Governor Lamont recently sent a letter to legislative leaders requesting an extension of 11 existing executive orders, which includes extending the mandatory mask mandate for certain individuals as well as school children until February 28, 2022.
At this moment, it is unclear how the Majority Party leadership will introduce these measures for the legislature to vote on. The options are either to combine all executive orders to be extended into one bill or have the legislature vote on each one separately. Due to each order being vastly different, the legislature should address each measure individually.
On Tuesday, February 8, an informational session was held regarding the governor's orders.
Over 300 people signed up to speak and many more submitted written testimony.
I have received over 100 emails. ALL the individuals who emailed shared their frustrations and thoughts about mask mandates; they strongly oppose children having to continue wearing masks in school.
I will be opposing a 7th extension of the governor's emergency powers – it is no longer necessary.
Furthermore, if circumstances were to change, the power already exists for the governor to act swiftly if needed. Any extension of executive orders at this point sheds light on a clear patten of government overreach and taking away parental decision-making authority.
I encourage you to use the following resources to stay informed and engaged throughout the legislative session:
Watch: click here to view a schedule of daily legislative committee meetings, Senate and House sessions and other activities at the Capitol. You can watch these events live and stream previous events.
Testify: Please click here for the General Assembly's website to submit written testimony on a specific bill.
Thank you for reaching out to me and making your voice heard. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future and I will be in touch with more information as the 2022 legislative session unfolds.
State Representative Whit Betts