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Legislatively Speaking: General Assembly Quietly Adjourns Session

By Alma Graham, CT State Grange Legislative Director

  June 2, 2020 --

The 2020 Connecticut Legislative session wrapped up in early May with a sparsely attended final session on the last day. A few legislators went to the Capitol to officially adjourn the session and to say their goodbyes to some of the legislators who have announced that they will not be running for their position again. Among these are the Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano who have all announced that they will not be seeking reelection.

As we are all aware, this has been an unusual year with the sudden shutdown of the State resulting in minimal legislative action occurring during the session. There is hope that the legislature will be able to meet in special session sometime this summer to address the budget and a couple of other important issues.

Congress has been working on addressing the medical and economic impacts that are occurring as a result of the shutdown due to the pandemic. The financial aid stimulus packages they have passed have included direct payments to individuals, loans and grant programs for businesses, and funds for needed medical supplies for medical personnel and first responders. It also included commodity purchases for farmers, spending $100 million per month for crops and products as well as committing funding for livestock and specialty crops.

As this pandemic continues, we will see more relief packages presented to try and maintain our economic and social stability. In the coming months, both the National and State governments will be redefining the rules and procedures for our nation as we adjust to dramatic changes that this pandemic has caused. We will all be adjusting to our new normal.



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