cannabis and rats about at the CGA.
Pot bill revised by House...1201 'A' house amendment
THE IMPLEMENTER APPROVED. House had effectively closed this
Special Session by ending theirs "Sine Die" - which translates as "we're
Minority Leader Kelly explained that the above noted "sine die" matter meant "take it or leave it."
CTNEWSJUNKIE ROUND UP ON SPECIAL SESSION. Governor Lamont to veto pot bill because it opens door to Corporate Cannabis pushing pot etc. for profit.
TUESDAY June 15, 2021 at 11am SENATE SPECIAL SESSION
WEDNESDAY June 16, 2021 at 10am, HOUSE SPECIAL SESSION
SPECIAL SESSION #1 IN 2021...
And what else will be included in the Implementer? Pizza as "State Food" didn't make it before the clock struck 12 midnight...pot legalized? Senate approves it but see this...
AND WHAT GOVERNOR SIGNED IN JUNE. Including HB6107. And Crumbling Foundations relief.
Sports betting, online gaming approved by C.G.A.- read here why first B.I.A. must approve
Legalized "pot coming to a boil" - as the saying goes, as of 10am
Wednesday May 26, 2021. This one might end up in Special Session (just our opinion). "Early Voting" approved
by both House & Senate - awaits signature of Governor before before
the two step process of changing the Constitution begins in 2022
(second vote in 2024, we think).
34 year old Speaker of the House, second from the right...
CT FUTURE CAUCUS (under 45 yrs of age, bipartisan)
Will free swimming lessons at State parks make it to the floor? Estimated costs not inconsiderable...check out fiscal impact at the link provided.
THE CAR TAX...SB1105. This agenda was a 2-pager...began at 9am and
san out of gas before property tax and car tax could make it to the
It is now time for machinations: Watch out for "strike all and replace" - it is like a shell game. In addition here comes redistribution via wheels and shell games.
THE BIENNIAL BUDGET AND A BUDGET DEAL IN CONCEPT REACHED
6-5-21. HOUSE BI-PARTISAN Biennial BUDGET PASSES - on to Senate
today, June 9, 2021...passes bipartisan vote (4 "no").
CT MIRROR MAKES SENSE OF IT ALL:
Appropriations (c) made commitments. Speaker (r) to push House Budget thru...and COURANT does a great job too!!!
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MONDAY May 24, 2021 at 10am. We are watching to see shat happens to Education Bill SB288. So far I am confused...I think they merged a couple...
Money for free from Appropriations Committee???
And a thoughtful note on CT fiscal position: https://ctmirror.org/2021/03/10/lamonts-budget-would-borrow-nearly-220-million-to-pay-off-borrowing/
Long term care workers rally - CTNEWSJUNKIE
GOVERNOR SIGNED THIS PRO-FARM BILL: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/ACT/PA/PDF/2021PA-00016-R00HB-06503-PA.PDF
GOVERNOR IS STANDING FIRM AT END OF SESSION ON NO TAX INCREASE PROMISE..." legal weed to get a vote this Session...3 days left...both House & Senate must act on final bill...
LEGAL WEED IN THE WEEDS AS SUBSTITUTE FOR INCOME SOURCE FOR CITIES? Just my thought...
Budget Message report coming...some other issues coming up - like
criticism of CDC re: decision on J&J?
PASSED HOUSE 5-20-21; PH 3-2-21 of Public Safety Committee on all kinds of gambling expansion from the Governor: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/TOB/H/PDF/2021HB-06451-R00-HB.PDF
COURANT explains that "nips" get 5% tax returned to towns to clean up the trash too small to fit in "return" machines for now...
BEACH ACCESS TAKES A BACK SEAT?
And what is the schedule? Dates? How does a bill become a
law? Hint: JF deadline approaching fast (3-22-21).
All actions take place online and via Zoom which encourages public input, believe it...
Mrs. Fox never attacked a chicken coop. Darien resident, Greenwich head of Housing Authority). Rep. Fiorelo. Bias and prejudice against Asian-Americans. Rep. Winkler the culprit. GIS. GIS. Chair; new bill undercuts purpose. Can 1068 and others be reheard? No water and sewer.
WATCH THE LEGISLATURE MONDAY MARCH 22 beginning at 10am (P&D COMMITTEE) - WestCOG testimony.
Resumption of the battle on Home Rule-SB1066 (see above agenda for
3-22-21) as well as SB1068 (statewide property tax) Robin Hood style.
PUBLIC HEARING BEGINS - WE ARE FIRST TO LOG ON AS "WATCHING" ONLY 67 PEOPLE SIGNED UP.
Election process is making it more accessible. Only 2 statements covered in an hour...
HB6640 - development bill.
SB1068 (60 watching 240 minutes in) -Rap. Devlin; local control -
someone who couldn't testify last week. Socio-economic,
neighborhoods. State-wide property taxes. "Fair Share"
taxing small towns to death?
HB6448 - ACIR - Towns can best practices from "Executive Orders" - Local Government of the Future idea. Sec. 9&10.
Promote regional planning. Sen. Hwang - are you eliminating the
less ept public? Sharkey says the answer is to provide the
access. Where is transparency? FOI? Devil is in the
details! Cassano asks about role of COGS. Reduced costs to
towns. Oh really? ACIR is not advocating mandated
regionalization. Ans: RTIP grant for "seed $$." You get a
better price? "Racist" to have 169 towns? Creates divisions -
unintentional racisms ("racial inequality"). We went to lunch at
11:50am...HB1066...12:30pm back from lunch. In time to hear First Selectman
Camillo of Greenwich. Rep. Dubitsky asks what Greenwich is doing
that other small towns might do - form a Housing Authority.
Federal $$. ADU has to be inside of a residence ("accessory
dwelling unit"). GREEN AND OPEN SPACE VITAL.
HB6639 - Filchak - regionalization of building code officials
(this is a pilot). Towns do share without going thru a COG -
Chaplin. Interlocal agreements important.
- Governor's Bill: OPM testifies. Remote access as a
citizen's actions. Telephone meetings not open. Now they are
legal. A.D.A.? "Slippery slope" argument. "Hybrid"
approach. Sharing of files. 1981 ruling now obsolete -
FOI. Identification of speakers. But want to talk to
FOI. Sec. 3 line 65 - if 2 members talk, public must allowed to be
in on it. ACIR the place to set up better wording.
Restaurant? Outdoor dining becomes staff - but local site plan
review is in the bill.
1068, 6645, 6641, 6647, 6639. COG. Save $$. Adopt 2018 Plan. "Continuing Committee" - GIS municipal parcel layer for the state.
SB1068 - Mathew Mandell - Westport Chamber of Commerce - climate
change impact. Westport is better than everyone else, of
course. All the bills are interconnected. Build-able
lots? Infrastructure? TOD's have to work. Saugatuck.
Train station is at sea-level. Fox in the chicken coop. Mandell says in the 1970's there was racist real estate business.
SB1068 - Hamden resident. #13 of 67 and it is 2:50pm...
HB6641 - New Britain Town Clerk - replace "shall" with "may."
HB1068, HB1066 -Wilton guy. NYTimes article. Huge
inequities. Blunt instruments. Clear will to move forward on
Affordable Housing. 8-30g HB6448. Exclude very small
towns. Serious enforcement teeth. Accessory
apartments. Keep it simple and straightforward. "Naturally
occurring" affordable housing. "Deed restriction" question.
Lemar denies that he has punitive language in his bills.
Developable land? Affordable is affordable.
HB1068 - opposed. Trumbull teacher.
HB6646 Sec.3&4. Crumbling foundations. Too watered down...3:53 we took a nap...6:09pm and Sen. Hwang asked about watershed etc..
HB1068 - against - "one size fits all" and Darien resident and
Greenwich Housing Authority (Sam Romeo). Sen. Hwang asks if
proposal for 300 units is going anywhere...but...long-standing
commitment to affordable housing. Personal property rights.
Budget: $14 milllion. 1930's & 40's. Veterans'
housing in late '40's. Housing Trust Fund in process. Cut
red tape!!! Infrastructure first!!!
- GIS trainer pro and another from working group. Lose local
control? First step to eliminate Town lines? COGs?
OOPS - 7:53pm everybody bounced off.
HB6646 - against.
SB1068 and others - no one is aware - he is opposed.
"Racism" and no cost...NOT TRUE - scripted. Overreaching.
Organized groups. To find all the bills is all over the
place. Greenwich resident tells legislature where to go. No
counties. Dumps on 1068. "A virgin" at testifying...
COST - covers the full agenda, it seems! Betsy Gara awesome
the best testimony of the day - under question brings up water and
sewer...9:30pm we're out of here...went on for more than 13 hours.
WATCH THE LEGISLATURE MONDAY MARCH 15 (Planning&Development Committee) L-R
P&Z testifies and wants no manditory language in Section 6.
Three hours in.
- Sara Bronin...makes "racist" accusation against
- And then at 3:30pm she acknowledges that Westport
P&Z is actually very liberal.
- Sen. Anwar states the
zoning is racist.
- Rep. Thomas (143) says it won't all work in
THE SENATE CIRCLE
Special Session Wednesday July 14, 2021 at 9:30am in Senate. Here is the call: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/agn/pdf/2021AGN00714-R01-AGN.pdf
"Senate will convene shortly" at 9:44am - don't hold your breath. After 11am in Session. 19-16 1 absent.
SENATE SESSION 6-17-21 at 9:30am...second bite
From CTNEWSJUNKIE - 2:15pm:
From CTNEWSJUNKIE - 8:37pm
LEGAL POT DEBATE - SB1201
Previously approved by Senate 19-17 in Long Session...amendment "A"
corrected question of legislators who profit immediately by their vote
on the bill...
Pot Bill debate - Senator Looney compares marijuana now to Prohibition
Can't wait to see the Implementer...somehow I think this will not
available and loaded with formerly dead bills or parts of others...now
1:20pm7 ', nothing doing yet...at 3:41pm approximately, it started...3:41pms (search for "rats" over)...
sSB1201 legalizing pot debate. Roll call on 'A' - 26-4
(absent). On to Amendment 'B' which may have passed...6:34pm; vote on
underlying bill plus 'A' & maybe 'B' - 19-12 (6 absent). Bill passes. Lt Gov presiding...
IMPLEMENTER SAYS REMOTE MEETINGS TO CONTINUE AS THEY WERE IN APRIL 2020...at least that is what I heard.
Senate Special Session June 15, 2021 at 6:36pm
Session- Joint Resolution 75; 29-1 (6 absent) - the
Implementer. A great job summing up - oops, not so good!
- Can't wait for
questions plus an amendment coming..standing at ease @7pm. "This is
a clean up edit amendment." So she says...we'll see! Sen.
Hartley in the Chair.
- I was thinking that if this Implementer is
like some others of yore, they are checking a more than 300 page
document...so if their checking it over for correction/typos, and then
the Minority has to go thru it, how long do you think this will take? 22,000 lines. 544 sections. 832 pages.
- "It's obnoxious." "...contractual agreements with other states" without legislative review.
- Line 9823...
- Sen. Osten apologizes to Sen. Miner for not calling him during the weekend...8:25pm.
Compensate private sector with social impact bonds.
PATTING THEMSELVES ON THE BACK...Roll Call 1202 as amended
by 'A' 23-7 (6 absent). Transmit to House @8:30pm.
Senate scheduled for 11:30am - biggest job to approve biennial budget...12:25pm and "will convene shortly"
...3pm...HB6689 - the Biennial budget. Thorough explanation in Senate on this last day of the Session...there will be a Special Session.
Tuesday June 8, 2021 at 12 noon for Senate after the dramatic Session
day yesterday...and oops moment - how did the insertion of named grower get into the bill the Senate passed 19-17?
Monday June 7, 2021 Senate Session...at 11am...make that 2:12pm.
HB6666 - DPH works with PH Committee. Both Parties support this. Only one "no."
HB6441 - 7:03pm...Climate Change;
HB6646 - 7:47pm discussion on Crumbling Foundations...only 3 "no"
votes...we'll see what happens in the rest of the night...into
AND THIS - NOW SENATOR MILLER! https://www.thehour.com/news/article/A-historic-first-for-the-state-Senate-in-race-and-16227588.php?src=nwkhpdesecp
Senate Friday June 4th at 12 noon...SB363 pregnancy
centers...Amendment 'A' - asks for deeper definition of "pregnancy
centers." Amendment pails Party line. We assume the
underlying bill will pass. SB1059 - solitary confinement loosened. 3:23pm. Sen. Cicerella describes "block" situation. Bill passes...
HOUR report on CGA Friday: https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Bills-advance-on-civil-rights-solitary-16226175.php?src=nwkhpdesecp
Senate Wednesday June 3rd, at 11am we think - but we only tuned in from time to time and they were not in Session at the times.
...3:58pm the Senate gets rolling.
Senate Tues. 11am June 2, 2021
Will SB570 get called? (Bridgeport casino)?
Thursday May 27, 2021, 12 noon - we missed this - apparently, But
we have figured out that the bill passed Thursday was this one (NOT SB1024): https://www.cga.ct.gov/searchresults.asp?cx=005177121039084408563%3Ahs1zq3ague8&ie=UTF-8&cof=FORID%3A10&q=HB6107&submission=%EF%80%82
The debate in the Senate begins with Sen. Cassano. Puts a positive
spin on it...he reads the OLR report. At @4hrs 30minutes Senate amendment ' 'A'
introduced. 12-23. Now underlying bill...13-22 with Sen. Hartley opposed.
WE ARE WATCHING RE-RUN OF sHB6107 FOR 4 HR DEBATE -'A' inserts local
control/home rule into the picture, defeated Party line then on the underlying bill - "no" vote Sen. Hartley (D) 22-13.
If you are wondering, Sen. Bradley of Bridgeport did not vote. The debate lasted four hours - 4:09 to
8:19 - on re-play.
Wednesday May 26, 2021 T.B.A.
..."standing at ease" 6:27pm.
Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 12 noon - we never got there.
SESSION DAY begins at 12 noon, Thursday, May 20, 2021
Standing at ease at 8:01pm (the House has finished). Bipartisan
voting SB1046 - long term care. SB1083 next...amendments...SB1029
economic development pilot at 9:24pm...we're out of here.
SESSION DAY begins at 12 noon, Wednesday May 19, 2021
I didn't watch it.
SESSION DAY begins at 11am, Thursday May 13, 2021 - which was referenced as another question "must reveal" had adjourned to...12:45pm
nothing doing yet...1:15pm, "to begin shortly" - Nope! Everyone
was at the forum on redistricting, maybe? Just wondering - where
is "transparency"? ...signs of life at 3:06pm! Time of Session minus "standing at ease" was 9hrs and 19 minutes.
sSB975 - long-term rights introduced by Sen. Miller.
Amendment approved on a voice vote. Isolation during pandemic. Placed on consent calendar.
SB908 'A' - Labor Committee mandating info to union.
Creating with conflict of another statute. Quotes from AG re:
another bill. So 2 laws not simpatico. Which takes
precedence? Hack threat - municipality threatened?
Technical? Roll call on 'A' - we note that Sen. Needleman
(r) is a First Selectman of Essex and was absent.
Debate now on underlying bill plus 'A' - we are leaving at this point
(4:34pm)...debate 'B' and 'C' fails by Party line. Now 'D' along
Party lines. Theme is freedom v. force - giving employee, giving
taxpayers choice. 'E' conflicts with final section - union can use
it, but not members individuality. Does not call 'F' - not so
sure we truly know what will happen...reminder that this bill benefits
only unions. Not individuals.
Sen. Champagne: Every line reviewed...we are putting CGA on mute
so we can participate in a local Weston meeting of the Lachat Town Farm
Commission - will update as best we can...
SESSION DAY begins at 11am May 12, 21..11:06am - we missed this - we were closely following House!
Senate Session April 28, 2021, 12pm...we missed yesterday's Session Day.
We tuned in @3pm to hear bill about modernizing business communications. Roll call: 34-2.
SB954 - amended, Higher Ed. Committee.
Closes a loophole to save lives overseas and homeland colleges. Roll call: 35-1
Lots of bills on "consent calendar" next...3:40pm. Standing at ease...
S.B.152 as amended...fuel oil deliveries can now be done by
e-mail. So it seems that the Senate is getting rid of bipartisan
bills early in the Session...still going at 4:47pm, S.B. 1008. Pulse oximeter for blood = - misreading by skin color.
Senate Session parallels House SESSION.
SENATE MARCH 23, 2021, 11am.
We did not spend the day watching. Here are links to what happened in a few areas of interest:
Police Accountability - https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/03/23/senate-sends-changes-to-police-accountability-law-to-governor/
COVID fund control - https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/03/23/bill-giving-lawmakers-oversight-of-covid-funds-headed-to-lamonts-desk/
Special powers for Governor extended - https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/03/23/lamont-democrats-seek-to-extend-executive-powers-over-republican-objections/
PLUS a pro restaurant bill passed unanimously: Extends out-door dining until Fall of 2022.
SESSION IN SENATE OCT. 1, 2020 AT 11AM - not yet (it is 11:30am now) -
we'll keep track to see if anything different happens here...
It is the judges still at 2:09pm. Over by 2:30pm. And now the second Special Session begins!
At 4:20pm I was able to watch the debate and vote.
(L) In favor because it sets measurable standards. Not finished
yet...at 6:06pm roll call vote unan. and now at 8:23pm, Transfer Act
bill called (R)
THE PEOPLE'S BODY - THE HOUSE
House Special Session Wednesday July 14, 2021 at 9:30am - call: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/agn/pdf/2021AGN00714-R01-AGN.pdf
Opening prayer, points of personal privilege. Caucuses began
9:44am. Almost an hour in, some movement on Majority side, not on
Minority..."Will reconvene shortly..." 10:36am..
House Resolution 203 rules ok; Senate Res 501 OK. House 502 costs
of S.S. ok House print journal OK 73-56-11 non-voting.
Resolution HR 202: "CT has done a fantastic jobs" - cowardly ac to
continue. Scenarios. Here's one: How
long will the debate in the House take? Democrat sees it as a need
- but she has worked even harder during the pandemic.
Reason. 12pm to 1am lunch break for me. After we returned
the Minority Leader seems to be making a magnificent final argument
against children having to wear masks any longer. No evaluation
missing. College suicides. Adjourn 1:23pm
HOUSE WEDNESDAY 6-16-21 SPECIAL SESSION TO REDO CANNABIS AND APPROVE IMPLEMENTER
HOUSE CONVENED BY SPEAKER RITTER - 10am gavel; and we are off...at
10:06am both Parties went into Caucus. If they call 1201 first
that would be debate on legal pot. Then they go into Special Session, approve rules and debate Implementer..
We returned after 2pm to find the discussion about "home grown" pot in
your basement (dried leaves in your basement). Need a live plant
in potential criminal trial. Can't be arrested. Can be given
a sumons....up to page 47 of 830 plus pages...2:30pm.
EMERGENCY CERTIFIED BILL
We then decided to reward ourselves to enjoy Weston - guess what?
More plants!!! Weston Library having a great Zoom series of
education lectures! Now it is 3pm and back to the House cannabis
Considering what I just read in THE COURANT...the
House may be offereing another amendment this evening and approve it to
the satisfaction of the Governor...and then the Senate will have to vote
once the amended bill (as an amendment by the House this time).
Will the Senate be able to pass this? Or will pot go up in smoke for this Special Session?
5:42pm still talking...Amendment 'C'...voting, Party Line. Amendment 'D' - just make it legal for everyone over 21.
Libertarian approach. "Smoke & mirrors" rather than MJ
discussion...vote on 'D' 21 - 114 (16). Did not go to Public
Health Committee...6:30pm Dr. Petit. Doesn't think anyone should
use MJ. Rep. Steinberg agrees that it should have gone to PH
Committee. He will vote "Yes." "Home Grown" still his issue
- why do this? Uncontrolled.
Amendment 'E' from Rep. Steinberg. Cut out "home grown."
Hah!!! Now why they didn't send it to PH Committee???
"Highly irresponsible." Steinberg withdraws his
amendment. Scramble, corruption...what about unionization - just
like the Teamsters - and there never was any suggestion that Jimmy Hoffa
is involved with this "Emergency Certified" bill. Should Lachat
have a pot farm (in the 135th)? "Grassroots economy" - actually it
CLOSING DAY House Session June 9, 2021
House Session at 11:30am Wednesday - looks like a Special Session coming
up...at 3:16pm they are waiting to make sure the Biennial Budget passes
in the Senate - description section by section on-going...7:08 called to Session...HB6106
unan. HB5201 passes...then they have to go to the Senate? HB6048 -
prohibiting greyhound racing in CT at 8:30pm...last action to
unanimously approve conveyance of land in New Haven and some others,
So what if the newspapers said the Long Session "ended with a
whimper." Very gracious speeches by Minority and Majority Leaders
with full HOUSE in attendance. Speaker particularly proud of only 3
Session Days linger than 1am and only one that went 'il 3am.
ON TO SPECIAL SESSION
June 8, 2021 Session Day
House goes into caucus mode Tuesday 6-8-21 at @10am.
could be soon (Thursday - "PT" various bills to Thursday and longer
Special Session. "Implementer" in the House budget already).
WE WILL CHECK OUT THIS COMPLAINT OUT AS SOON AS IT IS POSTED ON
CGA "watch now" - only on INSTANT and that disappeared. Will any
newspaper follow up? CT MIRROR article here - Senatorin question at right.
House Minority Leader who objected to not very civil behavior in the
long Session meeting last evening - and in shocking accusation GOP
reports that one new provision in pot bill was a special item for a
specific company to help with we think one company with connections.
...at 12 noon back to action...1:52pm..amendment 'B' 6687 one Republican voting yes - 'B' fails, 'C' too. Bipartisan 3'D' and 4'R'. HB6688 (highway
use fee) - can't find it!!!. SECRET BILL. from FR&B?
No, we think this is a Emergency "Cert" bill - surprise!
3:42pm...we are taking a break...one telling fact is that the clock is
ticking and no budget yet...but it has to come before the
budget??? PUBLIC HEARING? YES - as part of Governor's
Budget, HB6443 - which had a hearing - and we know that this is a
shell game on steroids. We are out of here @4:10pm. 6:03pm
inflation effect. "Mileage tax" next? THE TAX TO END ALL
TAXES. Truck charge argument.
Illustration of more comparison of fees and taxes Does it violate Commerce Clause of Constiution?
Small trucking company...recycling costs increase? Where is public
testimony? Gives the Legislature a bad name. State by state
recording of taxes by trucks. PASSED
ON INSTANT WE FOUND OUT WHY - A QUESTION OF ETHICS.
WE GOT ON TIME TO HEAR Democrat info on the Session last three (or more) days...quickening.
House Monday 6-7-21 11am - if bills not run today, they probably won't get there.
...SB763 for Paratransit drivers have to report any signs
of abuse of elderly...Unan. But fiscal note indicates to me
that no politician would dare to vote against this, but how much will
cost - who knows? And who cares - not to be
SB909 Husky 'B' - from Husky plus. Great answers by Rep. Garibay. Unan.
Rep. Abercrombie explains amendment 'A' (combines several bills
related) - Unan...SB1055 unan...we're off to lunch 12 noon.
HB6652...at2:20pm we got back to House...6652...
Transportation 'A'- is this the death knell of rail? Back-seat seat
belts ("infraction" secondary - can't pull over vehicle for back-seat
infraction)...3pm we took a break until 3:30pm and they are still on
6484; passes at 3:39pm 134-14...
SB363 hate crimes 3:50pm - why double stand? Voting 5:54pm Party
line...nothing new and we are tired...will have to follow up tomorrow
with news reports...
SATURDAY HOUSE SESSION 12noon - we tuned in late (2:17pm) having been virtually
attending LWVCT CONVENTION - SB261 as amended...still going
strong at 3:42pm...still active at 8:30pm...
Harry Arora asks when is a crime a crime...9:30pm...Rep Rebimbas stands
up to tell the full story on SB1059; "Ombudsman" fiscal
note. What is the current policy? Cutting to the
chase...10:16pm and we are out of here.
HOUSE JUNE4, 2021 at noon...1:47pm...2:22pm
HOUR report on all CGA stuff Friday: https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Bills-advance-on-civil-rights-solitary-16226175.php?src=nwkhpdesecp
SB920 'A' Public Private Partnership...bi-partisan approval - 1007-38.
HB6587 debate on epipen. cartridge. 2 no votes.. Rep. Fishbein speaks in favor. Both Parties announce caucuses, 3:10pm...6:13pm, back from dinner and SB1091 amendments coming (Domestic Violence)
House Thursday June 3, 2021 at 10:30am
Glass recycling an "opportunity" since China won't take glass (bottles) anymore.
The question at hand. Then, (l-r) demi-boutaille, magnum, boutaille and "nip" - no one got everything they wanted.
...11:35am SB927 begins...sewage spills.
Level of fines - especially when only a drop is released (used to be
5000 gals). Looks bipartisan vote...11 no and 7
absent.127-11. 11:46 caucus both...back at1:22pm.
"Redemption Centers" need to be able to recycle glass...
SB1037 Solid waste management - Bottle Bill. Rep.
Mushinsky tells the story of how the recycling process has worked - must
be updated. How will the "nips" money come back to
municipality...more talk, now 4:33pm...dinner bell rings...and in the
end, ir passes in a bi-partisan vote - 31-1 in Senate and 105-42 in the
Sen. Cohen got this over the finish line!
Which bills will be up for debate? Not all of them, I am sure!
House Wednesday June 2, 2021, 10:30am - HOUSE CALENDAR
...tuning in at 11:26am for the announcement of GOP caucus...sSB2 at 12:55pm..."social and emotional learning" part of public questions.
sSB2: The OLR report - https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/BA/PDF/2021SB-00002-R01-BA.PDF
More on "cheese sandwich" - amendment 'A' on Juvenile detention 6 hr
limit. Rep. Perillo responds. Who is paying or not paying
the bill? What is in the bill parents get? It is now after
House Tuesday June 1, 2021 10:30am
...We tuned in and hour late -sHB6574 - Code of Ethics, unanimous. 142-0.
Next, F.O.I. bill HB6576 exempting some employees from having their
personal info exposed. Amendment 'A' - exempts Rep. Fox from
having to expose this info by his own e-mail.
Zoning takeover debate. Public Hearing should have been at P&D
- but that was the plan all along...which is what made quite a few
naive Republicans angry. Stories of racism, and symbolism of Tulsa
100 year anniversary...
sSB1 in part - RACISM IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS - BIPARTISAN YES.
We're back @1pm. SB1. Amendment 'A' proposes to strike
attack on zoning. Commission to Study only. House 'A' fails party
...Quoting from HOUR report, Rep. Dubitsky is quoted as saying:
“It’s true that there’s only one little portion of [the bill] that
mentioned zoning. But that one little portion opens the door to a study
with regard to virtually every aspect of zoning in this state,” said
Rep. Doug Dubitsky, R-Chaplin. “That should have gone through the
Planning and Development Committee. There’s been plenty of discussion
all session about zoning, about disparities in zoning and about what to
do about it. That’s where this discussion should have been.”
says hey no problem. Disparities innate. Education has
systemic racism. New Commission - how many? Any radical
change in education theory? School Choice? We stepped away
for a few minutes and when we got back (4:45pm)...it was over. 6O6pm...
Up to amendment 'c' SB999 Climate Change - from the Labor Committee - this was one of those "strike all" Amendment 'A' - has OFA done analysis of impact on all residents? 'D' Party line vote - rejected.
Underlying bill yet?
SESSION DAY Thursday May 27, 2021, 10:30am
...We tuned in at @11am - sHB6399
beinga debated (if you wonder why only Republicans question bills being
amended on the spot...it is because, we think, the Majority is in
charge and they don't want to take the time to let Minorrity rad it in
advance...maybe?). Or not? Youth Risk Behavior Board-
are they sure this is OK with CDC? We went to lunch...to return to
find HB6599 re: Explanatory document on motor vehicle
accident report by police officer approved unan. OK
Amendment 'A' - 'c' felonies no longer in the bill.
sSB1019 - Board of Pardons & Paroles - erasures. Is this in violation of Federal Law. Unan.
8:22pm...we're out of here.
SESSION DAY Wednesday May 26, 2021 at 10:30am...
At 10:52 we tuned in - sHB6666. New language? 'B' strikes
specific section removing privacy. Lawyer language sloppy.
'B' rejected 30 -111. Is Yale the only one who has digital access?
28 no.117 yes. we're off to lunch at 11:37am. Now in Caucus 12:46pm. We're back at 2:30pm...
sHB6655 Municipal Taxation and Incentivising Regionalization as modified.("strike all"); Gulford Charter: https://ecode360.com/12053221
Does it cut out municipalities?
Can unions get around Towns?
Towns cannot have things in their Charter?
Charter reform the third rail of local government - Scanlon. He
admits he never served in local government. But CCM wants this
bill??? Every Republican voted "no" and half a dozen, approx.
Democrats did as well.
88-49, Rep. Hughes votes yes. 3:31pm we're taking a break. Standing at ease 4:47pm...by 5:30pm-ish, over!
SESSION DAY - Tues. May 25, 2021 12 noon
...We are here at 1:05pm...HB6504 an act concerning animal welfare as amended - unan. 144-0. So is Rep. Elliot working for a health food store anymore?
HB6441 Climate Change Adaptations - 'a'
Tax removed. "Stormwater Authority" - this will be
why is this being done (allowing municipalities) - run off is the
culprit. Created by local action. Special carve out
for hospitals (lower max. tax) - fees to be assessed must be approved by
local legislative body. "Green Bank" allowed to establish
environmental infrastructure fund. Storm water Boards can invest
in maintaining flood control and other similar things. Farms
impervious surfaces. What is a storm sewer system? Not just a
drain, catch basin on roads, driveways? What about roof drains on
homes? "Another tax" argument. 2:36pm vote...by partisan "Yes" (13 GOP) 105-39.
HB6375 - Sexual assault at colleges...we're out of here 3:26pm.
LINK TO VERY DISAPPOINTED HOUSE MAJORITY LEADERSHIP
Focus on equity definition - we missed debate on compromise bill;
voting by Absentee without Constitutional Amendment; budget, clean
slate, SB1, etc. to come - TCI-airpollution in budget - gas shortages,
SPECIAL SESSION? Zoom???
SESSION DAY - Monday May 24, 2021 11am starts on time...HB5312 unanimous - businesses can't refuse to take cash...we're off to lunch!
Constitutional Amendment they just passed? Definition of
"sickness?" No COVID, still same need? Whose illness...
no pandemic, same standard? Overseas voters? City folks who are afraid
they will be prosecuted for voting if they have voted cutting corners?
Snookering us (intent)? YUP.
HB6205 - up to 'c' "isn't this already allowed?" - strikes language.
Why 90 days? Because they should slow the trampling of Regulation
Review process? Amendment is to coordinate answers given by Sec'y
of the State's office. Which made sense to new Rep, but is
inclined to vote "no" on 'c'...at ease, we hope that there will be an
agreement on this one not to extend the debate down the long list of
amendments proposed...we fell asleep...but they are "standing at ease"
which is not in CAUCUS, so maybe they are compromising on an amendment or 2 or 3 plus? It is 3:12pm now...4pm now.
Back in Session 4:08pm - voting on 'c' - looks like straight
party-line...then comes debate on the underlying bill...51-92.
France: "Selectively" codified the Constitution - why only
selectively doing this?
Underlying bill passes 117-28...4:30pm we cut out...
non-binary wording. Sex and gender...
SESSION DAY begins at 10:30am, May 20, 2021
bills combined...We tuned in for insurance bills/re-insurance...some
questions 11:15am. As amended, Unan. 136-0 - 15
absent. Republican caucus at 11:34am...sHB6621 underway 1:10pm...
sHB6107 Accessory apartments (2:16pm) - "matter
of right" does not mean local rules are not in prime spot - (actually
what Weston does now as of right if conditions are met) same thing here,
according to Chair. of P&D. Cluster standards??? Don't
know. (we had to go 2:20pm). We're back at 3:19pm!
Apartment permits still going strong! Pre-existing non-conforming
use allowed to increase non conformity - no variance required in this
substituteHB6107. Health code for over use of septic
systems? Still able to act to protect environment (septic system
in this case). Jan. 1, 2023 opt out of get dumped on.
Affordable housing and accessory apartments - got to be deed
restricted. Who is going to monitor it being affordable???
8-30g to culprit. ZEO not held liable to make sure apartments are
affordable ("arbitrary & capricious"). Mandatory
training isn't really mandatory. TOP DOWN OR BOTTOM UP?
Air-B&B? Attack on zoning commissions. 5:04pm we're
back! Downtown Chaplin CT - an example of 169 towns. Vote on Dubitsky' amendment Party line.
We can't imagine what the vote will be...Hughes "Yes"
Leaders close - VOTE including House 'A' 7 Dems voted no - bill passes.
HB6451 - Gaming - online. Passes - 22 no votes.
SESSION DAY begins at 10:30am, May 19, 2021
House opens for business, then at 10:57am goes into recess...to me
this means some big bills are due to emerge...or not? "Members to
the Chamber or your portals - 5 minute warning" at 11:43am.
sHB6501 Pesticide applicators at 11:56am - we are off to lunch...and back @1pm to discussion of abortion SB835...we are going to catch a few rays...3:13pm...4:17pm
Party line after many amended rejected...and here we are back for a
quick look @7pm still discussing...8:10pm...
Session day HOUSE May 13, 2021, 11am no long on the schedule...
Session day HOUSE May 12, 2021 10:30am
...Just started, honoring nurses.
HB6106 - clarifies tax exemption for homeowners solar
investment. For sure residents - 3rd party have to give
benefit? Net metering? Section 'E' -
CAUCUS (to me that is the advanced warning of a hot bill coming up - or
having an early lunch prior to a big debate when members could have put
in a morning of work prior...) HB6626 voting at 1:20pm - (1) "no" vote - 145-1.
HB6588 - psychotropic drugs. 'A' voice vote "aye"
HB6382 'A' -
P.S.A. answering points. Looks like taskforce '22 and action'23. 127-21 (?) bipartisan.
HB6355 'A' - guns tightening up - looks bipartisan...93-55
HB6491 - stun guns close up (Taser up to 15 feet) "electronic
defense weapon" - 'A' - date of effectiveness, can't taken in
automobile. Unan...we took a break, it is now 4pm...
SB753 - Amendment on redistricting? This is the bill will
not use U.S. Census? Voting by incarcerated persons by where the
lived previous to incarceration ("last known address")???
Department of Corrections to track data??? Just a comment by moi -
this is a fraud on meaning of "residence"). Bill is a mess,
IMHO. However, it passes on a strict Party line vote. 92-51
Session day HOUSE May 11, 2021 12 noon.
Yada yada...caucus...big one coming up? 1:46pm, still in caucus (I think it was1pm when they went into recess...) back in 2:20pm
H.J.R.371 - State Plan of C&D 2018-2023
Would this this affect local towns. Move the process along...not unanimous. 133-14.
HB6645 - next Plan: 'A' clarification of the whole mess.
Voice vote on amendment...unan. Then we got a call and missed the next (Party line vote)...standing at ease...
HBB6665 - restrictive covenants and race on
marriage license out of records. 'A' - Condo as amendment included
- voice vote "aye."
H.J.R. 58 - "no excuse absentee voting"
Applications for absentee ballot sent out by Sec'y of the State -
rejected previously (2015). Voter rolls not up to date, no ID
required. No way to figure out who signed absentee ballots.
'A' - nope.
'B' - another one - absentee ballot needs check - no unsolicited ballots
mailed out. 53-95. 'C' 53-95; 'D' - bipartisan?
Debate. Drum roll...3/4 to put it on the ballot one shot -
On ballot in November (I could be wrong - COURANT suggested this might
have to wait until next Session in 2022) but also this simple majority
needs next legislature (on ballot in 2024) to confirm...8:11pm.
We called it a day...how much longer will have
gone? We bet 12 hrs...nope. only until 8:20pm - unless this
discounts the "standing at ease" time, which is probably the case!!!
May 6, 2021 at 10:30am. Presser below...
Speaker, Majority leader wants action on voting rights, Sec'y of the State too.
Session begins 8 minutes late only. Mason's Rules
HB5158 breast feeding in workplace.
Questions regarding if this is based upon an official complaint? Fuzzy proposal (my comment). Is this explained or defined anywhere - "undo hardship" - according to Federal law? Any data? We are out of here 11:30am...back at 1:30pm...
Review Board - looks unanimous...and after some sun,(3pm) Clark Chapin
SJR46. filling term 2023 end of Robert Kane Auditor of public
Liiving Organ Donors Discrimination (amendments)...Rep. Hughes in favor. Unan. 4PM and then...
And here comes some debate...we will be be watch local 4-ring circus so we'll let you know tomorrow!
4, 2021 began 12 noon. We tuned in, Rep. Mushinsky had the
gavel...all these are bills with no opposition. Twelve hours
...Senate Bill 892 (@1:50pm unanimous, sent to Governor; receiver ship bill next: sHB6356, unanimous. HB6579
next: Unan. To Senate. H.J.R. 50 next - Rep. Godfrey
(r) explains this. Unan. next to Senate...2:30pm. As
mentioned above, this one is a "political ploy."
THIS IS WHAT IS CALLED A "TALKER"
HOUSE SESSION April 19, 2021 ends Tuesday morning, according to CT Mirror.
VACCINATIONS Mandated HB6423
on now, Monday April 19, 2021...2:12pm 106Y, 36N, 8 not voting.; move
to table, send to Education Committee fails 57-85-8 not voting.
12 noon we get into amendments...by one pm Amendment 'A' still
ongoing...2:30pm. Rep.Betts slams the bill says CT is fifth in the
nation for vaccinations - so asks why now?
3:12pm...by 11pm they are up to Amendment 'E' and in the "wee hours" of Tuesday morning it was over.
HOUSE SESSION March 25, 2021
Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency powers
HB6672 - Emergency Certification
April 20 to May 20 proposal.extension - Republicans argue that there has to be a loosening of the reins.
provisions of this subsection shall not limit the Governor, or any
department head, state agency or municipality from exercising any
authority granted under said sections of the general statutes, from the
effective date of this section through May 20, 2021, provided the
exercise of such authority is done in accordance with said sections of
the genera statutes. After May 20, 2021, nothing herein shall affect or
limit any authority conveyed pursuant to section 19a-131a or 28-9 of the
'A' - LCO6072 Rep. Perillo (2/3 vote). D'Agostino says it is
right to modify but not now and this is different. Lack of
respect by Governor for Republicans. In the end, Party line.
- After dinner, more amendments...
- Unanimous agreement to extend out-door dining until Fall of 2022.
- And then it was over after 6pm..
Special powers for Governor extended - https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/03/23/lamont-democrats-seek-to-extend-executive-powers-over-republican-objections/
PLUS a pro restaurant bill passed unanimously: Extends out-door dining until Fall of 2022.
Still going on at 4:41pm...we'll pick up after dinner...5:52pm...Special Session 9-30-20
SPECIAL SESSION ongoing...first, appointments. House on Wednesday, Senate on Thursday.
7001 - Transfer Act (Rep. Simmons brings it out from Commerce) -
speeds up clean up, discussion about environment.
Bipartisan. VOTE: Unanimous.
- Hemp. Federal rules changed and while they were at it. people
used info to steal product - no more announcing locations of farms -
Tribute to outgoing Minority Leader and Speaker Joe. Both of whom will not be back.
After dinner...the disaster bill. What disaster - many different kinds.
ABSENTEE BALLOT COUNTING MODIFICATION: From COURANT - sorry, don't have bill #
"...The most time-consuming process for absentee ballots is opening two
separate envelopes and then flattening out the ballots so that they can
be placed into an electronic machine in the same way that voters place
their ballots in the machine when voting in person. The outer envelope
could now be opened in the four days before the election, and officials
would make sure that the inner envelope had been signed to verify the
vote. The inner envelope with the actual ballot would not be opened
until election day."
7006 - Everything including the kitchen sink with be put on the power
company. Microgrids, resilience grants. Rate
increases. Too big.
Next Long Session he will ask for
investigation for real solutions. Why "may?" and more piling on Eversource. "Break It Up" is the cry.
it is 8:30pm and it is obvious that 7006 will pass - but another better
bill/study will be developed in the Long Session 2021.
NOTE: 136 - 4 after a 3 1/2 hour debate.
LONG SESSION OVER JUNE 9, 2021 as well as Special Session...another planned for later on this summer.
WOODBRIDGE STORY - trial balloon for what I believe will be taken up in
Special Session 2021 (just my opinion here in May 2021): https://ctmirror.org/2021/05/14/woodbridge-officials-say-they-want-to-sign-off-on-all-multi-unit-developments/
Great article! It gives me hope that a middle ground can be found.
SB1024 JF'd. OLR summary: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/BA/PDF/2021SB-01024-R000560-BA.PDF
Not SB1024 - sHB6107 - the is was the one: https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/05/20/affordable-housing-bill-passes-with-questionable-impact/?utm_source=CTNewsJunkie%20Main%20List%20With%20Publication%20Groups&utm_campaign=eed9982169-MCP_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a493d2308d-eed9982169-95953073
Housing Committee as well as Planning & Development
Senator Hwang on Housing (Ranking Member) and on P&D in 2021. He ran a Zoom on Land Use and Zoning Legislation impacting local communities on Youtube now
And now we know where the Woodbridge zoning challenge came from: https://ctmirror.org/2021/05/06/woodbridge-zoning-multi-family-housing/
Last JF and JFS for P&D in long meeting March 31, 2021
has been going on for hours and hours...we are looking for 1024, 6107,
6611, 1066, 961. "Blunt instrument" is being used to describe a
particular bill but frankly, I would think that the previously mentioned
bills might be described this way. PARTY LINE on all bills we've
listened to...and according to CT MIRROR this is what is going down...and now the Woodbridge Public Hearing on "racist" zoning is closed...
And a P&D meeting to deal with Tourism Bill substitute (HB6603) on
Monday, April 12, 2021. We are watching this at 2:30pm thanks to
AN ACT CONCERNING TOURISM. Introduced by the Commerce Committee
(1) allow two or more municipalities in any regional tourism district
to jointly appoint one representative to the regional tourism district
boards of directors, and (2) require that a representative of the
Connecticut Tourism Coalition be a member of the Connecticut Tourism
Council. Not the Tourism Caucus.
Motion made by Co-Chair Sen. Casanno, seconded by Senator Hwang. Role call to JF unan. by all present.
NEWS: Sen. Haskell is Co-Chair. of Transportation: The pedestrian safety bill referred to here: https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/05/27/lawmakers-green-light-pedestrian-safety-bill/
At right Sen. Haskell, who is one neither of the Committees we
follow. Although we do watch his outreach on D.E.I. ("diversity,
equity and inclusion"). Wilton story here: https://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Control-over-our-own-community-Fairfield-16091721.php?utm_source=CTNewsJunkie+Main+List+With+Publication+Groups&utm_campaign=b5799aeb7b-MCP_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a493d2308d-b5799aeb7b-95953073#taboola-2
Also, as Senate Co-Chair of Transportation, he might be interested to see what is happening in West Hartford TOD: https://we-ha.com/west-hartford-looking-for-public-input-regarding-transit-oriented-development-zoning/?utm_source=CTNewsJunkie+Main+List+With+Publication+Groups&utm_campaign=e3bebfd6e6-MCP_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a493d2308d-e3bebfd6e6-95953073
Public Health Committee includes Chair. Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (from Westport at left)
and Member Rep. Anne Hughes. As well as Dr. Petit (r).
Rep. Steinberg (l) announces his candidacy for First Selectman of Westport this Nov. 2, 2021.
CT MIRROR article 6-3-21 measuring COVID-19 vaccination rate with socioeconomic indicators: https://ctmirror.org/2021/06/03/dividing-lines-socioeconomic-boundaries-vaccine-rates-connecticut-svi/
PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE: RACISM A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS: https://ctmirror.org/2021/06/01/house-passes-bill-declaring-racism-a-public-health-crisis-in-connecticut/
INDOOR AIR QUALITY BILL FOR SCHOOLS originated in the Public Health
Committee but was referred to the Education Committee to set up
assistance to schools for have clean air and not contributing to COVID problem.
This bill has been around for years but suddenly discovered its
purpose!!! "Tools for Schools" program now includes this
need. State Department of Education to make it work...
PH COMMITTEE meeting March 29, 2021
Dr. Petit makes excellent points at Committee review of bill DPH might
want but no "pro" testimony was persuasive so far. And on April
30, 2021, Environment set to JF this:
AN ACT CONCERNING SAFE DRINKING WATER.
require (1) water companies to provide drinking water to consumers in
the event of a water main break or loss of system pressure; (2) small
community water systems to prepare capacity implementation plans; and
(3) bottlers to test approved water sources for unregulated contaminants
and report such results to the department.
Safe drinking water at Environment for JF:
2021 JF deadline looming!!! (This note made on March 19th.)
For the most part, "JF" status means bills then go to the floor to be
considered for new laws.
This Committee has set up
Sub-Committees to deal with COVID-19 impact on Nursing Homes.
FROM PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING: Link to May 11, 2020 consent order.
Interesting what you can learn when you dig deep into public
documents...we have personal experience at the facility referred to, and
all we knew at the time was that the initial outbreak at this facility had been devastating.