State Senator Tony Hwang votes Against Further Extending Governor’s Emergency Powers

July 14, 2021

HARTFORD – State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) today voted “no” on extending Governor Ned Lamont’s pandemic-related emergency powers that have lasted over 16 months. He released the following statement following the vote:

Senator Hwang said, “Connecticut should be proud of the Covid-19 health safety progress we have made. Our vaccination rate is one of the best in the nation. Our infection rate has been under control for several months and we are closely monitoring variant cases. 

We are moving to a ‘new normal’ environment where businesses, restaurants and people are gathering, but Democrats are conveniently sounding the alarm to justify further extending the Governor’s Emergency Powers. Extending the emergency authority strengthens one-party rule and enables decision making without medical facts or data and possibly based on a mercurial whim. We, instead, should be readying our state to move forward and meet the economic, health and social challenges of today instead of furthering this limbo holding pattern. It is time to return Connecticut to ‘we the people’ and restore equal branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial to restore the operation of proper checks and balances.”