The 2021 legislative session began on January 6. This session will certainly be different from sessions past, as we will be operating almost completely virtually for the foreseeable future. This will include virtual committee meetings, public hearings, session days, and constituent meetings.
Despite a request that bill proposals remain limited to COVID-19 recovery and the state budget, polarizing issues such as an additional gas tax to offset carbon emissions, tolling on our highways, aid-in-dying and more have already been discussed as potential legislation.
These issues and many others will undoubtedly be discussed at committee meetings and public hearings. You will have access to livestreams of committee meetings, and there will be opportunities to participate in public hearings using Zoom.
Our caucus has created an online virtual meeting guide with resources and links to help you follow what’s happening in the General Assembly and how to access these meetings. The guide includes instructions on how to participate in a Zoom meeting, a calendar of events, access to legislative committee pages, bill tracking, and more. You can view the guide by visiting www.cthousegop.com/virtual-guide/ or my website: www.RepZupkus.com.
As always, if you have opinions on these issues that you would like to share or have any difficulty navigating the new process, please reach out to me by emailing Lezlye.Zupkus@housegop.ct.gov or calling (860) 240-8700. I will also be hosting virtual opportunities to meet with me, so stay tuned on my website and Facebook page for that information.
I can be found on Facebook @RepZupkus.