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From Ammo To Cell Phones To Tanning, Several New Laws Start Oct. 1

by Christine Stuart | Sep 30, 2013 5:16pm
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On Tuesday, Oct. 1, gun owners who never owned a pistol will have to get a pistol permit, certificate of eligibility, a long gun permit, or the new ammunition certificate if they want to purchase bullets, shells, or magazines.

The new ammunition certificate will cost $35 and will be good for five years. The certificate was part of the stricter gun laws passed by the General Assembly in April in response to the shooting of 20 first graders, and six educators in Newtown.

Another part of that bill that goes into effect Tuesday addresses the mental health issues raised by the shooting. The new law reduces the time health insurers have to make initial determinations on requests for treatments for certain mental or substance abuse disorders and asks the company to review claim denials and other adverse determinations of such requests.

There’s also a new human trafficking law that increases the penalty for patronizing a prostitute and allows anyone convicted of prostitution to apply to vacate the conviction if they were a victim of trafficking.

Another law closes a loophole in the state’s sexual assault act and extends the definition of “physically helpless” to include people who are physically unable to resist an act of sexual intercouse. Yet another law requires more law enforcement organizations to collect traffic stop information and to adopt a profiling policy. The law stems from the long ignored Alvin Penn Racial Profiling Act.

Then there’s a new law that establishes a mattress stewardship program to manage discarded mattresses and funds it by imposing a fee on mattress sales. There’s also a law that prohibits tanning facility operators from allowing anyone under age of 17 to use a tanning device. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $100.

Also going into effect Tuesday is a law that changes how nursing homes are able to recover funds owed them for providing care to individuals who apply to receive Medicaid. Currently, the funds are owed to the Department of Social Services rather than the individual nursing home.

Highway workers are celebrating a new law that stiffens penalties for drivers who violate certain laws within highway work zones, and makes other changes concerning highway work zone safety. Among other things, it doubles the fine for drivers who use hand-held cell phones in a highway work zone.

These are a just a few of the new laws that take effect Oct. 1. For more information on the major acts passed during the 2013 legislative session, click here to read the list compiled by the Office of Legislative Research.

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posted by: Noteworthy | September 30, 2013  9:57pm

The gun law changes can be summed up like this: The Dome Dwellers demand you get permission slips to own any gun, buy ammo and take gun safety classes - said permission slips will do absolutely nothing to reduce either urban violence or the acts of crazy people like Adam Lanza. The permission slips will be dispensed by the state police who still can’t conclude the Newtown investigation nearly a year from when the shooter died along with the victims, and where there are no anticipated arrests.

And the anti-tanning legislation means you can’t even get a permission slip until you are legally an adult.

You all can gamble your food away in addictive Keno and know that the cost of your permission slips will help balance the bloated state budget including the increase in staff needed to process all those permission slips and do bed checks at tanning salons.

posted by: Art Vandelay | October 1, 2013  9:35am

If I want a gun, I’ll do what everyone else does.  Hop in my car, drive down to a Gun Show in Virginia, get what I want and come home.  No background checks, no nothing just cash.

posted by: gutbomb86 | October 1, 2013  10:30am

gutbomb86

@art - why don’t you go ahead and stay in Virginia then. You are clearly part of the problem with the gun culture and CT will be better off with one less angry, anti-gov’t ranter. If you want to take your ball and go home, you’re welcome to do so.

posted by: Art Vandelay | October 1, 2013  10:52am

To Gutbomb86: I do not own a firearm nor do I ever. The point I’m making is that personal liberties are violated by the intrusion by large government. Obviously you are a proponent of big government and want it controlling every aspect of your life.  I on the other hand believe in what the Founding Fathers wanted for this country and it was NOT an ever controlling federal & state government.

posted by: thejen | October 1, 2013  12:23pm

Noteworthy, can you please point me in the direction of the permission slip to take the safety classes?

posted by: dano860 | October 1, 2013  11:09pm

Gut, once again, not everyone feels that way. Not everyone is afraid of firearms and comfortable with crazies.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/28/Family-Of-Newtown-Victim-President-Obama-And-CT-Gov-Used-Shooting-For-Gun-Control-Agenda