New laws go into effect Jan. 1

With the start of a new year, several new laws go into effect on Jan. 1 that may directly affect you, your business or your community.

Here are some of the new laws and links to the language.

An Act Concerning Excessive Use of Force

An Act Strengthening the State’s Elections

An Act Concerning Veterans’ Affairs

An Act Concerning Health Insurance Coverage for Mental or Nervous Conditions

An Act Concerning Hospitals, Insurers And Health Care Consumers

Additionally, based on a law passed in 2014, Connecticut’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase from the current rate of $9.15 an hour to $9.60 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. The change is the second in a series of three scheduled increases under the adopted legislation, which will ultimately see the state’s minimum wage increase to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.

An entire list of these laws can be found by clicking here.