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Bill No. 47

February Session, 2008

 

LCO No. 682

 

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Referred to Committee on Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs

 

Introduced by:

 

SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th Dist.

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

 

AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING MILITARY AFFAIRS.

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

Section 1. Section 15-98 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):

(a) The Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol shall be within the Military Department [of Public Safety] and may expend funds, within available appropriations, for the acquisition, installation, conditioning, rental and maintenance of equipment and facilities and for expenses incurred in connection with senior and cadet training; provided no funds shall be expended for the purpose of uniforms or personal effects, or for salaries of members of said civil air patrol, except as set forth in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The wing commander of the Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol may employ clerical assistance at headquarters for such duties as may be required by the wing commander. The commander of the Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol may issue vouchers for all expenditures covered by this section, and the Comptroller shall convert such vouchers into warrants, and the Treasurer shall pay the same out of the General Fund.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 31-236 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):

(2) (A) If, in the opinion of the administrator, the individual has left suitable work voluntarily and without good cause attributable to the employer, until such individual has earned at least ten times such individual's benefit rate, provided whenever an individual voluntarily leaves part-time employment under conditions that would render the individual ineligible for benefits, such individual's ineligibility shall be limited as provided in subsection (b) of this section, if applicable, and provided further, no individual shall be ineligible for benefits if the individual leaves suitable work (i) for good cause attributable to the employer, including leaving as a result of changes in conditions created by the individual's employer, (ii) to care for a seriously ill spouse or child, or parent domiciled with the individual, provided such illness is documented by a licensed physician, (iii) due to the discontinuance of transportation, other than the individual's personally owned vehicle, used to get to and from work, provided no reasonable alternative transportation is available, (iv) to protect the individual or a child domiciled with the individual from becoming or remaining a victim of domestic violence, as defined in section 17b-112a, provided such individual has made reasonable efforts to preserve the employment, but the employer's account shall not at any time be charged with respect to any voluntary leaving that falls under subparagraph (A)(iv) of this subdivision, or (v) for a separation from employment that occurs during the period beginning on July 1, 2007, and ending on June 30, [2008] 2014, to accompany a spouse who is on active duty with the armed forces of the United States and is required to relocate by the armed forces, but the employer's account shall not at any time be charged with respect to any voluntary leaving that falls under subparagraph (A)(v) of this subdivision; or (B) if, in the opinion of the administrator, the individual has been discharged or suspended for felonious conduct, conduct constituting larceny of property or service, the value of which exceeds twenty-five dollars, or larceny of currency, regardless of the value of such currency, wilful misconduct in the course of the individual's employment, or participation in an illegal strike, as determined by state or federal laws or regulations, until such individual has earned at least ten times the individual's benefit rate; provided an individual who (i) while on layoff from regular work, accepts other employment and leaves such other employment when recalled by the individual's former employer, (ii) leaves work that is outside the individual's regular apprenticeable trade to return to work in the individual's regular apprenticeable trade, (iii) has left work solely by reason of governmental regulation or statute, or (iv) leaves part-time work to accept full-time work, shall not be ineligible on account of such leaving and the employer's account shall not at any time be charged with respect to such separation, unless such employer has elected payments in lieu of contributions.

Sec. 3. Section 17a-453d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families, the state Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Military Department, shall provide behavioral health services, on a transitional basis, for [the dependents and] any (1) Connecticut resident who is a member of any [reserve] component of the armed forces of the United States who has been called to active service in the armed forces of this state or the United States for Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, or (2) Connecticut resident who is a dependent of any such member. Such transitional services shall be provided when no Department of Defense coverage for such services is available or such member or dependent of any such member is not eligible for such services through the Department of Defense, until an approved application is received from the federal Department of Veterans' Affairs and coverage is available to such member and such member's dependents.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2008

15-98

Sec. 2

July 1, 2008

31-236(a)(2)

Sec. 3

July 1, 2008

17a-453d

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