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OLR Research Report


July 2, 2009

 

2009-R-0260

LEGAL NOTICES

By: Sandra Norman-Eady, Chief Attorney

You asked (1) for the number of legal notices each state agency placed in a newspaper in the last fiscal year, (2) for the cost of placing the notices, (3) if any of the cost was used to convert the notices to Spanish or place them in Spanish-language media, and (4) for the name and contact information of the person who decides where the notices are placed.

SUMMARY

Throughout the state statutes, state and local agencies or officials are required to publish legal notices in newspapers before taking a specific action. The requirement generally applies to actions such as issuing permits, offering employment, awarding contracts, and adopting regulations. Typically, the notices must be placed in newspapers of general circulation in an area or town affected by a particular action. For example, before a state department demolishes or disposes or transfers ownership of any structure more that 50 years old it must publish notice of its intent to do so three times in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality in which the structure is located.

To respond to your inquiry, we emailed your questions to each state agency's legislative liaison. Thirty-one agencies have responded to date and Table 1 shows the information we received from them. Table 1 does not include employment notices or notices of intent to adopt or amend regulations posted in the Connecticut Law Journal pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act. We also obtained and included in Table 1 information from three quasi-public agencies, Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Inc., and Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority.

Of the responding state agencies, more than one-half (18) either posted no legal notices during FY 08. Of the remaining 13 agencies, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) posted the most legal notices (1,290) at a cost of $271,298. The Board of Education and Services for the Blind, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and Department of Consumer Protection tied for the fewest notices (1) at a cost of $2,148, $760, and $203, respectively. The number of posted notices can be misleading because some agencies' totals include multiple postings of the same notice. The Department of Environmental Protection's total expenditure ($272,840) for postings was the highest, but DCF spent the most ($5,795) converting their notices to Spanish or publishing them in Spanish-language media.

A bill this past session would have changed the way agencies post certain notices. HB 6297, favorably reported by the Government Administration and Elections Committee, would have required public agencies to post most public works contracts on the State Contracting Portal rather than in local newspapers. The bill passed the House, but died on the Senate calendar. Current law requires executive branch state agencies, constituent units of higher education, and quasi-public agencies to post all bids, requests for proposals, and all resulting contracts and agreements on the State Contracting Portal (CGS § 4e-13).

TABLE 1: SPENDING ON LEGAL NOTICES IN FY 08

Agency

Number of Legal Notices

Total $$ Spent on Legal Notices

$$ Spent on Legal Notices Published in Spanish or in Spanish-Language Media

Contact Personª

Aging, Commission on

None

-

-

 

Banks, Department of

None

-

-

 

Board of Education and Services for the Blind

1

$2,148

$0

 

Charter Oak College

4

530

0

Cliff Williams CWilliams@charteroak.edu

55 Paul J. Manafort Dr.

New Britain, CT 06053

860-832-3800

Child Advocate, Office of

None

-

-

 

Children and Families, Department of

1,290

271,298

5,795

 

Table 1:-Continued-

Agency

Number of Legal Notices

Total $$ Spent on Legal Notices

$$ Spent on Legal Notices Published in Spanish or in Spanish-Language Media

Contact Personª

Connecticut Community Colleges

29

8,906

0

Victoria Greene

Vgreene@Commnet.edu

61 Woodland Street

Hartford, CT 06105

860-244-7643

Connecticut Development Authority

1

0

0

 

Connecticut Innovations, Inc.

None

-

-

 

Connecticut National Guard

None

-

-

 

Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority

81

58,897

8,454

 

Connecticut State University System

166

38,597

0

Thomas J. Brodeur

CCSU

1615 Stanley Street

New Britain, CT  06050 brodeur@ccsu.edu
860-832-2531

John Sweeney

ECSU

83 Windham Street Willimantic, CT  06226 sweeneyj@easternct.edu
860-465-4418

Jane E. Mailhiot

SCSU

501 Crescent Street

New Haven, CT  06515 mailhiotj1@southernct.edu
203-392-6704

Mark Case

WCSU

181 White Street, University Hall

Danbury, CT  06810 casem@wcsu.edu
203-837-8657

Consumer Counsel, Office of

None

-

-

 

Consumer Protection, Department of

1

203

0

Elisa Nahas

Elisa.Nehas@ct.gov

165 Capital Ave.

Hartford, CT 06106

860-713-6088

Table 1: -Continued-

Agency

Number of Legal Notices

Total $$ Spent on Legal Notices

$$ Spent on Legal Notices Published in Spanish or in Spanish-Language Media

Contact Personª

Correction, Department of

13

25,562

1,436

Deborah Ennis

DOC Fiscal Services

24 Wolcott Hill Road

Wethersfield, CT 06109

860-692-7760

deborah.ennis@po.state.ct.us

Criminal Justice, Division of

Unknown

11,400

-

Barbara Ramelli

Div. of Criminal Justice

300 Corporate Place Rocky Hill, CT 06067 Barbara.Ramelli@po.state.ct.us

Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Commission on

None

-

-

 

Developmental Services, Department of

None

-

-

 

Economic and Community Development, Department of

114

30,329

1,778

Various

Education, State Department of

28

13,768

0

 

Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Department of

None

-

-

 

Environmental Protection, Department of

557

272,840

   

Fire Prevention and Control, Commission on

None

-

-

 

Governor, Office of the

None

-

-

 

Health Care Access, Office of

125

18,010

0

Carolyn Treiss

Carolyn.Treiss@ct.gov

410 Capital Ave.

Hartford, CT 06134

860-418-7024

Higher Education, Department of

None

-

-

Toby Bates

61 Woodland Street

Hartford, CT 06105

860-947-1842

Human Rights and Opportunities, Commission on

1

760

0

Alix Simonetti

21 Grand Street

Hartford, CT  06106 alix.simonetti@ct.gov

860-541-3430,

Insurance, Department of

None

-

-

 

Judicial Branch

About 100

About 20,000

Unknown

 

Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of

15

31,881

255

 

Pardons and Paroles, Board of

None

-

-

 

Protection and Advocacy, Office of

None

-

-

 

Table 1: -Continued-

Agency

Number of Legal Notices

Total $$ Spent on Legal Notices

$$ Spent on Legal Notices Published in Spanish or in Spanish-Language Media

Contact Personª

Public Health, Department of

30

85,208

868

Various, decisions are made on a programmatic basis

Public Safety, Department of

None

-

-

 

Revenue Services, Department of

None

-

-

 

Special Revenue, Division of

5

20,239

0

 

University of Connecticut

130

58,055

0

 

Veterans' Affairs, Department of

None

-

-

 

Workers' Compensation Commission

None

-

-

 

ªWe listed contact information if the agency provided it. Liaisons may be contacted if no contact person is listed.

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