Pursuant to Article XIII of the State Party Rules, the State Central Committee on January 13, 2021 approved two amendments to the State Party Rules in response to certain executive orders related to in-person gatherings issued by Governor Ned Lamont in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with Article XII, both of these rules are temporary, expiring at the next State Convention in May 2022. The first amendment addresses the endorsement of candidates for municipal office. Conn. Gen. Stat. §9-390 provides that a party may endorse candidates for municipal office by a caucus, convention, or town committee meeting. Through town committee bylaws, some towns endorse by caucus, others by convention and others by town committee meeting. This amendment makes it mandatory that each Democratic Town Committee endorse candidates for municipal office by a town committee meeting. The reason for this change is that the State Central Committee determined that a virtual caucus could not be properly held due to technological limitations. In January 2021, the State Central Committee could not be certain what the virus infection level would be in July. This amendment expires automatically at the next State Convention or upon order of the State Chair.