In March, MEVC videographer Michael Matthews spent a day at the State Capitol building to capture the thoughts of NPV supporters as well as several legislators from all over the State.
Additionally, Michael interviewed Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz andSenate President Martin Looney. We wrapped up the day by getting the Senate Chair, Mae Flexer to also do an interview.
Some notable comments by legislative leadership include:
“The new issue that arises this year is tampering with our elections…and they focus their efforts primarily on the swing states the small number of states that everyone knew were going to be in play.” Senate President Martin Looney
“Many states, on this issue and others, are now taking the lead if the federal government refuses to lead and protect our elections we’ll do it state by state.”Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz
“People can't feel confident about their vote if it doesn't count the same everywhere.” CT Secretary of State, Denise Merrill (From the media event)
“People are rising up and saying we must change the direction of this country, but we cannot do that until we feel confident in the system.” Senate Majority Leader, Bob Duff
“Connecticut will finally move forward on the national popular vote because people are clamoring for it.” Senate Chair, Mae Flexer
Here’s the full video:
Connecticut Legislative Update
Following the March 19th approval by the Connecticut Legislature’s Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee of House Bill 5421, the measure now awaits action by the full House. At this point, the most likely path forward for the bill’s being signed into law, and Connecticut thus becoming the 11th state to enter into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, is as follows:
There are only six weeks left in the 2018 Connecticut legislative session before it adjourns at midnight on May 9th. As of this writing, it is difficult to know precisely when House Bill 5421 will be taken up for a vote, given the uncertain nature of that chamber’s schedule.
Our State Capitol team continues to advocate on a daily basis for the bill to be taken up and then passed, by reaching out to lawmakers to ensure they are made aware of its urgency and merits.
We will continue to provide updates in this space as the Connecticut legislative session progresses.