|Sen. Suzio center, Sen. Markley right|
New Laws have just come into effect on January 1st 2018. Below are descriptions of some noteworthy legislation. You can view the complete list of new laws by clicking here. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.
AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE - Public Act No. 17-131 requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduce the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allow patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed. Summary
AN ACT CONCERNING WITHHOLDING WORKERS' COMPENSATION INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT - Public Act No. 17-27 requires an employer promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or child owed the support) or judicial branch's Support Enforcement Services, as directed if an employee whose income is withheld to enforce a child support order makes a workers' compensation claim. Summary
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT - Public Act No. 17-83 broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans' benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans' cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver's license or identity card. Summary
Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in 2018 in the State of Connecticut.
New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year, although a few laws go into effect immediately upon passage.