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New Legislation

2017 Connecticut General Statutes

   by Mazur, Catherine

The Connecticut General Assembly has recently posted the 2017 Connecticut General Statutes in browsable format. The browsable statutes provide not only the text of the statute, but useful Public Act history information, along with selected case law annotations provided by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. The CGA's website also offers a Statute Text Search tool which can be used to conduct keyword searches of the statutes.

The Judicial Branch Law Libraries have created finding aids, available in two different formats, to help users locate statutes while using the CGA's website:

Please contact us if you have questions about these or any other library resources.

2016 Public Acts to General Statutes Conversion Tables

   by Mazur, Catherine

The Legislative Commissioners' Office of the Connecticut General Assembly has posted the 2016 Public Acts to General Statutes Conversion Tables. If you're not already familiar with this excellent resource, these tables can be used to find where new sections of Public Acts have been codified in the statutes.

For more information, take a look at the Conversion Tables User's Guide.

New Laws effective January 1, 2017

   by Mazur, Catherine

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted a list of new legislation that is effective on January 1, 2017. Each entry includes links to the full text of the Public Act, the plain english summary from the Office of Legislative Research, and the bill status page.

In addition, you can view current legislation effective from passage. The CGA also provides an archive of legislation by effective date going back to October 2007.

Summary of 2016 Public Acts

   by Roy, Christopher

The Office of Legislative Research has published its Summary of 2016 Public Acts. This 535 page book summarizes "all public acts passed during the 2016 Regular Session and December 2015 and May 2016 Special Sessions of the Connecticut General Assembly." A listing of all the 2016 vetoed acts is on page 5 and a table of criminal fines and penalties is on page 6.

New Laws Concerning Diversionary Programs

   by Roy, Christopher

The Office of Legislative Research report on Acts Affecting Crime and Public Safety has a section on changes to Diversionary Programs.

Public Act 16-182 (summary) "permits courts to refer persons under the age of twenty-one who are charged with underage drinking or motor vehicle offenses to a program that will educate them in the dangers and consequences of underage drinking and other risky behavior."

Public Act 16-55, sec. 9, (summary) "prohibits the court from suspending prosecution and ordering treatment for anyone who was driving a commercial motor vehicle (large truck or bus) or held a CDL or commercial driver's instruction permit when he or she was charged with any of the following crimes: (1) DUI, (2) DUI under age 21, (3) 2nd degree assault with a motor vehicle, or (4) 2nd degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle."

School Law Web Page Updated

   by Roy, Christopher

We have updated our School Law web page to include the Office of Legislative Research summary of 2016 acts affecting education. The summary includes a reference to An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy (summary), a new law that imposes requirements on contractors and operators of websites, online services, or apps concerning student information.

New Power of Attorney Law in Effect October 1, 2016

   by Booth, George

Connecticut's new Uniform Power of Attorney Law is in effect as of October 1, 2016. The law is retroactive, so that its provisions apply to all existing valid Power of Attorney documents.

As the Probate Court's website states:

Changes to the Connecticut Uniform Power of Attorney (POA) Act are designed to make powers of attorney easier to use. One important provision requires banks and other financial institutions to honor a POA document and grants new authority to the Probate Courts to compel these institutions to accept POAs. The act also better protects vulnerable individuals from POA abuses and financial exploitation by providing remedies through the Probate Courts.

“Under the old law, many people were frustrated that they had planned ahead only to have a bank disregard the POA for various reasons, including that it was too old or executed on the wrong form,” Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Knierim said. “By allowing people to seek redress in the Probate Courts, the new law helps families and individuals make their financial arrangements with more confidence.”


Connecticut’s previous law governing POAs was enacted 51 years ago. With the new law, the state joins 17 other states that have adopted the updated POA law.

The Uniform Power of Attorney Act was adopted in Public Act 15-240, set to be effective July 1, 2016. Public Act 16-40 modified the Act, and delayed the effective date from July 1 to October 1, 2016.

For more information and links to new forms, see the Probate Court's New Power of Attorney Law webpage.

2016 Major Public Acts

   by Booth, George

The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has made available the following publication:

  • The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) composed these summaries to briefly describe the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts passed by the General Assembly in its 2016 regular session.

The public act summaries are organized by legislative committee.