The Week at the Capitol

Government Affairs
Capital Update -Week  4/23/2020

Capital Update -Week 4/23/2020

Hartford County Medical Association NEWS OF LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL MATTERS OF INTEREST TO HARTFORD COUNTY PHYSICIANS  

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Capital Update for the week ending April 10, 2020

Capital Update for the week ending April 10, 2020

As the state prepares to take on what is anticipated to be the worst week yet of Coronavirus cases in Connecticut, the county medical association and its legislative consultant, FOCUS Governmental Affairs, remain steadfast for your best interests. We will continue to...

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This Week at the Capitol – Wrap-up

As session has now ended, this will be the last regular weekly update, but we will continue to send out periodic updates as events warrant. We hope this has been helpful in lending some overall context to the legislative process. Democratic Priorities Passed Overall,...

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This Week at the Capitol – Sine Die

Today is it--the final day of the 2019 regular legislative session. By law, the legislature must adjourn sine die at midnight tonight. At that point, any bill that has not passed both chambers will no longer be considered. Sine Die As has been the past few years, a...

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This Week at the Capitol

Democratic Infighting on Paid Family Leave It's been a wild week. Both chambers have moved substantive legislation in the last seven days, but the major session items of tolls, marijuana, and budgetary matters remain stalled. Notably, today the Governor held a press...

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Capital Update -Week  4/23/2020

Capital Update -Week 4/23/2020

Hartford County Medical Association NEWS OF LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL MATTERS OF INTEREST TO HARTFORD COUNTY PHYSICIANS  

read more
Capital Update for the week ending April 10, 2020

Capital Update for the week ending April 10, 2020

As the state prepares to take on what is anticipated to be the worst week yet of Coronavirus cases in Connecticut, the county medical association and its legislative consultant, FOCUS Governmental Affairs, remain steadfast for your best interests. We will continue to...

read more

This Week at the Capitol – Wrap-up

As session has now ended, this will be the last regular weekly update, but we will continue to send out periodic updates as events warrant. We hope this has been helpful in lending some overall context to the legislative process. Democratic Priorities Passed Overall,...

read more

This Week at the Capitol – Sine Die

Today is it--the final day of the 2019 regular legislative session. By law, the legislature must adjourn sine die at midnight tonight. At that point, any bill that has not passed both chambers will no longer be considered. Sine Die As has been the past few years, a...

read more

This Week at the Capitol

Democratic Infighting on Paid Family Leave It's been a wild week. Both chambers have moved substantive legislation in the last seven days, but the major session items of tolls, marijuana, and budgetary matters remain stalled. Notably, today the Governor held a press...

read more

Democratic Infighting on Paid Family Leave
It’s been a wild week. Both chambers have moved substantive legislation in the last seven days, but the major session items of tolls, marijuana, and budgetary matters remain stalled. Notably, today the Governor held a press conference to announce that he would veto SB 1, the paid family medical leave bill, in its current form. The Governor has been adamant that SB 1 must include a private component to help manage the plan, and Senate democratic leaders have disagreed, instead advocating that the entire Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority would be an entirely government entity. Senate Democrats, undeterred by the Governor’s veto threat, called SB 1 earlier this afternoon. In the absence of a deal, Democrats may be forced by Republicans to debate this bill for 10+ hours.

Tolls
The Governor and Democratic legislative leaders have decided to save highway tolls for a special session and focus their energy on passing a budget before the end of session. Strategically, this will prevent some of the last-minute horse trading that typically occurs in the last few days of budget negotiations, where legislators may trade a vote on tolls for extra funding on other issues for their district. By holding a vote on tolls in a special session, the only issue for legislators would be on the merits of the issue.

Other Talkers
Over the last week, the House passed the Tobacco 21 initiative, which would raise the smoking and vaping age to 21, and later passed a bill that would address advertising practices by crisis pregnancy centers. The Senate also passed the minimum wage bill, which would increase the minimum wage to $15/hour over the next 4 years. The bill had previously passed the House and now goes to the Governor, who is expected to sign it into law.

Legislative Mood
Partisan squabbling continues to increase as we approach the final few weeks. Dueling press conferences by Democrats and Republicans have been held over the past week on paid family leave and on tolls. The legislature has been in “hurry up and wait” mode for the last few weeks, as innocuous bills are debated for hours before a handful of bills are called in rapid fire fashion once a deal is struck. That being said, business has slowed to a halt in both chambers as Republican and Democratic leaders have been unable to reach deals on limiting debate in a timely fashion. While there are only two weeks left until sine die, we can expect an average of 12-16 hour days over the last 8 days of session.

Sine Die Countdown: 14 Days

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Best,

Ross

Ross S. Gionfriddo, Esq.
Partner, Lobbyist