Substitute House Bill No. 6624

Public Act No. 01-79

AN ACT CONCERNING TOWN CLERK LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN LICENSE FORMS AND CHANGING THE OFFICIAL WHO RECEIVES CERTAIN FEES FOR THE HISTORIC DOCUMENTS PRESERVATION ACCOUNT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 26-36 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each town clerk shall keep a record of all licenses issued by [him] such clerk under the provisions of this chapter for a period of two years after issuance, which record shall be open to public inspection, and such clerk shall, on the first Monday of each month, remit to the commissioner all money, except the recording fees, received by [him] such clerk for such licenses issued during the month preceding and shall also forward to the commissioner copies of all licenses issued during the month preceding. Within fifteen days following the close of each calendar year, the town clerk shall send to the commissioner (1) all license forms, other than lifetime license forms, allotted to [him] such clerk which were not issued, [and] (2) an annual report in such form as is required by the commissioner, accounting for all license forms furnished [him] such clerk by the commissioner, licenses sold by [him] such clerk, licenses voided by [him] such clerk and licenses unused, and (3) an affidavit attesting to the accuracy of the accounting in said annual report. [Such clerks shall be held responsible for the face value of all license forms supplied to them.]

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 7-34a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) In addition to the fees for recording a document under subsection (a) of this section, town clerks shall receive a fee of three dollars for each document recorded in the land records of the municipality. Not later than the fifteenth day of each month, town clerks shall remit two-thirds of the fees paid pursuant to this subsection during the previous calendar month to the [State Treasurer] State Librarian for deposit in a bank account of the State Treasurer and crediting to the historic documents preservation account established under section 11-8i. One-third of the amount paid for fees pursuant to this subsection shall be retained by town clerks and used for the preservation and management of historic documents. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any document recorded on the land records by an employee of the state or of a municipality in conjunction with said employee's official duties. As used in this section "municipality" includes each town, consolidated town and city, city, consolidated town and borough, borough, district, as defined in chapter 105 or chapter 105a, and each municipal board, commission and taxing district not previously mentioned.

Approved June 6, 2001