By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The new year in Connecticut will bring a range of new laws, including one requiring state public safety officials to create a registry of people convicted of offenses involving a deadly weapon.
The registry, which will also track those found not guilty of deadly weapon offenses by reason of mental disease or defect, was part of the package of legislation passed earlier in 2013 in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
That same legislative package also requires weapons now considered assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines to be registered with state authorities as of Wednesday.
Also Jan. 1, higher commuter rail fares take effect. Additionally, truckers will face fines for failing to clear their commercial vehicles of snow and ice, something motorists have faced since 2011.
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