Connecticut introduces 140 new laws now in effect

(WTNH) — Connecticut has introduced 140 new laws that are now in effect. These acts range from health to motor vehicle to legal proceedings, educational, criminal, architectural and many more.

We’re taking a look at what highlights of 8 of these new laws mean to you. Click through the header to read the complete parameters and changes to each law:

  1. Law Enforcement Can Track Cell Phone Activity: standards for law enforcement conducting surveillance using a “cell site simulator device” have been set to obtain geo-location data under specific regulations
  2. Strengthening Domestic Violence Laws: specifies that 1st or 2nd degree stalking may occur through the use of electronic or social media
  3. Protections for Pregnant Women in the Workplace: requires employers to provide a reasonable workplace accommodation for a pregnant employee or applicant, unless the employer demonstrates that the accommodation would be an undue hardship
  4. National Guard Members Can Cancel Gym Memberships and Other Contracts: Connecticut National Guard members ordered into active service to cancel certain contracts at any time after receiving orders to serve for 90 days or more at a location that does not support such contracts
  5. Safe Haven Laws Have Expanded: this existing law requires a hospital to designate a place where a parent or parent’s legal agent can surrender an infant up to 30 days old without facing arrest for abandonment. The new portion is that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is required to identify a prospective adoptive parent for a safe haven infant within one business day
  6. Authorizing Picking Mushrooms at State Parks: This act allows people to take mushrooms for their personal use from property under the control of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  7. Felony Offenses Introduced for Computer Extortion by Use of Ransomware: this act creates a specific class E felony offense for computer extortion involving ransomware
  8. Farms Can Now Manufacture and Sell Alcohol: a new permit allows for Connecticut farms to manufacture, store, bottle, wholesale distribute and sell distilled alcohol or spirits they produce on their property


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