CONNECTICUT – Not all bills circulating in Hartford will end up on Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk and in law until the legislature prepares for the season on Wednesday. Below are a few that managed to make their way to the head of the queue and into the law books before the summer vacation bell rang.
Lamont signed HB 6503, “An Act respecting the location of anaerobic digestion facilities on farms and the expanded use and establishment of certain composting facilities and standards,” on May 26th.
The new law strengthens the licensing process for solid waste treatment operations located on farms. Previously, facilities with a feed operation were exempt from the requirement for their operator to obtain a permit from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Effective May 26, when the bill was enacted, an exemption requires the facility to maintain a comprehensive nutrient management plan developed by the federal government.
The new law also relaxes the regulations governing the nature of the raw material that enters upstream of the waste treatment facility. It increases the cap on food scraps, food processing residues, and soiled or non-recycled paper from 5 to 40 percent. If the facility is unable to comply with raw material or location requirements, the new law requires the operator to apply to DEEP for a solid waste permit.
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You are forgiven for thinking that it was already illegal in the state to discriminate against someone who wears a wig or their hair in braids, but it was not, not until March 4. It was then that the governor signed HB 6515, “An Act of a respectful and open world for natural hair”, into law. A person’s hair texture and “protective hairstyle” are no longer allowed to influence negatively employment, public housing, housing, credit practices, union membership and state agency practices Protective hairstyles include wigs, head wraps, individual braids, cornrows , locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros and afro puffs.
After a year of governance by executive decree during the coronavirus pandemic, Lamont returned some of the powers of the legislature to lawmakers on March 31. HB 6555, “An Act Concerning Legislative Oversight and Approval of COVID-19 Relief Funds,” allows the legislature to review and amend the governor’s plans to spend $ 2.7 billion in federal coronavirus relief.
Connecticut ice cream trucks will soon receive school bus safety treatment, now that Lamont has signed SB 608, “An Act respecting the safety of children when buying ice cream in a frozen dessert truck.” “.
The new law requires ice cream truck drivers to equip themselves with special flashing traffic lights and a stop sign arm that can be extended horizontally from the left side of the truck. Drivers are also affected, who must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the truck when the new bling is engaged. After stopping, the driver may overtake the truck at a speed of up to 5 mph and must yield to any pedestrian crossing the road to or from the truck. The law was signed on June 2, and ice cream truck drivers have until May 1, 2022 to bring their trips into compliance with the code.
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SB 1003, enacted June 2, fundamentally eliminates quota accrual programs. These are controversial strategies promoted by some insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers that prevent manufacturer co-payment assistance coupons from counting towards your deductible and maximum out-of-pocket expenses. The law comes into force on January 1, 2022.
Some Naugatuck retirees are lucky. SB 967, signed on June 4, authorizes the city to issue a series of bonds to finance the retirement obligations of firefighters and borough employees, with certain restrictions.