CHAPTER 48

ORGANIZATION OF STATE AGENCIES

Table of Contents

Sec. 4-38. Transferred

Secs. 4-38a and 4-38b. Reorganization of executive branch, legislative finding, transfer of powers and duties among agencies, liberal construction of statutes, cooperation with Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; repealed sections; effective dates of public acts 77-614 and 78-303. Governor’s responsibilities in implementing reorganization.

Sec. 4-38c. Departments within the executive branch.

Sec. 4-38d. (Formerly Sec. 4-38). Transfer or assignment of functions, powers, duties of department, institution, or agency to successor department, institution, agency or authority.

Sec. 4-38e. Receipt of federal aid by successor agency or authority.

Sec. 4-38f. “Administrative purposes only”, defined. Agencies assigned to departments for administrative purposes only; agencies’ powers; departments’ duties.

Sec. 4-38g. Departments, agencies and their personnel to cooperate in the implementation of public act 77-614.

Sec. 4-38h. Rights of state employees unaffected by public act 77-614*.

Sec. 4-38i. Collective bargaining rights of state employees unaffected by public act 77-614.

Sec. 4-38j. Reports to General Assembly on program and implementation of reorganization.

Sec. 4-39. Transfer of appropriations upon transfer of functions or deinstitutionalization of clients.

Sec. 4-40. Determination of salaries not prescribed by law.

Sec. 4-40a. Compensation and expenses of licensing boards and commissions.

Secs. 4-41 to 4-50. Regulations of state agencies.

Sec. 4-51. Seals for state departments.

Sec. 4-52. Trustee account defined.

Sec. 4-53. Establishment of trustee accounts.

Sec. 4-54. Management of trustee accounts.

Sec. 4-55. Statement of trustee account operations.

Sec. 4-56. Separate account for student or client funds.

Sec. 4-56a. Procedures re activity and institutional welfare funds not to constitute regulations.

Sec. 4-57. Financial reports on general welfare funds.

Sec. 4-57a. Activity fund for inmates. Management of fund. Correctional General Welfare Fund.

Sec. 4-58. Disposition of unclaimed property in custody of heads of state institutions.

Sec. 4-58a. Mutual aid fire pacts between state institutions and municipalities.

Sec. 4-59. Forms of reports to state officers.

Sec. 4-60. Annual reports of budgeted agencies.

Secs. 4-60a to 4-60c. State Planning Council.

Sec. 4-60d. Legislative Committee on State Planning and Development.

Sec. 4-60e. Existing rights and duties of state agencies not affected.

Secs. 4-60f to 4-60h. Interagency Committee on Health and Safety Codes. Legislative finding re provisions of human services. Council on Human Services.

Sec. 4-60i. Commissioner of Social Services to develop uniform information, terminology and regulations for certain agencies. Duties.

Sec. 4-60j. Commissioner to consider advice of advisory boards and councils.

Sec. 4-60k. Demonstration programs.

Sec. 4-60l. Commissioner to approve certain agency policies and programs.

Secs. 4-60m and 4-60n. Direction of agency improvements and changes. Plan and report.

Sec. 4-60o. Office of Child Day Care.

Sec. 4-60p. State agencies as members of public-private consortia.

Sec. 4-60q. Toll-free telephone access to state agencies.

Sec. 4-60r. Use of electronic notification and correspondence with clients of state agencies.

Sec. 4-60s. Conversion of forms to electronic format. Inventory.

Sec. 4-60t. (This section is effective July 1, 2013.) Posting of manuals and guidance documents on Internet web site.

Sec. 4-60u. Agreements re public utilization of government services and programs electronically.

Sec. 4-61. Actions against the state on highway and public works contracts. Arbitration.

Sec. 4-61a. Inventions and discoveries by state employees.

Sec. 4-61b. Transferred

Secs. 4-61c to 4-61k. Transferred

Sec. 4-61l. Transferred

Sec. 4-61m. Council on Voluntary Action. Director. Duties.

Secs. 4-61n and 4-61o. Transferred

Secs. 4-61p and 4-61q. Law enforcement agencies excepted. Complaint to Human Rights and Opportunities Commission.

Sec. 4-61r. Transferred

Sec. 4-61s. Transferred

Sec. 4-61t. Committee on Career Entry and Mobility. Members. Duties.

Sec. 4-61u. State departments and agencies required to establish programs of career mobility and accommodation and entry level training of persons with disabilities.

Sec. 4-61v. Report to General Assembly by Commissioner of Administrative Services and Committee on Upward Mobility.

Sec. 4-61w. Composition of employees in career mobility program.

Secs. 4-61x to 4-61z. Reserved

Sec. 4-61aa. Committee to encourage employment by state of persons with disabilities.

Sec. 4-61bb. Reserved

Sec. 4-61cc. Renewal of license, certificate, permit or registration that expires while holder is on active duty with armed forces of the United States or ordered out with the National Guard. Exceptions.

Sec. 4-61dd. Whistle-blowing. Disclosure of information to Auditors of Public Accounts. Investigation by Attorney General. Rejection of complaint. Complaints re retaliatory personnel actions. Report to General Assembly. Large state contractors. Posting of notice. Definitions.

Secs. 4-61ee to 4-61gg. Reserved

Sec. 4-61hh. Volunteers in state government. Definitions.

Sec. 4-61ii. Volunteer programs within state agencies.

Sec. 4-61jj. Incidental benefits. Fulfillment of experience or training requirements.

Sec. 4-61kk. Exemption from title 5. Compliance with regulations.

Sec. 4-61ll. Benefits or reimbursements to volunteers.

Sec. 4-61mm. Evaluation of volunteer program to be included in annual report.

Sec. 4-61nn. Adaptation of administration of tests to needs of persons with disabilities.


Sec. 4-38. Transferred to Sec. 4-38d.

Secs. 4-38a and 4-38b. Reorganization of executive branch, legislative finding, transfer of powers and duties among agencies, liberal construction of statutes, cooperation with Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; repealed sections; effective dates of public acts 77-614 and 78-303. Governor’s responsibilities in implementing reorganization. Sections 4-38a and 4-38b are repealed.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 2, 587, 588, 609, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 86, 119, 120, 136; 78-347, S. 2; P.A. 79-631, S. 46, 111; P.A. 88-116, S. 11.)

Sec. 4-38c. Departments within the executive branch. There shall be within the executive branch of state government the following departments: Office of Policy and Management, Department of Administrative Services, Department of Revenue Services, Department of Banking, Department of Agriculture, Department of Children and Families, Department of Consumer Protection, Department of Correction, Department of Economic and Community Development, State Board of Education, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, Board of Regents for Higher Education, Insurance Department, Labor Department, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Department of Construction Services.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 3, 610; P.A. 79-598, S. 1, 27; P.A. 80-482, S. 4, 345, 348; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 86-175, S. 3, 4; P.A. 87-9, S. 2, 3; 87-496, S. 3, 110; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; 93-262, S. 28, 87; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-195, S. 7, 83; 95-250, S. 14, 42; 95-257, S. 11, 12, 21, 58; 95-309, S. 11, 12; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(d), (f), 148; P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; 04-219, S. 2; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); P.A. 11-48, S. 285; 11-51, S. 47, 142; 11-80, S. 1, 4.)

History: P.A. 79-598 included department of housing; P.A. 80-482 deleted reference to department of business regulation and added departments of banking, insurance, liquor control, and public utility control; P.A. 82-218 replaced board of higher education with board of governors pursuant to reorganization of higher education system, effective March 1, 1983; P.A. 84-241 added “of higher education” to board of governors for clarity; P.A. 86-175 added department of veterans’ affairs; P.A. 87-9 amended the section by replacing “banking department” with “department of banking”; P.A. 87-496 added department of public works; P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-262 removed references to department on aging, department of income maintenance and department of human resources and added reference to department of social services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-195 deleted reference to Department of Liquor Control, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Departments of Economic Development and Housing with the Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 95-257 replaced Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Department of Public Health and replaced Department of Mental Health with Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-309 changed effective date of P.A. 95-250 but did not affect this section; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 removed reference to Department of Agriculture and changed “Department of Consumer Protection” to “Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection”, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Secs. 146 and 148 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 04-219 added Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, effective January 1, 2005; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 “Department of Mental Retardation” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Developmental Services”, effective October 1, 2007; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-51 deleted “Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security” and “Department of Public Safety” and added “Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection” and replaced “Department of Public Works” with “Department of Construction Services”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-80 changed “Department of Environmental Protection” to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection” and deleted “Department of Public Utility Control”, effective July 1, 2011.

Cited. 175 C. 586; 182 C. 253.

Sec. 4-38d. (Formerly Sec. 4-38). Transfer or assignment of functions, powers, duties of department, institution, or agency to successor department, institution, agency or authority. (a) Continuity of authority. A department, institution, agency or authority to which functions, powers or duties are assigned or transferred under the provisions of any act of the General Assembly shall constitute a successor as to such matters and not a grant of new authority.

(b) Continuance of orders and regulations. Any order or regulation of a department, institution or agency, or of a division thereof, the functions, powers or duties of which are so assigned or transferred, which is in force at the time of such assignment or transfer, shall continue in force and effect as an order or regulation of the department, institution, agency or authority to which such assignment or transfer is made until amended, repealed or superseded pursuant to law.

(c) Pending actions and proceedings. The assignment or transfer of any of the functions, powers or duties of a department, institution or agency, or any division thereof, under the provisions of any act of the General Assembly shall not affect any action or proceeding, civil or criminal, pending at the time of such assignment or transfer, and the proper party shall be deemed substituted in such action by operation of this section without motion or order.

(d) Completion of unfinished business. Any contract, right of action or matter undertaken or commenced by any department, institution or agency, or any division thereof, the functions, powers or duties of which are so assigned or transferred, may be conducted and completed by its successor in the same manner and under the same terms and conditions and with the same effect as if undertaken or commenced and conducted and completed by the department, institution or agency, the functions, powers and duties of which are so assigned or transferred.

(e) Officers and employees; general transfer. Officers and employees of any department, institution or agency, or any division thereof, the functions, powers or duties of which are so assigned or transferred, shall be assigned or transferred to the department or authority to which such assignment or transfer is made, subject to any statutes or regulations governing the employment of state employees. If the duties of any such officer or employee pertain to functions which are divided and assigned to two or more departments, institutions, agencies or authorities, the heads thereof shall determine the department, institution, agency or authority to which such officer or employee shall be transferred and, if they are unable to agree, such determination shall be made by the Governor.

(f) Records and property; general transfer. Unless otherwise expressly provided by law, the head of a department, institution or agency, the functions, powers or duties of which are so assigned or transferred, shall deliver to the department, institution, agency or authority to which such assignment or transfer is made all contracts, books, maps, plans, papers, records and property pertaining to or used in connection with the functions, powers or duties so assigned or transferred.

(1949 Rev., S. 278; P.A. 77-614, S. 9, 610; P.A. 86-281, S. 10.)

History: P.A. 77-614 added word “contract” in Subsec. (d); section transferred from Sec. 4-38 to Sec. 4-38d in 1979; P.A. 86-281 added references to “authority” throughout section.

Cited. 148 C. 591; 222 C. 414.

Subsec. (a):

Supervision of trusts and appointment of trustees is judicial function and not a legislative power. Transfer under section of duties of commission on fine arts to public works commissioner carried with it only the power to act as trustee. 140 C. 124.

Sec. 4-38e. Receipt of federal aid by successor agency or authority. Wherever any agency or function of any agency is transferred, the agency or authority performing the transferred function shall be construed as a continuation of the original agency for the purpose of federal aid, and may continue to receive any such funds to carry out or perform such functions.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 14, 610; P.A. 86-281, S. 11.)

History: P.A. 86-281 added reference to “authority”.

Sec. 4-38f. “Administrative purposes only”, defined. Agencies assigned to departments for administrative purposes only; agencies’ powers; departments’ duties. (a) An agency assigned to a department for administrative purposes only shall: (1) Exercise any quasi-judicial, rule-making or regulatory authority, licensing and policy-making functions which it may have independent of such department and without approval or control of the department; (2) prepare its budget, if any, and submit its budgetary requests through the department; and (3) hire its own personnel or enter into contracts, if authorized by law, or if the general assembly provides or authorizes the expenditure of funds therefor.

(b) The department to which an agency is assigned for administrative purposes only shall: (1) Provide record keeping, reporting, and related administrative and clerical functions for the agency to the extent deemed necessary by the department head; (2) disseminate for the agency any required notices, rules or orders adopted, amended or repealed by the agency; (3) provide staff for the agency subject to the provisions of subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of this section; and (4) include in the departmental budget the agency’s budgetary request, if any, as a separate part of said budget and exactly as prepared and submitted to the department by the agency.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 8, 610.)

Cited. 193 C. 379.

Cited. 3 CA 464.

Sec. 4-38g. Departments, agencies and their personnel to cooperate in the implementation of public act 77-614. Section 4-38g is repealed.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 16, 610; P.A. 88-116, S. 11.)

Sec. 4-38h. Rights of state employees unaffected by public act 77-614*. Each state employee affected by the reorganization of the executive branch of state government under public act 77-614 shall be entitled to all rights which he possessed as a state employee before the effective date of the applicable provision of public act 77-614, including all rights to a position in the classified service, all rights of rank or grade, rights to vacation, sick pay and leave, rights under any retirement or personnel plan and any other rights under any law or administrative policy. This section shall not be construed to create any new rights for any state employee, but to continue only those rights in effect before the effective date of public act 77-614.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 11, 610.)

*Note: Public act 77-614 is entitled “An Act Concerning the Reorganization of the Executive Branch of State Government”. (See Reference Table captioned “Public Acts of 1977” in Volume 16 which lists the sections amended, created or repealed by the act.)

Sec. 4-38i. Collective bargaining rights of state employees unaffected by public act 77-614. Section 4-38i is repealed, effective October 1, 2002.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 12, 610; S.A. 02-12, S. 1.)

Sec. 4-38j. Reports to General Assembly on program and implementation of reorganization. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and each department head, as defined by section 4-5, shall submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to government administration, organization and reorganization a report upon request, on the progress and implementation of reorganization and upon request shall also furnish to the committee any information concerning reorganization or appear before the committee to provide such information as may be determined by the chairpersons of said committee.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 17, 586, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 130, 136; P.A. 79-31, S. 14, 17; P.A. 81-258; P.A. 82-314, S. 14, 63.)

History: P.A. 78-303 repealed provisions introduced by Sec. 586 of P.A. 77-614; P.A. 79-31 changed committee on government administration and policy to committee on government administration and elections; P.A. 81-258 eliminated requirement of annual reports and required that reports be made upon request; P.A. 82-314 changed name of government administration and elections committee and deleted requirement for “annual” reports upon request.

Sec. 4-39. Transfer of appropriations upon transfer of functions or deinstitutionalization of clients. (a) The Governor shall determine the amount of any appropriation or appropriations granted by the General Assembly to any department, institution or agency for the financing of functions, powers or duties which are transferred or assigned under the provisions of any act of the General Assembly and shall have full authority, with the approval of the Finance Advisory Committee, to transfer any such amount to the department, institution, agency or authority to which any such function, power or duty is transferred or assigned.

(b) Where a state agency plans to move or moves clients from a state-operated or contracted-for facility or institution into the community and such move increases the costs of another state agency, the Governor, with the approval of the Finance Advisory Committee, may transfer sufficient funds to cover such increased costs from the appropriations of the agency which moved the clients to the appropriations of the agency which incurred the additional costs.

(1949 Rev., S. 279; P.A. 86-281, S. 12; P.A. 93-247, S. 1, 2.)

History: P.A. 86-281 added reference to “authority”; P.A. 93-247 made existing provisions Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re transfer of funds to cover additional costs incurred by an agency because of another agency’s action, effective July 1, 1993.

Sec. 4-40. Determination of salaries not prescribed by law. The salaries, compensation and wages of all state officers, boards, commissions, deputies and employees, except in the Legislative and Judicial Departments of the state government, not prescribed by statute or special act, shall be determined, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, by the Commissioner of Administrative Services. The salaries of the Commissioner of Administrative Services and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall be determined by the Governor. Salaries, compensation and wages in the legislative department shall be determined by the General Assembly and, in the Judicial Department, when not prescribed by statute or special act, shall be determined by the judges of the Supreme Court in accordance with the applicable provisions of section 51-12, unless the appointing authority is empowered to fix, approve, or otherwise determine, such salaries, compensation or wages in which case the salaries, compensation or wages so fixed, approved or otherwise determined shall not exceed the salaries, compensation or wages fixed for comparable positions in the compensation plan referred to in section 51-12.

(1949 Rev., S. 3593; 1957, P.A. 651, S. 18; February, 1965, P.A. 331, S. 9; P.A. 77-614, S. 10, 610.)

History: 1965 act added exception where appointing authority in judicial department is empowered to determine salaries; P.A. 77-614 transferred power to establish salaries from personnel policy board to commissioner of administrative services, required approval of secretary of the office of policy and management and provided that the secretary’s and commissioner’s salaries be established by the governor.

See Secs. 2-10, 2-55 and 4-1 re compensation of House and Senate clerks and assistant clerks, of employees of Legislative Commissioners’ Office and of appointed officers, respectively.

Sec. 4-40a. Compensation and expenses of licensing boards and commissions. Members of the examining and licensing boards and commissions acting under title 20 shall be compensated for their services at rates established by the Commissioner of Administrative Services, subject to the provisions of section 4-40, and such compensation and the expenses of each such board or commission shall be charged against appropriations of the General Fund.

(1959, P.A. 616, S. 76; P.A. 77-614, S. 85, 610.)

History: P.A. 77-614 replaced personnel policy board with commissioner of administrative services.

Secs. 4-41 to 4-50. Regulations of state agencies. Sections 4-41 to 4-50, inclusive, and other provisions of the general statutes which are inconsistent with the provisions of chapter 54 are repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 280–286; 1955, S. 105d–107d; 1957, P.A. 11; 176, S. 1–3; 1959, P.A. 330, S. 1, 2; 1961, P.A. 516; 1963, P.A. 26; 281; 559, S. 1–3; 1967, P.A. 285, S. 1, 2; 713, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 787, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 111; 854, S. 20.)

Sec. 4-51. Seals for state departments. Each state department, commission, board and institution shall provide for its use an official seal of a uniform general design approved by the Secretary.

(1949 Rev., S. 180.)

See Sec. 51-58 re court seals.

Sec. 4-52. Trustee account defined. As used in sections 4-53 to 4-55, inclusive, trustee account means any account operated in any state educational institution or welfare or medical agency for the benefit of the employees or students of such institution or agency, including so-called clients’ funds in state hospitals, the revenue of which is derived from the operation of canteens, vending machines, dramatics, recitals, student activity fees, membership fees, deposits, gifts, donations, bequests or any other legal source compatible with the good government of such institution or agency.

(1949 Rev., S. 297; P.A. 78-298, S. 2, 14; P.A. 91-217, S. 1; P.A. 98-42, S. 2, 8; P.A. 02-107, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 78-298 removed exception for auxiliary services fund from definition of activity fund and specified student activity fees as included in definition; P.A. 91-217 removed references to “correctional” institutions and “inmates”; P.A. 98-42 substituted “state educational institution or welfare or medical agency” for “state educational, welfare or medical institution” and substituted “clients’ funds” for “patients’ funds”, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 02-107 renamed activity fund as trustee account and added “gifts, donations, bequests”, effective July 1, 2002.

Sec. 4-53. Establishment of trustee accounts. The administrative head of any such institution or agency may, with the approval of the Comptroller and in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Comptroller, establish one or more trustee accounts. The Governor may allot from the funds appropriated to any such institution or agency any amount needed in the Governor’s judgment for the establishment of any such trustee account, and the Comptroller shall provide in such procedures for the reimbursement of such appropriation. The use of such state facilities as space, fixtures, heat and light to obtain revenue from the sources designated in section 4-52 is authorized.

(1949 Rev., S. 298; 1959, P.A. 318; 1967, P.A. 29, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 84-130, S. 1, 3; P.A. 98-42, S. 3, 8; P.A. 02-107, S. 2.)

History: 1959 act deleted provision for financing cost of employee’s time and cost of bonding from fund and authorized commissioner of finance and control to establish or approve allocation of salaries and wages; 1967 act changed wording slightly; P.A. 77-614 substituted secretary of the office of policy and management for commissioner of finance and control; P.A. 84-130 replaced references to secretary of office of policy and management with references to comptroller and repealed provision authorizing secretary to establish or approve allocation of salaries of personnel connected with activity funds; P.A. 98-42 inserted “or agency” after “institution” and substituted “general welfare fund” for “institutional general welfare fund”, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 02-107 renamed activity fund as trustee account, made technical changes for purposes of gender neutrality and deleted provision re transfer of excess balance at end of fiscal year, effective July 1, 2002.

Sec. 4-54. Management of trustee accounts. (a) The management of such accounts may be under the control of students or employees other than those adjudged mentally ill but shall be under the supervision of the administrative head of the institution or agency, except that such accounts shall be under the total control of students under conditions hereinafter provided. The person acting as treasurer of any such account shall be bonded in an amount determined by the State Insurance and Risk Management Board.

(b) Where the duly constituted student government at any public institution of higher education or where by petition five per cent of the students enrolled at such institution and paying activity fees seeks to establish total control and administration of the student trustee account at such institution, a referendum shall be held on the question. Such referendum shall be conducted by secret ballot and notice of such referendum shall be given to the students at such institution at least fourteen days prior to such referendum. Upon approval by a majority of at least forty per cent of all students enrolled in the institution and paying activity fees, the duly constituted student government of such institution shall become responsible for the control and administration of such account. Pursuant to this subsection any student government controlling student trustee accounts shall establish a finance committee whose duty it shall be to hold hearings on budget requests and expenditures of such accounts and to recommend the allocation of such accounts to the student government. Such student government shall have as one of its officers a duly elected treasurer who shall be accountable for such accounts and be bonded in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

(c) A referendum on whether to continue student control of such account shall be held upon the petition by five per cent of the students enrolled at such institution and paying activity fees. Such referendum shall be held in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Where a majority of those voting in such referendum disapprove of the continuation of student control over such accounts, supervision of such accounts shall be vested in the administrative head of the institution in accordance with subsection (a) of this section.

(d) Notwithstanding any provisions of this section, a referendum on whether to continue student control of such account shall be held at least every four years in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Such referendum shall require approval by a majority of at least forty per cent of all students enrolled in the institution and paying activity fees.

(1949 Rev., S. 299; June, 1955, S. 112d; 1972, P.A. 241, S. 2; P.A. 77-414, S. 1; P.A. 91-217, S. 2; P.A. 98-42, S. 4, 8; P.A. 99-51, S. 4, 9; 99-145, S. 17, 23; P.A. 02-107, S. 3.)

History: 1972 act replaced committee on bonding of state officers with state insurance purchasing board; P.A. 77-414 added Subsecs. (b) to (d), inclusive, setting out conditions for total student control of student activity funds; P.A. 91-217 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting reference to inmates; P.A. 98-42 amended Subsec. (a) by inserting “or agency” after “institution”, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-51, effective May 27, 1999, and P.A. 99-145, effective June 8, 1999, both amended Subsec. (a) to substitute “State Insurance and Risk Management Board” for “State Insurance Purchasing Board”; P.A. 02-107 renamed activity fund as trustee account and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2002.

Sec. 4-55. Statement of trustee account operations. The administrative head of any institution or agency operating a trustee account, the Commissioner of Correction operating a trustee account in accordance with the provisions of section 4-57a or the treasurer of a student government organization at a public institution of higher education in control of a trustee account, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of section 4-54, shall file, or cause to be filed, a balance sheet and statement of operations with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management at such times as said secretary orders. A copy of such statements shall be retained for auditing purposes.

(1949 Rev., S. 300; P.A. 77-414, S. 2; 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 78-298, S. 3, 14; P.A. 91-217, S. 6; P.A. 98-42, S. 5, 8; P.A. 02-107, S. 4.)

History: P.A. 77-414 included the treasurer of a student government organization controlling activity fund under filing requirements; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of finance and control with secretary of office of policy and management; P.A. 78-298 replaced requirement for annual audit with audits at the discretion of auditors of public accounts; P.A. 91-217 specified applicability to commissioner of correction operating an activity fund in accordance with provisions of Sec. 4-57a; P.A. 98-42 inserted “or agency” after “institution” and required a copy of statements to be retained for auditing purposes instead of filed with the Auditors of Public Accounts, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 02-107 renamed activity fund as trustee account, effective July 1, 2002.

Sec. 4-56. Separate account for student or client funds. Unless otherwise provided by the donor, all gifts, donations or bequests made to the students or clients of any state educational institution or medical or welfare agency as a group, unclaimed funds accumulated from money deposited for the use of students or clients in any such state institution or agency, and the interest on any such money, shall be placed in a separate account at such institution or agency and shall be used in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Comptroller, for the benefit of the students or clients of such institution or agency in any manner which the governing board of such institution or agency deems suitable.

(1949 Rev., S. 301; 1967, P.A. 29, S. 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 84-130, S. 2, 3; P.A. 91-217, S. 3; P.A. 98-42, S. 6, 8; P.A. 02-107, S. 5.)

History: 1967 act changed wording slightly; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of finance and control with secretary of the office of policy and management; P.A. 84-130 replaced reference to secretary of office of policy and management with reference to comptroller; P.A. 91-217 removed references to “inmates” and “correctional institutions”; P.A. 98-42 substituted “clients” for “patients”, “state educational institution or medical or welfare agency” for “state educational, medical or welfare institution” and “general welfare fund” for “institutional general welfare fund”, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 02-107 replaced “fund” with “account” and deleted provisions re general welfare fund, effective July 1, 2002.

Sec. 4-56a. Procedures re activity and institutional welfare funds not to constitute regulations. Procedures prescribed pursuant to sections 4-53, 4-56 and 4-57a shall not be deemed to constitute state regulations within the meaning of subsection (13) of section 4-166.

(1967, P.A. 29, S. 3; P.A. 78-298, S. 1, 14; P.A. 88-317, S. 44, 107; P.A. 91-217, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 78-298 replaced reference to Sec. 4-41 with “subsection (7) of section 4-166”; P.A. 88-317 substituted “subsection (13)” for “subsection (7)”, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date; P.A. 91-217 added reference to Sec. 4-57a.

Sec. 4-57. Financial reports on general welfare funds. Section 4-57 is repealed, effective July 1, 2002.

(1949 Rev., S. 302; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 78-298, S. 4, 14; P.A. 91-217, S. 7; P.A. 98-42, S. 7, 8; P.A. 02-107, S. 6.)

Sec. 4-57a. Activity fund for inmates. Management of fund. Correctional General Welfare Fund. (a) As used in this section, “activity fund” means any fund operated by the Commissioner of Correction for the benefit of the inmates, the revenue of which is derived from any legal source compatible with the good government of any institution.

(b) The Commissioner of Correction may, with the approval of the Comptroller and in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Comptroller, establish one or more activity funds. The Governor may allot from the funds appropriated to the Department of Correction any amount needed in his judgment for the establishment of any such activity fund, and the Comptroller shall provide in such procedures for the reimbursement of such appropriation. The use of such state facilities as space, fixtures, heat and light to obtain revenue from the sources designated in subsection (a) of this section, is authorized. At the end of each quarter any cash balance in such fund not needed for the maintenance and continuance of its activities may, with the approval of the Comptroller, be transferred to the “Correctional General Welfare Fund” if such a fund has been established and, if not, shall remain in such activity fund.

(c) The management of such funds shall be under the supervision of the Commissioner of Correction. The person acting as treasurer of any such fund shall be bonded in an amount determined by the State Insurance and Risk Management Board.

(d) Unless otherwise provided by the donor, all gifts, donations or bequests made to the inmates of any correctional institution, unclaimed funds accumulated from money deposited for the use of inmates in any institution, and the interest on any such money, shall be placed in a separate fund which may be known as the “Correctional General Welfare Fund” and shall be used in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Comptroller, for the benefit of the inmates of any institution in any manner which the Commissioner of Correction deems suitable.

(P.A. 91-217, S. 4; P.A. 99-51, S. 5, 9; 99-145, S. 18, 23.)

History: P.A. 99-51, effective May 27, 1999, and P.A. 99-145, effective June 8, 1999, both amended Subsec. (c) to substitute “State Insurance and Risk Management Board” for “State Insurance Purchasing Board”.

Sec. 4-58. Disposition of unclaimed property in custody of heads of state institutions. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 859 and except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any unclaimed article of jewelry or any accumulation of such articles or valuables in the custody of the administrative head of any state institution shall be retained by such administrative head for a period of three years, during which period he shall make every reasonable effort to return each such article to its owner. At the end of said period such administrative head may sell or otherwise dispose of such article with the approval of the governing board of such institution. Any revenue derived from the sale of any such articles shall be credited to the “institutional general welfare fund” of the institution in which they were found and, if from any institution not having such a fund, shall be paid to the State Treasurer and credited to the General Fund of the state.

(b) The Commissioner of Correction shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to set forth the manner in which the department shall sell or otherwise dispose of any unclaimed inmate property, clothing or jewelry after reasonable efforts have been made to return the same to the rightful owner. All proceeds from any such sale shall be deposited in the General Fund and credited to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund established by section 54-215.

(1949 Rev., S. 303, 304; P.A. 97-26.)

History: P.A. 97-26 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re the disposition by the Department of Correction of unclaimed inmate property.

Sec. 4-58a. Mutual aid fire pacts between state institutions and municipalities. (a) The superintendent of any state institution shall have the power to enter into agreements with any town, city, borough, fire district or other governmental subdivision having the duty to extinguish fires within its limits or any volunteer fire department respecting mutual fire protection, including, but not limited to, arrangements respecting use of fire fighting equipment and the services of such personnel of such institution who are members of an institutional fire brigade.

(b) Any employee of a state institution who is a member of its regular or volunteer fire department or institutional fire brigade who is injured or dies as a result of responding to, working at or returning from a fire outside of such institution, in accordance with an agreement entered into under subsection (a) of this section with the municipality in which the fire occurred, shall be deemed to have been injured in the course of his employment and he and his estate shall be entitled to all the benefits of title 5 and chapter 568, provided the superintendent of such institution shall have authorized his service at such fire.

(c) The superintendent of any such institution may withhold the services of any member of the regular, volunteer or institutional fire brigade for fire fighting duty outside of such institution by reason of his assignment to regular or special duties at such institution.

(1961, P.A. 288; P.A. 05-288, S. 11.)

History: P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 13, 2005.

Sec. 4-59. Forms of reports to state officers. Section 4-59 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 305; P.A. 78-302, S. 10, 11.)

Sec. 4-60. Annual reports of budgeted agencies. The executive head of each budgeted agency shall, on or before September first, annually, deliver to the Governor a report of the activities of such agency during the fiscal year ended the preceding June thirtieth. The Governor shall immediately file such reports with the Commissioner of Administrative Services, who shall edit the same with regard to contents, arrangement and brevity and cause them to be published in convenient form for distribution not later than December first. Copies of such document shall be distributed to each elected state officer and each member of the General Assembly or, in the even-numbered years, to each such officer and member elected to take office the following January.

(1949 Rev., S. 307; P.A. 88-297, S. 12; P.A. 90-252, S. 8, 10; P.A. 96-88, S. 2, 9.)

History: P.A. 88-297 substituted reference to Sec. 4-117 (transferred to Sec. 4a-68) for Sec. 4-119 and repealed requirement that edited reports be published as a public document; P.A. 90-252 substituted “commissioner of administrative services” for “supervisor of state publications”; P.A. 96-88 deleted requirement that reports be printed in accordance with repealed Sec. 4a-68, effective July 1, 1996.

See Sec. 46a-78 re reports concerning equal employment opportunity measures.

Secs. 4-60a to 4-60c. State Planning Council. Sections 4-60a to 4-60c, inclusive, are repealed.

(1967, P.A. 697, S. 1–3; 1969, P.A. 628, S. 2; 768, S. 59; P.A. 73-33, S. 1, 2; 73-599, S. 33; P.A. 75-537, S. 18, 19, 54, 55; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 70, 73, 609, 610.)

Sec. 4-60d. Legislative Committee on State Planning and Development. (a) There is established a Continuing Legislative Committee on State Planning and Development, to consist of ten members, five to be members of the Senate, one of whom shall be the senate chairperson of the joint standing committee having cognizance of matters relating to state development, two of whom shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate and one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, and five to be members of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be the house chairperson of the joint standing committee having cognizance of matters relating to state development, two of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives and one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(b) Said committee shall establish broad goals and objectives for the physical and economic development of the state and shall transmit such goals and objectives to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

(c) Said committee shall receive from the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management any plan or plans or portion thereof and shall consider the effect of such plans on state goals and objectives and determine the need for legislative action thereon.

(1967, P.A. 697, S. 4, 5; P.A. 77-614, S. 21, 610; P.A. 79-31, S. 7, 17; P.A. 93-196, S. 2, 3.)

History: P.A. 77-614 replaced state planning council with secretary of the office of policy and management; P.A. 79-31 replaced separate references to senate and house committee on state development with references to senate chairman and house chairman of joint standing committee having cognizance of matters relating to state development; P.A. 93-196 reduced number of appointments by president pro tempore and speaker from three to two and added members appointed by majority and minority leaders of senate and house to committee, effective June 23, 1993.

Sec. 4-60e. Existing rights and duties of state agencies not affected. Nothing in section 4-60d shall be construed to limit, restrict or derogate from any power, right, authority, duty or responsibility of any existing state agency or department head contained in any other statute.

(1967, P.A. 697, S. 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 22, 610.)

History: P.A. 77-614 deleted reference to repealed Secs. 4-60a to 4-60c.

Secs. 4-60f to 4-60h. Interagency Committee on Health and Safety Codes. Legislative finding re provisions of human services. Council on Human Services. Sections 4-60f to 4-60h, inclusive, are repealed.

(1969, P.A. 546, S. 1, 2; P.A. 73-155, S. 1, 2, 10; P.A. 74-322, S. 1, 2, 6; P.A. 75-126, S. 1, 2; 75-479, S. 15, 25; 75-638, S. 16, 23; P.A. 76-434, S. 7, 9, 12; P.A. 77-511, S. 3; 77-614, S. 609, 610.)

Sec. 4-60i. Commissioner of Social Services to develop uniform information, terminology and regulations for certain agencies. Duties. The Commissioner of Social Services shall (1) develop, throughout the Departments of Developmental Services, Public Health, Correction, Children and Families and Mental Health and Addiction Services, uniform management information, uniform statistical information, uniform terminology for similar facilities and uniform regulations for the licensing of human services facilities, (2) plan for increased participation of the private sector in the delivery of human services, (3) provide direction and coordination to federally funded programs in the human services agencies and recommend uniform system improvements and reallocation of physical resources and designation of a single responsibility across human services agencies lines to eliminate duplication.

(P.A. 73-155, S. 3, 10; P.A. 75-638, S. 17, 23; P.A. 76-434, S. 8, 12; P.A. 77-511, S. 3; 77-614, S. 323, 521, 526, 587, 609, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 119, 136; P.A. 86-279, S. 2; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; 93-262, S. 29, 87; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 11, 12, 21, 58; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a).)

History: P.A. 75-638 changed office of mental retardation to department of mental retardation; P.A. 76-434 gave council power to recommend system improvements, reallocation of physical resources and single responsibility for human services agencies; P.A. 77-511 and P.A. 77-614 repealed section but P.A. 78-303 deleted provision calling for section’s repeal and changes called for in P.A. 77-614 were enacted, i.e. department of health became department of health services, department of social services became department of human resources, commissioner of human resources replaced council and references to vocational rehabilitation division of the state department of education and to department of community affairs were deleted, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 86-279 deleted requirement that commissioner of human resources coordinate planning functions and resource utilization programs of certain agencies; P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-262 replaced commissioner of human resources with commissioner of social services and removed reference to department on aging, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; (Revisor’s note: In 1995 the Revisors substituted editorially the numeric indicators (1), (2) and (3) for the alphabetic indicators (a), (b) and (c) for consistency with statutory usage); P.A. 95-257 replaced Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Department of Public Health and replaced Department of Mental Health with Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 “Department of Mental Retardation” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Developmental Services”, effective October 1, 2007.

Sec. 4-60j. Commissioner to consider advice of advisory boards and councils. In fulfilling his responsibilities under sections 4-60i and 4-60l, the commissioner shall take into consideration such advice as may be provided to the commissioner by advisory boards and councils in the human services areas.

(P.A. 73-155, S. 4, 10; P.A. 77-511, S. 3; 77-614, S. 523, 609, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 4, 119, 136.)

History: P.A. 77-511 and P.A. 77-614 repealed section but P.A. 78-303 deleted provision calling for repeal and other changes called for by P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 were enacted; P.A. 77-614 changed council to commissioner, effective January 1, 1979 and P.A. 78-303 changed sections referred to from 4-60g to 4-60n, inclusive, to 4-60i and 4-60l.

Sec. 4-60k. Demonstration programs. Section 4-60k is repealed.

(P.A. 73-155, S. 5, 10; P.A. 74-322, S. 3, 6; P.A. 76-434, S. 9, 12.)

Sec. 4-60l. Commissioner to approve certain agency policies and programs. (a) Matters of policy involving more than one of the agencies designated in section 4-60i shall be presented to the commissioner for his approval prior to implementation.

(b) Matters of program development involving more than one of the agencies designated in section 4-60i shall be presented to the commissioner for his approval prior to implementation.

(c) Any plan of any agency designated in section 4-60i for the future use or development of property or other resources shall be submitted to the commissioner for his approval prior to implementation.

(P.A. 73-155, S. 6, 10; P.A. 77-511, S. 3; 77-614, S. 524, 609, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 119, 136.)

History: P.A. 77-511 and P.A. 77-614 repealed section but P.A. 78-303 deleted provision calling for repeal and other changes called for in P.A. 77-614 were enacted, i.e. references to commissioner replaced “council”.

Secs. 4-60m and 4-60n. Direction of agency improvements and changes. Plan and report. Sections 4-60m and 4-60n are repealed.

(P.A. 73-155, S. 7–10; P.A. 74-322, S. 4, 6; P.A. 76-434, S. 9, 12.)

Sec. 4-60o. Office of Child Day Care. Section 4-60o is repealed.

(P.A. 75-527, S. 1, 2, 5; P.A. 76-37, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-85; 77-614, S. 525, 610; P.A. 78-78, S. 1, 2; 78-303, S. 55, 129, 136; P.A. 85-495, S. 6, 7.)

Sec. 4-60p. State agencies as members of public-private consortia. (a) Any state agency, institution or board of the state represented by its department head, officer, commissioner or deputy commissioner as defined in section 4-5 and 4-8, is authorized to sit as a member of the board of a consortium organized as a nonstock, nonprofit corporation pursuant to chapter 602 or any predecessor statutes thereto, for the purpose of coordinating public and private sector health and social service delivery systems to provide: (1) The highest possible quality of health and social services at the lowest practicable cost to all persons needing such services; (2) the most advanced coordinated programs possible in health and social service delivery areas; (3) the coordination of members’ services to eliminate to the greatest possible degree both unnecessary duplication and incomplete coverage in the providing of such services and facilities; (4) the greatest possible state-wide integration of health and social service programs; and (5) the education of the public as to the health and social service needs of the state and the goals of the consortium with regard thereto.

(b) Any state agency, institution or board may enter into such long-term contracts and other agreements as will further the purposes of each consortium organized in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, and as contained in each consortium’s certificate of incorporation, provided the certificate of incorporation of each such consortium shall include a provision that no state agency, institution or board of the state sitting as a member of the board of the consortium shall be obligated to undertake or participate in any activity, which the representative of the state agency, institution or board, acting in his sole discretion, determines to be in violation of the primary responsibility of his agency, board or institution as provided in the general statutes.

(P.A. 75-526, S. 1, 2, 3; P.A. 96-256, S. 168, 209.)

History: P.A. 96-256 amended Subsec. (a) to replace reference to “chapter 600” with “chapter 602 or any predecessor statutes thereto”, effective January 1, 1997.

Sec. 4-60q. Toll-free telephone access to state agencies. Not later than January 1, 1996, each state agency shall provide the public with toll-free telephone access to the agency.

(P.A. 94-131, S. 3, 4.)

History: P.A. 94-131 effective July 1, 1994.

Sec. 4-60r. Use of electronic notification and correspondence with clients of state agencies. Each state agency of the Executive Department of the state government shall review its existing policies concerning the mailing of notifications or other documents to clients of such agency and shall use electronic notification and correspondence with such clients where deemed appropriate by such agency and where not in conflict with any provision of the general statutes.

(P.A. 11-150, S. 23; P.A. 12-185, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 11-150 effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-185 added reference to other documents and deleted provision permitting an agency to request legislative authorization for electronic transmission of notification or correspondence required by statute to be sent by first class mail.

Sec. 4-60s. Conversion of forms to electronic format. Inventory. Each agency of the Executive Department of the state government shall explore the feasibility of converting all applications and forms used by the public to electronic format and create an inventory of all forms used by such agency.

(P.A. 11-150, S. 25.)

History: P.A. 11-150 effective July 8, 2011.

Sec. 4-60t. (This section is effective July 1, 2013.) Posting of manuals and guidance documents on Internet web site. Any state agency that has written a manual or other guidance document shall post such manual or document on its Internet web site. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to require the posting of any record that is (1) protected from disclosure under any provision of the general statutes or under federal law, or (2) exempt from disclosure under chapter 14.

(P.A. 12-92, S. 12.)

History: P.A. 12-92 effective July 1, 2013.

Sec. 4-60u. Agreements re public utilization of government services and programs electronically. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may authorize any state agency to enter into agreements with private and nonprofit entities to facilitate the public’s utilization of government services and programs electronically. Any agency seeking authorization to enter into such an agreement shall select entities to participate in such agreements on the basis of competitive bidding or competitive negotiation prior to seeking such authorization. Each such agency shall provide notice of such solicitation for competitive bids or request for proposals in a form and manner that the secretary determines will maximize public participation in the competitive bidding or competitive negotiation process. Under such agreements, the state may allow entities to collect any applicable statutory or regulatory fees owed to the state and to remit such amounts as defined in statute. The agreement also may allow an entity to charge an administrative fee, which shall be deposited into the General Fund, provided any administrative fee to utilize a government service or program electronically is approved by the Finance Advisory Committee before it is imposed.

(b) Any such agreement authorized under this section shall comply with the provisions of chapter 14 and shall ensure the public retains the ability to access government services and programs using nonelectronic means. The secretary shall not authorize any agreement that adversely affects the ability of individuals to apply for or receive assistance or benefits from the Department of Social Services.

(June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-2, S. 152.)

History: June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-2 effective July 1, 2012.

Sec. 4-61. Actions against the state on highway and public works contracts. Arbitration. (a) Any person, firm or corporation which has entered into a contract with the state, acting through any of its departments, commissions or other agencies, for the design, construction, construction management, repair or alteration of any highway, bridge, building or other public works of the state or any political subdivision of the state may, in the event of any disputed claims under such contract or claims arising out of the awarding of a contract by the Commissioner of Construction Services, bring an action against the state to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford for the purpose of having such claims determined, provided notice of each such claim under such contract and the factual bases for each such claim shall have been given in writing to the agency head of the department administering the contract within the period which commences with the execution of the contract or the authorized commencement of work on the contract project, whichever is earlier, and which ends two years after the acceptance of the work by the agency head evidenced by a certificate of acceptance issued to the contractor or two years after the termination of the contract, whichever is earlier. No action on a claim under such contract shall be brought except within the period which commences with the execution of the contract or the authorized commencement of work on the contract project, whichever is earlier, and which ends three years after the acceptance of the work by the agency head of the department administering the contract evidenced by a certificate of acceptance issued to the contractor or three years after the termination of the contract, whichever is earlier. Issuance of such certificate of acceptance shall not be a condition precedent to the commencement of any action. Acceptance of an amount offered as final payment shall not preclude any person, firm or corporation from bringing a claim under this section. Such action shall be tried to the court without a jury. All legal defenses except governmental immunity shall be reserved to the state. In no event shall interest be awarded under section 13a-96 and section 37-3a by a court or an arbitrator to the claimant for the same debt for the same period of time. Interest under section 37-3a shall not begin to accrue to a claimant under this section until at least thirty days after the claimant submits a bill or claim to the agency for the unpaid debt upon which such interest is to be based, along with appropriate documentation of the debt when applicable. Any action brought under this subsection shall be privileged in respect to assignment for trial upon motion of either party.

(b) As an alternative to the procedure provided in subsection (a) of this section, any such person, firm or corporation having a claim under said subsection (a) may submit a demand for arbitration of such claim or claims for determination under (1) the rules of any dispute resolution entity, approved by such person, firm or corporation and the agency head and (2) the provisions of subsections (b) to (e), inclusive, of this section, except that if the parties cannot agree upon a dispute resolution entity, the rules of the American Arbitration Association and the provisions of said subsections shall apply. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to claims under a contract unless notice of each such claim and the factual bases of each claim has been given in writing to the agency head of the department administering the contract within the time period which commences with the execution of the contract or the authorized commencement of work on the contract project, whichever is earlier, and which ends two years after the acceptance of the work by the agency head evidenced by a certificate of acceptance issued to the contractor or two years after the termination of the contract, whichever is earlier. A demand for arbitration of any such claim shall include the amount of damages and the alleged facts and contractual or statutory provisions which form the basis of the claim. No action on a claim under such contract shall be brought under this subsection except within the period which commences with the execution of the contract or the authorized commencement of work on the contract project, whichever is earlier, and which ends three years after the acceptance of the work by the agency head of the department administering the contract evidenced by a certificate of acceptance issued to the contractor or three years after the termination of the contract, whichever is earlier. Issuance of such certificate of acceptance shall not be a condition precedent to the commencement of any action.

(c) Once a notice of claim is given to the agency head as required by subsection (b) of this section, each party shall allow the other to examine and copy any nonprivileged documents which may be relevant either to the claimant’s claims or to the state’s defenses to such claims. Requests to examine and copy documents which have been prepared by the contractor in order to submit a bid shall be subject to a claim of privilege and grounds for an application to any court or judge pursuant to section 52-415 for a decision on whether such documents constitute trade secrets or other confidential research, development or commercial information and whether such documents shall not be disclosed to the state or shall be disclosed to the state only in a designated way. Any such documents for which no decision is sought or privilege obtained shall not be subject to disclosure under section 1-210 and shall not be disclosed by the agency to any person or agency that is not a party to the arbitration. Such documents shall be used only for settlement or litigation of the parties’ claims. The arbitrators shall determine any issue of relevance of such documents after an in camera inspection. The arbitrators shall seal such documents during arbitration and shall return such documents to the claimant after final disposition of the claim.

(d) Hearings shall be scheduled for arbitration in a manner that shall ensure that each party shall have reasonable time and opportunity to prepare and present its case, taking into consideration the size and complexity of the claims presented. Unless the parties agree otherwise, no evidentiary hearing on the merits of the claim may be held less than six months after the demand for arbitration is filed with the dispute resolution entity.

(e) The arbitrators shall conduct the hearing and shall hear evidence as to the facts, and arguments as to the interpretation and application of contractual provisions. After the hearing, the arbitrators shall issue in writing: (1) Findings of fact, (2) a decision in which the arbitrators interpret the contract and apply it to the facts found and (3) an award. The arbitrators’ findings of fact and decision shall be final and conclusive and not subject to review by any forum, tribunal, court or government agency, for errors of fact or law. Awards shall be final and binding and subject to confirmation, modification or vacation pursuant to chapter 909.

(f) Claims brought pursuant to this section may be submitted for mediation under the mediation rules of such dispute resolution entity as the parties may agree upon.

(g) This section shall apply to claims brought on or after July 1, 1991. The provisions of sections 4-61, 4b-97, 13b-57a, 13b-57b and 13b-57c of the general statutes, revised to January 1, 1991, shall apply to claims brought before July 1, 1991.

(1957, P.A. 229; 1961, P.A. 555; 1969, P.A. 429; 768, S. 60; 1971, P.A. 112; P.A. 80-483, S. 158, 186; P.A. 85-113, S. 1, 2; P.A. 86-253; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-95, S. 1; 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 91-284, S. 1, 4; P.A. 92-228, S. 8; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4–6; P.A. 11-51, S. 90.)

History: 1961 act expanded section to include all public works, added notice provision, limitation provision and provision allowing claim after acceptance of amount offered as final payment and deleted provision precluding inclusion of interest or costs in judgment against state; 1969 acts replaced specific reference to highway and public works departments with reference to any department, commission or agency, included design contracts under provisions of section and provided for privileged actions upon motion of either party–P.A. 768 calling for change of state highway department to commissioner of transportation was disregarded; 1971 act replaced references to “acceptance of contract” with references to “acceptance of work” done by contract and supported by certificate of acceptance issued by agency head to contractor, thus clarifying section; P.A. 80-483 replaced “Hartford county” with “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain”; P.A. 85-113 added reference to construction management; P.A. 86-253 amended Subsec. (a) to extend applicability to any highway, bridge, building or other public works of “any political subdivision of the state” and added Subsec. (b) providing for arbitration of disputes; P.A. 88-230 replaced “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain” with “judicial district of Hartford”, effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-95 expanded section by allowing contract disputes to be settled by any dispute resolution entity not solely by the American Arbitration Association and added requirement that notice include amount of damages and alleged facts forming basis of claim; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 91-284 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize action against state in superior court for claims arising out of awarding of contract by commissioner of public works, require as prerequisite to bringing any action against state in superior court under Subsec. (a) that the “factual bases” for claims be given to “agency head” of department administering contract, prohibit awarding of interest under Secs. 13a-96 and 37-3a to claimant for same debt for same period and prohibit accrual of interest until at least 30 days after claimant submits bill or claim for unpaid debt, amended Subsec. (b) by substituting “agency head” for “commissioner of transportation” in Subdiv. (1), adding Subdiv. (2), making changes for consistency with Subsec. (a) and requiring that a demand for arbitration include “contractual or statutory provisions” which form basis of claim, and added Subsecs. (c) to (g), inclusive, re examination and copying of documents, arbitration procedure, mediation and the application of this section; P.A. 92-228 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to change the time period within which notice of a claim shall be given and action on a claim shall be brought; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Works” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Construction Services” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011.

Cited. 169 C. 253; 170 C. 434. Does not operate to waive immunity from suits based on type of contract in question. Remedy lies with claims commissioner. 178 C. 352. Contract involved essentially the purchase of laundry equipment and work required to install the equipment was not sufficient for the contract to qualify under statute. 190 C. 212. Contracts for construction of city streets and a city bridge do not come within provisions of statute. 198 C. 185. Cited. 217 C. 281; 239 C. 93. Claim is barred unless it arises directly “under” contract, as opposed to “related to”, “connected with” or “derived from”. 250 C. 553. The waiver of sovereign immunity contained in section requires all existing disputed claims arising under a public works contract to be litigated or arbitrated in a single action. 278 C. 1. Defendant state agency expressly agreed to arbitration proceedings under section and therefore waived judicial review of the issue of arbitrability. 294 C. 695.

Cited. 28 CA 175. P.A. 91-284 cited. Id. Cited. 29 CA 292. Arbitration proceeding under section is not an action under Sec. 52-592. 87 CA 367. Since the stated basis of the unjust enrichment claim was that plaintiff performed services and provided materials that were not contemplated by the contract itself, the claim does not fall directly under the contract as required by the statute and therefore sovereign immunity bars the claim. 130 CA 211.

Parties may agree to arbitrate as alternative to proceeding by suit. 28 CS 173. Action for breach of contract for highway design made in 1966 cannot be maintained as amendment extending section to design contracts was passed in 1969. 31 CS 313. Cited. 37 CS 50.

Subsec. (a):

Cited. 211 C. 370; 221 C. 346. Notice under Subsec. does not require explicit statement of intent to bring an action, but only factually adequate written notice by a contractor to a department head asserting a right to payment of money believed to be owed, and plaintiff’s letter constituted sufficient notice of claim. 299 C. 167.

Subsec. (e):

Because statute governs form of an arbitrator’s findings, decision and award and contains no well-defined, explicit or clear requirement that arbitration award be consistent with findings of fact, plaintiff could not establish the elements necessary to vacate arbitration award on the ground that arbitration panel manifestly disregarded the law. 273 C. 746.

Sec. 4-61a. Inventions and discoveries by state employees. As used in this section, “invention” shall mean any invention or discovery and shall be divided into the following categories: (1) Any invention conceived by one state employee solely, or by state employees jointly; (2) any invention conceived by one or more state employees jointly with one or more other persons; (3) any invention conceived by one or more persons not state employees. The state shall be entitled to own, or to participate in the ownership of, and to place in the custody of the state to the extent of such ownership, any invention on the following conditions: (a) The state shall be entitled to own the entire right, title and interest in and to any invention in category (1), in any instance in which such invention is conceived in the course of performance of customary or assigned duties of the employee inventor or inventors, or in which the invention emerges from any research, development or other program of the state, or is conceived or developed wholly or partly at the expense of the state, or with the aid of its equipment, facilities or personnel. In each such instance, the employee inventor shall be deemed to be obligated, by reason of his employment by the state, to disclose his invention fully and promptly to an authorized executive of the state; to assign to the state the entire right, title and interest in and to each invention in category (1); to execute instruments of assignment to that effect; to execute such proper patent applications on such invention as may be requested by an authorized executive of the state, and to give all reasonable aid in the prosecution of such patent applications and the procurement of patents thereon; (b) the state shall have the rights defined in subsection (a) of this section with respect to inventions in category (2), to the extent to which an employee has or employees have disposable interest therein; and to the same extent the employee or employees shall be obligated as defined in said subsection (a); (c) the state shall have no right to inventions in category (3), except as may be otherwise provided in contracts, express or implied, between the state and those entitled to the control of inventions in category (3). This section shall not apply to employees or inventions covered by sections 10a-110 to 10a-110g, inclusive, or section 22-82a.

(1959, P.A. 515; P.A. 10-96, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 10-96 exempted employees or inventions covered by Sec. 22-82a.

Sec. 4-61b. Transferred to Chapter 814c, Sec. 46a-53.

Secs. 4-61c to 4-61k. Transferred to Chapter 814c, Secs. 46a-70 to 46a-78, inclusive.

Sec. 4-61l. Transferred to Chapter 814c, Sec. 46a-99.

Sec. 4-61m. Council on Voluntary Action. Director. Duties. Section 4-61m is repealed.

(1971, P.A. 661, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 61, 610; P.A. 84-512, S. 13, 30; P.A. 88-35, S. 1, 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-14, S. 28, 30.)

Secs. 4-61n and 4-61o. Transferred to Chapter 814c, Secs. 46a-79 and 46a-80, respectively.

Secs. 4-61p and 4-61q. Law enforcement agencies excepted. Complaint to Human Rights and Opportunities Commission. Sections 4-61p and 4-61q are repealed.

(P.A. 73-347, S. 4, 5, 7; P.A. 74-265, S. 1, 2; P.A. 80-422, S. 50.)

Sec. 4-61r. Transferred to Chapter 814c, Sec. 46a-81.

Sec. 4-61s. Transferred to Chapter 814c, Sec. 46a-68.

Sec. 4-61t. Committee on Career Entry and Mobility. Members. Duties. There shall be established a Committee on Career Entry and Mobility, appointed by the Commissioner of Administrative Services and chaired by the Commissioner of Administrative Services or his designee, which shall include a representative of the Office of Policy and Management, a representative of the Department of Administrative Services who is involved in classification activity, a representative of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, a representative of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, a representative of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and ten additional persons, two of whom shall be state agency personnel administrators, four of whom shall be labor representatives and four of whom shall be employed in state service and familiar with the problems of career mobility, affirmative action, the implementation of corrective programs, and the accommodation and entry level needs of persons with disabilities. The committee shall determine how career counseling can be best provided and training opportunities best met and made available within the funds allotted. The committee shall also develop mechanisms to communicate information about state employment opportunities to state employees and persons with disabilities who wish to become state employees. The committee shall advise the Commissioner of Administrative Services concerning broader usage of classification titles affecting upward mobility, the entry level employment of persons with disabilities and an effective procedure for reporting compliance to the legislature. The committee shall prepare written guidelines for implementation of the career mobility program described in subsection (a) of section 4-61u, section 4-61w and this section and the entry level employment program for persons with disabilities described in subsection (b) of section 4-61u and this section. The committee shall meet at least once each quarter and shall submit periodic reports to the Commissioner of Administrative Services.

(P.A. 77-250, S. 1, 5; 77-614, S. 66, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 88-116, S. 7; P.A. 92-165, S. 2, 32; P.A. 96-168, S. 27, 34; P.A. 98-205, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced personnel commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 88-116 deleted obsolete reference to Sec. 4-61v; P.A. 92-165 specified additional members to be added to the committee, including representatives of office of policy and management and department of administrative services and adding two state agency personnel administrators, two additional labor representatives and two additional state employees familiar with upward mobility and affirmative action problems, and added meeting and reporting requirements; P.A. 96-168 changed the name of the committee from “Committee on Upward Mobility” to “Committee on Career Mobility”, increased committee membership by one, adding fourth labor representative, and required committee to develop state employment information communication mechanisms, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 98-205 changed name of committee from “Committee on Career Mobility” to “Committee on Career Entry and Mobility”, added representative of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities to committee, required the four state employee committee members to be familiar with accommodation and entry level needs of persons with disabilities and expanded scope of committee to include entry level employment of persons with disabilities.

Sec. 4-61u. State departments and agencies required to establish programs of career mobility and accommodation and entry level training of persons with disabilities. (a) Under the supervision of the Commissioner of Administrative Services, all departments and agencies of state government shall establish an effective program of career mobility as part of their affirmative action program, as required by section 46a-68, for occupational groups, which shall include, but not be limited to, secretarial, clerical, supervisory clerical, semiskilled, crafts and trades, supervisory crafts and trades, custodial, supervisory custodial and laborers. All departments and agencies of state government shall provide, or make provision for, career counseling for such occupational groups. All departments and agencies shall make available to state employees a range of training opportunities. In geographically remote areas, as defined by the Committee on Career Entry and Mobility, where programs are not generally available, departments and agencies shall enter into cooperative arrangements or take other appropriate actions to assure that training opportunities are provided to employees in those areas. All departments and agencies shall, consistent with the requirements of the State Personnel Act, initiate classification requests that would result in the development of career ladders and lattices providing career mobility within and between occupational groupings, and from subprofessional jobs to professional and managerial jobs. All departments and agencies of state government shall establish as part of their affirmative action plans, specific annual goals and timetables on the number of classes in entry level professional, managerial and administrative positions, which shall include, but are not limited to, law enforcement, field representation, administrative staff, professional, subprofessional or technical jobs that are to be filled through career mobility.

(b) Under the supervision of the Commissioner of Administrative Services, each department and agency of state government shall establish an effective program of accommodation and entry level training of persons with disabilities. Such programs shall be part of department and agency affirmative action programs required by section 46a-68. All departments and agencies shall make a range of training opportunities available to such persons. In geographically remote areas, as defined by the Committee on Career Entry and Mobility, where programs are not generally available, departments and agencies shall enter into cooperative arrangements or take other appropriate actions to assure that training opportunities are provided to such persons in those areas. All departments and agencies of state government shall establish, as part of their affirmative action plans, specific annual goals and timetables on (1) the number of jobs that are to be filled through the accommodation of persons with disabilities and (2) entry level training for such persons.

(P.A. 77-250, S. 2, 5; 77-614, S. 66, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 96-168, S. 28, 34; P.A. 98-205, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced personnel commissioner with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 96-168 changed references to “upward mobility” to “career mobility”, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 98-205 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), amended Subsec. (a) by substituting “Committee on Career Entry and Mobility” for “committee” and added new Subsec. (b), requiring state departments and agencies to establish programs of accommodation and entry level training of persons with disabilities.

Sec. 4-61v. Report to General Assembly by Commissioner of Administrative Services and Committee on Upward Mobility. Section 4-61v is repealed.

(P.A. 77-250, S. 3, 5; 77-614, S. 66, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 88-116, S. 11.)

Sec. 4-61w. Composition of employees in career mobility program. In implementing the provisions of sections 4-61t and 4-61u and this section, each department or agency shall insure that the ethnic and sex composition of employees participating in the career mobility program shall be consistent with the regulations for affirmative action of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

(P.A. 77-250, S. 4, 5; 77-614, S. 66, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 85-161; P.A. 88-116, S. 8; P.A. 96-168, S. 29, 34.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced personnel department with department of administrative services; P.A. 85-161 required that composition of employees participating in program be consistent with affirmative action “regulations” of human rights and opportunities commission rather than with affirmative action “guidelines” of administrative services department; P.A. 88-116 deleted obsolete reference to Sec. 4-61v; P.A. 96-168 changed reference to “upward mobility” to “career mobility”, effective July 1, 1996.

Secs. 4-61x to 4-61z. Reserved for future use.

Sec. 4-61aa. Committee to encourage employment by state of persons with disabilities. (a) There is established a committee to encourage the employment by the state of persons with disabilities. The Commissioner of Administrative Services shall appoint the members of the committee, which shall be chaired by such commissioner, or his designee, and include one representative of each of the following:

(1) The Board of Education and Services to the Blind;

(2) The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired;

(3) The Department of Rehabilitation Services.

(4) The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities;

(5) The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services;

(6) The Department of Developmental Services; and

(7) The Labor Department.

(b) The committee shall:

(1) Advise, and develop written guidelines for, the Commissioner of Administrative Services and the executive heads of other state agencies regarding the adaptation of employment examinations and alternative hiring processes for, and the reasonable accommodation of, persons with disabilities; and

(2) Review the program established under subsection (b) of section 4-61u and compliance with the provisions of section 46a-70 concerning persons with physical disabilities.

(P.A. 98-205, S. 4; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a); June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1, S. 30.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 07-73 “Department of Mental Retardation” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Developmental Services”, effective October 1, 2007; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1 amended Subsec. (a)(3) by replacing “Bureau of Rehabilitative Services” with “Department of Rehabilitation Services”, effective July 1, 2012.

Sec. 4-61bb. Reserved for future use.

Sec. 4-61cc. Renewal of license, certificate, permit or registration that expires while holder is on active duty with armed forces of the United States or ordered out with the National Guard. Exceptions. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, each executive branch agency, department, board, commission or official, other than the Department of Public Health or the State Board of Education, responsible for the issuance of a license, certificate, permit or registration required by the general statutes for the practice of a profession shall renew the license, certificate, permit or registration issued to an individual which expires while the individual is (1) on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, or (2) a member of the National Guard when ordered out by the Governor for military service. Such renewal shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of such individual’s discharge from active duty or ordered military service, or until the date the individual successfully renews the license in accordance with this section and the general statutes, whichever occurs first. Such individual applying for renewal of a license, certificate, permit or registration shall submit to the agency, department, board, commission or official such documentation as may be required by such agency, department, board, commission or official.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to reservists or National Guard members on active duty for annual training that is a regularly scheduled obligation for reservists or members of the National Guard for training which is not a part of mobilization.

(P.A. 07-157, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 07-157 effective July 1, 2007.

Sec. 4-61dd. Whistle-blowing. Disclosure of information to Auditors of Public Accounts. Investigation by Attorney General. Rejection of complaint. Complaints re retaliatory personnel actions. Report to General Assembly. Large state contractors. Posting of notice. Definitions. (a) Any person having knowledge of any matter involving corruption, unethical practices, violation of state laws or regulations, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or danger to the public safety occurring in any state department or agency or any quasi-public agency, as defined in section 1-120, or any person having knowledge of any matter involving corruption, violation of state or federal laws or regulations, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or danger to the public safety occurring in any large state contract, may transmit all facts and information in such person’s possession concerning such matter to the Auditors of Public Accounts. The Auditors of Public Accounts shall review such matter and report their findings and any recommendations to the Attorney General. Upon receiving such a report, the Attorney General shall make such investigation as the Attorney General deems proper regarding such report and any other information that may be reasonably derived from such report. Prior to conducting an investigation of any information that may be reasonably derived from such report, the Attorney General shall consult with the Auditors of Public Accounts concerning the relationship of such additional information to the report that has been issued pursuant to this subsection. Any such subsequent investigation deemed appropriate by the Attorney General shall only be conducted with the concurrence and assistance of the Auditors of Public Accounts. At the request of the Attorney General or on their own initiative, the auditors shall assist in the investigation.

(b) (1) The Auditors of Public Accounts may reject any complaint received pursuant to subsection (a) of this section if the Auditors of Public Accounts determine one or more of the following:

(A) There are other available remedies that the complainant can reasonably be expected to pursue;

(B) The complaint is better suited for investigation or enforcement by another state agency;

(C) The complaint is trivial, frivolous, vexatious or not made in good faith;

(D) Other complaints have greater priority in terms of serving the public good;

(E) The complaint is not timely or is too long delayed to justify further investigation; or

(F) The complaint could be handled more appropriately as part of an ongoing or scheduled regular audit.

(2) If the Auditors of Public Accounts reject a complaint pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, the Auditors of Public Accounts shall provide a report to the Attorney General setting out the basis for the rejection.

(3) If at any time the Auditors of Public Accounts determine that a complaint is more appropriately investigated by another state agency, the Auditors of Public Accounts shall refer the complaint to such agency. The investigating agency shall provide a status report regarding the referred complaint to the Auditors of Public Accounts upon request.

(c) The Attorney General may summon witnesses, require the production of any necessary books, papers or other documents and administer oaths to witnesses, where necessary, for the purpose of an investigation pursuant to this section or for the purpose of investigating a suspected violation of subsection (a) of section 17b-301b until such time as the Attorney General files a civil action pursuant to section 17b-301c. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the Attorney General shall where necessary, report any findings to the Governor, or in matters involving criminal activity, to the Chief State’s Attorney. In addition to the exempt records provision of section 1-210, the Auditors of Public Accounts and the Attorney General shall not, after receipt of any information from a person under the provisions of this section or sections 17b-301c to 17b-301g, inclusive, disclose the identity of such person without such person’s consent unless the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General determines that such disclosure is unavoidable, and may withhold records of such investigation, during the pendency of the investigation.

(d) (1) No state officer or employee, as defined in section 4-141, no quasi-public agency officer or employee, no officer or employee of a large state contractor and no appointing authority shall take or threaten to take any personnel action against any state or quasi-public agency employee or any employee of a large state contractor in retaliation for (A) such employee’s or contractor’s disclosure of information to (i) an employee of the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General under the provisions of subsection (a) of this section; (ii) an employee of the state agency or quasi-public agency where such state officer or employee is employed; (iii) an employee of a state agency pursuant to a mandated reporter statute or pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-28; or (iv) in the case of a large state contractor, an employee of the contracting state agency concerning information involving the large state contract; or (B) such employee’s testimony or assistance in any proceeding under this section.

(2) (A) Not later than ninety days after learning of the specific incident giving rise to a claim that a personnel action has been threatened or has occurred in violation of subdivision (1) of this subsection, a state or quasi-public agency employee, an employee of a large state contractor or the employee’s attorney may file a complaint against the state agency, quasi-public agency, large state contractor or appointing authority concerning such personnel action with the Chief Human Rights Referee designated under section 46a-57. Such complaint may be amended if an additional incident giving rise to a claim under this subdivision occurs subsequent to the filing of the original complaint. The Chief Human Rights Referee shall assign the complaint to a human rights referee appointed under section 46a-57, who shall conduct a hearing and issue a decision concerning whether the officer or employee taking or threatening to take the personnel action violated any provision of this section. The human rights referee may order a state agency or quasi-public agency to produce (i) an employee of such agency or quasi-public agency to testify as a witness in any proceeding under this subdivision, or (ii) books, papers or other documents relevant to the complaint, without issuing a subpoena. If such agency or quasi-public agency fails to produce such witness, books, papers or documents, not later than thirty days after such order, the human rights referee may consider such failure as supporting evidence for the complainant. If, after the hearing, the human rights referee finds a violation, the referee may award the aggrieved employee reinstatement to the employee’s former position, back pay and reestablishment of any employee benefits for which the employee would otherwise have been eligible if such violation had not occurred, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and any other damages. For the purposes of this subsection, such human rights referee shall act as an independent hearing officer. The decision of a human rights referee under this subsection may be appealed by any person who was a party at such hearing, in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.

(B) The Chief Human Rights Referee shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing the procedure for filing complaints and noticing and conducting hearings under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision.

(3) As an alternative to the provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection: (A) A state or quasi-public agency employee who alleges that a personnel action has been threatened or taken may file an appeal not later than ninety days after learning of the specific incident giving rise to such claim with the Employees’ Review Board under section 5-202, or, in the case of a state or quasi-public agency employee covered by a collective bargaining contract, in accordance with the procedure provided by such contract; or (B) an employee of a large state contractor alleging that such action has been threatened or taken may, after exhausting all available administrative remedies, bring a civil action in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of section 31-51m.

(4) In any proceeding under subdivision (2) or (3) of this subsection concerning a personnel action taken or threatened against any state or quasi-public agency employee or any employee of a large state contractor, which personnel action occurs not later than two years after the employee first transmits facts and information concerning a matter under subsection (a) of this section or discloses information under subdivision (1) of this subsection to the Auditors of Public Accounts, the Attorney General or an employee of a state agency or quasi-public agency, as applicable, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the personnel action is in retaliation for the action taken by the employee under subsection (a) of this section or subdivision (1) of this subsection.

(5) If a state officer or employee, as defined in section 4-141, a quasi-public agency officer or employee, an officer or employee of a large state contractor or an appointing authority takes or threatens to take any action to impede, fail to renew or cancel a contract between a state agency and a large state contractor, or between a large state contractor and its subcontractor, in retaliation for the disclosure of information pursuant to subsection (a) of this section or subdivision (1) of this subsection to any agency listed in subdivision (1) of this subsection, such affected agency, contractor or subcontractor may, not later than ninety days after learning of such action, threat or failure to renew, bring a civil action in the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to recover damages, attorney’s fees and costs.

(e) Any employee of a state or quasi-public agency or large state contractor, who is found by the Auditors of Public Accounts, the Attorney General, a human rights referee or the Employees’ Review Board to have knowingly and maliciously made false charges under subsection (a) of this section, shall be subject to disciplinary action by such employee’s appointing authority up to and including dismissal. In the case of a state or quasi-public agency employee, such action shall be subject to appeal to the Employees’ Review Board in accordance with section 5-202, or in the case of state or quasi-public agency employees included in collective bargaining contracts, the procedure provided by such contracts.

(f) On or before September first, annually, the Auditors of Public Accounts shall submit, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the clerk of each house of the General Assembly a report indicating the number of matters for which facts and information were transmitted to the auditors pursuant to this section during the preceding state fiscal year and the disposition of each such matter.

(g) Each contract between a state or quasi-public agency and a large state contractor shall provide that, if an officer, employee or appointing authority of a large state contractor takes or threatens to take any personnel action against any employee of the contractor in retaliation for such employee’s disclosure of information to any employee of the contracting state or quasi-public agency or the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General under the provisions of subsection (a) or subdivision (1) of subsection (d) of this section, the contractor shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than five thousand dollars for each offense, up to a maximum of twenty per cent of the value of the contract. Each violation shall be a separate and distinct offense and in the case of a continuing violation each calendar day’s continuance of the violation shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense. The executive head of the state or quasi-public agency may request the Attorney General to bring a civil action in the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to seek imposition and recovery of such civil penalty.

(h) Each state agency or quasi-public agency shall post a notice of the provisions of this section relating to state employees and quasi-public agency employees in a conspicuous place that is readily available for viewing by employees of such agency or quasi-public agency. Each large state contractor shall post a notice of the provisions of this section relating to large state contractors in a conspicuous place which is readily available for viewing by the employees of the contractor.

(i) No person who, in good faith, discloses information in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from such good faith disclosure.

(j) As used in this section:

(1) “Large state contract” means a contract between an entity and a state or quasi-public agency, having a value of five million dollars or more; and

(2) “Large state contractor” means an entity that has entered into a large state contract with a state or quasi-public agency.

(P.A. 79-599, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-232; P.A. 85-559, S. 5; P.A. 87-442, S. 1, 8; P.A. 89-81, S. 3; P.A. 97-55; P.A. 98-191, S. 1, 2; P.A. 02-91, S. 1; P.A. 04-58, S. 1, 2; P.A. 05-287, S. 47; P.A. 06-196, S. 26; P.A. 09-185, S. 2; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5, S. 16; P.A. 11-48, S. 17.)

History: P.A. 83-232 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize a former state employee or state employee bargaining representative to disclose information and to require the attorney general to report to the complainant his findings and any actions taken, amended Subsec. (b) to prohibit retaliatory action by “any state officer or employee” and to provide that an employee may file an appeal if retaliatory action is threatened or taken, and added Subsec. (c) re sanctions for an employee who makes false charges; P.A. 85-559 required that state employees report to inspector general rather than to attorney general and that findings be reported in accordance with Sec. 2-104(b) rather than to governor or chief state’s attorney as was previously the case; P.A. 87-442, in Subsec. (a), substituted “person” for “state employee, former state employee or state employee bargaining representative acting on behalf of any state employee or former state employee or on his own behalf”, authorized any such person to transmit facts and information to auditors of public accounts, instead of to inspector general, required auditors to review matter and report to attorney general, required attorney general to make investigation and auditors to assist at his request, required attorney general, instead of inspector general, to report findings to governor or chief state’s attorney, instead of to complainant, and applied provisions re nondisclosure of identity of person to auditors and attorney general instead of to inspector general and limited applicability of such provisions to receipt of information under this section, instead of this section or Sec. 1-19(b) and, in Subsec. (b), substituted “auditors of public accounts or attorney general” for “inspector general” and limited applicability of provisions of Subsec. to disclosure of information under provisions of this section instead of this section and Sec. 1-19(b); P.A. 89-81 added Subsec. (d) requiring annual report by auditors to general assembly on matters transmitted to them under this section; P.A. 97-55 applied section to quasi-public agencies; P.A. 98-191 applied section to large state contractors, effective July 1, 1998 (Revisor’s note: P.A. 88-230, 90-98, 93-142 and 95-220 authorized substitution of “judicial district of Hartford” for “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain” in public and special acts of the 1998 session of the General Assembly, effective September 1, 1998); P.A. 02-91 substantially revised Subsec. (b) procedures re alleged retaliatory personnel actions by designating existing provisions as Subdivs. (1) and (4), adding Subdivs. (2) and (3) re investigation by Attorney General and complaints to Chief Human Rights Referee, adding provision in Subdiv. (4) re existing procedure for employee appeals and civil actions as alternative to provisions of Subdivs. (2) and (3), adding Subdiv. (5) providing, in proceedings under Subdivs. (2), (3) and (4), for a rebuttable presumption that certain personnel actions are retaliatory and making conforming and technical changes, and made technical change in Subsec. (e), effective June 3, 2002; P.A. 04-58 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (c); P.A. 05-287 made technical and conforming changes throughout the section, amended Subsec. (a) to authorize the Attorney General to conduct any investigation deemed proper based on any other information that may be reasonably derived from the report, require the Attorney General to consult with the Auditors of Public Accounts re the relationship of such other information to the report and authorize the withholding of records from such investigation during the pendency of such investigation, amended Subsec. (b) to insert clause designators, include contractors in the list of protected persons and provide protection for disclosure to state agencies in Subdiv. (1), designate new Subdiv. (3)(A) re complaints by state or quasi-public agency employees and employees of large state contractors, redesignate existing Subdiv. (3) as Subdiv. (3)(B) and add Subdiv. (6) re action by a state officer or employee, quasi-public agency officer or employee, or employee or officer of a large state construction contractor to impede, fail to renew or cancel a contract, amended Subsec. (e) re disclosure to any employee of the contracting state or quasi-public agency, added new Subsec. (g) re good faith disclosures to the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General, redesignated existing Subsec. (g) as Subsec. (h) and amended same by redefining “large state contract” in Subdiv. (1), effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 09-185 amended Subsec. (b)(1)(C) by adding reference to Sec. 17a-28(b); Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-5 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions re Attorney General’s investigation under Sec. 17b-301b(a) and receipt of information under Secs. 17b-301c to 17b-301g, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 11-48 added new Subsec. (b) re rejection of complaints, redesignated part of existing Subsec. (a) as Subsec. (c), redesignated existing Subsecs. (b) to (h) as Subsecs. (d) to (j), amended Subsec. (d) to add provision re employee’s testimony or assistance in Subdiv. (1), to delete former Subdiv. (2) re employee notice to Attorney General, to redesignate existing Subdivs. (3) to (6) as Subdivs. (2) to (5), to change deadline from 30 to 90 days, specify that complaint be against the state agency, quasi-public agency, large state contractor or appointing authority, permit complaint to be amended and authorize human rights referee to order production of certain evidence in Subdiv. (2), to change deadline from 30 to 90 days in Subdiv. (3), to change deadline from 1 year to 2 years and add provisions re disclosure of information under Subdiv. (1) and re disclosure to a state agency or quasi-public agency employee in Subdiv. (4), and to add reference to disclosure under Subdiv. (1) in Subdiv. (5), amended Subsec. (e) to specify that finding be by the Auditors, Attorney General, human rights referee or Employees’ Review Board, amended Subsec. (f) to add reference to Sec. 11-4a, amended Subsec. (g) to add reference to Subsec. (d)(1), amended Subsec. (h) to require state and quasi-public agencies to post notice, amended Subsec. (i) to delete reference to disclosure to the Auditors and Attorney General, and made technical and conforming changes.

The term “personnel action” encompasses the term “employment action”, therefore the human rights referee properly applied standards used in adverse employment actions to the employee’s whistle-blower retaliation claims; section does not require extreme measures, such as termination, before its protections are implicated, but, rather, it requires only a personnel action that would dissuade a reasonable employee from whistle-blowing. 135 CA 563.

Plain language reading of section includes “sheriffs” and “deputy sheriffs” among those who could be investigated because of legislature’s use of the words “state department or agency” within the statute. 47 CS 447. Requirement that Attorney General forward information to Chief State’s Attorney if warranted does not make section a criminal statute. Id. Power granted to Attorney General under section is not an impermissible intrusion upon powers granted to another department of government. Id.

Secs. 4-61ee to 4-61gg. Reserved for future use.

Sec. 4-61hh. Volunteers in state government. Definitions. As used in sections 4-61hh to 4-61mm, inclusive:

(1) “Volunteer” means any individual who provides goods or services to any state agency without compensation therefor;

(2) “Regular service volunteer” means any volunteer engaged in specific service activities on an ongoing or continuous basis;

(3) “State agency” shall include any agency, authority, board, commission, council, department, institution or other instrumentality of the state.

(P.A. 79-385, S. 1.)

Sec. 4-61ii. Volunteer programs within state agencies. Any state agency utilizing or contemplating the utilization of volunteers shall be responsible for the development, continuation or expansion of volunteer programs within the agency. Each state agency may, for the purposes of fulfilling its responsibilities under sections 4-61hh to 4-61mm, inclusive, do any or all of the following: (1) Utilize qualified salaried professional staff to develop meaningful opportunities for volunteers involved in carrying out the functions of the agency; (2) develop written rules governing the recruitment, screening, training, responsibility, utilization, supervision and evaluation of its volunteers, but such rules shall not be deemed to be regulations as defined in subsection (13) of section 4-166; (3) take such actions as are necessary to ensure that volunteers and paid employees understand their respective duties and responsibilities toward one another and their respective roles in fulfilling the functions of the agency; (4) develop and implement orientation and training programs for volunteers; and (5) contract with other state agencies, as it deems necessary.

(P.A. 79-385, S. 2; P.A. 88-317, S. 45, 107; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-14, S. 21, 30.)

History: P.A. 88-317 amended Subdiv. (3) by substituting “subsection (13)” for “subsection (7)”, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-14 deleted authority of state agencies to consult with and enlist assistance of council on voluntary action to reflect elimination of council by said public act.

Sec. 4-61jj. Incidental benefits. Fulfillment of experience or training requirements. (a) Each state agency, with the approval of the Commissioner of Administrative Services, may (1) provide for the recognition of volunteers who have served the agency and paid employees who have worked with the volunteers, and (2) provide volunteers with such incidental benefits or reimbursements as are consistent with section 4-61ll.

(b) The Commissioner of Administrative Services shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to provide for the recognition of volunteer service as partial fulfillment of state employment requirements of training or experience.

(P.A. 79-385, S. 3.)

Sec. 4-61kk. Exemption from title 5. Compliance with regulations. (a) Any volunteer recruited, trained or utilized by any state agency shall, to the extent of his voluntary services, be exempt from the provisions of title 5, except as provided in section 4-61ll.

(b) Volunteers shall comply with applicable agency rules and regulations. No volunteer shall displace a paid employee of this state.

(P.A. 79-385, S. 4.)

Sec. 4-61ll. Benefits or reimbursements to volunteers. Each state agency may provide benefits or reimbursements to volunteers, within the limits of its available appropriations, as follows: (1) Meals may be furnished without charge; (2) lodging may be furnished temporarily to regular service volunteers without charge; (3) transportation reimbursements, including parking fees, automobile mileage, bus and taxi fares, may be furnished. Such reimbursements, when provided, shall be furnished at the same rate as provided for state employees in accordance with section 5-141c; (4) use of state vehicles for the performance of official state agency duties; (5) liability insurance, purchased through the State Insurance and Risk Management Board, to cover all volunteers to the same extent as may be provided for its salaried employees; and (6) optional staff development training to enhance individual skills.

(P.A. 79-385, S. 5; P.A. 99-51, S. 6, 9; 99-145, S. 19, 23.)

History: (Revisor’s note: In 1993 an obsolete reference to repealed Sec. 5-141a was deleted editorially by the Revisors); P.A. 99-51, effective May 27, 1999, and P.A. 99-145, effective June 8, 1999, both changed Subsec. designators to Subdiv. designators and substituted “State Insurance and Risk Management Board” for “State Insurance Purchasing Board”.

Sec. 4-61mm. Evaluation of volunteer program to be included in annual report. Each state agency, as part of its annual report to the General Assembly and the Governor, shall include an evaluation of its volunteer program which details the following information: (1) The total number, location and duties of all volunteers; and (2) the total number of annual hours of service provided by all volunteers.

(P.A. 79-385, S. 6; P.A. 88-317, S. 46, 107; P.A. 09-224, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 88-317 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting “subsection (13)” for “subsection (7)”, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date; P.A. 09-224 deleted former Subsecs. (a)(3) and (b) and made conforming changes, effective July 8, 2009.

See Sec. 5-219a re recognition of volunteer experience in state employment practices and reporting of same to Governor.

Sec. 4-61nn. Adaptation of administration of tests to needs of persons with disabilities. Not later than July 1, 1992, the commissioner of each state agency and each professional examining board which tests individuals shall develop and implement a procedure to adapt the administration of such tests to the needs of persons with disabilities, provided any such adaptation shall not interfere with the validity of the test or with the assessment of bona fide occupational qualifications. Such procedure shall include a method of informing persons with disabilities of the opportunity to request such an adaptation.

(P.A. 91-87.)