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OLR Research Report


July 15, 2011

 

2011-R-0236

2011 REGULAR SESSION BILL TRACKING REPORT

By: Joseph Holstead, Associate Analyst

Lee R Hansen, Legislative Analyst II

This report lists the bills considered during the General Assembly's 2011 regular session whose provisions were enacted under another bill number.

The provisions of many raised and committee bills that do not make it out of committee or expire on the calendar become law after (1) the original committee incorporates them in another bill that receives a favorable report or (2) the concept is adopted as an amendment and incorporated in another bill. This report includes bills whose language may have changed in the final enactment from that of the original bill or file, but that represent the legislature's final action on the matter taken during the 2011 regular session.

Table 1 lists the original bills in numeric order and shows the public act that included their provisions. Table 2 lists the bills by the committee of origin

Table 1: Bill Tracking by Original Bill Number

Originated As Bill #

Enacted as Public Act #

Brief Explanation of Concept

3

11-242

90-96

Requires long-term care facilities to ensure that potential service providers undergo criminal history and patient abuse background searches before they are allowed direct access to patients or residents; requires background check programs for homemaker companion agencies and home health agencies

16

11-58

15-19

Makes a variety of changes in the laws relating to contracts between health care providers and health insurers

43

11-211

Limits the liability of municipalities and other municipal bodies that make certain types of land available to the public without charge for recreational purposes

43

11-211

Exempts from certain hazardous waste clean-up costs, fines, and penalties any municipality that acquires an easement over property it does not own in order to make it available to the public without charge for recreational use

52, 707, 708, 712, 718, 5102, 6129, 6136, 6194 6199, 6451, and 6512

11-256

Names various roads, bridges, and facilities for individuals and organizations

103

11-44

85

Restores Medicaid coverage for podiatry services

127

11-140

27-28

Makes S corporations eligible for Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) tax credits, increases the total annual credits businesses can claim, and eliminates a requirement that NAA-eligible contributions equal the amount of the prior year's charitable contributions

127

2 and

6525

4

11-254

Eliminates requirement that applicants for investments eligible for angel tax credits provide information about their proprietary technology

157

11-61

Expands the list of purposes for which residents may establish special taxing districts to include providing ferry service

250 and

5272

11-68

Extends a free lifetime pass for state parks, forests, and recreational facilities to any resident who is a disabled wartime veteran, as defined under state or federal law

316

11-225

Requires insurers to pay the same rate to physicians for covered colonoscopy or endoscopic services regardless of where the services are performed

533

11-242

55

Requires a study of a uniform licensing process for community-based health providers

543

11-48

38

Requires healthcare institutions caring for newborns to test them for severe immunodeficiency disease, unless their parents object on religious grounds

825

11-256

Modifies requirements for State Traffic Commission permits (substantially changed from the original bill)

831

11-211

Limits the liability of municipalities, other political subdivisions of the state, municipal corporations, special districts, and water or sewer districts that make certain types of land available to the public without charge for recreational purposes

852

(This bill also passed, PA 11-64)

11-61

131-135

Amends the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) supportive housing initiative by eliminating references to its “Pilot” and “Next Steps” phases, and instead uses the term “permanent” to reflect the program's ongoing status; adds two state entities to those already collaborating with DMHAS on the supportive housing initiative; and establishes a process for developing scattered site housing

905

11-201

5

Establishes a task force to study the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's (CHFA) loss mitigation programs

909

11-57

67

Adds a project to the Connecticut State University System 2020 plan and funds it by reallocating $16,386,585 in general obligation (GO) bond authorizations from two existing projects

932

11-48

Makes more schools eligible for state school breakfast grants

953

11-71

Reduces penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and certain actions involving drug paraphernalia

957

11-201

13-15

Expands registration requirements for foreclosed properties and establishes penalties for non-compliance

977

11-229

Requires the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to submit a report on in-state contracting and develop and implement a program to increase the number of state contracts awarded to in-state firms

994

11-164

Creates a farmers' market wine sales permit

1002

11-48

77-173

Makes the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) commissioner chair person of Connecticut Development Authority (CDA) and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated (CII) boards, transfers the Office of Workforce Competitiveness to the Labor Department, and eliminates the Culture and Tourism Commission and transfers its functions to DECD

1004

11-57

49-60

Authorizes up to $578.6 million in special tax obligation (STO) bonds for FY 12 and up to $515.2 million for FY 13 for transportation-related projects

1005

11-1

Authorizes up to $689 million in STO bonds for capital resurfacing and related road reconstruction projects

1006

11-57

Authorizes GO bonds for FYs 11, 12, and 13 for (1) state facilities, infrastructure, and programs; (2) housing projects and supportive housing; and (3) grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and other eligible entities

1007

11-6

Increases various taxes and makes other revenue changes

1008

11-57

Authorizes GO bonds for FYs 12 and 13 for various capital programs and grants, including school construction, clean water, and economic development projects, the Local Capital Improvement Program, and farmland preservation

Authorizes revenue bonds for Clean Water project loans

Merges three programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in state buildings

1009

11-48

58-76, 302

Establishes an Office of Government Accountability to provide consolidated personnel, payroll, affirmative action, administrative and business office functions, including information technology associated with these functions, for nine state agencies

1010

11-51

42-132, 223

Dissolves the Department of Public Works and transfers its duties to DAS, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), and the newly-created Department of Construction Services (DCS)

Dissolves the Department of Information Technology and makes DAS its successor

Transfers, from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to DCS, responsibility for enforcing the Fire Safety Code and the State Building Code

Divides, between the State Department of Education (SDE) and DCS, responsibility for reviewing and approving school construction grant applications

Makes changes to affirmative action plan filing requirements and discrimination investigations

1011

11-48

211-285, 304

Reorganizes the state system of higher education

1012

11-44

1-69

Creates the new Bureau of Rehabilitative Services and merges into it functions of the Board of Education and Services to the Blind, Commission on Deaf and Hearing Impaired, DSS, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and miscellaneous other rehabilitation-related state services

1013

1

11-44

73

Freezes Medicaid nursing home rates for two years

1013

2 and

6322

11-44

76

Reduces Department of Social Services (DSS) payments for prescription drugs

1013

4

11-44

78

Freezes State Supplement benefits

1013

13

11-44

85

Delays implementing coverage of foreign language interpreter services (for a beneficiary with limited English proficiency) under the Medicaid state plan

1013

14

11-4

86

Increases from 6% to 7% of care plan costs the amount participants in the state-funded Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders must contribute

1013

23

11-44

78-79

Reduces the Medicaid long-term care personal needs allowance

1013

28-29

11-44

97-101

Transfers most child care and school readiness grants and tax credits from DSS to the SDE

1013

30-34

11-6

145-154 and

11-44

102-103

Creates a new tax on hospital net revenues

1013

35

11-6

150

Increases the cap on the nursing home user fee

1013

36-39

11-44

74

Establishes a resident user fee for intermediate care facilities for people with mental retardation

1013

41

11-44

105

Revises the School-Based Child Health program, requiring DSS to amend its Medicaid state plan for this program to maintain and enhance, to the extent allowed, federal matching funds associated with costs through a service-specific, rather than the current “bundling” of services, billing method

1013

42

11-44

88-90

Eliminates the ConnPACE program for people eligible for Medicare

1013

42

11-44

Repeals numerous laws, including the (1) increase in the community spouse protected amount (asset amount retained by a non-institutionalized spouse – that is, the person not in a nursing home, for example); (2) adult foster care program; and (3) Medicare Part D supplemental needs fund

1016 and

1017

11-51, various sections

Eliminates DPS and the department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security ( 136 & 162), replaces them with the new Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; dissolves the DPS Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services and transfers most of its functions to a new DCS ( 45, 90, 93-95 & 105-111); transfers the authority to regulate amusements and exhibitions from DPS to the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) ( 173-175); increases from 75% to 100% the amount towns must pay resident troopers for overtime and fringe benefits directly associated with overtime costs ( 168)

1018

11-51

Reorganizes weigh station staffing

1018

11-48

Eliminates Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) vision screening program

1023

11-48

121-122

Expands the range of property eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits

1042

11-44

165

Requires DSS and the Labor Department to establish a pilot program for Jobs First Employment Services participants that offers intensive case management services

1052

11-242

42 and 53

Redefines acupuncture and expands its scope of practice

1059

2-35

11-51

173, 182-215

Eliminates the Division of Special Revenue and transfers its responsibilities to DCP

1059

39

11-44

69

Requires that the personnel, payroll, administrative action, and business office functions of the Board of Education and Services for the Blind and the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired not be merged and consolidated into DAS, as was required by 2005 legislation, and instead the new Bureau of Rehabilitative Services assumes these functions

1059

228-230 and 234

11-48

34-36

Makes direct deposit the required payment method for state employees, retired state employees receiving pensions, and retired teachers receiving pensions from the Teachers Retirement System, unless they request to be paid in a different manner

1059

235-257

11-146

Makes several changes regarding business entity filings with the secretary of the state

1059

271

11-44

76

Reduces the reimbursement DSS pays pharmacists for dispensing most drugs to DSS medical assistance recipients

1059

273-274

11-238

Requires the OPM secretary to report annually to the General Assembly on the state's purchase of service contracting activity

1059

284

11-80

118, 122-123

Allows state agencies and municipalities to enter into energy performance contracts

1059

285

11-80

118

Requires a plan to reduce energy use in state-owned or -leased buildings by at least 10% from its current consumption by January 1, 2013 and by an additional 10% by July 1, 2018

1066

11-140

12-26

Makes many programmatic and technical changes to economic and community development statutes, including (1) extending student loan reimbursements to residents receiving more types of science- and technology-related degrees and eliminates reimbursements for those receiving training certificates in specified fields and (2) makes the DECD commissioner the chairperson of the CHFA board

1077

11-94

Eliminates the requirement that a landlord pay a minimum 1.5% interest rate on residential security deposits

1078

11-201

9-12

Prohibits an expiration date on a general-use prepaid card's redeemable funds but allows an expiration date for the card itself if certain requirements are met

1082

11-58

54-89

Revises the health insurance utilization review, grievance, and external appeal statutes to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

1085

11-83

Prohibits health insurers from imposing cost-sharing requirements for an additional colonoscopy ordered by a physician in a policy year

1087

11-48

17-18

Restructures the process for investigating whistleblower complaints, expands current protections for whistleblowers, and establishes new ones

1089

2-6

11-81

4-8

Allows electronic delivery of certain documents (regulations and license expiration notices) and modifies a liquor administrative fee

1102

11-57

Approves grant commitments for local school construction projects and waives certain provisions of the law for particular school districts and projects

1106

11-181

By July 1, 2013, creates a coordinated system of early care and education and child development and requires the governor to appoint a planning director, by July 15, 2011, to develop a plan to implement the new system

1131

2 and

6265

11-117

3-5

Authorizes DCP to issue retirement status licenses and specifically prohibits advertising by nonlicensed tradespersons

1141

11-80

Allows municipal customers of electric companies to share net metering credits among buildings the municipality owns (virtual net metering) (the original bill did not limit virtual net metering to municipal customers)

1154

11-58

Requires certain municipal employers that sponsor fully insured group health insurance policies or plans for their active employees and retirees to annually submit, by October 1, certain information to the comptroller

1156 and

5143

11-212

Allows Hartford to limit property tax increases on residential and apartment property

1157

11-61

Applies projected FY 11 surplus to offset a surcharge on electric bills (the surcharge backs revenue bonds to be used to fund the state General Fund budget for FY 11)

1158

11-58

54-89

Revises the health insurance utilization review, grievance, and external appeal statutes to comply with the federal PPACA

1160

11-135

Moves up the deadline for state adoption of new teacher evaluation guidelines by one year

Adopts tenure protections for teachers working for cooperative arrangements established by their employing school districts

1169

11-80

Imposes obligations on water utilities that make cuts in roads

1177

11-242

521

Revises child abuse and neglect information the Department of Children and Families (DCF) must disclose to the Department of Public Health (DPH)

1184

11-242

549

Changes DPH disciplinary authority concerning health care institutions, authorizing it to impose a directed correction plan on a health care institution that fails substantially to comply with staututory or regulatory requirements

1189

11-48

20

Requires the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), within available appropriations, to conduct a disparity study in consultation with DAS on small contractor and minority businesses' ability to get state contracts

1201

11-242

543

Revises patient access to medical test results

1203

11-242

62-72

Makes various changes to DPH statutes concerning public water sources, including requiring the DPH commissioner to consult with the Water Planning Council and prepare a list designating actual or potential water sources that need protection to ensure the highest quality water sources are available for human consumption

1212

11-201

7-8

Increases protections for certain tenants of foreclosed homes

1214

11-61

Revamps the tax security requirements to ensure that nonresident contractors and subcontractors pay Connecticut taxes arising from their business in the state

1215

11-61

Reduces penalties for certain minor violations by cigarette dealers who (1) continue to operate with an expired license or (2) possess cigarettes that do not have required Connecticut tax stamps

Imposes a fine for illegal use of dyed diesel fuel

Caps certain penalties for failing to file taxes electronically when required to do so

1217

11-61

Makes various changes to the tax on nonadmitted insurance premiums in accordance with the 2010 federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act

1218

11-61

Eliminates certain notice and certification requirements when the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) commissioner withholds a taxpayer's Connecticut tax refund at the request of another state where the taxpayer owes taxes

Changes the criteria for an economic nexus for the corporation tax

Establishes a method for a company that overpays its estimated corporation tax for the year to apply the overpayment to its estimated tax payments for the following year

Expands the electronic withholding tax requirements to nonpayroll amounts

Extends the withholding tax deficiency assessment notice deadline when an employer or withholding entity omits more than 25% of includable adjusted gross income withheld

Exempts from sales and use tax any part of the sale price of a used vehicle attributable to special equipment for a physically disabled person that is already installed in the vehicle, when the vehicle is sold to a physically disabled person

5054

11-243

Requires municipalities to indemnify volunteer fire and ambulance personnel for legal fees and costs arising from any claims or lawsuits against such personnel while performing their duties

5102

11-256

Requiresthe Department of Transportation commissioner or his designee to attend public hearings on at-grade railroad crossings

5143 and

1156

11-212

Allows Hartford to limit property tax increases on residential and apartment property

5272 and

250

11-68

Extends a free lifetime pass for state parks, forests, and recreational facilities to any resident who is a disabled wartime veteran, as defined under state or federal law

5364

11-74

Requires the environmental protection commissioner to designate one day each year when no license is required for recreational fishing

5382

11-74

Waives the fine for fishing without a license for first time violators who purchase the required license after the violation but before the fine is imposed

5433 and

6362

11-93

Changes how parties, including local school districts, respond to reports of child abuse when the perpetrator is a school employee

5610

11-44

150-151

Prohibits pharmacists from filling a prescription to treat epilepsy or prevent seizures using a different manufacturer or distributor without prior notice to the patient and the prescriber's consent

5272

11-68

Extends a free lifetime pass for state parks, forests, and recreational facilities to any resident who is a disabled wartime veteran, as defined under state or federal law

6054

11-70

14-15

Requires tracking of unique identifiers by public colleges and universities

6114

11-256

Establishes a penalty for following an ambulance too closely (substantially changed from the original bill)

6184

11-256

Requires a feasibility study for Niantic railroad station

6211

11-213

Increases fines for using a cell phone or texting while driving and imposes additional penalties for texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle

6257

11-70

11

Modifies the requirements of the strategic master plan for higher education

6258

11-242

Allows greater flexibility in chiropractor practice and business naming

6265 and

1131 2

11-117

3-5

Authorizes DCP to issue retirement status licenses and specifically prohibits advertising by nonlicensed tradespersons

6285

11-216

49

Eliminates specified requirements for certain investment advisers who are exempt from state registration

6290

11-61

53

Changes eligibility criterion for economic assistance to municipalities hurt by major aerospace and defense plant closings

6305

11-58

Creates the SustiNet Health Care cabinet

6307

11-58

20-36

Requires the Insurance Department to license and regulate third-party administrators

6313

11-51

21

Expands the responsibilities of probation officers including requiring them to provide intensive pretrial supervision services when the court orders them to do so

6316

11-48

29

Requires the secretary of the state to create an electronic portal as a single point of entry for businesses registering with the secretary

6316

11-48

102

Adds the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology to those state agencies to which the business portal that the act requires must link

6321

11-48

204-205

Establishes college transition pilot programs

6322 and

1013

2

11-44

76

Reduces DSS payments for prescription drugs

6323

11-58

37-53

Changes various health insurance statutes to comply with the federal PPACA

6326

11-93

Revises school districts' DCF's required response to child abuse and neglect reports

6332

11-173

Makes several changes to election laws affecting the conduct of primaries and elections and election officials, among other things

6335 and

6533

11-48

286-301

Makes numerous changes to state election laws on campaign finance, the Citizens' Election Program, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission

6362 and

5433

11-93

Changes how parties, including local school districts, respond to reports of child abuse when the perpetrator is a school employee

6366

11-213

51-53

Increases fines for using a cell phone while driving

6379

11-44

145

Postpones the restablishment of the Department of Aging for two years, from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2013

6382

11-6

134

Shifts certain funds from the Banking Fund to the General Fund

6383

11-61

162-164,166

Requires the DECD commissioner to establish a single grant program for funding specified existing and new high technology, business development, and technology diffusion programs and specifies how she must do so

6385

11-48

Establishes requirements for various education grants and the minimum budget requirement for FY 12 and FY 13 to implement the FY 12-13 budget

6386

11-80

Merges departments of Environmental Protection and Public Utility Control into the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and makes related changes

6387 and

6388

11-6

Eliminates the boating account and related provisions (amended by PA 11-61)

6388

11-61

Eliminates state payments in lieu of taxes to municipalities to reimburse them for the property tax exemption for commercial trucks and eligible manufacturing machinery and equipment

Eliminates an obsolete provision that requires revenue from aircraft registration fees to be distributed to towns

6388

11-48

Eliminates the requirement that the executive director of the Capital City Economic Development Authority be an OPM staff member

Requires OPM to develop and implement policies and standards for information and telecommunications systems for state agencies

Requires the comptroller to pay all state employee wages by direct deposit (amended by PA 11-61)

Transfers the administration of the neighborhood youth center grant program from OPM to SDE

6389

11-51

173, 182-214

Eliminates the Division of Special Revenue and transfers gambling and charitable gaming oversight to DCP

6391

11-51

22-25

Allows the Department of Correction (DOC) commissioner to award risk reduction earned credits up to five days per month for inmates, retroactive to April 1, 2006, to (1) reduce an inmate's maximum prison sentence and (2) make inmates eligible sooner for release from prison under supervision (it applies to inmates who were sentenced to prison for a crime committed on or after October 1, 1994 and committed to DOC custody on or after that date but inmates convicted of certain crimes are ineligible)

6391

11-51

26-27

Allows the DOC commissioner to release a sentenced inmate to home confinement if he or she was sentenced for: (1) driving under the influence; (2) operating a motor vehicle with a refused, suspended, or revoked license or registration; (3) possessing a controlled substance other than a narcotic, a hallucinogen, or less than four ounces of marijuana; or (4) drug paraphernalia crimes

6392

11-44

150-151

Makes changes to the health insurance coverage requirements for medically necessary birth-to-three services, increases the maximum annual benefit group health insurers must provide for children with autism spectrum disorders who receive birth-to-three services, and increases the lottery revenue annually transferred to the chronic gamblers rehabilitation account

6393

11-6

129

Increases the cremation fee

6394

11-6

136 - 140

Imposes and increases various Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) fees

6394

11-61

Eliminates the Transportation Strategy Board

6394

11-61

Delays fare increases on the New Haven Line

6405

11-80

Prohibits electric and gas utilities from terminating service year-round in households with hospitalized infants up to 24 months old when the attending physician certifies that utility service is needed for the infant's well-being

6431

11-234

Allows certain school districts with falling enrollment to reduce their required minimum budgeted appropriation for education

6432

11-85

Addresses the achievement gap, including creating an achievement gap task force and an interagency council for ending the achievement gap

6444

11-80

Expands cost-effectiveness evaluation requirements for electric company efficiency programs; allows any state agency or municipality to enter into an energy performance contract to produce cost savings; requires the Energy Conservation Management Board to establish a standardized energy performance contract process for agencies and municipalities, which agencies must and municipalities may use; and imposes various requirements on the Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund program

6454

11-201

6

Excludes certain highly compensated mortgage loan originators from the state's overtime pay requirements

6456

11-140

30-32

Authorizes incentives for students attending Connecticut colleges and universities to purchase their first homes here

6494 and

6603

13-15

11-44

70-72

Allows the state to place a lien on certain “windfall” awards received by individuals who are liable to repay the state for the cost of public assistance

6502

11-48

Increases Open Choice Program grants to receiving school districts based on the percentage of their total student population that comes from outside the district

6504

11-74

Allows environmental protection conservation officers to administer oaths

6525

2

11-218

1

Includes certain public higher education funds in the definition of investments for a CII financing program

6525

4 and

127

2

11-254

Eliminates the requirement that applicants for investments eligible for angel tax credits provide information about their proprietary technology

6526

16

11-103

Eliminates July 1, 2012 sunset dates for two CDA bond-funded programs

6533 and

6335

11-48

286-301

Makes numerous changes to state election laws on campaign finance, the Citizens' Election Program, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission

6548

11-58

Requires hospitals and outpatient facilities to submit data to the Office of Healthcare Access

6570

11-213

Specifies that texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle can lead to disqualifying a driver from operating such a vehicle

6577

11-256

Exempts DOT from the waiting period for a demolition permit under certain circumstances

6580

11-256

Modifies vehicle length restrictions and allowing motorcycles to use the Wilbur Cross Parkway

6581

11-6

140 - 142

Changes DMV fees and related laws, including the addition of a $10 administrative fee for any motor vehicle transaction involving an electronic inspection of a manufacturer's vehicle identification number and imposing a $25 late fee for drivers who fail to renew a driver's license or commercial driver's license on time

6581

11-6

143

Increases the amount remitted to towns for certain motor vehicle violations by $5

6584

11-140

4-7

Allows manufacturers to defer corporation business taxes on money saved for specified purposes

6603

13-15 and

6494

11-44

70-72

Allows the state to place a lien on certain “windfall” awards received by individuals who are liable to repay the state for the cost of public assistance

6603

11-242

37-38

Exempts certain privileged communications from disclosure under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

6603

11-242

51

Allows DMHAS to lease residential units for housing services for its clients

6610

11-242

81-82

Makes changes to the childhood vaccine program

6620

11-195

3

Prohibits indemnification clauses in common interest community association management contracts

6624

11-6

Requires remote sellers who have no physical presence in Connecticut to collect sales tax on their taxable sales in the state (amended by PA 11-61)

6641

11-223

Prohibits certain employers from requiring employees or applicants to agree to a credit check as a condition of employment

6651

123

11-140

12

Names the DECD commissioner chairperson of the CII and CDA boards of directors and makes changes to CDA's reporting requirement

Table 2: Bill Tracking by Committee

Originated As Bill #

Enacted as Public Act #

Brief Explanation of Concept

AGING

3

11-242

Requires long-term care facilities to ensure that potential service providers undergo criminal history and patient abuse background searches before they are allowed direct access to patients or residents

6379

11-44

145

Postpones the restablishment of the Department of Aging for two years, from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2013

BANKS

905

11-201

5

Establishes a task force to study CHFA's loss mitigation programs

957

11-201

13-15

Expands registration requirements for foreclosed properties and establishes penalties for non-compliance

1077

11-94

Eliminates the requirement that a landlord pay a minimum 1.5% interest rate on residential security deposits

1078

11-201

9-12

Prohibits an expiration date on a general-use prepaid card's redeemable funds but allows an expiration date for the card itself if certain requirements are met

6285

11-216

49

Eliminates specified requirements for certain investment advisers who are exempt from state registration

6382

11-6

134

Shifts certain funds from the Banking Fund to the General Fund

6454

11-201

6

Excludes certain highly compensated mortgage loan originators from the state's overtime pay requirements

COMMERCE

127

11-140

27-28

Makes S corporations eligible for Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) tax credits, increases total annual credits businesses can claim, and eliminates requirement that NAA-eligible contributions equal the amount of prior year's charitable contributions

1002

11-48

77-173

Makes the DECD commissioner the chairperson of the CDA and CII boards, transfers the Office of Workforce Competitiveness to the Labor Department, and eliminates the Culture and Tourism Commission and transfers its functions to DECD

1023

11-48

121-122

Expands the range of property eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits

1066

11-140

12-26

Makes many programmatic and technical changes to economic and community development statutes

6290

11-61

53

Changes eligibility criterion for economic assistance to municipalities hurt by major aerospace and defense plant closings

6316

11-48

29

Requires the secretary of the state to create an electronic portal as a single point of entry for businesses registering with the secretary

6316

11-61

102

Adds the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology to those state agencies to which a business portal that the act requires must link

6383

11-61

162-164,166

Requires the DECD commissioner to establish a single grant program for funding specified existing and new high technology, business development, and technology diffusion programs and specifies how she must do so

6456

11-140

30-32

Authorizes incentives for students attending Connecticut colleges and universities to purchase their first homes here

6525

2

11-48

Includes certain public higher education funds in the definition of investments in a CII financing program

6525

4

127

2

11-254

Eliminates a requirement that applicants for investments eligible for angel tax credits provide information about their proprietary technology

6526

16

(This bill and provision also passed, PA 11-141)

11-103

Eliminates the July 1, 2012 sunset dates for two CDA bond-funded programs

6584

11-140

4-7

Allows manufacturers to defer corporation business taxes on money saved for specified purposes

6651

123

11-140

12

Names the DECD commissioner chairperson of CII and CDA boards of directors and makes changes to a CDA reporting requirement

EDUCATION

932

11-48

Makes more schools eligible for state school breakfast grants

1102

11-57

Approves grant commitments for local school construction projects and waives certain provisions of the law for particular school districts and projects

1106

11-181

By July 1, 2013, creates a coordinated system of early care and education and child development and requires the governor to appoint a planning director, by July 15, 2011, to develop a plan to implement the new system

1160

11-135

Moves up the deadline for state adoption of new teacher evaluation guidelines by one year and adopts tenure protections for teachers working for cooperative arrangements established by their employing school districts

6326

11-93

Revises school districts' and DCF's required response to child abuse and neglect reports

6385

11-48

Establishes requirements for various education grants and the minimum budget requirement for FY 12 and FY 13 to implement the FY 12-13 budget

6431

11-234

Allows certain school districts with falling enrollment to reduce their required minimum budgeted appropriation for education

6432

11-85

Addresses the achievement gap, including creating an achievement gap task force and an interagency council for ending the achievement gap

6502

11-48

Increases Open Choice Program grants to receiving school districts based on the percentage of their total student population that comes from outside the district

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

1141

11-80

Allows municipal customers of electric companies to share net metering credits among buildings the municipality owns (virtual net metering) (the original bill did not limit virtual net metering to municipal customers)

1169

11-80

Imposes obligations on water utilities that make cuts in roads

6405

11-80

Prohibits electric and gas utilities from terminating service year-round in households with hospitalized infants up to 24 months old when the attending physician certifies that utility service is needed for the infant's well-being

6444

11-80

Expands cost-effectiveness evaluation requirements for electric company efficiency programs; allows any state agency or municipality to enter into an energy performance contract to produce cost saving; requires the Energy Conservation Management Board to establish a standardized energy performance contract process for agencies and municipalities, which agencies must and municipalities may use; and imposes various requirements on the Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund program

ENVIRONMENT

250

11-68

Extends a free lifetime pass for state parks, forests, and recreational facilities to any resident who is a disabled wartime veteran, as defined under state or federal law

831

11-211

Limits the liability of municipalities, other political subdivisions of the state, municipal corporations, special districts, and water or sewer districts that make certain types of land available to the public without charge for recreational purposes

994

11-164

Creates a farmers' market wine sales permit

5364

11-74

Requires the environmental protection commissioner to designate one day each year when no license is required for recreational fishing

5382

11-74

Waives the fine for fishing without a license for first time violators who purchase the required license after the violation but before the fine is imposed

6386

11-80

Creates the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection by merging the departments of Environmental Protection and Public Utility Control

6504

11-74

Allows environmental protection conservation officers to administer oaths

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

1004

11-57

49-60

Authorizes up to $578.6 million in STO bonds for FY 12 and up to $ 515.2 million for FY 13 for transportation-related projects

1005

11-1

Authorizes up to $689 million in STO bonds for capital resurfacing and related road reconstruction projects

1006

11-57

Authorizes GO bonds for FYs 11, 12, and 13 for (1) for state facilities, infrastructure, and programs; (2) housing projects and supportive housing; and (3) grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and other eligible entities

1007

11-6

Increases various taxes and makes other revenue changes

1008

11-57

Authorizes GO bonds for FYs 12 and 13 for various capital programs and grants, including school construction, clean water, and economic development projects, the Local Capital Improvement Program, and farmland preservation

Authorizes revenue bonds for Clean Water project loans

Merges three programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in state buildings

1156

11-212

Allows Hartford to limit property tax increases on residential and apartment property

1157

11-61

Applies projected FY 11 surplus to offset a surcharge on electric bills (the surcharge backs revenue bonds to be used to fund the state General Fund budget for FY 11)

1214

11-61

Revamps the tax security requirements to ensure that nonresident contractors and subcontractors pay Connecticut taxes arising from their business in the state

1215

11-61

Reduces penalties for certain minor violations by cigarette dealers who (1) continue to operate with an expired license or (2) possess cigarettes that do not have required Connecticut tax stamps

Imposes a fine for illegal use of dyed diesel fuel

Caps certain penalties for failing to file taxes electronically when required to do so

1217

11-61

Makes various changes to the tax on nonadmitted insurance premiums in accordance with the 2010 federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act

1218

11-61

Eliminates certain notice and certification requirements when the DRS commissioner withholds a taxpayer's Connecticut tax refund at the request of another state where the taxpayer owes taxes

Changes the criteria for an economic nexus for the corporation tax

Establishes a method for a company that overpays its estimated corporation tax for the year to apply the overpayment to its estimated tax payments for the following year

Expands the electronic withholding tax requirements to nonpayroll amounts

Extends the withholding tax deficiency assessment notice deadline when an employer or withholding entity omits more than 25% of includable adjusted gross income withheld

Exempts from sales and use tax any part of the sale price of a used vehicle attributable to special equipment for a physically disabled person that is already installed in the vehicle, when the vehicle is sold to a physically disabled person

6387 and

6388

11-6

Eliminates the boating account and related provisions (amended by PA 11-61)

6388

11-61

Eliminates state payments in lieu of taxes to municipalities to reimburse them for the property tax exemption for commercial trucks and eligible manufacturing machinery and equipment

Eliminates an obsolete provision that requires revenue from aircraft registration fees to be distributed to towns

6388

11-48

Eliminates the requirement that the executive director of the Capital City Economic Development Authority be an OPM staff member

Requires OPM to develop and implement policies and standards for information and telecommunications systems for state agencies

Requires the comptroller to pay all state employee wages by direct deposit (amended by PA 11-61)

Transfers the administration of the neighborhood youth center grant program from OPM to SDE

6624

11-6

Requires remote sellers who have no physical presence in Connecticut to collect sales tax on their taxable sales in the state (amended by PA 11-61)

GENERAL LAW

1089

2-6

11-81

4-8

Allows electronic delivery of certain documents (regulations and license expiration notices) and modifies a liquor administrative fee

1131

2 and

6265

11-117

3-5

Authorizes DCP to issue retirement status licenses and specifically prohibits advertising by nonlicensed tradespersons

6389

11-51

173, 182-215

Eliminates the Division of Special Revenue and transfers its responsibilities to DCP

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTION

1009

11-48

58-76, 302

Establishes an Office of Government Accountability to provide consolidated personnel, payroll, affirmative action, administrative, and business office functions, including information technology associated with these functions, for nine state agencies

1010

11-51

42-132, 223

Dissolves the Department of Public Works and transfers its duties to DAS, OPM, and the newly-created DCS

Dissolves the Department of Information Technology and makes DAS its successor

Transfers, from the DPS to DCS, responsibility for enforcing the Fire Safety Code and the State Building Code

Divides, between SDE and DCS, responsibility for reviewing and approving school construction grant applications

Makes changes to affirmative action plan filing requirements and discrimination investigations

1059

2-35

11-51

182-215

Eliminates the Division of Special Revenue and transfers its responsibilities to DCP, its successor agency

1059

39

11-44

69

Requires that the personnel, payroll, administrative action, and business office functions of the Board of Education and Services for the Blind and the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired not be merged and consolidated into DAS, as was required by 2005 legislation, and instead the new Bureau of Rehabilitative Services assumes these functions

1059

228-230 and 234

11-48

34-36

Makes direct deposit the required payment method for state employees, retired state employees receiving pensions, and retired teachers receiving pensions from the Teachers Retirement System, unless they request to be paid in a different manner

1059

235-257

11-146

Makes several changes regarding business entity filings with the secretary of the state

1059

271

11-44

76

Reduces the reimbursement DSS pays pharmacists for dispensing most drugs to DSS medical assistance recipients

1059

273-274

11-238

Requires the OPM secretary to report annually to the General Assembly on the state's purchase of service contracting activity

1059

284

11-80

118, 122-123

Allows state agencies and municipalities to enter into energy performance contracts

1059

285

11-80

118

Requires a plan to reduce energy use in state-owned or -leased buildings by at least 10% from its current consumption by January 1, 2013 and by an additional 10% by July 1, 2018

1087

11-48

17, 18

Restructures the process for investigating whistleblower complaints, expands current protections for whistleblowers, and establishes new ones

1189

11-48

20

Requires CHRO, within available appropriations, to conduct a disparity study in consultation with DAS

6332

11-173

Makes several changes to election laws affecting the conduct of primaries and elections and election officials, among other things

6335 and

6533

11-48

286-301

Makes numerous changes to state election laws on campaign finance, the Citizens' Election Program, and the State Elections Enforcement Commission

6603

11-242

37-38

Exempts certain privileged communications from disclosure under FOIA

6603

11-242

51

Allows DMHAS to lease residential units for housing services for its clients

6603

13-15 and

6494

11-44

70-72

Allows the state to place a lien on certain “windfall” awards received by individuals who are liable to repay the state for the cost of public assistance

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

909

11-57

67

Adds a project to the Connecticut State University System 2020 plan and funds it by reallocating $16,386,585 in general obligation bond authorizations from two existing projects

1011

11-48

211-285, 304

Reorganizes the state system of higher education

6054

11-70

14-15

Requires tracking of unique identifiers by public colleges and universities

6257

11-70

11

Modifies the requirements of the strategic master plan for higher education

6321

11-48

204-205

Establishes college transition pilot programs

HUMAN SERVICES

103

11-44

85

Restores Medicaid coverage for podiatry services

1012

11-44

1-69

Creates the new Bureau of Rehabilitative Services and merges into it functions of the Board of Education and Services to the Blind, Commission on Deaf and Hearing Impaired, DSS' Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and miscellaneous other rehabilitation-related state services

1013

1

11-44

73

Freezes Medicaid nursing home rates for two years

1013

2 and

6322

11-44

76

Reduces DSS payments for prescription drugs

1013

4

11-44

78

Freezes State Supplement benefits

1013

13

11-44

85

Delays implementing coverage of foreign language interpreter services (for a beneficiary with limited English proficiency) under the Medicaid state plan

1013

14

11-4

86

Increases from 6% to 7% of care plan costs the amount participants in the state-funded Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders must contribute

     

1013

23

11-44

78-79

Reduces the Medicaid long-term care personal needs allowance

1013

28-29

11-44

97-101

Transfers most child care and school readiness grants and tax credits from DSS to the SDE

1013

30-34

11-6

145-154 and

11-44

102-103

Creates a new tax on hospital net revenues

1013

35

11-6

150

Increases the cap on the nursing home user fee

1013

36-39

11-61

145-153

Establishes a resident user fee for intermediate care facilities for people with mental retardations

1013

41

11-44

105

Revises the School-Based Child Health program

1013

42

11-4

Repeals numerous laws, including the (1) increase in the community spouse protected amount (asset amount retained by a non-institutionalized spouse – that is, the person not in a nursing home, for example); (2) adult foster care program; and (3) Medicare Part D supplemental needs fund

1013

42

11-4

88-90

Eliminates the ConnPACE program for people eligible for Medicare

1042

11-44

165

Requires DSS and the Labor Department to establish a pilot program for Jobs First Employment Services participants that offers intensive case management services

5433 and

6362

11-93

Changes how parties, including local school districts, respond to reports of child abuse when the perpetrator is a school employee

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

16

11-58

15-19

Makes a variety of changes in the laws relating to contracts between health care providers and health insurers

316

11-225

Requires insurers to pay the same rate to physicians for covered colonoscopy or endoscopic services regardless of where the services are performed

1082

11-58

54-89

Revises the health insurance utilization review, grievance, and external appeal statutes to comply with the federal PPACA

1085

11-83

Prohibits health insurers from imposing cost-sharing requirements for an additional colonoscopy ordered by a physician in a policy year

1154

11-58

Requires certain municipal employers that sponsor fully insured group health insurance policies or plans for their active employees and retirees to annually submit, by October 1, certain information to the comptroller

1158

11-58

54-89

Revises the health insurance utilization review, grievance, and external appeal statutes to comply with PPACA

6307

11-58

20-36

Requires the Insurance Department to license and regulate third-party administrators

6323

11-58

37-53

Changes various health insurance statutes to comply with the federal PPACA

JUDICIARY

953

11-71

Reduces penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and certain actions involving drug paraphernalia

1212

11-201

7-8

Increases protections for certain tenants of foreclosed homes

6313

11-51

21

Expands the responsibilities of probation officers including requiring them to provide intensive pretrial supervision services when the court orders them to do so

6366

11-213

51-53

Increases fines for using a cell phone will driving

6391

11-51

22-25

Allows the DOC commissioner to award risk reduction earned credits up to five days per month for inmates, retroactive to April 1, 2006, to (1) reduce an inmate's maximum prison sentence and (2) make inmates eligible sooner for release from prison under supervision (it applies to inmates sentenced to prison for a crime committed on or after October 1, 1994 and committed to DOC custody on or after that date but inmates convicted of certain crimes are ineligible)

6391

11-51

26-27

Allows the DOC commissioner to release a sentenced inmate to home confinement if he or she was sentenced for: (1) driving under the influence; (2) operating a motor vehicle with a refused, suspended, or revoked license or registration; (3) possessing a controlled substance other than a narcotic, a hallucinogen, or less than four ounces of marijuana; or (4) drug paraphernalia crimes

6620

11-195

3

Prohibits indemnification clauses in common interest community association management contracts

6641

11-223

Prohibits certain employers from requiring employees or applicants to agree to a credit check as a condition of employment

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

977

11-229

Requires DAS to submit a report on in-state contracting and develop and implement a program to increase the number of state contracts awarded to in-state firms

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

43

11-211

Limits the liability of municipalities and other municipal bodies that make certain types of land available to the public without charge for recreational purposes

43

11-211

Exempts from certain hazardous waste clean-up costs, fines, and penalties any municipality that acquires an easement over property it does not own in order to make it available to the public without charge for recreational use

157

11-61

Expands the list of purposes for which residents can establish special taxing districts to include providing ferry service

5054

11-243

Requires municipalities to indemnify volunteer fire and ambulance personnel for legal fees and costs arising from any claims or lawsuits against such personnel while performing their duties

5143

11-212

Allows Hartford to limit property tax increases on residential and apartment property

PUBLIC HEALTH

533

11-242

55

Requires study of uniform licensing process for community-based health providers

543

11-48

38

Requires healthcare institutions caring for newborns to test them for severe immunodeficiency disease, unless their parents object on religious grounds

1052

11-242

42 and 53

Redefines acupuncture and expands its scope of practice

1177

11-242

521

Revises child abuse and neglect information DCF must disclose to DPH

1184

11-242

549

Changes DPH disciplinary authority concerning health care institutions, authorizing it to impose a directed correction plan on a health care institution that fails substantially to comply with staututory or regulatory requirements

1201

11-242

543

Revises patient access to medical test results

1203

11-242

62-72

Makes various changes to DPH statutes concerning public water sources, including requiring the DPH commissioner to consult with the Water Planning Council and prepare a list designating actual or potential water sources that need protection to ensure the highest quality water sources are available for human consumption

852

(This bill also passed, PA 11-64)

11-61

131-135

Amends DMHAS' supportive housing initiative by eliminating references to its “Pilot” and “Next Steps” phases, and instead uses the term “permanent” to reflect the program's ongoing status, adds two state entities to those already collaborating with DMHAS on the supportive housing initiative, and establishes a process for development of scattered site housing

5610

11-44

150-151

Prohibits pharmacists from filling a prescription to treat epilepsy or prevent seizures using a different manufacturer or distributor without prior notice to the patient and the prescriber's consent

6258

11-242

560

Allows greater flexibility in chiropractor practice and business naming

6305

11-58

Creates the SustiNet Health Care cabinet

6392

11-44

150-151

Makes changes to the health insurance coverage requirements for medically necessary birth-to-three services, increases the maximum annual benefit group health insurers must provide for children with autism spectrum disorders who receive birth-to-three services, and increases the lottery revenue annually transferred to the chronic gamblers rehabilitation account

6393

11-6

129

Increases the cremation fee

6548

11-58

Requires hopspitals and outpatient facilities to submit data to the Office of Healthcare Access

6610

11-242

81-82

Makes changes to the childhood vaccine program

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

1016 and

1017

11-51, various sections

Eliminates DPS and the department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security ( 136 & 162), replacing them with a new Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; dissolves the DPS Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services and transfers most of its functions to a new Department of Constructions Services ( 45, 90, 93-95 & 105-111); transfers the authority to regulate amusements and exhibitions from DPS to DCP ( 173-175); increases from 75% to 100% the amount towns must pay resident troopers for overtime and fringe benefits directly associated with overtime costs ( 168)

TRANSPORTATION

52, 707, 708, 712, 718, 5102, 6129, 6136, 6194 6199, 6451, and 6512

11-256

Names various roads, bridges, and facilities for individuals and organizations

825

11-256

Modifies requirements for State Traffic Commission permits (substantially changed from the original bill)

1018

11-51

Reorganizes weigh station staffing

1018

11-48

Eliminates DMV vision screening program

5102

11-256

Requires the DOT commissioner or his designee to attend public hearings on at-grade railroad crossings

6114

11-256

Establishes a penalty for following an ambulance too closely (substantially changed from the original bill)

6184

11-256

Requires a feasibility study for a Niantic railroad station

6211

11-213

Increases fines for using a cell phone or texting while driving and imposes additional penalties for texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle

6394

11-6

136 - 140

Imposes and increases various DMV fees

6394

11-61

Eliminates the Transportation Strategy Board

6394

11-61

Delays fare increases on the New Haven Line

6570

11-213

Specifies that texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle can lead to disqualifying a driver from operating such a vehicle

6577

11-256

Exempts DOT from the waiting period for a demolition permit under certain circumstances

6580

11-256

Modifies vehicle length restrictions and allows motorcycles to use the Wilbur Cross Parkway

6581

11-6

140 - 142

Changes DMV fees and related laws, including the addition of a $10 administrative fee for any motor vehicle transaction involving an electronic inspection of a manufacturer's vehicle identification number and imposing a $25 late fee for drivers who fail to renew a driver's license or commercial driver's license on time

6581

11-6

143

Increases the amount remitted to towns for certain motor vehicle violations by $5

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

5272

11-68

Extends a free lifetime pass for state parks, forests, and recreational facilities to any resident who is a disabled wartime veteran, as defined under state or federal law

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