|A number of new laws that my colleagues and I worked on during the 2023 legislative session to implement meaningful change in our state will take effect today.
⚖️ Early Voting
Voters will now have 14 days of early voting for general elections, 7 days of early voting for most primaries, and 4 days of early voting for special elections and presidential preference primaries.
⚖️ Voting Rights Act
This new law prohibits intimidation, deception, or obstruction related to voting and allows aggrieved parties to seek remedies in court.
⚖️ Debt-Free Community College Eligibility Changes
This law extends eligibility for the state’s debt-free community college program to returning students by removing requirements that a qualifying student must be a first-time enrollee at a community-technical college and awards must be applied during a student’s first 48 consecutive months, thus allowing returning students to receive the award if they meet all other eligibility requirements.
⚖️ Baby Bonds
Under the law, $3,200 would be placed in a trust on behalf of each baby born into HUSKY, the state’s Medicaid program, starting July 1. Those investments would grow over time and recipients could access that money between the ages of 18-30.
⚖️ Endometriosis Data and Biorepository Program
This law requires UConn Health Center to develop an endometriosis data and biorepository program to enable and promote research on early detection and ways to manage the condition in adolescents and adults.
⚖️ Menstrual Products
Certain public agencies will start providing free menstrual products including public colleges and universities, homeless and domestic violence shelters that receive state aid.