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Connecticut Democrats Push For Broader Social Justice Agenda In Special Session

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford

Democratic legislative leaders in Connecticut have pledged to expand the agenda for the upcoming special session with a number of COVID-related social justice issues.

That’s in contrast to Governor Ned Lamont, who would like lawmakers to prioritize police accountability and the use of absentee ballots in the November election.

Lamont says a brief special session in the middle of summer is not the right time for lawmakers to take up a wide range of bills to deal with systemic racism. He says that’s why he’s calling for the session to be narrowly focused.

“Two things we want to work towards, one police accountability, we’ve discussed that a fair amount in terms of what we’d like to accomplish with a special session. We haven’t spent quite enough time talking about making it easier to vote, absentee ballots, voting by mail. Again a COVID-related event because we don’t want seniors waiting in long lines to vote.”

However, Democrats who have the legislative majority want to consider a number of social justice issues. They met this week during a virtual town hall meeting with about 400 members of a liberal southern Connecticut interfaith group called Congregations Organized for a […]

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