House Passes Legislative Oversight Bill for Federal COVID-19 Funds

March 17, 2021

Crediting the Governor for his work so far during the pandemic, Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and Senate President Martin Looney emphasized the importance of legislative involvement in decision making going forward.

House Session March 16

"The Governor and his administration have worked incredibly hard and made difficult decisions during this public health crisis.

"This legislation (HB 6555) ensures a strong partnership between the Legislature and Governor as the state allocates federal COVID-19 relief funds. The very nature of any pandemic response requires agility and flexibility – federal guidance has changed and evolved throughout the past year – and we recognize that there will likely be changes even after the Governor provides us with his allocation plan in April. It is imperative that the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch continue to work closely as federal guidance inevitably shifts."

-Speaker of the House Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) & Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven)