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Substitute House Bill No. 5026

Public Act No. 02-4

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF SMOKING CESSATION SERVICES UNDER THE STATE MEDICAID PLAN AND MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO SPECIAL ACT 01-1 OF THE NOVEMBER 15 SPECIAL SESSION.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3-99c of the general statutes, up to $ 730,000 of the costs incurred by the Secretary of the State, for Other Expenses, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, shall be paid from the commercial recording account established under said section 3-99c.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of section 30 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, the sum of $ 4,000,000 appropriated to the State Comptroller in subsection (a) of section 35 of special act 00-13, and carried forward by subsection (b) of said section 35, for Core Financial Systems, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of section 31 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, the sum of $ 280,000 appropriated to the Office of Policy and Management in section 11 of special act 99-10, as amended by section 1 of special act 00-13, for Other Expenses, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 4. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d) of section 31 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, the sum of $ 710,446 appropriated to the Office of Policy and Management in section 11 of special act 99-10, as amended by section 1 of special act 00-13, for PAYMENTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, Drug Enforcement Program, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 5. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (f) of section 31 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, the sum of $ 250,000 appropriated to the Office of Policy and Management in subsection (a) of section 35 of special act 00-13, and carried forward by subsection (b) of said section 35, for Health Insurance Consultant, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 6. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (h) of section 31 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, the sum of $ 45,000 appropriated to the Office of Policy and Management in section 11 of special act 99-10, as amended by section 1 of special act 00-13, for High Efficiency Licensing Program, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 7. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of section 4-101a of the general statutes, the sum of $ 420,000 appropriated to the Office of Health Care Access in subsection (a) of section 43 of special act 99-10, for the Distressed Hospitals Loan Program, and transferred to the Office of Policy and Management in section 51 of public act 00-2 of the June special session, for the Hospital Grant and Assistance Program, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 8. (Effective from passage) The sum of $ 400,000 made available for expenditure pursuant to subsection (d) of section 4-28e of the general statutes, and carried forward in section 59 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 9. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 60 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, the sum of $ 500,000 appropriated to the Department of Social Services in section 11 of special act 99-10, as amended by section 1 of special act 00-13, for Other Expenses, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 10. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 67 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, the sum of $ 376,000 appropriated to the Office of Workforce Competitiveness in section 1 of special act 00-13, for CETC Workforce, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 11. (Effective from passage) The appropriation to the Attorney General in subsection (a) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 2 of special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, for Computer System Upgrade, shall be $ 147,860.

Sec. 12. (Effective from passage) The appropriation to the Department of Education in section 1 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 1 of special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, for Hartford Public School Monitors, shall be $ 51,192.

Sec. 13. (Effective from passage) The appropriation to the Department of Higher Education in subsection (a) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 2 of special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, for Higher Education Asset Protection Program, shall be $ 439,782.

Sec. 14. Section 52 of public act 01-1 of the June special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The sum of [$ 200,000] $ 188,180 appropriated to the Department of Information Technology in subsection (a) of [section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session] section 35 of special act 00-13, for CT Technology Initiatives, and carried forward by subsection (b) of said section 35, as amended by subsection (b) of section 33 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, shall be transferred to the Department of Education for the purpose of establishing a competitive grant for local and regional school districts for basic technology purposes to facilitate communications for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 15. (Effective from passage) The sum of $ 1,000,000 appropriated to the Office of Workforce Competitiveness from the General Fund, in subsection (a) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, and carried forward in subsection (1) of said section 47, as amended by section 2 of special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, for PAYMENTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, School to Work, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, shall be transferred to School to Work in an Other Current Expense account.

Sec. 16. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (c) of section 10a-20a of the general statutes, the Board of Governors of Higher Education may deposit into the Endowed Chair Investment Fund, for the Energy Studies Chair at Eastern Connecticut State University, an amount not less than four hundred seventy thousand dollars.

Sec. 17. Section 11 of public act 01-9 of the June special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is established a state marshal account which shall be a separate nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited into the account. Any balance remaining in said account at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in the account for the next fiscal year.

(b) Commencing October 1, 2001, and not later than October first each year thereafter, each state marshal shall pay an annual fee of two hundred fifty dollars to the State Marshal Commission.

(c) The additional fee paid to court pursuant to section 10 of [this act] public act 01-9 of the June special session and any fee collected pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, shall be deposited in the General Fund.

(d) The first $ 250,000 collected each fiscal year, pursuant to [subsection (b)] subsections (b) and (c) of this section, shall be credited to the state marshal account and be available for expenditure by the State Marshal Commission for the operating expenses of the commission. From [the effective date of this act] July 1, 2001, until July 1, 2006, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall review and approve or disapprove the budget of the commission.

(e) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, the next $ 110,000 collected in [subsection (b)] subsections (b) and (c) of this section, shall be transferred to the Judicial Department and be available for expenditure by the Judicial Department for the operating expenses of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity. The next $ 230,000 shall be transferred to the Office of Policy and Management for Other Expenses for the purposes of subsections (f) and (g) of section 54-1m of the general statutes.

(f) The moneys made available in subsection (e) of this section may be transferred by said office to agencies requiring funds for such purposes.

Sec. 18. (Effective from passage) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, the sum of $ 128,806,808 in appropriation reductions in section 2 of special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, shall be credited to the resources of the General Fund.

Sec. 19. Section 17b-278a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2002):

The Commissioner of Social Services [may] shall amend the Medicaid state plan to provide coverage for treatment for smoking cessation ordered by a licensed [physician to the extent permitted by federal law. Such coverage shall be limited to a maximum of four hundred dollars per person per year] healthcare professional who possesses valid and current state licensure to prescribe such drugs in accordance with a plan developed by the commissioner to provide smoking cessation services. The commissioner shall present such plan to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services and appropriations by January 1, 2003, and, if such plan is approved by said committees and funding is provided in the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, such plan shall be implemented on July 1, 2003.

Sec. 20. (Effective from passage) Sections 1 and 6 of public act 01-4 of the June special session, subsection (a) of section 70 of public act 01-9 of the June special session and section 45 of public act 01-1 of the June special session are repealed.

Approved February 28, 2002