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Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:51 AM

Supreme Court Validates Lamont's Executive Powers

The state Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutionality of Gov. Ned Lamont’s pandemic-related emergency powers in a unanimous opinion released this week as the state Senate considers extending those powers for another month.

The opinion, written by Justice Andrew McDonald, explains the reasoning behind a four-page order issued by the court late last year when it upheld Lamont’s authority against a challenge from the owner of Casey’s Irish Pub in Milford. The governor ordered bars across the state closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The plaintiff argued against the order and the constitutionality of the state laws underpinning the governor’s emergency declarations.

In the 30-page opinion, the court concluded that the emergency powers and Lamont’s orders were constitutional.

“As long as Governor Lamont is acting within this admittedly broad statutory and constitutional authority— which we conclude that he is—it is not the job of this court to second-guess those policy decisions,” the opinion read.

Read more: https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/03/30/supreme-court-validates-lamonts-executive-powers/

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