Connecticut's General Assembly is taking unprecedented measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Legislative leaders took the unprecedented step March 12 to close the state Capitol until March 30. 

Lawmakers initially planned reopening the Capitol and Legislative Office Building March 16 following a four-day cleaning. 

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders are working together on plans for addressing committee deadlines and other operational issues.  

“In order to continue to take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of the public, the General Assembly will postpone all committee hearings, public hearings, and other legislative business until March 30,” they said in a bipartisan statement.

"This is uncharted territory."

Senate President Martin Looney

“Over the next two weeks, we will continue to discuss among each other and determine if any additional action needs to be taken.”

"This is uncharted territory for us all," Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven) told the legislature's Declaration of Public Health Emergency Review Committee.

The committee met March 11 to review Gov. Ned Lamont's declaration of a public health and a civil preparedness emergency.

With uncertainty surrounding how the pandemic will impact session scheduling, committee chairs are compiling lists of priority bills that must be acted on before the May 6 adjournment.

Priority bills are considered agency and funding legislation that could cause residents to lose services.

Business Response

CBIA is working with the governor's office, state agencies, and other employer organizations to help coordinate the business community's response to the pandemic.

In an email this week, president and CEO Joe Brennan told business leaders "we share many of the same issues and concerns as you and your employees."

"Our priority is executing our business continuity plan, ensuring we continue to serve member companies while maintaining a safe workplace environment for CBIA employees," he wrote.

"At this time, our Hartford office remains open. We are assessing that on a daily basis and have contingency plans in place should we need to close the office and work remotely."

CBIA also canceled all conferences and events through the end of June. Public policy and other council meetings will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with options for video or telephone conference calls.

Employers can find an array of coronavirus resources at cbia.com, including guidance for workplace health and safety, continuity and contingency planning, risk mitigation, labor and employment law compliance, travel information and guidelines, communications, and more.