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New Connecticut laws are kicking in on Friday

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

A number of new laws will take effect in Connecticut, including many provisions in the newly revised $19.7 billion state budget.

One of the new laws says state-run community colleges will be allowed to begin forming special armed police forces.

Among the new laws taking effect Friday is the second of two planned increases in the state's cigarette tax. It will rise 25 cents to $3.90 a pack, making it the second highest cigarette tax rate in the nation. Lawmakers imposed a phased-in 50 cent increase last year to help close the deficit.

Starting Friday, public and private colleges across the state will be required to adopt policies regarding "clear and voluntary" student consent to sexual activity. 

Also beginning Friday is a new law that legislators hope will stem the state's growing opioid overdose epidemic.

The bill limits first-time opioid prescriptions for adults and children to seven days and allows for more people to administer Narcan, which is a medication used by emergency officials when they come upon an overdose.

Also, victims of the state's failing foundation epidemic could get some relief, as towns will be required to reassess the affected homes, which could save homeowners money on their property tax bill.

Months ago, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said this law has the ability to start the healing process for people who desperately need the help.

Other new laws include standards of conduct for student loan services and a host of budget changes.

For a full list of the new laws, click here.

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