New Laws, Minimum Wage Increase, and Meet Me In Person

January 2, 2024

It's the start of the new year, and I am focused on the work that needs to be done in the new legislative session. While my vision is on what's to come in 2024, now is a good time to let you know that numerous laws took effect on January 1, 2024. Please keep scrolling to see a full list of the state's newest laws. 

Another major change in the new year is an increase to the minimum wage. Take a look below to learn how much that rate went up on January 1.

And you have an opportunity to meet me in person, ask questions, and share any concerns at a Legislative Town Hall in West Hartford. Please read below to find out where and when that event is taking place.

These are the sections in today's email:

  • New Laws Effective January 1
  • Minimum Wage Increase
  • Meet Me in Person in West Hartford
New Laws Effective January 1
As we enjoy the start of a new year, there are some laws that took effect on January 1 addressing key issues including early voting, health and mental health, as well as online privacy and data protection.

Although extensive, below I share some highlights and a link to the complete list of new laws. Please share and reach out to my office if you would like more detail on any of the new laws.


Establishes a framework for early, in-person voting requiring a 14-day early voting period for general elections, a seven-day period for most primaries, and a four-day early voting period for special elections and presidential preference primaries.


Sets a timeframe within which the court must hold a hearing on temporary financial support in divorce, legal separation, annulment, and custody proceedings.


Includes the creation of a Hospice Hospital at Home pilot program to provide in-home hospice care to patients through in-person visits and telehealth.


Establishes a new license category for freestanding birth centers, an Infant Mortality Relief Program to review medical records and other data on infant deaths and a midwifery working group to study and make recommendations on advancing choices for community birth care.


Makes various changes to laws on data privacy and related issues, including provisions on consumer health data, minors’ social media accounts and online services, online dating operators, and a task force on internet crimes against children. 


Among many supportive measures, creates a plan to establish a Transitional Life Skills College program to support certain people with IDD who are transitioning out of high school or to independent living. 


Expands eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress injuries to all employees covered by the workers’ compensation law.

New Laws Effective January 1, 2024
Your calls, emails, and testimony at public hearings during the legislative session had a direct influence on these new laws. Thank you for your input, and please continue sharing your views and making your voice heard during our legislative process.
Minimum Wage Increase

New year, new wage! The state's minimum wage of $15 increased to $15.69 on January 1, 2024, as part of Connecticut’s first-ever economic indicator adjustment. 

This increase was made possible thanks to legislation passed in 2019, which implemented five incremental increases in the minimum wage between 2019 and 2023, followed by future adjustments that are tied to the percentage change in the federal employment cost index.

Beginning on January 1, 2024, and occurring annually each January 1, the state’s minimum wage will be adjusted according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s calculation of the employment cost index for the 12-month period ending on June 30 of the preceding year. The law requires the Connecticut Department of Labor to review this percentage change and then announce any adjustments by October 15 of each year. The minimum wage adjustments become effective on the next January 1.

Providing livable wages to the lowest-earning workers is a step in the right direction to help them make ends meet and provide for their families. This increase not only assists hard-working Connecticut families, but it can spur local economies by putting more money in people's pockets, which drives up spending power and makes it easier to pay household bills. Approximately 60% of minimum-wage earners in Connecticut are women, according to the Current Population Survey, calculated by the US. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to support themselves by earning a livable wage through their work, but too many are not able to do so. This change won't eliminate that problem, but it is a small step in the right direction.  

Meet Me In Person in West Hartford
My colleagues in the West Hartford delegation and I are coming together to discuss our legislative priorities for 2024. Please join us for a Legislative Town Hall on Tuesday, January 16 from 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. at West Hartford Town Hall.
I look forward to meeting constituents, hearing your goals for the new year, and addressing any questions you may have as your State Representative.