By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Several new laws are kicking in with the new year in Connecticut, including one that requires riders applying for a motorcycle driver’s license to attend an educational course.

Starting Saturday, applicants must successfully complete the class before receiving their state license.

The new law became reality after being pushed by Stephanie Pelletier, a grieving East Hartford mother whose 19-year-old son, Nick Cohen, died in a 2008 motorcycle crash.

Other new laws that take effect Jan. 1 include one that creates an additional penalty for solicitors that violate the “Do Not Call List.”

Another allows local farms to sell homemade acidic items, such as pickles and salsa.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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