Hearing Details Uncertain as Legislature Prepares to Vote on Executive Orders

House chamber. Photo courtesy of CTNewsJunkie.com

The existing executive order regarding wearing masks in schools technically leaves the decision up to the Education Department and the commissioner of public health.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

A panel of lawmakers tentatively planned to hold an informational hearing Tuesday on the governor’s soon-to-expire pandemic orders before an expected vote in the House of Representatives Thursday to codify them.

The legislature must take action before Feb. 15 to avoid a lapse in several ongoing policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the expiration date of Gov. Ned Lamont’s current emergency declarations, which serve as the basis for several ongoing orders including requirements that health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 and a policy giving the state Education Department the authority to require masks in schools.

While many of the details remained in flux Friday afternoon, House Speaker Matt Ritter said he expected his chamber would vote Thursday to continue the 11 policies, including the order on masks, which has proven controversial in some areas.

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