Substitute House Bill No. 6646
          Substitute House Bill No. 6646

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-50


AN  ACT  CONCERNING  THE  ADVISORY  COMMISSION  ON
INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section   1.  Section  2-79a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  There  shall  be  a  Connecticut Advisory
Commission  on  Intergovernmental  Relations.  The
purpose  of  the  commission  shall  be to enhance
coordination and cooperation between the state and
local governments. The commission shall consist of
the president  pro  tempore  of  the  Senate,  the
speaker  of  the  House  of  Representatives,  the
minority leader of the Senate, the minority leader
of  the House of Representatives, the Secretary of
the  Office  of   Policy   and   Management,   the
Commissioners    of    Education,    Environmental
Protection, Economic and Community Development, or
their designees, and sixteen additional members as
follows: (1) Six municipal officials appointed  by
the  Governor, four of whom shall be selected from
a  list  of  nominees  submitted  to  him  by  the
Connecticut  Conference  of Municipalities and two
of whom shall be selected from a list submitted by
the  Council  of  Small  Towns.  Two  of  such six
officials shall be from towns  having  populations
of  twenty  thousand or less persons, two shall be
from towns having populations of more than  twenty
thousand  but less than sixty thousand persons and
two shall be  from  towns  having  populations  of
sixty  thousand  or  more  persons;  (2) two local
public  education  officials  appointed   by   the
Governor,  one  of  whom  shall be selected from a
list  of  nominees  submitted  to   him   by   the
Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and
one  of  whom  shall  be  selected  from  a   list
submitted by the Connecticut Association of School
Administrators;  (3)  one  representative   of   a
regional  council  of  governments  or  a regional
planning agency appointed by the Governor  from  a
list  of nominees submitted to him by the Regional
Planning  Association  of  Connecticut;  (4)  five
persons  who  do  not  hold  elected  or appointed
office in state or local government, one  of  whom
shall  be  appointed  by the Governor, one of whom
shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of
the  Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by the
speaker of the House of  Representatives,  one  of
whom  shall be appointed by the minority leader of
the Senate and one of whom shall be  appointed  by
the    minority    leader    of   the   House   of
Representatives; (5)  one  representative  of  the
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities appointed
by said conference; and (6) one representative  of
the  Council  of  Small  Towns  appointed  by said
council. Each member of the  commission  appointed
pursuant  to  subdivisions  (1) to (6), inclusive,
shall serve for a term of  two  years.  All  other
members   shall   serve   for   terms   which  are
coterminous  with  their  terms  of  office.   The
Governor   shall   appoint  a  chairperson  and  a
vice-chairperson   from   among   the   commission
members.  Members  of  the commission shall not be
compensated  for  their  services  but  shall   be
reimbursed  for necessary expenses incurred in the
performance of their duties.
    (b)  The  commission  shall:  (1)  Serve  as a
forum  for  consultation  among  state  and  local
government  officials;  (2)  conduct  research  on
intergovernmental  issues;   (3)   encourage   and
coordinate  studies of intergovernmental issues by
universities,     research     and      consulting
organizations  and  others;  (4)  initiate  policy
development   and   make    recommendations    for
consideration   by  all  levels  and  branches  of
government. The commission shall issue, from  time
to  time,  public  reports  of  its  findings  and
recommendations  and  shall  issue,  annually,   a
public report on its activities.
    (c)  On  or  before the second Wednesday after
the convening of [each] THE 1998  regular  session
of  the  General  Assembly,  AND  EVERY FOUR YEARS
THEREAFTER, the commission  shall  submit  to  the
General   Assembly   a  report  which  lists  each
existing state mandate, as defined  in  subsection
(a)  of  section  2-32b, and which (1) categorizes
each  mandate  as  constitutional,  statutory   or
executive,  (2)  provides  the  date  of  original
enactment  or  issuance   along   with   a   brief
description of the history of the mandate, and (3)
analyzes the costs incurred by  local  governments
in  implementing  the  mandate. In each report the
commission may also make recommendations on  state
mandates  for  consideration by the commission. On
and after October 1, 1996,  the  report  shall  be
submitted  to  the joint standing committee of the
General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of  matters
relating  to  appropriations  and budgets of state
agencies, to any other joint standing committee of
the  General  Assembly having cognizance and, upon
request, to any member of the General Assembly.  A
summary  of  the report shall be submitted to each
member of the General Assembly if the  summary  is
two pages or less and a notification of the report
shall be submitted to each member if  the  summary
is  more  than  two  pages. Submission shall be by
mailing the report, summary or notification to the
legislative   address   of   each  member  of  the
committees or the General Assembly, as applicable.
THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  SUBSECTION SHALL NOT BE
CONSTRUED TO PREVENT THE  COMMISSION  FROM  MAKING
MORE FREQUENT RECOMMENDATIONS ON STATE MANDATES.
    (d)   COMMENCING   ON  OR  BEFORE  THE  SECOND
WEDNESDAY AFTER THE CONVENING OF THE 1997  REGULAR
SESSION  OF  THE  GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND EVERY YEAR
THEREAFTER EXCEPT A YEAR  IN  WHICH  A  REPORT  IS
FILED  PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (c) OF THIS SECTION,
THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  SUBMIT  TO   THE   GENERAL
ASSEMBLY  A  SUPPLEMENT  TO THE REPORT REQUIRED IN
SAID SUBSECTION (c) IDENTIFYING ANY  NEW  MANDATES
ADOPTED  AND  ANY MANDATES CHANGED IN THE PREVIOUS
YEAR.
    [(d)]  (e) The Office of Policy and Management
shall provide such staff as is necessary  for  the
performance  of  the  functions  and duties of the
Connecticut      Advisory      Commission       on
Intergovernmental  Relations.  Such persons may be
exempt from the classified service.
    Sec.  2.  This  act shall take effect from its
passage.

Approved May 14, 1997