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House Bill No. 5405

Public Act No. 04-146

AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING CORRECTION OFFICER STAFFING AND ESTABLISHING THE COMMISSION ON GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY, CREATIVITY AND EFFICIENCY.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than thirty days after the close of the first calendar quarter of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, and not later than thirty days after the close of each calendar quarter of each fiscal year thereafter, the Commissioner of Correction shall submit, to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary and labor and public employees, a report containing the number of: (1) Inmate disciplinary reports filed during such calendar quarter; (2) inmate assaults on custodial staff reported during such calendar quarter; (3) inmate assaults on other inmates reported during such calendar quarter; and (4) workers' compensation claims filed by custodial staff during such calendar quarter. Said committees may hold a public hearing on any such report.

(b) If, during any calendar quarter, the number of disciplinary reports, assaults or workers' compensation claims reported in accordance with subsection (a) of this section has increased by more than five per cent from the number of such disciplinary reports, assaults or workers' compensation claims reported for the preceding calendar quarter or for the same calendar quarter of the preceding fiscal year, the commissioner shall include in the report submitted in accordance with subsection (a) of this section an explanation for such increase and a general description of the measures to be taken by the Department of Correction to address such increase.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) The Department of Correction shall conduct a study of the relationship between workers' compensation claims filed by custodial staff and the use of overtime by the department. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of whether the specific incident giving rise to each claim occurred (1) while the claimant was working overtime, or (2) within seventy-two hours after the claimant was working overtime. The Commissioner of Correction shall submit a report containing the findings of such study to the Governor and the General Assembly not later than January 1, 2005, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a Commission on Government Accountability, Creativity and Efficiency that shall consist of the following twenty-nine members: (1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee and the joint standing committee on Appropriations; (2) three appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (3) three appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (4) three appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) three appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (6) three appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (7) three appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (8) three appointed by the Governor. Any member of the commission appointed pursuant to subdivisions (2) to (7), inclusive, of this subsection may be a member of the General Assembly. All appointments to the commission shall be made on or before June 11, 2004. The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson.

(b) The commission shall review the report of the Task Force on Accountability, Creativity and Efficiency, and determine which areas recommended for further study within such report need to be reviewed and conduct such reviews.

(c) The commission shall begin its review not later than June 11, 2004, and, on or before January 5, 2005, shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to such findings and recommendations, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 5, 2005, whichever is earlier.

Approved May 21, 2004