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April 21, 2020

2020 CT legislative session officially dead

Photo | HBJ File The Connecticut State Capitol.

State legislative leaders officially announced Tuesday that the remainder of the 2020 legislative session has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic
"The 2020 regular legislative session will adjourn without any further action, and we are already working on a plan to convene a special session in the coming months to ensure the continuity of government functions and that any necessary legislative action can be taken,” said Democratic and Republican legislative leaders from both the House and Senate. “Our top priority is the health and safety of the public, and we are committed to continue working in unison to stem this health crisis and do everything possible to protect the Connecticut residents we all represent."
There was already speculation that the legislative session wouldn’t be able to continue, but Tuesday’s announcement was the final affirmation. That means key issues, ranging from new economic-development strategies to recreational marijuana legalization and online sports betting won’t be resolved this year, unless they are brought up during special session.

However, it’s likely any special session would deal with issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has claimed the lives of more than 1,300 residents and forced the shutdown of significant parts of the economy. 

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