In addition to vetoing a bill on pensions for retired government employees, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy put his signature on nearly three dozen pieces of legislation that will now become part of state law, his office said Friday afternoon.
Malloy has now put into law 192 bills from the legislative session and has vetoed two, including the pension measure. Some highlights from Friday\’s batch of signings:
- A ban on price gouging during during weather emergencies, like blizzards and hurricanes. Supporters say they want to send a message that businesses will be punished for ripping off consumers, but some lawmakers were troubled by how the law defines price gouging. They said some businesses might refuse to provide important services during a storm for fear of being prosecuted. This one also takes effect right away.
- A ban, starting July 1, on dog owners tethering their dogs outside when officials have issued a weather advisory, such as for extreme heat or cold. Dog owners could be fined up to $500 if they tether their dog anywhere that the dog could potentially strangle or endanger itself. The law wouldn\’t apply if a person is in the presence of the dog.
- A ban on state government agencies making big contracts with companies that have more than $20 million invested in Iran\’s energy sector. The state-level ban is part of economic sanctions passed by Congress that aim to weaken Iran\’s economy and the power of its government, which has indicated that it wants to have nuclear weapons. According to legislative researchers, Connecticut will join California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and New York in having bans against such investments, as it takes effect immediately.
- An expansion of the state\’s prescription drug monitoring program that requires reporting from out-of-state doctors and different kinds of doctors such as dentists and podiatrists. It also requires pharmacies and doctors to report drug purchases to the system on a weekly basis, instead of twice a month. That new law takes effect immediately.