GO DIRECT TO C.G.A. WEBPAGE
"Long Session 2021" begins January 6th and ends June 9th

Weston Legislators
Senator Haskell also - but he does not serve on committees of interest.  We very much like his vision of the broader picture - good speaker!

Planning & Development Committee (we think) last year's bill (2020):  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2020/TOB/h/pdf/2020HB-05132-R00-HB.PDF

Housing Committee
What's in the hopper?

Public Health Committee
Who said we have a "part-time" Legislature?




THE BIENNIAL BUDGET
Long term care workers rally - CTNEWSJUNKIE



Governor's
biennial Budget Message report coming...some issues coming up?


And what is the schedule?  Dates?  How does a bill become a law?







THE SENATE CIRCLE




SPECIAL 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)

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THE PEOPLE'S BODY - THE HOUSE





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.



7003 - Hemp.  Federal rules changed and while they were at it. people used info to steal product - no more announcing locations of farms - unan. 143-0...


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.





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


Public Health Committee includes Chair. Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (from Westport at left) and Member Rep. Anne Hughes.   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