OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5290

AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEASING OF JUDICIAL BRANCH FACILITIES

SUMMARY:

This bill gives the chief court administrator authority to represent the state in dealings to provide for Judicial Branch real estate needs when the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) commissioner delegates his authority to her. By law, the chief court administrator can already represent the state in negotiations for space for certain specified programs. The bill explicitly allows the DAS commissioner to delegate authority to lease office, court, or parking facilities when he decides that the delegation is appropriate and that the leases will comply with relevant real estate and contracting laws. Real estate leases the chief court administrator proposes must be reviewed and approved by the State Properties Review Board, as they are under current law when proposed by the DAS commissioner.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

JUDICIAL BRANCH FACILITIES

The bill expands the chief court administrator's authority to represent the state in property matters, which currently cover contracts for space for:

1. Court Support Services Division staff implementing an alternative incarceration program (CGS 54-103b);

2. juvenile justice system programs and services (CGS 46b-121i);

3. probation treatment programs and services for juvenile offenders (CGS 46b-121j);

4. programs, services, and facilities to prevent and reduce delinquency and crime among juvenile offenders (CGS 46b-121k); and

5. early intervention projects for juvenile offenders (CGS 46b-121l).

Under the bill, if authorized by the DAS commissioner, the chief court administrator can negotiate and enter leases for office, court, or parking facilities. Judicial Branch leases must conform to the state's facility plan and comply with its implementation.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

42

Nay

0

(03/26/2012)