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Substitute Senate Bill No. 1077

Public Act No. 03-207

AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAM.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) (1) Each person who registered as an apprentice with the Labor Department before July 1, 2003, and has not completed an apprenticeship as of the effective date of this section shall pay to the Labor Department a registration fee of twenty-five dollars on or before July 1, 2003, and a renewal registration fee of twenty-five dollars on or before July first of each subsequent year until (A) such registration is withdrawn, or (B) such person has completed an apprenticeship and possesses a valid journeyperson card of occupational license, if required.

(2) Each person who initially registers as an apprentice with the Labor Department on or after July 1, 2003, shall pay to the Labor Department a registration fee of twenty-five dollars at the time of registration and an annual renewal registration fee of twenty-five dollars until (A) such registration is withdrawn, or (B) such person has completed an apprenticeship and possesses a valid journeyperson card of occupational license, if required.

(b) Each person sponsoring an apprenticeship program registered with the Labor Department as of July 1, 2003, shall pay to the Labor Department an annual registration fee of thirty dollars for each apprentice participating in such program until the apprentice has completed the apprenticeship and possesses a valid journeyperson card of occupational license, if required, or such program is cancelled by the sponsor or deregistered for cause by the Labor Department in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 557 of the general statutes, whichever is earlier.

(c) Any amount collected by the Labor Department pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the General Fund and credited to a separate nonlapsing appropriation to the Labor Department, for the purpose of administering the department's apprentice training program and sections 31-51a to 31-51d, inclusive, of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Not later than February 4, 2004, the Labor Commissioner shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to labor and higher education and employment advancement, concerning the feasibility of establishing an on-line system for registering apprentices and apprenticeship programs with the Labor Department.

Approved July 9, 2003