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This Week at the Capitol

Legislative Activity
The sheer volume of controversial public hearings continue over this past week, as the Finance committee held a public hearing on the Governor’s tax bill this past Friday, and the Public Health committee held a hearing this past Monday on the “aid in dying” bill. Yesterday, there was supposed to be a forum on the science of vaccines, but this was abruptly canceled and instead a forum was held by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. entitled “Should Vaccines be Mandated?” This brought a host of advocates on both sides of the issue out to the LOB. It the midst of these public hearings, committees are also voting on a number of bills, many of which are controversial. For example, the Insurance committee, after ~3 hours of debate, voted out a bill creating a public option for health insurance yesterday. Public Safety also voted out bills that would allow for a Bridgeport casino and for an East Windsor casino.  Today the Transportation committee is planning on voting on tolls, while the Judiciary committee is planning on voting on a number of gun-related bills. Both committees caucused for several hour this morning, and expect both meetings to likely go well past 5:00pm tonight (barring a deal to limit debate and/or hold items off the agenda).

More Committee Deadlines
This week, the Commerce, Energy & Technology, Higher Ed, Insurance, and Public Safety committees all have their JF deadlines. Next week, the Environment, General Law, Human Services, Labor, and Transportation committees all have their deadlines. We are now fully into the busiest time of the year, as both public hearings and committee meetings are keeping legislators, staff, and lobbyists in the building routinely until dark. After the first week of April, however, only the Appropriations, Finance, and Judiciary committees will still have their deadlines. It is during this time that most of the negotiations and deal-making will take place as the legislature will begin to go into session on a regular basis.

Legislative Mood
By happenstance, Representative Jeff Currey had scheduled a flash mob performance of “Seasons of Love” from the cast of the musical “Rent” for noon that same day in an effort to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Rep. Santiago’s friends and colleagues in the legislature had decided they would continue the performance, dedicating the song to his life and memory. I have never seen the atrium of the Legislative Office Building packed so full during my years here. It was truly a moving experience.