HARTFORD — A series of new laws took effect at the start of the month. Among them is a package of domestic violence reforms clarifies the difference between a protective order (a criminal matter) and a restraining order (a civil matter), and also will allow judges to put protective orders in place when offenders are on probation. That new legislation gives the Judicial Branch a $140,000 federal grant to develop a pilot program using GPS tracking on the most high risk domestic violence offenders. Also starting July 1 is a law establishing a revolving loan program for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Under the new Connecticut Credit Consortium, the Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner must administer up to $500,000 in direct loans and lines of credit to businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 people. You can view the entire list of new laws by clicking here. Feel free to contact my office if you have questions.