Substitute House Bill No. 5378
          Substitute House Bill No. 5378

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 94-152

AN ACT ESTABLISHING  A  LATINO  AND  PUERTO  RICAN
AFFAIRS COMMISSION AND  CONCERNING  THE DEFINITION
OF "MINORITY" FOR CERTAIN PROGRAMS.


    Section  1.  (NEW)  (a) There is established a
Latino and Puerto Rican  Affairs  Commission.  The
initial  appointees  shall  include all members of
the Governor's Council for Latino and Puerto Rican
Affairs  established by Executive Order No. Ten of
Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. The terms of  such
initial  appointees  shall  expire  on January 31,
1995.
    (b)   On  and  after  February  1,  1995,  the
commission  shall  consist  of  thirteen  members,
appointed  as  follows: (1) Three by the governor,
one of whom shall serve for a  term  of  one  year
from said February first and have expertise in the
field of education, one of whom shall serve for  a
term  of  two  years  from said February first and
have expertise in the field of human services, and
one  of whom shall serve for a term of three years
from said February first and have expertise in the
fields of small business and economic development,
and each of whom thereafter shall serve for  terms
of  three years from February first in the year of
their appointment and have expertise in the  field
of  the  member's  predecessor;  (2)  two  by  the
president pro tempore of the senate, one  of  whom
shall  have expertise in the field of children and
youth development  and  one  of  whom  shall  have
expertise  in  the field of health; (3) one by the
majority leader of the  senate,  who  shall  be  a
member  of  the  public;  (4)  two by the minority
leader of the  senate,  one  of  whom  shall  have
expertise  in  the field of environment and one of
whom shall have expertise in the field of arts and
culture;  (5)  two  by the speaker of the house of
representatives, one of whom shall have  expertise
in the field of housing and one of whom shall have
expertise in the field of public safety;  (6)  one
by   the   majority   leader   of   the  house  of
representatives, who shall  be  a  member  of  the
public;  and (7) two by the minority leader of the
house of representatives, one of whom  shall  have
expertise  in  the field of transportation and one
of whom shall be  a  member  of  the  public.  All
members appointed under this subsection shall have
experience in the field of Latino and Puerto Rican
affairs.  All  members appointed under subdivision
(2), (3), (4), (5), (6) or (7) of this  subsection
shall  serve  for terms of two years from February
first  in  the  year  of  their  appointment.  The
commission   shall   elect  a  chairperson  and  a
vice-chairperson  from  among  its  members.   Any
person  absent from (A) three consecutive meetings
of the commission or (B) fifty per  cent  of  such
meetings  during any calendar year shall be deemed
to have resigned from  the  commission,  effective
immediately.  Vacancies on the commission shall be
filled by the appointing authority. Members of the
commission  shall  serve  without compensation but
shall, within the limits of  available  funds,  be
reimbursed  for  expenses  necessarily incurred in
the performance of their  duties.  The  commission
shall  meet  as  often  as deemed necessary by the
chairperson or a majority of the commission.
    (c) The commission shall:
    (1)  Review  and comment on any proposed state
legislation and regulations that would affect  the
Latino and Puerto Rican populations in the state;
    (2)  Advise  and  provide  information  to the
governor on the state's  policies  concerning  the
Latino and Puerto Rican communities;
    (3)   Advise   the   governor  concerning  the
coordination and administration of state  programs
serving the Latino and Puerto Rican populations;
    (4)  Maintain a liaison between the Latino and
Puerto   Rican   communities   and    governmental
entities;
    (5)   Encourage   Latino   and   Puerto  Rican
representation at all levels of state  government,
including state boards and commissions;
    (6)  Secure  appropriate  recognition  of  the
accomplishments and contributions  of  Latino  and
Puerto Rican populations of the state; and
    (7)  Prepare  and  submit  to  the governor an
annual report concerning its activities  with  any
appropriate  recommendations concerning the Latino
and Puerto Rican populations of the state.
    (d)  The  commission may use such funds as may
be available from federal, state or other  sources
and  may  enter  into  contracts  to carry out the
purposes of this section.
    (e)   The   commission  may,  subject  to  the
provisions of chapter 67 of the general  statutes,
employ   any   necessary  staff  within  available
appropriations.
    (f)   On  and  after  February  1,  1995,  the
commission  shall  be  part  of  the   legislative
department.
    Sec.  2.  Subsection  (a)  of section 32-9n of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)    There   is   established   within   the
department of economic development  an  office  of
small  business affairs. Such office shall aid and
encourage small business enterprises, particularly
those  owned  and operated by minorities and other
socially or economically disadvantaged individuals
in  Connecticut. As used in this section, minority
means: (1) Black Americans, including all  persons
having  origins in any of the Black African racial
groups  not  of  Hispanic  origin;  (2)   Hispanic
Americans,   including  all  persons  of  Mexican,
Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or
other  Spanish culture or origin, [and all persons
having origins in the Iberian Peninsula, including
Portugal,] regardless of  race;  (3)  ALL  PERSONS
HAVING ORIGINS IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA, INCLUDING
PORTUGAL, REGARDLESS OF RACE; (4) women; [(4)] (5)
Asian Pacific Americans  and Pacific islanders; or
[(5)]  (6) American  Indians  and  persons  having
origins in any  of  the  original peoples of North
America   and  maintaining   identifiable   tribal
affiliations through membership  and participation
or community identification.
    Sec.  3.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1994.