New Laws

June 26, 2017

Press Release

June 26, 2017 Immediate Release


Legislation expands assistance for emerging businesses, helps students with dyslexia and addresses the opioid epidemic

Three bills, co-sponsored by Rep. Derek Slap (D-West Hartford, Avon and Farmington), are about to take effect on July 1st. The new Public Acts are:

  • HB 5583, An Act Expanding Investment Eligibility under the Angel Investor Tax Credit Program.
  • HB 7052, An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse.
  • HB 7254, An Act Requiring Special Education Teachers to Complete a Program of Study in Evidence-based Structured Literacy Interventions for Students with Dyslexia.

While the pieces of legislation vary greatly in scope, Rep. Slap says there are commonalities. “These new laws don’t cost taxpayers any additional money – in fact there are some cost-savings - and they were passed with bi-partisan support. Collaborative partnerships between lawmakers don’t always grab the headlines, but I believe they’re what most folks want and expect from their elected leaders.”

Highlights of the new laws are as follows:

  • Since its inception in 2010 the Angel Investment Tax Credit program has helped more than 100 small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs to succeed, expand and grow the economy. The new legislation opens up angel investment to all industries, not just a select few.
  • Opioid abuse and addiction is a big problem in all corners of Connecticut. This new law offers more tools to fight the opioid crisis that include: addressing the maximum length of an opioid prescription for minors; requiring health insurers to cover medically necessary detox treatment; easier disposal of unused opioid medication; and improving communications between doctor and patient and state agencies regarding opioid abuse or opioid overdose deaths.
  • Identifying children who may need special education services is critical to ensuring all students receive the quality education necessary to achieve academically. The new law will require applicants to special education certification programs to receive instruction in the detection of - and interventions for - students with dyslexia.