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House Speaker To Address Lawmakers' Drinking At Capitol

Connecticut Speaker of the House Matt Ritter says lawmakers who continue to drink alcohol excessively during legislative sessions could face serious consequences, including losing coveted committee assignments. The Hartford Democrat said on Wednesday that both he and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford, have admonished members of the Democratic House caucus "on multiple occasions" about drinking in the legislative complex, including the parking garage, while the House is in session. They stressed it's not widespread. The state Capitol building is currently closed to the public and many House members are voting from their offices due to COVID-19.