CHAPTER 532
AMUSEMENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

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Sec. 29-130. Certificate. Fee.
Sec. 29-134. License required. Annual fee.
Sec. 29-136. Investigation and inspection. Reporting of serious injury or death. Signs required. Alternate compliance. Regulations.
Sec. 29-136a. Patron safety regulations. Detainment of patrons. Owner responsibility.

      Sec. 29-130. Certificate. Fee. The Commissioner of Public Safety shall prescribe a form of application to be signed by each applicant and may require such information respecting the business in which the applicant proposes to engage as he finds necessary to safeguard the public from all forms of lascivious conduct, immoral practices, vice or violations of the law. Said commissioner or any employee of the Department of Public Safety authorized by him for said purpose may enter into any place so licensed or upon the premises where such business is being conducted for the purpose of observing the conduct of the same. Said commissioner shall issue to each applicant so licensed a certificate to be designated "amusement park license", and each certificate shall state the name of the applicant, the location of the place where such amusement, entertainment, diversion or recreation may be conducted and the hours each day during which the same may be conducted. Each certificate shall be displayed conspicuously for public view by the licensee at the place where the business so licensed is conducted. Any such license may be suspended or revoked by said commissioner whenever it appears that any of the conditions required to be stated in such license have been violated. Such applications and license certificates shall be printed at the expense of the state. The annual license fee shall be fifty dollars to be paid by the applicant to the Commissioner of Public Safety with each application for such license. Such licenses shall not be transferable and, if any licensee voluntarily discontinues operations thereunder, all rights secured thereby shall terminate. On and after January 1, 1986, the license year shall be from January first until December thirty-first following, inclusive. Each such license shall be for a period of one license year.

      (1949 Rev., S. 3715; 1959, P.A. 373, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 41, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 486, 610; P.A. 80-52; P.A. 85-5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 59, 117; P.A. 96-5; 96-180, S. 153, 166; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1, S. 142.)

      History: 1959 act increased license fees from $15 to $25 with minimum to be paid fee for any period of $15 rather than 50% of full amount; 1969 act changed license year from May first until April thirtieth to June first until May thirty-first and extended validity of those which would expire April 30, 1969, for one month; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of state police with commissioner of public safety, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-52 restored original license year, deleted obsolete provision re licenses expiring April 30, 1969, and deleted provision allowing charge of proportionate amount for license period of less than one year; P.A. 85-5 changed term of license year (formerly from May first until April thirtieth) to January first until December thirty-first and added provision re receipt of credit by licensees holding a license expiring April 30, 1986; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 increased the annual license fee from $25 to $35 and deleted obsolete language; P.A. 96-5 authorized any Department of Public Safety employee to enter amusement park and observe conduct in lieu of state policeman; P.A. 96-180 substituted "The Commissioner of Public Safety" for "Said commissioner", effective June 3, 1996; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1 increased fee for licensure from $35 to $50, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 29-134. License required. Annual fee. No owner shall exhibit or provide any amusement, as defined in section 29-133, in this state unless he has obtained a license therefor as hereinafter provided and otherwise complies with the provisions of sections 29-133 to 29-142, inclusive. An annual license fee of one hundred dollars shall be paid by the applicant to the Commissioner of Public Safety with each application for such amusement license.

      (1949 Rev., S. 3719; P.A. 73-502, S. 2, 5; P.A. 80-297, S. 17, 20; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 60, 117; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1, S. 143.)

      History: P.A. 73-502 prohibited "providing" any amusement without license; P.A. 80-297 imposed annual license fee of $10 payable to commissioner of public safety; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 raised license fee to $50; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1 increased fee for licensure from $50 to $100, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 29-136. Investigation and inspection. Reporting of serious injury or death. Signs required. Alternate compliance. Regulations. (a) Upon receipt of an application for an amusement license, the Commissioner of Public Safety or the commissioner's designee shall investigate and, in accordance with the frequency schedule adopted in regulations by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of this section, inspect in full the location, equipment, paraphernalia, mechanical amusement rides and devices in respect to such amusement and all other matters relating thereto and shall determine whether or not such amusement will be reasonably safe for public attendance and may make reasonable orders concerning alterations, additions or betterments to the equipment, paraphernalia, mechanical amusement rides and devices, and concerning the character and arrangement of the seating, means of egress, lighting, fire-fighting appliances, fire and police protection and such other provisions as shall make the amusement reasonably safe against both fire and casualty hazards.

      (b) When any serious physical injury, as defined in subdivision (4) of section 53a-3, or death occurs in connection with the operation of any amusement ride or device, the owner of such ride or device shall, within four hours after such occurrence, report the injury or death to the commissioner or the commissioner's designee. Not later than four hours after receipt of any such report, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall cause an investigation of the occurrence and an inspection of the ride or device to determine the cause of such serious physical injury or death. The commissioner or the commissioner's designee may enter into any place or upon any premises so licensed in furtherance of such investigation and inspection. Unless otherwise authorized by the commissioner, no amusement ride or device subject to the provisions of this chapter may be operated or altered nor shall it be removed from the location where such injury or death occurred for seventy-two hours after the time of the receipt of the report.

      (c) The owner of an amusement ride or device shall display signs, in accordance with the patron safety regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of this section, on which is written, at a minimum, the following statement, in letters at least two inches in height: "State law requires patrons to obey all posted signs, warnings and instructions and to behave in a manner that will not cause or contribute to the injury of themselves or others. Injured patrons or their adult guardians must report all injuries to management before leaving. Disorderly conduct is punishable by up to a five-hundred-dollar fine and up to three months imprisonment.". Such signs shall be posted in accordance with the patron safety regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of this section and at any station for reporting an injury, any first aid station and either (1) the entrance or exit to or from the premises designated for patrons, or (2) any area or structure where patrons may purchase admission or receive authorization to use an amusement ride or device.

      (d) The Commissioner of Public Safety may grant variations from, or approve equivalent or alternate compliance with, particular provisions of this section or any regulation adopted under the provisions of subsection (e) of this section where strict compliance with such provisions would result in exceptional practical difficulty or undue hardship provided any such variation or approved equivalent or alternate compliance shall, in the opinion of the Commissioner of Public Safety, secure the public safety.

      (e) The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the provisions of this section.

      (1949 Rev., S. 3722; 1961, P.A. 181; P.A. 85-101; P.A. 90-9, S. 1, 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 57, 121; P.A. 06-42, S. 2; P.A. 07-246, S. 6.)

      History: 1961 act added mechanical amusement rides and authorized issuance of orders for fire protection; P.A. 85-101 added Subsecs. (b) and (c) requiring owners of amusement rides or devices to report any serious physical injury or death occurring in connection with the operation of any ride or device and permitting the commissioner to adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of section; P.A. 90-9 amended Subsec. (b) to require owner of ride or device to report an injury or death within 4 hours thereafter, instead of within 24 hours, and to prohibit operation, alteration or removal of ride or device for 72 hours after receipt of report in lieu of 24 hours thereafter; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 made technical changes in Subsec. (a), effective June 24, 1998; P.A. 06-42 inserted "or the commissioner's designee" in Subsec. (a), made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), added new Subsec. (c) re variations and alternate compliance, and redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d); P.A. 07-246 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision requiring inspections in accordance with schedule adopted in regulations, added new Subsec. (c) re display of signs, redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) and (d) as Subsecs. (d) and (e) and amended Subsec. (e) to make adoption of regulations mandatory.

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      Sec. 29-136a. Patron safety regulations. Detainment of patrons. Owner responsibility. (a) A patron of an amusement, as defined in section 29-133, or of a public amusement park, as described in section 29-129, shall obey the patron safety regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Public Safety pursuant to subsection (e) of section 29-136.

      (b) A security guard or law enforcement officer may detain a patron of an amusement for a reasonable time for the purpose of summoning a police officer to the premises of such amusement if such guard or officer has reasonable cause to believe that the patron has violated the patron safety regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of section 29-136.

      (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting or otherwise affecting the liability of the owner of an amusement or relieving the owner's responsibility to provide reasonable supervision of patrons.

      (P.A. 07-246, S. 7.)

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