New Laws Take Effect On July 1, 2019 In Connecticut

This article was published on: 07/2/19 2:53 AM by Mike Minarsky

There are some new laws that took effect in Connecticut on July 1, 2019. Here are some that are noteworthy

Kids and Sunscreen

Students will be able to self-apply sunscreen prior to outdoor activities in school. Before this law went into effect, children in elementary school were not allowed to apply their own sunscreen and a nurse would have to apply it. This new law allows kids, 6 years and older to apply over the counter sunscreen on their own but would first would require their parent or guardian to send a written authorization. The law passed the Senate 145-3

Revenue Changes

Ride services such as Uber and Lyft are going to cost a little more with the ta going from .25 to .30 per ride that starts in the state of Connecticut. There are some items that did get reduced such as the admissions tax which would make some attractions a little less expensive. The tax drops from 10% to 7.5% and will be in effect in such places like Dodd Stadium, The XL Center, Oakdale Theatre, and Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The tax will drop once again in 2020 when it goes to 5%.

State Operated Highway Rest Areas to be open 24/7.

There are 7 rest areas in total that are operated by the state of Connecticut. The closest one to Eastern Connecticut is on I-95 in Stonington just past exit 93. There are 4 on I-84 and 2 on I-91.

Microbreweries

The measure gives craft breweries the ability to sell more beer to customers for consumption off-premises, allowing these small businesses to expand their market share.

Under prior law, craft breweries in the state could only sell up to nine liters (about 1 case of 12-ounce cans) to an individual over 21 within one day. The legislation Governor Lamont signed increases the limit to nine gallons, or about 4 cases of 12-ounce cans.

The legislation, which has been largely applauded by those in the industry, also contains several other provisions designed to support the growth of Connecticut’s craft breweries, including:

Consolidating the four beer manufacturer permits – beer, brew pub, beer and brew pub, and farm brewery – into one permit, helping to streamline the administration of these permits and level the playing field within the industry; Creating a Connecticut Craft Café permit, under which all manufacturing permit holders will have the ability to sell all other types of alcohol manufactured in the state. For example, wineries, cideries, and distilleries will be able to sell Connecticut craft beer, introducing Connecticut products to an even greater consumer population; and Allowing craft breweries to hold multiple manufacturing permits so they can also make wine, cider, spirits, and mead all under one roof. It also contains other improvements that support the liquor industry as a whole, including:

Combining a number of permit types that will eliminate dozens of permits and streamline the fee structure so that there is far less confusion for small businesses looking to enter the marketplace; Increasing the number of gallons manufacturers of distilled spirits can sell annually from 25,000 to 50,000 gallons, and doubling the daily amount they can sell to individuals from 1.5 liters to 3 liters; Providing manufacturers and distributors more flexibility with how they provide products to package store retailers, allowing for more competitively priced products; Creating an out-of-state retailer shipper’s permit so that consumers can purchase wine from out-of-state for wine not available in Connecticut; and Allowing manufacturers to designate – with the approval of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture – that their products are from a “Connecticut Farm Winery,” “Connecticut Farm Brewery,” or “Connecticut Farm Cidery,” or that they are “Connecticut Grown,” when meeting certain requirements.

“Consumers are continuing to show with their spending habits that they would much rather purchase locally manufactured beer and wine, and our outdated blue laws should not impede the ability of these small businesses to benefit from this growing demand,” Governor Lamont said. “This long overdue law that I’ve signed helps level the playing field and supports Connecticut brewers and farmers. There’s so many breweries and vineyards in Connecticut, and we should be doing everything we can to support them.”

A report released by the Connecticut Department of Labor last month showed that employment in the state’s craft brewing industry, which includes microbreweries, brewpubs, regional craft breweries, and contract brewing companies, soared from less than 15 in 2010 to nearly 800 in December 2018.

Governor Lamont encourages residents who want to support these local small business to explore the Connecticut Wine Trail – www.ctwine.com – and the Connecticut Beer Trail – www.connecticut.beer.

The governor expressed his gratitude to the legislators who built a consensus among the General Assembly to adopt the bill, noting that it received broad, bipartisan support.

“This law drags the entire liquor industry in Connecticut into the 21st century,” State Representative Mike D’Agostino (D-Hamden) said. “It is pro-consumer, pro-business and pro-Connecticut.”

“I am very proud of the work that has gone into this piece of legislation,” State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) said. “Modernization of the Liquor Control Act was long overdue, and this new law will ensure that our craft brewers, distillers, wine producers, and associated entities will be able to continue growing and adding to our economy. By streamlining the number of permits from over 40 to 12, and allowing establishments to sell each other’s Connecticut made products, this bill will help support these important economic drivers. It is important that state government remain aware of the needs of our industries and respond accordingly when needs aren’t being met. I am thankful to my colleagues on the General Law committee, the Department of Consumer Protection, and the many stakeholders impacted by this bill for their hard work and collaboration – and to Governor Lamont for his support of the bill.”

The legislation is Public Act 19-24, An Act Streamlining the Liquor Control Act.

The provision of the bill allowing breweries to sell more beer for off-premises consumption went into effect immediately upon receiving the governor’s signature. Other provisions of the bill go into effect at later dates.

More are available through the Governor’s Press release portal online.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *