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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

New Laws That Took Effect January 1, 2018

There are about three dozen new state laws I worked to pass that took effect on Monday, January 1, 2018, including a variety of new regulations to halt the abuse of prescription opioid drugs, ending solitary confinement for inmates under age 18, increasing the mandatory minimum automobile insurance coverage for bodily injury and personal property damage, and automatically withholding workers compensation payments if child support is owed.

Ensuring the Safety of Uber and Lift

Public Act 17-203 requires that Uber and Lyft register with the Department of Transportation, perform background checks on drivers and require that drivers maintain adequate insurance. This will help ensure that passengers do not get in the car with a known unsafe driver, and that they are protected in the event of an accident.

Getting Cancer Patients the Care They Need

Step therapy is a process by which health providers are required to begin treatment of a condition with the least expensive drugs and slowly work their way up to more expensive treatments. I believe this process is illogical and potentially life-threatening when applied to a patient with an advanced disease. Starting January 1, insurers no longer are allowed to require step therapy for Stage IV metastatic cancer patients as a result of a law I passed.

Promoting Accessible Retirement Plans for All

Public Act 16-29 established the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority. This new body will provide a Roth IRA retirement plan for many people in Connecticut. This program will ensure that all Connecticut residents who work at businesses with five or more employees will have the opportunity to participate in a retirement savings program in order to build a strong financial foundation on which to begin their retirement.

Acts effective January 1, 2018
 

Stay Warm!

In anticipation of the bitter cold temperatures with below-zero wind chills that have invaded Connecticut, the state has activated its Severe Cold Weather Protocol, which opens Connecticut’s network of warming shelters to ensure that our most vulnerable residents—perhaps you or someone you know—are protected from the severe cold.

A list of 45 shelters and warming centers across Connecticut can be found by calling 2-1-1 or by visiting www.211ct.org.

Warming center