CHAPTER 184b

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:
CULTURE AND TOURISM

Table of Contents

Sec. 10-392. Department of Economic and Community Development culture and tourism duties. Successor department.

Sec. 10-393. Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee. Members. Terms and duties.

Sec. 10-394. Preparation of annual budgets for regional tourism districts. Administrative costs.

Sec. 10-395. Culture and tourism account.

Sec. 10-395a. State-wide tourism marketing account.

Sec. 10-396. Duties of department re tourism.

Sec. 10-397. Regional tourism districts. Established. Boards of directors. Accounting and reporting requirements. Solicitation and receipt of funds.

Sec. 10-397a. Assets and liabilities of former tourism districts.

Sec. 10-397b. Termination of former tourism district operations.

Sec. 10-398. Preparation of budgets for regional tourism districts for fiscal year ending June 30, 2004.

Sec. 10-399. (Formerly Secs. 32-306 and 32-307). Visitor welcome centers.

Sec. 10-400. (Formerly Sec. 10-370). Duties and powers of department re arts activities.

Sec. 10-401. (Formerly Sec. 10-370a). Department to establish special incentive grant program for artistic and cultural programs and activities.

Sec. 10-402. (Formerly Sec. 10-370b). State art collection.

Sec. 10-403. (Formerly Sec. 10-373). Receipt of federal, state and private moneys and property.

Sec. 10-404. (Formerly Sec. 10-373k). Minor not disqualified for loan.

Sec. 10-405. (Formerly Sec. 10-373n). Definitions: Arts organizations.

Sec. 10-406. (Formerly Sec. 10-373o). Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund.

Sec. 10-407. (Formerly Sec. 10-373p). Matching grants: Eligibility criteria, amounts.

Sec. 10-408. (Formerly Sec. 10-373q). Applications for matching commitments.

Sec. 10-409. (Formerly Sec. 10-320b). Historic Preservation Council. Appointment of members, duties and powers. Disclosure to public of location of archaeological sites. Development of model ballot for local historic districts.

Sec. 10-410. (Formerly Sec. 10-320c). Definitions: Historic assets.

Sec. 10-411. (Formerly Sec. 10-320d). State grants-in-aid for restoration of historic structures and landmarks.

Sec. 10-412. (Formerly Sec. 10-320e). Plaques and markers. Freedom Trail.

Sec. 10-413. (Formerly Sec. 10-320f). Acquisition of historic structures and landmarks by department. Leases. Fees. Gift shops.

Sec. 10-414. (Formerly Sec. 10-320g). Placement of markers and monuments by department.

Sec. 10-415. (Formerly Sec. 10-320h). Federal contracts and assistance. Gifts, devises and bequests.

Sec. 10-416. (Formerly Sec. 10-320j). Tax credits for rehabilitation of historic homes.

Sec. 10-416a. Tax credits for rehabilitation of certified historic structures.

Sec. 10-416b. Tax credits for rehabilitation of certified historic structures for mixed-use or affordable housing.

Sec. 10-417. (Formerly Sec. 32-86a). Commission powers and duties re digital media and motion picture activities.

Sec. 10-418. Requests by state agencies for proposals for digital media or motion picture activity.

Secs. 10-419 to 10-424. Reserved

Sec. 10-425. Sports Advisory Board. Membership. Annual report.


Sec. 10-392. Department of Economic and Community Development culture and tourism duties. Successor department. (a) The General Assembly finds and declares that culture, history, the arts and the digital media and motion picture and tourism industries contribute significant value to the vitality, quality of life and economic health of Connecticut. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation shall operate in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development for purposes of joint strategic planning, annual reporting on appropriations and fiscal reporting. The department shall enhance and promote culture, history, the arts and the tourism and digital media and motion picture industries in Connecticut.

(b) The department shall:

(1) Market and promote Connecticut as a destination for leisure and business travelers through the development and implementation of a strategic state-wide marketing plan and provision of visitor services to enhance the economic impact of the tourism industry;

(2) Promote the arts;

(3) Recognize, protect, preserve and promote historic resources;

(4) Interpret and present Connecticut’s history and culture;

(5) Promote Connecticut as a location in which to produce digital media and motion pictures and to establish and conduct business related to the digital media and motion picture industries to enhance these industries’ economic impact in the state;

(6) Establish a uniform financial reporting system and forms to be used by each regional tourism district, established under section 10-397, in the preparation of the annual budget submitted to the General Assembly;

(7) Integrate funding and programs whenever possible; and

(8) On or before January 1, 2012, and biennially thereafter, develop and submit to the Governor and the General Assembly, in accordance with section 11-4a, a strategic plan to implement subdivisions (1) to (5), inclusive, of this subsection.

(c) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall be a successor agency to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, State Commission on the Arts, the Connecticut Historical Commission, the Office of Tourism, the Connecticut Tourism Council, the Connecticut Film, Video and Media Commission and the Connecticut Film, Video and Media Office in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-38d and 4-39.

(d) Wherever the words “State Commission on the Arts”, “Connecticut Historical Commission”, “Office of Tourism”, “Connecticut Film, Video and Media Office” and “Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film” are used in the following sections of the general statutes, or in any public or special act of the 2003 or 2004 session the words “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 3-110f, 3-110h, 3-110i, 4-9a, 4b-53, 4b-60, 4b-64, 4b-66a, 7-147a, 7-147b, 7-147c, 7-147j, 7-147p, 7-147q, 7-147y, 8-2j, 10-382, 10-384, 10-385, 10-386, 10-387, 10-388, 10-389, 10-391, 10a-111a, 10a-112, 10a-112b, 10a-112g, 11-6a, 12-376d, 13a-252, 19a-315b, 19a-315c, 22a-1d, 22a-19b, 25-102qq, 25-109q, 29-259 and 32-6a.

(e) The Legislative Commissioners’ Office shall, in codifying the provisions of this section, make such technical, grammatical and punctuation changes as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 210; P.A. 04-20, S. 3; 04-205, S. 2, 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 06-172, S. 1; P.A. 11-48, S. 98; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1, S. 99.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-20 made technical changes in Subsecs. (d) and (e), effective April 16, 2004; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, made technical changes and with May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, also replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; P.A. 06-172 replaced references to film industry with references to digital media and motion picture industries in Subsec. (a) and replaced “conduct filming” with “produce digital media and motion pictures” and replaced “film and video industries” with “digital media and motion picture industries” in Subsec. (b)(5); P.A. 11-48 replaced references to Commission on Culture and Tourism with references to Department of Economic and Community Development, deleted former Subsec. (b)(6) re submitting budget expenditure estimates and recommended adjustments, redesignated existing Subsec. (b)(7), (8) and (9) as Subsec. (b)(6), (7) and (8) and amended Subsec. (d) to make Department of Economic and Community Development the successor agency to Commission on Culture and Tourism, effective July 1, 2011; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting reference to Connecticut Humanities Council, deleted former Subsec. (c) re proposals by Connecticut Humanities Council and redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) to (f) as Subsecs. (c) to (e), effective June 15, 2012.

Sec. 10-393. Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee. Members. Terms and duties. (a) There shall be a Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee which shall consist of twenty-eight voting members and nonvoting ex-officio members. Such ex-officio members shall be the executive directors of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the Connecticut Humanities Council, the State Poet Laureate, the State Historian and the State Archaeologist. The State Poet Laureate, the State Historian and the State Archaeologist shall serve as members without being appointed and without receiving compensation for such service. The remaining twenty-three members shall be appointed as follows:

(1) The Governor shall appoint seven members: (A) One member shall be an individual with knowledge of and experience in the tourism industry from within the state; (B) three members shall be individuals with knowledge of or experience or interest in history or humanities; (C) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in the arts; and (D) two members shall be selected at large.

(2) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint three members: (A) One member shall be an individual with knowledge of and experience in the tourism industry from the western regional tourism district, established under section 10-397; (B) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in history or humanities; and (C) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in the arts.

(3) The president pro tempore of the Senate shall appoint three members: (A) One member shall be an individual with knowledge of and experience in the tourism industry from the central regional tourism district, established under section 10-397; (B) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in history or humanities; and (C) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in the arts.

(4) The majority leader of the House of Representatives shall appoint two members: (A) One member shall be an individual with knowledge of and experience in the tourism industry from the central regional tourism district, established under section 10-397; and (B) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in the arts.

(5) The majority leader of the Senate shall appoint two members: (A) One member shall be an individual with knowledge of and experience in the tourism industry from the eastern regional tourism district; and (B) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in the arts.

(6) The minority leader of the House of Representatives shall appoint three members: (A) One member shall be an individual with knowledge of and experience in the tourism industry from within the state; (B) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in history or humanities; and (C) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in the arts.

(7) The minority leader of the Senate shall appoint three members: (A) One member shall be an individual with knowledge of and experience in the tourism industry from the western regional tourism district, established under section 10-397; (B) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in history or humanities; (C) one member shall be an individual with knowledge of or experience or interest in the arts.

(b) Each member shall serve a term that is coterminous with such member’s appointing authority.

(c) The voting members shall elect annually: A member from among the voting members to serve as chairperson of the advisory committee and one member as vice-chairperson. Members shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties, but may be reimbursed for their necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The advisory committee shall meet at least once during each calendar quarter and at such other times as the chairperson deems necessary or upon the request of the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

(d) Thirteen voting members of the board shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting members present at a meeting of the advisory committee shall be sufficient for any action taken by the advisory committee. Any recommendations by the advisory committee may be authorized by resolution at any regular or special meeting and shall take effect immediately unless otherwise provided in the resolution.

(e) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall provide administrative assistance to the advisory committee. The commissioner shall have the authority to: Establish rules for the internal operation of the advisory committee; contract for facilities, services and programs to implement the purposes of the commission established by law; and enter into agreements for funding from private sources, including corporate donations and other commercial sponsorships. The commissioner is authorized to do all things necessary to apply for, qualify for and accept any funds made available under any federal act for the purposes established under section 10-392. All funds received under this subsection shall be deposited into the culture and tourism account within the department, established under section 10-395. The commissioner may enter into contracts with the federal government concerning the use of such funds.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 211; P.A. 04-20, S. 4; 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 06-172, S. 2; P.A. 07-217, S. 47; 07-220, S. 1; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 13, 60; P.A. 11-48, S. 99.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-20 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(7), effective April 16, 2004; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; P.A. 06-172 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the number of members from 29 to 35 and to provide that the new members have experience relating directly to the production of digital media or motion pictures; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subsec. (e), effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 07-220 amended Subsec. (a) to delete having an interest in tourism as requirement for each of the commissioners and to provide that their knowledge and experience shall be in the tourism industry and amended Subsec. (b) to delete prohibition against members of boards of directors of regional tourism districts serving as commissioner, effective July 5, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a) to change number of voting commissioners and nonvoting ex-officio members from 35 to 28, make conforming changes and delete provisions re appointment of commissioners with experience relating directly to production of digital media or motion pictures, effective October 5, 2009, and to change references to southwestern and northwestern tourism districts to western regional tourism district, change references to central and south central tourism districts to central regional tourism district, and change reference to eastern tourism district to eastern regional tourism district, effective January 1, 2010; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism with Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee and changing commissioners to members, amended Subsec. (b) by changing commissioner to member, amended Subsec. (c) by eliminating provision re executive director, changing commissioner to member, changing commission to advisory committee, deleting provision re commissioners to elect others as officers, deleting provision re meeting upon request of majority of commissioners and deleting provision re establishment of bylaws, amended Subsec. (d) by changing commissioner to member, changing commission to advisory committee, deleting provision re vacancies not affecting quorums and changing “action taken” to “recommendations” and amended Subsec. (e) by changing commissioner to member, changing commission to advisory committee, changing executive director of commission to Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, deleting provision re administering laws under jurisdiction of commission and changing Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism account to culture and tourism account within department, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-394. Preparation of annual budgets for regional tourism districts. Administrative costs. (a) On or before June first of each year, each regional tourism district established under section 10-397 shall prepare a proposed budget for the next succeeding fiscal year beginning July first to carry out its statutory duties. After approval by said tourism district’s board of directors, and no later than June first of each year, the tourism district shall submit the proposed budget to the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for review, comments and recommendations by the department concerning the proposed expenditures. On and after December 31, 2011, and annually thereafter, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall review, in consultation with the tourism district, the proposed budget no later than June thirtieth, and approve or disapprove the budget. If the department disapproves any annual budget, the department shall adopt an interim budget and such interim budget shall take effect at the commencement of the fiscal year and shall remain in effect until the tourism district submits and the department approves a modified budget. The tourism district shall, on or before March 15, 2012, and annually thereafter, submit a copy of the budget to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, finance, revenue and bonding and commerce and the Office of Policy and Management, including an explanation detailing the proposed expenditures for the tourism district for the succeeding fiscal year. No funds shall be expended on or after July 1, 2011, by the tourism district without prior approval of the budget or adoption of an interim budget by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

(b) On and after December 31, 2010, each regional tourism district shall ensure that no more than twenty per cent of the total annual grant amount received by the district is used for administrative costs. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall develop guidelines concerning administrative costs for tourism districts.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 212; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 51; P.A. 11-48, S. 100.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a) by adding “On and after December 31, 2010, and annually thereafter” re requirement for commission to review budget, changing date for each district to submit budget to the legislature from September 15 to March 15 and adding “on or after December 31, 2010,” re requirement for expending funds, and amended Subsec. (b) to add “on and after December 31, 2010,” and change “received by it pursuant to section 10-398” to “received by the district”, effective January 1, 2010; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (a) by changing “executive director of the Commission on Culture and Tourism” to “Commissioner of Economic and Community Development” and “commission” to “department”, changing date for review of proposed budgets from on and after December 31, 2010, to on and after December 31, 2011, changing date for submitting copy of budget from on or before March 15, 2011, to on or before March 15, 2012, changing date after which no funds shall be expended from on or after December 31, 2010, to on or after July 1, 2011, and changing “Commission on Culture and Tourism” to “Department of Economic and Community Development” and amended Subsec. (b) by changing “executive director, with the approval of the commissioners” to “Commissioner of Economic and Community Development”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-395. Culture and tourism account. There is established an account within the General Fund to be known as the “culture and tourism account”. The account shall contain all moneys required by law to be deposited in the account.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 213; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 156.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; P.A. 11-48 replaced “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” with “culture and tourism” and deleted “, including moneys received pursuant to section 10-398”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-395a. State-wide tourism marketing account. There is established an account within the General Fund to be known as the “state-wide tourism marketing account”. The account may contain all moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Any balance remaining in said account at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in said account for the fiscal year next succeeding. The moneys in said account shall be allocated for implementation of the state-wide marketing plan.

(P.A. 06-187, S. 73.)

History: P.A. 06-187 effective July 1, 2006.

Sec. 10-396. Duties of department re tourism. With respect to tourism activities, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall:

(1) Develop, annually update and implement a strategic marketing plan for the national and international promotion of Connecticut as a tourism destination;

(2) Develop a Connecticut strategic plan for new tourism products and attractions;

(3) Provide marketing and other assistance to the tourism industry;

(4) Ensure cooperation among the regional tourism districts;

(5) Maintain, operate and manage the visitor welcome centers in the state;

(6) Develop and administer a program of challenge grants to encourage innovation and job development, provide incentives for coordinated activity consistent with the strategic marketing plan and stimulate the development of private funds for tourism promotion; and

(7) Subject to available funds, assist municipalities to accommodate tourist attractions within such municipalities or within neighboring or adjoining municipalities.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 214; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 101.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; P.A. 11-48 replaced “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” with “Department of Economic and Community Development”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-397. Regional tourism districts. Established. Boards of directors. Accounting and reporting requirements. Solicitation and receipt of funds. (a) There are established three regional tourism districts, each of which shall promote and market districts as regional leisure and business traveler destinations to stimulate economic growth. The districts shall be as follows:

(1) The eastern regional district, which shall consist of Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham and Woodstock;

(2) The central regional district, which shall consist of Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bethany, Bloomfield, Bolton, Branford, Canton, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Hebron, Killingworth, Madison, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, North Haven, Old Saybrook, Orange, Plainville, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stafford, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, Wallingford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Woodbridge; and

(3) The western regional district, which shall consist of Ansonia, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bridgeport, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Burlington, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Darien, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Goshen, Greenwich, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Middlebury, Monroe, Morris, Naugatuck, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Milford, New Canaan, Newtown, Norfolk, North Canaan, Norwalk, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Salisbury, Seymour, Sharon, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Thomaston, Torrington, Trumbull, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Winchester, Wolcott and Woodbury.

(b) Each regional tourism district shall be overseen by a board of directors consisting of one representative from each municipality within the district, appointed by the legislative body of the municipality and, where the legislative body is a town meeting, by the board of selectmen. Any such member of a board of directors shall serve for a term of three years. In addition, the board of directors may appoint up to twenty-one persons representing tourism interests within the district to serve on the board. No board member shall be deemed a state employee for serving on said board. All appointments to the board of directors shall be reported to the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

(c) The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, shall apply to each regional tourism district.

(d) Each tourism district shall adopt a charter and bylaws governing its operation.

(e) Each regional tourism district shall (1) comply with uniform standards for accounting and reporting expenditures that are established by the Department of Economic and Community Development in accordance with section 10-392 and are based on industry accounting standards developed by the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus or other national organizations related to tourism, and (2) on or before January first of each year, submit to the department, the Office of Policy and Management and the Office of Fiscal Analysis an independent audit in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-230 to 4-236, inclusive.

(f) Each regional tourism district shall solicit and may accept private funds for the promotion of tourism within its towns and cities and shall coordinate its activities with any private nonprofit tourist association within the district and within this state, that promotes tourism industry businesses in this state, in order to foster cooperation in the promotion of such businesses. Any funds received by a regional tourism district may be deposited in the account established in section 10-395 or in an account established by such tourism district to receive such funds.

(g) The central regional district office shall be located within the department.

(h) The commissioner shall, within available appropriations, distribute tourism funding evenly among the three tourism districts.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 215; P.A. 04-20, S. 5; 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 12; P.A. 10-32, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 102.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-20 made technical changes, effective April 16, 2004; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (a) to reduce number of tourism districts from 5 to 3 by combining south central region towns into central regional district and combining northwestern and southwestern region towns into new western regional district, amended Subsec. (d) to replace former provisions with provisions re central and western regional tourism districts charter, bylaws and initial meeting, and added Subsec. (g) re central regional district office, effective January 1, 2010; P.A. 10-32 made technical changes in Subsec. (a), effective May 10, 2010; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (b) by requiring that all appointments be reported to Commissioner of Economic and Community Development rather than executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, amended Subsec. (d) by replacing requirement re assisting central and western districts to establish committee to draft charter and bylaws with requirement that each district adopt charter and bylaws governing its operation, amended Subsec. (e) by replacing references to commission with references to department, amended Subsec. (g) by requiring central regional district office be located within department rather than within Hartford offices of commission and added Subsec. (h) re even distribution of tourism funding, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-397a. Assets and liabilities of former tourism districts. (a) As used in this section:

(1) “Department” means the Department of Economic and Community Development;

(2) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development;

(3) “Former tourism district” means the tourism districts, as defined in section 32-302 of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2003; and

(4) “Regional tourism district” means one of the three regional tourism districts created by section 10-397.

(b) Any former tourism district having a cash surplus, after accounting for all liabilities, may distribute such surplus to the regional tourism district or districts serving the towns formerly served by such district. Any distribution shall be divided among the new district or districts in accordance with the following schedule:

Former District

New District(s)

Northeastern

Eastern (100%)

Southeastern

Eastern (100%)

North Central

Central (100%)

Greater Hartford

Central (95%)

Western (5%)

Central Connecticut

Central (100%)

Connecticut Valley

Central (100%)

Greater New Haven

Central (67%)

Western (33%)

Litchfield Hills

Western (100%)

Housatonic Valley

Western (100%)

Greater Waterbury

Western (100%)

Greater Fairfield

Western (100%)

(c) Any former tourism district may, with the approval of the commissioner, transfer noncash assets, including fixed assets and leases, to a regional tourism district or districts serving the towns formerly served by such district.

(d) Any regional tourism district may, by vote of its board of directors and with the approval of the department, assume the liabilities of a former tourism district that served all or part of the area served by the new district. No such assumption shall be approved unless (1) the regional district’s approved budget makes provision for the costs arising from the assumption of liability; and (2) the department finds that the proposed assumption of liability is fair and equitable.

(P.A. 04-205, S. 3; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7, S. 14; P.A. 11-48, S. 103.)

History: P.A. 04-205 effective June 3, 2004 (Revisor’s note: The statutory reference contained in Subsec. (a)(4) was changed editorially by the Revisors to “section 10-397” for accuracy); Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-7 amended Subsec. (b) to change references re tourism districts from Southwestern and Northwestern to Western and South Central to Central, effective January 1, 2010; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by changing defined term from “commission” to “department”, amended Subsec. (a)(2) by changing defined term from “executive director” to “commissioner”, amended Subsec. (a)(4) by redefining “regional tourism district” as one of 3, rather than 5, districts created by Sec. 10-397, amended Subsec. (c) by replacing “executive director” with “commissioner” and amended Subsec. (d) by replacing “commission” with “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-397b. Termination of former tourism district operations. Any tourism district in existence on July 1, 2003, that terminates operations prior to January 1, 2004, may file a single audit report for the period from July 1, 2002, until the termination of such district’s operations. Such audit shall in all other respects comply with the provisions of chapter 55b.

(P.A. 04-205, S. 4.)

History: P.A. 04-205 effective June 3, 2004.

Sec. 10-398. Preparation of budgets for regional tourism districts for fiscal year ending June 30, 2004. Section 10-398 is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

(June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 217; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 303.)

Sec. 10-399. (Formerly Secs. 32-306 and 32-307). Visitor welcome centers. (a) As used in this section: “Visitor welcome center” means the welcome centers, visitor centers and tourist information centers located in West Willington, Greenwich, Danbury, Darien, North Stonington and Westbrook, which have been established to distribute information to persons traveling in the state for the purpose of influencing such persons’ level of satisfaction with the state and expenditures in the state and their planning for present and future trips to the state.

(b) The following measures shall be implemented to enhance the operation of visitor welcome centers:

(1) Each center shall make available space for listing events and promoting attractions, by invitation to the Connecticut tourism industry, including tourism districts, chambers of commerce and any other tourism entities involved in Connecticut tourism promotion;

(2) The Department of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, shall develop plans for (A) consistent signage for the visitor welcome centers, and (B) highway signage regulations for privately operated centers;

(3) The Department of Transportation and the Department of Economic and Community Development shall establish an “Adopt A Visitor Welcome Center” program, under which local civic organizations may provide maintenance, gardening, including wildflowers, and complimentary refreshments or any other type of service at a visitor welcome center to enhance the operation of the center;

(4) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall place a full-time year-round supervisor and a part-time assistant supervisor at the Danbury, Darien, North Stonington and West Willington centers. The responsibilities of each supervisor shall include, but not be limited to: (A) Maintaining a sufficient inventory of up-to-date brochures for dissemination to visitors, (B) scheduling staff so as to assure coverage at all times, (C) training staff, (D) compiling and maintaining statistics on center usage, (E) serving as liaison between the department, the Department of Transportation, the tourism district in which the center is located and businesses in such district, (F) maintaining quality tourism services, (G) rotating displays, (H) evaluating staff, (I) problem-solving, and (J) computing travel reimbursements for volunteer staff;

(5) Subject to available funds, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall place a seasonal full-time supervisor and a seasonal part-time assistant supervisor at the Greenwich and Westbrook centers. The department shall discontinue staffing at the Middletown, Plainfield and Wallingford centers, and shall, in conjunction with the tourism industry, seek contract workers to provide tourism services at the Westbrook center when not staffed by the state;

(6) Subject to available funds, the Department of Economic and Community Development, in conjunction with the tourism industry, shall develop and implement initial staff training and conduct periodic training of full-time and part-time supervisors.

(P.A. 94-155, S. 1, 2, 5; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 97-238, S. 7; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1, S. 111; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 218, 219; P.A. 04-20, S. 7; 04-205, S. 5–7; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 104; 11-61, S. 157; 11-233, S. 16.)

History: (Revisor’s note: In 2005 Secs. 32-306 and 32-307 were combined editorially by the Revisors as Subsecs. (a) and (b), respectively, of this section.)

Former Sec. 32-306:

P.A. 94-155 effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 deleted definition of “Office of Tourism” and made technical changes, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-20 made a technical change, effective April 16, 2004; P.A. 04-205 deleted references to former visitor welcome centers at Middletown, Southington, Wallingford, Windsor Locks, Plainfield and Bradley International Airport, effective June 3, 2004; Sec. 32-306 transferred to Sec. 10-399(a) in 2005.

Former Sec. 32-307:

P.A. 94-155 effective July 1, 1994; (Revisor’s note: In 1997 a reference in Subdiv. (11) to “Tourism Fund” was replaced editorially by the Revisors with “tourism account” for consistency with Sec. 32-303); P.A. 97-238 amended Subdiv. (6) to delete a requirement that the Office of Tourism provide funding to the Department of Transportation for housekeeping services at the Westbrook visitor welcome center; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1 amended Subdiv. (11) to redirect revenue under that subdivision to the General Fund, effective August 16, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 deleted former Subdivs. (1), (2), (4), (6) and (12), redesignated existing Subdivs. (3), (5), (7) to (11), (13) and (14) as new Subdivs. (1) to (9), substituted Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for Office of Tourism in Subdivs. (2) to (6), and (9), amended Subdiv. (4) to change centers at which commission must place supervisors and assistant supervisors and amended Subdiv. (7) to expand use of electronic information system and to designate General Fund instead of tourism account as recipient of revenue generated from proposal process, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205 deleted references to former visitor welcome centers at Middletown, Southington, Wallingford and Windsor Locks in Subdiv. (5) and deleted former Subdivs. (7) to (9) re electronic information system, lodging reservation services and dedicated highway radio station, respectively, effective June 3, 2004, and, effective on that date, with May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, also replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 32-307 transferred to Sec. 10-399(b) in 2005.

Present section:

P.A. 11-48 replaced “Commission on Culture and Tourism” and “commission” with “Department of Economic and Community Development” and “department”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-61 amended Subsec. (b)(4) by removing West Willington from list of centers, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-233 amended Subsec. (b)(4) by restoring West Willington to list of centers, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-400. (Formerly Sec. 10-370). Duties and powers of department re arts activities. With respect to arts activities, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall encourage, within the state or in association with other states, or both, participation in, and promotion, development, acceptance and appreciation of, artistic and cultural activities that shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts and to this end shall have the following powers: (1) To join or contract with consultants, private patrons, individual artists and ensembles and with institutions, local sponsoring organizations and professional organizations; (2) to enter into contracts to provide grants, loans or advances to individuals, organizations, or institutions, public or private, that are engaged in or plan to engage in artistic and cultural programs or activities within the state, or that are engaged in or plan to engage in the promotion, development, or encouragement of artistic and cultural programs or activities within the state; (3) to accept, hold and administer, on behalf of the department, in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-28, 4-31, 4-31a and 4b-22, real property, personal property, securities, other choses in action and moneys, or any interest therein, and income therefrom, either absolutely or in trust, for any purpose of the department. The department may acquire or receive such property or money for its purposes by the acceptance of state or federal or public or private loans, contributions, gifts, grants, donations, bequests or devises, and the department shall deposit or credit the same in the culture and tourism account established under section 10-395; (4) to establish a nonprofit foundation for the purpose of raising funds from private sources to encourage, within the state or in association with other states, or both, participation in, and promotion, development, acceptance and appreciation of, artistic and cultural activities that shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, films, heritage, historic preservation, humanities and allied arts and crafts. All funds received by the foundation shall be held in the manner prescribed by sections 4-37e to 4-37j, inclusive; and (5) to perform such other acts as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the objectives and purposes of the department. The General Assembly declares that all activities undertaken in carrying out the policies set forth in this chapter shall be directed toward encouraging and assisting, rather than in any way limiting, the freedom of artistic expression that is essential for the well-being of the arts. Said department shall maintain a survey of public and private facilities engaged within the state in artistic and cultural activities and determine the needs of the citizens of this state and the methods by which existing resources may be utilized, or new resources developed, to fulfill these needs. The department shall maintain a register of Connecticut artists. The name, town of residence and artistic medium of any such artist residing in Connecticut shall be entered in the register by the department upon the artist’s request.

(February, 1965, P.A. 579, S. 3; 1967, P.A. 155, S. 1; P.A. 74-210, S. 1; P.A. 78-187, S. 2, 10; P.A. 85-267; P.A. 99-91; P.A. 00-66, S. 28; June 30 Sp. Sess. 03-6, S. 220; P.A. 04-20, S. 2; 04-205, S. 5, 8; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 105.)

History: 1967 act allowed commission to contract with individuals, ensembles, and local sponsoring organizations in addition to private patrons, institutions and professional organizations; P.A. 74-210 allowed commission to promote arts through association with other states and to contract with consultants; P.A. 78-187 expanded powers re contracts, administration of assets and other actions in new Subdivs. (2) to (4); P.A. 85-267 added provisions re commission’s duty to maintain a register of Connecticut artists; P.A. 99-91 added new Subdiv. (4) giving commission power to establish nonprofit foundation and renumbered former Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (5); P.A. 00-66 made technical changes; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended section to substitute Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for State Commission on the Arts, to add provision re arts activities and to designate Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film Fund instead of General Fund, as recipient of money or property acquired or received by commission, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-20 made technical changes, effective April 16, 2004; P.A. 04-205 added “heritage”, “historic preservation”, and “humanities” to the list of cultural matters that the commission is empowered to promote, effective June 3, 2004, and, effective on that date, with May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, also replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-370 transferred to Sec. 10-400 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” with “Department of Economic and Community Development”, replaced “commission” with “department” and replaced “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism account” with “culture and tourism account”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-401. (Formerly Sec. 10-370a). Department to establish special incentive grant program for artistic and cultural programs and activities. The Department of Economic and Community Development shall establish and administer a special incentive grant program to provide financial assistance for artistic and cultural programs and activities pursuant to subdivision (2) of section 10-400. No state funds appropriated to the department for the purposes of said program shall be disbursed unless one-third of the amount of such financial assistance consists of nonfederal funds raised and received by said department.

(P.A. 80-355, S. 1, 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 221; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 106.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 substituted Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for State Commission on the Arts, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-370a transferred to Sec. 10-401 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 changed “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” and “commission” to “Department of Economic and Community Development” and “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-402. (Formerly Sec. 10-370b). State art collection. (a) For purposes of this section the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) “Work of art” means any work of visual art, including but not limited to, a drawing, painting, sculpture, mosaic, photograph, work of calligraphy or work of graphic art or mixed media;

(2) “Connecticut artists” means artists born in Connecticut, artists who have worked in or received a portion of their training in Connecticut, or artists living in Connecticut at the time of the purchase of their works of art.

(b) The Department of Economic and Community Development may establish and administer a state art collection.

(c) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall establish policies and procedures with respect to the activities of the art collection and perform every other matter and thing requisite to the proper management, maintenance, support and control of the Connecticut art collection.

(d) The art collection shall be representative of various media, diverse styles and periods of Connecticut artists and shall be representative of Connecticut’s ethnic, racial and cultural groups.

(e) The Department of Economic and Community Development may apply for and receive aid or grants from individuals, private artists, state sources, private foundations, local arts organizations and the federal government for the state art collection.

(P.A. 83-180; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 222; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 107.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsecs. (b), (c) and (e) to substitute Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for Connecticut Commission on the Arts, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-370b transferred to Sec. 10-402 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 changed “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” to “Department of Economic and Community Development” in Subsecs. (b), (c) and (e), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-403. (Formerly Sec. 10-373). Receipt of federal, state and private moneys and property. The Department of Economic and Community Development is designated as the state agency for the reception and disbursement of federal, state and private moneys or other property made available on or after July 1, 1965, for the purpose of fostering the arts within the authority of the department, in accordance with the standard state fiscal procedures.

(February, 1965, P.A. 579, S. 6; 1967, P.A. 155, S. 2; P.A. 74-210, S. 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 223; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 108.)

History: 1967 act included reference to “state moneys” and “other property”; P.A. 74-210 replaced general reference to purposes within jurisdiction of commission with “purpose of fostering the arts”; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 substituted Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for State Commission on the Arts, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-373 transferred to Sec. 10-403 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 changed “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” and “commission” to “Department of Economic and Community Development” and “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-404. (Formerly Sec. 10-373k). Minor not disqualified for loan. Any person otherwise qualifying for a loan or grant made by the Department of Economic and Community Development pursuant to this chapter shall not be disqualified by reason of being under the age of eighteen years and for the purpose of applying for, receiving and repaying such a loan, or entering into a contract concerning such loan or grant, any such person shall be deemed to have full legal capacity to act and shall have all the rights, powers, privileges and obligations of a person of full age, with respect thereto.

(P.A. 73-575, S. 5, 15; P.A. 78-187, S. 8, 10; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 224; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 109.)

History: P.A. 78-187 substituted “commission on the arts” for “corporation”; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 substituted Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for State Commission on the Arts, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-373k transferred to Sec. 10-404 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 changed “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” to “Department of Economic and Community Development”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-405. (Formerly Sec. 10-373n). Definitions: Arts organizations. For purposes of this section and sections 10-406 to 10-408, inclusive:

(1) “Arts organization” means a nonprofit organization in the state which is exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as from time to time amended, the primary purpose of which is to create, perform, present or otherwise promote the visual, performing or literary arts in the state, but shall not mean an organization, the primary purpose of which is instructional, or an organization, the primary purpose of which is to receive contributions for and provide funding to arts organizations;

(2) “Department” means the Department of Economic and Community Development;

(3) “Contribution” means cash, negotiable securities or other gifts of similar liquidity;

(4) “Donor” means a private organization, the primary purpose of which is to receive contributions for and provide funding to arts organizations, a private foundation or private corporation, partnership, single proprietorship or association or person making a contribution to an arts organization;

(5) “Fiscal year” means a period of twelve calendar months as determined by the arts organization’s bylaws.

(P.A. 88-355, S. 1, 8; P.A. 89-237, S. 5, 11; P.A. 93-353, S. 44, 52; P.A. 94-245, S. 19, 46; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 225; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 110.)

History: P.A. 89-237 redefined “donor” in Subdiv. (4) to provide that the organization be a private organization; P.A. 93-353 made a technical change, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-245 redefined “fiscal year” to be “as determined by the arts organization’s bylaws”, rather than 12 months “ending June thirtieth of any year”, effective June 2, 1994; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subdiv. (2) to substitute Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for State Commission on the Arts, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-373n transferred to Sec. 10-405 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 changed defined term in Subdiv. (2) from “commission” to “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-406. (Formerly Sec. 10-373o). Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund. There is created a “Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund”. The proceeds of any bonds issued for the purposes of sections 10-405 to 10-408, inclusive, shall be deposited in said fund. The State Treasurer shall invest the proceeds of the fund and the investment earnings shall be credited to and become part of the fund. Annually, on or before September first, the Treasurer shall notify the department of the total amount of investment earnings of the fund for the prior fiscal year and such amount shall be available to the department for payments pursuant to sections 10-407 and 10-408. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of each fiscal year shall be carried forward in the fund for the succeeding fiscal year.

(P.A. 88-355, S. 2, 8; P.A. 93-353, S. 41, 52; 93-435, S. 22, 95; P.A. 11-48, S. 111.)

History: P.A. 93-353 substituted reference to Sec. 10-373q for reference to Sec. 10-373r and added provision requiring the treasurer to notify the commission of the total amount of investment earnings of the fund for the prior fiscal year and specifying that such amount be available for payments, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-435 duplicated section reference change made in P.A. 93-353, effective June 28, 1993; Sec. 10-373o transferred to Sec. 10-406 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 changed “commission” to “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-407. (Formerly Sec. 10-373p). Matching grants: Eligibility criteria, amounts. (a) To be eligible for a matching grant for a fiscal year pursuant to this section and section 10-408, total donor contributions for the fiscal year for which such amount is calculated shall be not less than twenty-five thousand dollars.

(b) For the portion of total donor contributions for the fiscal year which is equal to twenty-five thousand dollars or more but does not exceed the total donor contributions for the prior fiscal year, there shall be a match of twenty-five per cent of such amount, provided no match pursuant to this subsection shall exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars.

(c) For the portion of total donor contributions for the fiscal year which exceeds the total donor contributions for the prior fiscal year, there shall be a match of one hundred per cent of such amount, provided no match pursuant to this subsection shall exceed one million dollars.

(d) If in any fiscal year the total amount of matching grants to be paid pursuant to the provisions of this section and section 10-408, exceed the investment earnings of the Arts Endowment Fund which are available for payments to arts organizations pursuant to section 10-406, all such matching grants shall be reduced on a pro rata basis.

(P.A. 88-355, S. 4, 8; P.A. 89-237, S. 6, 11; P.A. 93-353, S. 42, 52; P.A. 94-245, S. 17, 46.)

History: P.A. 89-237 in Subsec. (b) changed the match for the portion of contributions equal to contributions for the prior fiscal year to a match of the portion of contributions equal to $25,000 or more but not exceeding the contributions for the prior fiscal year and in Subsec. (c) reduced the match for the portion of contributions which exceed contributions for the prior fiscal year from two to 100% and provided no such match exceed $1,000,000; P.A. 93-353 changed the terminology from commitment to grant and amended Subsec. (e) to substitute exceed the “investment earnings of” for exceed the “balance in” and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-245 deleted Subsec. (d) concerning donor contributions to endowments for arts organizations and relettered the remaining Subsec., effective June 2, 1994; Sec. 10-373p transferred to Sec. 10-407 in 2005.

Sec. 10-408. (Formerly Sec. 10-373q). Applications for matching commitments. Annually, on or before December fifteenth, an arts organization may apply to the department for a state matching grant, provided the organization includes in its application a copy of its Internal Revenue Service return of organization exempt from income tax form, or any replacement form adopted by the Internal Revenue Service, showing the total amount of contributions received from donors for the arts organization’s two most recently completed fiscal years. On or before the January fifteenth next following, the department shall certify to the Treasurer an amount equal to the total matching grants as calculated pursuant to section 10-407. Thereafter, the Treasurer shall make available such amount to the department and the department shall, on or before April fifteenth, pay to each arts organization a grant as calculated pursuant to said section 10-407.

(P.A. 88-355, S. 3, 8; P.A. 89-237, S. 7, 11; P.A. 93-353, S. 43, 52; P.A. 94-245, S. 18, 46; P.A. 11-48, S. 112.)

History: P.A. 89-237 in Subsec. (b) substituted October fifteenth for July fifteenth as the date on or before which certain arts organizations file statements of contributions for the prior fiscal year and substituted December fifteenth for October first as the date on or before which the commission certifies the amounts calculated pursuant to Sec. 10-373p to the treasurer; P.A. 93-353 replaced previous procedures for applications with new procedures, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-245 changed application date from October to December fifteenth, substituted “copy of its Internal Revenue Service return of organization exempt from income tax form” for “statement, attested to by a certified public accountant” and substituted total amount of contributions for the two most recently completed fiscal years for such amount for the prior fiscal year and deleted requirement to specify the total amount, if any, of the contributions which were for an endowment for the arts organization, effective June 2, 1994; Sec. 10-373q transferred to Sec. 10-408 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “commission” with “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-409. (Formerly Sec. 10-320b). Historic Preservation Council. Appointment of members, duties and powers. Disclosure to public of location of archaeological sites. Development of model ballot for local historic districts. (a) With respect to historical preservation, there is established within the Department of Economic and Community Development a Historic Preservation Council. The Historic Preservation Council shall consist of twelve members to be appointed by the Governor. On or before January fifth in the even-numbered years, the Governor shall appoint six members for terms of four years each to replace those whose terms expire. One of such members shall be the State Historian and one shall be the State Archaeologist. Members shall be appointed in accordance with the provisions of section 4-9a. No member shall serve for more than two consecutive full terms. 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 office. The Governor shall biennially designate one member of the council to be chairperson. The Governor shall fill any vacancy for any unexpired portion of the term and may remove any member as provided by section 4-12. No compensation shall be received by the members of the council but they shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses. The Department of Economic and Community Development may, with the advice of the Historic Preservation Council, (1) study and investigate historic structures and landmarks in this state and encourage and recommend the development, preservation and marking of such historic structures and landmarks found to have educational, recreational and historical significance; (2) prepare, adopt and maintain standards for a state register of historic places; (3) update and keep current the state historic preservation plan; (4) administer the National Register of Historic Places Program; (5) assist owners of historic structures in seeking federal or other aid for historic preservation and related purposes; (6) recommend to the General Assembly the placing and maintaining of suitable markers, memorials or monuments or other edifices to designate historic structures and landmarks found to have historical significance; (7) make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding the development and preservation of historic structures and landmarks owned by the state; (8) maintain a program of historical, architectural, and archaeological research and development including surveys, excavation, scientific recording, interpretation and publication of the historical, architectural, archaeological and cultural resources of the state; (9) cooperate with promotional, patriotic, educational and research groups and associations, with local, state and national historical societies, associations and commissions, with agencies of the state and its political subdivisions and with the federal government, in promoting and publicizing the historical heritage of Connecticut; (10) formulate standards and criteria to guide the several municipalities in the evaluation, delineation and establishment of historic districts; (11) cooperate with the State Building Inspector, the Codes and Standards Committee and other building officials and render advisory opinions and prepare documentation regarding the application of the State Building Code to historic structures and landmarks if requested by owners of historic structures and landmarks, the State Building Inspector, the Codes and Standards Committee or other building officials; (12) review planned state and federal actions to determine their impact on historic structures and landmarks; (13) operate the Henry Whitfield House of Guilford, otherwise known as the Old Stone House, as a state historical museum and, in its discretion, charge a fee for admission to said museum and account for and deposit the same as provided in section 4-32; (14) provide technical and financial assistance to carry out the purposes of this section and sections 10-410 to 10-416, inclusive; (15) adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 for the preservation of sacred sites and archaeological sites; and (16) inventory state lands to identify sacred sites and archaeological sites. The department shall study the feasibility of establishing a state museum of Connecticut history at an appropriate existing facility. The Historic Preservation Council shall (A) review and approve or disapprove requests by owners of historic properties on which the department holds preservation easements to perform rehabilitation work on sacred sites and archaeological sites; (B) request the assistance of the Attorney General to prevent the unreasonable destruction of historic properties pursuant to the provisions of section 22a-19a; and (C) place and maintain suitable markers, memorials or monuments to designate sites or places found to have historic significance. The council shall meet monthly. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation may provide technical assistance to the council.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section or section 1-210, the Department of Economic and Community Development may withhold from disclosure to the public information relating to the location of archaeological sites under consideration for listing by the department or those listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the state register of historic places whenever the department determines that disclosure of specific information would create a risk of destruction or harm to such sites. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any such site unless the person who reported or discovered such site has submitted a written statement to the department requesting that no disclosure be made. Upon receipt of such statement, the department may withhold such information from disclosure until the July first next succeeding such receipt. Such person may request that a period of nondisclosure be extended by submitting such statements prior to July first of any year.

(c) The Historic Preservation Council of the Department of Economic and Community Development shall develop a model ballot form to be mailed by clerks of municipalities on the question of creation of historic districts or districts as provided for in section 7-147a to 7-147k, inclusive.

(1955, S. 1892d; November, 1955, S. N177; February, 1965, P.A. 221, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 202; 1972, P.A. 129, S. 1; P.A. 73-599, S. 34; P.A. 75-316, S. 19; 75-371, S. 1, 10; P.A. 77-614, S. 284, 305, 610; P.A. 79-607, S. 12; P.A. 81-286, S. 1, 2; P.A. 82-432, S. 16, 19; P.A. 84-256, S. 3, 17; P.A. 89-368, S. 3; P.A. 91-135, S. 2; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 12; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 226; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 113.)

History: 1965 act included in commission’s powers, the power to formulate standards and criteria for evaluation, delineation and establishment of historic districts; 1971 act revised appointment date to be generally applicable rather to apply to first appointments and substituted department of environmental protection for state park and forest commission; 1972 act gave commission power to operate Henry Whitfield House as state historical museum; P.A. 73-599 substituted commissioner of commerce for Connecticut development commission; P.A. 75-316 substituted state library board for state library committee; P.A. 75-371 substituted “historic structures and landmarks” for “historical sites and places” throughout section and included powers re standards for Register of Historic Places, state historic preservation plan, National Register of Historic Places Program, assisting owners of historic structures to obtain preservation aid, program of historical, architectural and archaeological research and development, application of state building code, review of planned actions’ impact on historic structures and landmarks and technical and financial assistance to carry out purposes of chapter; P.A. 77-614 substituted department of economic development for department of commerce and placed commission within education department for administrative purposes, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 79-607 included cooperation specifically with state building inspector and state building code standards committee in Subdiv. (12); P.A. 81-286 added Subsec. (d) empowering Historical Commission to withhold from public disclosure information re archaeological sites; P.A. 82-432 charged references from state building code standards committee to codes and standards committee; P.A. 84-256 amended section to provide for appointments in accordance with Sec. 4-9a, limitations on member’s terms and attendance requirements and feasibility study re museum of Connecticut history; P.A. 89-368 eliminated obsolete provision in Subsec. (a) re termination of membership on July 1, 1987, and added Subsec. (b)(16) and (17) authorizing regulations for the preservation of sacred sites and archaeological sites and authorizing an inventory of sacred sites and archaeological sites on state lands; P.A. 91-135 added Subsec. (e) regarding development of model ballot form for vote on creation of a local historic district; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; Sec. 10-321 transferred to Sec. 10-320b in 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7 amended Subsec. (c) by placing the Connecticut Historical Commission within the State Library, rather than the Department of Education, for administrative purposes only, effective August 15, 2002; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced former Subsec. (a) re membership of Connecticut Historical Commission with new provisions re Historic Preservation Council, redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as new Subsec. (a) and, within said Subsec., established membership requirements and duties of Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with advice of council, eliminated requirement that commission cooperate with Department of Economic and Community Development by providing data, facts and findings, established requirement that council review requests to perform rehabilitation work on properties on which commission holds preservation easements, permitted Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to provide technical assistance to council and made technical and conforming changes, deleted former Subsec. (c) re commission within State Library for administrative purposes only, and redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) and (e) as new Subsecs. (b) and (c) and made conforming and technical changes therein, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-320b transferred to Sec. 10-409 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” with “Department of Economic and Community Development” and replaced “commission” with “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

See Sec. 4b-64 re notice of intent to dispose of, demolish or transfer state-owned structures more than fifty years old.

See Sec. 10-384 re designation of site as state archaeological preserve.

Sec. 10-410. (Formerly Sec. 10-320c). Definitions: Historic assets. For the purposes of sections 10-409 to 10-415, inclusive, “department” means the Department of Economic and Community Development; “municipality” shall include any town, city or borough; “private organization” means a nonprofit organization which has the power to acquire, relocate, restore and maintain historic structures and landmarks in the state of Connecticut; “historic district” means an area in a municipality established under section 7-147a or by special act; “historic structures and landmarks” means any building, structure, object or site that is significant in American history, architecture, archaeology and culture or property used in connection therewith including sacred sites and archaeological sites; “historic preservation” means research, protection, restoration, stabilization and adaptive use of buildings, structures, objects, districts, areas and sites significant in the history, architecture, archaeology or culture of this state, its municipalities or the nation; and “state register of historic places” means the department’s itemized list locating and classifying historic structures and landmarks throughout the state, as discovered in the commission’s field survey of 1966-1967 and as subsequently augmented.

(1967, P.A. 521, S. 1; P.A. 75-371, S. 2, 10; P.A. 89-368, S. 4; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 227; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 114.)

History: P.A. 75-371 defined “historic preservation” and substituted “state register of historic places” for “inventory”; P.A. 89-368 applied definition of “historic structures and landmarks” to include sacred sites and archaeological sites; Sec. 10-321a transferred to Sec. 10-320c in 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended section to substitute Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for Connecticut Historical Commission and to make technical changes, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-320c transferred to Sec. 10-410 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced definition of “commission” with definition of “department” and replaced “commission’s” with “department’s” re itemized list of historic structures and landmarks, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-411. (Formerly Sec. 10-320d). State grants-in-aid for restoration of historic structures and landmarks. (a) Any municipality or private organization may acquire, relocate, restore, preserve and maintain historic structures and landmarks and may receive funds from the state and federal governments for such purposes. Grants-in-aid may be made to owners of historic structures or landmarks in an amount not to exceed fifty per cent of the nonfederal share of the total cost of such acquisition, relocation, historic preservation and restoration. Grants-in-aid shall be made through an assistance agreement signed by the owner. Subsequent to the execution of any such assistance agreement, advances of funds may be made by the department to the owner of such an historic structure or landmark.

(b) Before executing any such assistance agreement under sections 10-410 to 10-415, inclusive, the department shall require that (1) the owner has developed a comprehensive historic preservation plan, approved by the department, together with specific work plans and specifications; (2) the owner provides payment and performance bonds to assure the completion of the preservation work in an authentic manner satisfactory to the department; (3) the owner has filed with the department a declaration of covenant guaranteeing the preservation of the historical or architectural qualities of the property in perpetuity or for a period approved by the department; (4) the owner receiving funds for the purposes of said sections plans to and can demonstrate an ability to maintain and operate properly the historic structure or landmark for an indefinite period of time and that such owner will open it to the public at reasonable times, free of charge or subject to a reasonable charge as approved by the department; (5) the owner maintains sufficient casualty and liability insurance to render the state harmless in any action arising from the acquisition, relocation, restoration or operation of properties under said sections; and (6) if such historic structure or landmark lies within the boundaries of any historic district, the proposed acquisition, relocation, preservation and restoration has been approved by the local historic district department. Prior to the issuance of payment to the owner or any such assistance agreement, the owner shall file with the town clerk in the municipality in which the property is located, the declaration of covenant referenced in subdivision (3) of this subsection. Such assistance agreement may require that if the owner receiving funds under said sections fails to operate or maintain properly the historic structure or landmark, title to such property may be acquired by the department upon payment to such municipality or private organization of a sum equal to the amount provided by such municipality or private organization in accordance with such assistance agreement.

(c) Federal grants-in-aid shall be administered by the department in accordance with all federal requirements.

(d) The department shall adopt regulations pursuant to chapter 54 for its guidance before making such grants-in-aid or advances. Such regulations shall, among other things, require that the department determine that the historic structure or landmark to be acquired, relocated or restored is an authentic historic structure or landmark as identified in the state register of historic places.

(1967, P.A. 521, S. 2–4; P.A. 75-371, S. 3, 10; P.A. 76-163, S. 1, 2; P.A. 11-48, S. 115.)

History: P.A. 75-371 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to include preservation grants and to substitute “owner(s)” for references to “bodies”, “municipality or private organization” and “officers empowered to act ...”, deleted requirement that title be in name of municipality, agency or private organization in Subsec. (a), required that owner develop comprehensive historic preservation plan, provide payment and performance bonds and file covenant with town clerk in Subsec. (b) and amended Subsec. (c) to replace “rules” with “regulations pursuant to chapter 54” and “inventory ...” with “state register of historic places”; P.A. 76-163 inserted new Subsec. (c) requiring that federal grants be administered according to federal requirements and relettered former Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d); Sec. 10-321b transferred to Sec. 10-320d in 2001; Sec. 10-320d transferred to Sec. 10-411 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “commission” with “department” and amended Subsec. (b) by replacing provision re filing declaration of covenant with town clerk with provision re filing declaration of covenant with department in Subdiv. (3) and by adding provision re owner to file declaration of covenant with town clerk prior to issuance of payment, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-412. (Formerly Sec. 10-320e). Plaques and markers. Freedom Trail. (a) The department may provide an appropriate plaque or marker at a cost, to be determined by the department, to the recipient for attachment to an historic structure or landmark identifying it as a Connecticut historical landmark within the criteria adopted by the department and as identified through the state register of historic places, if the owner agrees to display such plaque or marker in a manner satisfactory to the department. Any such plaque or marker may be repossessed by the department if the historic structure or landmark is not maintained in a manner satisfactory to the department.

(b) The Department of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Amistad Committee, Inc., New Haven, shall establish a Freedom Trail and a program to recognize, document and mark sites in this state that are associated with the history and movement towards freedom of its African-American citizens, the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery. The department and the Amistad Committee, Incorporated, of New Haven shall designate and mark the sites of the Freedom Trail. The Amistad Committee, Inc., of New Haven shall be responsible for the coordination and organization of the “September Freedom Trail Month”. The department shall establish a program to publicize the existence of the Freedom Trail and shall publish a brochure which indicates the location and history of the sites.

(1967, P.A. 521, S. 5; P.A. 75-371, S. 4, 10; P.A. 84-256, S. 4, 17; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; 95-334, S. 1, 13; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 228; P.A. 04-25, S. 1; 04-205, S. 5, 9; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 11-48, S. 116.)

History: P.A. 75-371 substituted “state register of historic places” for “its inventory” and made specific reference to official designation as “Connecticut historical landmark”; P.A. 84-256 amended section to permit charge for providing plaques or markers; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; (Revisor’s note: In 1997 existing provisions were designated by the Revisors as Subsec. (a) and Sec. 1 of P.A. 95-334, effective July 1, 1995, requiring commission to establish Freedom Trail, was added editorially and designated Subsec. (b)); Sec. 10-321c transferred to Sec. 10-320e in 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (b) to substitute Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for Connecticut Historical Commission, to change “underground railroad and related sites” to “related to minority history” and to change “Department of Economic and Community Development” to “Commission”, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-25 amended Subsec. (b) to replace “conjunction” with “consultation”, change description of the Freedom Trail from sites relating to minority history to sites associated with the history and movement towards freedom of African-American citizens, the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery and to add provisions re the designation and marking of Freedom Trail Sites and re the coordination and organization of “September Freedom Trail Month”, effective April 28, 2004; P.A. 04-205 amended Subsec. (b) to replace provision re marking sites related to minority history with provision re program to recognize, document and mark sites re history of African-American citizens, the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery, and to add provision re the designation and marking of Freedom Trail sites, effective June 3, 2004, and, effective on that date, with May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, also replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-320e transferred to Sec. 10-412 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “commission” with “department” and replaced “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, established under section 10-392” with “Department of Economic and Community Development”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-413. (Formerly Sec. 10-320f). Acquisition of historic structures and landmarks by department. Leases. Fees. Gift shops. The department may, using such funds as may be appropriated to it or available from any other source, acquire by gift, grant, bequest, devise, lease, purchase or otherwise historic structures or landmarks, including such adjacent land as may be necessary for the comfort and safety of the visiting public, which the department determines to be of national or state historical importance and to be of such concern to the public at large that they should be held forever in good condition for visitation by the public and for the protection of the heritages of the people of this state and nation. The department may restore, maintain and operate, or may lease to private organizations or municipalities for the purpose of restoring, maintaining and operating, such properties in such a condition as to render them suitable for public visitation and to inform the public of the historic event or circumstance connected therewith. The department may charge reasonable visitation or special event fees, and operate or contract for the operation of gift shops at such properties and use funds received to help defray the cost of maintenance and operation of such properties and to replenish stock. The department may cooperate with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and any other appropriate municipal, state or federal agency or private organization in carrying out functions under this section and may enter into agreements for such purposes.

(1967, P.A. 521, S. 6; P.A. 75-371, S. 5, 10; P.A. 95-192, S. 2; P.A. 00-168, S. 18, 27; P.A. 11-48, S. 117; 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 75-371 substituted department of environmental protection for state park and forest commission and provided in greater detail for commission’s power to acquire historic structures or landmarks including adjacent land; P.A. 95-192 added provisions for special event fees and the operation of gift shops; P.A. 00-168 authorized commission to lease acquired properties to private organizations and municipalities, effective May 26, 2000; Sec. 10-321d transferred to Sec. 10-320f in 2001; Sec. 10-320f transferred to Sec. 10-413 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “commission” with “department”, effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-414. (Formerly Sec. 10-320g). Placement of markers and monuments by department. The department may place and maintain suitable markers, memorials or monuments to designate sites or places found to have historic significance.

(1967, P.A. 521, S. 7; P.A. 75-371, S. 6, 10; P.A. 84-256, S. 5, 17; P.A. 11-48, S. 118.)

History: P.A. 75-371 included in information to be on marker towns’ subsequent history as well as circumstances of their founding; P.A. 84-256 deleted requirement that commission provide markers re founding and history to each town; Sec. 10-321e transferred to Sec. 10-320g in 2001; Sec. 10-320g transferred to Sec. 10-414 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “commission” with “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-415. (Formerly Sec. 10-320h). Federal contracts and assistance. Gifts, devises and bequests. (a) In making any grants-in-aid or providing any plaques or markers or making any direct expenditures for purposes of acquisition, relocation, restoration, maintenance or operation under sections 10-410 to 10-414, inclusive, and this section, the department shall utilize any programs of the federal government in concert with its actions so as to reduce the amount of state or local expenditures hereunder. The state, acting through the department, and any municipality may receive from the federal government any financial or technical assistance which may be available to it for the purpose of acquisition, historic preservation or operation of historic structures or landmarks and may also receive from any source gifts, devises, bequests or legacies.

(b) The department may enter into and carry out contracts with the federal government or any agency thereof under which said government or agency grants financial or other assistance to the department to further the purposes of sections 10-409 to 10-416, inclusive. The department may agree to and comply with any reasonable conditions not inconsistent with state law which are imposed on such grants. The department may further enter into and carry out contracts with municipalities or their agencies and with any private party to disburse federal funds to further the purpose of sections 10-409 to 10-416, inclusive.

(1967, P.A. 521, S. 8; P.A. 75-371, S. 7, 9, 10; P.A. 76-435, S. 45, 46, 82; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 229; P.A. 11-48, S. 119.)

History: P.A. 75-371 deleted reference to federal assistance for relocation, restoration and maintenance of structures or landmarks and added Subsec. (b) re contracts with federal government; P.A. 76-435 made technical changes; Sec. 10-321f transferred to Sec. 10-320h in 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (b) to replace “this chapter” with “sections 10-320b to 10-320j, inclusive”, effective August 20, 2003; Sec. 10-320h transferred to Sec. 10-415 in 2005; P.A. 11-48 replaced “commission” with “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-416. (Formerly Sec. 10-320j). Tax credits for rehabilitation of historic homes. (a) As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates another meaning:

(1) “Officer” means the State Historic Preservation Officer designated pursuant to 36 CFR S. 61.2 (1978);

(2) “Historic home” means a building that: (A) Will contain one-to-four dwelling units of which at least one unit will be occupied as the principal residence of the owner for not less than five years following the completion of rehabilitation work, (B) is located in a targeted area, and (C) is (i) listed individually on the National or State Register of Historic Places, or (ii) located in a district listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places, and has been certified by the commission as contributing to the historic character of such district;

(3) “Nonprofit corporation” means a nonprofit corporation incorporated pursuant to chapter 602 or any predecessor statutes thereto, having as one of its purposes the construction, rehabilitation, ownership or operation of housing and having articles of incorporation approved by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to section 8-79a or 8-84;

(4) “Owner” means any taxpayer filing a state of Connecticut tax return who possesses title to an historic home, or prospective title to an historic home in the form of a purchase agreement or option to purchase, or a nonprofit corporation that possesses such title or prospective title;

(5) “Targeted area” means: (A) A federally designated “qualified census tract” in which seventy per cent or more of the families have a median income of eighty per cent or less of the state-wide median family income, (B) a state designated and federally approved area of chronic economic distress, or (C) an urban and regional center as identified in the Connecticut Conservation and Development Policies Plan;

(6) “Qualified rehabilitation expenditures” means any costs incurred for the physical construction involved in the rehabilitation of an historic home, but excludes: (A) The owner’s personal labor, (B) the cost of site improvements, unless to provide building access to persons with disabilities, (C) the cost of a new addition, except as may be required to comply with any provision of the State Building Code or the Fire Safety Code, (D) any cost associated with the rehabilitation of an outbuilding, unless such building contributes to the historical significance of the historic home, and (E) any nonconstruction cost such as architectural fees, legal fees and financing fees;

(7) “Rehabilitation plan” means any construction plans and specifications for the proposed rehabilitation of an historic home in sufficient detail to enable the commission to evaluate compliance with the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section; and

(8) “Occupancy period” means a period of five years during which one or more owners occupy an historic home as their primary residence. The occupancy period begins on the date the tax credit voucher is issued by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

(b) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall administer a system of tax credit vouchers within the resources, requirements and purposes of this section for owners rehabilitating historic homes or taxpayers making contributions to qualified rehabilitation expenditures. For tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2000, any owner shall be eligible for a tax credit voucher in an amount equal to thirty per cent of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures.

(c) The officer shall develop standards for the approval of rehabilitation of historic homes for which a tax credit voucher is sought. Such standards shall take into account whether the rehabilitation of an historic home will preserve the historic character of the building.

(d) The Department of Economic and Community Development may, in consultation with the Commissioner of Revenue Services, adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to carry out the purposes of this section.

(e) Prior to beginning any rehabilitation work on an historic home, the owner shall submit a rehabilitation plan to the officer for a determination of whether such rehabilitation work meets the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section and shall also submit to the department an estimate of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures.

(f) If the officer certifies that the rehabilitation plan conforms to the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section, the department shall reserve for the benefit of the owner an allocation for a tax credit equivalent to thirty per cent of the projected qualified rehabilitation expenditures.

(g) Following the completion of rehabilitation of an historic home, the owner shall notify the officer that such rehabilitation has been completed. The officer shall provide the commission with documentation of work performed on the historic home and shall certify the cost incurred in rehabilitating the home. The officer shall review such rehabilitation and verify its compliance with the rehabilitation plan. Following such verification, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall issue a tax credit voucher to either the owner rehabilitating the historic home or to the taxpayer named by the owner as contributing to the rehabilitation. The tax credit voucher shall be in an amount equivalent to the lesser of the tax credit reserved upon certification of the rehabilitation plan under the provisions of subsection (f) of this section or thirty per cent of the actual qualified rehabilitation expenditures. In order to obtain a credit against any state tax due that is specified in subsections (j) to (m), inclusive, of this section, the holder of the tax credit voucher shall file the voucher with the holder’s state tax return.

(h) Before the Department of Economic and Community Development issues a tax credit voucher, the owner shall deliver a signed statement to the department which provides that: (1) The owner shall occupy the historic home as the owner’s primary residence during the occupancy period, or (2) the owner shall convey the historic home to a new owner who will occupy it as the new owner’s primary residence during the occupancy period, or (3) an encumbrance shall be recorded, in favor of the local, state or federal government or other funding source, that will require the owner or the owner’s successors to occupy the historic home as the primary residence of the owner or the owner’s successors for a period equal to or longer than the occupancy period. A copy of any such encumbrance shall be attached to the signed statement.

(i) The owner of an historic home shall not be eligible for a tax credit voucher under subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section, unless the owner incurs qualified rehabilitation expenditures exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars.

(j) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall grant a tax credit to a taxpayer holding the tax credit voucher issued under subsections (e) to (i), inclusive, of this section against any tax due under chapter 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 or 212 in the amount specified in the tax credit voucher. The Department of Economic and Community Development shall provide a copy of the voucher to the Commissioner of Revenue Services upon the request of said commissioner.

(k) In no event shall a credit allowed under this section exceed thirty thousand dollars per dwelling unit for an historic home.

(l) The tax credit issued under subsection (j) of this section shall be taken by the holder of the tax credit voucher in the same tax year in which the voucher is issued. Any unused portion of such credit may be carried forward to any or all of the four taxable years following the year in which the tax credit voucher is issued.

(m) The aggregate amount of all tax credits which may be reserved by the Department of Economic and Community Development upon certification of rehabilitation plans under subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section shall not exceed three million dollars in any one fiscal year.

(P.A. 99-173, S. 34–37, 65; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 230; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 06-159, S. 2; P.A. 11-8, S. 30; 11-48, S. 120.)

History: P.A. 99-173 effective June 23, 1999, and applicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2000 (Revisor’s note: In codifying sections 34 to 37, inclusive, of P.A. 99-173 as a single section, the Revisors codified all internal references accordingly and treated a reference to “this act” in Sec. 35(a) of the act as though the reference had been to “sections 34 to 37, inclusive, of this act”); June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to substitute Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film for Connecticut Historical Commission, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-205, effective June 3, 2004, and May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, effective May 12, 2004, both replaced Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film with Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; Sec. 10-320j transferred to Sec. 10-416 in 2005; P.A. 06-159 amended Subsec. (j) to require commission to submit voucher rather than taxpayer, effective June 6, 2006, and applicable to taxable years commencing on or after January 1, 2006; P.A. 11-8 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(6), effective May 24, 2011; P.A. 11-48 replaced definition of “commission” with definition of “officer” in Subsec. (a)(1), changed authority for adoption of regulations from mandatory to permissive in Subsec. (d) and replaced “commission” with “Department of Economic and Community Development”, “officer” or “department”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-416a. Tax credits for rehabilitation of certified historic structures. (a) As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates another meaning:

(1) “Officer” means the State Historic Preservation Officer designated pursuant to 36 CFR S. 61.2 (1978);

(2) “Certified historic structure” means an historic commercial, industrial, institutional, former municipal, state or federal government property, cultural building, or residential property of more than four units that: (A) Is listed individually on the National or State Register of Historic Places, or (B) is located in a district listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places, and has been certified by the officer as contributing to the historic character of such district;

(3) “Certified rehabilitation” means any rehabilitation of a certified historic structure for residential use consistent with the historic character of such property or the district in which the property is located as determined by regulations adopted by the Department of Economic and Community Development;

(4) “Owner” means any person, firm, limited liability company, nonprofit or for-profit corporation or other business entity which possesses title to an historic structure and undertakes the rehabilitation of such structure;

(5) “Placed in service” means that substantial rehabilitation work has been completed which would allow for issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the entire building or, in projects completed in phases, for individual residential units that are an identifiable portion of the building;

(6) “Qualified rehabilitation expenditures” means any costs incurred for the physical construction involved in the rehabilitation of a certified historic structure for residential use, excluding: (A) The owner’s personal labor, (B) the cost of a new addition, except as required to comply with any provision of the State Building Code or the Fire Safety Code, and (C) any nonconstruction cost such as architectural fees, legal fees and financing fees;

(7) “Rehabilitation plan” means any construction plans and specifications for the proposed rehabilitation of a certified historic structure in sufficient detail for evaluation by compliance with the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section; and

(8) “Substantial rehabilitation” or “substantially rehabilitate” means the qualified rehabilitation expenditures of a certified historic structure that exceed twenty-five per cent of the assessed value of such structure.

(b) (1) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall administer a system of tax credit vouchers within the resources, requirements and purposes of this section for owners rehabilitating certified historic structures.

(2) The credit authorized by this section shall be available in the tax year in which the substantially rehabilitated certified historic structure is placed in service. In the case of projects completed in phases, the tax credit shall be prorated to the substantially rehabilitated identifiable portion of the building placed in service. If the tax credit is more than the amount owed by the taxpayer for the year in which the substantially rehabilitated certified historic structure is placed in service, the amount that is more than the taxpayer’s tax liability may be carried forward and credited against the taxes imposed for the succeeding five years or until the full credit is used, whichever occurs first.

(3) Any credits allowed under this section that are provided to multiple owners of certified historic structures shall be passed through to persons designated as partners, members or owners, pro rata or pursuant to an agreement among such persons designated as partners, members or owners documenting an alternative distribution method without regard to other tax or economic attributes of such entity. Any owner entitled to a credit under this section may assign, transfer or convey the credits, in whole or in part, by sale or otherwise to any individual or entity and such transferee shall be entitled to offset the tax imposed under chapter 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 or 212 as if such transferee had incurred the qualified rehabilitation expenditure.

(c) The officer shall develop standards for the approval of rehabilitation of certified historic structures for which a tax credit voucher is sought. Such standards shall take into account whether the rehabilitation of a certified historic structure will preserve the historic character of the building.

(d) The Department of Economic and Community Development may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the purposes of this section. Such regulations shall include provisions for filing of applications, rating criteria and for timely approval by the department.

(e) Prior to beginning any rehabilitation work on a certified historic structure, the owner shall submit (1) a rehabilitation plan to the officer for a determination of whether or not such rehabilitation work meets the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section, and (2) an estimate of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures. The provisions of this subsection shall not disqualify applications for tax credits for certified historic structures for which rehabilitation commenced but were not placed in service before July 1, 2006.

(f) If the officer certifies that the rehabilitation plan conforms to the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall reserve for the benefit of the owner an allocation for a tax credit equivalent to twenty-five per cent of the projected qualified rehabilitation expenditures, not exceeding two million seven hundred thousand dollars.

(g) Following the completion of rehabilitation of a certified historic structure, the owner shall notify the officer that such rehabilitation has been completed. The owner shall provide the officer with documentation of work performed on the certified historic structure and shall submit certification of the costs incurred in rehabilitating the certified historic structure. The officer shall review such rehabilitation and verify its compliance with the rehabilitation plan. Following such verification, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall issue a tax credit voucher to the owner rehabilitating the certified historic structure or to the taxpayer named by the owner as contributing to the rehabilitation. The tax credit voucher shall be in an amount equivalent to the lesser of the tax credit reserved upon certification of the rehabilitation plan under the provisions of subsection (f) of this section or twenty-five per cent of the actual qualified rehabilitation expenditures not exceeding two million seven hundred thousand dollars. In order to obtain a credit against any state tax due that is specified in subsections (h) to (j), inclusive, of this section, the holder of the tax credit voucher shall file the voucher with the holder’s state tax return.

(h) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall grant a tax credit to a taxpayer holding the tax credit voucher issued under subsections (e) to (i), inclusive, of this section against any tax due under chapter 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 or 212 in the amount specified in the tax credit voucher. Such taxpayer shall submit the voucher and the corresponding tax return to the Department of Revenue Services.

(i) The aggregate amount of all tax credits which may be reserved by the Department of Economic and Community Development upon certification of rehabilitation plans under subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section shall not exceed fifteen million dollars in any one fiscal year.

(j) The Department of Economic and Community Development may charge an application fee in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars to cover the cost of administering the program established pursuant to this section.

(P.A. 06-186, S. 82; P.A. 07-217, S. 48; P.A. 11-8, S. 31; 11-48, S. 121.)

History: P.A. 06-186 effective July 1, 2006, and applicable to income years commencing on or after January 1, 2006; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (g), effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 11-8 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(6), effective May 24, 2011; P.A. 11-48 replaced definition of “commission” with definition of “officer” in Subsec. (a)(1), redefined “certified historic structure” in Subsec. (a)(2), changed authority for adoption of regulations from mandatory to permissive in Subsec. (d) and replaced “commission” with “Department of Economic and Community Development”, “officer” or “department”, effective July 1, 2011, and applicable to income years commencing on or after January 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-416b. Tax credits for rehabilitation of certified historic structures for mixed-use or affordable housing. (a) As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates another meaning:

(1) “Officer” means the State Historic Preservation Officer designated pursuant to 36 CFR S. 61.2 (1978);

(2) “Certified historic structure” means an historic commercial, industrial, former municipal, state or federal government property, cultural building, institutional or mixed residential and nonresidential property that: (A) Is listed individually on the National or State Register of Historic Places, or (B) is located in a district listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places, and has been certified by the officer as contributing to the historic character of such district;

(3) “Certified rehabilitation” means any rehabilitation of a certified historic structure for mixed residential and nonresidential uses or nonresidential use consistent with the historic character of such property or the district in which the property is located as determined by regulations adopted by the Department of Economic and Community Development;

(4) “Owner” means any person, firm, limited liability company, nonprofit or for-profit corporation or other business entity or municipality which possesses title to an historic structure and undertakes the rehabilitation of such structure;

(5) “Placed in service” means that substantial rehabilitation work has been completed which would allow for issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the entire building or, in projects completed in phases, for an identifiable portion of the building;

(6) “Qualified rehabilitation expenditures” means any costs incurred for the physical construction involved in the rehabilitation of a certified historic structure for mixed residential and nonresidential uses or nonresidential uses, excluding: (A) The owner’s personal labor, (B) the cost of a new addition, except as required to comply with any provision of the State Building Code or the Fire Safety Code, and (C) any nonconstruction cost such as architectural fees, legal fees and financing fees;

(7) “Rehabilitation plan” means any construction plans and specifications for the proposed rehabilitation of a certified historic structure in sufficient detail for evaluation by compliance with the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section; and

(8) “Substantial rehabilitation” or “substantially rehabilitate” means the qualified rehabilitation expenditures of a certified historic structure that exceed twenty-five per cent of the assessed value of such structure.

(b) (1) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall administer a system of tax credit vouchers within the resources, requirements and purposes of this section for owners rehabilitating certified historic structures.

(2) The credit authorized by this section shall be available in the tax year in which the substantially rehabilitated certified historic structure is placed in service. In the case of projects completed in phases, the tax credit shall be prorated to the substantially rehabilitated identifiable portion of the building placed in service. If the tax credit is more than the amount owed by the taxpayer for the year in which the substantially rehabilitated certified historic structure is placed in service, the amount that is more than the taxpayer’s tax liability may be carried forward and credited against the taxes imposed for the succeeding five years or until the full credit is used, whichever occurs first.

(3) In the case of projects completed in phases, the Department of Economic and Community Development may issue vouchers for the substantially rehabilitated identifiable portion of the building placed in service.

(4) Any credits allowed under this section that are provided to multiple owners of certified historic structures shall be passed through to persons designated as partners, members or owners, pro rata or pursuant to an agreement among such persons designated as partners, members or owners documenting an alternative distribution method without regard to other tax or economic attributes of such entity. Any owner entitled to a credit under this section may assign, transfer or convey the credits, in whole or in part, by sale or otherwise to any individual or entity and such transferee shall be entitled to offset the tax imposed under chapter 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 or 212 as if such transferee had incurred the qualified rehabilitation expenditure.

(c) The officer shall develop standards for the approval of rehabilitation of certified historic structures for which a tax credit voucher is sought. Such standards shall take into account whether the rehabilitation of a certified historic structure will preserve the historic character of the building.

(d) The Department of Economic and Community Development may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the purposes of this section. Such regulations shall include provisions for the filing of applications, rating criteria and for timely approval by the department.

(e) Prior to beginning any rehabilitation work on a certified historic structure, the owner shall submit to the officer (1) (A) a rehabilitation plan for a determination of whether or not such rehabilitation work meets the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section, and (B) if such rehabilitation work is planned to be undertaken in phases, a complete description of each such phase, with anticipated schedules for completion, (2) an estimate of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures, and (3) for projects pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (f) of this section, (A) the number of units of affordable housing, as defined in section 8-39a, to be created, (B) the proposed rents or sale prices of such units, and (C) the median income for the municipality where the project is located.

(f) If the officer certifies that the rehabilitation plan conforms to the standards developed under the provisions of subsections (b) to (d), inclusive, of this section, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall reserve for the benefit of the owner an allocation for a tax credit equivalent to (1) twenty-five per cent of the projected qualified rehabilitation expenditures, or (2) for rehabilitation plans submitted pursuant to subsection (e) of this section on or after June 14, 2007, thirty per cent of the projected qualified rehabilitation expenditures if (A) at least twenty per cent of the units are rental units and qualify as affordable housing, as defined in section 8-39a, or (B) at least ten per cent of the units are individual homeownership units and qualify as affordable housing, as defined in section 8-39a. No tax credit shall be allocated for the purposes of this subdivision unless an applicant has received a certificate from the Department of Economic and Community Development pursuant to section 8-37lll confirming that the project complies with affordable housing requirements under section 8-39a.

(g) (1) The owner shall notify the officer that a phase of the rehabilitation has been completed at such time as an identifiable portion of a certified historic structure has been placed in service. Such portion shall not be required to include residential uses, provided the rehabilitation plan submitted pursuant to subsection (e) of this section describes the residential uses that will be part of the rehabilitation, and includes a schedule for completion of such residential uses. The owner shall provide the officer with documentation of work performed on such portion of such structure and shall submit certification of the costs incurred in such rehabilitation. The officer shall review such rehabilitation and verify its compliance with the rehabilitation plan. Following such verification, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall issue a tax credit voucher as provided in subsection (h) of this section.

(2) If the residential portion of the mixed residential and nonresidential uses described in the rehabilitation plan is not completed within the schedule outlined in such plan, the owner shall recapture one hundred per cent of the amount of the credit for which a voucher was issued pursuant to this section on the tax return required to be filed for the income year immediately succeeding the income year during which such residential portion has not been completed. The Department of Economic and Community Development, in its discretion, may provide an extension of time for completion of such residential portion, but in no event shall such extension be more than three years.

(h) Following the completion of rehabilitation of a certified historic structure in its entirety or in phases to an identifiable portion of the building, the owner shall notify the officer that such rehabilitation has been completed. The owner shall provide the officer with documentation of work performed on the certified historic structure and shall submit certification of the costs incurred in rehabilitating the certified historic structure. The officer shall review such rehabilitation and verify its compliance with the rehabilitation plan. Following such verification, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall issue a tax credit voucher to the owner rehabilitating the certified historic structure or to the taxpayer named by the owner as contributing to the rehabilitation. The tax credit voucher shall be in an amount equivalent to the lesser of the tax credit reserved upon certification of the rehabilitation plan under the provisions of subsection (f) of this section or (1) twenty-five per cent of the actual qualified rehabilitation expenditures, or (2) for projects including affordable housing pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (f) of this section, thirty per cent of the actual qualified rehabilitation expenditures. In order to obtain a credit against any state tax due that is specified in subsection (i) of this section, the holder of the tax credit voucher shall file the voucher with the holder’s state tax return.

(i) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall grant a tax credit to a taxpayer holding the tax credit voucher issued under subsections (e) to (j), inclusive, of this section against any tax due under chapter 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 or 212 in the amount specified in the tax credit voucher. Such taxpayer shall submit the voucher and the corresponding tax return to the Department of Revenue Services.

(j) The Department of Economic and Community Development may charge an application fee in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars to cover the cost of administering the program established pursuant to this section.

(k) The aggregate amount of all tax credits which may be reserved by the Department of Economic and Community Development upon certification of rehabilitation plans under subsections (a) to (j), inclusive, of this section shall not exceed fifty million dollars for the fiscal three-year period beginning July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2011, inclusive, and each fiscal three-year period thereafter. No project may receive tax credits in an amount exceeding ten per cent of such aggregate amount.

(l) On or before October 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall report the total amount of historic preservation tax credits and affordable housing tax credits reserved for the previous fiscal year under subsections (a) to (j), inclusive, of this section, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce and to finance, revenue and bonding. Each such report shall include the following information for each project for which tax credit has been reserved: (1) The total project costs, (2) the value of the tax credit reservation for the purpose of historic preservation, (3) a statement whether the reservation is for mixed-use and if so, the proportion of the project that is not residential, and (4) the number of residential units to be created, and, for affordable housing reservations, the value of the reservation and percentage of residential units that will qualify as affordable housing, as defined in section 8-39a.

(m) (1) If the total amount of such tax credits reserved in the first fiscal year of a fiscal three-year period is more than sixty-five per cent of the aggregate amount of tax credits reserved under subsections (a) to (j), inclusive, of this section, then no additional reservation shall be allowed for the second fiscal year of such fiscal three-year period unless the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce and to finance, revenue and bonding each vote separately to authorize continuance of tax credit reservations under the program.

(2) If the total amount of such credits reserved in the second year of a fiscal three-year period exceeds ninety per cent of the aggregate amount of tax credits reserved under subsections (a) to (j), inclusive, of this section, then no additional reservation shall be allowed for the third fiscal year of such fiscal three-year period unless the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce and to finance, revenue and bonding each vote separately to authorize the continuance of tax credit reservations under the program.

(3) Any tax credit reservations issued before a suspension of additional tax credit reservations under subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection shall remain in place.

(P.A. 07-250, S. 19–21; P.A. 10-188, S. 15; P.A. 11-8, S. 32; 11-48, S. 122.)

History: P.A. 07-250, effective June 14, 2007, and Subsecs. (a) to (j) applicable to income years commencing on or after January 1, 2008; P.A. 10-188 amended Subsec. (a)(5) to redefine “placed in service” by removing reference to individual residential units, amended Subsec. (b) by adding new Subdiv. (3) re vouchers for projects completed in phases and redesignating existing Subdiv. (3) as Subdiv. (4), amended Subsec. (e)(1) by designating existing provisions as Subpara. (A) and adding Subpara. (B) re work undertaken in phases, added new Subsec. (g) re process for vouchers issued for projects completed in phases, redesignated existing Subsecs. (g) to (l) as Subsecs. (h) to (m) and made conforming changes, effective July 1, 2010, and applicable to income years commencing on or after January 1, 2010; P.A. 11-8 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(6), effective May 24, 2011; P.A. 11-48 replaced definition of “commission” with definition of “officer” and redefined “certified historic structure”, “certified rehabilitation”, “owner” and “qualified rehabilitation expenditures” in Subsec. (a), deleted “regardless of whether such portion contains residential uses” in Subsec. (b)(3), changed authority for adoption of regulations from mandatory to permissive in Subsec. (d), deleted provision re submission of copy of data to department in Subsec. (e), replaced “submitted to the commission” with “received” re certificate and replaced reference to Subsecs. (l) and (m) with reference to Sec. 8-37lll in Subsec. (f), added provision re completion of rehabilitation in its entirety or in phases in Subsec. (h), and replaced “Commission on Culture and Tourism” and “commission” with “Department of Economic and Community Development”, “officer” or “department”, effective July 1, 2011, and applicable to income years commencing on or after January 1, 2011.

Sec. 10-417. (Formerly Sec. 32-86a). Commission powers and duties re digital media and motion picture activities. Section 10-417 is repealed, effective September 9, 2009.

(P.A. 94-137, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 231; P.A. 04-205, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 30; P.A. 06-172, S. 3; P.A. 07-217, S. 49; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 512.)

Sec. 10-418. Requests by state agencies for proposals for digital media or motion picture activity. Section 10-418 is repealed, effective September 9, 2009.

(P.A. 06-172, S. 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 512.)

Secs. 10-419 to 10-424. Reserved for future use.

Sec. 10-425. Sports Advisory Board. Membership. Annual report. (a) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall establish a Sports Advisory Board within the department that shall advise the commissioner on the most effective ways to utilize state resources to promote, attract and market in-state professional and amateur sports and sporting events. Said board shall also advise the commissioner on ways to coordinate the use of state-owned facilities in order to enhance sports-related tourism in the state and develop methods for the dissemination of information concerning in-state professional and amateur sports and sporting events to residents of the state and the northeast.

(b) Said advisory board shall consist of one member from each of the following entities: (1) The University of Connecticut’s Athletic Department; (2) the Connecticut State University System’s Athletic Department; (3) the XL Center; (4) Northland AEG; (5) the Traveler’s Championship Golf Tournament; (6) the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament; (7) the Special Olympics; (8) the Mohegan Sun Arena; (9) Foxwoods Resort Casino; (10) Lime Rock Park Race Track; (11) the Arena at Harbor Yard; (12) New Britain Stadium; (13) the Connecticut Marine Trades Association; (14) the Office of Policy and Management; (15) the Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee; (16) the Capital Region Development Authority; (17) the Nutmeg State Games; (18) the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference; (19) Fairfield University; (20) Quinnipiac University; (21) Sacred Heart University; (22) any other entity involved in sports or sporting events that the commissioner deems appropriate; (23) the Connecticut State Golf Association; and (24) Dodd Stadium.

(c) The first meeting of the Sports Advisory Board shall convene not later than November 15, 2008, and the advisory board shall meet not less than once per calendar quarter thereafter. The advisory board shall provide any recommendations of the advisory board to the commissioner not later than thirty days after any such meeting.

(d) The members of the advisory board may select a chairperson from among its membership who shall be responsible for the scheduling and conducting of any such meeting.

(e) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall provide staff support to the board.

(f) Not later than thirty days prior to each regular session of the General Assembly, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce that includes information on the status of the Sports Advisory Board’s activities, the implementation of any recommendations of said advisory board and any legislative proposals related to such recommendations.

(P.A. 08-89, S. 1; P.A. 11-48, S. 157; P.A. 12-147, S. 7.)

History: P.A. 08-89 effective May 27, 2008; P.A. 11-48 replaced “executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” with “Commissioner of Economic and Community Development”, replaced “commission” with “department”, replaced “executive director” with “commissioner”, replaced “Department of Economic and Community Development” with “Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee”, replaced “Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism” with “Department of Economic and Community Development” and made a technical change, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-147 replaced “Capital City Economic Development Authority” with “Capital Region Development Authority” in Subsec. (b)(16), effective June 15, 2012.