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Attorney General William Tong

04/15/2021

AG Tong Statement on Federal Court Ruling Affirming Governor's Authority During Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. District Court’s ruling in Amato v. Elicker affirming the Governor’s authority during public health and civil preparedness emergencies to take affirmative steps to protect public health and save lives.

"Our state’s constitution is unambiguous — the Governor has broad authority during public health and civil preparedness emergencies to take steps that save lives. The federal court’s decision today affirms what we already know and leaves no doubt that the Governor's actions during this pandemic have been fully lawful and justified. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched thousands of Connecticut residents and has required immense personal sacrifices of all kinds, but nothing is more important right now than saving lives and protecting public health. We will get through this together if we wear our masks, continue to social distance and get vaccinated,” Attorney General Tong said.

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