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Substitute House Bill No. 5355

Public Act No. 03-170

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE JUDICIAL SELECTION COMMISSION AND CONFORMING CERTAIN STATUTORY PROVISIONS TO THE REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

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

Section 1. Subsections (a) to (d), inclusive, of section 51-44a of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is established a Judicial Selection Commission comprised of twelve members. [Two persons shall be appointed from each congressional district, one of whom shall be an attorney-at-law and one of whom shall not be an attorney-at-law. ] Six of the members shall be attorneys-at-law and six of the members shall not be attorneys-at-law. Not more than six of the members shall belong to the same political party. None of the members shall be an elected or appointed official of the state or hold state-wide office in a political party.

(b) The members of the commission shall be appointed as follows: [The Governor shall appoint six members, one from each congressional district, who shall be attorneys-at-law; the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member who shall not be an attorney-at-law; the majority leader of the Senate and the majority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member who shall not be an attorney-at-law; and the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member, who shall not be an attorney-at-law. ] The Governor shall appoint six members, one from each congressional district and one at-large member, three of whom shall be attorneys-at-law and three of whom shall not be attorneys-at-law; the president pro tempore of the Senate shall appoint one member who shall be an attorney-at-law; the speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint one member who shall not be an attorney-at-law; the majority leader of the Senate shall appoint one member who shall not be an attorney-at-law; the majority leader of the House of Representatives shall appoint one member who shall be an attorney-at-law; the minority leader of the Senate shall appoint one member who shall not be an attorney-at-law; and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall appoint one member who shall be an attorney-at-law.

(c) The members of the commission shall elect a [chairman] chairperson from among the members appointed by the Governor.

[(d) (1) The members first appointed by the Governor prior to June 22, 1989, shall complete their terms of office. Of the members appointed by the Governor for terms commencing November 20, 1992, two members shall serve for a term of one year, two members shall serve for a term of two years and two members shall serve for a term of three years. Thereafter, the members of the commission so appointed shall serve for terms of three years. At the expiration of the terms of the members appointed for terms commencing November 20, 1992, such members shall be eligible for appointment to a consecutive term.

(2) The terms of office of the members first appointed by the legislative leaders prior to June 22, 1989, shall expire on September 30, 1989. Such members shall be eligible for appointment to a term commencing October 1, 1989. Of the members whose terms commence October 1, 1989, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member for a term of three years; the majority leader of the Senate and the majority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member for a term of one year; and the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member for a term of two years. Thereafter, the members so appointed shall serve for terms of three years. ]

(d) (1) The members of the commission shall serve for terms of three years.

(2) Members appointed on or after the effective date of this section shall serve for terms of three years and, notwithstanding the provisions of section 4-1, until their successors are appointed and have qualified or ninety days after the completion of their terms, whichever is earlier.

(3) Members serving on the effective date of this section shall continue to serve as members until the end of their terms and, notwithstanding the provisions of section 4-1, until their successors are appointed and have qualified or ninety days after the completion of their terms, whichever is earlier, except that members serving on the effective date of this section who have completed their terms and are serving until their successors are appointed and have qualified shall, notwithstanding the provisions of section 4-1, continue to serve until their successors are appointed and have qualified, but not later than January 1, 2004.

[(3)] (4) Any vacancy in the membership of the commission shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by the appointing authority. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for any necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. [Except as provided in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, no member]

(5) No member of the commission may serve consecutive terms, [and if a] except that if, on or after the effective date of this section, a person is appointed a member of the commission to fill a vacancy and complete an unexpired term, such person may serve an additional term. If a commission member is an attorney, no member of [his] the commission member's firm may serve a term consecutive to such commission member.

Sec. 2. Section 9-9 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

For the purpose of representation in the Congress of the United States, there shall be elected in the manner provided by law one representative from each of the [six] five congressional districts. [into which the state shall be divided, as follows:

(Districts omitted. See footnote*. )]

Sec. 3. Section 10a-170h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Loan candidates shall make application to the Commissioner of Higher Education on such forms and at such time as prescribed by said commissioner. Loan recipients shall be selected by the Commissioners of Education and Higher Education, provided said commissioners shall consider affirmative action and equal opportunity goals when selections are made. In the event the number of eligible applicants is in excess of the number of loans available, academic standing and financial need may be considered by the commissioners in selecting loan recipients. Loans under this program shall be in an amount not greater than five thousand dollars per year for not more than four years for students attending independent colleges and universities and not greater than three thousand dollars per year for not more than four years for students attending public colleges and universities. In order to maintain eligible status under this grant program, each recipient shall continue to be enrolled in an accredited college or university and shall demonstrate compliance with the academic standards established by the Commissioners of Education and Higher Education through an annual reapplication process, at such time and in such manner as prescribed by the Commissioner of Higher Education. No student shall receive the proceeds of a loan until said student has submitted a letter from an accredited college or university certifying full-time enrollment. Sixty per cent of the loans awarded annually shall be divided equally among the resident applicants of the state's [six] five congressional districts with the balance awarded on a state-wide basis. If any of the loans designated for resident applicants of any one congressional district are not accepted by a date to be determined by the Commissioner of Higher Education, all such loans not accepted shall be awarded on a state-wide basis.

Sec. 4. Section 22-63 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

There shall continue to be a Marketing Authority within the Department of Agriculture. The authority shall continue to have and exercise the powers and duties authorized for it by this chapter. Such authority shall consist of eleven members. The authority shall be composed of one public member from each congressional district of the state, [an] two at-large public [member] members, the Commissioner of Agriculture or his designee, and the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or his designee. The Governor shall appoint three members of the authority and the president pro tempore of the Senate, the Senate minority leader, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member. In addition, the Governor shall appoint two members of the authority who shall be tenants of the Hartford market facility. Any vacancy in the membership of said authority shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired portion of the term. The name of the authority shall be "Connecticut Marketing Authority". The members of the authority shall serve without compensation, but their necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties shall be paid by the state. Any member absent from three consecutive meetings shall be deemed to have resigned. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the terms of all appointed members of the authority serving before and on January 1, 2004, shall expire on said date. Not later than January 1, 2004, new members shall be appointed to the authority in accordance with the provisions of this section and such members shall begin serving on said date and shall complete the terms of their predecessors.

Sec. 5. Subsections (b) and (c) of section 22a-134bb of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The powers of the service shall be vested in and exercised by a board of directors. The membership of the board shall consist of (1) four ex-officio nonvoting members which shall include the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or his designee, and the Commissioners of Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Protection or their designees, (2) six members appointed by the Governor, [each] at least one of whom shall be from [a different] each congressional district, and (3) one member appointed by the Governor who shall be the chairman of the board. Two of such members shall be representatives of the scientific community; two shall be representatives of the general public with no financial interest in the hazardous waste disposal industry and two shall be members of the business community. No elected official shall be eligible for appointment to the board during the term of his elected office. After the date upon which the board has selected a site for the location of a low-level radioactive waste facility, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or his designee, and the Commissioners of Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Protection or their designees shall become voting members of the board, provided if the Nuclear Regulatory Commission fails to approve the licensure of the facility such members of the board shall again become nonvoting members until such time as the board selects another site for the location of the facility.

(c) The terms of two of the initial appointments shall expire on the last day of January, 1984; the terms of two shall expire on the last day of January, 1985, and the terms of two shall expire on the last day of January, 1986. On or before the first day of January, 1984, and annually thereafter, the Governor shall appoint members to succeed the members whose term expires. Said members shall serve a term of four years. At the end of a term a member may continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualified. A member shall be eligible for reappointment. Any vacancy occurring other than by expiration of a term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the balance of the unexpired term. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the terms of the six members appointed under subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section and serving before and on January 1, 2004, shall expire on said date. Not later than January 1, 2004, the Governor shall appoint six new members in accordance with the provisions of said subdivision (2), who shall begin serving on said date and shall complete the terms of their predecessors.

Sec. 6. Subsection (b) of section 27-102l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The commissioner shall appoint a deputy, to administer a veterans' advocacy and assistance unit for the aid and benefit of veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents and family members. The unit shall have a staff of not less than eight men and women, including six service officers, and clerical personnel. The department head, the deputy commissioner and the service officers shall be veterans as defined in section 27-103 or veterans who were awarded the armed forces expeditionary medal for service by the armed forces. At least one of the service officers shall be a woman having a demonstrated interest in the concerns of women veterans, who shall be responsible for addressing those concerns. Each service officer shall successfully complete a course in veterans' benefits within one year of commencement of employment and shall be assigned to one of the [six] five congressional districts of the state.

Approved June 26, 2003