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Agency Rules and Regulations

Federal Trade Commission Amends Used Car Rule

   by Roy, Christopher

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Effective January 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission has amended its Used Car Rule, 16 CFR Part 455. Here is the text of the Federal Register Notice, which states that "[t]he Used Car Rule requires dealers to display on used cars offered for sale a window sticker called a ‘Buyers Guide’ containing warranty and other information." For further research, some of our libraries own the National Consumer Law Center's (NCLC) book on Consumer Warranty Law. Also, the NCLC has an explanatory page on the amended Used Car Rule.

Connecticut's Used Automobile Warranty law is found in Chapter 743f of the Connecticut statutes. Further, the Connecticut DMV has a web page titled Used Car Warranty that links to Chapter 743f and a "Dealers and Repairers Complaint Form."

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DUI: Administrative Procedures for "Per Se" Suspension of Motor Vehicle Operator's License

   by Roy, Christopher

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The regulations concerning the Administrative Procedures for "Per Se" Suspension of Motor Vehicle Operator's License have been amended, effective September 7, 2016. The statement of purpose outlining the changes is reproduced below:

The proposed regulation reflects statutory changes to the Administrative "Per Se" procedures that have occurred in recent years, particularly as a result of Public Act 2009-187 and Public Act 2014-228. The regulations have been updated to reflect the General Assembly’s actions in the following ways:

1. Establishes the requirement that an operator install an ignition interlock device (IID) as a condition of restoration of his or her operator’s license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle after serving a suspension. The length of the suspension and the IID requirement are detailed in the statute and in the suspension notice from the department;

2. Allows law enforcement personnel to electronically submit to the Department of Motor Vehicles the information contained in the A-44 "Operating Under the Influence" Form as an alternative to mailing a hard copy;

3. Clarifies the provisions relating to administrative "per se" hearing continuances;

4. Requires the service of a subpoena to provide at least seventy-two (72) hours’ notice when summoning a police officer to appear at an administrative "per se" hearing; and

5. Eliminates a requirement that an operator automatically prevail in a hearing under this section in the event that the commissioner has not rendered a decision within thirty (30) days from the date of arrest.

See our Law about Driving Under the Influence for further references to statutes, regulations, and research reports.


Regulation-Making in Connecticut

   by Mazur, Catherine

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Curious about the regulatory process in Connecticut? The E-Regulations System, maintained by the Secretary of State's office, offers an overview of Regulation-Making in Connecticut:

Regulations are rules adopted by Connecticut state agencies and some boards and commissions. Regulations are adopted in Connecticut pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act Chapter 54 of the General Statutes and the rules of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee (LRRC). Generally, a regulation must (1) be properly noticed, (2) have a public comment period, (3) be approved by the Attorney General as to legal sufficiency, (4) be approved by the LRRC, and (5) be filed in the Secretary of the State's office.
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Agencies may only adopt regulations that are authorized by Connecticut statute. Some agencies have very broad authority to adopt regulations, while other agencies have more limited authority that is often limited to a particular topic. With some exceptions, an agency’s regulation-making authority generally falls into two categories, mandatory and permissive. Mandatory regulations are those that an agency is required to write pursuant to a public act. Many agencies also have permissive regulatory authority, which means they have authority to write regulations on a particular topic, but are not required to do so.

There is also a Glossary of Terms and Acronyms and a helpful guide for users searching for regulations: How to Use this Site.


New Regulations - Expedited Pardons Review

   by Roy, Christopher

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Effective August 2, 2016, there are new expedited pardons review regulations. The new regulations provide non-violent offenders with a expedited pardons process if they meet certain criteria laid out in the regulations. More information about pardons can be found on the Board of Pardons and Paroles website.


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