A crisis like the one we have been facing is a great challenge for the executive branch, which must respond swiftly to an unprecedented situation. Though lawmakers may issue grave statements, direction comes from a president, governor, or mayor; under the pressures of the moment, legislators largely follow their lead.
The great test of the legislative branch will come after the crisis has passed. That is particularly true in Connecticut, where the coronavirus epidemic shuttered the General Assembly in the middle of its session. By the time it gets back to work, the chance to move bills through the normal legislative process will have passed.