House Bill No. 5650
               House Bill No. 5650

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-263


AN  ACT CONCERNING  AN  EDUCATION  PILOT  PROGRAM,
HOUSING  OPPORTUNITIES FOR  ELDERLY  AND  DISABLED
PERSONS,  CONSTRUCTION  OR   ALTERATION  OF  STATE
BUILDINGS,  POLICE  OFFICERS   AND  FIRE  FIGHTERS
INJURED OR RENDERED  SICK  IN  THE  LINE  OF DUTY,
INJURY TO CERTAIN  STATE  OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES,
GOVERNOR'S BUDGET MESSAGE, STATE AGENCY CONTRACTS,
PAYMENTS  FROM  MASHANTUCKET  PEQUOT  AND  MOHEGAN
FUND,    GRANT    PROGRAM    TO    MUNICIPALITIES,
COMMISSARIES  AT CORRECTIONAL  FACILITIES,  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS IN THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  CORRECTION AND A
TEACHER EDUCATION PILOT PROGRAM.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. (a)  The  Commissioner of Education
shall contract, within  available  appropriations,
for the establishment  of a pilot program in three
municipalities in the  state,  in  accordance with
this  section.  One   program   shall   be   in  a
municipality  with  a   population   under   fifty
thousand, one shall  be  in  a municipality with a
population  of  fifty   thousand  to  one  hundred
thousand,  inclusive,  and   one  shall  be  in  a
municipality with a  population  over  one hundred
thousand.   The  pilot   program   shall   use   a
sixty-hour, fifteen chapter  self  improvement and
life skills curriculum,  such  as  the  Amer-I-Can
curriculum, and shall  be  aimed  at  high  school
students.
    (b)  On  or   before   January  1,  2000,  the
commissioner  shall  report,  in  accordance  with
section 11-4a of  the  general  statutes,  on  the
pilot program to  the  joint standing committee of
the General Assembly  having cognizance of matters
relating to education.
    Sec. 2. (NEW) The Commissioner of Economic and
Community Development shall,  in consultation with
the  Department  of  Social  Services,  the  State
Building Inspector, the  Office  of Protection and
Advocacy,  the  Department   of   Information  and
Technology   and  the   Office   of   Policy   and
Management,  establish  a   state-wide  electronic
database of information  on  the  availability  of
dwelling units in  the  state which are accessible
to or adaptable  for  persons  with  disabilities.
Such database shall  include  such information as:
(1) The location  of, the monthly rent for and the
number of bedrooms in each such dwelling unit, (2)
the type of housing and neighborhood in which each
such dwelling unit  is  located,  (3)  the vacancy
status of each  such  dwelling unit, (4) if a unit
is unavailable, the  date such unit is expected to
become available, and (5) any feature of each such
unit that makes  it accessible to or adaptable for
persons with disabilities. To the extent feasible,
the  Commissioner  of   Economic   and   Community
Development  shall  use   information   from   the
computer-assisted mass appraisal systems.
    Sec. 3. (NEW) The Commissioner of Economic and
Community Development shall award grants-in-aid to
housing  authorities,  municipal   developers  and
nonprofit corporations operating  elderly  housing
projects pursuant to part VI of chapter 128 of the
general statutes, (1)  to  hire  resident services
coordinators to assist  residents  of such housing
to maintain an  independent  living status, (2) to
assess the individual  needs  of residents of such
housing  for  the   purpose  of  establishing  and
maintaining  support  services,  (3)  to  maintain
regular contact with  residents  of  such housing,
(4) to monitor the delivery of support services to
residents of such housing, (5) to advocate changes
in services sought  or  required  by  residents of
such housing and  (6)  to  provide  mediation  and
conflict  resolution  services.  The  commissioner
shall award grants-in-aid  based  on demonstration
of need and  availability  of  matching  funds.  A
joint application made  by  more  than one housing
authority,   municipal  developer   or   nonprofit
corporation shall have  the  same preference as an
application  made  by   one   housing   authority,
municipal developer or nonprofit corporation.
    Sec.  4.  (NEW)  The  employment  of  resident
services  coordinators  by  a  housing  authority,
municipal  developer  or   nonprofit   corporation
operating  elderly housing  projects  pursuant  to
part VI of  chapter  128  of  the general statutes
shall be considered an allowable expense.
    Sec. 5. Subsection  (b)  of section 29-252a of
the general statutes,  as  amended by section 1 of
public act 97-273  and  section  29  of public act
97-11 of the  June 18 special session, is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) No state building or structure or addition
to a state building or structure, that exceeds the
threshold limits contained  in section 29-276b and
requires an independent  structural  review  under
said  section,  shall   be  constructed  until  an
application has been  filed by the commissioner of
an  agency  authorized   to   contract   for   the
construction of buildings  under the provisions of
section 4b-1 or  4b-51  with  the  State  Building
Inspector and a  building  permit  issued  by  the
State Building Inspector.  On  and  after  July 1,
[1999] 2000, no  state  building  or  structure or
addition to a state building or structure shall be
constructed or altered  until  an  application has
been  filed  by  the  commissioner  of  an  agency
authorized to contract  for  the  construction  of
buildings or the  alteration of existing buildings
under the provisions of section 4b-1 or 4b-51 with
the State Building Inspector and a building permit
issued by the State Building Inspector. Two copies
of the plans  and  specifications for the building
or structure to  be  constructed  or altered shall
accompany the application. The commissioner of any
such agency shall  certify  that  such  plans  and
specifications are in  substantial compliance with
the provisions of  the  State  Building  Code and,
where applicable, with the provisions of the State
Fire Safety Code.  The  State  Building  Inspector
shall review the  plans and specifications for the
building or structure to be constructed or altered
to verify their  compliance  with the requirements
of the State Building Code and, within thirty days
of the date  of application, shall issue or refuse
to issue the building permit, in whole or in part.
The State Building  Inspector may request that the
State Fire Marshal  review  such  plans  to verify
their compliance with the State Fire Safety Code.
    Sec. 6. Section  3-122 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    When any person,  under  the provisions of the
constitution and bylaws  of the [Connecticut State
Police   Association]   POLICE    ASSOCIATION   OF
CONNECTICUT,  is  entitled  to  relief  from  said
association AS A  POLICE  OFFICER  INJURED  IN THE
LINE  OF  DUTY,   OR   RENDERED  SICK  BY  DISEASE
CONTRACTED WHILE IN  THE  LINE  OF DUTY, OR as the
widow, child or  dependent mother of a [policeman]
POLICE OFFICER killed in the line of his duty, the
Comptroller shall, upon  the  delivery  to  him of
adequate proof from  said association of the right
of such person  to  such relief as aforesaid, draw
his order upon  the  Treasurer  in  favor  of  the
person or persons  entitled  to  such  relief,  or
their legal representatives,  for  the  amount  to
which such person  or  persons  may be entitled as
relief as aforesaid, provided such orders shall be
limited to available appropriations.
    Sec. 7. Section  3-123 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Whenever a person, under the provisions of the
constitution and bylaws  of  The Connecticut State
[Firemen's] FIREFIGHTERS Association,  is entitled
to relief from  said association, AS A FIREFIGHTER
INJURED IN THE  LINE  OF DUTY, OR RENDERED SICK BY
DISEASE CONTRACTED WHILE  IN  THE LINE OF DUTY, OR
as the widow  or  child of a [fireman] FIREFIGHTER
killed in the  line  of  his duty, the Comptroller
shall, upon the  delivery  to him of proper proofs
from said association  of the right of such person
to relief as  aforesaid,  draw  his order upon the
Treasurer  in  favor  of  the  person  or  persons
entitled   to  such   relief,   or   their   legal
representative,  for  the  amount  to  which  such
person  or  persons  are  entitled  as  relief  as
aforesaid, provided such  orders  shall be limited
to available appropriations.
    Sec. 8. Section  5-144 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    If any state employee, STATE OFFICER OR MEMBER
OF THE GENERAL  ASSEMBLY SERVING WITH COMPENSATION
OR REMUNERATION sustains  an  injury  while acting
within the scope  of  his employment, which injury
is not the result of his own wilful or wanton act,
and dies as  a result of such injury, and a spouse
and a dependent  child  or children under eighteen
years of age  survive  him,  the Comptroller, upon
the recommendation of  the  appointing  authority,
and with the  approval  of  the  Attorney General,
shall draw his  order on the Treasurer for the sum
of  [seven  thousand  five  hundred]  ONE  HUNDRED
THOUSAND  dollars,  payable   in   equal   monthly
instalments over a  period of not less than [five]
TEN  years to  such  employee's  OR  OFFICER'S  OR
MEMBER'S spouse, provided  any such payments shall
terminate  on the  death  or  remarriage  of  such
spouse within said  [five-year]  TEN-YEAR  period,
and the Comptroller,  upon  the  recommendation of
the appointing authority  and with the approval of
the Attorney General,  shall also draw an order on
the Treasurer for  monthly  payments  of  [twenty]
FIFTY  dollars  for  each  dependent  child  under
eighteen years of  age,  payable to such spouse or
the guardian of  such child or children until such
child or children  reach eighteen years of age. If
such employee OR OFFICER OR MEMBER leaves a spouse
and no child  or  children under eighteen years of
age, the Comptroller,  upon  the recommendation of
the appointing authority  and with the approval of
the Attorney General,  shall  draw an order on the
Treasurer for the  sum  of  [four]  FIFTY thousand
dollars payable in  equal monthly instalments over
a period of  not  less  than  [five] TEN years, to
such  spouse, provided  any  such  payments  shall
terminate  on the  death  or  remarriage  of  such
spouse within such [five-year] TEN-YEAR period. If
such  employee OR  OFFICER  OR  MEMBER  leaves  no
spouse and no  child  or  children  under eighteen
years  of age  but  leaves  a  parent  or  parents
dependent   upon  him,   the   Comptroller,   upon
recommendation  of the  appointing  authority  and
with the approval  of  the Attorney General, shall
draw an order  on  the  Treasurer  for  the sum of
[four] FIFTY thousand  dollars,  payable  to  such
employee's  OR OFFICER'S  OR  MEMBER'S  parent  or
parents in equal monthly instalments over a period
of not less  than  [five]  TEN years, provided, on
the death of one such parent, the surviving parent
shall  continue  to  receive  the  entire  monthly
payments under the  provisions of this section and
provided such payments shall cease on the death of
both such parents during such [five-year] TEN-YEAR
period. AS USED IN THIS SECTION AND SECTION 5-145,
THE  APPOINTING  AUTHORITY   FOR  MEMBERS  OF  THE
GENERAL  ASSEMBLY  SHALL   BE  THE  PRESIDENT  PRO
TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE  APPOINTING  AUTHORITY FOR
STATE OFFICERS SHALL BE THE GOVERNOR.
    Sec. 9. Section  5-145 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Each  appointing authority  shall  notify  the
Commissioner of Administrative Services, who shall
notify the Attorney  General,  of  the  injury, or
death resulting from  an  injury, of any employee,
[in the state  service] STATE OFFICER OR MEMBER OF
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY  SERVING WITH COMPENSATION OR
REMUNERATION, which injury  was  incurred  in  the
performance of his duties.
    Sec. 10. Subsection  (a)  of  section 5-259 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Comptroller,  with the approval of the
Attorney   General   and    of    the    Insurance
Commissioner, shall arrange  and  procure  a group
hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance
plan or plans for (1) state employees, (2) members
of the General  Assembly  who elect coverage under
such  plan  or   plans,   (3)   employees  of  the
Connecticut   Institute  for   Municipal   Studies
established by section  1-135, (4) participants in
an  alternate  retirement  program  who  meet  the
service   requirements   of   section   5-162   or
subsection  (a)  of   section  5-166,  (5)  anyone
receiving benefits UNDER SECTION 5-144, AS AMENDED
BY  SECTION  8   OF   THIS   ACT,   OR   from  any
state-sponsored  retirement  system,   except  the
teachers'  retirement  system  and  the  municipal
employees retirement system,  and  (6)  judges  of
probate and Probate  Court  employees. The minimum
benefits to be  provided  by  such  plan  or plans
shall  be substantially  equal  in  value  to  the
benefits which each such employee or member of the
General Assembly could  secure  in  such  plan  or
plans on an  individual  basis  on  the  preceding
first day of  July.  The  state shall pay for each
such  employee and  each  member  of  the  General
Assembly covered by such plan or plans the portion
of the premium charged for his individual coverage
and seventy per cent of the additional cost of his
form of coverage and such amount shall be credited
to the total  premiums  owed  by  such employee or
member of the General Assembly for the form of his
coverage under such  plan  or  plans. On and after
January 1, 1989,  the  state  shall pay for anyone
receiving benefits from  any  such state-sponsored
retirement system one  hundred  per  cent  of  the
portion of the  premium charged for his individual
coverage  and  one   hundred   per   cent  of  any
additional cost for  his  form  of  coverage.  The
balance of any  premiums  payable by an individual
employee or by  a  member  of the General Assembly
for his form  of  coverage  shall be deducted from
the payroll by  the  State  Comptroller. The total
premiums  payable  shall   be   remitted   by  the
Comptroller to the  insurance company or companies
or   nonprofit   organization   or   organizations
providing the coverage.  The amount of the state's
contribution per employee for a health maintenance
organization option shall  be  equal,  in terms of
dollars and cents,  to  the  largest amount of the
contribution  per  employee  paid  for  any  other
option which is  available  to  all eligible state
employees included in  the  health  benefits plan,
but shall not  be required to exceed the amount of
the health maintenance organization premium.
    Sec. 11. Subsection  (b)  of section 5-192t of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) If any  member  of  tier  II  other than a
state  police officer  sustains  an  injury  while
acting within the  scope  of his employment, which
injury is not  the  result  of  his  own wilful or
wanton act, and  dies  as a result of such injury,
and a spouse  and  a  dependent  child or children
under eighteen years  of  age survive him, the sum
of [seven] ONE  HUNDRED  thousand  [five  hundred]
dollars shall be paid in equal monthly instalments
over a period of not less than [five] TEN years to
such employee's spouse, provided any such payments
shall terminate on the death or remarriage of such
spouse within said  [five-year]  TEN-YEAR  period,
and [twenty] FIFTY  dollars  a month shall be paid
for each dependent  child  under eighteen years of
age, payable to  such  spouse  or  the guardian of
such  child  or   children  until  such  child  or
children reach eighteen  years  of  age.  If  such
employee leaves a  spouse and no child or children
under eighteen years  of  age,  the  sum of [four]
FIFTY thousand dollars  shall  be  paid  in  equal
monthly instalments over a period of not less than
[five] TEN years,  to  such  spouse,  provided any
such payments shall  terminate  on  the  death  or
remarriage of such  spouse within such [five-year]
TEN-YEAR period. If such employee leaves no spouse
and no child  or  children under eighteen years of
age but leaves  a parent or parents dependent upon
him, the sum  of  [four]  FIFTY  thousand  dollars
shall be paid to such employee's parent or parents
in equal monthly  instalments over a period of not
less than [five] TEN years, provided, on the death
of one such  parent,  the  surviving  parent shall
continue to receive  the  entire  monthly payments
under the provisions  of this section and provided
such payments shall  cease  on  the  death of both
such  parents  during  such  [five-year]  TEN-YEAR
period.
    Sec. 12. Section  4-72 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Part I of the budget document shall consist of
the Governor's budget  message  in  which he shall
set forth as  follows: (1) His program for meeting
all the expenditure  needs  of  the government for
each fiscal year  of  the  biennium  to  which the
budget relates, indicating  the  classes of funds,
general or special, from which such appropriations
are to be  made  and  the means through which such
expenditure  shall  be   financed;  (2)  financial
statements  giving  in   summary   form:  (A)  The
financial position of  all  major  state operating
funds including revolving  funds at the end of the
last-completed fiscal year  in  a  form consistent
with accepted accounting  practice.  He shall also
set forth in  similar  form the estimated position
of each such  fund  at  the  end  of  the  year in
progress and the  estimated  position of each such
fund  at the  end  of  each  fiscal  year  of  the
biennium  to  which  the  budget  relates  if  his
proposals are put  into  effect;  (B)  a statement
showing as of  the  close  of  the  last-completed
fiscal  year,  a  year  by  year  summary  of  all
outstanding  general obligation  and  special  tax
obligation  debt of  the  state  and  a  statement
showing the yearly  interest  requirements on such
outstanding debt; (C)  a summary of appropriations
recommended for each  fiscal  year of the biennium
to which the  budget  relates  for  each  budgeted
agency and for  the state as a whole in comparison
with  actual expenditures  of  the  last-completed
fiscal  year  and   appropriations  and  estimated
expenditures for the year in progress; (D) FOR THE
BIENNIUM  COMMENCING  JULY   1,   1999,  AND  EACH
BIENNIUM  THEREAFTER,  A   SUMMARY   OF  ESTIMATED
EXPENDITURES FOR CERTAIN  FRINGE BENEFITS FOR EACH
FISCAL YEAR OF  THE  BIENNIUM  TO WHICH THE BUDGET
RELATES FOR EACH  BUDGETED  AGENCY;  [(D)]  (E)  a
summary of permanent  full-time  positions setting
forth the number  filled  and the number vacant as
of the end  of the last-completed fiscal year, the
total   number   intended    to   be   funded   by
appropriations without reduction  for turnover for
the fiscal year  in  progress,  the  total  number
requested and the  total  number  recommended  for
each fiscal year  of  the  biennium  to  which the
budget relates; [(E)] (F) a summary of the revenue
estimated to be  received by the state during each
fiscal year of  the  biennium  to which the budget
relates  classified  according   to   sources   in
comparison with the actual revenue received by the
state during the  last-completed  fiscal  year and
estimated revenue during the year in progress, and
[(F)] (G) such  other  financial  statements, data
and comments as  in  his  opinion are necessary or
desirable  in  order   to   make   known   in  all
practicable  detail the  financial  condition  and
operations of the  government  and the effect that
the budget as  proposed  by  him will have on such
condition and operations. If the estimated revenue
of the state for the ensuing biennium as set forth
in the budget  on  the basis of existing statutes,
plus the estimated  unappropriated  surplus at the
close  of  the  year  in  progress  available  for
expenditure in the  ensuing biennium, is less than
the aggregate appropriations  recommended  for the
ensuing biennium as  contained  in the budget, the
Governor shall make recommendations to the General
Assembly in respect  to  the  manner in which such
deficit shall be  met,  whether  by an increase in
the indebtedness of  the  state, by the imposition
of new taxes, by increased rates on existing taxes
or otherwise. If  the  aggregate of such estimated
revenue plus such estimated unappropriated surplus
is greater than  such  recommended  appropriations
for  the ensuing  biennium,  he  shall  make  such
recommendations for the  use  of  such surplus for
the reduction of  indebtedness,  for the reduction
in  taxation or  for  other  purposes  as  in  his
opinion are in  the  best  interest  of the public
welfare.
    Sec.  13. Subsection  (b)  of  section  83  of
special act 97-21 is amended to read as follows:
    Upon  the  execution   of   any   contract  or
amendment which exceeds such aggregate amount, and
upon the execution  of  any subsequent contract or
amendment, the state  agency  shall  promptly file
the contract or amendment with the State Auditors.
AT THE TIME THE STATE AGENCY FILES ANY CONTRACT OR
AMENDMENT WITH THE STATE AUDITORS, IT SHALL FILE A
REPORT WITH THE  STATE  AUDITORS  WHICH SETS FORTH
THE FUNDING SOURCES FOR SUCH CONTRACT OR AMENDMENT
AND THE ESTIMATED  SAVINGS  WHICH WILL BE ACHIEVED
IN EACH STATE  AGENCY INCLUDED IN SUCH CONTRACT OR
AMENDMENT. SUCH REPORT  SHALL  ALSO  BE FILED WITH
THE OFFICE OF  POLICY AND MANAGEMENT AND THE JOINT
STANDING COMMITTEE OF  THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVING
COGNIZANCE OF MATTERS  RELATING  TO APPROPRIATIONS
AND THE BUDGETS  OF  STATE  AGENCIES,  THROUGH THE
LEGISLATIVE OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS.
    Sec.  14.  Section   3-55j   of   the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  2 of public act
97-274 and section  2  of  public act 97-11 of the
June 18 special  session,  is  amended  by  adding
subsection (i) as follows:
    (NEW) (i) For  the fiscal year ending June 30,
1999, and each  fiscal  year  thereafter,  if  the
amount  of grant  payable  to  a  municipality  in
accordance with this  section  is increased as the
result of an  appropriation  to  the  Mashantucket
Pequot and Mohegan Fund for such fiscal year which
exceeds eighty-five million  dollars,  the portion
of the grant  payable  to  each  eligible  service
district, in accordance  with  subsections (a) and
(c) of this section shall be increased by the same
proportion   as  the   grant   payable   to   such
municipality under this  section  as  a  result of
said increased appropriation.
    Sec. 15. (NEW) (a) As used in this section:
    (1)  "Federal  housing   units"  means  public
housing units assisted  by the United States under
the United States  Housing  Act,  as amended, that
are owned by  a local housing authority and listed
in the 1994  Catalogue  of Public Assisted Housing
prepared by the Connecticut Department of Housing;
    (2) "State housing units" means governmentally
assisted housing units  as  reported  on  the 1996
Affordable  Housing Appeals  Procedure  List,  not
including federal units; and
    (3)  "Municipality"  means   any  town,  city,
borough,   consolidated   town    and    city   or
consolidated town and borough.
    (b) The Secretary  of the Office of Policy and
Management  shall establish  a  grant  program  to
municipalities,  for the  fiscal  year  commencing
July 1, 1999,  based  on the number of federal and
state  housing units  in  each  municipality.  The
amount  of  each  grant  shall  be  determined  as
follows: (1) Seventy-five  per  cent of the amount
appropriated  for the  purposes  of  this  section
shall be distributed  pro rata on the basis of the
number   of  federal   housing   units   in   each
municipality and (2)  twenty-five per cent of such
amount shall be  distributed  on  the basis of the
number   of   state    housing   units   in   each
municipality.
    (c)  On  or  before  September  1,  1999,  the
secretary  shall calculate  the  amount  due  each
municipality  in  accordance   with   the  formula
prescribed in subsection  (a)  of this section and
shall certify to  the State Comptroller the amount
due to each municipality.
    Sec. 16. Section 18-88 of the general statutes
is amended by adding subsection (k) as follows:
    (NEW) (k) The  Commissioner  of Correction may
establish,    within    the    Industrial    Fund,
commissaries to be  operated  for  the  purpose of
sale  to  inmates   of  items  authorized  by  the
commissioner. The cost of the commissary operation
shall be charged  to  the fund and the proceeds of
such sales shall  be  deposited  in  the fund. The
commissioner is authorized  to  transfer a portion
of  the  profits   from   the   operation  of  the
commissaries to the  Correctional  General Welfare
Fund established under section 4-57a.
    Sec.  17.  Section   18-99a   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  Commissioner   of   Correction   may
establish a school  district within the Department
of Correction for  the  education or assistance of
any  person  [sentenced   or  transferred  to  any
institution of the  department until released from
its control, including  but  not  limited  to  any
person on parole]  CONFINED  IN ANY INSTITUTION OF
THE DEPARTMENT. The school district shall be known
as State of  Connecticut-Unified  School  District
#1.
    (b)  The  Commissioner   of  Correction  shall
administer, coordinate and  control the operations
of the school  district  and  shall be responsible
for the overall  supervision  and direction of all
courses and activities  of the school district and
shall  establish  such   vocational  and  academic
education, research and  statistics,  training and
development services and  programs as he considers
necessary or advisable  in  the  best interests of
the persons benefiting therefrom.
    Sec.  18.  Section   18-99b   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  school   district   acting   by  the
Commissioner of Correction shall have the power to
(1) establish and  maintain  within the Department
of Correction such  schools of different grades as
the commissioner may from time to time require and
deem necessary in  the  best  interests  of  those
persons   [sentenced   or   transferred   to   any
institution of the  department,  including but not
limited to any  person  on parole] CONFINED IN ANY
INSTITUTION OF THE  DEPARTMENT,  (2) establish and
maintain  within  the   department   such   school
libraries as may  from time to time be required in
connection with the  educational courses, services
and programs authorized by section 18-99a and this
section, (3) purchase,  receive,  hold  and convey
personal property for  school  purposes  and equip
and supply such  schools  with necessary furniture
and  other appendages,  (4)  make  agreements  and
regulations for the establishing and conducting of
such schools as are authorized under said sections
and employ and  dismiss,  in  accordance  with the
applicable  provisions  of  section  10-151,  such
teachers as are  necessary to carry out the intent
of said sections,  and  to pay their salaries, (5)
receive any federal funds or aid made available to
the state for rehabilitative or other programs and
shall be eligible  for  and  may receive any other
funds or aid  whether private, state or otherwise,
to be used for the purposes of said sections.
    (b)  The  school   district   acting   by  the
Commissioner  of  Correction   may,   pursuant  to
agreements, cooperate with  the federal government
in carrying out  the  purposes of any federal acts
pertaining to vocational  rehabilitation,  and may
adopt such methods  of administration as are found
by the federal  government to be necessary for the
proper and efficient  operation of such agreements
or plans for vocational or other rehabilitation in
correctional  institutions, and  may  comply  with
such conditions as  may be necessary to secure the
full benefit of all such federal funds available.
    Sec. 19. The  sum  of  $400,000  of the amount
appropriated to the  Department  of  Education  in
special act 98-6  for Early Reading Success, shall
be transferred to  Institutes  for Educators. Such
funds shall be  used  for  a pilot program at Yale
University to improve teacher education.
    Sec. 20. Section  56  of  special act 97-21 is
repealed.
    Sec. 21. This  act  shall  take effect July 1,
1998, and sections 8 to 11, inclusive, of this act
shall be applicable  to  any death occurring on or
after January 1, 1998.

Approved June 11, 1998