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during this year's legislative session (January 6 – June 9).

Bill Chapman      
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2021 Legislative Session

LEGISLATIVE SESSION


Hearings and Bills
With the end of session coming in less than two months, public hearings have been gearing up with nine hearings on one day this past week. Hearings are being held each day in in order to make the deadlines that each committee is given to get their bills out of their respective committees. At that point, the bills go on the House or Senate desk to determine whether they are brought to the floor for discussion and a vote. Getting raised is the first step, and getting out of committee is the second. There are quite a few steps after that in order to finally get the governor to put a pen on the bill.

Committees have set up meetings this week to joint favorable (JF) bills out of committee. Bills approved in committee are literally brought up to the fifth floor where they need to be stamped by 5:00 p.m. on deadline day.


New Chief of Staff

Paul Mounds, Jr. was named Governor Lamont’s new chief of staff, replacing Ryan Drajewicz, who had joined the governor’s staff in the beginning and had stated that he would only stay for a year. Chief of Staff Mounds had been Governor Lamont’s COO, and previously served as Governor Malloy's senior director of policy and government affairs.

Coronavirus

The coronavirus was under discussion all week at the LOB with a forum being held on Friday as to what the state was planning in regards to its preparedness and response efforts. Stay informed on the State's response by visiting their dedicated website.

Paradigm for Parity Pledge

Ten Connecticut companies took a pledge at the Capitol to make half of their leaders women by 2030. They signed onto the Paradigm for Parity pledge–a nationwide coalition of businesses committing to achieving gender parity in the leadership of their respective corporations over the next ten years.

Gambling

The governor and the Mashantucket Tribal chair are discussing sports betting and smartphone gambling. Read his statement here.

Insulin Cost-Capping

The insulin cost-capping bill passed out of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. This could be one of the earliest bills to be signed by the governor.



RULES COMMITTEE 


The last meeting of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court will be held next Monday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court. All items approved throughout the year will be placed on the Monday, May 11, 10:00 a.m., public hearing agenda. 

In sad news, Judge Kevin Dubay, a member of the Rules Committee for the past couple of years, died this past weekend. Click here for more information.


CAPITOL UPDATE VIDEO  


Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, ranking house member of the Judiciary Committee, is this week’s visitor in our Capitol Update video. As a solo practitioner and legislator, Rep. Rebimbas discusses political issues and how she prioritizes her busy legal and political life.


YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION (YLS) LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST  


Rep. Matt Blumenthal, Stamford, vice chair of the Judiciary Committee, will be guest speaker at this year’s legislative breakfast on April 22, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building.   

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS 


MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2C

PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1D

EDUCATION COMMITTEE at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1E


TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 

BANKING COMMITTEE at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2C

COMMERCE COMMITTEE at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1E

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1A

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE COMMITTEE at 11:00 a.m. in Room 2D

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE at 11:00 a.m. in Room 2B  

 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2D 

 

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1C 

 

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE at 12:00 p.m. in Room 2B 

 

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING COMMITTEE at 2:00 p.m. in Room 2E 

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1B  

 

HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE at 12:00 p.m. in Room 2A 



FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

 

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2D 

 


MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 

BANKING COMMITTEE at 11:00 a.m. in Room 2A  

 

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS 


MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE to JF bills at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1E  


TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020  

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN to JF bills at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1B 

 

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE after public hearing in Room 1A 

 

HOUSING COMMITTEE at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2A 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE at 10:30 a.m. in Room 2B  


JUDICIARY COMMITTEE following a public hearing in Room 2D 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 

BANKING COMMITTEE at 3:00 p.m. in Room 2E  


EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE following a public hearing in Room 1B 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 

BANKING COMMITTEE at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2A  

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

BANKING COMMITTEE at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1C 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 

REGULATION REVIEW COMMITTEE at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1E