With a special session now on the horizon for July, the Appropriations Committee is scheduling meetings again: I have two so far on my calendar for next week. They’re still virtual meetings, but they are more formal than the phone and zoom calls with overlapping sets of legislators that have been taking place as we home in on what will be on the agenda. There are still logistics to be worked out for the special session itself: legislators will be at the capitol, but we may be able to vote from offices rather than the chamber in the Capitol Building, for example.
After many phone calls and letters from legislators to leadership, from leadership to the Governor, and yesterday from the Governor back to legislative leadership: the Governor has called the legislature for a special session this summer, which we agree should focus on COVID-19 response, making absentee ballots available in the general election in November, and police accountability and transparency in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
I went to Hartford yesterday for the first time since March 11, to retrieve some items from my office. It was eerie to be in the empty Legislative Office Building, where I saw a total of three people, the first of whom was a member of the State Capitol Police.
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend. The traditional Memorial Day parades were cancelled throughout the district because of the pandemic, but there were still plenty of opportunities to honor those veterans who gave their lives for our country.