Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams was running the state for less than 24-hours part of yesterday and today because both Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele were out of state.
It was the first time since December 2009 that Williams was put in charge under the rules of constitutional succession. During his tenure as President Pro Tempore Williams has been in charge a total of 12 times including his most recent stint.
In 2007 he was in charge two times, in 2008 he was in charge nine times, and this year he’s been in charge just once. He wasn’t in charge at all in 2009.
And being in charge doesn’t come with a special suitcase or even a vacation memo, but if anything happened the state would have someone at the helm.
“In order to insure continuity in operation of state and local governments in a period of emergency resulting from disaster caused by enemy attack, the general assembly shall provide by law for the prompt and temporary succession to the powers and duties of all public offices, the incumbents of which may become unavailable for carrying on their powers and duties,” the Connecticut Constitution reads.
Williams was supposed to be in charge until Sunday, Oct. 3, but Rell cut her trip to Virginia short and returned to Connecticut today to help manage the emergency operations related to Tropical Storm Nicole.