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New State Laws in Place This Week

Dozens of new mandates, passed by the General Assembly this year, went into effect this week.

 

A slew of new state laws, approved by the General Assembly in its spring session, took effect this week, including one that allows 17-year-olds accused of a crime to now be considered juveniles in the criminal justice system. 

Under the “Act Concerning Juvenile Justice,” 17-year-olds accused of a crime now will be prosecuted in juvenile court.

Here are other laws that went into effect as of July 1:

  • The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection now must post actual and anticipated sewage spills, with a map, on its website.
  • Pharmacists can add flavoring to prescriptions if the patient, or the patient’s doctor, requests it.
  • Besides allowing Sunday alcohol sales, a new liquor law also establishes the Competitive Alcoholic Liquor Pricing Task Force, which will study Connecticut's permitting processes and pricing laws and compare them with surrounding states. The law also increases the number of package stores someone can own, expands the items stores can sell and allows fee-based demonstrations in package stores.
  • Connecticut’s State University System, which includes the four state universities, must work with community and technical colleges to develop a general education core of courses that students can take at the community and technical colleges. Credits from those courses can transfer with the student if they transfer to one of the four state universities.
  • Colleges and universities in the state now must adopt and disclose one or more policies on sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The policies must include provisions for providing information to students about their options for assistance if they are victims of such violence, disciplinary procedures, and possible sanctions. They also must include those policies in their annual campus crime report.
  • Boat owners are now responsible for inspecting their boats, when moving them around different bodies of water in the state, to inspect their vessels and trailers for invasive vegetation that might have attached to them. The law seeks to limit the growth of invasive weeds and water plants in Connecticut waterways. Anyone caught not inspecting their boats could be fined $100.  
Brigid July 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm a bit confused about the state college system/community college laws. I used to work at Middlesex and we had transfer credit agreements with the state U system. Did they expire?
sue July 05, 2012 at 05:09 PM
As a former student at MXCC I also thought we had transfer agreements into credits but sadly Central would not accept my math credits, the Math Dean at Central stated this was because he was not sure exactly what was being taught in the various classes , if they were up to par with Central's classes so how could he possibly approve the credit transfer, on the other hand University of Hartford accepted all of my credits problem free
Brigid July 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Sue, when did this happen to you? I ask because we had more Central students using the transfer credit agreement than any of the rest of the state schools. They often took short courses during winter and summer breaks. When we registered them we had a list right in front of us of what courses were transferrable. Basic math and English courses were very popular. Maybe they had to re-vamp the whole system because people weren't following the rules? Sad that the Math dean at Central was so clueless.

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