Senate Bill No. 63
                Senate Bill No. 63

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-204


AN ACT CONCERNING UNCOLLECTIBLE ACCOUNTS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section   1.   Section   3-7  of  the  general
statutes, as amended by section 14 of  public  act
97-203  and  section  2  of  public act 97-241, is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)  [Any]  EXCEPT  AS  OTHERWISE  PROVIDED IN
THIS SUBSECTION, ANY uncollectible  claim  for  an
amount  of  [two  hundred] ONE THOUSAND dollars or
less may be cancelled upon the books of any  state
department or agency upon the authorization of the
head of such department or agency. [, provided any
uncollectible  patient claim due to The University
of Connecticut Health Center for an amount of four
hundred  dollars or less may be cancelled upon the
books of said health center upon the authorization
of  the  Board  of  Trustees  of The University of
Connecticut, provided any] ANY uncollectible costs
in  an  amount  less  than  five  thousand dollars
incurred  by  the  Commissioner  of  Environmental
Protection   pursuant   to   section  22a-451,  AS
AMENDED, for investigating, containing,  removing,
monitoring    or    mitigating    pollution    and
contamination, emergency or hazardous waste may be
cancelled  by the commissioner, in accordance with
procedures approved by the State Comptroller.
    (b)  The [Governor, upon the recommendation of
the]  Secretary  of  the  Office  of  Policy   and
Management [,] may authorize the cancellation upon
the books of any state department or agency of any
uncollectible  claim  for  an  amount greater than
[two hundred] ONE THOUSAND  dollars  due  to  such
department  or  agency.  [or,  in  the case of any
uncollectible patient claim due to The  University
of  Connecticut  Health  Center, greater than four
hundred dollars.]
    (c)  Upon  the  recommendation of the Attorney
General, the Governor may authorize the compromise
of  any  disputed claim by or against the state or
any  department  or  agency  thereof,  and   shall
certify  to  the  proper  officer or department or
agency of the state the amount to be  received  or
paid under such compromise. Such certificate shall
constitute sufficient authority to such officer or
department  or agency to pay or receive the amount
therein  specified  in  full  settlement  of  such
claim.  The  record  of  any  compromise  effected
pursuant to the provisions of this  section  shall
be  open  to  public inspection in accordance with
section 1-19.
    Sec.  2.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1998.

Approved June 8, 1998