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House Bill No. 6674

Public Act No. 03-3

AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A STIPULATED AGREEMENT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CERTAIN LAID OFF EMPLOYEES, PROVIDING DEFICIENCY FUNDING FOR THE STATE INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT BOARD AND PROVIDING BENEFITS TO STATE EMPLOYEES IN CERTAIN ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE AND THEIR DEPENDENTS.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall transfer sufficient funds from the Reserve for Salary Adjustments account to the Placement and Training Fund for the implementation of the stipulated agreement between the state of Connecticut and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition concerning the continuation of health insurance for certain laid off employees, signed by the parties and submitted to the General Assembly for approval March 13, 2003, upon the approval of said agreement pursuant to subsection (b) of section 5-278 of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) The sum of $ 1,300,000 appropriated to Reserve for Salary Adjustments, in section 11 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 19 of public act 02-1 of the May 9 special session, for Reserve for Salary Adjustments, shall be transferred to the State Insurance and Risk Management Board, for Other Expenses.

Sec. 3. Section 5-259d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section, (1) "state employee" or "employee" means any elected official, officer or full-time employee of the Executive, Legislative or Judicial Department, and (2) "part pay" means the difference between the state employee's base rate of pay, plus longevity, in the employee's primary position on the date the employee is called to active service in the armed forces of any state or the United States and the total compensation the employee receives for such active service, as certified to the State Comptroller by the employing state agency in a manner acceptable to the State Comptroller.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any public or special act, the state shall continue to provide coverage, under a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan sponsored by the state under section 5-259, for the dependents of any state employee and the state employee who is a member of the armed forces of any state or of any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and who has been called to active service in the armed forces of any state or the United States for (1) Operation Enduring Freedom, (2) Operation Noble Eagle, (3) a related emergency operation or a military operation whose mission was substantially changed as a result of the attacks of September 11, 2001, or (4) federal action or state action authorized by the Governor in support of the federal Department of Homeland Security's Operation Liberty Shield, military operations that are authorized by the President of the United States that entail military action against Iraq, or federal action or state action authorized by the Governor to combat terrorism within the United States, for the duration of such call-up to active service, provided such state employee and dependents were covered by the insurance plan on the date the state employee was called to active service and the state employee continues to pay any amount that the employee was required to pay for coverage before being called to active service. Any payment required to be made by the employee for coverage under this subsection may be deducted from compensation provided under subsection (c) of this section. The state shall reimburse any state employee who has paid premiums for the continuation of any such group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan between the date such state employee was called to active service and November 20, 2001. The reimbursement shall be in the amount of the state's portion of the premiums so paid.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any public or special act, any state employee who is a member of the armed forces of any state or of any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and who has been called to active service in the armed forces of any state or the United States for (1) Operation Enduring Freedom, (2) Operation Noble Eagle, (3) a related emergency operation or a military operation whose mission was substantially changed as a result of the attacks of September 11, 2001, or (4) federal action or state action authorized by the Governor in support of the federal Department of Homeland Security's Operation Liberty Shield, military operations that are authorized by the President of the United States that entail military action against Iraq, or federal action or state action authorized by the Governor to combat terrorism within the United States, shall be entitled to a leave of absence with pay as provided in section 27-33 from the date on which the employee was called to active service. After the expiration of such leave of absence with pay, the state employee shall receive part pay for the duration of such call-up to active service if the compensation received by the state employee for such active service is less than the employee's base rate of pay, plus longevity, in the employee's primary position. The state employee shall not be required to exhaust accrued vacation or sick time in order to be eligible for the paid leave of absence and part pay under this subsection.

Approved March 27, 2003