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Substitute House Bill No. 5527

Public Act No. 02-123

AN ACT REVISING VARIOUS TRANSPORTATION LAWS.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The Comptroller may offer to qualified state employees the option to exclude from taxable wages and compensation, consistent with Section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, employee commuting costs incurred through the use of (1) transportation in a commuter highway vehicle if such transportation is in connection with travel between the employee's residence and place of employment, (2) any transit pass, or (3) qualified parking, in an amount not to exceed the maximum level allowed by 26 USC 132(f)(2), as from time to time amended, and regulations adopted pursuant to said section. The Comptroller may contract with an administrator for the management of this program. For purposes of this section, "state employees" includes members of the General Assembly.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2002) A motor vehicle in livery service having a seating capacity of thirty-five or more adults may have a seat located even with or forward of the driver's seat, provided such seat complies with manufacturing and safety standards for motor buses established under federal statutes and regulations. Such seat shall be used only by an employee of the operator or an employee of a tour company that retains the services of the operator.

Sec. 3. Section 13b-4c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Notwithstanding any section of the general statutes to the contrary, no state agency, other than the Department of Transportation, shall expend funds in support of, or make state property available for use in, any transportation program for the elderly or the handicapped unless the Commissioner of Transportation certifies, in writing, that: (1) [He] The commissioner has reviewed and concurs in such expenditure or use; (2) such expenditure or use is consistent with the transportation policies of the state; and (3) such expenditure or use will not result in the unnecessary duplication of service. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any transportation service not available to the general public that is provided by any such program.

Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 13b-36 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The commissioner may purchase or take and, in the name of the state, may acquire title in fee simple to, or any lesser estate, interest or right in, any land, buildings, equipment or facilities which the commissioner finds necessary for the operation or improvement of transportation services. The determination by the commissioner that such purchase or taking is necessary shall be conclusive. Such taking shall be in the manner prescribed in [section 48-12 for the taking of land for state institutions] subsection (b) of section 13a-73 for the taking of land for state highways.

Sec. 5. Subsection (c) of section 13b-38bb of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) Municipalities shall apply to the state through a designated regional planning organization or transit district [within the transportation service region, as established in section 13b-38m,] for funding allocations. The regional planning organization or transit district and municipalities interested in applying for the funds [allocated to municipalities within that transportation service region] shall collaborate on service design to determine how to use the funding most effectively in that municipality and its surrounding region. The commissioner shall have the authority to approve or disapprove the method for delivery of service.

Sec. 6. Subsection (a) of section 13b-96 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Each person, association, limited liability company or corporation owning or operating a taxicab is declared a common carrier and subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation. The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to prescribe adequate service and reasonable rates and charges. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 for the purpose of establishing fares, service, operation and equipment as it deems necessary for the convenience, protection and safety of passengers and the public. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection and any regulation adopted under this subsection relative to any wheel base requirement, any sedan or station wagon type vehicle powered by a clean alternative fuel and having a wheel base of not less than one hundred two inches may be used to provide taxicab service.

Sec. 7. Section 13b-410 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2002):

(a) The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to prescribe and establish such reasonable regulations for household goods carriers and motor contract carriers operating in intrastate commerce as the commissioner deems necessary with respect to rates and charges, issuance of certificates or permits, classification of carriers, abandonment or suspension of service, routes, speed, adequacy of service, financial responsibility, insurance covering personal injury, property damage and cargo, uniform system of accounts, records, reports, safety of operation and equipment and the public convenience and safety. Not later than July 1, 2003, the commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, establishing a procedure for the resolution of claims disputes between household goods carriers and motor contract carriers operating in intrastate commerce and their customers. To prevent unjust discrimination, undue preference or prejudice between shippers or consignees and household goods carriers transporting household goods in intrastate commerce, the commissioner may prescribe and establish settlement of claims governing the payment of tariff charges, including regulations for weekly or monthly settlement, in the delivery or transfer of possession or title of household goods between shippers, consignees and household goods carriers transporting household goods in intrastate commerce. This authorization shall not be construed to prohibit any household goods carrier from extending credit in connection with rates and charges on household goods transported for any branch of the government of the United States or any department of the state, or for any county, city, borough or town.

(b) The commissioner, after notice and hearing, may impose a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars for each violation of a provision of the regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Each day on which the violation occurs shall be deemed a separate offense.

Sec. 8. Subsection (a) of section 17a-450a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services shall constitute a successor department to the Department of Mental Health. Whenever the words "Commissioner of Mental Health" are used or referred to in the following general statutes, the words "Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services" shall be substituted in lieu thereof and whenever the words "Department of Mental Health" are used or referred to in the following general statutes, the words "Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 2c-2b, 4-5, 4-38c, 4-60i, 4-77a, 4a-12, 4a-16, 5-142, 8-206d, 10-19, 10-71, 10-76d, [13b-38n,] 17a-14, 17a-26, 17a-31, 17a-33, 17a-218, 17a-246, 17a-450, 17a-451, 17a-452, 17a-453, 17a-454, 17a-455, 17a-456, 17a-457, 17a-458, 17a-459, 17a-460, 17a-463, 17a-464, 17a-465, 17a-466, 17a-467, 17a-468, 17a-470, 17a-471, 17a-472, 17a-473, 17a-474, 17a-476, 17a-478, 17a-479, 17a-480, 17a-481, 17a-482, 17a-483, 17a-484, 17a-498, 17a-499, 17a-502, 17a-506, 17a-510, 17a-511, 17a-512, 17a-513, 17a-519, 17a-528, 17a-560, 17a-561, 17a-562, 17a-565, 17a-576, 17a-581, 17a-582, 17a-675, 17b-28, 17b-222, 17b-223, 17b-225, 17b-359, 17b-420, 17b-694, 19a-82, 19a-495, 19a-498, 19a-507a, 19a-507c, 19a-576, 19a-583, 20-14i, 20-14j, 21a-240, 21a-301, 22a-224, 27-122a, 31-222, 38a-514, 46a-28, 51-51o, 52-146h and 54-56d.

Sec. 9. Subsection (a) of section 19a-1c of the general statutes, as amended by section 29 of public act 01-163, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Whenever the words "Commissioner of Public Health and Addiction Services" are used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the words "Commissioner of Public Health" shall be substituted in lieu thereof and whenever the words "Department of Public Health and Addiction Services" are used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the words "Department of Public Health" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 1-21b, 2-20a, 3-129, 4-5, 4-38c, 4-60i, 4-67e, 4a-12, 4a-16, 4a-51, 5-169, 7-22a, 7-42, 7-44, 7-45, 7-48, 7-49, 7-51, 7-52, 7-53, 7-54, 7-55, 7-59, 7-60, 7-62a, 7-62b, 7-62c, 7-65, 7-70, 7-72, 7-73, 7-74, 7-127e, 7-504, 7-536, 8-159a, 8-206d, 8-210, 10-19, 10-71, 10-76d, 10-203, 10-204a, 10-207, 10-212, 10-212a, 10-214, 10-215d, 10-253, 10-282, 10-284, 10-292, 10a-132, 10a-155, 10a-162a, 12-62f, 12-263a, 12-407, 12-634, 13a-175b, 13a-175ee, [13b-38n,] 14-227a, 14-227c, 15-121, 15-140r, 15-140u, 16-19z, 16-32e, 16-43, 16-50c, 16-50d, 16-50j, 16-261a, 16-262l, 16-262m, 16-262n, 16-262o, 16-262q, 16a-36, 16a-36a, 16a-103, 17-585, 17a-20, 17a-52, 17a-154, 17a-219c, 17a-220, 17a-277, 17a-509, 17a-688, 17b-6, 17b-99, 17b-225, 17b-234, 17b-265, 17b-288, 17b-340, 17b-341, 17b-347, 17b-350, 17b-351, 17b-354, 17b-357, 17b-358, 17b-406, 17b-408, 17b-420, 17b-552, 17b-611, 17b-733, 17b-737, 17b-748, 17b-803, 17b-808, 17b-851a, 19a-1d, 19a-4i, 19a-6, 19a-6a, 19a-7b, 19a-7c, 19a-7d, 19a-7e, 19a-7f, 19a-7g, 19a-7h, 19a-9, 19a-10, 19a-13, 19a-14, 19a-14a, 19a-14b, 19a-15, 19a-17, 19a-17a, 19a-17m, 19a-17n, 19a-19, 19a-20, 19a-21, 19a-23, 19a-24, 19a-25, 19a-25a, 19a-26, 19a-27, 19a-29, 19a-29a, 19a-30, 19a-30a, 19a-32, 19a-32a, 19a-33, 19a-34, 19a-35, 19a-36, 19a-36a, 19a-37, 19a-37a, 19a-37b, 19a-40, 19a-41, 19a-42, 19a-43, 19a-44, 19a-45, 19a-47, 19a-48, 19a-49, 19a-50, 19a-51, 19a-52, 19a-53, 19a-54, 19a-55, 19a-56a, 19a-56b, 19a-57, 19a-58, 19a-59, 19a-59a, 19a-59b, 19a-59c, 19a-59d, 19a-60, 19a-61, 19a-69, 19a-70, 19a-71, 19a-72, 19a-73, 19a-74, 19a-75, 19a-76, 19a-79, 19a-80, 19a-82 to 19a-91, inclusive, 19a-92a, 19a-93, 19a-94, 19a-94a, 19a-102a, 19a-103, 19a-104, 19a-105, 19a-108, 19a-109, 19a-110, 19a-110a, 19a-111, 19a-111a, 19a-111e, 19a-112a, 19a-112b, 19a-112c, 19a-113, 19a-113a, 19a-115, 19a-116, 19a-121, 19a-121a, 19a-121b, 19a-121c, 19a-121d, 19a-121e, 19a-121f, 19a-122b, 19a-123d, 19a-124, 19a-125, 19a-148, 19a-175, 19a-176, 19a-178, 19a-179, 19a-180, 19a-181a, 19a-182, 19a-183, 19a-184, 19a-186, 19a-187, 19a-195a, 19a-200, 19a-201, 19a-202, 19a-204, 19a-207, 19a-208, 19a-215, 19a-219, 19a-221, 19a-223, 19a-229, 19a-241, 19a-242, 19a-243, 19a-244, 19a-245, 19a-250, 19a-252, 19a-253, 19a-255, 19a-257, 19a-262, 19a-269, 19a-270, 19a-270a, 19a-279l, 19a-310, 19a-311, 19a-312, 19a-313, 19a-320, 19a-323, 19a-329, 19a-330, 19a-331, 19a-332, 19a-332a, 19a-333, 19a-341, 19a-401, 19a-402, 19a-406, 19a-409, 19a-420, 19a-421, 19a-422, 19a-423, 19a-424, 19a-425, 19a-426, 19a-427, 19a-428, 19a-490, 19a-490c, 19a-490d, 19a-490e, 19a-490g, 19a-491, 19a-491a, 19a-491b, 19a-492, 19a-493, 19a-493a, 19a-494, 19a-494a, 19a-495, 19a-496, 19a-497, 19a-499, 19a-500, 19a-501, 19a-503, 19a-504, 19a-504c, 19a-505, 19a-506, 19a-507a, 19a-507b, 19a-507c, 19a-507d, 19a-508, 19a-509a, 19a-512, 19a-514, 19a-515, 19a-517, 19a-518, 19a-519, 19a-520, 19a-521, 19a-521a, 19a-523, 19a-524, 19a-526, 19a-527, 19a-528, 19a-530, 19a-531, 19a-533, 19a-534a, 19a-535, 19a-535a, 19a-536, 19a-537, 19a-538, 19a-540, 19a-542, 19a-547, 19a-550, 19a-551, 19a-554, 19a-581, 19a-582, 19a-584, 19a-586, 19a-630, 19a-631, 19a-634, 19a-637, 19a-638, 19a-639, 19a-645, 19a-646, 19a-663, 19a-673, 19a-675, 20-8, 20-8a, 20-9, 20-10, 20-11, 20-11a, 20-11b, 20-12, 20-12a, 20-13, 20-13a, 20-13b, 20-13d, 20-13e, 20-14, 20-14j, 20-27, 20-28a, 20-28b, 20-29, 20-37, 20-39a, 20-40, 20-45, 20-54, 20-55, 20-57, 20-58a, 20-59, 20-66, 20-68, 20-70, 20-71, 20-73, 20-73a, 20-74, 20-74a, 20-74i, 20-74aa, 20-74dd, 20-86b, 20-86c, 20-86d, 20-86f, 20-86h, 20-90, 20-92, 20-93, 20-94, 20-94a, 20-96, 20-97, 20-99, 20-99a, 20-101a, 20-102aa to 20-102ee, inclusive, 20-103a, 20-106, 20-107, 20-108, 20-109, 20-110, 20-114, 20-122a, 20-122b, 20-122c, 20-123a, 20-126b, 20-126h, 20-126j, 20-126k, 20-126l, 20-126o, 20-126p, 20-126q, 20-126r, 20-126u, 20-127, 20-128a, 20-129, 20-130, 20-133, 20-138a, 20-138c, 20-139a, 20-140a, 20-141, 20-143, 20-146, 20-146a, 20-149, 20-153, 20-154, 20-162n, 20-162p, 20-188, 20-189, 20-190, 20-192, 20-193, 20-195a, 20-195m, 20-195p, 20-196, 20-198, 20-199, 20-200, 20-202, 20-206, 20-206a, 20-206m, 20-206p, 20-207, 20-211, 20-212, 20-213, 20-214, 20-217, 20-218, 20-220, 20-221, 20-222, 20-222a, 20-223, 20-224, 20-226, 20-227, 20-228, 20-229, 20-231, 20-235a, 20-236, 20-238, 20-241, 20-242, 20-243, 20-247, 20-250, 20-252, 20-252a, 20-255a, 20-256, 20-258, 20-262, 20-263, 20-267, 20-268, 20-269, 20-271, 20-272, 20-341d, 20-341e, 20-341f, 20-341g, 20-341m, 20-358, 20-361, 20-365, 20-396, 20-402, 20-404, 20-406, 20-408, 20-416, 20-474 to 20-476, inclusive, 20-571, 20-578, 21-7, 21a-11, 21a-86a, 21a-86c, 21a-116, 21a-138, 21a-150, 21a-150a, 21a-150b, 21a-150c, 21a-150d, 21a-150f, 21a-150j, 21a-240, 21a-249, 21a-260, 21a-274, 21a-283, 22-6f, 22-6g, 22-6i, 22-131, 22-150, 22-152, 22-165, 22-332b, 22-344, 22-358, 22a-29, 22a-54, 22a-65, 22a-66a, 22a-66l, 22a-66z, 22a-115, 22a-119, 22a-134g, 22a-134bb, 22a-137, 22a-163a, 22a-163i, 22a-176, 22a-191, 22a-192, 22a-208q, 22a-231, 22a-240, 22a-240a, 22a-295, 22a-300, 22a-308, 22a-337, 22a-352, 22a-354i, 22a-354k, 22a-354w, 22a-354x, 22a-354aa, 22a-355, 22a-356, 22a-358, 22a-361, 22a-363b, 22a-371, 22a-378, 22a-423, 22a-424, 22a-426, 22a-430, 22a-434a, 22a-449i, 22a-471, 22a-474, 22a-601, 25-32, 25-32b, 25-32c, 25-32d, 25-32e, 25-32f, 25-32g, 25-32h, 25-32i, 25-32k, 25-32l, 25-33, 25-33a, 25-33c, 25-33d, 25-33e, 25-33f, 25-33g, 25-33h, 25-33i, 25-33j, 25-33k, 25-33l, 25-33n, 25-34, 25-35, 25-36, 25-37a, 25-37b, 25-37c, 25-37d, 25-37e, 25-37f, 25-37g, 25-39a, 25-39b, 25-39c, 25-40, 25-43b, 25-43c, 25-46, 25-49, 25-102gg, 25-128, 25-129, 25-137, 26-22, 26-119, 26-141b, 26-192a, 26-192b, 26-192c, 26-192e, 26-236, 27-140aa, 31-23, 31-40u, 31-51u, 31-101, 31-106, 31-111a, 31-111b, 31-121a, 31-222, 31-374, 31-397, 31-398, 31-400, 31-401, 31-402, 31-403, 32-23x, 38a-180, 38a-199, 38a-214, 38a-514, 38a-583, 45a-743, 45a-745, 45a-749, 45a-750, 45a-757, 46a-28, 46a-126, 46b-26, 46b-172a, 47a-52, 52-146f, 52-146k, 52-473a, 52-557b, 53-332, 54-102a, 54-102b, 54-142k, 54-203.

Sec. 10. Subsection (c) of section 14-262 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(c) The maximum length of a single unit vehicle shall be forty-five feet and the maximum length of the semitrailer portion of a tractor-trailer unit shall be forty-eight feet. A trailer greater than forty-eight feet and less than or equal to fifty-three feet in length, that has a distance of no more than forty-three feet between the kingpin and the center of the rearmost axle, may be operated on (1) unless posted otherwise, United States and Connecticut routes numbered from 1 to 399, inclusive, 450, 476, 508, 693 and 695 and the national system of interstate and defense highways, and [on] (2) state and local roads for up to one mile from the [system,] routes and system specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection for access to terminals, facilities for food, fuel, repair and rest, and points of loading and unloading. [, provided the distance from the kingpin to the center of the rearmost axle may not exceed forty-three feet. ] The Commissioner of Transportation shall permit additional routes upon application of carriers or shippers provided the proposed additional routes meet the permit criteria of the Department of Transportation. Such length limitation shall be exclusive of safety and energy conservation devices, such as refrigeration units, air compressors or air shields and other devices, which the Secretary of the federal Department of Transportation may interpret as necessary for the safe and efficient operation of such vehicles, provided no such device has by its design or use the capability to carry cargo.

Sec. 11. (Effective from passage) The initial transportation strategy submitted by the Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board pursuant to subsection (k) of section 4 of public act 01-5 of the June special session is deemed approved by the General Assembly.

Sec. 12. (Effective from passage) A segment of Interstate Route 395, from State Route 695 in Killingly, northerly to the Connecticut-Massachusetts line, shall be designated "The American Ex-Prisoner of War Memorial Highway".

Sec. 13. (Effective from passage) A segment of State Route 502 in East Hartford, running in a generally easterly direction from Route 5 to Forbes Street, shall be designated the "Anthony Fornabi Memorial Highway".

Sec. 14. (Effective from passage) A segment of Route 176 in Newington, running in a generally northerly direction from the intersection of Route 5-15 north to Route 175, shall be designated the "Newington Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Highway".

Sec. 15. (Effective from passage) Route 11 north bound and south bound from the junction of Route 82 in Salem to the junction of Route 2 in Colchester, shall be designated the "Connecticut Department of Transportation Employees Memorial Highway".

Sec. 16. (Effective from passage) A segment of Route 12 in Groton, running in a generally northerly direction from United States Route 1 to the south junction of State Route 2A in Preston, shall be designated the "United States Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway".

Sec. 17. (Effective from passage) Bridge Number 03126, located on Interstate Route 91 north bound in Wallingford, passing over Town Route 807, shall be designated the "United States Marine Corps 3rd Recon Battalion Bridge".

Sec. 18. (Effective from passage) Bridge Number 0642, located on Route 15 in Wethersfield, passing over Route 99, shall be designated the "Clinton Hughes Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 19. (Effective from passage) Bridge Number 0590, located on Route 8 in Naugatuck, shall be designated the "Officer Nancy Nichols Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 20. (Effective from passage) Bridge Number 00154, located in Orange on Marsh Hill Road, passing over Interstate Route 95, shall be designated the "Salemme Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 21. (Effective from passage) Bridge Number 0867, located on Route 17 in Glastonbury, passing over Roaring Brook, shall be designated the "Alexander L. Bocciarelli Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 22. (Effective from passage) Route 103, located in North Haven, running in a generally northerly direction from Sackett Point Road to the junction of Route 22 in North Haven, shall be designated the "American Legion, Murray-Reynolds Post #76 Memorial Highway".

Sec. 23. (Effective from passage) Bridge Number 3400A, located on Interstate Route 84 east bound in Hartford, passing over Park Street, shall be designated the "CMSgt Anthony E. Mazotas Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 24. (Effective from passage) Bridge Number 03191A, located on Interstate Route 84 east bound in Waterbury, passing over Route 8 and the Naugatuck River, shall be designated the "William W. Deady Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 25. (Effective from passage) A segment of State Route 505 located in Newington, running in a generally northerly direction from Route 175 to the intersection of Holly Drive and Ella Grasso Road, shall be designated the "John Abbate Memorial Highway".

Sec. 26. (Effective from passage) A sign shall be placed east bound and west bound on Route 2 before exit 8 designating the location of the "Irish American Home Society, est. 1945".

Sec. 27. (Effective from passage) Route 372, located in Plainville, running in a generally easterly direction from Route 10 to the Plainville/New Britain town line, shall be designated the "Joseph E. Tinty Memorial Highway".

Sec. 28. (Effective from passage) A segment of Route 44 east bound and west bound from the junction of Route 272 in Norfolk to the junction of Route 7 in North Canaan, shall be designated the "Trooper Charles F. Hill Memorial Highway".

Sec. 29. (Effective from passage) A sign shall be placed north bound and south bound on Interstate Route 95 and south bound on Interstate Route 91 in the vicinity of the New Haven town line that shall state: "Welcome to New Haven, Connecticut, Birthplace of George W. Bush the 43rd President of the United States".

Sec. 30. (Effective from passage) Sections 13b-38m, 13b-38n, 13b-38z and 13b-38aa of the general statutes and sections 28 and 33 of public act 01-105 are repealed.

Approved June 7, 2002