CHAPTER 588x
CAPITAL CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
CAPITAL CITY PROJECTS

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Sec. 32-600. Definitions.
Sec. 32-601. Capital City Economic Development Authority. Operations.
Sec. 32-602. Purpose. Powers. Administrative support and services provided by Office of Policy and Management.
Sec. 32-602a. Assistance to science center.
Sec. 32-603. Adoption of procedures.
Sec. 32-604. Feasibility and implementation study.
Sec. 32-605. Reports. Audits. Convention center operations contract compliance.
Sec. 32-606. Capital city economic development statement. Requirements for funds for capital city projects. Termination date.
Sec. 32-607. Bonds, notes and other obligations. Special capital reserve funds.
Sec. 32-608. State contract assistance.
Sec. 32-609. Loans from the Connecticut Development Authority.
Sec. 32-610. Exemptions from taxes.
Sec. 32-611. State pledge to bond holders and contractors.
Sec. 32-612. Downtown higher education center project development.
Sec. 32-613. Applications for licenses, permits, approvals and administrative actions.
Sec. 32-614. Bond authorization for the convention center project.
Sec. 32-615. Bond authorization for the downtown higher education center project.
Sec. 32-616. Bond authorization for the Civic Center and coliseum complex project, the riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project, housing, demolition and parking projects.
Sec. 32-617. Indemnification of officials of Capital City Economic Development Authority.
Sec. 32-617a. Limitation on liability of state officials.
Secs. 32-618 and 32-619.

      Sec. 32-600. Definitions. As used in this chapter and sections 32-650 to 32-668, inclusive, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

      (1) "Authority" means the Capital City Economic Development Authority created pursuant to section 32-601.

      (2) "Capital city project" means any or all of the following: (A) A convention center project as defined in subdivision (3) of this section; (B) a downtown higher education center; (C) the renovation and rejuvenation of the civic center and coliseum complex; (D) the development of the infrastructure and improvements to the riverfront; (E) (i) the creation of up to one thousand downtown housing units through rehabilitation and new construction and (ii) the demolition or redevelopment of vacant buildings; and (F) the addition to downtown parking capacity. All capital city projects shall be located or constructed and operated in the capital city economic development district, as defined in subdivision (7) of this section, provided any project undertaken pursuant to subparagraph (E) (ii) of this subdivision may be located anywhere in the town and city of Hartford.

      (3) "Convention center" means a convention facility constructed and operated in the capital city economic development district, including parking for such facility, in conjunction with a privately developed hotel, including ancillary facilities and infrastructure improvements as more particularly described in the master development plan.

      (4) "Convention center facilities" means (A) the convention center and the related parking facilities, as defined in section 32-651, to the extent such related parking facilities are developed, owned or operated by the authority, (B) the on-site related private development, as defined in section 32-651, to the extent any such on-site related private development is developed, owned or operated by the authority pursuant to a determination by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the authority that such development, ownership or operation by the authority is necessary and in the public interest, and (C) a central heating and cooling plant serving the convention center, the related parking facilities, the related private development and, to the extent of any surplus capacity, other users. "Convention center facilities" does not include the convention center hotel.

      (5) "Convention center hotel" means the privately developed hotel required to be constructed and operated in conjunction with the convention center, as more particularly described in the master development plan, as defined in section 32-651, including the second phase of the convention center hotel as therein described.

      (6) "Convention center project" means the development, design, construction, finishing, furnishing and equipping of the convention center facilities and related site acquisition and site preparation.

      (7) "Capital city economic development district" means the area bounded and described as follows: The northerly side of Masseek Street from the intersection of Van Dyke Avenue proceeding westerly to the intersection of Van Block Avenue, proceeding northerly along Van Block to the intersection of Nepaquash Street, proceeding easterly to the intersection of Huyshope Avenue, proceeding northerly along Huyshope Avenue to the intersection of Charter Oak Avenue, proceeding westerly along Charter Oak Avenue to Wyllys Street, proceeding along Wyllys Street to Popieluszko Court, north on Popieluszko Court to Charter Oak Avenue proceeding westerly to Main Street, proceeding south along Main Street to Park Street, thence west along Park Street to Washington Street, thence north along Washington Street to the entryway to the State Capitol, thence northwesterly along the Exit 48 on ramp to Interstate 84 northward to the railroad, now proceeding northeasterly along the railroad to its intersection with the southerly railroad spur, thence proceeding southeasterly along the railroad R.O.W. to the Bulkeley Bridge. Thence easterly to the city line. Proceeding south along city boundary to the point perpendicular with Masseek Street. Thence westerly to the point of beginning.

      (8) "Private development district" means any land on the Adriaen's Landing site that is designated jointly by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the authority as available for the purpose of on-site related private development and in need of inducement for private development and operation. Only land on which construction of a building or improvement is to commence on or after July 1, 2008, shall be so designated. Any land so designated shall remain part of the private development district during the term, including any extensions, of any agreement providing for payments to the authority in lieu of real property taxes entered into pursuant to subsection (d) of section 32-602, and thereafter, until the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the authority certify that such designation is no longer a needed inducement to private development and operation. As used in this subdivision, "land" includes an easement to use air space, whether or not contiguous to the surface of the ground.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 1, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 17, 66; P.A. 00-140, S. 1, 40; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 23; P.A. 08-185, S. 5, 6.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 added definition of "convention center", redefined "convention center project" and deleted definition of "sports megaplex", effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-140 made technical changes in Subdivs. (2) and (3), added new Subdivs. (4) and (5) to define "convention center facilities" and "convention center hotel", redesignated former Subdivs. (4) and (5) as Subdivs. (6) and (7), and amended Subdiv. (6) by changing "convention center and related site preparation" to "convention center facilities and related site acquisition and site preparation", effective May 2, 2000; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 amended Subdiv. (4) to add provisions re central heating and cooling plant in definition of "convention center facilities", effective August 15, 2002; P.A. 08-185 amended Subdiv. (4) by dividing existing provisions into Subparas. (A) and (C) and adding Subpara. (B) re on-site related private development and added Subdiv. (8) defining "private development district", effective June 12, 2008.

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      Sec. 32-601. Capital City Economic Development Authority. Operations. (a) There is created a body politic and corporate to be known as the "Capital City Economic Development Authority". Said authority shall be a public instrumentality and political subdivision of this state and the exercise by the authority of the powers conferred by section 32-602 shall be deemed and held to be the performance of an essential public and governmental function. The Capital City Economic Development Authority shall not be construed to be a department, institution or agency of the state.

      (b) The authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of seven members appointed jointly by the Governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the Senate, and include, but not be limited to, members who have expertise in the fields of commercial and residential real estate construction or development and financial matters. On and after June 26, 2003, one member of the board shall be a person recommended by the mayor of the city of Hartford, who is a resident of said city but not an elected or appointed official of said city. The chairperson shall be designated by the Governor. All appointments shall be made not later than thirty days after June 1, 1998. The terms of the initial board members appointed shall be as follows: Four of the members shall serve four-year terms from said appointment date and three members shall serve two-year terms from said appointment date. Thereafter all members shall be appointed for four-year terms. A member of the board shall be eligible for reappointment. Any member of the board may be removed by the appointing authority for misfeasance, malfeasance or wilful neglect of duty. Each member of the board, before commencing such member's duties, shall take and subscribe the oath or affirmation required by article XI, section 1, of the State Constitution. A record of each such oath shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the State. The board of directors shall maintain a record of its proceedings in such form as it determines, provided such record indicates attendance and all votes cast by each member. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the board. A majority vote of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present at a meeting of the board shall be sufficient for any action taken by the board. No vacancy in the membership of the board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the board. Any action taken by the board may be authorized by resolution at any regular or special meeting and shall take effect immediately unless otherwise provided in the resolution. The board may delegate to three or more of its members, or its officers, agents and employees, such board powers and duties as it may deem proper.

      (c) (1) The board of directors shall annually elect one of its members as vice-chairperson and shall elect other of its members as officers, adopt a budget and bylaws, designate an executive committee, report semiannually to the appointing authorities with respect to operations, finances and achievement of its economic development objectives, be accountable to and cooperate with the state whenever, pursuant to the provisions of sections 32-600 to 32-611, inclusive, the state may audit the authority or any project of the authority, as defined in section 32-600, or at any other time as the state may inquire as to either, including allowing the state reasonable access to any such project and to the records of the authority and exercise the powers set forth in section 32-602.

      (2) The authority shall have an executive director, who shall be a member of the staff of the Office of Policy and Management and shall act as project comptroller pursuant to subparagraph (A) of subdivision (1) of section 32-655a. The executive director shall be the chief administrative officer of the authority. The executive director shall not be a member of the board of directors.

      (3) Members of the board of directors shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties hereunder but shall be reimbursed for all expenses reasonably incurred in the performance thereof.

      (d) Each member of the board of directors of the authority and the executive director shall execute a surety bond in the penal sum of at least one hundred thousand dollars, or, in lieu thereof, the chairperson of the board shall execute a blanket position bond covering each member, the executive director and the employees of the authority, each surety bond to be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of the office or offices covered, to be executed by a surety company authorized to transact business in this state as a surety and to be approved by the Attorney General and filed in the Office of the Secretary of the State. The cost of each bond shall be paid by the authority.

      (e) No board member shall have or acquire any financial interest in any capital city project, as defined in section 32-600, or in any property included or planned to be included in any such project or in any contract or proposed contract for materials or services to be used in such project.

      (f) The authority shall have perpetual succession and shall adopt procedures for the conduct of its affairs in accordance with section 32-603. Such succession shall continue as long as the authority shall have bonds, notes or other obligations outstanding and until the existence of the authority is terminated by law at which time the rights and properties of the authority shall pass to and be vested in the state.

      (g) All financial, credit and proprietary information contained in any application or request filed with the authority with respect to funding for any capital city project shall be exempt from the provisions of subsection (a) of section 1-210.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 2, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 18, 66; P.A. 03-150, S. 1; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 165.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (c) by designating existing language as Subdiv. (1) and adding Subdiv. (2) providing for the appointment of an executive director who is not a member of the board and who is exempt from classified service, and added Subsec. (g) re exemption of application information from provisions of Sec. 1-210(a), effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 03-150 amended Subsec. (b) to require that one member of the board of directors be a person recommended by the mayor of Hartford who is a resident of Hartford but not an elected or appointed official of the city, effective June 26, 2003; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (c)(2) to replace former provision with provision requiring executive director of authority to be staff member of Office of Policy and Management, act as project comptroller and be chief administrative officer of authority, effective July 1, 2010.

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      Sec. 32-602. Purpose. Powers. Administrative support and services provided by Office of Policy and Management. (a) The purpose of the Capital City Economic Development Authority shall be to stimulate new investment in Connecticut, to attract and service large conventions, tradeshows, exhibitions, conferences and local consumer shows, exhibitions and events, to encourage the diversification of the state economy, to strengthen Hartford's role as the region's major business and industry employment center and seat of government, to encourage residential housing development in downtown Hartford and, with respect to the convention center project, to construct, operate, maintain and market said project in order to enable Hartford and its immediate environment to become a major regional family-oriented arts, culture, education, sports and entertainment center that will create new jobs, add to the benefits of the hospitality industry, broaden the base of the tourism effort and stimulate substantial surrounding economic development and corresponding increased tax revenues to the state.

      (b) For these purposes, the authority shall have the following powers: (1) To have perpetual succession as a body corporate and to adopt procedures for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business as provided in subsection (f) of section 32-601, to adopt a corporate seal and alter the same at its pleasure, and to maintain an office at such place or places within the city of Hartford as it may designate; (2) to sue and be sued, to contract and be contracted with; (3) to employ such assistants, agents and other employees as may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purposes, which employees shall be exempt from the classified service and shall not be employees, as defined in subsection (b) of section 5-270, to fix their compensation, to establish and modify personnel procedures as may be necessary from time to time and to negotiate and enter into collective bargaining agreements with labor unions; (4) to acquire, lease, hold and dispose of personal property for the purposes set forth in section 32-602; (5) to procure insurance against any liability or loss in connection with its property and other assets, in such amounts and from such insurers as it deems desirable and to procure insurance for employees; (6) to invest any funds not needed for immediate use or disbursement in obligations issued or guaranteed by the United States of America or the state of Connecticut, including the Short Term Investment Fund, and the Tax-Exempt Proceeds Fund, and in other obligations which are legal investments for savings banks in this state and in time deposits or certificates of deposit or other similar banking arrangements secured in such manner as the authority determines; and (7) to do all acts and things necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of and the powers expressly granted by this section.

      (c) In addition to the powers enumerated in subsection (b) of this section, with respect to the convention center project and the convention center facilities the authority shall have the following powers: (1) To acquire, by gift, purchase, condemnation, lease or transfer, lands or rights-in-land in connection with the convention center facilities, the convention center hotel, the other on-site related private development or related infrastructure improvements and to sell and lease or sublease, as lessor or lessee or sublessor or sublessee, any portion of its real property rights, including air space above or areas below the convention center facilities or the convention center hotel, and enter into related common area maintenance, easement, access, support and similar agreements, and own and operate the convention center facilities, provided that such activity is consistent with all applicable federal tax covenants of the authority, transfer or dispose of any property or interest therein acquired by it, at any time and to receive and accept aid or contributions, from any source, of money, labor, property or other things of value, to be held, used and applied to carry out the purposes of this section, subject to the conditions upon which such grants and contributions are made, including, but not limited to, gifts or grants from any department, agency or instrumentality of the United States or this state for any purpose consistent with this section; (2) to condemn properties which may be necessary or desirable to effectuate the purposes of the authority with respect to the convention center project and the convention center hotel to be exercised in accordance with the provisions of part I of chapter 835; (3) to formulate plans for, acquire, finance and develop, lease, purchase, construct, reconstruct, repair, improve, expand, extend, operate, maintain and market the convention center facilities, provided such activities are consistent with all applicable federal tax covenants of the authority and provided further that the authority shall retain control over naming rights with respect to the convention center, that any sale of such naming rights shall require the approval of the secretary and that the proceeds of any such sale of naming rights, to the extent not required for start-up or current operating expenses of the convention center, shall be used by the authority exclusively for the purpose of operating or capital replacement reserves for the convention center; (4) to contract and be contracted with provided, if management, operating or promotional contracts or agreements or other contracts or agreements are entered into with nongovernmental parties with respect to property financed with the proceeds of obligations the interest on which is excluded from gross income for federal income taxation, the board of directors shall ensure that such contracts or agreements are in compliance with the covenants of the authority upon which such tax exclusion is conditioned; (5) to enter into arrangements or contracts to either purchase or lease, on a fully completed turn key basis, the convention center, and arrangements with the secretary regarding the development, ownership and operation by the authority of the related parking facilities, and to enter into a contract or contracts with an entity, or entities, for operation and management thereof and, for purposes of section 31-57f relating to standard wage rates for certain service workers, any such contract for operation and management of the convention center shall be deemed to be a contract with the state; (6) to fix and revise, from time to time, and to charge and collect fees, rents and other charges for the use, occupancy or operation of such projects, and to establish and revise from time to time, procedures concerning the use, operation and occupancy of the convention center facilities, including parking rates, rules and procedures, provided such arrangements are consistent with all applicable federal tax covenants of the authority, and to utilize net revenues received by the authority from the operation of the convention center facilities, after allowance for operating expenses and other charges related to the ownership, operation or financing thereof, for other proper purposes of the authority, including, but not limited to, funding of operating deficiencies or operating or capital replacement reserves for either the convention center or the related parking facilities as determined to be appropriate by the authority; (7) to engage architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants, consultants and such other independent professionals as may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purposes; to contract for construction, development, concessions and the procurement of goods and services and to establish and modify procurement procedures from time to time to implement the foregoing in accordance with the provisions of section 32-603; (8) to adopt procedures (A) which shall require that contractors or subcontractors engaged in the convention center project and the construction of the convention center hotel take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity for employment without discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin or ancestry or gender, (B) to ensure that the wages paid on an hourly basis to any mechanic, laborer or workman employed by such contractor or subcontractor with respect to the convention center project or the construction of the convention center hotel shall be at a rate customary or prevailing for the same work in the same trade or occupation in the town and city of Hartford, unless otherwise established pursuant to a project labor agreement, and (C) which shall require the prime construction contractors for the convention center project and for the convention center hotel, and the principal facility managers of the convention center facilities and the convention center hotel to make reasonable efforts to hire or cause to be hired available and qualified residents of the city of Hartford and available and qualified members of minorities, as defined in section 32-9n, for construction and operation jobs at the convention center facilities and the convention center hotel at all levels of construction and operation; (9) to enter into a development agreement with the developer of the convention center hotel, which agreement shall prohibit any voluntary sale, transfer or other assignment of the interests of such developer, or any affiliate thereof, in the convention center hotel, including the rights under any ground lease, air rights or similar agreement with the state or the authority, for a minimum period of five years from the completion thereof except with the prior written consent of the authority given or withheld in its sole discretion, and thereafter except to a party which, in the reasonable judgment of the authority, is financially responsible and experienced in the ownership and operation of first class hotel properties in similar locations; (10) to borrow money and to issue bonds, notes and other obligations of the authority to the extent permitted under section 32-607, to fund and refund the same and to provide for the rights of the holders thereof and to secure the same by pledge of assets, revenues, notes and state contract assistance as provided in section 32-608; (11) to do anything necessary and desirable, including executing reimbursement agreements or similar agreements in connection with credit facilities, including, but not limited to, letters of credit or policies of bond insurance, remarketing agreements and agreements for the purpose of moderating interest rate fluctuations, to render any bonds to be issued pursuant to section 32-607 more marketable; and (12) to engage in and contract for marketing and promotional activities to attract national, regional and local conventions, sports events, trade shows, exhibitions, banquets and other events to maximize the use of the convention center facilities.

      (d) The authority shall have the power to negotiate, and, with the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, to enter into an agreement with any private developer, owner or lessee of any building or improvement located on land in a private development district, as defined in section 32-600, providing for payments to the authority in lieu of real property taxes. Such an agreement shall be made a condition of any private right of development within the private development district, and shall include a requirement that such private developer, owner or lessee make good-faith efforts to hire, or cause to be hired, available and qualified minority business enterprises, as defined in section 4a-60g, to provide construction services and materials for improvements to be constructed within the private development district in an effort to achieve a minority business enterprise utilization goal of ten per cent of the total costs of construction services and materials for such improvements. Such payments to the authority in lieu of real property taxes shall have the same lien and priority, and may be enforced by the authority in the same manner, as provided for municipal real property taxes. Such payments as received by the authority shall be used to carry out the purposes of the authority set forth in subsection (a) of this section.

      (e) The authority and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may enter into a memorandum of understanding pursuant to which: (1) All administrative support and services, including all staff support, necessary for the operations of the authority are provided by the Office of Policy and Management on and after July 1, 2010, and provision is made for continuity of credited service in the state employee retirement system for any employees of the authority hired by the Office of Policy and Management, (2) the Office of Policy and Management is authorized to administer contracts and accounts of the authority, and (3) provision is made for the coordination of management and operational activities at the convention center facilities and the stadium facility, that may include: (A) Provision for joint procurement and contracting, (B) the sharing of services and resources, (C) the coordination of promotional and booking activities, and (D) other arrangements designed to enhance facility utilization and revenues, reduce operating costs or achieve operating efficiencies. The terms and conditions of such memorandum of understanding, including provisions with respect to the reimbursement by the authority to the Office of Policy and Management of the costs of such administrative support and services, shall be as the authority and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management determine to be appropriate.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 3, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 19, 66; P.A. 00-140, S. 2, 40; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 60; P.A. 04-20, S. 8; P.A. 08-185, S. 7; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 166.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that employees be exempt from classified service and shall not be employees as defined in Sec. 5-270(b), Subsec. (c)(3) re retention, control and sale of naming rights of convention center, Subsec. (c)(8) to add new Subpara. (C) re reasonable efforts to hire Hartford residents and minorities, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-140 amended Subsec. (c) to modify the authority's powers re various properties associated with the convention center, to specify how proceeds from the sale of naming rights and other revenues may be used and to make conforming and technical changes, effective May 2, 2000; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (c)(1) to authorize the authority to lease lands or rights-in-land connection with the convention center and enter into agreements re common area maintenance, easement, access, support and similar agreements, and to apply provisions to other on-site related private development or infrastructure improvements, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-20 made technical changes in Subsec. (c), effective April 16, 2004; P.A. 08-185 added Subsec. (d) re power of authority to enter into agreement re payments to authority in lieu of real property taxes for buildings and improvements on land located in a private development district, effective June 12, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 added Subsec. (e) permitting authority and Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to enter into memorandum of understanding re provision of administrative support and services, effective July 1, 2010.

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      Sec. 32-602a. Assistance to science center. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Capital City Economic Development Authority may enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration that provides that the secretary and the authority may provide financial management and construction management services assistance for the science center.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 51.)

      History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2 effective May 12, 2004.

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      Sec. 32-603. Adoption of procedures. The board of directors of the Capital City Economic Development Authority shall adopt written procedures, in accordance with the provisions of section 1-121, for: (1) Adopting an annual budget and plan of operations, which shall include a requirement of board approval before the budget or plan may take effect; (2) hiring, dismissing, promoting and compensating employees of the authority, which shall include an affirmative action policy and a requirement of board approval before a position may be created or a vacancy filled; (3) acquiring real and personal property and personal services, which shall include a requirement of board approval for any nonbudgeted expenditure in excess of five thousand dollars; (4) contracting for financial, legal, bond underwriting and other professional services which shall include a requirement that the authority solicit proposals at least once every three years for each such service which it uses; (5) issuing and retiring bonds, notes and other obligations of the authority; (6) providing financial assistance, which shall include eligibility criteria, the application process and the role played by the authority's staff and board of directors; and (7) the use of surplus funds.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 4, 30.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 32-604. Feasibility and implementation study. (a) The Capital City Economic Development Authority shall conduct a feasibility and implementation study to determine the financial feasibility of the convention center project, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600, and the sportsplex and the parking facilities, each as defined in section 32-651, which shall include, but not be limited to, consideration of proper planning, engineering, siting, cost of construction, revenue and expense projections and operation as a multipurpose facility or facilities.

      (b) The authority shall determine if the feasibility and implementation study clearly establishes, considering all relevant factors, the financial viability of (1) the convention center, (2) the sportsplex, (3) the parking facilities, or (4) any combination of the foregoing. The authority shall deliver the implementation and feasibility study, together with its determination as to financial viability, to the Governor for submission to the General Assembly as part of the master development plan pursuant to subsection (b) of section 32-654.

      (c) The authority shall monitor the progress of all capital city projects and shall, on a regular basis, determine the extent to which each such project has, up to that point, met the purposes set forth in section 32-602. The authority shall report semiannually to the Governor and the General Assembly in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a with respect to the operations, finances and achievement of its economic development objectives.

      (d) The authority shall review and evaluate the progress of each capital city project for which financing is provided and shall devise and employ techniques for forecasting and measuring relevant indices of accomplishment of its goals of economic development, including, but not limited to, (1) the number of jobs created, or to be created, by or as a result of the project, (2) the cost or estimated cost, to the authority, involved in the creation of those jobs, (3) the amount of private capital investment in, or stimulated by, a project, in proportion to the public funds invested in such project, (4) the number of additional businesses created and associated jobs, and (5) the impact on tourism.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 5, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 20, 66.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 deleted Subsec. (c) re economic viability determination, amended Subsec. (b) to add parking facilities or any combination, required that study be delivered to the Governor as part of the master development plan and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1999.

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      Sec. 32-605. Reports. Audits. Convention center operations contract compliance. (a) In lieu of the report required under section 1-123, within the first ninety days of each fiscal year of the Capital City Economic Development Authority, the board of directors of the authority shall submit a report to the Governor, the Auditors of Public Accounts and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) A list of all bonds issued during the preceding fiscal year, including, for each such issue, the financial advisor and underwriters, whether the issue was competitive, negotiated or privately placed, and the issue's face value and net proceeds; (2) a description of the capital city project, its location and the amount of funds, if any, provided by the authority with respect to the construction of such project; (3) a list of all outside individuals and firms, including principal and other major stockholders, receiving in excess of five thousand dollars as payments for services; (4) a comprehensive annual financial report prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for governmental enterprises; (5) the cumulative value of all bonds issued, the value of outstanding bonds and the amount of the state's contingent liability; (6) the affirmative action policy statement, a description of the composition of the work force of the authority by race, sex and occupation and a description of the affirmative action efforts of the authority; (7) a description of planned activities for the current fiscal year; (8) a list of all private investments made or committed for commercial development within the capital city economic development district; and (9) an analysis of the authority's success in achieving the purposes stated in section 32-602.

      (b) In lieu of the audit required under section 1-122, the board of directors of the authority shall annually contract with a person, firm or corporation for a compliance audit of the authority's activities during the preceding authority fiscal year. The audit shall determine whether the authority has complied with its regulations concerning affirmative action, personnel practices, the purchase of goods and services and the use of surplus funds. The board shall submit the audit report to the Governor, the Auditors of Public Accounts and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding.

      (c) The board of directors of the authority shall annually contract with a firm of certified public accountants to undertake an independent financial audit of the authority in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The board shall submit the audit report to the Governor, the Auditors of Public Accounts and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding. The books and accounts of the authority shall be subject to annual audits by the state Auditors of Public Accounts.

      (d) On January 15, 2000, the authority shall submit to the Governor and to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, a two-year performance review report detailing for each capital city project undertaken to date under the program, the progress made and the actual expenditures compared to original estimated costs. Not later than sixty calendar days after receipt of said report, such joint committee shall consider the report and determine whether there has been insufficient progress or whether there have been significant cost increases over original estimates. If so, the committee may make recommendations for appropriate action to the authority and to the General Assembly.

      (e) The authority shall designate a convention center operations contract compliance officer from the staff of the authority to monitor compliance of the operations of the convention center, convention center hotel and related parking facilities of the center and the hotel, with the provisions of state law applicable to such operations, including, but not limited to, this section and sections 32-650 to 32-668, inclusive, and with applicable requirements of contracts entered into by the authority, relating to set-asides for small contractors and minority business enterprises and required efforts to hire available and qualified members of minorities, as defined in section 32-9n, and available and qualified residents of the city of Hartford for jobs in such operations. Such officer shall file, each year during the period of facility operations, a written report with the authority as to findings and recommendations regarding such compliance.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 6, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 21, 66; P.A. 00-140, S. 37, 40.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998 (Revisor's note: In Subsec. (d) the phrase "whether there has been significant cost increases" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "there have been significant cost increases"); P.A. 99-241 added Subsec. (a)(8) re list of private investment for commercial development in district and made technical change, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-140 added Subsec. (e) re convention center operations contract compliance officer, effective May 2, 2000.

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      Sec. 32-606. Capital city economic development statement. Requirements for funds for capital city projects. Termination date. (a) Any person, including, but not limited to, a state or municipal agency, requesting funds from the state, including, but not limited to, any authority created by the general statutes or any public or special act, with respect to any capital city project, shall, at the time it makes such request for funds from the state, present a full and complete copy of its application or request, along with any supporting documents or exhibits, to the Capital City Economic Development Authority for its recommendation and to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. The authority shall, not later than ninety days after receipt of such application or request, prepare and adopt a capital city economic development statement, summarizing its recommendations with respect to such application or request, and deliver such statement to the state officer, official, employee or agent of the state or authority to whom such application or request was made. The recommendations in such statement shall include contract provisions regarding performance standards, including, but not limited to, project timelines.

      (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, public or special acts, any regulation or procedure or any other law, no officer, official, employee or agent of the state or any authority created by the general statutes or any public or special act, shall expend any funds on any capital city project, unless such officer, official, employee or agent has received a capital city economic development statement adopted by the authority pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, provided, if no such statement is received by the time ninety days have elapsed from the date of the initial application or request for such funds, such funds may be expended. If funds are expended pursuant to this subsection in a manner not consistent with the recommendations contained in a capital city economic development statement for such expenditure, the officer, official, employee or agent of the state expending such funds shall respond in writing to the authority, providing an explanation of the decision with respect to such expenditure.

      (c) The authority shall not adopt any statement recommending funding for any capital city project, unless and until the town and city of Hartford has created a municipal parking authority in accordance with chapter 100 and has transferred, or scheduled the transfer of, in a legally binding way, the rights and responsibilities of the municipality for all municipally-owned or operated parking facilities, as defined in section 7-202.

      (d) The authority shall coordinate the use of all state and municipal planning and financial resources that are or can be made available for any capital city project, including any resources available from any quasi-public agency.

      (e) All state and municipal agencies, departments, boards, commissions and councils shall cooperate with the Capital City Economic Development Authority in carrying out the purposes enumerated in section 32-602.

      (f) The powers and duties granted to the authority pursuant to this section shall terminate July 1, 2013.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 7, 30; P.A. 08-185, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 08-185 amended Subsec. (f) by extending termination date from July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2013, effective June 12, 2008.

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      Sec. 32-607. Bonds, notes and other obligations. Special capital reserve funds. (a) The board of directors of the Capital City Economic Development Authority is authorized from time to time to issue its bonds, notes and other obligations in such principal amounts as in the opinion of the board shall be necessary to provide sufficient funds for carrying out the purposes set forth in section 32-602 with respect to the convention center project as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600, including the payment, funding or refunding of the principal of, or interest or redemption premiums on, any bonds, notes and other obligations issued by it whether the bonds, notes or other obligations or interest to be funded or refunded have or have not become due, the establishment of reserves to secure such bonds, notes and other obligations, loans made by the authority and all other expenditures of the authority incident to and necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes set forth in section 32-602.

      (b) Except as may be otherwise expressly provided in this section or by the board, every issue of bonds, notes or other obligations, shall be a general obligation of the authority payable out of any moneys or revenues of the authority subject only to any agreements with the holders of particular bonds, notes or other obligations pledging any particular moneys or revenues. Any such bonds, notes or other obligations may be additionally secured by a pledge of any state contract assistance as provided in section 32-608, any grant or contributions from any department, agency or instrumentality of the United States or person or a pledge of any moneys, income or revenues of the authority from any source whatsoever.

      (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of any law, any bonds, notes or other obligations issued by the authority pursuant to this section shall be fully negotiable within the meaning and for all purposes of title 42a. Any such bonds, notes or other obligations shall be legal investments for all trust companies, banks, investment companies, savings banks, building and loan associations, executors, administrators, guardians, conservators, trustees and other fiduciaries and pension, profit-sharing and retirement funds.

      (d) Bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority shall be authorized by resolution of the board of directors of the authority and may be issued in one or more series and shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or times, in the case of any such note, or any renewal thereof, not exceeding the term of years as the board shall determine from the date of the original issue of such notes, and, in the case of bonds, not exceeding thirty years from the date thereof, bear interest at such rate or rates, be in such denomination or denominations, be in such form, either coupon or registered, carry such conversion or registration privileges, have such rank or priority, be executed in such manner, be payable from such sources in such medium of payment at such place or places within or without this state, and be subject to such terms of redemption, with or without premium, as such resolution or resolutions may provide.

      (e) Bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority may be sold at public or private sale at such price or prices as the board shall determine.

      (f) Bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority may be refunded and renewed from time to time as may be determined by resolution of the board, provided any such refunding or renewal shall be in conformity with any rights of the holders thereof.

      (g) Bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority issued under the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to constitute a debt or liability of the state or of any political subdivision thereof other than the authority or a pledge of the faith and credit of the state or of any such political subdivision other than the authority, and shall not constitute bonds or notes issued or guaranteed by the state within the meaning of section 3-21, but shall be payable solely from the funds as provided in this section. All such bonds, notes or other obligations shall contain on the face thereof a statement to the effect that neither the state of Connecticut nor any political subdivision thereof other than the authority shall be obligated to pay the same or the interest thereof except from revenues or other funds of the authority and that neither the faith and credit nor the taxing power of the state of Connecticut or of any political subdivision thereof other than the authority is pledged to the payment of the principal of or the interest on such bonds, notes or other obligations.

      (h) Any resolution or resolutions authorizing the issuance of bonds, notes or other obligations may contain provisions, except as limited by existing agreements with the holders of bonds, notes or other obligations, which shall be a part of the contract with the holders thereof, as to the following: (1) The pledging of all or any part of the moneys received by the authority to secure the payment of the principal of and interest on any bonds, notes or other obligations or of any issue thereof; (2) the pledging of all or part of the assets of the authority to secure the payment of the principal and interest on any bonds, notes or other obligations or of any issue thereof; (3) the establishment of reserves or sinking funds, the making of charges and fees to provide for the same, and the regulation and disposition thereof; (4) limitations on the purpose to which the proceeds of sale of bonds, notes or other obligations may be applied and pledging such proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds, notes or other obligations, or of any issues thereof; (5) limitations on the issuance of additional bonds, notes or other obligations, the terms upon which additional bonds, bond anticipation notes or other obligations may be issued and secured, the refunding or purchase of outstanding bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority; (6) the procedure, if any, by which the terms of any contract with the holders of any bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds, notes or other obligations the holders of which must consent thereto and the manner in which such consent may be given; (7) limitations on the amount of moneys to be expended by the authority for operating, administrative or other expenses of the authority; (8) the vesting in a trustee or trustees of such property, rights, powers and duties in trust as the authority may determine, which may include any or all of the rights, powers and duties of any trustee appointed by the holders of any bonds, notes or other obligations and limiting or abrogating the right of the holders of any bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority to appoint a trustee or limiting the rights, powers and duties of such trustee; (9) provision for a trust agreement by and between the authority and a corporate trustee which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state, which agreement may provide for the pledging or assigning of any assets or income from assets to which or in which the authority has any rights or interest, and may further provide for such other rights and remedies exercisable by the trustee as may be proper for the protection of the holders of any bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority and not otherwise in violation of law. Such agreement may provide for the restriction of the rights of any individual holder of bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority. All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of such trust agreement may be treated as a part of the cost of operation of the authority. The trust agreement may contain any further provisions which are reasonable to delineate further the respective rights, duties, safeguards, responsibilities and liabilities of the authority, individual and collective holders of bonds, notes and other obligations of the authority and the trustees; (10) covenants to do or refrain from doing such acts and things as may be necessary or convenient or desirable in order to better secure any bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority, or which, in the discretion of the authority, will tend to make any bonds, notes or other obligations to be issued more marketable notwithstanding that such covenants, acts or things may not be enumerated herein; and (11) any other matters of like or different character, which in any way affect the security or protection of the bonds, notes or other obligations.

      (i) Any pledge made by the authority of income, revenues, state contract assistance provided under section 32-608, or other property shall be valid and binding from the time the pledge is made. The income, revenue, state contract assistance, such state taxes as the authority shall be entitled to receive or other property so pledged and thereafter received by the authority shall immediately be subject to the lien of such pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of any such pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract or otherwise against the authority, irrespective of whether such parties have notice thereof.

      (j) The board of directors of the authority is authorized and empowered to obtain from any department, agency or instrumentality of the United States any insurance or guarantee as to, or of or for the payment or repayment of, interest or principal, or both, or any part thereof, on any bonds, notes or other obligations issued by the authority pursuant to the provisions of this section and, notwithstanding any other provisions of sections 32-600 to 32-611, inclusive, to enter into any agreement, contract or any other instrument whatsoever with respect to any such insurance or guarantee except to the extent that such action would in any way impair or interfere with the authority's ability to perform and fulfill the terms of any agreement made with the holders of the bonds, bond anticipation notes or other obligations of the authority.

      (k) Neither the members of the board of directors of the authority nor any person executing bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority issued pursuant to this section shall be liable personally on such bonds, notes or other obligations or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof, nor shall any director or employee of the authority be personally liable for damage or injury, not wanton, reckless, wilful or malicious, caused in the performance of his duties and within the scope of his employment or appointment as such director, officer or employee. The authority shall protect, save harmless and indemnify its directors, officers or employees from financial loss and expense, including legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand, suit or judgment by reason of alleged negligence or alleged deprivation of any person's civil rights or any other act or omission resulting in damage or injury, if the director, officer or employee is found to have been acting in the discharge of his duties or within the scope of his employment and such act or omission is found not to have been wanton, reckless, wilful or malicious.

      (l) The board of directors of the authority shall have power to purchase bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority out of any funds available for such purpose. The authority may hold, cancel or resell such bonds, notes or other obligations subject to and in accordance with agreements with holders of its bonds, notes and other obligations.

      (m) All moneys received pursuant to the authority of this section, whether as proceeds from the sale of bonds or as revenues, shall be deemed to be trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this section. Any officer with whom, or any bank or trust company with which, such moneys shall be deposited shall act as trustee of such moneys and shall hold and apply the same for the purposes of section 32-602, and the resolution authorizing the bonds of any issue or the trust agreement securing such bonds may provide.

      (n) Any holder of bonds, notes or other obligations issued under the provisions of this section, and the trustee or trustees under any trust agreement, except to the extent the rights herein given may be restricted by any resolution authorizing the issuance of, or any such trust agreement securing, such bonds may, either at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus or other proceedings, protect and enforce any and all rights under the laws of the state or granted under this section or under such resolution or trust agreement, and may enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this section or by such resolution or trust agreement to be performed by the authority or by any officer, employee or agent thereof, including the fixing, charging and collecting of the rates, rents, fees and charges herein authorized and required by the provisions of such resolution or trust agreement to be fixed, established and collected.

      (o) The authority may make representations and agreements for the benefit of the holders of any bonds, notes or other obligations of the state which are necessary or appropriate to ensure the exclusion from gross income for federal income tax purposes of interest on bonds, notes or other obligations of the state from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, including agreement to pay rebates to the federal government of investment earnings derived from the investment of the proceeds of the bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority. Any such agreement may include: (1) A covenant to pay rebates to the federal government of investment earnings derived from the investment of the proceeds of the bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority; (2) a covenant that the authority will not limit or alter its rebate obligations until its obligations to the holders or owners of such bonds, notes or other obligations are finally met and discharged; and (3) provisions to (A) establish trust and other accounts which may be appropriate to carry out such representations and agreements, (B) retain fiscal agents as depositories for such funds and accounts, and (C) provide that such fiscal agents may act as trustee of such funds and accounts.

      (p) No bonds, notes or other obligations shall be issued by the authority unless such bonds, notes or other obligations have been approved for issuance by the State Bond Commission following (1) a finding that such issuance is in the public interest, (2) a filing with the clerks of the General Assembly of a certificate of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer pursuant to subsection (a) of section 32-608 and until bonds of the state authorized pursuant to section 32-614 have been approved for issuance by the State Bond Commission for such project, and (3) in the case of any bonds, notes or other obligations to be issued to provide funding for the convention center project, the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in subsection (a) of section 32-654.

      (q) In connection with the issuance of bonds to finance the convention center project or to refund bonds previously issued by the authority to finance the convention center project, the authority may create and establish one or more reserve funds to be known as special capital reserve funds and may pay into such special capital reserve funds (1) any moneys appropriated and made available by the state for the purposes of such funds, (2) any proceeds of sale of notes or bonds for the convention center project, to the extent provided in the resolution of the authority authorizing the issuance thereof, and (3) any other moneys which may be made available to the authority for the purpose of such funds from any other source or sources. The moneys held in or credited to any special capital reserve fund established under this section, except as hereinafter provided, shall be used solely for the payment of the principal of and interest on, when due, whether at maturity or by mandatory sinking fund installments, on bonds of the authority secured by such capital reserve fund as the same become due, the purchase of such bonds of the authority, the payment of any redemption premium required to be paid when such bonds are redeemed prior to maturity; provided the authority shall have power to provide that moneys in any such fund shall not be withdrawn therefrom at any time in such amount as would reduce the amount of such funds to less than the maximum amount of principal and interest becoming due by reasons of maturity or a required sinking fund installment in the then current or any succeeding calendar year on the bonds of the authority then outstanding or the maximum amount permitted to be deposited in such fund by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, to permit the interest on said bonds to be excluded from gross income for federal tax purposes and secured by such special capital reserve fund, such amount being herein referred to as the "required minimum capital reserve", except for the purpose of paying such principal of, redemption premium and interest on such bonds of the authority secured by such special capital reserve becoming due and for the payment of which other moneys of the authority are not available. The authority may provide that it shall not issue bonds secured by a special capital reserve fund at any time if the required minimum capital reserve on the bonds outstanding and the bonds then to be issued and secured by the same special capital reserve fund at the time of issuance, unless the authority, at the time of the issuance of such bonds, shall deposit in such special capital reserve fund from the proceeds of the bonds so to be issued, or otherwise, an amount which, together with the amount then in such special capital reserve fund, will be not less than the required minimum capital reserve. On or before December first, annually, there is deemed to be appropriated from the state General Fund such sums, if any, as shall be certified by the chairman or vice-chairman of the authority to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Treasurer, as necessary to restore each such special capital reserve fund to the amount equal to the required minimum capital reserve of such fund, and such amounts shall be allotted and paid to the authority. For the purpose of evaluation of any such special capital reserve fund, obligations acquired as an investment for any such fund shall be valued at market. Nothing contained in this section shall preclude the authority from establishing and creating other debt service reserve funds in connection with the issuance of bonds or notes of the authority which are not special capital reserve funds. Subject to any agreement or agreements with holders of outstanding notes and bonds of the authority, any amount or amounts allotted and paid to the authority pursuant to this section shall be repaid to the state from moneys of the authority at such time as such moneys are not required for any other of its corporate purposes and in any event shall be repaid to the state on the date one year after all bonds and notes of the authority theretofore issued on the date or dates such amount or amounts are allotted and paid to the authority or thereafter issued, together with interest on such bonds and notes, with interest on any unpaid installments of interest and all costs and expenses in connection with any action or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders thereof, are fully met and discharged. No bonds secured by a special capital reserve fund shall be issued to pay project costs unless the authority is of the opinion and determines that the revenues from the project shall be sufficient to (A) pay the principal of and interest on the bonds issued to finance the project, (B) establish, increase and maintain any reserves deemed by the authority to be advisable to secure the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds, (C) pay the cost of maintaining the project in good repair and keeping it properly insured, and (D) pay such other costs of the project as may be required. No bonds secured by a special capital reserve fund shall be issued unless the issuance of such bonds is approved by the Treasurer.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 8, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 22, 66; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 27; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1, S. 9; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 55.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 99-607 added Subsec. (p)(3) re satisfaction of conditions in Sec. 32-654, effective July 1, 1999; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 amended Subsec. (a) to include reference to loans made by the authority in the purposes for which the authority may issue bonds, effective August 15, 2002; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1 added Subsec. (q) re special capital reserve funds, effective July 1, 2004; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2 amended Subsec. (i) to delete provision making pledges under section a pledge within the meaning of the Uniform Commercial Code, effective May 12, 2004, and applicable to any pledge, lien or security interest of this state or any political subdivision of this state, which was in existence on October 1, 2003, or created after October 1, 2003.

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      Sec. 32-608. State contract assistance. (a) The state, acting by and through the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer, may enter into a contract with the Capital City Economic Development Authority providing that the state shall pay contract assistance to the authority pursuant to the provisions of this section. Such contract assistance is limited to an amount equal to the annual debt service on the outstanding amount of bonds to be issued pursuant to section 32-607 to finance the costs of the convention center project, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600. The contract entered into pursuant to this section shall include such provisions as the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer deem necessary to assure the efficient construction and operation of such project and find are in the best interests of the state. No such contract shall be entered into by the secretary and the State Treasurer unless the board of directors of the authority files therewith a certificate setting forth its findings and determinations of the extent to which the incremental tax revenues under the authority of law existing at the time such certificate is filed to be derived as a result of the construction and operation of the project and visitor spending with respect thereto are reasonably expected to offset, over the term that the bonds are scheduled to be outstanding, the amount of debt service expected to be paid on authority bonds to be secured by such state assistance contract. In the event the secretary and the State Treasurer substantially concur with the findings of the board, a certificate evidencing such substantial concurrence shall be filed by such secretary and State Treasurer with the clerks of the Senate and the House of Representatives. In making such findings and determinations and executing such approval, the board, the secretary and the State Treasurer shall each be entitled to rely upon such reports and estimates of experts, as appropriate, for the proper evaluation of feasibility of the project, including, without limitation, estimates relating to the incremental tax revenues resulting from the convention center project, reasonable expectation as to the additional development in the area of the convention center project and such additional expenditures as a result of construction, tourism and other travel, entertainment and retail sales as may result from the location of such project in the capital city of the state.

      (b) As part of such contract with the authority, or as a supplemental contract to such contract, the state, acting by and through the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer, may provide for contract assistance for the funding of the completion, improvement or expansion of the project approved under subsection (a) of this section on the same terms and subject to the same conditions and findings set forth in said subsection (a).

      (c) Any such contract may also provide that such contract assistance shall be paid by the state directly to the trustee or paying agent for any bonds, notes or other obligations, as applicable, with respect to which the contract assistance is provided. Any provision of such a contract entered into providing for payments equal to annual debt service shall constitute a full faith and credit obligation of the state and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of any bonds or notes, as applicable, appropriation of all amounts necessary to meet punctually the terms of such provision is hereby made and the State Treasurer shall pay such amount as the same become due. The board of directors of the authority may pledge such contract assistance of the state as security for the payment of such bonds, notes or other obligations issued by the authority.

      (d) Any bonds issued under the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section and at any time outstanding may at any time or from time to time be refunded by the board of directors of the authority by the issuance of its refunding bonds in such amounts as the authority may deem necessary or appropriate and with the consent of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer upon a finding that it is in the best interest of the state, but not exceeding an amount sufficient to refund the principal amount of the bonds to be so refunded, any unpaid interest thereon and any premiums, commissions and costs of issuance necessary to be paid in connection therewith. Any such refunding may be effected whether the bonds to be refunded shall have matured or shall thereafter mature. The state, acting by and through the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the State Treasurer and the State Bond Commission, may execute a contract for contract assistance for the payment of annual debt service on such refunding bonds. If the State Treasurer and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management request a refunding, the authority shall not unreasonably withhold approval.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 9, 30.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 32-609. Loans from the Connecticut Development Authority. With the concurrence of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer, the Capital City Economic Development Authority may submit an application to the Connecticut Development Authority on behalf of the convention center project as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600, for a loan or loans consistent with the requirements of chapter 579 and the Connecticut Development Authority is hereby authorized to review such application as a package for the purposes of its requirements, including eligibility for federal or state funding in addition to the financing applied for. Any loan by the Connecticut Development Authority to the Capital City Economic Development Authority shall be evidenced by the general obligation bond of such authority, in fully marketable form, duly executed and accompanied by an approving legal opinion with respect to validity, security and tax matters as would otherwise be required in a public offering. Any loan with respect to the hotel or other portions of private investment pertaining to the convention center project shall be on such terms and conditions as the Connecticut Development Authority requires to satisfy its eligibility for financing of a loan from the proceeds of its general obligation program bonds.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 10, 30.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 32-610. Exemptions from taxes. The exercise of the powers granted by section 32-602 constitute the performance of an essential governmental function and the Capital City Economic Development Authority shall not be required to pay any taxes or assessments upon or in respect of the convention center or the convention center project, as defined in section 32-600, levied by any municipality or political subdivision or special district having taxing powers of the state and such project and the principal and interest of any bonds and notes issued under the provisions of section 32-607, their transfer and the income therefrom, including revenues derived from the sale thereof, shall at all times be free from taxation of every kind by the state of Connecticut or under its authority, except for estate or succession taxes but the interest on such bonds and notes shall be included in the computation of any excise or franchise tax. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the convention center and the related parking facilities owned by the authority shall be deemed to be state-owned real property for purposes of sections 12-19a and 12-19b and the state shall make grants in lieu of taxes with respect to the convention center and such related parking facilities to the municipality in which the convention center and such related parking facilities are located as otherwise provided in said sections 12-19a and 12-19b.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 11, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 60, 66; P.A. 00-140, S. 28, 40.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 added "convention center or the", effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-140 added provision re the convention center and related parking facilities as state-owned property for purposes of making grants in lieu of taxes, effective May 2, 2000.

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      Sec. 32-611. State pledge to bond holders and contractors. The state of Connecticut does hereby pledge to and agree with the holders of any bonds, notes and other obligations issued under section 32-607 and with those parties who may enter into contracts with the Capital City Economic Development Authority or its successor agency, that the state will not limit or alter the rights hereby vested in the authority or in the holders of any bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority to which contract assistance is pledged pursuant to section 32-608 until such obligations, together with the interest thereon, are fully met and discharged and such contracts are fully performed on the part of the authority, provided nothing contained herein shall preclude such limitation or alteration if and when adequate provision shall be made by law for the protection of the holders of such bonds, notes and other obligations of the authority or those entering into contracts with the authority. The authority is authorized to include this pledge and undertaking for the state in such bonds, notes and other obligations or contracts.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 12, 30.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 32-612. Downtown higher education center project development. (a) A downtown higher education center project, as described in section 32-600, shall be developed by the Department of Public Works in consultation with the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges. Said project shall not require approval by the State Properties Review Board.

      (b) (1) No payments shall be made by the department on account of any downtown higher education center project contract awarded by or for the department until the bills or estimates presented for such payment shall have been duly certified to be correct by the department. No payments shall be made from any other fund on account of any contract for a downtown higher education center project awarded until the bills or estimates presented for such payment shall have been duly certified to be correct by the department.

      (2) Provision shall be made in each contract to the effect that payment is limited to the amount provided therein and that no liability of the state shall and may be incurred beyond such amount.

      (3) The department shall require, for the protection of the state, such deposits, bonds and security in connection with the submission of bids, the award of project contracts and the performance of work as the department shall determine to be appropriate and in the public interest of the state.

      (c) For the purposes of part III of chapter 557, authority projects shall be deemed to be a state public works project and consist of public buildings.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 17, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 53, 66.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (a) to delete reference to procedures for designated projects under Sec. 4b-24, effective June 28, 1999.

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      Sec. 32-613. Applications for licenses, permits, approvals and administrative actions. (a) Any environmental permit or approval required or permitted to be issued and any administrative action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to the general statutes in connection with on-site work supervised by the Department of Public Works or off-site work supervised by the Department of Transportation for a downtown higher education center project or a riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project, as defined in subparagraphs (B) and (D), respectively, of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, shall be in accordance with the procedure set forth in this section.

      (b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, any license, permit and approval required or permitted to be issued and any administrative action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to the general statutes in connection with a downtown higher education center project or a riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project, as defined in subparagraphs (B) and (D), respectively, of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, shall be issued or taken upon application to the particular commissioner or commissioners having jurisdiction over such license, permit, approval or other administrative action or such other state official as such commissioner shall designate. As used in this section, the term commissioner shall mean commissioners if more than one commissioner has jurisdiction over the subject matter and their designee, if any. No agency, commission, council, committee, panel or other body whatsoever other than such commissioner shall have jurisdiction over or cognizance of any licenses, permits, approvals or administrative actions concerning any project and no notice of any tentative determination or any final determination regarding any such license, permit, approval or administrative action and no notice of any such license, permit, approval or administrative action shall be required except as expressly provided pursuant to this subsection. For purposes of this section a downtown higher education center project and a riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project shall be treated as if each is a state facility and accordingly, no ordinance, law or regulation promulgated by or any authority granted to any municipality or any other political subdivision of the state shall apply to such authority project.

      (c) All applications, supporting documentation and other records submitted to the commissioner and pertaining to any application for any license, permit, approval or other administrative action, together with all records of the proceedings of the commissioner relating to any license, permit, approval or administrative action shall be a public record and shall be made, maintained and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200.

      (d) All applications for licenses, permits, approvals and other administrative action required by any applicable provision of the general statutes shall be submitted to the commissioner as provided in subsection (b) of this subsection. The commissioner shall adopt a master process to consider multiple licenses, permits, approvals and administrative actions to the extent practicable. Each license or permit shall be issued, approval shall be granted and administrative action shall be taken not later than ten business days after the date of submission of any application for such license, permit, approval or administrative action to the commissioner. Each application for a license or permit shall be deemed to have been issued, approval shall be deemed to have been granted and administrative action shall be deemed to have been taken as requested unless such application has been denied, or conditionally issued prior to the close of business on the tenth business day after either the date of submission of such application, or a hearing is held on such application pursuant to this section.

      (e) (1) Any hearing regarding all or any part of any project, provided for by this section, shall be conducted by the particular commissioner having jurisdiction over the applicable license, permit, approval or other administrative action. Legal notice of such hearing shall be published in a newspaper having general circulation in an area which includes the municipality in which the particular part of such project is proposed to be built or is being built not more than ten nor less than five days in advance of such hearing.

      (2) In rendering any decision in connection with any project, provided for by this section, the commissioner shall weigh all competent material and substantial evidence presented by the applicant and the public in accordance with the applicable statute. The commissioner shall issue written findings and determinations upon which the commissioner's decision is based. Such findings and determinations shall consist of evidence presented including such matters as the commissioner deems appropriate, provided such matters, to the extent applicable to the particular permit, shall include the nature of any major adverse health and environmental impact of any project. The commissioner may reverse or modify any order or action at any time on the commissioner's own motion. The procedure for such reversal or modification shall be the same as the procedure for the original proceeding.

      (3) Any administrative action taken by any commissioner in connection with any project, provided for by this section, may be appealed by an aggrieved party to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183. Such appeal shall be brought within ten days of the date of mailing to the parties to the proceeding of a notice of such order, decision or action by certified mail, return receipt requested, and the appellant shall serve a copy of the appeal on each party listed in the final decision at the address shown in such decision. Failure to make such service within such ten days on parties other than the commissioner who rendered the final decision may not, in the discretion of the court, deprive the court of jurisdiction over such appeal. Within ten days after the service of such appeal, or within such further time as may be allowed by the court, the commissioner who rendered such decision shall cause any portion of the record that had not been transcribed to be transcribed and shall cause either the original or a certified copy of the entire record of the proceeding appealed from to be transmitted to the reviewing court. Such record shall include the commissioner's findings of fact and conclusions of law, separately stated. If more than one commissioner has jurisdiction over the matter, such commissioners shall issue joint findings of fact and conclusions of law. Such appeal shall state the reasons upon which it is predicated and, notwithstanding any provisions of the general statutes, shall not stay the development of any project. The commissioner who rendered such decision shall appear as the respondent. Such appeals to the superior court shall each be a privileged matter and shall be heard as soon after the return date as practicable. A court shall render its decision not later than twenty-one days after the date that the entire record, with the transcript, is filed with the court by the commissioner who rendered the decision.

      (4) The court shall not substitute its judgment for that of the commissioner as to the weight of the evidence presented on a question of fact. The court shall affirm the decision of the commissioner unless the court finds that substantial rights of the party appealing such decision have been materially prejudiced because the findings, inferences, conclusions or decisions of the commissioner are in violation of constitutional or statutory provisions, in excess of the statutory authority of the commissioner, made upon unlawful procedure, affected by an error of law, clearly erroneous in view of the reliable, probative and substantial evidence on the whole record, or arbitrary, capricious or characterized by abuse of discretion or clearly unwarranted exercise of discretion.

      (5) If the court finds material prejudice, it may sustain the appeal. Upon sustaining an appeal, the court may render a judgment which modifies the decision of the commissioner, orders particular action by the commissioner or orders the commissioner to take such action as may be necessary to effect a particular action and the commissioner may issue a permit consistent with such judgment.

      (6) An applicant may file an amended application and the commissioner may consider an amended application for an order, permit or other administrative action following court action.

      (P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4-6; P.A. 98-179, S. 18, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 23, 66; P.A. 00-230, S. 13.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective June 1, 1998 (Revisor's note: P.A. 88-230, 90-98, 93-142 and 95-220 authorized substitution of "judicial district of Hartford" for "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" in public and special acts of the 1998 regular and special sessions of the General Assembly, effective September 1, 1998; in Subsec. (e)(3) the phrase "service ... on parties other then the commissioner" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "service ... on parties other than the commissioner" and the phrase "The commissioner which rendered ..." was changed editorially by the Revisors to "The commissioner who rendered ..."); P.A. 99-241 deleted reference to "convention center project", and made technical corrections, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-230 made technical changes in Subsec. (e).

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      Sec. 32-614. Bond authorization for the convention center project. (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section the State Bond Commission shall have power, from time to time but in no case later than June 30, 2005, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state, in one or more series and in principal amounts and in the aggregate not exceeding one hundred ninety million dollars and such additional amounts as may be required in connection with the costs of issuance of the bonds including bond anticipation, temporary and interim notes, the proceeds of which shall be used by the Treasurer to pay the costs of issuance, provided in computing the total amount of bonds which may at any one time be outstanding, the principal amount of any refunding bonds issued to refund bonds shall be excluded. After authorization by the State Bond Commission, all securities of the state authorized pursuant to this section shall be conclusively presumed to be fully and duly authorized pursuant to the laws of the state. Any person or government entity shall be estopped from questioning their authorization, sale issuance, execution or delivery by the state.

      (b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used as follows: Three million dollars by the Department of Economic and Community Development for a grant-in-aid to the Capital City Economic Development Authority and the balance by the Office of Policy and Management for a grant-in-aid to the Capital City Economic Development Authority for the project costs of the convention center project, as defined in section 32-651, and such portion of preliminary costs and the project costs of site acquisition, site preparation and infrastructure improvements related to other aspects of the overall project, all as defined in section 32-651, as is determined jointly by the secretary and the authority to be appropriately allocated to the convention center facilities, subject to satisfaction of the conditions set forth in subsection (a) of section 32-654.

      (c) All provisions of section 3-20 or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to said section 3-20, and temporary or interim notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20, and from time to time renewed provided no filings required by subparagraphs (A) and (B) of subdivision (1) of subsection (g) of said section 3-20 shall be required. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from either their respective dates. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Such bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds, including temporary or interim notes, as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of such bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made including with respect to interest on temporary or interim notes and principal thereof to the extent not funded with renewals thereof or bonds, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (d) For the purposes of this section "state moneys" means the proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized pursuant to section 3-20 or of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the moneys to be derived from the sale of such bonds. Request filed for an authorization of bonds shall identify the project for which the proceeds of the sale of such bonds are to be used and expended and, if applicable, shall include the recommendation of the secretary as to the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project should be added to the state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project. If the request includes a recommendation that some amount of such federal, private or other moneys should be added to such state moneys, then, if and to the extent directed by the State Bond Commission at the time of authorization of such bonds, said amount of such federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project may be added to any state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project and be used for such project as if constituting such state moneys, and any other federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project, if and to the extent from time to time directed by the State Bond Commission, upon receipt shall, in conformity with applicable federal and state law, be used for the purposes for which such other moneys are received in accordance with the proceedings of the State Bond Commission, and otherwise by the State Treasurer to meet the principal of outstanding bonds issued pursuant to this section or to meet the principal of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of bonds theretofore authorized pursuant to said section 3-20 for the purpose of financing such costs, either by purchase or redemption and cancellation of such bonds or notes or by payment thereof at maturity. Whenever any of the federal, private or other moneys so received with respect to such project are used to meet principal of such temporary or interim notes or whenever principal on any such temporary or interim notes is retired by application of revenue receipts of the state, the amount of bonds theretofore authorized in anticipation of which such temporary or interim notes were issued, and the aggregate amount of bonds which may be authorized pursuant to this section, shall each be reduced by the amount of the principal so met or retired. Pending use of the federal, private or other moneys so received to meet principal as hereinabove directed, the amount thereof may be invested by, or at the direction of, the State Treasurer in bonds or obligations of, or guaranteed by, the state or the United States or agencies or instrumentalities of the United States, or in accordance with the provisions of said section 3-20, and shall be deemed to be part of the debt retirement funds of the state, and net earnings on such investments shall be used in the same manner as the said moneys so invested.

      (e) Any balance of proceeds of the sale of said bonds authorized by this section in excess of the aggregate costs of the project so authorized shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said bonds authorized.

      (f) Net earnings on investment of proceeds, accrued interest and premiums on the issuance of any of such bonds authorized by this section after payment of expenses incurred by the State Treasurer or State Bond Commission in connection with their issuance, if any, shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said bonds authorized.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 20, 30; P.A. 99-241, S. 24, 66; P.A. 00-140, S. 3, 40; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7, S. 16, 28; P.A. 06-194, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (a) to increase authorization from $155,000,000 to $190,000,000 and Subsec. (b) to replace proviso with satisfaction of conditions of Sec. 32-654, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-140 amended Subsec. (a) to make a technical change and add provisions re presumption of authorization and estoppel, and amended Subsec. (b) to add specifications re amounts and purposes for which bond funds may be used, effective May 2, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7 amended Subsec. (b) to delete provision re project costs of the related parking facilities and change reference to "convention center" to "convention center facilities", effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 06-194 amended Subsec. (c) to change citation re filings required under Sec. 3-20(g) but not required by section from "subdivisions (1) and (2)" to "subparagraphs (A) and (B) of subdivision (1)", effective June 9, 2006.

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      Sec. 32-615. Bond authorization for the downtown higher education center project. (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, but in no case later than June 30, 2005, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate thirty million dollars.

      (b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the regional community-technical college system for the purpose of development of the downtown higher education center project, as defined in section 32-600.

      (c) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 21, 30.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective July 1, 1999.

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      Sec. 32-616. Bond authorization for the Civic Center and coliseum complex project, the riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project, housing, demolition and parking projects. (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section the State Bond Commission shall have power, from time to time but in no case later than June 30, 2013, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state, in one or more series and in principal amounts and in the aggregate not exceeding one hundred fifteen million dollars and such additional amounts as may be required in connection with the costs of issuance of the bonds including bond anticipation, temporary and interim notes, the proceeds of which shall be used by the State Treasurer to pay the costs of issuance, provided in computing the total amount of bonds which may at any one time be outstanding, the principal amount of any refunding bonds issued to refund bonds shall be excluded.

      (b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Economic and Community Development for grants-in-aid for capital city projects as follows:

      (1) For the Civic Center and coliseum complex renovation and rejuvenation project, not exceeding fifteen million dollars;

      (2) For the riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project, not exceeding nineteen million eight hundred eighty thousand dollars provided no amount shall be issued under this subdivision until the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development certifies to the State Bond Commission that it has received a commitment by agreement, contract or other legally enforceable instrument with private investors or developers for a minimum private investment equal to the amount of bonds at the time such bonds are issued pursuant to this subdivision taken together with any previous commitments;

      (3) For housing rehabilitation and new construction projects, as defined in subparagraph (E) (i) of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, not exceeding thirty-five million dollars, provided seven million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1999, fourteen million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2000, fourteen million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2001, and four million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003;

      (4) For demolition or redevelopment projects, as defined in subparagraph (E) (ii) of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, not exceeding twenty-five million dollars, provided seven million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1999, eight million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2000, five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2001, and three million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003;

      (5) For parking projects, as defined in subparagraph (F) of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, not exceeding twelve million dollars.

      (c) All provisions of section 3-20 or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to said section 3-20, and temporary or interim notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20, and from time to time renewed provided no filings required by subparagraphs (A) and (B) of subdivision (1) of subsection (g) of said section 3-20 shall be required. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from either their respective dates. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Such bonds issued pursuant to section 32-614 shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds, including temporary or interim notes, as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of such bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made including with respect to interest on temporary or interim notes and principal thereof to the extent not funded with renewals thereof or bonds, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (d) For the purposes of this section "state moneys" means the proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized pursuant to section 3-20 or of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the moneys to be derived from the sale of such bonds. Request filed for an authorization of bonds shall identify the project for which the proceeds of the sale of such bonds are to be used and expended and, if applicable, shall include the recommendation of the secretary as to the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project should be added to the state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project. If the request includes a recommendation that some amount of such federal, private or other moneys should be added to such state moneys, then, if and to the extent directed by the State Bond Commission at the time of authorization of such bonds, said amount of such federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project may be added to any state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project and be used for such project as if constituting such state moneys, and any other federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project, if and to the extent from time to time directed by the State Bond Commission, upon receipt shall, in conformity with applicable federal and state law, be used for the purposes for which such other moneys are received in accordance with the proceedings of the State Bond Commission, and otherwise by the State Treasurer to meet the principal of outstanding bonds issued pursuant to this section or to meet the principal of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of bonds theretofore authorized pursuant to said section 3-20 for the purpose of financing such costs, either by purchase or redemption and cancellation of such bonds or notes or by payment thereof at maturity. Whenever any of the federal, private or other moneys so received with respect to such project are used to meet principal of such temporary or interim notes or whenever principal on any such temporary or interim notes is retired by application of revenue receipts of the state, the amount of bonds theretofore authorized in anticipation of which such temporary or interim notes were issued, and the aggregate amount of bonds which may be authorized pursuant to this section, shall each be reduced by the amount of the principal so met or retired. Pending use of the federal, private or other moneys so received to meet principal as hereinabove directed, the amount thereof may be invested by, or at the direction of, the State Treasurer in bonds or obligations of, or guaranteed by, the state or the United States or agencies or instrumentalities of the United States, or in accordance with the provisions of said section 3-20, and shall be deemed to be part of the debt retirement funds of the state, and net earnings on such investments shall be used in the same manner as the said moneys so invested.

      (e) Any balance of proceeds of the sale of said bonds authorized by this section in excess of the aggregate costs of the project so authorized shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said bonds authorized.

      (f) Net earnings on investment of proceeds, accrued interest and premiums on the issuance of any of such bonds authorized by this section after payment of expenses incurred by the State Treasurer or State Bond Commission in connection with their issuance, if any, shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said bonds authorized.

      (P.A. 98-179, S. 22, 30; Dec. Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 37, 43; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 28; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1, S. 10; P.A. 06-194, S. 4; P.A. 09-234, S. 14; P.A. 10-44, S. 37, 38.)

      History: P.A. 98-179 effective July 1, 1998; Dec. Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended Subsec. (b)(3) to add "rehabilitation and new construction" in description of projects and Subsec. (b)(4) to add "or redevelopment" in description of projects, effective January 12, 1999; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 amended Subsec. (b)(2) to provide that $3,000,000 of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003, (b)(3) to provide that $4,000,00 of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003, and (b)(4) to provide that $3,000,000 of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003, effective July 1, 2002; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1 amended Subsec. (a) to extend the time for issuance of bonds under section to June 30, 2009, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 06-194 amended Subsec. (c) to change citation re filings required under Sec. 3-20(g) but not required by section from "subdivisions (1) and (2)" to "subparagraphs (A) and (B) of subdivision (1)", effective June 9, 2006; P.A. 09-234 amended Subsec. (a) to extend time for issuance of bonds from June 30, 2009, to June 30, 2013, effective July 9, 2009; P.A. 10-44 amended Subsec. (b)(2) to decrease authorization from $25,000,000 to $19,880,000, and to delete provision re authorization amounts effective on July 1, 1999, July 1, 2001, and July 1, 2003, and amended Subsec. (b)(5) to decrease authorization from $15,000,000 to $12,000,000, and to delete provision re authorization amounts effective on July 1, 1999, and July 1, 2000, effective July 1, 2010.

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      Sec. 32-617. Indemnification of officials of Capital City Economic Development Authority. The state shall protect, save harmless and indemnify the Capital City Economic Development Authority and its directors, officers and employees from financial loss and expense, including legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand, suit or judgment based upon any alleged act or omission of the authority or any such director, officer or employee in connection with, or any other legal challenge to, the overall project, as defined in section 32-651, stadium facility operations, as defined in section 32-651, public act 98-1 of the December special session*, public act 99-241* or public act 00-140*, including without limitation the preparation by the authority of the environmental impact evaluation contemplated by subsection (j) of section 32-664, provided any such director, officer or employee is found to have been acting in the discharge of such director, officer or employee's duties or within the scope of such director, officer or employee's employment and any such act or omission is found not to have been wanton, reckless, wilful or malicious.

      (P.A. 99-241, S. 25, 66; P.A. 00-140, S. 4, 40; 00-230, S. 14.)

      *Note: Public act 98-1 of the December special session is entitled "An Act Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds of the State to Finance an Open-Air Stadium Project and Related Infrastructure Improvements in Hartford, Connecticut and a Training Facility in the State and the Execution of an Agreement Between the State and the National Football League New England Patriots", public act 99-241 is entitled "An Act Increasing Certain Bond Authorizations for Capital Improvements, the Capital City Economic Development Authority, and the Convention Center and Sportsplex in Hartford and Associated Development Activities" and public act 00-140 is entitled "An Act Implementing the Master Development Plan for the Adriaen's Landing Project and the Stadium at Rentschler Field Project". (See Reference Tables captioned "Public Acts of December, 1998", "Public Acts of 1999" and "Public Acts of 2000", respectively, in Volume 16 which list the sections amended, created or repealed by the acts.)


      History: P.A. 99-241 effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-140 revised internal references and made a technical change, effective May 2, 2000; P.A. 00-230 made technical changes.

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      Sec. 32-617a. Limitation on liability of state officials. No officer or employee of the state executing any agreement with respect to all or any portion of the overall project or stadium facility operations, or otherwise pursuant to sections 32-660 to 32-668, inclusive, shall be liable personally or be subject to any personal liability or accountability under such agreement.

      (P.A. 00-140, S. 20, 40; 00-192, S. 51, 102.)

      History: P.A. 00-140 effective May 2, 2000; P.A. 00-192 deleted requirement that the state indemnify officers and employees for financial loss or legal expenses related to execution of agreements, effective May 26, 2000.

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