Substitute House Bill No. 5610
          Substitute House Bill No. 5610

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-185


AN  ACT  CONCERNING  NEGOTIATION  OF AGREEMENTS BY
REGIONAL COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENT.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  4-124f  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  regional  council  of  elected  officials
established under the provisions of section 4-124c
is  authorized  to  receive  for  its  own use and
purposes any funds from any source, including  the
state   and  federal  governments,  and  including
bequests,  gifts  or  contributions  made  by  any
individual,  corporation or association. Any town,
city  or  borough  participating  in  a   regional
council   of   elected  officials  shall  annually
appropriate funds for the expenses of such council
in  the  performance  of  its purposes. Such funds
shall be appropriated and paid in accordance  with
a dues formula established by the regional council
of elected officials. Such  council  may  withhold
any  services  it  deems  advisable from any town,
city or borough which has failed to pay such dues.
Within  the  amounts  so  received  a  council may
engage employees and  contract  with  professional
consultants,  municipalities,  the  state  and the
federal governments, other  regional  councils  of
governments,    regional   councils   of   elected
officials, regional planning  agencies  and  other
intertown,  regional  or metropolitan agencies, or
with any one or more of them, and may  enter  into
contracts  from  time  to  time  to  carry out its
purpose. ANY REGIONAL COUNCIL OF ELECTED OFFICIALS
MAY ENTER INTO A CONTRACT TO CARRY OUT ITS PURPOSE
WITH  ANY  OTHER  REGIONAL  COUNCIL   OF   ELECTED
OFFICIALS,  ANY  REGIONAL  COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS,
ESTABLISHED  UNDER  SECTIONS  4-124i  TO   4-124p,
INCLUSIVE,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT OR ANY REGIONAL
PLANNING AGENCY FORMED UNDER  SECTION  8-31a.  The
accounts   of  any  regional  council  of  elected
officials shall be  subject  to  an  annual  audit
under the provisions of chapter 111.
    Sec.   2.   Section   4-124p  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each    regional    council   of   governments
established  under  the  provisions  of   sections
4-124i  to  4-124p,  inclusive,  is  authorized to
receive for its own use  and  purposes  any  funds
from  any  source  including the state and federal
governments  and  including  bequests,  gifts  and
contributions  made by any individual, corporation
or  association.  Any  town,   city   or   borough
participating in a regional council of governments
shall annually appropriate funds for the  expenses
of   such   council  in  the  performance  of  its
purposes. Such funds  shall  be  appropriated  and
paid in accordance with a dues formula established
by  the  regional  council  of  governments.  Such
council   may   withhold  any  services  it  deems
advisable from any town, city or borough which has
failed  to  pay  such  dues.  Within the amount so
received, a  council  may  engage  employees,  and
contract     with     professional    consultants,
municipalities,  the   state   and   the   federal
governments,    other    regional    councils   of
governments,   regional   councils   of    elected
officials,  regional  planning  agencies and other
intertown, regional or metropolitan  agencies,  or
with  any  one or more of them, and may enter into
contracts from time  to  time  to  carry  out  its
purposes.  ANY REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS MAY
ENTER INTO A CONTRACT TO  CARRY  OUT  ITS  PURPOSE
WITH  ANY  OTHER  REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS,
ANY  REGIONAL  COUNCIL   OF   ELECTED   OFFICIALS,
ESTABLISHED   UNDER  SECTIONS  4-124c  TO  4-124h,
INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT OR ANY  REGIONAL
PLANNING  AGENCY  FORMED  UNDER SECTION 8-31a. The
accounts of any regional  council  of  governments
shall  be  subject  to  an  annual audit under the
provisions of chapter 111 and such  council  shall
file  an  annual  report  with  the  clerks of its
member towns, cities or  boroughs,  with  planning
commissions,  if  any,  of  members,  and with the
Secretary of the Office of Policy and  Management,
or his designee.
    Sec. 3. This  act  shall  take  effect July 1,
1997.

Approved June 26, 1997