Yearly Archives: 2019

PLASTIC BAGS IN CONNECTICUT – NEW LAWS IN PLACE

The ubiquitous plastic bags used by a wide variety of retail, food service and other businesses in Connecticut will soon be undergoing big changes. There is a new law on the state level, and also action in a number of local communities concerning single-use plastic shopping bags. The proponents of restrictions on plastic bags argue… Read More »

NEW LAWS AFFECTING ELDERS – 2019

With the close of the recent Connecticut Legislative session, Connecticut has a couple of new laws that effect our ageing and/or ailing population. Public Act 19-89 AN ACT CONCERNING NURSING HOME STAFFING LEVELS Effective October 1, 2019, this act requires Nursing Home facilities to post in a conspicuous place on a daily basis the staffing… Read More »

ENHANCED DAMAGES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING: Statutory Double or Treble Damages

In recent blogs we covered damages and distracted driving. Now, those topics come together with the passage of Substitute House Bill No. 7126, which amends section 14-295 of the Connecticut General Statutes by adding distracted driving to the litany of traffic violations that will give rise to double or treble damages. This statute provides that… Read More »

NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR CONNECTICUT’S FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

A new bill was signed into law just this week establishing a paid family and medical leave program for eligible employees in Connecticut [Public Act No. 19-25]. While most of the changes set forth in the Act do not become effective until 2021 or 2022, the Act sets forth a rather expansive and comprehensive scheme… Read More »

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

June is Pride Month and an opportune time to talk about laws affecting the LGBTQ+ community. The purpose of Pride Month is to raise awareness and celebrate the progress reached thus far. But it is also a time to recognize the existence of impediments to achieving full equality and to come together to create a… Read More »

NEW LEGISLATION REINFORCES ATTORNEY ROLE IN CONNECTICUT REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS

Using an attorney to perform real estate closings is the norm in Connecticut, and many people assume that this is the case everywhere in the United States. However, in about half of the states, an attorney is not typically used by local custom, and the use of an attorney is required by law in only… Read More »

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CONNECTICUT: Legal or Not?

Answer: It depends. Federal law still defines marijuana as a prohibited substance. However, in direct conflict with federal law, more and more states are legalizing medical use of marijuana, such as Connecticut, and more and more states are legalizing recreational use of marijuana; Connecticut has not crossed this line yet. Connecticut General Statutes “CGS” sections… Read More »

SHARING THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLISTS THIS SUMMER

We are finally experiencing some warmer weather, and the rain seems to have stopped, which means that there will be more and more motorcyclists out on the road. It is important to keep in mind that those operating smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, are much more likely to be injured in the event of an… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: Technology with Risks

Last year I wrote about the future in a blog dealing with autonomous vehicles and some of the challenges that come along with the emerging technology.  As automakers and ride sharing companies race to the finish line in an effort to perfect the technological advances that will set them aside from the rest so as… Read More »

DENVER FIRST IN NATION TO DECRIMINALIZE PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS

~Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? ~ Because he was a fungi.~ On Tuesday, May 7th, citizens of Denver, Colorado voted “yes” on an ordinance that decriminalizes Psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in “magic mushrooms.” The ordinance passed by an extremely narrow margin with 50.56% voting in favor of decriminalization and 49.44%… Read More »

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