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Senate Bill No. 34

Public Act No. 04-4

AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL RESURFACING AND RELATED RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND AMENDING PROVISIONS RELATED TO FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY PROJECTS.

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

Section 1. (Effective May 1, 2004) The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of sections 1 to 5, inclusive, of this act, from time to time to authorize the issuance of special tax obligation bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding $ 49,000,000 for capital resurfacing and related reconstruction projects.

Sec. 2. (Effective May 1, 2004) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds to the extent hereinafter stated, shall be used for the purpose of payment of the transportation costs, as defined in subdivision (6) of section 13b-75 of the general statutes, with respect to the projects and uses hereinafter described, which projects and uses are hereby found and determined to be in furtherance of one or more of the authorized purposes for the issuance of special tax obligation bonds set forth in section 13b-74 of the general statutes, as amended. Any proceeds from the sale of said bonds shall be used by the Department of Transportation for the Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations for capital resurfacing and related reconstruction projects.

Sec. 3. (Effective May 1, 2004) None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it (1) a request for such authorization, which is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or by or on behalf of such state officer, department or agency and stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require, and (2) any capital development impact statement and any human services facility collocation statement required to be filed with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4-26b of the general statutes, any advisory report regarding the state conservation and development policies plan required pursuant to section 16a-31 of the general statutes, and any statement regarding farmland required pursuant to subsection (g) of section 3-20 of the general statutes, as amended, and section 22-6 of the general statutes, as amended, provided the State Bond Commission may authorize said bonds without a finding that the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section have been filed with it if said commission authorizes the secretary of said commission to accept such reports and statements on its behalf. No funds derived from the sale of bonds authorized by said commission without a finding that the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section have been filed with it shall be allotted by the Governor for any project until the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section with respect to such project have been filed with the secretary of said commission.

Sec. 4. (Effective May 1, 2004) For the purposes of sections 1 to 5, inclusive, of this act, each request filed as provided in section 3 of this act, for an authorization of bonds shall identify the project for which the proceeds of the sale of such bonds are to be used and expended and, in addition to any terms and conditions required pursuant to said section 3, include the recommendation of the person signing such request as to the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available for costs in connection with any such project should be added to the state moneys available or becoming available from the proceeds of bonds and temporary notes issued in anticipation of the receipt of the proceeds of bonds. If the request includes a recommendation that some amount of such federal, private or other moneys should be added to such state moneys, then, if and to the extent directed by the State Bond Commission at the time of authorization of such bonds, said amount of such federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available, for costs in connection with such project shall be added to such state moneys.

Sec. 5. (Effective May 1, 2004) Said bonds issued pursuant to sections 1 to 5, inclusive, of this act, shall be special obligations of the state and shall not be payable from nor charged upon any funds other than revenues of the state pledged therefor in subsection (b) of section 13b-61 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and section 13b-69 of the general statutes, or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor. Said bonds shall not be payable from nor charged upon any funds other than such pledged revenues or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor, nor shall the state or any political subdivision thereof be subject to any liability thereon, except to the extent of such pledged revenues or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor. Said bonds shall be issued under and in accordance with the provisions of sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, of the general statutes, as amended.

Sec. 6. Section 14-41 of the general statutes, as amended by section 6 of public act 03-171 and section 34 of public act 03-3 of the June 30 special session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Except as provided in section 14-41a, as amended by this act, each motor vehicle operator's license shall be renewed every six years or every four years on the date of the operator's birthday in accordance with a schedule to be established by the commissioner. On and after July 1, 2005, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall screen the vision of each motor vehicle operator prior to every other renewal of the operator's license of such operator in accordance with a schedule adopted by the commissioner. Such screening requirement shall apply to every other renewal following the initial screening. In lieu of the vision screening by the commissioner, such operator may submit the results of a vision screening conducted by a licensed health care professional qualified to conduct such screening on a form prescribed by the commissioner during the twelve months preceding such renewal. No motor vehicle operator's license may be renewed unless the operator passes such vision screening. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this subsection relative to the administration of vision screening.

(b) An original operator's license shall expire within a period not exceeding six years following the date of the operator's next birthday. The fee for such original license shall be computed at the rate of [seventy-five cents per month except that the fee shall not exceed three dollars and fifty cents for any six-month period, plus the sum of three dollars; and on and after July 1, 1992, one dollar per month except that the fee shall not exceed four dollars for any six-month period plus the sum of five dollars and twenty-five cents] forty-three dollars for a four-year license, sixty-five dollars for a six-year license and eleven dollars per year for any part of such year.

[(c) If a change is made in the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles affecting the date of birth of an operator after the original issuance or renewal of an operator's license, the expiration date shall remain as originally issued or renewed until the license expires. The operator shall then be issued a renewal license to expire on the date of the operator's birthday. No renewal license shall be issued for a period of less than twenty-four months or more than seventy-two months depending on the year of the operator's birth. The fee for such renewal license shall be computed at the rate of forty-five cents per month from the last day of the month in which such license expired except that the fee shall not exceed two dollars and fifty cents for any six-month period, plus the sum of one dollar. ]

[(d)] (c) The commissioner shall, at least fifteen days before the date on which each motor vehicle operator's license expires, notify the operator of the expiration date. Any previously licensed operator who operates a motor vehicle within sixty days after the expiration date of the operator's license without obtaining a renewal of the license shall be deemed to have failed to renew a motor vehicle operator's license and shall be fined in accordance with the amount designated for the infraction of failure to renew a motor vehicle operator's license. Any operator so charged shall not be prosecuted under section 14-36, as amended, for the same act constituting a violation under this section but section 14-36, as amended, shall apply after the sixty-day period.

[(e)] (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1-3a, if the expiration date of any motor vehicle operator's license or any public passenger transportation permit falls on any day when offices of the commissioner are closed for business or are open for less than a full business day, the license or permit shall be deemed valid until midnight of the next day on which offices of the commissioner are open for a full day of business.

Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 14-41a of the general statutes, as amended by section 7 of public act 03-171, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) An individual sixty-five years of age or older may renew a motor vehicle operator's license for either a two-year period or a six-year period. The fee for any license issued for a two-year period shall be [seventeen dollars. On and after July 1, 1992, the fee shall be nineteen dollars] twenty-one dollars.

Sec. 8. Subdivision (3) of section 14 of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(3) "Incremental revenues" means revenues which are attributable to increases in taxes or fees provided for in sections 1-1h, as amended, 14-35, as amended, 14-41, as amended by this act, 14-41a, as amended by this act, 14-44i, as amended, 14-47, as amended, 14-48b, as amended, 14-49, as amended, 14-50, as amended, 14-66, as amended, 14-67, as amended, and 14-381, as amended, and revenues specified in sections 113 and 114 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session to support the funding of the projects and purposes described in section 3 of [this act] public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session.

Sec. 9. Subdivision (16) of subsection (b) of section 13b-61 of the general statutes, as amended by section 20 of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(16) On and after July 1, 2003, and up to and including June 30, 2036, all moneys received or collected by the state or any officer thereof on account of, or derived from, the incremental revenues generated pursuant to sections 1-1h, as amended, 14-35, as amended, 14-41, as amended by this act, 14-41a, as amended by this act, 14-44i, as amended, 14-47, as amended, 14-48b, as amended, 14-49, as amended, 14-50, as amended, 14-66, as amended, 14-67, as amended, and 14-381, as amended, and revenues specified in sections 113 and 114 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session shall be deposited into the Transportation Strategy Board projects account, established under section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, of the Infrastructure Improvement Fund and shall be used to support the funding of the projects and purposes described in section 3 of [this act] public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session.

Approved March 11, 2004