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New laws take effect in Conn. Monday

A bill co-sponsored by several Greater Danbury area lawmakers takes effect with the start of the new year.  The measure requires opioid painkiller prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing.  It also reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allows patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed.  It was co-sponsored by Danbury Representatives David Arconti, Michael Ferguson and Bob Godfrey, John Frey of Ridgefield, Brookfield Representative Stephen Harding, Mitch Bolinsky of Newtown, Easton Representative Adam Dunsby and Bill Buckbee of New Milford.  Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown also co-sponsored the bill.


Newtown Representative Mitch Bolinsky cosponsored a bill which goes into law on Monday.  The measure is about withholding workers' compensation income for child support.  It requires an employer notify the spouse, former spouse or child owed the support if an employee whose income is withheld to enforce a child support order makes a workers' compensation claim.


Bethel Representative Will Duff is touting a law taking effect effect on January 1st.  It 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.


A bill about bots takes effect in Connecticut with the start of the new year.  The measure prohibits anyone from using automated ticket purchasing software to buy tickets on the Internet. The computer program or software can bypass or turn off security measures on a website and will now be considered a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.  The 2016 federal Better Online Ticket Sales Act prohibits the use of software that circumvents a venue's attempt to limit the number of tickets a consumer may purchase.


A bill placing conditions on the sale of tickets to certain entertainment events goes into effect with the start of the near year.   It requires ticket sellers employing using certain nontransferable or paperless ticketing systems to provide written resale or trade disclosure information to potential ticket purchasers.  The act also prohibits anyone from denying a ticketholder admission to an entertainment event solely because the ticket was resold.


Some occupational licenses, registrations, and certificates will be eliminated as of 2018.  The Department of Consumer Protection is getting rid of the swimming pool assembler's license because it's similar to registration requirements for pool builder licensees under existing law, including registering as a home improvement contractor.  It generally required anyone who professionally assembled above-ground swimming pools more than 24 inches deep to be licensed.