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CT Department of Revenue Services Webpage on Plastic Bag Law Effective August 1, 2019

   by Zigadto, Janet

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3601

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has posted a helpful webpage explaining the new law on single-use plastic bags effective August 1, 2019. It contains definitions and detailed explanation of the new law created by Public Act 19-117, section 355. The DRS has also compiled a list of questions it has received concerning implementation of the single-use bag fee, and has issued an Office of the Commissioner Guidance Regarding the Single-Use Plastic Bag Fee. The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) will update this guidance as it receives additional questions.


Office of Legislative Research - 2019 Bill Tracking Report

   by Booth, George

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3578

This report from the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), 2019 Bill Tracking:

"...identifies bills considered during the General Assembly’s 2019 regular session whose content or concepts were incorporated into other legislation, under different bill numbers, that the legislature passed.

It lists bills that were, at a minimum, fully drafted and had a public hearing but whose substance, in part or in whole, was enacted as a public act through separate legislation. The report includes those acts that (1) borrowed specific content from another bill or (2) addressed similar concepts using language that did not exactly match that of the other bill."

Office of Legislative Research 2019 Bill Tracking Report


Laws Effective July 1, 2019

   by Zigadto, Janet

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3555

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted a list of legislation that is effective on July 1, 2019. 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 Connecticut General Assembly also provides an archive of legislation by effective date going back to October 2007.


2019 Major Public Acts

   by Booth, George

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3532

The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has made available its Major Public Acts report for the 2019 legislative session:

These summaries, composed by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) with the assistance of the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), briefly describe the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly in its 2019 regular session. Acts that the secretary of the state has assigned a public act (PA) or special act (SA) number are identified by that number; otherwise, we refer to the bill or resolution number.

Not all provisions of the acts are included. More detailed summaries can be found at the OLR website.


New Laws Effective October 1, 2018

   by Mazur, Catherine

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3202

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted a list of new legislation that is effective on October 1, 2018. 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.


New Laws Effective July 1, 2018

   by Mazur, Catherine

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3060

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted a list of new legislation that is effective on July 1, 2018. 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 Connecticut General Assembly also provides an archiveof legislation by effective date going back to October 2007.


New Acts Affecting special reports from the Office of Legislative Research

   by Mazur, Catherine

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3041

The Connecticut Office of Legislative Research has published a number of Acts Affecting special reports for the 2018 regular session. The publications contain summaries of recent acts, organized by subject. They include the Public (or Special) Act number, and include links to their respective bill status pages.


2018 Major Public Acts

   by Booth, George

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=3009

The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has made available its Major Public Acts report for the 2018 legislative session:

These summaries, composed by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) with the assistance of the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), briefly describe the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly in its 2018 regular session. Acts that the secretary of the state has assigned a public act (PA) or special act (SA) number are identified by that number; otherwise, we refer to the bill or resolution number.

Not all provisions of the acts are included. More detailed summaries can be found at the OLR website.


2018 Supplement to the General Statutes of Connecticut now available

   by Mazur, Catherine

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=2921

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted the 2018 Supplement to the General Statutes of Connecticut. The supplement codifies the Public Acts that were enacted by the General Assembly in 2017 and in effect on January 1, 2017. There is also an index provided by the Legislative Commissioners' Office.

The 2018 Supplement is intended to be used with the 2017 revision of the statutes. Law Library Services has created multiple finding aids to assist researchers with locating statutes, including a written guide on How to Find Connecticut Statutes Online, and two video tutorials on Searching and Browsing Connecticut Statutes Online.


General Statutes Amended or Repealed in 2017

   by Roy, Christopher

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=839


New Laws Effective January 1, 2018

   by Zigadto, Janet

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=820

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted a list of new legislation that is effective on January 1, 2018. 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 Connecticut General Assembly also provides an archive of legislation by effective date going back to October 2007.


Summary of 2017 Public Acts

   by Booth, George

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=755

The Office of Legislative Research has published its Summary of 2017 Public Acts. This 402 page book summarizes "...all public acts and one resolution act passed during the Connecticut General Assembly’s September 2016 Special Session and the 2017 Regular Session." A listing of all the 2017 vetoed acts is on page 5 and a table of criminal fines and penalties is on page 6.


New Laws Effective October 1, 2017

   by Mazur, Catherine

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=663

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted a list of new legislation that is effective on October 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.


New Laws Effective July 1, 2017

   by Mazur, Catherine

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=535

The Connecticut General Assembly has posted a list of new legislation that is effective on July 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.


2017 Major Public Acts

   by Booth, George

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=515

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

These summaries, composed by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), briefly describe the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly in its 2017 regular session.

Not all provisions of the acts are included. More detailed summaries can be found at the OLR website.



2017 Connecticut General Statutes

   by Mazur, Catherine

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=399

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

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=255

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

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=251

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

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=181

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.


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