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Bevy of new laws take effect today

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

More than 60 new laws passed by the state legislature took effect on Friday.

Included in those were efforts to tackle an opioid crisis and ramp up security at community colleges.

Starting July 1, state-run community college officers will be allowed to carry firearms.

It's a law that drew mixed feelings among those Eyewitness News spoke with at Middlesex Community College.

"The more equipped they are to do their job, the better they'll be if there’s an issue," said Morgan Sossberg of Middletown.

"It’s not good at all, so I don't think it’s advisable for anyone to say security guards or anybody with guns [in an area] where a lot of students are," said Stephen Dodo, also of Middletown.

The law aimed at curbing the opioid problem in the state also took effect.

It limits first-time drug prescriptions for adults and children to seven days, which is down from 30.

The law also allows more people to administer Narcan, an anti-overdosing drug that can save a patient's life.

Also on taking effect, Connecticut homeowners victimized by a failing foundation epidemic could see lower property tax bills. Towns will be required to reassess the affected houses.

Here's a complete list of all the laws that took effect on July 1.

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