Although we’re not in session, summer legislative activities continue in the form of bill signings, task forces getting filled, and implementation beginning. Enacting a bill is just one step in the legislative process, and the success of a new law depends tremendously on the communication and implementation that follows.
Summer can be contradictory. In anticipation of having a wide-open schedule, I got a little carried away and ended up having to cancel a few things when unexpected events arose. The week began with a legislative conference in Chicago, followed (a little more immediately than expected) by a special session called by the Governor to extend his emergency powers until September 30. The bill under consideration was only four lines long, but given where we are in the pandemic, it required detailed consideration.
Happy (almost) Fourth of July weekend! This year the holiday, honoring our country’s history and our emergence from the last 18 months, seems more celebratory than ever. There are many community events planned locally, including art, music, fireworks, and many farmers’ markets, and I hope to see you out there, dodging a rain drop or two.
Last night, minutes before midnight, the 2021 Regular Legislative Session gaveled out. While we do expect in the coming days to return for a special session to address some unfinished business, we’ve accomplished a lot, including the bipartisan passage of a strong biennium budget. That’s a big deal for everyone who lives and works in Connecticut.