More than 350 people signed up to speak during Tuesday’s public hearing.
By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com
Members of the public and state agency commissioners offered no easy answers to a panel of lawmakers during a Tuesday hearing on the future of Connecticut’s school mask mandate just days before a scheduled vote.
Delegates of all four legislative caucuses heard public and official testimony during a time-limited and remote informational hearing. The event came a day after Gov. Ned Lamont announced he hoped to let authority of the masking requirement fall to local school districts at the end of the month. But the decision rests with the legislature where lawmakers in the House plan to vote Thursday on all of Lamont’s ongoing pandemic orders.
Tuesday’s hearing represented a pandemic first in two ways. It was the first time a panel of lawmakers had an opportunity to publicly quiz the Lamont administration officials who have largely shaped Connecticut’s pandemic policies under emergency declarations since March of 2020. It was also the first chance members of the public have had to weigh in before the legislature. Many were upset about the ongoing school mask requirement.
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