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Senate Bill No. 553

Public Act No. 03-94

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CAMP HARKNESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

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

Section 1. Section 17a-217a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) There shall be a Camp Harkness Advisory Committee to advise the Commissioner of Mental Retardation with respect to issues concerning the health and safety of persons who attend and utilize the facilities at Camp Harkness. The advisory committee shall be composed of [eleven] twelve members as follows: (1) The director of Camp Harkness, who shall serve ex officio, one member representing the Southeastern Connecticut Association for the Retarded, one member representing the Southbury Training School, one member representing the Association for Retarded Citizens of New London County, one consumer representing persons who use the camp on a residential basis and one member representing parents or guardians of persons who use the camp, all of whom shall be appointed by the Governor; (2) one member representing parents or guardians of persons who use the camp, who shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (3) one consumer from the Family Support Council established pursuant to section 17a-219c representing persons who use the camp on a day basis, who shall be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (4) one member representing the board of selectmen of the town of Waterford, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member representing the Camp Harkness Booster Club, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (6) one member representing the Connecticut Institute for the Blind and the Oak Hill School, who shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (7) one member representing the United Cerebral Palsy Association, who shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(b) The advisory committee shall promote communication regarding camp services and develop recommendations for the commissioner regarding the use of Camp Harkness.

(c) Not later than October 1, 2002, and annually thereafter, the advisory committee shall submit a report to the commissioner and to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health concerning the status of Camp Harkness. Such report shall be submitted in accordance with section 11-4a.

Approved June 3, 2003