AG Tong Statement on Supreme Court Decision Affirming Governor's Authority During Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement today regarding the Connecticut Supreme Court written decision in Casey v. Lamont affirming the Governor’s authority during public health and civil preparedness emergencies to take affirmative steps to protect public health and save lives. The Supreme Court had previously issued a short order indicating this position, and today released the final written decision.
“The Governor has broad authority during public health and civil preparedness emergencies to take steps to protect public health and save lives. The Supreme Court decision is thorough, well-reasoned, and leaves no doubt that the Governor’s actions during this pandemic have been fully lawful and justified. This pandemic has lasted longer than any of us initially imagined, and the sacrifice and pain have been immense. But we cannot let our guard down now. Get your vaccine as soon as you can, wear your mask, continue to socially distance, and stay safe. We will get through this together,” said Attorney General Tong.