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On April 14, 2020, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7Z.  The following is a brief summary of such Executive Order, but the Order can be read in its entirety here

Executive Order No. 7Z temporarily modifies certain state contracting statutes in order to facilitate the emergency procurement of essential goods.  More specifically, for any contract entered into on or after March 10, 2020, the Order authorizes the head of a state contracting agency to waive the following Connecticut General Statutes, if deemed necessary to expedite the procurement of “essential goods”: 

  1. Sections 4-252 and 9-612(f)(2)(E) and Governor Malloy’s Executive Order 49, which require disclosure of certain gifts and campaign contributions by state contractors and prospective state contractors for state contracts over $50,000;
  2. Section 4-61dd(h), which requires state contracts include language regarding contractors’ civil liability for violations of the state’s whistleblower statute;
  3. Section 4a-57, which requires the competitive solicitation for all purchases and contracts for supplies, materials and equipment, including information system and telecommunication system facilities, equipment and services;
  4. Sections 4a-60 and 4a-60a, which require the inclusion of anti-discrimination terms in state contracts and that contractors adopt anti-discrimination policies;
  5. Sections 4e-29 and 4e-30, which require state contractors to permit certain audit and inspection activities by the state; and
  6. Section 4e-70(b), which requires state contractors to comply with certain confidentiality requirements

Essential goods are defined as: “all things which are movable at the time of contract, including, but not limited to supplies, materials, equipment, products or devices that are manufactured, used, designed, developed, modified, licensed, or procured to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, cure or limit harm that COVID-19 pandemic may cause”. 

The Order also suspends the in-person attendance requirement for board of assessment appeals.  Such appeals, and the necessary information gathering, may be held remotely, and a board of assessment appeals may reduce the valuation or assessment of property through a remote hearing conducted in accordance the open meeting requirements of Executive Order No. 7B. 

Finally, the Order suspends all state requirements that an unarmed security officer be licensed by the State of Connecticut, so long as such security officer is licensed in another state.  The Order does not apply to security officers who are armed pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-161z.


For further information on the implications of Executive Order 7Z with regard to contracts, contact Donald Doeg at / (860) 548-2638 or Richard Dighello at / (860) 548-2633. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with regard to tax appeals or the assessment provisions referenced in Executive Order 7Z, please contact Robert M. DeCrescenzo, Esq., at (860) 548-2625 / or Richard D. Carella, Esq., at (860) 548-2681 /  

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC would like to thank associate C. Zack Hyde for his contributions to this article.

Disclaimer: The information continued in this material is not intended to be considered legal advice and should not be acted upon as such. Because of the generality of this material, the information provided may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without legal advice based on the specific factual circumstances.