New Laws & Manchester Survey

October 7, 2021
Last week, several new laws in Connecticut went into effect, I have shared a selection of them below and break down just what they mean for you. Below, you will also find a survey from the Town requesting your input on how to utilize allocated federal ARPA funds.

New Laws

Pedestrian Safety  

  • PA 21-28 clarifies the rules for pedestrians in crosswalks 
    • Drivers must now slow down or stop if a pedestrian is in the crosswalk or indicated that they are going to cross. 
Breastfeeding in the Workplace
  • Public Act No. 21-27 requires employers to provide a private room or location with an electrical outlet for women to express milk. Employers must also provide a refrigerated space to store the breast-milk.  
  • The law also protects breastfeeding employees from workplace discrimination.

Addressing Gender Discrimination 

  • PA 21-30 requires employers to offer equal pay for "comparable” work regardless of gender. 
  • Also requires employers to offer prospective applicants and employees a scale of pay among those with similar tasks.

Marijuana and Smoking Restrictions 

  • On October 1st, a portion of PA 21-1 went into effect.
  • Medical marijuana patients, and caregivers, who are 18 years old or older can start growing up to three mature and three immature plants at home-- with a limit of 12 plants per household. 
  • Smoking of any kind (tobacco, vaping, marijuana) will be prohibited within 25 feet of the any door, window, or vent intake of any building open to the public.

"Bottle Bill"

  • PA 21-58 requires certain retailers to have at least two reverse vending machines on their premises. 
  • It also increases the handling fee paid by the distributors to redemption centers from 2.5 cents per beverage container to 3.5 cents.

Click here for the complete list of laws that went into effect last week.

Survey for Manchester Residents

Manchester will receive funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Board of Directors would like to hear from you. What are your ideas for this investment to address town needs? Click the buttons below to access the survey.

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