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Senate Bill No. 882

Public Act No. 03-151

AN ACT CONCERNING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OFFICERS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 46a-68 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(b) (1) Each state agency, department, board or commission shall designate a full-time or part-time affirmative action officer. If such affirmative action officer is an employee of the agency, department, board or commission, the executive head of the agency, department, board or commission shall be directly responsible for the supervision of the officer.

(2) The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities shall provide training and technical assistance to affirmative action officers in plan development and implementation.

(3) The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women shall provide a minimum of ten hours of training per year concerning state and federal discrimination laws and techniques for conducting internal investigations of discrimination complaints to persons designated by state agencies, departments, boards or commissions as affirmative action officers and persons designated by the Attorney General or the Attorney General's designee to represent such agencies, boards, departments or commissions pursuant to subdivision (5) of this subsection.

(4) Each person designated by a state agency, department, board or commission as an affirmative action officer shall (A) be responsible for mitigating any discriminatory conduct within the agency, department, board or commission, (B) investigate all complaints of discrimination made against the state agency, department, board or commission, (C) report all findings and recommendations upon the conclusion of an investigation to the commissioner or director of the state agency, department, board or commission for proper action, and (D) complete ten hours of training provided by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection.

(5) No person designated by a state agency, department, board or commission as an affirmative action officer shall represent such agency, department, board or commission before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If a complaint of discrimination is filed with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a state agency, department, board or commission, the Attorney General, or a designee of the Attorney General, other than the affirmative action officer for such agency, board, department or commission, shall represent the state agency, board, department or commission before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Approved June 26, 2003