An area legislator does not support a continued statewide mask mandate in schools. Newtown state Senator Tony Hwang says he will not support any further extension of Governor Lamont’s emergency executive powers. This follows comments from the Governor requesting that the legislature codify 11 remaining executive orders into law, including a statewide school mask requirement. Hwang says these orders, along with any issues affecting the state, should be debated by lawmakers. He says without demonstrated medical data and science-based research facts, he will not support a statewide imposed school mask mandate. Hwang says at this point the social-emotional cost is outweighing the perceived good that universal mask mandates in schools provide.