Washington Watch, Week of June 29-July 5

Washington Watch bugThe House and Senate will be out next week for Independence Day break. Connecticut’s lawmakers have therefore ramped up events in the state. The Supreme Court will issue two important rulings this week and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will visit the White House.

Monday, June 30:

Before ending its session, the Supreme Court is expected to issue its remaining decision. One concerns the Hobby Lobby case, which raises the question of whether a corporation has a legal right to refuse to comply with provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require it to provide contraceptive health insurance coverage for its women employees.

The other is Harris v Quinn, which may prompt the Supreme Court to overturn an earlier decision that held that the First Amendment allows the government to condition a person’s employment in the public sector on that person’s paying fees to a union.

Tuesday, July 1:

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, will hold a roundtable discussion on immigration reform at Meriden City Hall — 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, Esty will join Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and  Canton First Selectman Richard Barlow on a landing near the Farmington River to announce the signing of the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act into law by President Obama.  That will allow Canton to operate two currently inactive hydropower dams and generate locally produced power.

Friday, July 4:

President Obama will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn of the White House.

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