New Laws Taking Effect on January 1st


Please note that this is provided as information, and inclusion in this message does not indicate my support or opposition to an individual measure.

As 2017 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting January 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below.  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.

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.


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.


Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the new year 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.

I encourage you to contact me regarding any state or local concerns at 800-842-1423 or


Rep. Tom Delnicki Rings Bell for The Salvation Army


SOUTH WINDSOR- On December 11th State Representative Tom Delnicki rang the bell for The Salvation Army at the South Windsor Stop & Shop.

Over the course of an hour, Rep. Delnicki participated in the time honored tradition of ‘Ringing the Bell’ as they greeted holiday shoppers. As a group, the Republican caucuses have raised more than $190,000 for the Salvation Army over the past several years.

“The 14th District has amazed me once again,” said Rep. Delnicki of his experience partnering with The Salvation Army and Wal-Mart. “In times of need our community comes together to help out those who need it most. It is important to remember all those in need especially during this holiday season. I would like to send a special thank you to all those that donated to this worthy cause and also to those who help out in other ways during this holiday season and throughout the year.”

All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army. Donated funds will help The Salvation Army provide basic social services to those in need of food, shelter, clothing, and financial assistance. The organization also responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.

Anyone that was unable to donate during the bell ringing but would wish to contribute to The Salvation Army can text CTREP to 71777 and donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle.

Delnicki Appointed to Board Addressing Crumbling Foundations


HARTFORD – The state legislature created a not-for-profit captive insurance company to help homeowners repair or replace crumbling concrete foundations stated Rep. Tom Delnicki. On November 28, House Republican Minority Leader, Themis Klarides, officially appointed Delnicki to committee that will serve to organize the newly formed captive insurance company.

“I am looking forward to serving as a member on the Captive Insurance Company Organizing Committee. The sooner we begin the work of organizing this board the better. We not only have an opportunity to begin the process of helping people put their lives and homes back together, but we now have the funds available to start this process. I encourage folks to take advantage of the testing program and to report their crumbling foundations to the Department of Consumer Protection so that we can determine the extent of this problem,” said Rep. Delnicki.

According to Delnicki, the board is comprised of members of each of the four legislative caucuses. Additionally, there are two seats on the board for affected homeowners, as well as representation from the municipalities, insurers, and from the banking industry. The membership of the board will fulfill their duties on a volunteer basis and the board will serve as an advisement committee to the captive insurance company for the entirety of its operation.

Delnicki went on to mention that as the rest of the board’s appointments are finalized he will continue to provide updates to the residents of South Windsor, as he has done throughout the process to date, regarding the actions and progress of the captive insurer.

Rep. Delnicki Earns 100 Percent Voting Record


Hartford – Representative Tom Delnicki (R-14) earned a 100 percent voting record for the 2017 legislative session according to recently released data from the House Clerk’s office. There were 417 votes cast during the 2017 regular session and special session.

“I am honored that people have sent me to Hartford to be their voice and advocate on their behalf,” said Delnicki, whose district covers South Windsor.

Representative Delnicki currently serves on the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, Banking Committee and the Insurance Committee.

The next regular legislative session will convene in February 2018. For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2017 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: Acts for 2017.pdf

“I want everyone to know that I am committed to representing you and being your voice. I am available at any time when I am called into the legislature to act on your behalf,” added Rep. Delnicki.

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Delnicki’s office at or 860-240-8700.

Rep. Delnicki to Host Post-Session Legislative Update


The public is invited to a Legislative Update with State Rep. Tom Delnicki (R-14) on Thursday, December 14th at the South Windsor Public Library, in the Friends Room located at 1550 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, CT.

The event will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Residents will have the opportunity to meet with Rep. Delnicki in an informal setting to discuss the issues that shaped the 2017 legislative session. Residents are also encouraged to discuss any state or legislative issues, including the latest on the state budget.

All residents are encouraged to attend.

If you are unable to attend the event, please reach out to Rep. Delnicki at or call (860) 240-8700.  Please check www.RepDelnicki for any cancellations prior to the scheduled event.