IN THE NEWS: Sen. Hwang Pushes for Transparency, Public Input

April 13, 2022

Several Republicans objected to the process that led to the emergency certified bill coming up for a vote without a public hearing just three days before the provisions were set to expire.

“Let’s be clear: these are important issues that with proper consideration and deliberation, I think we could have had true bipartisan support and made a possible bill better,” Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, said. “But when the powers that be, under the guise of an emergency … can push through bills without transparency, without respect for the voters that we represent, we’ve abdicated our representative powers.”


Sen. Tony Hwang, a Fairfield Republican who serves as the ranking member on the public health committee, said he, too, was frustrated by the process.

“Let the people have their voice represented,’’ said Hwang, adding that he agrees with some of the concepts in principle.

We should have had a public hearing.’’


The legislation, which was criticized by Republican senators displeased with the form it was presented to them, would extend procedures aimed at encouraging the hiring of health professionals in the ongoing pandemic.

It would also continue a rental assistance and require landlords to apply to the program before delivering eviction notices for nonpayment of rent.

That’s an abuse of power in my mind,” said Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield. “I support a number of concepts presented here, but I will be voting against these executive orders.”