Connecticut General Assembly
2005 Legislative Guide
The address for all staff offices at the Legislative Office Building/Capitol is:
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
The Joint Committee on Legislative Management is the administrative arm of the General Assembly. All appropriations for the legislative branch of government are under the jurisdiction of this committee and are administered by its nonpartisan staff.
The president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House serve as co-chairs of the committee. The remaining members include Senate and House majority and minority leaders, deputy and assistant leaders, and other members appointed by the four caucus leaders pursuant to the joint rules of the House and Senate.
The Office of Legislative Management provides administrative and operational support for the Connecticut General Assembly. The office, while implementing the policies of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, provides administrative and financial services, administers compensation and human resources services, coordinates training and staff development services, and oversees the management and maintenance of all buildings and grounds under the supervision and control of the Legislature. The Office of Legislative Management ensures the daily functioning of the Legislature for the benefit of the legislators, their staff, and the general public.
D’Ann Mazzocca, Executive
Frances Antinerella, Senior Administrative
Debra Maselek, Administrative Services Coordinator
860-240-0000 Help Desk
The Office of Information Technology Services provides the Connecticut General Assembly with high-quality, cost-effective information systems and technology services to support all aspects of the legislative process. It is responsible for the selection, management and support of information technology hardware, software and applications. The Office is organized by the following functional areas.
ITS Help Desk
The ITS Help Desk is chartered with providing a single point of contact for computer services at the Connecticut General Assembly. The Help Desk provides assistance for customers experiencing problems with any aspect of the CGA computer network. During the Legislative Session, the Help Desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM or until the Chambers adjourn. During the Interim, the Help Desk hours are 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
This group selects, implements, and maintains the equipment that runs the CGA computer network. This group is also responsible for the deployment of laptop and desktop systems throughout the General Assembly.
This area develops and supports all applications used in the Connecticut General Assembly, including the Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Information Technology Enterprise Services (CGALITES) Intranet and Internet.
Information Technology Training
The ITS Training Room is located on the west side of the Capitol basement. The training room is equipped with eight desktop computers, five notebook computers, and a variety of multimedia components. More than 100 courses per year are offered on a wide range of information technology subjects.
This research and development group sets its sights on the future of information technology in the Legislature. This area facilitates the integration of all of the other ITS groups in order to maximize productivity and innovations in current and future projects.
Ronald A. Bianca, Director
ITS Help Desk
Gonzalez, Assistant Analyst
Alderucci, Project Manager, HCO, SCO and Internet Development
Information Technology Training
Paula Hammon, Manager
Schyns, Chief Analyst
The Office of State Capitol Police supports the State Legislature by creating a safe and secure environment in which to conduct the business of the Legislature.
It also supervises the Legislative Office Building Parking Garage and parking areas on the Capitol grounds.
All Connecticut State Capitol Police officers maintain their police officer certification through the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council and have jurisdiction throughout the State of Connecticut. Officers receive additional training as Medical Response Technicians and in other areas specifically tailored to the unique law enforcement issues faced by the State Capitol Police.
Chief of Police
State Capitol Police Senior Officers
State Capitol Police Officers
Capitol, Room 305
House: State Capitol, Room 109
The Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives are officers of the General Assembly and are elected on Opening Day of the odd-year Regular Session for a two-year term. The Assistant Clerk in both houses are also appointed on Opening Day for a two-year term.
The Clerks' Offices are charged with the publication of the Journals, Calendars, Bulletins, Bill Indices, and other documents of the General Assembly. The Connecticut General Statutes provide that each house shall have a full-time Permanent Assistant Clerk. The Permanent Assistant Clerk is responsible for the daily operation of the Clerk’s Office. In addition to the Permanent Assistant Clerk, the staff in the Clerks’ Offices includes a Journal Clerk, Calendar Clerk, Bill Clerk and an Office Assistant. During sessions, additional personnel are added as necessary.
A bill or resolution is not officially filed until it is presented in proper form to the Clerk in the introducer's Chamber and signed by the introducer. The needs of the Members of the General Assembly are tended to with respect to bill/resolution filing, indexing, proofreading and storing of the record of all legislation introduced in the Senate or House of Representatives. Five permanent staff personnel in each of the Clerk’s Offices serve the legislative requests of the 36 Members of the Senate and the 151 Members of the House of Representatives on a range of legislative matters. Member services also include preparation of citations, co-sponsorship of legislation as well as answering questions on the legislative process in each of the respective Chambers.
The Journals, which are published in accordance with the Constitution and the Rules, contain all of the legislative actions taken on each session day including the text of all amendments acted upon. The roll call vote on each action in the Senate or House of Representatives appears in that Chamber's Journal immediately following the description of actions on the bill or amendment. The Calendar is a daily compilation of bills and resolutions awaiting action in the Senate or House of Representatives. The Rules require that the Journal and Calendar must be on the desks of all members each day.
During regular sessions, the Clerks' Offices are responsible for the operation of the Information and Bulletin rooms. The Clerks’ Offices oversee the publication of the Legislative Bulletin. The Bulletin illustrates the schedule for legislative sessions, public hearings, committee meetings and other events containing notes of interest to legislators, staff and interested members of the public. The Bulletin is published daily when the General Assembly is in session.During the interim, legislative information is provided by the Clerks’ Offices.
The Legislative Commissioners' Office ("LCO") serves as the legal counsel to the members and committees of the General Assembly. The attorneys and support staff of the office are responsible for drafting the legislation considered by the General Assembly and for assuring that it is clear, concise and constitutionally sound. The office publishes a variety of legislative documents and carries out other duties assigned by law to the Legislative Commissioners.
The staff, in serving the members and committees of the State Legislature:
Each LCO attorney is assigned to one or more legislative committees and has expertise in the committee’s areas of cognizance. In addition to drafting bills and amendments, the attorneys advise the committees on applicable state and federal statutes and regulations, case law affecting the committees' jurisdiction, and rules of procedure. All attorneys in the Legislative Commissioners’ Office are admitted to practice law in Connecticut.
The Legislative Commissioners’ Office is under the supervision of two commissioners, one a Democrat and one a Republican, who are appointed by the General Assembly for staggered four-year terms. A nonpartisan Director manages the day-to-day operations of the office. All full-time staff of the Legislative Commissioners’ Office are nonpartisan.
Max Case, Republican
Marcia B. Goodman
Supervising Editor, Sally Ricci
Anthony A. J. Trouern-Trend
The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) helps the General Assembly make policy and serve the public by providing accurate, timely, and objective research, policy analysis, and assistance in the development of legislation. Our major services to members of the General Assembly are committee staffing, research, and legislative analyses. OLR also maintains Intra- and Internet web pages.
OLR assigns one or more researchers to assist each standing and select committee except Appropriations. Researchers help to develop legislation, screen bills, brief legislators on issues, answer questions, and otherwise assist committees in their work. During the interim between sessions, OLR also works with special committees and task forces to develop recommendations and write reports.
OLR provides research for, and answers questions from, individual legislators and legislative staff. We prepare over 900 written reports a year for legislators, in addition to answering questions orally and by e-mail and making oral presentations.
Legislators and staff can access all OLR reports through OLR's Intranet web page (http://cgalites/olr) or the General Assembly's Intranet home page. Copies are also available from the Legislative Library.
Bill Analyses. A key part of OLR's charge is to write plain-language analyses of all nonappropriations bills that reach the floor of the General Assembly. Each analysis contains a summary of the bill's legal effect; a further explanation for those who want more details; and, where appropriate, background information on relevant court decisions, agency practices, and related legislation. We also highlight any technical problems with the bill draft. And we summarize each adopted amendment. Bill analyses are printed on the bill files.
Public Act Summaries. After the session, OLR publishes a book summarizing each of the public acts the General Assembly passed. In addition, within a week of adjournment, we issue short summaries of the session's major public acts. And, between publication of the Major Public Acts and the Summary of Public Acts, we also issue the Acts Affecting ... reports. These are brief, informal abstracts of new laws that affect specific groups or topics, such as children, seniors, municipalities, and education.
Websites. OLR maintains both Internet (http://www.cga.ct.gov/olr) and Intranet (http://cgalites/olr) websites. These sites, which are continually updated, contain a searchable database of all OLR reports, recently published reports, bill analyses and public act summaries, and other information and services from OLR.
Mary M. Janicki
The Legislative Library provides professional, nonpartisan assistance to General Assembly members and staff by identifying, acquiring and disseminating information resources which support the legislative process, by developing and maintaining relevant bibliographic tools, and by educating its users in the research process. Its Intranet home page (http://cgalites/lib) provides remote access to materials within its collection and to outside resources. The Library also offers limited assistance to government agencies, other libraries, and members of the public.
The collection includes current and historical Connecticut legislative materials; statutes of the six New England states, New York and New Jersey; federal laws and regulations; case law from all Connecticut courts and the United States Supreme Court; books and periodicals covering numerous subject areas; legislative task force reports; directories and reference tools. On-line access and training in legal and global databases is available in consultation with library staff. One of the Library's most valuable resources is its collection of research reports written by Office of Legislative Research analysts. The library staff indexes these reports for computer retrieval and for hard copy access in the library’s subject files.
The Legislative Library is open 8:30 - 5:00 with extended hours when either House or Senate is in session.
Legislative Librarian, Susan Southworth
The Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) provides the General Assembly with independent, accurate, and timely fiscal information to assist members in making budgetary decisions and to inform members of the fiscal impact of legislation under consideration.
OFA acts as the fiscal support staff to the committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations. The staff reviews and does analyses of the Governor’s recommended budget, including revenues, appropriations, bond authorizations and various federal aid programs available to Connecticut.
In addition to analyzing the budget, OFA also assists the two committees in analyzing the fiscal impact of all individual money bills which may be referred to them. OFA prepares fiscal notes or fiscal impact statements that are appended to the file copy of all favorably reported bills; fiscal notes are also prepared on amendments.
The office provides information to individual legislators in areas concerning taxes, expenditures and other budgetary matters. A detailed report on the adopted State budget is prepared at the end of each session.
During the interim, OFA assists in legislative overview of State operations to assure that legislative intent is carried out during execution of the budget by the various agencies. This activity includes monitoring agency programs and expenditures and conducting in-depth analyses of selected programs. Also, State revenues are analyzed on a continual basis, and research is conducted on other finance matters such as bonding, investments, tax policy, and the total federal-state-local fiscal system.
Periodic reports are prepared on the state’s current fiscal condition, and long-range budget projections are developed for future years. Other publications by the office include: Connecticut Tax Expenditure Report, Connecticut Budget and Economic Data, and the annual Fiscal Note Compilation. The office also analyzes fiscal notes on proposed regulations submitted by executive agencies to the legislative Regulation Review Committee for approval.
Susan Shimelman, Director
Statewide Issues and Agencies
Health and Human Services
and Regulation Agencies
L. Wysock, Secretary to the Director
The Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee serves as the General Assembly's "watchdog" over the executive branch of government. The committee is a bipartisan committee of twelve members. Pursuant to statute the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and Senate and House Minority Leaders each appoint three members to the committee.
By law, the committee is charged with the duty of examining " . . . State government programs and their administration to ascertain whether such programs are effective, continue to serve their intended purposes, are conducted in an efficient and effective manner, or require modification or elimination."
The committee is also required to report to the General Assembly and to make administrative and legislative recommendations pertaining to any " . . . inadequate operating or administrative system controls or procedures, inaccuracies, waste, extravagance, unauthorized or unintended activities or programs or other deficiencies . . . " existing in any agency or program reviewed by the committee.
The committee may conduct investigations on "any matter" when requested by a joint resolution of the General Assembly or, when the legislature is not in session, by a joint standing committee, or at its own initiative, subject to the approval of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management.
The Executive Reorganization Act of 1977 expanded the committee's mandate to include performance reviews of nearly 100 boards, councils, committees and commissions scheduled for termination under the sunset provisions of the Act. The first five-year sunset cycle was completed in 1984 and has been postponed since then.
Carrie E. Vibert, Director
Catherine McNeill Conlin, Chief
Bonnine T. Labbadia
The Connecticut Law Revision Commission conducts an ongoing review of Connecticut Law and recommends appropriate revisions to antiquated, unconstitutional, and inequitable laws. The Commission assists the Judiciary Committee and other legislative and executive bodies on specific revision proposals and solicits the expertise of numerous state legal authorities in arriving at its consensus on recommendations.
The Governor, Leadership of the General Assembly, and Judiciary Committee Co-Chairmen and Ranking Members each appoint members to the Commission, which presently consists of two senators, four representatives, one judge, one law school professor, and seven attorneys.
The Law Revision Commission is supported by the staff of the Legislative Commissioners’ Office.
Representative Arthur J. O'Neill, Chairman
The majority and minority leadership of each chamber is provided with funding for the employment of partisan professional staffs. These staffs, often referred to as caucus staffs, are responsible for serving the legislators of their respective parties in their respective chambers. Among the services normally provided to legislators by their caucus staffs are research, press releases, speech writing, secretarial services and constituent casework
SENATE MAJORITY CAUCUS
President Pro Tempore
HOUSE MAJORITY CAUCUS
Speaker of the House
SENATE MINORITY CAUCUS
HOUSE MINORITY CAUCUS
The Governor's Legislative Office provides the communications channel between the Governor, legislative leadership, legislative committees, and individual legislators. The service includes providing information relating to the administration's position on legislation and other issues, arranging meetings with members of the executive branch, and assisting legislators with any other issues or concerns they may have with regards to the Executive Branch.
Brenda L. Sisco, Legislative