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Senate Bill No. 366

Public Act No. 03-143

AN ACT CONCERNING ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES AND COMPLAINANT REPRESENTATION BEFORE THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES.

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

Section 1. Subsection (f) of section 46a-83b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(f) The commission [shall] may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement this section and to establish procedures and standards for alternate dispute resolution.

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 46a-84 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(d) The case in support of the complaint shall be presented at the hearing by the Attorney General, who shall be counsel for the commission, or by the commission counsel as provided in section 46a-55, as the case may be. If the Attorney General or the commission counsel determines that a material mistake of law or fact has been made in the finding of reasonable cause, he may withdraw the certification of the complaint and remand the file to the investigator for further action. The complainant may be represented by an attorney of his own choice. If the Attorney General or the commission counsel, as the case may be, determines that the interests of the state will not be adversely affected, [he may allow] the attorney for the complainant [to] shall present all or part of the case in support of the complaint. No commissioner may participate in the deliberations of the presiding officer in the case.

Approved June 26, 2003