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State Rep. Rutigliano: January 1st New Laws

Posted on January 5, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

First, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year.

I want to remind you that I will be having a coffee hour on Wednesday, January 5th at 8am at Best Edibles Deli in Trumbull. Please come and join me to discuss the state issues that concern you.

As we enter January, you may want to take a look at a useful resource put together by the Office of Legislative Research that outlines certain changes to laws and other items of note that will either go into effect on Jan. 1, or have deadlines in 2022.

New policies affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses took effect on January 1st, 2022. This year, several important measures that may impact you, your family or your business become law, including:

  • Law Enforcement Use of Force – The legislature delayed, from April 1, 2021, to January 1, 2022, the effective date of 2020 legislative changes affecting law enforcement use of force. Among other things, these provisions limit the circumstances under which an officer’s use of deadly physical force is justified and establish factors to consider when evaluating whether the officer’s action was objectively reasonable.
  • The legislature established a five-member commission to review the statutes governing public health and civil preparedness emergencies and make recommendations on how they should be amended to provide greater legislative oversight of emergency declarations and the exercise of executive authority under those statutes. The commission must report its findings to the Government Administration and Elections Committee by January 1, 2022.
  • An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave – Public Act No. 19-25 – Summary
  • An Act Concerning Diabetes and High Deductible Health Plans – Public Act No. 20-4 – Summary

An Act Concerning Court Operations – Public Act No. 21-104 (Sec. 2-10, 12-14, 24, 27, 29-33) – Summary

New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. I encourage you to take a look at the full list by clicking here.