Aside from a $19.01 billion budget, a number of new laws will go into effect tomorrow.
Some of the most notable of the new laws are a package of domestic violence reforms, an initiative to close the achievement gap between white and minority students, municipal mandate relief, and a new loan fund to help small businesses.
“Starting tomorrow, small businesses will have new opportunities to grow, victims of domestic abuse have new tools to fight this horrible crime, and children across our state will have the chance for an education that will prepare them for a 21st century job market,” House Speaker Chris Donovan said.
The package of domestic violence reforms clarifies the difference between a protective order (which is a criminal matter) and a restraining order (civil), and also will allow judges to put protective orders in place when offenders are on probation. Further, the legislation gives the Judicial Branch a $140,000 federal grant to develop a pilot program using GPS tracking on the most high risk domestic violence offenders.
Also starting July 1, a new law requires school boards with low-achieving schools to create school governance councils. The councils, made up of mostly parents, will be empowered to advise the principal on the school budget before it is submitted to the superintendent, interview candidates to fill principal vacancies, and vote to reorganize low-achieving schools using models included in the law.
Municipalities will no longer be required to pick up an evicted tenants belongings and move them to a storage facility. The new law requires a state marshal to deliver an evicted tenant’s personal property to a town-designated storage facility and eliminates the town’s responsibility to pay for the expense of moving these items.
Small businesses will also get a boost.
A package of new laws establishes a revolving loan program for small businesses and nonprofit. Under the new Connecticut Credit Consortium the Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner must administer up to $500,000 in direct loans and lines of credit to businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 people.
In Connecticut news laws go into effect upon passage, July 1 or Oct. 1.