Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has issued and updated enough Executive Orders (EOs) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that individuals may find it difficult to easily access information affecting businesses, changes in government services and requirements, and issues with legal implications.
For example, on Feb. 5, the Governor re-tweeted posts from Connecticut Senate Democrats announcing two new executive orders, one saying income from federal COVID-19 stimulus payments will not count against eligibility for state-provided benefits like Medicaid, and the other allowing Connecticut voters to vote in any special election or primary by absentee ballot for reasons related to COVID-19 through April 20.
The tweets have nice explanatory graphics but don’t link to a page providing more information. The new provisions are contained in Executive Order No. 10, available on EOs page of the Governor’s website, but it takes a few clicks from the home page to get there.
Another one-click resource for learning the current status for a broad range of pandemic-related topics is provided by the Office of Legislative Research (ORL), the Connecticut General Assembly’s nonpartisan research office.
The ORL’s COVID-19 reports and research page provides up-to-date reports on these critical topics:
- COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Business, Labor, and Housing
- COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Health and Human Services
- COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Education and Child Care
- COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting State and Local Government Operations and Elections
When effective dates or provisions of EOs are revised, the OLR updates its reports—all of the above reports were updated Feb. 2—but the links to the reports remain the same, providing an easy and reliable bookmark as a direct route to the latest information.
Other reports on the OLR research page cover such important pandemic-related topics as the following:
- Intercepting Federal Stimulus Checks to Offset Overdue Child Support
- Residential Tenants’ Protections During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Civil Orders of Protections During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Workers’ Compensation Presumption for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Executive Orders Authorizing Remote Notarization
- Probate Court Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Municipal Land Use Procedures Modified by Executive Order 7I
Despite the state’s attempt to streamline access to COVID-era EOs and related changes, it still may seem tricky to find the information you’re seeking.
For example, the Governor’s announcement that the curfew for restaurants has been extended to 11 p.m. came during an early February daily video update/webinar on the state’s coronavirus statistics. Connecticut media widely covered the news, though it didn’t seem to be immediately available on an official state website.
Those dealing with COVID-related issues that may have a legal aspect should contact an attorney to discuss their concerns and chart an appropriate course of action.
In a series of coronavirus-related website posts, Cramer & Anderson has offered important information on a range of issues affected by the pandemic, including:
- COVID-19 Relief for Connecticut Renters, Landlords
- Covid-19 and Workers’ Compensation: Frequently Asked Questions
- Owed Money? Connecticut Courts Prioritize Ex Parte Prejudment Remedies
- Coronavirus Presents Estate Planning, Tax Saving Opportunities
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