GOP lawmakers lead lawsuits against Connecticut COVID rules

GOP lawmakers lead lawsuits against Connecticut COVID rules

State Rep. Doug Dubitsky, R-Chaplin smiles during a visit to the Scottish Highland Games, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Scotland, Conn. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Dubitsky and Craig Fishbein, both politically conservative lawyers and Republican members of the state General Assembly, have become the go-to team for groups seeking to sue Connecticut over the school mask mandate, restrictions on bars and restaurants, and other aspects of the governor’s emergency executive orders. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, a pair of politically conservative lawyers has become the go-to team for groups seeking to sue Connecticut over the school mask mandate, restrictions on bars and restaurants, and other aspects of the governor’s emergency executive orders. The two men, Doug Dubitsky and Craig Fishbein, are also Republican members of the state General Assembly. That arrangement has brought criticism from some Democrats, but ethics officials who have reviewed it say it doesn’t violate state laws. As long as being a legislator is part-time work in Connecticut, they say, officials are entitled to have other jobs to pay their bills. “It’s just an odd one to sue the state you represent, that you’re duly elected to represent,” said House Speaker Matt Ritter, a Democrat from Hartford and a private attorney. “I wouldn’t change the statute. I just personally would not sue the state of Connecticut as a lawyer, as a legislator.” Dubitsky’s private and public roles appeared to overlap last month when a woman testifying before the legislature’s Conservative Caucus […]

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