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A bill authorizing the picking of mushrooms at State Parks takes effect on Sunday.  The measure, introduced by New Milford state Senator Craig Miner, allows people to take mushrooms for their personal use from property under the control of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

 

A new law proposed by Newtown state Representative Mitch Bolinsky takes effect in Connecticut on Sunday.  It allows certain organizations qualified to operate bazaars or raffles to sell or promote the sale of raffle tickets on their websites.  But it also specifically prohibits sponsoring organization from conducting or operating an online raffle.

 

Law Enforcement can track cell phone activity under a new law in Connecticut that takes effect Sunday.  Standards for law enforcement conducting surveillance using a “cell site simulator device” have been set to obtain geo-location data under specific regulations.

 

National Guard members will be able to cancel gym memberships and other contracts early under a new law taking effect Sunday in Connecticut.  Those members ordered into active service can cancel certain contracts at any time after receiving order, to serve for 90 days or more, at a location that does not support such contracts.

 

Safe Haven Laws are being expanded in Connecticut as of Sunday.  The existing law requires a hospital to designate a place where a person 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 is required to identify a prospective adoptive parent for a safe haven infant within one business day.

 

Felony offenses are being introduced for Computer Extortion by Use of Ransomware.  As of Sunday, in Connecticut, an act creates a specific "class E felony offense" for computer extortion involving ransomware.

 

A new law takes effect on Sunday that removes the lower age limit of an existing law about sexting.  Those under age 13 who possess or transmit child pornography would face a misdemeanor, rather than felony, charges.

 

Anyone under age 16 would be prohibited from getting married in Connecticut as of Sunday.  The new law also narrows the circumstances in which a marriage license may be issued to a 16 or 17 year old.  Under prior law, a 16- or 17-year-old could be issued a marriage license if the registrar of vital statistics had on file the written consent of the minor's parent or guardian. If the minor was under age 16, he or she also needed the written consent of the probate judge where the minor resided.

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