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Senate Bill No. 581

Public Act No. 04-58

AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS STATUTES.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 4-61dd of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(a) Any person having knowledge of any matter involving corruption, unethical practices, violation of state laws or regulations, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or danger to the public safety occurring in any state department or agency or any quasi-public agency, as defined in section 1-120, or any person having knowledge of any matter involving corruption, violation of state or federal laws or regulations, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or danger to the public safety occurring in any large state contract, may transmit all facts and information in his possession concerning such matter to the Auditors of Public Accounts. The Auditors of Public Accounts shall review such matter and report their findings and any recommendations to the Attorney General. Upon receiving such a report, the Attorney General shall make such investigation as he deems proper. At the request of the Attorney General or on their own initiative, the auditors shall assist in the investigation. The Attorney General shall have power to summon witnesses, require the production of any necessary books, papers or other documents and administer oaths to witnesses, where necessary, for the purpose of investigation. Upon the conclusion of his investigation, the Attorney General shall where necessary, report his findings to the Governor, or in matters involving criminal activity, to the Chief State's Attorney. The Auditors of Public Accounts and the Attorney General shall not, after receipt of any information from a person under the provisions of this section, disclose the identity of such person without his consent unless the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General [determine] determines that such disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation.

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 4-61dd of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(c) Any employee of a state or quasi-public agency or large state contractor, who is found to have knowingly and maliciously made false charges under subsection (a) of this section, shall be subject to disciplinary action by his appointing authority up to and including dismissal. In the case of a state or quasi-public agency employee, such action shall be subject to appeal to the Employees' Review Board in accordance with section 5-202, or in the case of state or quasi-public agency employees included in collective bargaining contracts, the procedure provided by such contracts.

Sec. 3. Section 4-169 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

No adoption, amendment or repeal of any regulation, except a regulation issued pursuant to subsection (f) of section 4-168, shall be effective until the original of the proposed regulation has been submitted to the Attorney General by the agency proposing such regulation [, to the Attorney General] and approved by the Attorney General [,] or by some other person designated by the Attorney General for such purpose. The review of such regulations by the Attorney General shall be limited to a determination of the legal sufficiency of the proposed regulation. If the Attorney General or the Attorney General's designated representative fails to give notice to the agency of any legal insufficiency within thirty days of the receipt of the proposed regulation, the Attorney General shall be deemed to have approved the proposed regulation for purposes of this section. The approval of the Attorney General shall be indicated on the original of the proposed regulation which shall be submitted to the joint standing legislative regulation review committee. As used in this section "legal sufficiency" means (1) the absence of conflict with any general statute or regulation, federal law or regulation or the Constitution of this state or of the United States, and (2) compliance with the notice and hearing requirements of section 4-168.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (2) of section 4-212 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(2) "Personal service contractor" means any person, firm or corporation not employed by the state, who is hired by a state agency for a fee to provide services to the agency. The term "personal service contractor" shall not include (A) a person, firm or corporation providing "contractual services", as defined in section 4a-50, to the state, (B) a "consultant", as defined in section 4b-55, as amended, (C) a "consultant", as defined in section 13b-20b, providing services to the Department of Transportation, (D) an agency of the federal government, of the state or of a political subdivision of the state, or (E) a person, firm or corporation providing consultant services for information and telecommunications systems authorized under subdivision (5) of subsection (c) of section 4d-2.

Sec. 5. Section 4a-16 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

When any person supported or cared for by the state under a program of public assistance or in an institution maintained by the Department of Public Health, Department of Mental Retardation [,] or Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, or when an inmate of the Department of Correction, or when any child committed to the Commissioner of Social Services or Commissioner of Children and Families dies leaving only personal estate, including personal assets owing and due the estate after death, not exceeding twenty thousand dollars in value, the Commissioner of Administrative Services or the commissioner's authorized representative shall, upon filing with the probate court having jurisdiction of such estate a certificate that the total estate is under twenty thousand dollars and the claim of the state, together with the expense of last illness not exceeding three hundred seventy-five dollars and funeral and burial expenses in accordance with section 17b-84, equals or exceeds the amount of such estate, be issued a certificate by said court that the commissioner is the legal representative of such estate only for the following purpose. The commissioner shall have authority to claim such estate, the commissioner's receipt for the same to be a valid discharge of the liability of any person turning over the same, and to settle the same by payment of the expense of last illness not exceeding three hundred seventy-five dollars, expense of funeral and burial in accordance with section 17b-84 and the remainder as partial or full reimbursement of the claim of the state for care or assistance rendered to the decedent. The commissioner shall file with said probate court a statement of the settlement of such estate as herein provided.

Sec. 6. Subsection (d) of section 9-390 of the general statutes, as amended by section 21 of public act 03-241, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(d) The selection of party-endorsed candidates in the manner provided in subsection (a) [, (b)] or (c) of this section and the selection of delegates to conventions in the manner provided in subsection (b) of this section shall be made and certified to the clerk of the municipality within the time specified in section 9-391, as amended.

Sec. 7. Section 9-453e of the general statutes, as amended by section 54 of public act 03-241, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

Each circulator of a nominating petition page shall be a United States citizen, at least eighteen years of age [,] and a resident of a town in this state and shall not be on parole for conviction of a felony. Any individual proposed as a candidate in any nominating petition may serve as circulator of the pages of such nominating petition.

Approved May 10, 2004