The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Senate votes to extend Lamont’s powers to Feb. 15

- By Julia Bergman

The Senate in a special session Tuesday approved a sixth extension of Gov. Ned Lamont’s pandemicre­lated powers, following a debate largely waged by Republican­s who argued the governor has enjoyed sweeping authority for nearly two years, leaving citizens without a voice.

“That’s a full legislativ­e term for an elected member of the state’s General Assembly,” Senate Republican leader Kevin Kelly said. “A full term where the people’s voice was silenced.”

The 18-15 vote showed continued partisan divide over how to handle this phase of the pandemic in Connecticu­t. Two Democrats — Sens. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and Dennis Bradley, D-Bridgeport — joined all 13 Republican­s in

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