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Substitute Senate Bill No. 840

Public Act No. 13-233

AN ACT CONCERNING NEXT GENERATION CONNECTICUT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10a-109b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The purpose of The University of Connecticut 2000 Act is to promote the welfare and prosperity of the people of the state and the continuation and improvement of their educational opportunities by approving a special capital improvement program for The University of Connecticut and enabling The University of Connecticut to borrow money and enter into financing transactions in its own name, on behalf of the state, to expand the authority of The University of Connecticut to construct projects and to assure a state commitment to support the financing of the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, improvement and equipping of facilities, structures and related systems for the benefit of the educational and economic development needs of the state and The University of Connecticut, all to the public benefit and good, and the exercise of the powers, to the extent and manner provided in The University of Connecticut 2000 Act, is declared to be for a public purpose and to be the exercise of an essential governmental function.

(b) The purposes of sections 10a-109gg to 10a-109mm, inclusive, and the provisions of sections 10a-109c to 10a-109e, inclusive, 10a-109g, 10a-109n and 32-41s relating to The University of Connecticut Health Center and John Dempsey Hospital are to advance health care, education and economic development in the state by (1) encouraging collaboration, innovation, job creation and new investment by The University of Connecticut, various hospitals and other institutions involved in the health and bioscience industries of the state; (2) enabling (A) the construction of a new bed tower at John Dempsey Hospital, and (B) the renovation of academic, clinical and research space and the construction of a new ambulatory care center at The University of Connecticut Health Center to enhance the academic, clinical and research missions of The University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine; (3) facilitating the assumption of operational control of the neonatal intensive care unit located at John Dempsey Hospital by Connecticut Children's Medical Center resulting in a regional children's health care system and an increased adult medical surgical bed capacity for John Dempsey Hospital; (4) supporting the development of (A) a comprehensive cancer center to expand clinical trials and advance patient care at multiple sites in the Hartford region, (B) a state-of-the-art simulation and conference center to be located on the campus of Hartford Hospital that will be used to educate and train health care professionals utilizing new technologies and simulated care settings, (C) a primary care institute located on the campus of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, that is intended to increase the number of primary care providers in the state by engaging in research and training to facilitate the effective delivery of primary care, (D) a health disparities institute sponsored by The University of Connecticut that will enhance research and the delivery of care to the minority and medically underserved populations of the state, (E) a Permanent Regional Phase One Clinical Trials Unit to be located at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, (F) a cancer treatment center to be located in its entirety within the city of New Britain, and (G) patient room renovations at Bristol Hospital; and (5) fostering growth in the bioscience sector of the state's economy by extending the same benefits afforded to businesses located in an enterprise zone to businesses that are engaged in bioscience and located in the city of Hartford or certain areas in the town of Farmington, the city of New Britain and the city of Bristol.

(c) The purposes of the construction, renovations, infrastructure and equipment related to Next Generation Connecticut are to: (1) Develop preeminence in The University of Connecticut's research and innovation programs, (2) hire and support outstanding faculty, (3) train and educate graduates to meet the future workforce needs of Connecticut, and (4) initiate collaborative partnerships that lead to scientific and technological breakthroughs. For purposes of this section and section 3 of this act, "Next Generation Connecticut" means UConn 2000, as modified by this act.

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2013) Not later than December 31, 2019, and five years thereafter, the university shall conduct an assessment of the university's progress in meeting the purposes set forth in subsection (c) of section 10a-109b of the general statutes, as amended by this act. The university shall select peers from nationally-ranked research universities to conduct such assessment. The selected peers shall seek input from the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, commerce and higher education prior to the completion of such assessment.

Sec. 3. (Effective July 1, 2013) The University of Connecticut shall develop a comprehensive plan to guide Next Generation Connecticut investments. The university shall develop such plan in consultation with: (1) An industry advisory board selected by the university that shall be representative of the state's science, technology, engineering and math-related industries and shall include, but not be limited to, chief science officers or chief technology officers from such industries; (2) an independent research and development advisory firm selected by the university; (3) university academic leaders; (4) federal and private funding agencies; and (5) research and innovation benchmarks identified by the university and an analysis of the university's progress in meeting such benchmarks in comparison to nationally-ranked research universities. Such plan shall identify strategic growth areas for the research, innovation, workforce and economic development needs of Connecticut. The industry advisory board, independent research and development advisory firm and university academic leaders shall seek input from the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, commerce and higher education prior to the completion of the plan. The Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut shall review and approve such plan not later than July 1, 2014.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (10) of subsection (a) of section 10a-109d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(10) To borrow money and issue securities to finance the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, improvement or equipping of any one project, or more than one, or any combination of projects, or to refund securities issued after June 7, 1995, or to refund any such refunding securities or for any one, or more than one, or all of those purposes, or any combination of those purposes, and to provide for the security and payment of those securities and for the rights of the holders of them, except that the amount of any such borrowing, the special debt service requirements for which are secured by the state debt service commitment, exclusive of the amount of borrowing to refund securities, or to fund issuance costs or necessary reserves, may not exceed the aggregate principal amount of (A) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, to June 30, 2005, inclusive, one billion thirty million dollars, (B) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2006, to June 30, [2018] 2024, inclusive, [one billion seven hundred nineteen million nine hundred thousand] three billion two hundred seventy million nine hundred thousand dollars, and (C) such additional amount or amounts: (i) Required from time to time to fund any special capital reserve fund or other debt service reserve fund in accordance with the financing transaction proceedings, and (ii) to pay or provide for the costs of issuance and capitalized interest, if any; the aggregate amounts of subparagraphs (A), (B) and (C) of this subdivision are established as the authorized funding amount, and no borrowing within the authorized funding amount for a project or projects may be effected unless the project or projects are included in accordance with subsection (a) of section 10a-109e;

Sec. 5. Subsection (a) of section 10a-109e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The university may administer, manage, schedule, finance, further design and construct UConn 2000, to operate and maintain the components thereof in a prudent and economical manner and to reserve for and make renewals and replacements thereof when appropriate, it being hereby determined and found to be in the best interest of the state and the university to provide this independent authority to the university along with providing assured revenues therefor as the efficient and cost effective course to achieve the objective of avoiding further decline in the physical infrastructure of the university and to renew, modernize, enhance and maintain such infrastructure, the particular project or projects, each being hereby approved as a project of UConn 2000, and the presently estimated cost thereof being as follows:

 

UConn 2000 Project

Phase I

Phase II

Phase III

   

Fiscal Years

Fiscal Years

Fiscal Years

   

1996-1999

2000-2005

[2005-2018]

       

2005-2024

         
 

Academic and Research

   

450,000,000

 

Facilities

     
         
 

Agricultural Biotechnology

     
 

Facility

9,400,000

   
         
 

Agricultural Biotechnology

     
 

Facility Completion

 

10,000,000

 
         
 

Alumni Quadrant

     
 

Renovations

 

14,338,000

 
         
 

Arjona and Monteith

     
 

(new classroom buildings)

   

66,100,000

         
 

Avery Point Campus

     
 

Undergraduate and

     
 

Library Building

   

35,000,000

         
 

Avery Point Marine

     
 

Science Research Center –

     
 

Phase I

34,000,000

   
         
 

Avery Point Marine

     
 

Science Research Center –

     
 

Phase II

 

16,682,000

 
         
 

Avery Point Renovation

 

5,600,000

15,000,000

         
 

Babbidge Library

0

   
         
 

Balancing Contingency

 

5,506,834

 
         
 

Beach Hall Renovations

   

10,000,000

         
 

Benton State Art Museum

     
 

Addition

 

1,400,000

3,000,000

         
 

Biobehavioral Complex

     
 

Replacement

   

4,000,000

         
 

Bishop Renovation

   

8,000,000

         
 

Budds Building

     
 

Renovation

 

2,805,000

 
         
 

Business School

     
 

Renovation

 

4,803,000

 
         
 

Chemistry Building

53,700,000

   
         
 

Commissary Warehouse

   

1,000,000

         
 

Deferred Maintenance/

     
 

Code/ADA Renovation

     
 

Lump Sum

39,332,000

 

[215,000,000]

       

805,000,000

         
 

Deferred Maintenance &

     
 

Renovation Lump Sum

     
 

Balance

 

104,668,000

 
         
 

East Campus North

     
 

Renovations

 

11,820,000

 
         
 

Engineering Building

     
 

(with Environmental

     
 

Research Institute)

   

36,700,000

         
 

Equine Center

 

1,000,000

 
         
 

Equipment, Library

     
 

Collections &

     
 

Telecommunications

60,500,000

 

[200,000,000]

       

470,000,000

         
 

Equipment, Library

     
 

Collections &

     
 

Telecommunications

     
 

Completion

 

182,118,146

 
         
 

Family Studies (DRM)

     
 

Renovation

   

6,500,000

         
 

Farm Buildings Repairs/

     
 

Replacement

   

6,000,000

         
 

Fine Arts Phase II

   

20,000,000

         
 

Floriculture Greenhouse

   

3,000,000

         
 

Gant Building Renovations

   

34,000,000

         
 

Gant Plaza Deck

 

0

 
         
 

Gentry Completion

   

10,000,000

         
 

Gentry Renovation

 

9,299,000

 
         
 

Grad Dorm Renovations

 

7,548,000

 
         
 

Gulley Hall Renovation

 

1,416,000

 
         
 

Hartford Relocation

     
 

Acquisition/Renovation

 

56,762,020

70,000,000

         
 

Hartford Relocation Design

1,500,000

   
         
 

Hartford Relocation

     
 

Feasibility Study

500,000

   
         
 

Heating Plant Upgrade

10,000,000

   
         
 

Hilltop Dormitory New

 

30,000,000

 
         
 

Hilltop Dormitory

     
 

Renovations

 

3,141,000

 
         
 

Ice Rink Enclosure

2,616,000

   
         
 

Incubator Facilities

   

10,000,000

         
 

International House

     
 

Conversion

 

800,000

 
         
 

Intramural, Recreational

     
 

and Intercollegiate

   

31,000,000

 

Facilities

     
         
 

Jorgensen Renovation

   

7,200,000

         
 

Koons Hall Renovation/

     
 

Addition

   

7,000,000

         
 

Lakeside Renovation

   

3,800,000

         
 

Law School Renovations/

     
 

Improvements

   

15,000,000

         
 

Library Storage Facility

   

5,000,000

         
 

Litchfield Agricultural

     
 

Center – Phase I

1,000,000

   
         
 

Litchfield Agricultural

     
 

Center – Phase II

 

700,000

 
         
 

Manchester Hall

     
 

Renovation

   

6,000,000

         
 

Mansfield Apartments

     
 

Renovation

2,612,000

   
         
 

Mansfield Training School

     
 

Improvements

 

27,614,000

29,000,000

         
 

Natural History Museum

     
 

Completion

   

4,900,000

         
 

North Campus Renovation

2,654,000

   
         
 

North Campus Renovation

     
 

Completion

 

21,049,000

 
         
 

North Hillside Road

     
 

Completion

   

11,500,000

         
 

North Superblock Site

     
 

and Utilities

8,000,000

   
         
 

Northwest Quadrant

     
 

Renovation

2,001,000

   
         
 

Northwest Quadrant

     
 

Renovation

 

15,874,000

 
         
 

Observatory

   

1,000,000

         
 

Old Central Warehouse

   

18,000,000

         
 

Parking Garage #3

   

[15,000,000]

       

78,000,000

         
 

Parking Garage – North

10,000,000

   
         
 

Parking Garage – South

 

15,000,000

 
         
 

Pedestrian Spinepath

 

2,556,000

 
         
 

Pedestrian Walkways

 

3,233,000

 
         
 

Psychology Building

     
 

Renovation/Addition

   

20,000,000

         
 

Residential Life Facilities

   

[90,000,000]

       

162,000,000

 

Roadways

 

10,000,000

 
         
 

School of Business

20,000,000

   
         
 

School of Pharmacy/

3,856,000

   
 

Biology

     
         
 

School of Pharmacy/

     
 

Biology Completion

 

61,058,000

 
 

     
         
 

Shippee/Buckley

     
 

Renovations

 

6,156,000

 
         
 

Social Science K Building

 

20,964,000

 
         
 

South Campus Complex

13,127,000

   
         
 

Stamford Campus

     
 

Improvements/Housing

   

[3,000,000]

       

13,000,000

         
 

Stamford Downtown

     
 

Relocation – Phase I

45,659,000

   
         
 

Stamford Downtown

     
 

Relocation – Phase II

 

17,392,000

 
         
 

Storrs Hall Addition

   

4,300,000

         
 

Student Health Services

   

12,000,000

         
 

Student Union Addition

 

23,000,000

 
         
 

Support Facility

     
 

(Architectural and

     
 

Engineering Services)

   

2,000,000

         
 

Technology Quadrant –

     
 

Phase IA

38,000,000

   
         
 

Technology Quadrant –

     
 

Phase IB

 

16,611,000

 
         
 

Technology Quadrant –

     
 

Phase II

 

72,000,000

 
         
 

Technology Quadrant –

     
 

Phase III

 

15,000,000

 
         
 

Torrey Life Science

     
 

Renovation

 

17,000,000

 
         
 

Torrey Renovation

     
 

Completion and Biology

     
 

Expansion

   

42,000,000

         
 

Torrington Campus

     
 

Improvements

   

1,000,000

         
 

Towers Renovation

 

17,794,000

 
         
 

UConn Products Store

   

1,000,000

         
 

Undergraduate Education

     
 

Center

650,000

   
         
 

Undergraduate Education

     
 

Center

 

7,450,000

 
         
 

Underground Steam &

     
 

Water Upgrade

3,500,000

   
         
 

Underground Steam &

     
 

Water Upgrade

     
 

Completion

 

9,000,000

 
         
 

University Programs

     
 

Building – Phase I

8,750,000

   
         
 

University Programs

     
 

Building – Phase II

     
 

Visitors Center

 

300,000

 
         
 

Waring Building Conversion

7,888,000

   
         
 

Waterbury Downtown

     
 

Campus

   

3,000,000

         
 

Waterbury Property

     
 

Purchase

325,000

   
         
 

West Campus Renovations

 

14,897,000

 
         
 

West Hartford Campus

     
 

Renovations/

     
 

Improvements

   

25,000,000

         
 

White Building Renovation

2,430,000

   
         
 

Wilbur Cross Building

     
 

Renovation

 

3,645,000

 
         
 

Young Building Renovation/

     
 

Addition

   

17,000,000

         
 

HEALTH CENTER

     
         
 

CLAC Renovation

     
 

Biosafety Level 3 Lab

   

14,000,000

         
 

Deferred Maintenance/

     
 

Code/ADA Renovation

     
 

Sum – Health Center

   

[50,000,000]

       

61,000,000

         
 

Dental School Renovation

   

5,000,000

         
 

Equipment, Library

     
 

Collections and

     
 

Telecommunications –

     
 

Health Center

   

75,000,000

         
 

Library/Student Computer

     
 

Center Renovation

   

5,000,000

         
 

Main Building Renovation

   

125,000,000

         
 

Medical School Academic

     
 

Building Renovation

   

9,000,000

         
 

Parking Garage – Health

     
 

Center

   

8,400,000

         
 

Research Tower

   

60,000,000

         
 

Support Building Addition/

     
 

Renovation

   

4,000,000

         
 

The University of

     
 

Connecticut

     
 

Health Center

     
 

New Construction and

     
 

Renovation

   

394,900,000

         
 

Planning and Design Costs

   

25,000,000

         
 

Total – Storrs and Regional

   

[1,043,000,000]

 

Campus Project List

   

2,583,000,000

         
 

Total – Health Center

   

[775,300,000]

 

Project List

   

786,300,000

         
 

TOTAL

382,000,000

868,000,000

[1,818,300,000]

       

3,369,300,000

Sec. 6. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10a-109g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) (1) The university is authorized to provide by resolution, at one time or from time to time, for the issuance and sale of securities, in its own name on behalf of the state, pursuant to section 10a-109f. The board of trustees of the university is hereby authorized by such resolution to delegate to its finance committee such matters as it may determine appropriate other than the authorization and maximum amount of the securities to be issued, the nature of the obligation of the securities as established pursuant to subsection (c) of this section and the projects for which the proceeds are to be used. The finance committee may act on such matters unless and until the board of trustees elects to reassume the same. The amount of securities the special debt service requirements of which are secured by the state debt service commitment that the board of trustees is authorized to provide for the issuance and sale in accordance with this subsection shall be capped in each fiscal year in the following amounts, provided, to the extent the board of trustees does not provide for the issuance of all or a portion of such amount in a fiscal year, all or such portion, as the case may be, may be carried forward to any succeeding fiscal year and provided further, the actual amount for funding, paying or providing for the items described in subparagraph (C) of subdivision (10) of subsection (a) of section 10a-109d, as amended by this act, may be added to the capped amount in each fiscal year:

 

Fiscal Year

Amount

 

1996

$ 112,542,000

 

1997

112,001,000

 

1998

93,146,000

 

1999

64,311,000

 

2000

130,000,000

 

2001

100,000,000

 

2002

100,000,000

 

2003

100,000,000

 

2004

100,000,000

 

2005

100,000,000

 

2006

79,000,000

 

2007

89,000,000

 

2008

115,000,000

 

2009

140,000,000

 

2010

0

 

2011

138,800,000

 

2012

157,200,000

 

2013

143,000,000

 

2014

[198,000,000] 204,400,000

 

2015

[208,500,000] 315,500,000

 

2016

[199,500,000] 312,100,000

 

2017

[160,900,000] 266,400,000

 

2018

[91,000,000] 269,500,000

 

2019

251,000,000

 

2020

269,000,000

 

2021

191,500,000

 

2022

144,000,000

 

2023

112,000,000

 

2024

73,500,000

Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 10a-109n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) For the period from July 1, 2001, to June 30, [2018] 2024, or until completion of the UConn 2000 infrastructure improvement program, whichever is later, the university shall have charge and supervision of the design, planning, acquisition, remodeling, alteration, repair, enlargement or demolition of any real asset or any other project on its campuses.

Sec. 8. Section 10a-109x of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) Not later than October 1, 1995, and semiannually thereafter, the university shall report to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Education, to finance, revenue and bonding, and to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies on the status and progress of UConn 2000. Each report shall include, but not be limited to: (1) Information on the number of projects and securities authorized, approved and issued hereunder including, relative to such projects, project costs, timeliness of completion and any problems which have developed in implementation, and a schedule of projects remaining and their expected costs; (2) the amount of revenue available from all sources for such remaining projects and expected receipts for such remaining projects for the succeeding four quarters; (3) the amount of money raised from private sources for the capital and endowment programs and the progress made in the development and implementation of the fund-raising program; and (4) any cooperative activities with other public and independent institutions of higher education commenced in the preceding six months. Each such report shall, for the preceding six-month period, (A) specify the moneys credited to such fund on account of, or derived from, each source of state and federal revenue, (B) specify the amount of investment earnings from the fund, (C) specify the moneys from such fund applied and expended for (i) the payment of debt service requirements, (ii) the payment of the principal of and interest on securities issued hereunder and general obligation bonds of the state issued for university capital improvement purposes, and (iii) each budgeted account under the annual budget appropriation made to the university.

(b) Commencing January 1, 2000, the first semiannual report in each year submitted in accordance with subsection (a) of this section shall include such information as requested by the bonding subcommittee of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, commerce and higher education including but not limited to: (1) The use of bond funds in the current fiscal year, (2) projected use of bond funds for the next succeeding fiscal year, (3) an updated master plan for the balance of the project, and (4) the use of Connecticut-owned businesses, including businesses owned by women and minorities. In the event that said bonding subcommittee determines that there has been a significant change in the economic circumstances of the state sufficient to warrant recommendations for modification of the program, the subcommittee may make recommendations for appropriate action to said committee.

(c) Not later than January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the university shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, commerce and higher education on its progress toward achieving the goals set forth in the plan developed pursuant to section 3 of this act. The report shall include a summary of the research and economic development activities of the university, including, but not limited to, (1) research proposals, research awards and research expenditures; (2) student applications, student enrollment and degrees awarded at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels; (3) industry partnerships including joint projects, consortium projects and incubator support; (4) a summary of university and joint university-industry intellectual property activities, including the number of disclosures, patents, licenses, new businesses and entrepreneurial activities established with university technologies; and (5) identification of research and innovation benchmarks and an analysis of the university's progress in meeting such benchmarks in comparison to nationally-ranked research universities.

Sec. 9. (Effective July 1, 2013) (a) The University of Connecticut shall develop a strategic master plan that encompasses all of its academic programs. Such plan shall address and set forth strategic goals and objectives for the university and such programs, as applicable.

(b) Not later than July 1, 2015, the university shall submit the strategic master plan, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education, and finance, revenue and bonding. Said committees shall hold a joint public hearing regarding the plan not later than thirty days after receiving the plan.

Approved June 19, 2013