The budget implementer is a technical measure, but one lawmakers use to settle scores, send messages, and do favors.
Legislative leaders declined to expand the special session beyond marijuana legalization and a budget implementation bill.
They played some inside baseball at the State Capitol on Tuesday, a warm up for Wednesday’s special session.
The special session called Friday by the governor is about policy and pre-election politics.
For the second time this year, legislators will not address health equity reform during a special session.
The state House of Representatives voted Friday morning to pass an ambitious police reform bill.
The Connecticut House was nearly empty as votes were magically cast Thursday. The lawmakers were not invisible, just socially distant.
On the agenda for the special session are bills tackling the cost of diabetes drugs and boosting access to telemedicine.
“One bad case could mean tens of millions or hundreds of millions of dollars in damages,” said Joe DeLong, CCM.
Housing advocates have been trying to seize the moment, pushing a reluctant legislature to think more broadly about racism.
Lawmakers, who want a second special session to broaden the agenda, say this is a ‘table-setting moment’ for racial equity.
A police accountability bill is nearly finished. Plans for how the legislature will function in special session are not.
While there is nothing novel about racism, Lamont conceded that it may be harder to contain.
Lawmakers are also considering an amendment that would bar families from claiming a religious exemption to a future COVID-19 vaccine.
The General Assembly is convening a one-day special session next week to vote on a $1.8 billion settlement of a tax fight with the hospital industry and a revised version of a restaurant tip-credit bill vetoed in July.