Senate Bill No. 940
               Senate Bill No. 940

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-80


AN    ACT    CLARIFYING   REGULATIONS   CONCERNING
CERTIFICATION OF ASSESSORS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  12-40a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   There  shall  be  a  committee  for  the
purpose of establishing a program  and  procedures
for the training, examination and certification of
assessment personnel, appointed by  the  Secretary
of   the  Office  of  Policy  and  Management  and
consisting of seven members,  six  of  whom  shall
serve without pay and shall be appointed initially
as follows: Two members for  two-year  terms;  two
members  for  four-year terms; and two members for
six-year terms. No less than one member  shall  be
from  a  municipality with a population over fifty
thousand, and no less than  one  member  shall  be
from  a  municipality with a population under five
thousand. The seventh member shall be an  employee
of  the Office of Policy and Management, who shall
have  demonstrated   competence   in   Connecticut
assessment  practices. The Secretary of the Office
of Policy and Management shall thereafter  appoint
two  members  every  two years for six-year terms.
Each member  of  the  committee,  other  than  the
representative  from  the  Office  of  Policy  and
Management, shall, on and after July 1, 1984, be a
person  certified  pursuant  to  subsection (b) of
this   section   and   shall   have   demonstrated
competence  in  Connecticut  assessment practices.
Each member  of  the  committee,  other  than  the
representative  from  the  Office  of  Policy  and
Management, appointed on or after  July  1,  1984,
shall  be  employed by a municipality in the state
in  a  position  relating  to  the  assessment  of
property for the purposes of the property tax. Any
member of  the  committee  who  ceases  to  be  an
employee  of  the Office of Policy and Management,
or to be certified pursuant to subsection  (b)  of
this  section,  as the case may be, shall cease to
be a member of the  committee  and  the  secretary
shall  appoint a replacement to fill the remainder
of the term. Said committee shall  elect  its  own
chairman  and  adopt  [rules  and] regulations, IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 54,  for
the  training,  fees and examination of assessment
personnel    including    standards    for     the
certification  and  recertification  of assessors.
SUCH REGULATIONS MAY INCLUDE REQUIREMENTS FOR  ANY
TYPE  OF  TRAINING  OR  EXPERIENCE, OR COMBINATION
THEREOF, THE COMMITTEE DEEMS APPROPRIATE.
    (b)  Any person may participate in training on
assessment practices prescribed by said committee.
[and    upon    completing   such   training   and
successfully completing] UPON  COMPLETION  OF  THE
REQUIREMENTS  PROVIDED  FOR IN REGULATIONS ADOPTED
UNDER  SUBSECTION  (a)   OF   THIS   SECTION   AND
SUCCESSFUL    COMPLETION    OF   any   examination
prescribed by said committee, ANY PERSON shall  be
recommended  to  the  Secretary  of  the Office of
Policy  and  Management   as   a   candidate   for
certification as a certified Connecticut municipal
assessor. The Secretary of the  Office  of  Policy
and   Management   shall   certify  any  qualified
candidate  recommended  by  said  committee  as  a
certified  Connecticut  municipal assessor and may
rescind such certification for sufficient cause as
said  secretary  may determine. Such certification
shall be valid for five years  from  the  date  of
issuance.  Said  secretary may certify a candidate
who has not completed such training provided  such
candidate has experience in Connecticut assessment
practices  to  such  extent,  determined  by  said
secretary,  as  to make it unnecessary to complete
such training; provided, such candidate  shall  be
required  to successfully complete any examination
prescribed by said committee.
    Sec.  2.  This  act shall take effect from its
passage.

Approved May 29, 1997