Substitute House Bill No. 5553
          Substitute House Bill No. 5553

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 94-137

AN  ACT ESTABLISHING A CONNECTICUT FILM, VIDEO AND
MEDIA OFFICE.


    Section   1.  Section  32-86  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    It  is  found  and  declared  as  a  matter of
legislative   determination    that:    (1)    The
development  of  a  strong  [motion picture] FILM,
VIDEO  AND   MEDIA   industry   would   contribute
substantially  to  the  improvement of the state's
economy; (2) the development of a  strong  [motion
picture]  FILM,  VIDEO  AND  MEDIA  industry would
contribute to the social well-being of  the  state
and  its  people; (3) the state offers outstanding
and unique human and  natural  resources  for  the
development  of  a  strong  [motion picture] FILM,
VIDEO  AND  MEDIA  industry;  and  (4)  the  state
requires  [a  commission]  A  PERMANENT  OFFICE to
promote  the  development  of  a  viable   [motion
picture] FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA industry.
    Sec.  2. (NEW) (a) There is established within
the   department   of   economic   development   a
Connecticut  film,  video  and  media  office. The
office  shall  be  administered  by  an  executive
director,   who   shall   be   appointed   by  the
commissioner of economic development from  a  list
of  nominees  submitted to the commissioner by the
Connecticut Film, Video and Media Commission.  The
executive    director   shall   have   substantial
experience in the film, video and media fields and
shall be exempt from the classified service.
    (b)  The  department  of  economic development
shall provide additional necessary  personnel  and
resources  to  enable  the  office  to perform its
tasks and to assist the  Connecticut  Film,  Video
and Media Commission.
    (c)   The  office  shall  have  the  following
powers and duties:
    (1)   To   promote   the  use  of  Connecticut
locations,  facilities  and   services   for   the
production  of films, videos, television programs,
audio recordings and other media-related products;
    (2)  To  provide  support services to visiting
and  in-state  production   companies,   including
assistance   to   film,   video  and  other  media
producers in securing location permits from  state
agencies,    authorities    or   institutions   or
municipalities or other political subdivisions  of
the state;
    (3)  To  develop and update a resource library
concerning the many possible state sites which are
suitable for filming and taping;
    (4)  To develop and update a production manual
of available  film,  video  and  media  production
facilities and services in the state;
    (5)  To  conduct  and  attend  trade shows and
production  workshops   to   promote   Connecticut
locations and facilities;
    (6)  To  prepare  an explanatory guide showing
the impact of relevant  state  and  municipal  tax
statutes,  regulations and administrative opinions
on typical production activities;
    (7)  To  formulate  and propose guidelines for
standardized permits to be used by state  agencies
which shall be as close to a "one stop permitting"
process as possible, for  matters  including,  but
not  limited  to,  the  use  of  state  roads  and
highways, the use of state-owned real or  personal
property for production activities and the conduct
of regulated activities, and to hold workshops  to
assist   state   agencies   in  implementing  such
process;
    (8)    To    formulate    and   recommend   to
municipalities model local  ordinances  to  assist
production  activities, including, but not limited
to, "one stop permitting" of film, video and other
media  production  activity  to  be conducted in a
municipality, and  to  hold  workshops  to  assist
municipalities in implementing such ordinances;
    (9)  To  accept  any  funds, gifts, donations,
bequests or  grants  of  funds  from  private  and
public sources for the purposes of this act;
    (10)  To  request  and  obtain  from any state
agency,   authority   or   institution   or    any
municipality or other political subdivision of the
state such assistance and data as will enable  the
office to carry out the purposes of this act;
    (11)  To  assist and promote cooperation among
all segments of  management  and  labor  that  are
engaged in film, video or other media production;
    (12)  To create advisory councils to carry out
the purposes of this act;
    (13)  To  develop  criteria  for  use  by  the
department   of    economic    development,    the
Connecticut   Development  Authority,  Connecticut
Innovations,   Incorporated,   and   other   state
agencies  and  authorities  in  awarding financial
assistance for the production of films, videos and
other  media  projects  in the state. The criteria
shall (A) provide for a secured position  for  the
state  and  (B) give preference to projects having
significant advance sales  or  other  commitments;
and
    (14)  To  take any other administrative action
which may improve  the  position  of  the  state's
film,  video  and  media  production industries in
national and international markets.
    (d)   Not   later   than   January  fifteenth,
annually,   the   executive   director   of    the
Connecticut  film,  video  and  media office shall
submit a report to the Connecticut Film, Video and
Media  Commission  on the activities of the office
and the estimated  direct  and  indirect  economic
impact   of   film,   video,   television,   cable
television-related,  audio  recording  and   other
media production activity in the state, during the
preceding calendar year.
    Sec.   3.   (NEW)   (a)   Notwithstanding  any
provision of the general statutes to the contrary,
each  state agency issuing a request for proposals
for any film, video or media production shall,  at
the time of such issuance, transmit a copy of such
request for proposals  to  the  Connecticut  film,
video and media office.
    (b)  The secretary of the office of policy and
management shall notify the executive head of each
state agency of the requirements of subsection (a)
of this section.
    Sec.  4. Section 32-87 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  There  is  established  a  [state  motion
picture film commission] CONNECTICUT  FILM,  VIDEO
AND  MEDIA  COMMISSION.  The  commission  shall be
within the department of economic development.
    (b)    The   [state   motion   picture   film]
commission shall consist of  [seventeen]  NINETEEN
persons  as  follows: The commissioner of economic
development;  the   chairperson   of   the   state
commission  on  the arts; [one person appointed by
the governor who is knowledgeable in the field  of
promotion of travel and vacationing in the state;]
the cochairpersons of the joint standing committee
of  the  general  assembly  having  cognizance  of
matters relating to  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  economic
development  and  the  ranking minority members of
such committee,  or  their  designees,  WHO  SHALL
SERVE  AS  NONVOTING  EX-OFFICIO  MEMBERS  OF  THE
COMMISSION; and [ten persons appointed from  among
the  active  professional  members  of  the motion
picture, television, theatrical  and  art  fields.
The governor shall appoint six of such persons and
the president  pro  tempore  of  the  senate,  the
senate  minority  leader, the speaker of the house
of representatives and the minority leader of  the
house  of  representatives  shall each appoint one
such person to the  commission]  THIRTEEN  WORKING
PROFESSIONALS   IN   THE  FILM,  VIDEO  AND  MEDIA
PRODUCTION FIELDS, APPOINTED AS FOLLOWS: (1) SEVEN
BY  THE  GOVERNOR,  ONE  EACH  OF  WHOM SHALL BE A
COMMERCIAL  BROADCASTING   EXECUTIVE,   A   PUBLIC
BROADCASTING    EXECUTIVE,    AN   ATTORNEY   WITH
ENTERTAINMENT   LAW   EXPERIENCE,   A    CORPORATE
COMMUNICATIONS   EXECUTIVE,  AN  EXECUTIVE  OF  AN
ADVERTISING AGENCY THAT PRODUCES  FILM,  VIDEO  OR
MEDIA   PROJECTS,   AN  AUDIO  OR  POST-PRODUCTION
FACILITY  EXECUTIVE  AND   A   REPRESENTATIVE   OF
ACADEMIA,  (2) ONE BY THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF
THE SENATE, WHO SHALL BE A FILM,  VIDEO  OR  MEDIA
PRODUCER,  (3)  ONE  BY THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE
SENATE, WHO SHALL BE A FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCER, (4)
ONE  BY  THE  MINORITY  LEADER  OF THE SENATE, WHO
SHALL BE A WRITER OF, OR  A  PERFORMER  IN,  FILM,
VIDEO OR MEDIA PRODUCTIONS, (5) ONE BY THE SPEAKER
OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHO SHALL BE SUCH
A  WRITER  OR  PERFORMER,  (6) ONE BY THE MAJORITY
LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHO  SHALL
BE  ANY WORKING PROFESSIONAL IN THE FILM, VIDEO OR
MEDIA  PRODUCTION  FIELDS  AND  (7)  ONE  BY   THE
MINORITY  LEADER  OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
WHO SHALL BE  ANY  SUCH  WORKING PROFESSIONAL. The
governor shall appoint  from among the [seventeen]
members of the  commission a chairperson who shall
serve in that  capacity  at  the  pleasure  of the
governor.
    (c)  [The  first appointments shall be made on
or  before  July  1,  1983.]  The  term  of   each
appointed member OF THE COMMISSION SERVING ON JUNE
30, 1995, SHALL EXPIRE ON SAID DATE. THE  TERM  OF
EACH  APPOINTED MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION BEGINNING
ON OR AFTER JULY 1,  1995,  shall  be  coterminous
with the term of the appointing authority or until
a  successor  is  chosen,  whichever   is   later.
Vacancies   shall  be  filled  by  the  appointing
authority.
    (d)   The  members  of  the  commission  shall
receive no compensation  for  their  services  but
shall  be  reimbursed  for  any necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties.
    (e)  The  commission  shall organize itself in
such manner as it deems desirable  and  necessary.
[Seven]   TEN  members  of  the  commission  shall
constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of  a
majority of the members present at a meeting shall
be necessary to  take  any  action  or  adopt  any
motion or resolution.
    Sec.  5. Section 32-88 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    The  commission  shall  make  a  report to the
governor on or before January thirty-first of each
year.  The  report  shall include a summary of the
activities of the  commission  for  the  preceding
year,  A  COPY  OF  THE  REPORT  SUBMITTED  TO THE
COMMISSION  BY  THE  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR  OF   THE
CONNECTICUT  FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA OFFICE PURSUANT
TO SUBSECTION (d) OF SECTION 2 OF THIS ACT and any
recommendations   for   legislation   as   may  be
necessary to promote the purposes of this chapter.
    Sec. 6. (NEW) The commission shall:
    (1)  Monitor the activities of the Connecticut
film,   video   and   media   office   and    make
recommendations  to the executive director of said
office to improve state services for  the  state's
film, video and media production industries;
    (2)  Make  recommendations to the governor and
state agencies concerning  administrative  actions
which  it  deems  necessary  or helpful to improve
such industries;
    (3)  Submit  to  the  commissioner of economic
development  (A)  a  list  of  nominees  for   the
position  of executive director of the Connecticut
film, video and media office and (B) proposed  job
evaluation criteria for the executive director;
    (4)   Identify  and  make  recommendations  to
remedy  state  agency  and  municipal  actions  or
procedures  which  may  have  a negative impact on
film, video and  other  media  production  in  the
state  or  that may appear to discourage or impose
unnecessarily costly burdens on such production in
the state; and
    (5)  Assist  and  advise the Connecticut film,
video and media office.
    Sec.  7. Section 32-90 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    The   commissioner  of  economic  development,
with  the  advice  of  the  [motion  picture  film
commission]  CONNECTICUT  FILM,  VIDEO  AND  MEDIA
COMMISSION, shall adopt regulations, in accordance
with  the  provisions  of chapter 54, to carry out
the provisions of this chapter.
    Sec.  8.  Sections  32-89  and  32-91  of  the
general statutes are repealed.
    Sec.  9.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1995.