OLR Bill Analysis

SB 1113 (File 424, as amended by Senate “A”)*

AN ACT ELIMINATING CERTAIN MUNICIPAL MANDATES.

SUMMARY:

This bill makes changes in state mandates to municipalities, including repealing obsolete statutes. Specifically, it:

1. requires town clerks and assessors or boards of assessors to submit to the Office of Policy and Management secretary quarterly, instead of monthly, data on real property transfers;

2. requires towns to hold a regular meeting, rather than a special meeting within 21 days of receipt of a petition from electors, to consider adopting bazaar or raffle ordinances;

3. permits local fire marshals to send by email, rather than only by first class mail, requests to the state fire marshal for a variation or exemption from the fire safety code;

4. repeals the requirement that a town's appointing authority file a certificate of appointment of a health director with the public health commissioner;

5. eliminates the requirement that a town's appointing authority file a certified notice of appointment with the secretary of the state and town clerk regarding the appointment of a health director who is also the registrar of vital statistics; and

6. eliminates the requirement that, for FY 01 only, towns with dog racing tracks operating before July 5, 1991, pay the Northeast Connecticut Economic Alliance 0.2% of the total amount wagered on dog racing events at those tracks.

The bill also makes conforming and technical changes.

*Senate Amendment “A” removes language that (1) eliminates municipal regulation of junk dealers and itinerant vendors, (2) requires certain municipalities to pay animal control officers a salary, (3) relieves municipalities from posting notice of dog licensing requirements, (4) makes changes to state itinerant vendor licensure, and (5) makes related technical and conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013, and the sections related to municipal taxes apply to assessment years beginning on or after October 1, 2013.

15 — TABLE OF REPEALERS

This bill repeals a number of statutes, as enumerated in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Repealed Statutes

Statutory Citation

Summary of Provision

1-10, 1-11

Requires record keepers in state, town, or probate district departments or offices to use ink and loose-leaf binders approved by the public records administrator for record keeping purposes

12-82

Requires towns to give a $1,000 property tax exemption to certain veterans of WW I who served in the military of a country allied with the United States

17b-125, 17b-126

Allows towns to recoup the cost of aid provided under the obsolete town General Assistance Program

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/22/2013)

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(04/23/2013)