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Substitute House Bill No. 5233

Public Act No. 04-177

AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY BOARD.

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

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2004) As used in sections 1 to 8, inclusive, of this act:

(1) "Transportation Strategy Board" means the board created under section 13b-57e of the general statutes, as amended.

(2) "TSB project account" means the account created under section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, as amended by this act.

(3) "Section 16 Project" means a project originally undertaken by the Transportation Strategy Board pursuant to section 16 of public act 01-5 of the June special session.

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2004) During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, the sum of $ 150,000 shall be transferred from the TSB project account to the Department of Transportation to support the implementation of the increased motorist assistance services recommended by the Transportation Strategy Board.

Sec. 3. (Effective July 1, 2004) Notwithstanding the provisions of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, the sum of $ 60,000 may, with the approval of the Transportation Strategy Board, be expended from the TSB project account to support the preparation and distribution of highway diversion plans as recommended by said board.

Sec. 4. (Effective July 1, 2004) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, an amount not to exceed $ 5,000,000 may, with the approval of the Transportation Strategy Board, be expended from the TSB project account to support the continuation of the following TSB projects: Fairfield County Inter-Regional Bus Services; New Haven Line Commuter Connection; Danbury Area Feeder Bus Service; Shoreline East Service extension; Southeast Connecticut Jobs Access-Dial-A-Ride; and Hartford Area Express Bus Service.

(b) The Transportation Strategy Board shall evaluate each of the projects identified in subsection (a) of this section and shall submit its findings and recommendations concerning the continued funding of such programs to the Governor and the General Assembly, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, not later than January 1, 2005.

Sec. 5. (Effective July 1, 2004) Notwithstanding the provisions of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, an amount not to exceed $ 600,000 may be expended from the TSB project account to support the continuation of the state operating assistance to Tweed-New Haven Airport, provided: (1) The city of New Haven continues to provide at least its current level of operating subsidy to the airport; and (2) no such funds are expended to provide, directly or indirectly, subsidies or financial assistance to any air carrier.

Sec. 6. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, an amount not to exceed $ 2,000,000 may, with the approval of the Transportation Strategy Board, be expended from the TSB project account for expenses incurred by the Department of Transportation in connection with the following Section 16 Projects: Deduct-A-Ride Program; Southeast Corridor Tourism Service-Single Ticket Fare Structure; Capitol Region Council of Governments-New Britain Busway; and Southeast Connecticut Jobs Access-Dial-A-Ride.

Sec. 7. (Effective July 1, 2004) During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, up to $ 640,000 shall be transferred from the TSB project account to the Office of Policy and Management to fund the grant to regional agencies under section 4-124q of the general statutes.

Sec. 8. (Effective July 1, 2004) (a) The unexpended balance of funds appropriated to the Department of Transportation for the Transportation Strategy Board in subsection (a) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, and carried forward in subsection (2) of subsection (aa) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 2 of special act 01-1 of the November 15 special session, section 16 of public act 02-1 of the May 9 special session, subsection (a) of section 42 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, and section 36 of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session, shall not lapse on June 30, 2004, and such funds shall continue to be available for the programs and purposes of the Transportation Strategy Board during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005.

Sec. 9. Section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There shall be a Transportation Strategy Board projects account, which shall be a nonlapsing account within the Special Transportation Fund.

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, five million dollars of the moneys received or collected by the state or any officer thereof on account of, or derived from, the incremental revenues received pursuant to section 14-50a, as amended, shall be deposited into the account established under subsection (a) of this section and shall be used to provide funding for the projects and purposes of the Transportation Strategy Board.

(c) On and after July 1, [2005] 2004, all moneys received or collected by the state or any officer thereof on account of, or derived from, one-half of the incremental revenues received pursuant to section 14-50a, as amended, shall be deposited into the account established under subsection (a) of this section and shall be used to provide funding for the projects and purposes of the Transportation Strategy Board.

Sec. 10. Section 6 of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

On or before January 1, 2004, the Commissioner of Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Motor Vehicles, shall establish a program to implement regularly scheduled and enforced hours of operation for weigh stations. Not later than October 1, [2003] 2004, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a, on the planned program to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation.

Sec. 11. Section 36 of public act 03-4 of the June 30 special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The [sum of $ 10,300,000] balance carried forward pursuant to subsection (a) of section 42 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session shall be expended as follows: East Haven Road and Sidewalk Improvement Aid, $ 150,000; Fairfield County Interregional Services, $ 900,000; New Haven Line Commuter Connection, $ 320,000; Danbury Area Feeder Bus Service - Harlem Line, $ 200,000; Expanded Hartford Area Express Bus Service, $ 750,000; Shoreline East Service through New Haven - Bridgeport - Stamford, $ 1,700,000 [; ] and Continuation of State Operating Subsidy for Tweed-New Haven Airport, $ 600,000. [; Transportation Strategy Board projects account, $ 3,700,000. ] The balance of such funds shall be deposited in the Transportation Strategy Board projects account established by section 113 of public act 03-1 of the June 30 special session, as amended by this act.

(b) The funds for the State Operating Subsidy for Tweed-New Haven Airport in subsection (a) of this section shall be made available only if the city of New Haven continues its current level of operating subsidy.

Sec. 12. Section 14-41 of the general statutes, as amended by section 6 of public act 03-171, section 34 of public act 03-3 of the June 30 special session and section 6 of public act 04-4, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(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 [forty-three] forty-four dollars for a four-year license, [sixty-five] sixty-six dollars for a six-year license and eleven dollars per year for any part of a year thereof.

(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.

(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.

Approved June 1, 2004