Substitute Senate Bill No. 1127

Public Act No. 99-241

An Act Increasing Certain Bond Authorizations for Capital Improvements, the Capital City Economic Development Authority, and the Convention Center and Sportsplex in Hartford and Associated Development Activities.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (g) of section 3-20 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) With the exception of refunding bonds, whenever a bond act empowers the State Bond Commission to authorize bonds for any project or purpose or projects or purposes, and whenever the State Bond Commission finds that the authorization of such bonds will be in the best interests of the state, it shall authorize such bonds by resolution adopted by the approving vote of at least a majority of said commission. No such resolution shall be so adopted by the State Bond Commission unless it finds that there has been filed with it (1) [any capital development impact statement and] any human services facility colocation statement to be filed with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, if so requested by the secretary, pursuant to section 4b-23; (2) a statement from the Commissioner of Agriculture, pursuant to section 22-6, for projects which would convert twenty-five or more acres of prime farmland to a nonagricultural use; [and] (3) prior to the meeting at which such resolution is to be considered, any capital development impact statement required to be filed with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; and (4) such requests and such other documents as it or said bond act require, provided no resolution with respect to any school building project financed pursuant to section 10-287d or any interest subsidy financed pursuant to section 10-292k shall require the filing of any statements pursuant to subdivision (1), [or] (2) or (3) of this [section] subsection and provided further any resolution requiring a capital impact statement shall be deemed not properly before the State Bond Commission until such capital development impact statement is filed. Any such resolution so adopted by the State Bond Commission shall recite the bond act under which said commission is empowered to authorize such bonds and the filing of all requests and other documents, if any, required by it or such bond act, and shall state the principal amount of the bonds authorized and a description of the purpose or project for which such bonds are authorized. Such description shall be sufficient if made merely by reference to a numbered subsection, subdivision or other applicable section of such bond act. The agenda of each meeting, or any supporting documents included with such agenda, shall include a reference to the statute or public or special act which is the source of any funds to be used for any project on such agenda, including any contingency funds and any reuse or reallocation of funds previously approved for any other use or project, and a notation of the outside source from which any funds for any such project were received, if any. Upon adoption of a resolution, the principal amount of the bonds authorized therein for such purpose or project shall be deemed to be an appropriation and allocation of such amount for such purpose or project, respectively, and subject to approval by the Governor of allotment thereof and to any authorization for such project or purpose that may otherwise be required, contracts may be awarded and obligations incurred with respect to any such project or purpose in amounts not in the aggregate exceeding such authorized principal amount, notwithstanding that such contracts and obligations may at a particular time exceed the amount of the proceeds from the sale of such bonds theretofore received by the state. In any such resolution so adopted, the State Bond Commission may include provision for the date or dates of such bonds, the maturity of such bonds and, notwithstanding the provisions of any bond act taking effect prior to July 1, 1973, provision for either serial or term, sinking fund or other reserve fund requirements, if any, due dates of the interest thereon, the form of such bonds, the denominations and designation of such bonds, registration, conversion and transfer privileges and the terms of redemption with or without premium and the date and manner of sale of such bonds, provisions for the consolidation of such bonds with other bonds including refunding bonds for the purpose of sale as provided in subsection (h) hereof, limitations with respect to the interest rate or rates on such bonds, provisions for receipt and deposit or investment of the good faith deposit pending delivery of such bonds and such other terms and conditions of such bonds and of the issuance and sale thereof as the State Bond Commission may determine to be in the best interest of the state, provided the State Bond Commission may delegate to the Treasurer all or any part of the foregoing powers in which event the Treasurer shall exercise such powers until the State Bond Commission, by adoption of a resolution prior to exercise of such powers by the Treasurer shall elect to reassume the same. Such powers shall be exercised from time to time in such manner as the Treasurer shall determine to be in the best interests of the state and [he] the Treasurer shall file a certificate of determination setting forth the details thereof with the secretary of the State Bond Commission on or before the date of delivery of such bonds, the details of which were determined by [him] the Treasurer in accordance with such delegation. The State Bond Commission may authorize the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to defer payments of interest or principal, or a portion thereof, in the case of a troubled loan, as defined in subdivision (1) of subsection (e) of section 8-37x, made by the commissioner under any provision of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 4-66c of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes of subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [four] five hundred [nine] ninety-six million six hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars, provided [seventy-nine] ninety-three million [four hundred thousand] dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, [1998] 2000. All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section, are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission in its discretion may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent hereinafter stated, shall be used, subject to the provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of this section, for the purpose of redirecting, improving and expanding state activities which promote community conservation and development and improve the quality of life for urban residents of the state as hereinafter stated: (1) For the Department of Economic and Community Development: Economic and community development projects, including administrative costs incurred by the Department of Economic and Community Development, not exceeding [sixty-seven] seventy-seven million three hundred thousand dollars, one million dollars of which shall be used for a grant to the development center program and the nonprofit business consortium deployment center approved pursuant to section 32-411 provided [four] five million [four hundred thousand] dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, [1998] 2000; (2) for the Department of Transportation: Urban mass transit, not exceeding two million dollars; (3) for the Department of Environmental Protection: Recreation development and solid waste disposal projects, not exceeding one million nine hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars; (4) for the Department of Social Services: Child day care projects, elderly centers, shelter facilities for victims of domestic violence, emergency shelters and related facilities for the homeless, multipurpose human resource centers and food distribution facilities, not exceeding thirty-nine million one hundred thousand dollars, provided four million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994; (5) for the Department of Economic and Community Development: Housing projects, not exceeding three million dollars; (6) for the Office of Policy and Management: (A) Grants-in-aid to municipalities for a pilot demonstration program to leverage private contributions for redevelopment of designated historic preservation areas, not exceeding one million dollars; (B) grants-in-aid for urban development projects including economic and community development, transportation, environmental protection, public safety, children and families and social services projects and programs, including, in the case of economic and community development projects administered on behalf of the Office of Policy and Management by the Department of Economic and Community Development, administrative costs incurred by the Department of Economic and Community Development, not exceeding [two] five hundred [ninety-five] forty-five million three hundred thousand dollars, provided [seventy-five] one hundred twenty-five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, [1998] 2000.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 4a-10 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one hundred [forty-one] eighty-nine million five hundred thousand dollars, provided [ten] twenty-one million [eight hundred thousand] dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, [1998] 2000.

Sec. 4. Subsection (f) of section 7-536 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(f) The secretary shall approve or disapprove each completed application for a local capital improvement project grant authorization not later than forty-five days after receipt of such application on a form prescribed by the secretary. Such application shall include a certification by the municipality that: (1) The project for which grant assistance is requested is a local capital improvement project; (2) the project is consistent with the local capital improvement plan adopted by the municipality; and (3) the grant proceeds shall not be used to satisfy a local matching requirement for any state assistance program other than the local bridge program established under sections 13a-175p to 13a-175u, inclusive. The municipality shall provide any other certification required by the secretary. The secretary shall authorize such grant if, in [his] the secretary's opinion, the project meets the requirements set forth in this section and any other requirement imposed by the secretary and payment of such grant would not cause the local capital improvement account of the municipality, established under subsection (b) of this section, to be overdrawn. If a municipality fails to request payment within five years of such authorization for a project, the secretary shall make no payment for such project unless the municipality requests and receives a waiver for such project on such terms and conditions as the secretary deems appropriate.

Sec. 5. Subsection (a) of section 7-538 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [three] four hundred [fifty] ten million dollars, provided thirty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, [1998] 2000.

Sec. 6. Subsection (d) of section 8-265hh of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) All moneys received by the authority from mortgagors for repayment of emergency mortgage assistance payments shall be [used by the authority for the sole purpose of providing additional assistance under the provisions of sections 8-265cc to 8-265kk, inclusive, and for providing necessary and related administrative and operational expenses associated with the program] paid to the authority, deposited in such funds or accounts as the authority may establish from time to time for such purpose and paid by the authority to the State Treasurer and deposited into the General Fund.

Sec. 7. Section 10-287d of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 99-4, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

For the purposes of funding grants to projects that have received approval of the State Board of Education pursuant to sections 10-287 and 10-287a, subsection (a) of section 10-65 and section 10-76e, and to assist school building projects to remedy safety and health violations and damage from fire and catastrophe, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding [one] two billion [eight] five hundred [one] eleven million [five] three hundred sixty thousand dollars, provided three hundred thirty-nine million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2000. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

Sec. 8. Section 10-292k of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 99-4, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

For purposes of funding interest subsidy grants, except for interest subsidy grants made pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-292m, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding one hundred [twenty-one] eighty-eight million one hundred thousand dollars, provided sixty-one million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2000. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances, such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

Sec. 9. Section 10a-109x of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Not later than October 1, 1995, and semiannually thereafter, the university shall report to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Education, to finance, revenue and bonding, and to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies on the status and progress of UConn 2000. Each report shall include, but not be limited to: (1) Information on the number of projects and securities authorized, approved and issued hereunder including, relative to such projects, project costs, timeliness of completion and any problems which have developed in implementation, and a schedule of projects remaining and their expected costs; (2) the amount of revenue available from all sources for such remaining projects and expected receipts for such remaining projects for the succeeding four quarters; (3) the amount of money raised from private sources for the capital and endowment programs and the progress made in the development and implementation of the fund-raising program and (4) any cooperative activities with other public and independent institutions of higher education commenced in the preceding six months. Each such report shall, for the preceding six-month period, (A) specify the moneys credited to such fund on account of, or derived from, each source of state and federal revenue, (B) specify the amount of investment earnings from the fund, (C) specify the moneys from such fund applied and expended for (i) the payment of debt service requirements, (ii) the payment of the principal of and interest on securities issued hereunder and general obligation bonds of the state issued for university capital improvement purposes, and (iii) each budgeted account under the annual budget appropriation made to the university.

(b) Commencing January 1, 2000, the first semiannual report in each year submitted in accordance with subsection (b) of this section shall include such information as requested by the bonding subcommittee of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, including but not limited to: (1) The use of bond funds in the current fiscal year, (2) projected use of bond funds for the next succeeding fiscal year, (3) an updated master plan for the balance of the project, and (4) the use of Connecticut-owned businesses, including businesses owned by women and minorities.

Sec. 10. Subsection (a) of section 12-242uu of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [forty-eight million] thirty-five million five hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 11. Subsection (a) of section 17b-735 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes described in section 17b-734 and for the payment of any administrative expenses of the Department of Social Services related thereto the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [five] seven million seven hundred seventy-five thousand dollars, provided one million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2000.

Sec. 12. Section 22-26hh of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The State Bond Commission shall have power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [eighty-two] eighty-three million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars, [provided three million five hundred thousand dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1998,] the proceeds of which shall be used by the Commissioner of Agriculture for the purposes of this chapter, provided not more than two million dollars shall be used for the purposes of section 22-26jj. All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 13. Subsection (c) of section 22a-478 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The funding of an eligible water quality project shall be pursuant to a project funding agreement between the state, acting by and through the commissioner, and the municipality undertaking such project and shall be evidenced by a project fund obligation or grant account loan obligation, or both, or an interim funding obligation of such municipality issued in accordance with section 22a-479. A project funding agreement shall be in a form prescribed by the commissioner. A nonpoint source pollution abatement project shall receive a project grant of seventy-five per cent of the cost of the project determined to be eligible by the commissioner. A combined sewer project shall receive (1) a project grant of fifty per cent of the cost of the project, which cost shall be the cost the federal Environmental Protection Agency uses in making grants pursuant to Part 35 of the federal Construction Grant Regulations and Titles II and VI of the federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended; and (2) a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible water quality project costs. A construction contract eligible for financing awarded by a municipality on or after the effective date of this act as a project undertaken for nitrogen removal shall receive a project grant of thirty per cent of the cost of the project associated with nitrogen removal and a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible water quality project costs. Nitrogen removal projects under design or construction on the effective date of this act and projects that have been constructed but have nor received permanent, clean water fund financing, on the effective date of this act shall be eligible to receive a thirty per cent grant. Any other eligible water quality project shall receive (A) a project grant of twenty per cent of the cost, which cost shall be the cost the federal Environmental Protection Agency uses for grants pursuant to said Part 35 and said Titles II and VI, and (B) a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible project cost. On or after fiscal year 2007, all eligible water quality projects eligible for funding shall receive a loan of one hundred per cent of the eligible costs and shall not receive a project grant. All loans made in accordance with the provisions of this section for an eligible water quality project shall bear an interest rate of two per cent per annum. The commissioner may allow any project fund obligation, grant account loan obligation or interim funding obligation for an eligible water quality project to be repaid by a borrowing municipality prior to maturity without penalty.

Sec. 14. Subsection (a) of section 22a-483 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes of sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts, not exceeding in the aggregate [six] seven hundred [twenty-one] seventeen million [three] eight hundred thirty thousand dollars, provided fifty-three million one hundred thousand dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2000.

Sec. 15. Subsection (d) of section 22a-483 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall preclude the State Bond Commission from authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds, in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [eight hundred sixty-seven] nine hundred ninety-nine million [nine] four hundred thousand dollars, provided [eighty-three] sixty-six million [three] nine hundred thousand dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, [1998] 2000, that are not general obligations of the state of Connecticut to which the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal and interest. Such revenue bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such revenue bonds. The revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes and revenue state grant anticipation notes authorized to be issued under sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, shall be special obligations of the state and shall not be payable from nor charged upon any funds other than the revenues or other receipts, funds or moneys pledged therefor as provided in said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, including the repayment of municipal loan obligations; nor shall the state or any political subdivision thereof be subject to any liability thereon except to the extent of such pledged revenues or the receipts, funds or moneys pledged therefor as provided in said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive. The issuance of revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes and revenue state grant anticipation notes under the provisions of said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, shall not directly or indirectly or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatever therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment. The revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes and revenue state grant anticipation notes shall not constitute a charge, lien or encumbrance, legal or equitable, upon any property of the state or of any political subdivision thereof, except the property mortgaged or otherwise encumbered under the provisions and for the purposes of said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive. The substance of such limitation shall be plainly stated on the face of each revenue bond, revenue state bond anticipation note and revenue state grant anticipation note issued pursuant to said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, shall not be subject to any statutory limitation on the indebtedness of the state and such revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes and revenue state grant anticipation notes, when issued, shall not be included in computing the aggregate indebtedness of the state in respect to and to the extent of any such limitation. As part of the contract of the state with the owners of such revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes and revenue state grant anticipation notes, all amounts necessary for the punctual payment of the debt service requirements with respect to such revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes and revenue state grant anticipation notes shall be deemed appropriated, but only from the sources pledged pursuant to said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive. The proceeds of such revenue bonds or notes may be deposited in the Clean Water Fund for use in accordance with the permitted uses of such fund. Any expense incurred in connection with the carrying out of the provisions of this section, including the costs of issuance of revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes and revenue state grant anticipation notes may be paid from the accrued interest and premiums or from any other proceeds of the sale of such revenue bonds, revenue state bond anticipation notes or revenue state grant anticipation notes and in the same manner as other obligations of the state. All provisions of subsections (g), (k), (l), (s) and (u) of section 3-20 or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, are hereby adopted and shall apply to all revenue bonds, state revenue bond anticipation notes and state revenue grant anticipation notes authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive. For the purposes of subsection (o) of section 3-20, "bond act" shall be construed to include said sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive.

Sec. 16. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 32-235 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate three hundred [twenty-nine] ninety-nine million three hundred thousand dollars, provided [nine] thirty-five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective on July 1, [1998] 2000.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Economic and Community Development for the purposes of sections 32-220 to 32-234, inclusive, and for the Connecticut job training finance demonstration program pursuant to sections 32-23uu and 32-23vv provided three million dollars shall be used by said department solely for the purposes of section 32-23uu and not more than five million two hundred fifty thousand dollars of the amount stated in said subsection (a) may be used by said department for the purposes of section 31-3u; and further provided not less than two million dollars shall be used by said department for the establishment of a pilot program to make grants to businesses in designated areas of the state for construction, renovation or improvement of small manufacturing facilities provided such grants are matched by the business, a municipality or another financing entity. The commissioner shall designate areas of the state where manufacturing is a substantial part of the local economy and shall make grants under such pilot program which are likely to produce a significant economic development benefit for the designated area.

Sec. 17. Section 32-600 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

As used in this chapter and sections 26 to 46, inclusive, of this act, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(1) "Authority" means the Capital City Economic Development Authority created pursuant to section 32-601.

(2) "Capital city project" means any or all of the following: (A) A convention center project as defined in subdivision (3) of this section; (B) a downtown higher education center; (C) the renovation and rejuvenation of the civic center and coliseum complex; (D) the development of the infrastructure and improvements to the riverfront; (E) (i) the creation of up to one thousand downtown housing units through rehabilitation and new construction and (ii) the demolition or redevelopment of vacant buildings; and (F) the addition to downtown parking capacity. All capital city projects shall be located or constructed and operated in the capital city economic development district, as defined in subdivision (4) of this section, provided any project undertaken pursuant to subparagraph (E) (ii) of this subdivision may be located anywhere in the town and city of Hartford.

(3) "Convention [center project"] center" means a convention facility constructed and operated in the capital city economic development district, including parking for such facility, in conjunction with a privately developed hotel [and may include, either as part of the same facility or as a separate facility operated and constructed in the capital city economic development district, a sports megaplex] including ancillary facilities and infrastructure improvements as more particularly described in the master development plan.

(4) "Convention center project" means the development, design, construction, finishing, furnishing and equipping of the convention center and related site preparation.

[(4)] (5) "Capital city economic development district" means the area bounded and described as follows: The northerly side of Masseek Street from the intersection of Van Dyke Avenue proceeding westerly to the intersection of Van Block Avenue, proceeding northerly along Van Block to the intersection of Nepaquash Street, proceeding easterly to the intersection of Huyshope Avenue, proceeding northerly along Huyshope Avenue to the intersection of Charter Oak Avenue, proceeding westerly along Charter Oak Avenue to Wyllys Street, proceeding along Wyllys Street to Popieluszko Court, north on Popieluszko Court to Charter Oak Avenue proceeding westerly to Main Street, proceeding south along Main Street to Park Street, thence west along Park Street to Washington Street, thence north along Washington Street to the entryway to the State Capitol, thence northwesterly along the Exit 48 on ramp to Interstate 84 northward to the railroad, now proceeding northeasterly along the railroad to its intersection with the southerly railroad spur, thence proceeding southeasterly along the railroad R.O.W. to the Bulkeley Bridge. Thence easterly to the city line. Proceeding south along city boundary to the point perpendicular with Masseek Street. Thence westerly to the point of beginning.

[(5) "Sports megaplex" means a multipurpose facility that is not used exclusively for sporting events and is used in conjunction with a convention center.]

Sec. 18. Section 32-601 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is created a body politic and corporate to be known as the "Capital City Economic Development Authority". Said authority shall be a public instrumentality and political subdivision of this state and the exercise by the authority of the powers conferred by section 32-602 shall be deemed and held to be the performance of an essential public and governmental function. The Capital City Economic Development Authority shall not be construed to be a department, institution or agency of the state.

(b) The authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of seven members appointed jointly by the Governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the Senate, and include, but not be limited to, members who have expertise in the fields of commercial and residential real estate construction or development and financial matters. The chairperson shall be designated by the Governor. All appointments shall be made not later than thirty days after June 1, 1998. The terms of the initial board members appointed shall be as follows: Four of the members shall serve four-year terms from said appointment date and three members shall serve two-year terms from said appointment date. Thereafter all members shall be appointed for four-year terms. A member of the board shall be eligible for reappointment. Any member of the board may be removed by the appointing authority for misfeasance, malfeasance or wilful neglect of duty. Each member of the board, before [entering upon his] commencing such member's duties, shall take and subscribe the oath or affirmation required by article XI, section 1, of the State Constitution. A record of each such oath shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the State. The board of directors shall maintain a record of its proceedings in such form as it determines, provided such record indicates attendance and all votes cast by each member. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the board. A majority vote of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present at a meeting of the board shall be sufficient for any action taken by the board. No vacancy in the membership of the board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the board. Any action taken by the board may be authorized by resolution at any regular or special meeting and shall take effect immediately unless otherwise provided in the resolution. The board may delegate to three or more of its members, or its officers, agents and employees, such board powers and duties as it may deem proper.

(c) (1) The board of directors shall annually elect one of its members as vice-chairperson and shall elect other of its members as officers, [appoint an executive director, who shall not be a member of the board, and other staff,] adopt a budget and bylaws, designate an executive committee, report semiannually to the appointing authorities with respect to operations, finances and achievement of its economic development objectives, be accountable to and cooperate with the state whenever, pursuant to the provisions of sections 32-600 to 32-611, inclusive, the state may audit the authority or any project of the authority, as defined in section 32-600, or at any other time as the state may inquire as to either, including allowing the state reasonable access to any such project and to the records of the authority and exercise the powers set forth in section 32-602.

(2) The board of directors shall appoint an executive director, who shall not be a member of the board and who shall be exempt from classified service.

(3) Members of the board of directors shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties hereunder but shall be reimbursed for all expenses reasonably incurred in the performance thereof.

(d) Each member of the board of directors of the authority and the executive director shall execute a surety bond in the penal sum of at least one hundred thousand dollars, or, in lieu thereof, the chairperson of the board shall execute a blanket position bond covering each member, the executive director and the employees of the authority, each surety bond to be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of the office or offices covered, to be executed by a surety company authorized to transact business in this state as a surety and to be approved by the Attorney General and filed in the Office of the Secretary of the State. The cost of each bond shall be paid by the authority.

(e) No board member shall have or acquire any financial interest [, direct or indirect,] in any capital city project, as defined in section 32-600, or in any property included or planned to be included in any such project or in any contract or proposed contract for materials or services to be used in such project.

(f) The authority shall have perpetual succession and shall adopt procedures for the conduct of its affairs in accordance with section 32-603. Such succession shall continue as long as the authority shall have bonds, notes or other obligations outstanding and until the existence of the authority is terminated by law at which time the rights and properties of the authority shall pass to and be vested in the state.

(g) All financial, credit and proprietary information contained in any application or request filed with the authority with respect to funding for any capital city project shall be exempt from the provisions of subsection (a) of section 1-210.

Sec. 19. Section 32-602 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The purpose of the Capital City Economic Development Authority shall be to stimulate new investment in Connecticut, to attract and service large conventions, tradeshows, exhibitions, conferences and local consumer shows, exhibitions and events, to encourage the diversification of the state economy, to strengthen Hartford's role as the region's major business and industry employment center and seat of government, to encourage residential housing development in downtown Hartford and, with respect to the convention center project, to construct, operate, maintain and market said project in order to enable Hartford and its immediate environment to become a major regional family-oriented arts, culture, education, sports and entertainment center that will create new jobs, add to the benefits of the hospitality industry, broaden the base of the tourism effort and stimulate substantial surrounding economic development and corresponding increased tax revenues to the state.

(b) For these purposes, the authority shall have the following powers: (1) To have perpetual succession as a body corporate and to adopt procedures for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business as provided in subsection (f) of section 32-601, to adopt a corporate seal and alter the same at its pleasure, and to maintain an office at such place or places within the city of Hartford as it may designate; (2) to sue and be sued, to contract and be contracted with; (3) to employ such assistants, agents and other employees as may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purposes, [and] which employees shall be exempt from the classified service and shall not be employees, as defined in subsection (b) of section 5-270, to fix their compensation, to establish and modify personnel procedures as may be necessary from time to time and to negotiate and enter into collective bargaining agreements with labor unions; (4) to acquire, lease, hold and dispose of personal property for the purposes set forth in section 32-602; (5) to procure insurance against any liability or loss in connection with its property and other assets, in such amounts and from such insurers as it deems desirable and to procure insurance for employees; (6) to invest any funds not needed for immediate use or disbursement in obligations issued or guaranteed by the United States of America or the state of Connecticut, including the Short Term Investment Fund, and the Tax-Exempt Proceeds Fund, and in other obligations which are legal investments for savings banks in this state and in time deposits or certificates of deposit or other similar banking arrangements secured in such manner as the authority determines; and (7) to do all acts and things necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of and the powers expressly granted by this section.

(c) In addition to the powers enumerated in subsection (b) of this section, with respect to the convention center project the authority shall have the following powers: (1) To acquire, by gift, purchase, condemnation or transfer, lands or rights-in-land in connection therewith and to sell, lease as lessee or as lessor, provided that such activity is consistent with all applicable federal tax covenants of the authority, transfer or dispose of any property or interest therein acquired by it, at any time and to receive and accept aid or contributions, from any source, of money, labor, property or other things of value, to be held, used and applied to carry out the purposes of this section, subject to the conditions upon which such grants and contributions are made, including, but not limited to, gifts or grants from any department, agency or instrumentality of the United States or this state for any purpose consistent with this section; (2) to condemn properties which may be necessary or desirable to effectuate the purposes of the authority with respect to the convention center project to be exercised in accordance with the provisions of chapter 835; (3) to formulate plans for, acquire, finance and develop, lease, purchase, construct, reconstruct, repair, improve, expand, extend, operate, maintain and market the convention center project, provided such activities are consistent with all applicable federal tax covenants of the authority and provided that the authority shall retain control over naming rights with respect to the convention center and any sale of such naming rights shall require the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; (4) to contract and be contracted with provided, if management, operating or promotional contracts or agreements or other contracts or agreements are entered into with nongovernmental parties with respect to property financed with the proceeds of obligations the interest on which is excluded from gross income for federal income taxation, the board of directors shall ensure that such contracts or agreements are in compliance with the covenants of the authority upon which such tax exclusion is conditioned; (5) to enter into arrangements or contracts to either purchase or lease, on a fully completed turn key basis, the convention center project and to enter into a contract or contracts with an entity, or entities, for operating and managing of such convention center project; (6) to fix and revise, from time to time, and to charge and collect fees, rents and other charges for the use, occupancy or operation of such projects, and to establish and revise from time to time, regulations in respect of the use, operation and occupancy of any such project, provided such regulations are consistent with all applicable federal tax covenants of the authority; (7) to engage architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants, consultants and such other independent professionals as may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purposes; to contract for construction, development, concessions and the procurement of goods and services and to establish and modify procurement procedures from time to time to implement the foregoing in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection; (8) to adopt procedures with respect to contractors and subcontractors engaged in the construction and operation of such [projects] project which require such contractors or subcontractors (A) to take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity for employment without discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin or ancestry or gender, [and] (B) to ensure that the wages paid on an hourly basis to any mechanic, laborer or workman employed by such contractor or subcontractor with respect to [the] such project shall be at a rate equal to the rate customary or prevailing for the same work in the same trade or occupation in the town and city of Hartford, and (C) which shall require the prime construction contractor for such project and the principal facility manager of such project to make reasonable efforts to hire or cause to be hired available and qualified residents of the city of Hartford and available and qualified members of minorities, as defined in section 32-9n of the general statutes, for construction and operation jobs at the convention center at all levels of construction and operation; (9) to borrow money and to issue bonds, notes and other obligations of the authority to the extent permitted under section 32-607, to fund and refund the same and to provide for the rights of the holders thereof and to secure the same by pledge of assets, revenues, notes and state contract assistance as provided in section 32-608; (10) to do anything necessary and desirable, including executing reimbursement agreements or similar agreements in connection with credit facilities, including, but not limited to, letters of credit or policies of bond insurance, remarketing agreements and agreements for the purpose of moderating interest rate fluctuations, to render any bonds to be issued pursuant to section 32-607 more marketable; and (11) to engage in and contract for marketing and promotional activities to attract national, regional and local conventions, sports events, trade shows, exhibitions, banquets and other events to maximize the use of the convention center project.

Sec. 20. Section 32-604 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Capital City Economic Development Authority shall conduct a feasibility and implementation study to determine the financial feasibility of the convention center project, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600, and the sportsplex and the parking facilities, each as defined in section 27 of this act, which shall include, but not be limited to, consideration of proper planning, engineering, siting, cost of construction, revenue and expense projections and operation as a multipurpose facility or facilities.

(b) The authority shall determine if the feasibility and implementation study clearly establishes, considering all relevant factors, the financial viability of (1) the convention center, (2) the [sports megaplex, or (3) both, along with ancillary facilities] sportsplex, (3) the parking facilities, or (4) any combination of the foregoing. The authority shall deliver the implementation and feasibility study, together with its determination as to financial viability, to the Governor for submission to the General Assembly as part of the master development plan pursuant to subsection (b) of section 30 of this act.

[(c) If the authority determines the project is economically viable, the authority shall submit a report to the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the majority and minority leaders of both houses. Four of the six leaders may, within sixty days, reject such report and notify the authority and the State Bond Commission of such rejection.]

[(d)] (c) The authority shall monitor the progress of all capital city projects and shall, on a regular basis, determine the extent to which each such project has, up to that point, met the purposes set forth in section 32-602. The authority shall report semiannually to the Governor and the General Assembly in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a with respect to the operations, finances and achievement of its economic development objectives.

[(e)] (d) The authority shall review and evaluate the progress of each capital city project for which financing is provided and shall devise and employ techniques for forecasting and measuring relevant indices of accomplishment of its goals of economic development, including, but not limited to, (1) the number of jobs created, or to be created, by or as a result of the project, (2) the cost or estimated cost, to the authority, involved in the creation of those jobs, (3) the amount of private capital investment in, or stimulated by, a project, in proportion to the public funds invested in such project, (4) the number of additional businesses created and associated jobs, and (5) the impact on tourism.

Sec. 21. Section 32-605 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) In lieu of the report required under section 1-123, within the first ninety days of each fiscal year of the Capital City Economic Development Authority, the board of directors of the authority shall submit a report to the Governor, the Auditors of Public Accounts and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) A list of all bonds issued during the preceding fiscal year, including, for each such issue, the financial advisor and underwriters, whether the issue was competitive, negotiated or privately placed, and the issue's face value and net proceeds; (2) a description of the capital city project, its location and the amount of funds, if any, provided by the authority with respect to the construction of such project; (3) a list of all outside individuals and firms, including principal and other major stockholders, receiving in excess of five thousand dollars as payments for services; (4) a comprehensive annual financial report prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for governmental enterprises; (5) the cumulative value of all bonds issued, the value of outstanding bonds and the amount of the state's contingent liability; (6) the affirmative action policy statement, a description of the composition of the work force of the authority by race, sex and occupation and a description of the affirmative action efforts of the authority; (7) a description of planned activities for the current fiscal year; [and] (8) a list of all private investments made or committed for commercial development within the capital city economic development district; and (9) an analysis of the authority's success in achieving the purposes stated in section 32-602.

(b) In lieu of the audit required under section [1-222] 1-122, the board of directors of the authority shall annually contract with a person, firm or corporation for a compliance audit of the authority's activities during the preceding authority fiscal year. The audit shall determine whether the authority has complied with its regulations concerning affirmative action, personnel practices, the purchase of goods and services and the use of surplus funds. The board shall submit the audit report to the Governor, the Auditors of Public Accounts and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding.

(c) The board of directors of the authority shall annually contract with a firm of certified public accountants to undertake an independent financial audit of the authority in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The board shall submit the audit report to the Governor, the Auditors of Public Accounts and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding. The books and accounts of the authority shall be subject to annual audits by the state Auditors of Public Accounts.

(d) On January 15, [2001] 2000, the authority shall submit to the Governor and to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, a two-year performance review report detailing for each capital city project undertaken to date under the program, the progress made and the actual expenditures compared to original estimated costs. Not later than sixty calendar days after receipt of said report, such joint committee shall consider the report and determine whether there has been insufficient progress or whether there have been significant cost increases over original estimates. If so, the committee may make recommendations for appropriate action to the authority and to the General Assembly.

Sec. 22. Subsection (p) of section 32-607 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(p) No bonds, notes or other obligations shall be issued by the authority unless such bonds, notes or other obligations have been approved for issuance by the State Bond Commission following (1) a finding that such issuance is in the public interest, [and] (2) a filing with the clerks of the General Assembly of a certificate of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer pursuant to subsection (a) of section 32-608 and until bonds of the state authorized pursuant to section 32-614 have been approved for issuance by the State Bond Commission for such project, and (3) in the case of any bonds, notes or other obligations to be issued to provide funding for the convention center project, the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in subsection (a) of section 30 of this act.

Sec. 23. Section 32-613 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any environmental permit or approval required or permitted to be issued and any administrative action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to the general statutes in connection with on-site work supervised by the Department of Public Works or off-site work supervised by the Department of Transportation for a [convention center project,] downtown higher education center project or a riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project, as defined in subparagraphs [(A),] (B) and (D), respectively, of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, shall be in accordance with the procedure set forth in this section.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, any license, permit and approval required or permitted to be issued and any administrative action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to the general statutes in connection with a [convention center project,] downtown higher education center project or a riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project, as defined in subparagraphs [(A),] (B) and (D), respectively, of subdivision (2) of section 32-600, shall be issued or taken upon application to the particular commissioner or commissioners having jurisdiction over such license, permit, approval or other administrative action or such other state official as such commissioner shall designate. As used in this section, the term commissioner shall mean commissioners if more than one commissioner has jurisdiction over the subject matter and their designee, if any. No agency, commission, council, committee, panel or other body whatsoever other than such commissioner shall have jurisdiction over or cognizance of any licenses, permits, approvals or administrative actions concerning any project and no notice of any tentative determination or any final determination regarding any such license, permit, approval or administrative action and no notice of any such license, permit, approval or administrative action shall be required except as expressly provided pursuant to this subsection. For purposes of this section a downtown higher education center project [,] and a riverfront infrastructure development and improvement project [and a convention center project,] shall be treated as if each is a state facility and accordingly, no ordinance, law or regulation promulgated by or any authority granted to any municipality or any other political subdivision of the state shall apply to [an] such authority project.

(c) All applications, supporting documentation and other records submitted to the commissioner and pertaining to any application for any license, permit, approval or other administrative action, together with all records of the proceedings of the commissioner relating to any license, permit, approval or administrative action shall be a public record and shall be made, maintained and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200.

(d) All applications for licenses, permits, approvals and other administrative action required by any applicable provision of the general statutes shall be submitted to the commissioner as provided in subsection (b) of this subsection. The commissioner shall adopt a master process to consider multiple licenses, permits, approvals and administrative actions to the extent practicable. Each license or permit shall be issued, approval shall be granted and administrative action shall be taken not later than ten business days after the date of submission of any application for such license, permit, approval or administrative action to the commissioner. Each application for a license or permit shall be deemed to have been issued, approval shall be deemed to have been granted and administrative action shall be deemed to have been taken as requested unless such application has been denied, or conditionally issued prior to the close of business on the tenth business day after either the date of submission of such application, or a hearing is held on such application pursuant to this section.

(e) (1) Any hearing regarding all or any part of any project, provided for by this section, shall be conducted by the particular commissioner having jurisdiction over the applicable license, permit, approval or other administrative action. Legal notice of such hearing shall be published in a newspaper having general circulation in an area which includes the municipality in which the particular part of such project is proposed to be built or is being built not more than ten nor less than five days in advance of such hearing.

(2) In rendering any decision in connection with any project, provided for by this section, the commissioner shall weigh all competent material and substantial evidence presented by the applicant and the public in accordance with the applicable statute. The commissioner shall issue written findings and determinations upon which its decision is based. Such findings and determinations shall consist of evidence presented including such matters as the commissioner deems appropriate, provided such matters, to the extent applicable to the particular permit, shall include the nature of any major adverse health and environmental impact of any project. The commissioner may reverse or modify any order or action at any time on the commissioner's own motion. The procedure for such reversal or modification shall be the same as the procedure for the original proceeding.

(3) Any administrative action taken by any commissioner in connection with any project, provided for by this section, may be appealed by an aggrieved party to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183. Such appeal shall be brought within ten days of the date of mailing to the parties to the proceeding of a notice of such order, decision or action by certified mail, return receipt requested, and the appellant shall serve a copy of the appeal on each party listed in the final decision at the address shown in such decision. Failure to make such service within such ten days on parties other than the commissioner who rendered the final decision may not, in the discretion of the court, deprive the court of jurisdiction over such appeal. Within ten days after the service of such appeal, or within such further time as may be allowed by the court, the commissioner which rendered such decision shall cause any portion of the record that had not been transcribed to be transcribed and shall cause either the original or a certified copy of the entire record of the proceeding appealed from to be transmitted to the reviewing court. Such record shall include the commissioner's findings of fact and conclusions of law, separately stated. If more than one commissioner has jurisdiction over the matter, such commissioners shall issue joint findings of fact and conclusions of law. Such appeal shall state the reasons upon which it is predicated and, notwithstanding any provisions of the general statutes, shall not stay the development of any project. The commissioner who rendered such decision shall appear as the respondent. Such appeals to the superior court shall each be privileged matters and shall be heard as soon after the return date as practicable. A court shall render its decision not later than twenty-one days after the date that the entire record, with the transcript, is filed with the court by the commissioner who rendered the decision.

(4) The court shall not substitute its judgment for that of the commissioner as to the weight of the evidence presented on a question of fact. The court shall affirm the decision of the commissioner unless the court finds that substantial rights of the party appealing such decision have been materially prejudiced because the findings, inferences, conclusions or decisions of the commissioner are in violation of constitutional or statutory provisions, in excess of the statutory authority of the commissioner, made upon unlawful procedure, affected by an error of law, clearly erroneous in view of the reliable, probative and substantial evidence on the whole record, or arbitrary, capricious or characterized by abuse of discretion or clearly unwarranted exercise of discretion.

(5) If the court finds material prejudice, it may sustain the appeal. Upon sustaining an appeal, the court may render a judgment which modifies the decision of the commissioner, orders particular action of the commissioner or orders the commissioner to take such action as may be necessary to effect a particular action and the commissioner may issue a permit consistent with such judgment.

(6) An applicant may file an amended application and the commissioner may consider an amended application for an order, permit or other administrative action following court action.

Sec. 24. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 32-614 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section the State Bond Commission shall have power, from time to time but in no case later than June 30, 2005, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state, in one or more series and in principal amounts and in the aggregate not exceeding [one hundred fifty-five] one hundred ninety million dollars [provided one hundred fifty-three million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1999,] and such additional amounts as may be required in connection with the costs of issuance of the bonds including bond anticipation, temporary and interim notes, the proceeds of which shall be used by the State Treasurer to pay the costs of issuance, provided in computing the total amount of bonds which may at any one time be outstanding, the principal amount of any refunding bonds issued to refund bonds shall be excluded.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Economic and Community Development for a grant-in-aid to the Capital City Economic Development Authority for the convention center project, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600, [provided no amount of said authorization that is effective July 1, 1999, shall be issued under this section until the Capital City Economic Development Authority certifies to the State Bond Commission that it has received a commitment by agreement, contract or other legally enforceable instrument with private investors or developers: (1) For the construction of a hotel in conjunction with the convention center project with a minimum private investment of forty million dollars; and (2) an additional minimum private, investment of one hundred seventy million dollars in either the convention center project or in related commercial development within the capital city economic development district, as defined in section 32-600, which the authority has determined would not have been developed but for the development of the convention center project. For purposes of this subsection, private investment includes investments by state or municipal pension funds] subject to satisfaction of the conditions set forth in subsection (a) of section 30 of this act.

Sec. 25. (NEW) The state shall protect, save harmless and indemnify the Capital City Economic Development Authority and its directors, officers and employees from financial loss and expense, including legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand, suit or judgment based upon any alleged act or omission of the authority or any such director, officer or employee in connection with, or any other legal challenge to, the overall project, as defined in section 27 of this act, facility operations, as defined in section 27 of this act, public act 98-1 of the December special session or this act, including without limitation the preparation by the authority of the environmental impact evaluation contemplated by subsection (j) of section 41 of this act, provided, in the case of any such director, officer or employee is found to have been acting in the discharge of such director, officer or employee's duties or within the scope of such director, officer or employee's employment and any such act or omission is found not to have been wanton, reckless, wilful or malicious.

Sec. 26. (NEW) It is found and declared that the general welfare, health and prosperity of the people of the state of Connecticut will be promoted by the holding in its capital city of Hartford of sporting events, other athletic contests, entertainment events and other public activities; that an enclosed multipurpose sports and entertainment facility and related improvements in said area will stimulate the needed redevelopment of said area as envisioned by chapter 588x of the general statutes, and will complement substantial private development activities in downtown Hartford that are contemplated by said chapter 588x; that rules, regulations and rate schedules with respect to parking for sportsplex events are necessary and in the public interest for safety, health and police purposes; that the economic benefits accruing to owners of parking facilities near the sportsplex will be much greater than any economic burdens imposed by the adoption of such rules, regulations and rate schedules; that the expedited acquisition of property and construction of such sportsplex and related improvements for such purposes is for the public welfare and is a public use for which the power of eminent domain may be exercised and public land may be made available; that the operation of the sportsplex and related improvements is a significant governmental use and function for which the exercise of state power may be exercised and a public purpose for which the borrowing power of the state may be exercised; and that, therefore, it is necessary and in the public interest and for the public benefit and good that the provisions sections 27 to 46, inclusive, of this act, are declared as a matter of legislative determination.

Sec. 27. (NEW) As used in sections 26 to 46, inclusive, of this act and sections 39 and 40 of public act 98-1 of the December special session, as amended by this act:

(1) "Bonds" means the bonds authorized to be issued and sold by the state pursuant to sections 28 and 29, of this act, and, unless the context requires a different meaning, shall include serial, term or variable rate bonds, notes issued in anticipation of the issuance of bonds, and temporary or interim notes or notes issued pursuant to a commercial paper program.

(2) "Comptroller" means the State Comptroller or the deputy comptroller appointed pursuant to section 3-133 of the general statutes.

(3) "Convention center hotel" means the privately developed hotel required to be constructed and operated in conjunction with the convention center as part of the related private development.

(4) "Convention center facilities" means the convention center and the convention center hotel.

(5) "Convention center site" means the real property within the capital city economic development district in the city of Hartford necessary for the development of the convention center.

(6) "Costs of issuance" means all costs related to the proceedings under which bonds are issued pursuant to sections 28 and 29 of this act, including, but not limited to, fees and expenses or other similar charges incurred in connection with the execution of reimbursement agreements, remarketing agreements, standby bond purchase agreements, agreements in connection with obtaining any liquidity facility or credit facility with respect to such bonds, trust agreements respecting disbursement of bond proceeds and any other necessary or appropriate agreements related to the marketing and issuance of such bonds and the disbursement of the bond proceeds, auditing and legal expenses and fees, expenses incurred for professional consultants, financial advisors and fiduciaries, fees and expenses of remarketing agents and dealers, fees and expenses of the underwriters to the extent not paid from a discount on the purchase price of such bonds, and fees and expenses of rating agencies, transfer or information agents, and including costs of the publication of advertisements and notices, printers' fees or charges incurred by the state to comply with applicable federal and state securities or tax laws and any other similar costs of issuance.

(7) "Design professional" means each duly licensed architect, engineer or other design professional experienced in the design of major multipurpose sports and entertainment facilities and related improvements retained by the Secretary from time to time to prepare plans and specifications and perform related professional services in connection with the overall project and related development activities.

(8) "Facility manager" means each nongovernmental service provider engaged by the secretary to provide overall management services with respect to all or a portion of the sportsplex or the parking facilities.

(9) "Facility operations" means all activities related to the use, management and operation of the sportsplex and the parking facilities including, without limitation, maintenance and repairs, purchases of supplies, the addition or replacement of furniture, fixtures and equipment, safety and security, crowd and traffic control, ticket and premium seating promotion and sales, ticketing and box office operations, event booking, scheduling and promotion, event operations, parking management, marketing, promotion and public relations, advertising sales, media and broadcast activities and merchandising, catering and concessions.

(10) "Governmental authorities" means all federal, state or local governmental bodies, instrumentalities or agencies and all political subdivisions of the state, including municipalities, taxing, fire and water districts and other governmental units.

(11) "Governmental permits" means all permits, authorizations, registrations, consents, approvals, waivers, exceptions, variances, orders, judgments, decrees, licenses, exemptions, publications, filings, notices to and declarations of or with, or required by, governmental authorities, including those relating to traffic, environmental protection, wetlands, zoning, site approval, building and public health and safety, that are required for the development and operation of any project or facility.

(12) "Hartford sportsplex capital replacement account" means the capital replacement reserve account within the Hartford Sportsplex Enterprise Fund established by section 32 of this act.

(13) "Hartford Sportsplex Enterprise Fund" means the separate fund established by section 33 of this act.

(14) "Infrastructure improvements" means necessary or desirable infrastructure improvements relating to the convention center, the sportsplex or the parking facilities, as the case may be, including, but not limited to, structures over roads and highways, roadway improvements, pedestrian improvements, landscaped plazas and other structural work, as more particularly described in the master development plan.

(15) "Internal Revenue Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, and regulations adopted thereunder.

(16) "Master development plan" means a master development plan for the overall project and the related private development prepared by the secretary and the authority with the assistance of the design professional, which shall include at a minimum the documents and information specified in subsection (b) of section 30 of this act.

(17) "NCAA" means the National Collegiate Athletic Association or its successor.

(18) "Nonevent business areas" means improvements on the sportsplex site or the parking facilities site and portions of the sportsplex or the parking facilities used for commercial or retail purposes not principally related to sportsplex events or otherwise devoted to private business use for purposes of Section 141(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(19) "Overall project" means the convention center project, the sportsplex project and the parking project, or one or more of the foregoing as more particularly described in the master development plan, including all related planning, feasibility, environmental testing and assessment, permitting, engineering, technical and other necessary development activities, the acquisition of any real property required therefor, and site preparation. As used in sections 41, 42 and 56 of this act, "overall project" shall also include the convention center hotel.

(20) "Parking facility site" means one or more parcels of the real property located with the capital city economic development district in the city of Hartford necessary for the development of the related parking facilities.

(21) "Parking project" means the development, design, construction, finishing, furnishing and equipping of the related parking facilities and related site preparation.

(22) "Plans and specifications" means the preliminary plans and specifications or the final plans and specifications for the sportsplex and the parking facilities, as the case may be, prepared by the design professional consistent with the master development plan approved by the secretary, as modified from time to time with the approval of the secretary.

(23) "Preliminary costs" means the costs of the state or the authority, as the case may be, relating to planning, preliminary design, feasibility and permitting of the overall project, whether incurred prior to or following the effective date of this act, including, but not limited to, costs of plans, including plans with respect to alternative or prior designs, budgeting, borings, surveys, maps, environmental testing, environmental impact evaluations, appraisals, documentation of estimates of costs and revenue increments to the state or the authority in connection with the overall project and the permitting thereof, including feasibility studies, market and impact analysis, preliminary design costs and costs incidental to investigations, preparation and processing of permit applications and preparation and analysis of any proposed agreement, lease or memorandum of understanding with respect to the overall project, including, but not limited to, the fees and expenses of professional, management and technical consultants, and financial and legal advisors, and the reimbursement to any state agency or department, public authority, political subdivision or private entity which has advanced or advances funds for the payment of any such preliminary costs, provided that in the case of any such private entity such advancement was or is at the request of or with the approval of the state as certified by the secretary and would qualify as a preliminary cost of incurred directly by the state or the Capital City Economic Development Authority.

(24) "Prime contractor" means the general contractor, construction manager or other construction professional with primary responsibility for construction activities with respect to the convention center, the sportsplex or the parking facilities, as the case may be.

(25) "Project costs" means and includes all hard and soft costs relating to the sportsplex project, the parking project or site preparation, as the case may be, or, in context, any aspect thereof, including, but not limited to, preliminary costs, costs of site acquisition, costs of issuance, costs of labor and materials employed in the work, costs of insurance, and costs of accounting, legal, architectural, environmental, permitting, engineering, management, financial and other professional and technical services.

(26) "Real property" means land and buildings and all estate, interest or right in land or buildings, including land or buildings owned by any person, the state or any political subdivision of the state or instrumentality thereof and including any and all easements, rights of way, air rights and every estate, right or interest therein.

(27) "Related parking facilities" means parking structures, facilities or improvements which are necessary or desirable to provide parking for the convention center, the sportsplex, the convention center hotel and other related private development, which parking facilities may also satisfy other public and private parking requirements within the capital city economic development district, or to replace currently available parking which may be displaced by the overall project or the related private development, together with equipment, fixtures, furnishings and appurtenances integral and normally associated with the construction and operation of parking facilities, and ancillary infrastructure improvements, all as more particularly described in the master development plan.

(28) "Related private development" means privately developed facilities or projects located within the capital city economic development district and associated with the convention center or the sportsplex, including the hotel to be developed in conjunction with the convention center and such other privately developed facilities or projects, which may include hotel, retail, entertainment, recreation, housing or parking facilities or projects, as may be identified and described in the master development plan. For purposes of this subdivision, the term "associated" means functionally and economically related to the convention center or the sportsplex as part of an integrated effort to develop and revitalize the urban core of the city of Hartford as an attractive destination for visitors and location for new businesses and residents.

(29) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or the deputy secretary appointed pursuant to section 4-8 of the general statutes.

(30) "Site preparation" means the removal and relocation of utilities, including electricity, gas, steam, water and sewer, the installation and connection of additional required utilities, the construction of necessary drainage facilities, the demolition of existing improvements and the removal, containment or other remediation of any hazardous materials and the restoration and compacting of soil, all on the convention center site, the sportsplex site, the parking facilities site and on other sites where site preparation is necessary for the construction and operation of the convention center or the sportsplex or the parking facilities or for the continuation of public service facility, as defined in section 35 of this act, or utility operations.

(31) "Sportsplex" means an enclosed multipurpose sports and entertainment facility with a minimum of forty thousand seats and with capacity for expansion to a minimum of fifty thousand seats, which may include premium seating areas, meeting all applicable requirements for home team facilities for Division I-A football of the NCAA and the college football conference of which the university is expected to be a member, including seating capacity, size and composition of playing surface, locker room and media facilities and other amenities, to be owned by the state on the sportsplex site for the holding of athletic contests or other events, which may include but shall not be limited to football, basketball, soccer and baseball games, other sporting events and musical, dramatic and other artistic, cultural, entertainment, educational and social events and public activities, together with associated year round, seasonal or occasional office, retail, dining, recreational and entertainment facilities and equipment, fixtures, furnishings and appurtenances integral and normally associated with the construction and operation of such a multipurpose facility and ancillary infrastructure improvements, all as more particularly described in the master development plan.

(32) "Sportsplex project" means the development, design construction, finishing, furnishing and equipping of the sportsplex and related site preparation.

(33) "Sportsplex site" means the real property located within the capital city economic development district in the city of Hartford necessary for the development of the sportsplex, as referred to in section 18 of this act.

(34) "State" means the state of Connecticut.

(35) "State Bond Commission" means the commission established pursuant to subsection (c) of section 3-20 of the general statutes or any successor thereto.

(36) "Treasurer" means the State Treasurer or the deputy treasurer appointed pursuant to section 3-12 of the general statutes.

(37) "University" means The University of Connecticut, a constituent unit of the state system of public higher education.

(38) "Work" means the provision of any or all of the work, labor, materials, equipment, services and other items required for a project including, but not limited to, design, architectural, engineering, development and other technical and professional services, construction and construction management services, permits, construction work and any and all other activities and services necessary to acquire, design, develop, construct, finish, furnish or equip any project.

Sec. 28. (NEW) (a) The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with this section from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state by the State Treasurer, pursuant to and in accordance with this section in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one hundred fifteen million dollars plus additional amounts for costs of issuance to the extent that premium and accrued interest on such bonds are not available to pay such costs of issuance as determined by the Treasurer at the time of issuance, provided, in computing the total amount of such bonds which may at any one time be outstanding, the principal amount of any refunding bonds issued to refund such bonds shall be excluded. The proceeds of such bonds and each series thereof shall be used by or at the direction of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management for the purposes of financing project costs of the sportsplex, as set forth in a certificate of determination filed by the Secretary with the Treasurer and the secretary of the State Bond Commission in respect of such project costs as detailed in said certificate. Each such bond shall bear such title or other designation as may be fixed by the Treasurer prior to issuance. This section shall constitute a bond act within the meaning of section 3-20 of the general statutes.

(b) The bonds authorized pursuant to this section shall mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from the later of their respective dates or the targeted completion date of the sportsplex. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by the secretary stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion may require. Such bonds shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds, including temporary or interim notes, as the same become due, and, accordingly, as part of the contract of the state with the holders of such bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made including with respect to interest on temporary or interim notes and principal thereof to the extent not funded with renewals thereof or bonds, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

(c) No bonds, notes or other obligations provided for in this section shall be authorized by the State Bond Commission except upon (1) a filing by the secretary with the State Bond Commission of a copy of the master development plan, and (2) a finding by the State Bond Commission that such issuance is in the public interest and that all conditions set forth in subsection (a) of section 30 of this act have been met.

(d) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes and the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which is not inconsistent with the provisions of this section, are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized pursuant to this section, and temporary or interim notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed provided no filings required by subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (g) of section 3-20 of the general statutes shall be required.

(e) Any balance of proceeds of the sale of such bonds authorized by this section in excess of aggregate project costs shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said authorized bonds or deposited to the General Fund as the Treasurer shall determine in order to comply with applicable federal tax requirements.

(f) Net earnings on investment of proceeds, accrued interest and premiums on the issuance of any of such bonds authorized by this section after payment of expenses incurred by the Treasurer in connection with their issuance, if any, and after compliance with applicable federal tax requirements, shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said authorized bonds.

(g) After issuance, all securities of the state issued pursuant to this section shall be conclusively presumed to be fully and duly authorized and issued under the laws of the state. Any person or governmental entity shall be estopped from questioning their authorization, sale, issuance, execution or delivery by the state.

(h) For the purposes of this section "state moneys" means the proceeds of the sale of the bonds authorized pursuant to this section or of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the moneys to be derived from the sale of such bonds. Any federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for project costs of the sportsplex as identified by the secretary may be added to any state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project costs and be used for the sportsplex project as if constituting such state moneys, and any other federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for such project costs, if and to the extent from time to time directed by the Treasurer, upon receipt shall, in conformity with applicable federal and state law, be used for the purposes for which such other moneys are received, and otherwise by the Treasurer to meet the principal of outstanding bonds issued pursuant to this section or to meet the principal of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of such bonds authorized pursuant to this act for the purpose of financing such project costs, either by purchase or redemption and cancellation of such bonds or notes or by payment thereof at maturity. Whenever any of the federal, private or other moneys so received with respect to the sportsplex project are used to meet principal of such temporary or interim notes or whenever principal on any such temporary or interim notes is retired by application of revenue receipts of the state, the amount of such bonds authorized in anticipation of which such temporary or interim notes were issued, and the aggregate amount of such bonds which may be authorized pursuant to this section shall each be reduced by the amount of the principal so met or retired. Pending use of the federal, private or other moneys so received to meet the principal as directed in this subsection, the amount thereof may be invested by, or at the direction of, the Treasurer in bonds or obligations of, or guaranteed by, the state or the United States or agencies or instrumentalities of the United States, or in accordance with the provisions of said section 3-20, and shall be deemed to be part of the debt retirement funds of the state, and net earnings on such investments shall be used in the same manner as said moneys so invested.

Sec. 29. (NEW) (a) The State Bond Commission shall have the power, in accordance with the provisions of this section from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state, pursuant to and in accordance with this section, in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate fifty million dollars plus additional amounts for costs of issuance to the extent that premium and accrued interest on such bonds are not available to pay such costs of issuance as determined by the Treasurer at the time of issuance, provided, in computing the total amount of such bonds which may at any one time be outstanding, the principal amount of any refunding bonds issued to refund such bonds shall be excluded. The proceeds of such bonds and each series thereof shall be used by or at the direction of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management for the purposes of financing project costs of the related parking facilities or a grant-in-aid or other financial assistance with respect to related parking facilities pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, as set forth in a certificate of determination filed by the Secretary with the Treasurer and the secretary of the State Bond Commission in respect of such project costs as detailed in said certificate. Each such bond shall bear such title or other designation as may be fixed by the Treasurer prior to issuance. This section shall constitute a bond act within the meaning of section 3-20 of the general statutes.

(b) The bonds authorized pursuant to this section shall mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from the later of their respective dates or the targeted completion date of the parking facilities. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by the secretary stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion may require. Such bonds shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds, including temporary or interim notes, as the same become due, and, accordingly, as part of the contract of the state with the holders of such bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made including with respect to interest on temporary or interim notes and principal thereof to the extent not funded with renewals thereof or bonds, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

(c) The Secretary is authorized to use amounts available pursuant to the bond authorization in this section to provide grants-in-aid or financial assistance in such other forms as the secretary deems to be in the public interest to any public instrumentality of the state or private party developing or operating related parking facilities, as defined in section 27 of this act, upon a finding by the secretary that such grant-in-aid or financial assistance is necessary, in connection with any otherwise authorized revenue bond financing or private investment, to induce the development of such parking facilities. Such grant-in-aid or financial assistance shall be on such terms as may be established by the secretary, and the secretary is authorized to enter into such commitments and agreements with respect thereto as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this subsection.

(d) No bonds, notes or other obligations provided for in this section shall be authorized by the State Bond Commission except upon (1) a filing by the secretary with the State Bond Commission of a copy of the master development plan, and (2) a finding by the State Bond Commission that such issuance is in the public interest.

(e) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes and the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which is not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized pursuant to this sections and temporary or interim notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed provided no filings required by subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (g) of section 3-20 of the general statutes shall be required.

(f) Any balance of proceeds of the sale of such bonds authorized by this section in excess of aggregate project costs shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said authorized bonds.

(g) Net earnings on investment of proceeds, accrued interest and premiums on the issuance of any of such bonds authorized by this section after payment of expenses incurred by the Treasurer in connection with their issuance, if any, and after compliance with applicable federal tax requirements, shall be used to meet interest and principal amounts as the same become due on said authorized bonds.

(h) After issuance, all securities of the state issued pursuant to this section shall be conclusively presumed to be fully and duly authorized and issued under the laws of the state. Any person or governmental entity shall be estopped from questioning their authorization, sale, issuance, execution or delivery by the state.

(i) For the purposes of this section "state moneys" means or of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the moneys to be derived from the sale of such bonds. Any federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for project costs of the related parking facilities as identified by the secretary may be added to any state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project costs and be used for the parking project as if constituting such state moneys, and any other federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for such project costs, if and to the extent from time to time directed by the Treasurer, upon receipt shall, in conformity with applicable federal and state law, be used for the purposes for which such other moneys are received, and otherwise by the Treasurer to meet the principal of outstanding bonds issued pursuant to this section or to meet the principal of temporary or interim notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of such bonds authorized pursuant to this act for the purpose of financing such project costs, either by purchase or redemption and cancellation of such bonds or notes or by payment thereof at maturity. Whenever any of the federal, private or other moneys so received with respect to the parking project are used to meet principal of such temporary or interim notes or whenever principal on any such temporary or interim notes is retired by application of revenue receipts of the state, the amount of such bonds authorized in anticipation of which such temporary or interim notes were issued, and the aggregate amount of such bonds which may be authorized pursuant to this section, shall each be reduced by the amount of the principal so met or retired. Pending use of the federal, private or other moneys so received to meet the principal as directed in this subsection, the amount thereof may be invested by, or at the direction of, the Treasurer in bonds or obligations of, or guaranteed by, the state or the United States or agencies or instrumentalities of the United States, or in accordance with the provisions of said section 3-20, and shall be deemed to be part of the debt retirement funds of the state, and net earnings on such investments shall be used in the same manner as said moneys so invested.

Sec. 30. (NEW) (a) Except with respect to the payment by the secretary and the authority of certain limited amounts of preliminary costs pursuant to section 64 of this act, no contract may be awarded, obligation incurred or amount expended by the secretary or the authority with respect to costs of the overall project to be funded with the proceeds of the bonds, no principal amount of bonds, notes or other obligations of the state or the authority authorized with respect to the overall project may be allotted or encumbered, and no amount available in the sportsplex construction account established by section 39 of public act 98-1 of the December special session, as amended by this act, may be expended, unless and until the following conditions have been met:

(1) The Governor shall have filed with the house and senate clerks, who shall transmit the same to the joint committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding and appropriations, a declaration to the effect that the master development plan for the overall project and the related private development is substantially complete and that the state, through the authority or the secretary, has received legally enforceable commitments by agreement, contract or other legally enforceable instrument with private investors or developers for minimum private investment in the related private development of two hundred ten million dollars, of which a minimum of forty million dollars shall be private investment in the convention center hotel, which the Governor has determined would not have been made but for the development of the convention center or the sportsplex; and

(2) The time provided in subsection (d) of this section for action by the General Assembly shall have passed without the master development plan having been rejected by the General Assembly as provided in said subsection (d).

(b) The declaration filed by the Governor pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be accompanied by the master development plan, which shall include at least the following:

(1) An overall design concept and description of the overall project and the integration of the related private development, including conceptual drawings, preliminary site plans and estimated project schedule;

(2) An estimate of total costs for the sportsplex project, the parking project, the convention center project, the convention center hotel, as applicable, and each other major element of the related private development;

(3) The feasibility and implementation study for the convention center, the sportsplex and the related parking facilities, as applicable, conducted by the authority pursuant to section 32-604 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, together with the determination of the authority required by said section;

(4) A plan for the assembly and acquisition of the sportsplex site, the parking facilities site, the convention center site and the sites on which the convention center hotel and the other related private development is to be located, as applicable, for relocation of existing uses on such sites and for site preparation, including identification of such sites, estimated costs of the site assembly and acquisition, relocation and site preparation, including necessary environmental remediation, the proposed ownership and lease arrangements with respect to such sites, with copies of any available site acquisition documents, and the proposed sources and amounts of public and private financing of the cost of site assembly and acquisition, relocation and site preparation including the portion of such costs, if any, to be paid as project costs pursuant to sections 26 to 46, inclusive, of this act;

(5) A description of required governmental permits and approvals required in connection with the overall project and the related private development, including a report of the status of permit applications and approval, with copies of any available permit applications;

(6) A copy of the environmental impact evaluation prepared by the authority pursuant to subsection (j) of section 40 of this act;

(7) A description of the proposed convention center hotel, including number of rooms, other amenities, site acquisition arrangements and proposed ownership, management and financing arrangements, and arrangements with respect to use for hotel purposes of spaces in the related parking facilities, including related parking charges;

(8) Revenue and expense projections for operation of the convention center, the sportsplex and the parking facilities, as applicable, to the extent not included in the feasibility and implementation study provided pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection;

(9) Sources and uses of committed public and private financing for the overall project and the related private development, including projected amounts of tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds and revenue bonds;

(10) A financing plan for the overall project and the related development, including the planned sequence and schedule of public and private investment, setting forth requirements for appropriate minimum levels of public and private investment at various stages of development as the overall project and the related private development proceed;

(11) A memorandum of understanding with the university setting forth the material terms of proposed lease, license or other use arrangements regarding university events at the sportsplex, including at a minimum the material terms of the commitment of the university regarding the playing of home football games at the sportsplex, including arrangements with respect to the allocation of event revenues and expenses, other revenue derived as a result of the university's upgrades to Division IA football status, rental or use charges, day of game expenses, event scheduling, ticket operations, event management and operations and responsibilities for maintenance, repair and insurance and sources of revenue to be used by the university to cover capital and operating expenses resulting from the university upgrade to Division IA football; and

(12) A description of the proposed revenue allocation from the related parking facilities.

(c) Not later than thirty days after the filing by the Governor of the declaration pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding and appropriations shall hold a joint public hearing for purposes of the evaluation and consideration of the development plan and any other information submitted by the Governor in connection with the declaration filed pursuant to subsection (a) of the section. Said committees shall submit a report of their findings, conclusions and recommendations to the General Assembly, through the clerks of the house and the senate not later than forty-five days after the date of filing by the Governor pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(d) No later than sixty days after the date of filing by the Governor of the declaration pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the General Assembly may reject the master development plan as a whole by majority vote of both houses.

(e) For purposes of the calculation of the time periods established by subsections (c) and (d) of this section, the running of such time periods shall be tolled between December 1, 1999, and January 15, 2000, inclusive, and there shall be a corresponding extension of the deadlines for action specified in said subsections, provided that nothing in this subsection shall have the effect of prohibiting any such action during the tolling period.

Sec. 31. (NEW) Except as otherwise limited by sections 26 to 46, inclusive, of this act, the secretary may:

(1) Acquire, by condemnation, purchase, lease, lease-purchase or otherwise, the real property for the sportsplex site and the parking facilities site;

(2) Select, engage and compensate surveyors, appraisers, engineers, architects and other providers of professional, management, financial or technical services and undertake or arrange for engineering, architectural, environmental, legal, fiscal and economic investigations and studies, surveys, designs, plans, working drawings, specifications, procedures and other activities incidental thereto;

(3) Lease or sublease as lessor or lessee or sublessor or sublessee any real property in connection with the sportsplex project, the parking project or the convention center facilities;

(4) Enter into agreements, pursuant to which the state may be obligated, among other things, to (A) acquire or provide the sportsplex site and the parking facilities site, (B) provide bond proceeds or other state moneys with which to pay project costs, and (C) plan, undertake, perform or otherwise provide for the site preparation, the implementation of the infrastructure the coordination of public and private facilities for sportsplex and convention center parking;

(5) Plan, design, develop, construct, finish, furnish, equip, replace, alter, restore, reconstruct, improve or enlarge and enhance the sportsplex and the parking facilities and engage in other activities incidental thereto, and, subject to section 32 of this act, enter into such construction, construction management, design-build or other types of contracts or arrangements with respect to the foregoing, including such requirements with respect to guaranteed maximum price, adherence to the project schedule, assumption of force majeure and completion risk, surety and performance bonding, insurance, letters of credit and financial guarantees and other assurances of performance and completion as the secretary may deem prudent, expedient and in the best interests of the state;

(6) Lease, sublease, license or manage any nonevent business areas and engage in other activities incidental thereto;

(7) Undertake, perform or otherwise provide for facility operations, establish and carry out booking and scheduling policies, marketing and promotional programs and box office and ticketing operations, fix rental, usage, license, event-related and parking fees and charges, enter into lease, license or other agreements with the university with respect to the playing of university home games at the sportsplex and related events and uses, which shall give priority in scheduling to university home football games and which may give priority in scheduling to other university sponsored events, enter into management contracts with respect to the overall management and operation of the sportsplex and the parking facilities, and enter into other agreements with respect to facility operations including, but not limited to, event leases, licenses or similar arrangements, rental or use agreements relating to parking spaces in the parking facilities or parking spaces in other parking lots or garages in the vicinity of the convention center or the sportsplex, the sale of naming rights, ticketing, advertising, media, broadcast, concessions, merchandising, marketing, facility maintenance, common area maintenance, safety, security, utility, service, supply and similar contracts;

(8) Coordinate the overall project and facility operations with other departments or agencies of the state, any municipality, political subdivision, quasi-public agency, public authority or other public body including, but not limited to, the university, the Metropolitan District Commission and the authority, each of which, notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, may enter into a written agreement with the secretary and, if necessary, any private party respecting the coordination, funding, performance and completion of such work and activities;

(9) Coordinate the overall project with any developer, private investor, general contractor, construction manager or other participant with respect to all or any part of the related private development, enter into such agreements with such developers, private investors, general contractors, construction managers or other participants as may be necessary or appropriate to facilitate the coordinated development of the overall project and the related private development, including with respect to site assembly, site preparation, common area maintenance and security and similar arrangements, or to secure the private investment commitments required by subsection (a) of section 30, including agreements with respect to the sequence and schedule of public and private investment in the overall project and the related private development.

(10) Arrange for, participate in, pay for or contribute to and procure directly or through the authority or a private entity or private entities, such policy or policies of insurance with respect to the overall project and facility operations as the secretary shall determine is appropriate, necessary or desirable, including, but not limited to an owner-controlled insurance program or an insurance program consolidated in such manner as the secretary, the authority and such private entity and entities determine is appropriate with respect to general liability, environmental liability, casualty, property, title, business interruption, business risk, force majeure, completion and other insurable risks including extra expense or other insurance coverages associated with and available for such risks in connection therewith, including in lieu of any of the foregoing such financial guarantees as maybe available for such risks. The costs of any such insurance program or financial guarantees allocable to any aspect of the sportsplex project or the parking project are confirmed as within the meaning of project costs;

(11) Make and execute any other contracts and all other instruments necessary or convenient or desirable for the exercise of the powers and functions of the state and coordinate, delegate, implement and complete any or all of the sportsplex project or the parking project;

(12) Delegate or assign to the authority or any other agency, department or public instrumentality of the state, including any quasi-public agency, such rights, interests, activities, responsibilities and obligations of the secretary as, in the opinion of the secretary, are appropriate, necessary or desirable in order to effectuate the sportsplex project or the parking project, or to provide for facility operations;

(13) Accept gifts, grants of funds, property or services for the overall project, facility operations or any aspect thereof from any source, public or private, and comply, subject to the provisions of this act, with the terms and conditions of such gift or grant;

(14) Pay or reimburse the Office of Policy and Management, other affected state agencies and political subdivisions of the state and any third parties incurring such costs at the request or with the approval of the state as certified by the secretary, for project costs of the sportsplex or the parking facilities including, without limitation, preliminary costs and expenses arising prior to the effective date of this act; and

(15) Do any and all other things necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of and exercise the powers expressly granted pursuant to the secretary under this act.

Sec. 32. (NEW) (a) In the exercise of the powers and authority of the secretary pursuant to section 31 of this act, the secretary may utilize private parties, by contract, to carry out the sportsplex project, the parking project and facility operations and otherwise to effectuate the purposes of this act, provided the state or a public instrumentality thereof, in the exercise of a governmental function, shall be and remain the owner of the sportsplex and all furniture, fixtures, equipment and other appurtenances purchased as an integral part thereof with the proceeds of bonds, other state moneys or moneys from the Hartford sportsplex capital replacement account, including having title to such real and personal property in the name of the state or a public instrumentality thereof. The terms and conditions of such contracts shall be determined by the secretary, as shall the fees or other similar compensation to be paid to such private parties, provided that such contracts shall be structured or contain such terms and conditions as will enable the secretary to retain overall supervision and control of the sportsplex and facility operations. In no event shall any such contract result in any transfer by the secretary of control over naming rights with respect to the sportsplex. The prime contractor shall either comply with the prevailing wage laws or enter into a project labor agreement. The prime contractor and the facility manager shall make reasonable efforts to hire or cause to be hired available and qualified residents of the city of Hartford and available and qualified members of minorities, as defined in section 32-9n of the general statutes, for construction and operation jobs at the sportsplex and the related parking facilities at all levels of construction and facility operations. Contracts entered into by the secretary with respect to the sportsplex project, the parking project or facility operations or otherwise pursuant to the powers and authority by the secretary under section 31 of this act shall not be subject to the approval of any other state department, office or agency except as otherwise provided in this act. Copies of all such contracts shall be maintained by the secretary as public records, subject to the proprietary rights of any party to the contract. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to restrict the discretion of the secretary to use the staff and work force of the Office of Policy and Management or of other available state departments, offices or agencies for the performance of any of his responsibilities and functions whenever, in his discretion, it is necessary, convenient or desirable to do so.

(b) The provisions of sections 4-212 to 4-219, inclusive, of the general statutes regarding the award of personal service agreements through competitive negotiation shall be applicable to all contracts and agreements for professional, technical, consulting, financial or management services entered into by the Secretary in connection with the overall project and facility operations, including contracts with the design professional and the facility manager and any other contracts and agreements entered into by the secretary with respect to the planning, design, feasibility or permitting of any aspect of the overall project, the management of site assembly or site preparation, or the management of, or provision of services in connection with, facility operations. For purposes of this section, all such contracts and agreements shall be deemed to be personal service agreements for purposes of sections 4-212 to 4-219, inclusive, of the general statutes without regard to whether or not such contracts and agreements relate to contractual services, as defined in section 4a-50 of the general statutes.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes applicable to a state facility or public works project to the contrary, the secretary may select the prime contractor on a negotiated basis, provided that the secretary shall invite not less than three qualified general contractors or construction managers with current construction experience with major projects of comparable scope to submit proposals to act as prime contractor, which invitation may include minimum requirements established by the Secretary pursuant to subdivision (5) of section 31 of this act.

(d) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes applicable to a state facility or public works project to the contrary, except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this section, all construction contracts entered into by the Secretary with respect to the sportsplex and the parking facilities shall be entered into on an open-bid or negotiated basis, except that in the discretion of the secretary, where the estimated expense of any such construction contract is more than one hundred thousand dollars, the secretary may determine that selection of a contractor for a particular construction contract through the prequalification and public letting process provided for in subsection (e) of this section is warranted, is expected to be cost effective and is in the public interest of the state.

(e) (1) With respect to any construction contract that is to be publicly let pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the secretary shall identify a list of potentially responsible qualified bidders for the particular contract, to which list the secretary may add additional names. Thereafter, the secretary shall give notice to those on the list of the work required and of the invitation to prequalify. The invitation to prequalify shall contain such information as the secretary shall deem appropriate and a statement of the time and place where the responses shall be received. Upon receipt of such responses, the secretary shall select each bidder which has shown itself able to post surety bonds required by such contract and has demonstrated that it possesses the financial, managerial and technical ability and the integrity necessary and without conflict of interest for faithful and efficient performance of the work provided for therein. The secretary shall evaluate whether a bidder is responsible and qualified based on its experience with projects similar to that for which the bid is to be submitted, and based on objective written criteria which shall be approved by the secretary and included in the request for prequalification with respect to such contract. In lieu of such prequalification process, the secretary may deem to be prequalified those bidders listed on any list of qualified bidders maintained by the Department of Public Works or the Department of Transportation if the secretary determines that such list is appropriate in light of the scope and type of contract to be let.

(2) The secretary shall thereafter give notice to those so prequalified of the time and place where the public letting shall occur and shall include in such notice such information of the work required as appropriate. At the time and place as set forth in the notice, the secretary shall publicly open and read the bids. The secretary shall not award any construction contract after public letting except to the responsible qualified bidder submitting the lowest bid and in compliance with the bid requirements. The secretary may, however, waive any informality in a bid, and may either reject all bids and again advertise for bids, or, enter into such construction contract on a negotiated basis.

(3) The invitation to bid and the construction contract awarded shall contain such other terms and conditions, and such provisions for penalties, as the secretary may deem appropriate.

Sec. 33. (NEW) (a) The secretary shall prepare each fiscal year annual operating and capital budgets for the sportsplex and the parking facilities and shall submit copies of such budgets to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding and appropriations.

(b) The secretary is authorized to establish with the Treasurer and administer a separate nonlapsing enterprise fund to be known as the "Hartford Sportsplex Enterprise Fund". All revenues received by the secretary with respect to the use, operation and management of the sportsplex or the parking facilities, including any General Fund appropriation or other moneys received from federal, state, municipal and private sources, shall be deposited with the Treasurer to the credit of such fund. The secretary is authorized to pay, and the resources of such fund shall be available for and applied to, the costs and expenses of facility operations. Such payments shall be made by the Treasurer on warrants issued by the Comptroller, upon order of the secretary or a designee. A capital replacement reserve subaccount shall be established within the Hartford Sportsplex Enterprise Fund, to be known as the "Hartford sportsplex capital replacement account". Any surplus remaining in the Hartford Sportsplex Enterprise Fund at the end of any fiscal year, to the extent not required, in the judgment of the secretary, to be reserved for the purpose of deferred maintenance or repairs, the addition or replacement of furniture, fixtures and equipment, working capital, or the funding of projected operating deficits or similar contingencies, shall be transferred to the Hartford sportsplex capital replacement account. Moneys in the Hartford Sportsplex capital replacement account shall be available and used for the costs of capital replacements, restorations, alterations, improvements, additions and enhancements to the sportsplex and the parking facilities, including the costs of maintenance and repairs for which funds are not otherwise available in the Hartford Sportsplex Enterprise Fund. Requisition and payment from the Hartford sportsplex capital replacement account shall be in accordance with the procedures established above with respect to the Hartford Sportsplex Enterprise Fund generally, except that the order of the secretary with respect thereto shall include a certification that the costs for which payment is requested are capital costs in accordance with the current capital budget or are capital costs not anticipated in the current capital budget but necessary in order to repair, restore or reconstruct the sportsplex and the parking facilities following a casualty loss, to preserve the structural integrity of the sportsplex or the parking facilities, to protect public health or safety, or to avoid an interruption in facility operations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the secretary is authorized to enter into agreements including, but not limited to, lease, license, management, marketing, ticketing, merchandising or concession agreements, which provide for the collection, retention or sharing of facility revenues by the university, the authority or other public or private entities, provided that such arrangements are not inconsistent in any material respect with the operating budget, are otherwise on terms not materially less favorable to the state than the terms customary in the industry for similar facilities and arrangements, except in the case of the university or the authority to the extent otherwise contemplated the master development plan, and do not result in private business use of the sportsplex or the parking facilities for purposes of Section 141(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to an extent that would result in an event of taxability with respect to any bonds issued on a tax-exempt basis.

Sec. 34. (NEW) (a) The Commissioner of Transportation shall conduct and complete an investigation and study of the publicly and privately owned or operated, public and commercial parking facilities and the state and local highway and street systems currently existing within a radius of one mile of the sportsplex site. Such study shall evaluate the adequacy of the facilities and systems, shall recommend measures for the safe passage to and from sportsplex events with the minimal amount of disruptive traffic patterns that is reasonably feasible to determine the easiest practical ingress and egress to and from the sportsplex site for full capacity sportsplex crowds, with a goal of achieving full crowd ingress and egress within a period of one hour or less, and shall determine the best usage of existing bond authorizations and other federal, state and municipal funds allotted for such purpose or otherwise available to achieve the goal of the study. The cost of such study shall be considered a preliminary cost of the sportsplex project. The Commissioner of Transportation shall, after consultation with local traffic authorities, adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, as may be necessary or desirable.

(b) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, as may be necessary or desirable to preclude excessive pricing at the public and commercial parking facilities located within the one-mile radius of the sportsplex site. Such regulations shall include rate schedules in connection with sportsplex events, including, but not limited to, university home games; provided such rate schedules shall not require daily pricing below, or permit daily pricing above, the average daily rate applicable in the central business district of Hartford for weekday parking during the immediately prior calendar year. Upon a finding by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection that a person has violated any of the provisions of this subsection or the regulations adopted thereunder the Commissioner of Consumer Protection may issue a warning citation or may impose a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars for the first offense and not more than five hundred dollars for each subsequent offense. Each violation on any single day shall be deemed a single offense.

Sec. 35. (NEW) (a) The secretary may take all or a portion of the real property in the capital city economic development district for use as the sportsplex site and the parking facilities site, including all such real property as may be necessary to implement related infrastructure improvements. The owner or owners of such real property shall be paid by the state for all damages, and the state shall receive from such owner the amount or value of all benefits, resulting from such taking or construction of the sportsplex and the parking facilities. The assessment of such damages and of such benefits shall be made by the secretary and filed by the secretary with the clerk of the superior court for the judicial district in which the real property is located. The assessment shall include the name and address of each person having an interest of record in the property. The clerk shall give notice of such assessment to each person having an interest of record in the property by mailing to each a copy of the same, postage prepaid. No entry fee shall be charged for the filing of such assessments. At any time after such assessment has been made by the secretary, the physical construction of the sportsplex and the parking facilities may be started.

(b) If notice cannot be given to any person entitled to such notice because such person's whereabouts or existence is unknown, notice may be given by publishing a notice at least twice in a newspaper published in said judicial district and having a daily or weekly circulation in the town and city of Hartford. Any such published notice shall state that it is a notice to the last owner of record or such person's surviving spouse, heirs, administrators, assigns, representatives or creditors, if such person is deceased, and shall contain a brief description of the property taken. Notice shall also be given by mailing to each such person at such person's last-known address, by registered or certified mail, a copy of such notice. If, after a search of the land and probate records, the address of any interested party cannot be found, an affidavit stating such facts and reciting the steps taken to establish the address of any such person shall be filed with the clerk of the superior court and accepted in lieu of service of such notice by mailing the same to the last-known address of such person.

(c) Upon filing an assessment with the clerk of the superior court, the secretary shall forthwith sign and file for record with the town clerk of the town and city of Hartford, a certificate setting forth the fact of such taking, a description of the real property so taken and the names and residences of the owners from whom it was taken. Upon the filing of such certificate, title to such real property in fee simple shall vest in the state, except that, if it is so specified in such certificate, a lesser estate, interest or right shall vest in the state. The secretary shall permit the last owner of record of such real property upon which a residence is situated to remain in such residence, rent free, for a period of one hundred twenty days after the filing of such certificate.

(d) The secretary may purchase any real property and take a deed thereof in the name of the state when such real property is needed, in the secretary's opinion, in connection with the construction of the sportsplex, the parking facilities or related infrastructure improvements, provided any purchase price for any of such real property in an amount in excess of the sum of fifteen thousand dollars shall be approved by a state referee. The secretary, with the advice and consent of the Attorney General, may settle and compromise any claim by any person, claiming to be aggrieved by such construction, by the payment of money or the transfer of other real property acquired for or in connection with the sportsplex and the parking facilities.

(e) The secretary may take or purchase real property abutting or near the convention center site, the sportsplex site, the parking facilities site or any related infrastructure improvements for the purpose of protecting the functional characteristics of the convention center, the sportsplex or the parking facilities or to protect public safety or to implement such infrastructure improvements and may take or purchase any public service facility on or off the convention center site, the sportsplex site or the parking facilities site to the extent determined by the secretary to be necessary in the public interest to insure that no interruption in service results from any removal or relocation from the sportsplex site or the parking facility site of any generation plant or other integral component of any such public service facility, in each case without regard to any other existing public use of such property. Such taking or purchase shall be in the same manner and with like powers as authorized and exercised by the secretary in taking or purchasing real property for the sportsplex and the parking facilities. In the event of any such taking or purchase of a public service facility, the secretary may sell such public service facility to, or make such other arrangements for the use and operation of such public service facility by, any qualified private or public entity, including the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority, on such terms as the secretary determines to be in the public interest.

(f) As used in this act, "public service facility" means all privately, publicly or cooperatively owned lines, facilities and systems, and related real property interests, for producing, transmitting or distributing communications, cable television, power, electricity, light, heat, gas, oil, crude products, water, including heated or chilled water, steam, waste, storm water not connected with highway drainage and any other similar commodities, including fire and police signal systems and street lighting systems which directly or indirectly serve the public. Whenever the secretary determines that the construction or reconstruction of the convention center, the sportsplex or the parking facilities necessitates the readjustment or relocation of any public service facility located within, on, along, over or under any land comprising the right-of-way of a state highway or any other public highway within, or removal of any such public service facility from, such right-of-way, the secretary shall issue an appropriate order to the company, corporation or municipality owning or operating such facility, and such company, corporation or municipality shall readjust, relocate or remove the same promptly in accordance with such order; provided an equitable share of the cost of such readjustment, relocation or removal, including the cost of installing and constructing a facility of equal capacity in a new location, shall be borne by the state. Such equitable share, in the case of or in connection with the construction or reconstruction of the convention center, the sportsplex or the parking facilities, shall be the entire cost, less the deductions as provided in this subsection. In establishing the equitable share of the cost to be borne by the state, there shall be deducted from the cost of the readjusted, relocated or removed public service facilities a sum based on a consideration of the value of materials salvaged from existing installations, the cost of the original installation, the life expectancy of the original public service facility and the unexpired term of such life use. When any public service facility is removed from the right-of-way of a public highway to a private right-of-way, the state shall not pay for such private right-of-way, provided, when a municipally-owned public service facility is thus removed from a municipally-owned highway, the state shall pay for the private right-of-way needed by the municipality for such relocation. If the secretary and the company, corporation or municipality owning or operating such public service facility cannot agree upon the share of the cost to be borne by the state, either may apply to the superior court for the judicial district within which such facility is situated for a determination of the cost to be borne by the state, and said court or such judge, after causing notice of the pendency of such application to be given to the other party, shall appoint a trial referee to make such determination. Such trial referee, having given at least ten days' notice to the parties interested of the time and place of the hearing, shall hear both parties, shall view such facility, shall take such testimony as such trial referee deems material and shall thereupon determine the amount of the cost to be borne by the state. Such determination shall, subject to right of appeal as in civil actions, be conclusive upon both parties.

(g) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, when the secretary finds it necessary that real property, the title to which is in the state or any municipality, political subdivision, public authority, district, quasi-public agency or other governmental entity and which is under the custody and control of any state department, commission or institution, municipality, political subdivision, public authority, district, quasi-public agency or other governmental entity, be taken for the purpose of constructing the convention center, the sportsplex or the parking facilities, the secretary shall present a petition to such an entity having custody and control of such real property that custody of the real property be transferred to the secretary or the authority and such entity shall transfer the custody and control of such real property to the secretary or the authority for the purposes required.

(h) The secretary or an agent may enter upon private real property for the purpose of conducting surveys, inspections, appraisals, or environmental and geological investigations for the location or construction of the convention center, the sportsplex and the parking facilities. After giving reasonable notice to the real property owner or owners affected, the secretary or an agent may also enter such property for the purpose of performing borings, soundings or other tests required to accomplish any of the foregoing objectives with respect to the sportsplex or the parking facilities. The secretary or an agent shall use care so that no unnecessary damage shall result and the state shall pay damages to the owner of any real property for any damage or injury the secretary causes such owner by such entrance and use. If entry to any real property for the purpose of performing borings, soundings or other tests is refused to the secretary or an agent after the secretary has given reasonable notice to the owner or owners thereof, the secretary shall assess damages in the manner provided by this section and, at any time after such assessment has been made by said secretary, may enter said property for the purpose of performing borings, soundings or other tests. If the real property owner accepts such assessment of damages, such owner shall notify the secretary in writing, and said secretary shall pay such sum to said real property owner within thirty days or, after the expiration of said thirty days, shall pay such sum with interest at six per cent. If the real property owner is aggrieved by such assessment such owner shall notify the secretary in writing and may appeal to any court within its jurisdiction for a reassessment of such damages within six months from the date said secretary forwarded such assessment to such owner. This section shall not limit or modify rights of entry upon property otherwise provided for by the general statutes.

Sec. 36. (NEW) After the assessment of damages and benefits provided for in subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 35 of this act has been filed with the clerk of the superior court, the property owner affected may file with said clerk written acceptance thereof. Said clerk shall thereupon notify the State Comptroller and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management of such acceptance. If the amount to be paid by the state for such real property, after deducting any benefits which have been assessed, does not exceed fifteen thousand dollars, said clerk shall send a certified copy of the assessment and the acceptance thereof to the secretary and the Comptroller, and the Comptroller shall, upon receipt thereof, draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of such property owner for the amount due the owner under such assessment. If the amount of such assessment, after deducting any such benefits, exceeds fifteen thousand dollars, said clerk shall not certify the same to the Comptroller until the assessment has been approved as reasonable in amount by a trial referee. If such trial referee approves the assessment, the clerk shall thereupon send a certified copy of the assessment and the acceptance and a certificate that the same has been approved to the secretary and to the Comptroller, and the Comptroller shall, upon receipt thereof, draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of such property owner for the amount due the owner on such assessment. If the trial referee does not approve such assessment, the clerk shall notify the Attorney General and the secretary and the latter may file an amended assessment.

Sec. 37. (NEW) Any real property owner claiming to be aggrieved by the assessment of such damages or such benefits by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may, not later than six months after the same has been filed, apply to the superior court for the judicial district in which such real property is located for a reassessment of such damages or such benefits so far as the same affect such applicant, and said court, after causing notice of the pendency of such application to be given to said secretary, shall appoint a trial referee to make such reassessment of such damages or such benefits. Such trial referee, having given at least ten days' notice to the parties interested of the time and place of hearing, shall hear the applicant and said secretary, shall view the real property and take such testimony as the trial referee deems material and shall thereupon reassess such damages and benefits so far as they affect the applicant. If the amount of the reassessment of such damages awarded to any such property owner exceeds the amount of the assessment of such damages by the secretary for the real property, the trial referee shall award to the property owner such appraisal fees as the trial referee determines to be reasonable. If no appeal to the Appellate Court is filed within the time allowed by law, or if one is filed and the proceedings have terminated in a final judgment finding the amount due the real property owner, the clerk shall send a certified copy of the assessment of the secretary and of the judgment to the Comptroller, who shall, upon receipt thereof, draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of the real property owner for the amount due such owner as damages. The pendency of any such application for reassessment shall not prevent or delay the construction of the sportsplex and the parking facilities. As used in this section and sections 35 and 36 of this act, "trial referee" means a referee appointed pursuant to subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection (a) of section 52-434 of the general statutes and designated a trial referee pursuant to subsection (b) of said section 52-434.

Sec. 38. (NEW) In any appeal to the Superior Court taken under and by virtue of sections 35 to 40, inclusive, of this act, when the appellant obtains an award from the court greater than that awarded by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, court costs shall be awarded the appellant and taxed against the state in addition to the amount fixed by the judgment.

Sec. 39. (NEW) (a) The amount of benefits assessed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management under the provisions of subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 35 of this act or reassessed by the court shall constitute a lien upon the real property against which such benefits were assessed from the date such assessment was filed with the clerk of the superior court until the amount thereof has been paid by the owner of such real property to the state, with interest at four per cent per annum, which interest shall commence to accrue from the date of the filing of such assessment. No such lien shall continue against such real property unless notice of the same is filed by the secretary in the office of the town clerk for the town and city of Hartford, or with respect to infrastructure improvements, the town clerk of the municipality in which the real property is located, within sixty days after the filing of such assessment or after the acceptance by the court of such reassessment.

(b) The provisions of this section, subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of section 35 of this act and sections 37 and 38 of this act shall not apply in the case of any construction of the sportsplex or the parking facilities for which the town and city of Hartford is liable to pay to the owner any damages or to receive from the owner any benefits except as provided in sections 35 to 40, inclusive, of this act.

Sec. 40. (NEW) When the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management desires to take property for the sportsplex or the parking facilities and has entered into an agreement to purchase at a stipulated amount any real property with the owner or owners thereof and the amount agreed to be paid for such real property or interest is not paid within ninety days from the date when the owner or owners of such property file with the secretary a notice in writing of acceptance of such agreement, interest at four per cent per annum shall be paid on such amount by the state unless the property owner fails to furnish clear title within such ninety-day period. Such interest shall commence to accrue at the end of such ninety-day period, whether or not an assessment has been filed as provided in subsection (a) of section 35 of this act. Whenever the state enters into possession of real property being condemned prior to the date of execution of such an agreement, such interest shall commence to accrue from the date of actual taking of possession by the state.

Sec. 41. (NEW) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, any permit or approval required or permitted to be issued and any administrative action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to the general statutes in connection with any work supervised by a department, board or agency of the state for the overall project shall be in accordance with the procedure set forth in this section to the extent not inconsistent with the state's delegated authority under federal law. Whenever the secretary or the authority enters into a written agreement with any public entity for work in respect of any aspect of the overall project including without limitation, permit, license, governmental approval, acquisition of real property, construction of sewer, water, steam or other utility connections or the like, any administrative action to be taken by such public entity shall also be in accordance with the procedure set forth in this section unless inconsistent with such entity's delegated authority under federal law or in conflict with any contract by which such entity is bound, provided the procedure for review of environmental impact evaluations and statements required by sections 22a-1a to 22a-1c, inclusive, of the general statutes and for licenses, permits, approvals and administrative actions by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall be in accordance with the procedures set forth in subsections (j) to (l), inclusive, of this section. As used in this section, the term "commissioner" shall mean "commissioners", if more than one commissioner has jurisdiction over the subject matter and their designees, if any.

(b) Each license, permit and approval required or permitted to be issued and each administrative action required or permitted to be taken pursuant to the general statutes in connection with the overall project shall be issued or taken upon application to the particular commissioner or commissioners having the jurisdiction over such license, permit, approval or other administrative action or such other state official as such commissioner shall designate. No agency, commission, council, committee, panel or other body whatsoever other than such commissioner shall have jurisdiction over or cognizance of any licenses, permits, approvals or administrative actions concerning the overall project. No notice of any tentative determination or any final determination regarding any such license, permit, approval or administrative action and no notice of any such license, permit, approval or administrative action shall be required except as expressly provided in this section. No ordinance, law or regulation adopted by, or authority granted to, any municipality or any other political subdivision of the state shall apply to the overall project.

(c) All applications, supporting documentation and other records submitted to the commissioner and pertaining to any application for any license, permit, approval or other administrative action, together with all records of the proceedings of the commissioner relating to any license, permit, approval or administrative action, shall be a public record and shall be made, maintained and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200 of the general statutes.

(d) All applications for licenses, permits, approvals and other administrative action required by any applicable provision of the general statutes shall be submitted to the commissioner as provided in subsection (b) of this section. The commissioner shall adopt a master process to consider multiple licenses, permits, approvals and administrative actions to the extent practicable. Each license or permit shall be issued, approval shall be granted and administrative action shall be taken not later than ten business days after the date of submission of any application for such license, permit, approval or administrative action to the commissioner. Each application for a license or permit shall be deemed to have been issued, approval shall be deemed to have been granted and administrative action shall be deemed to have been taken as requested unless such application has been denied or conditionally issued prior to the close of business on the tenth business day after either the date of submission of such application, or a hearing is held on such application pursuant to this section. Any requirement for permits or inspections by the State Building Inspector or State Fire Marshal shall be satisfied if the secretary obtains a certification from an engineer or other appropriate professional duly certified or licensed in the state, to the effect that such work, to the extent such work is subject to approval by the State Building Inspector or State Fire Marshal, is in compliance with state building or fire laws and regulations, as applicable.

(e) Any hearing regarding all or any part of the overall project provided for by this section shall be conducted by the particular commissioner having jurisdiction over the applicable license, permit, approval or other administrative action. Legal notice of such hearing shall be published in a newspaper having a general circulation in an area which includes the municipality in which the particular part of the overall project is proposed to be built or is being built not more than ten nor less than five days in advance of such hearing.

(f) In rendering any decision in connection with the overall project, the commissioner shall weigh all competent material and substantial evidence presented by the applicant and the public in accordance with the applicable statute. The commissioner shall issue written findings and determinations upon which the decision is based. Such findings and determinations shall consist of evidence presented, including such matters as the commissioner deems appropriate, provided such matters, to the extent applicable to the particular permit, shall consider the nature of any major adverse health or environmental impact of the overall project. The commissioner may reverse or modify any order or action at any time on the commissioner's own motion. The procedure for such reversal or modification shall be the same as the procedure for the original proceeding.

(g) Any administrative action taken by any commissioner in connection with the overall project may be appealed by an aggrieved party to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183 of the general statutes. Such appeal shall be brought within ten days of the date of mailing to the parties to the proceeding of a notice of such order, decision or action by certified mail, return receipt requested. The appellant shall serve a copy of the appeal on each party listed in the final decision at the address shown in such decision. Failure to make such service within the ten days on parties other than the commissioner who rendered the final decision may not, in the discretion of the court, deprive the court of jurisdiction over the appeal. Not later than ten days following the service of such appeal, or within such further time as may be allowed by the court, the commissioner who rendered such decision shall cause any portion of the record that had not been transcribed to be transcribed and shall cause either the original or a certified copy of the entire record of the proceeding appealed from to be transmitted to the reviewing court. The record shall include the commissioner's findings of fact and conclusions of law, separately stated. If more than one commissioner has jurisdiction over the matter, such commissioners shall issue joint findings of fact and conclusions of law. The appeal shall state the reasons upon which it is predicated and, notwithstanding any provisions of the general statutes, shall not stay the development of the overall project. The commissioner who rendered the decision shall appear as the respondent. Appeals to the Superior Court shall each be privileged matters and shall be heard as soon after the return date as practicable. A court shall render its decision not later than twenty-one days after the date that the entire record with the transcript is filed with the court by the commissioner who rendered the decision.

(h) The court shall not substitute its judgment for that of the commissioner as to the weight of the evidence presented on a question of fact. The court shall affirm the decision of the commissioner unless the court finds that substantial rights of the party appealing the decision have been materially prejudiced because the administrative findings, inferences, conclusions or decisions of the commissioner are: (1) In violation of constitutional or statutory provisions; (2) in excess of the statutory authority of the commissioner; (3) made upon unlawful procedure; (4) affected by an error of law; (5) clearly erroneous in view of the reliable, probative and substantial evidence on the whole record; or (6) arbitrary, capricious or characterized by abuse of discretion or clearly unwarranted exercise of discretion.

(i) If the court finds material prejudice, it may sustain the appeal, and upon sustaining an appeal may render a judgment which modifies the decision of the commissioner, orders particular action of the commissioner or orders the commissioner to take such action as may be necessary to effect a particular action. The commissioner may issue a permit consistent with such judgment. An applicant may file an amended application and the commissioner may consider an amended application for an order, permit or other administrative action following court action.

(j) The Capital City Economic Development Authority shall be considered the state agency responsible for preparing the written evaluation of the impact of the overall project on the environment in accordance with the requirements set forth in section 22a-1b of the general statutes and the regulations adopted thereunder. The scope of such written evaluation shall include each related activity, facility or project which the authority determines should be considered part of the same sequence of planned activities as the sportsplex project, the convention center project and the parking project for purposes of section 22a-1c of the general statutes, including any hotel, retail, entertainment, recreation, housing or parking project or facility proposed to be integrated with or developed or used in conjunction with the sportsplex or the convention center, and any public service facility proposed to be constructed or relocated, either on or off the sportsplex site, the parking facilities site or the convention center site, as a result of or in connection with the overall project. The authority is authorized to assist the city of Hartford in the preparation and processing of any environmental impact statement with respect to such sequence of planned activities or any part thereof required to be undertaken by the city of Hartford on behalf of any federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act. Such assistance may include the expansion of the scope of the environmental evaluation undertaken by the authority to the extent necessary to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and assistance with such additional procedural requirements as may pertain thereto. The authority and the city of Hartford may enter into a memorandum of understanding with respect to such assistance, which may include provision for an appropriate allocation of any additional costs incurred by the authority in connection therewith. To the extent that any activity, facility or project of any other public or private entity is included in any environmental evaluation undertaken by the authority, the authority shall be entitled to receive payment or reimbursement of such entity's allocable share of the costs incurred by the authority in connection therewith. Such evaluation shall include a description of the permits, licenses or other approvals required from the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the overall project. The authority shall submit such evaluation and a summary thereof, including any negative findings to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and the secretary and shall make the evaluation and summary available to the public for inspection and comment at the same time. Notwithstanding the regulations adopted pursuant to section 22a-1a of the general statutes, the authority shall hold a public hearing on the evaluation and shall publish notice of the availability of such evaluation and summary in a newspaper of general circulation in the city of Hartford not less than fourteen calendar days before the date of such hearing. Any person may comment at the public hearing or in writing not later than the second day following the close of the public hearing. All public comments received by the authority shall be promptly forwarded to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and the secretary and shall be made available for public inspection. Nothing in subsection (b) of section 22a-1 of the general statutes shall be deemed to require that any such written evaluation of environmental impact be completed prior to the award of contracts, the incurrence of obligations or the expenditure of funds in connection with the acquisition of the sportsplex site, the parking facilities site or the convention center site, planning and engineering studies for site preparation or preliminary site preparation work not requiring permits or approvals not yet obtained, or the planning and design of the sportsplex and the parking facilities or the convention center. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require that applications for licenses, permits, approvals or other administrative action in connection with all aspects of the overall project be submitted or acted upon at the same time if not otherwise required by law.

(k) The secretary shall review the evaluation, together with the comments thereon, and shall make a written determination as to whether such evaluation satisfies the requirements of sections 22a-1a to 22a-1c, inclusive, of the general statutes which determination shall be made public and forwarded to the authority no later than ten days after the close of the hearing. The secretary may require the revision of the evaluation if the secretary finds that the evaluation is inadequate. In making a determination, the secretary shall take into account all public and agency comments.

(l) In exercising jurisdiction over any license, permit or approval required in connection with the overall project, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall take into consideration all public comments received in connection with the evaluation submitted by the authority pursuant to subsection (j) of this section if and to the extent available at such time and shall make written findings with respect to any such comments which are relevant to the issuance or denial of any such license or permit or the grant or denial of any such approval. For applications to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection requiring a public hearing and to the extent practicable in light of the development schedule for the overall project, there shall be a single submission date. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall adopt a master administrative process for any licenses, permits or approvals or administrative actions which would otherwise have required a public hearing pursuant to statute or regulation, which, to the extent practicable in light of the development schedule for the overall project, shall include a single public hearing. Any such public hearing shall be limited to considering issues or factors not included in the environmental evaluation. The provisions of subsection (d) of this section regarding deadlines for administrative action shall not apply to any license or permit issued or any approval granted by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall issue a notice of sufficiency concerning the completeness of any application within fourteen days of receipt. The master process shall provide for department review, public comment and the holding of a public hearing within thirty days of the notice of sufficiency. The commissioner shall have thirty days from the close of the public hearing to issue a decision. For licenses, permits, approvals and administrative actions not requiring a public hearing, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection may issue a decision or take administrative action at any time as may otherwise be permitted by applicable laws and regulations, but in no event later than thirty days following the completion of any public hearing relating to the same aspect of the overall project.

Sec. 42. (NEW) (a) The following provisions of the general statutes, including regulations adopted thereunder, shall not apply to the sportsplex project and the parking project: Sections 3-14b, 4-61, subdivisions (12), (13) and (14) of section 4-166, sections 4-167 to 4-174, inclusive, 4-181a, 4a-1 to 4a-59a, inclusive, 4a-63 to 4a-76, inclusive, title 4b, and section 16a-31of the general statutes, except as otherwise provided in this act. The following provisions of the general statutes, including regulations promulgated thereunder, shall not apply to the overall project: Chapters 97a, 124 and 126, sections 14-311 to 14-314c, inclusive, 19a-37, 22a-16 and subsection (a) of section 22a-19. For the purposes of section 22a-12 of the general statutes, construction plans relating to the sportsplex project and the parking project shall not be considered construction plans required to be submitted by state agencies to the Council on Environmental Quality. Notwithstanding any provision of any special act, charter, ordinance, home rule ordinance or chapter 98 of the general statutes, no provision of any such act, charter or ordinance or said chapter 98 concerning licenses, permits or approvals by a political subdivision of the state pertaining to building demolition or construction shall apply to the overall project. The provisions of section 4-61 of the general statutes shall not apply to the sportsplex project and the parking project. For the purposes of part III of chapter 557 of the general statutes, the sportsplex project and the parking project shall be deemed to be a public works project and consist of public buildings except that the provisions relating to payment of prevailing wages to workers in connection with a public works project including, but not limited to, section 31-53 of the general statutes, shall not apply to the sportsplex project and the parking project if the prime contractor has negotiated other wage terms pursuant to a project labor agreement. The provisions of section 2-32c and subsection (c) of section 2-79a of the general statutes shall not apply to any provisions of this act or chapter 588x of the general statutes concerning the overall project. Any building permit application with respect to the sportsplex or related parking facilities shall be exempt from the assessment of an education fee under subsection (b) of section 29-252a of the general statutes.

(b) As state-owned facilities, the operation of the sportsplex and the parking facilities shall be subject to such ordinances, laws or regulations as are applicable to a state facility, provided the operation of the sportsplex and the parking facilities shall not be subject to the following provisions of the general statutes, including any regulations adopted thereunder: Sections 4a-1 to 4a-59a, inclusive, title 4b, chapter 97a, sections 10-303 and 14-311 to 14-314c, inclusive, of the general statutes. For the purposes of subsection (g) of section 22a-68 of the general statutes the activities at the sportsplex shall be deemed sanctioned by the state.

Sec. 43. (NEW) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the convention center, the sportsplex, the parking facilities, the convention center site, the sportsplex site, the parking facilities site, and any leasehold interest in said facilities and sites shall be exempt from real property taxation and assessment by the municipalities in which such facilities and site are located, including sections 12-19a and 12-19b of the general statutes which provides for grants in lieu of taxes on state-owned property. Notwithstanding the foregoing, on or before January first, annually, the owner or lessee of the convention center hotel, if located on the convention center site or other state-owned property, and of each nonevent business area, except any such owner or lessee that would otherwise be exempt from municipal real property taxation with respect to such use under section 12-81 of the general statutes, shall pay as a payment in lieu of taxes, to the municipality in which such convention center hotel and nonevent business areas are located, the amount equal to the total of one hundred per cent of the real property taxes which would have been paid with respect to such convention center hotel or nonevent business area, as the case may be, if such hotel or area were treated as a separately assessable parcel of real property not subject to exemption as state-owned property.

Sec. 44. (NEW) Notwithstanding any provisions of any statute, special act, charter or ordinance, no referendum or town meeting or similar vote shall be required in connection with the expenditure of public moneys by any city, town, district, metropolitan district, metropolitan district commission, borough, public community, ecclesiastical society, municipal corporation or municipal or political subdivision in connection with the overall project to the extent the secretary or the authority has entered into an agreement providing for the payment or reimbursement of such expenditures.

Sec. 45. (NEW) No officer or employee of the state executing any agreement with respect to all or any portion of the overall project, the sportsplex or the parking facilities, the sportsplex site, the parking facilities or facility operations shall be liable personally or be subject to any personal liability or accountability under such agreement. The state shall protect, save, hold harmless and indemnify such officer and employee of the state against any and all financial loss or expense therefor including, without limitation, any legal expenses related thereto by reason of the execution thereof.

Sec. 46. (NEW) Sections 26 to 45, inclusive, of this act and section 39 of public act 98-1 of the December special session, as amended by this act, being necessary for the welfare of the state and its inhabitants, shall be liberally construed, so as to effect their purposes. In connection with the overall project and facility operations, the secretary, the Treasurer, the Comptroller, the authority, the prime contractor, the facility manager and all other persons shall be governed by this act and chapter 588x of the general statutes, which shall control in the event of any inconsistency between this act and chapter 588x of the general statutes and any other public or special act of the state or any agreement.

Sec. 47 Subsection (i) of section 4b-23 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(i) As used in this subsection, (1) "project" means any state program, except the downtown Hartford higher education center project, as defined in subsection (l) of section 4b-55, as amended by this act, requiring consultant services if (A) the cost of such services is estimated to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, the cost of such services is estimated to exceed three hundred thousand dollars, or (B) the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, other than The University of Connecticut, the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed two million dollars; (2) "consultant" means "consultant" as defined in section 4b-55; and (3) "consultant services" means "consultant services" as defined in section 4b-55. Any consultant selected by the commissioner, and any contracts entered into by the commissioner with any consultants for employment on any project under the provisions of this section, shall be subject to the approval of the Properties Review Board prior to their employment by the commissioner. The Properties Review Board shall, within thirty days, approve or disapprove the selection of or contract with any consultant made by the Commissioner of Public Works pursuant to sections 4b-1 and 4b-55 to 4b-59, inclusive. If upon the expiration of the thirty-day period a decision has not been made, the Properties Review Board shall be deemed to have approved such selection or contract.

Sec. 48. Section 4b-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

As used in this section, section 4b-1 and sections 4b-56 to 4b-59, inclusive, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

(a) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Works;

(b) "Consultant" means (1) any architect, professional engineer, landscape architect, land surveyor, accountant, interior designer, environmental professional or construction administrator, who is registered or licensed to practice [his] the profession for which such person is licensed or registered in accordance with the applicable provisions of the general statutes, or (2) any planner, construction manager or financial specialist;

(c) "Consultant services" shall include those professional services rendered by architects, professional engineers, landscape architects, land surveyors, accountants, interior designers, environmental professionals, construction administrators, planners, construction managers or financial specialists, as well as incidental services that members of these professions and those in their employ are authorized to perform;

(d) "Emergency correctional facility project" means any project which is a part of a state program to repair, renovate, enlarge or construct facilities which are or will be operated by the Department of Correction, where (1) there is an immediate need for completion of such facility project to remedy prison and jail overcrowding, (2) the facility project is begun not later than December 31, 1993, and (3) the construction cost in connection with each such facility project is estimated not to exceed twenty million dollars;

(e) "The University of Connecticut library project" means a project to renovate and improve the Homer Babbidge Library at The University of Connecticut;

(f) "Firm" means any individual, partnership, corporation, joint venture, association or other legal entity (1) authorized by law to practice the profession of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, accounting, interior design, environmental or construction administration, or (2) practicing the profession of planning, construction management or financial specialization;

(g) "Priority higher education facility project" means any project which is part of a state program to repair, renovate, enlarge, equip, purchase or construct (1) instructional facilities, (2) academic core facilities, including library, research and laboratory facilities, (3) student residential or related student dining facilities, or (4) utility systems related to such projects, which are or will be operated under the jurisdiction of the board of trustees of any constituent unit of the state system of higher education, except The University of Connecticut provided the project is included in the comprehensive facilities master plan of the constituent unit pursuant to section 10a-4a or in the most recent state facility plan of the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4b-23;

(h) "Project" means any state program requiring consultant services if (1) the cost of such services is estimated to exceed fifty thousand dollars or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, the cost of such services is estimated to exceed three hundred thousand dollars, or (2) the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed four hundred thousand dollars; or, in the case of a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, other than The University of Connecticut, the construction costs in connection with such program are estimated to exceed two million dollars;

(i) "Selection panel" or "panel" means the State Construction Services Selection Panel established pursuant to subsection (a) of section 4b-56 or, in the case of a Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority project pursuant to section 10a-186a, means the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority Construction Services Panel established pursuant to subsection (c) of section 4b-56;

(j) "User agency" means the state department or agency requesting the project;

(k) "Community court project" means (1) any project to renovate and improve a facility designated for the community court pilot program established pursuant to section 51-181c, and (2) the renovation and improvement of other state facilities required for the relocation of any state agency resulting from the placement of the community court;

(l) "Downtown Hartford higher education center project" means a project to develop a higher education center, as defined in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of section 32-600 and as described in subsection (a) of section 32-612, as amended by this act, for the regional community-technical college system.

Sec. 49. Subsection (a) of section 4b-58 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) (1) Except in the case of a project, an emergency correctional facility project, The University of Connecticut library project, a priority higher education facility project, a project, as defined in subdivision (16) of section 10a-109c, undertaken by The University of Connecticut, [and] a community court project, and the downtown Hartford higher education center project, the commissioner shall negotiate a contract for consultant services with the firm most qualified, in [his] the commissioner's judgment, at compensation which the commissioner determines is both fair and reasonable to the state. (2) In the case of a project, the commissioner shall negotiate a contract for such services with the most qualified firm from among the list of firms submitted by the panel at compensation which [he] the commissioner determines in writing to be fair and reasonable to the state. If the commissioner is unable to conclude a contract with any of the firms recommended by the panel, [he] the commissioner shall, after issuing written findings of fact documenting the reasons for such inability, negotiate with those firms which [he] the commissioner determines to be most qualified, at fair and reasonable compensation, to render the particular consultant services under consideration. (3) Whenever consultant services are required for an emergency correctional facility project, The University of Connecticut library project, a priority higher education facility project, [or] a community court project, or the downtown Hartford higher education center project, the commissioner shall select and interview at least three consultants or firms and shall negotiate a contract for consultant services with the firm most qualified, in [his] the commissioner's judgment, at compensation which the commissioner determines is both fair and reasonable to the state. [The] Except for the downtown Hartford higher education center project, the commissioner shall notify the State Properties Review Board of [his] the commissioner's action within five business days, for its approval or disapproval in accordance with subsection (i) of section 4b-23, except that if, within fifteen days of such notice, a decision has not been made, the board shall be deemed to have approved such contract.

Sec. 50. Section 4b-91 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Every contract for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building for work by the state, which is estimated to cost more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars, except (1) a contract awarded by the Commissioner of Public Works for (A) an emergency correctional facility project, as defined in subsection (d) of section 4b-55, as amended by this act, [or] a community court project, as defined in subsection (k) of section 4b-55, as amended by this act or the downtown Hartford higher education center project, as defined in subsection (l) of section 4b-55, as amended by this act, or (B) The University of Connecticut library project, or (2) a project, as defined in subdivision (16) of section 10a-109c, undertaken and controlled by The University of Connecticut in accordance with section 10a-109n, shall be awarded to the lowest responsible and qualified general bidder on the basis of competitive bids in accordance with the procedures set forth in this chapter, after the Commissioner of Public Works or, in the case of a contract for the construction of or work on a building under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management of the General Assembly, the joint committee or, in the case of a contract for the construction of or work on a building under the supervision and control of one of the constituent units of the state system of higher education, the constituent unit, has invited such bids by advertisements inserted at least once in one or more newspapers having a circulation in each county in the state. The Commissioner of Public Works, the joint committee or the constituent unit, as the case may be, shall determine the manner of submission and the conditions and requirements of such bids, and the time within which the bids shall be submitted, consistent with the provisions of sections 4b-91 to 4b-96, inclusive. Such award shall be made within sixty days after the opening of such bids. If the general bidder selected as the general contractor fails to perform [his] the general contractor's agreement to execute a contract in accordance with the terms of [his] the general contractor's general bid and furnish a performance bond and also a labor and materials or payment bond to the amount specified in the general bid form, an award shall be made to the next lowest responsible and qualified general bidder. If the lowest responsible and qualified bidder's price submitted is in excess of funds available to make an award, the Commissioner of Public Works, the Joint Committee on Legislative Management or the constituent unit, as the case may be, is empowered to negotiate with such bidder and award the contract on the basis of the funds available, without change in the contract specifications, plans and other requirements. If the award of a contract on said basis is refused by such bidder, the Commissioner of Public Works, the Joint Committee on Legislative Management or the constituent unit, as the case may be, may [, if he or it deems it advisable,] negotiate with other contractors who submitted bids in ascending order of bid prices without change in the contract, specifications, plans and other requirements. In the event of negotiation with general bidders as provided herein, the general bidder involved may negotiate with subcontractors on the same basis, provided such general bidder shall negotiate only with subcontractors named on [his] such general bidder's general bid form.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter regarding competitive bidding procedures, the commissioner may select and interview at least three responsible and qualified general contractors, and may negotiate with any one of such contractors a contract which is both fair and reasonable to the state for an emergency correctional facility project, as defined in subsection (d) of section 4b-55, as amended by this act, [or] a community court project, as defined in subsection (k) of section 4b-55, as amended by this act, the downtown Hartford higher education center project, as defined in subsection (l) of section 4b-55, as amended by this act, or the University of Connecticut library project, as defined in subsection (e) of said section. Any general contractor awarded a contract pursuant to this subsection shall be subject to the same requirements concerning the furnishing of bonds as a contractor awarded a contract pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 51. Subsection (m) of section 5-154 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(m) "State service" is service with the state, either appointive or elective, for which a salary is paid, subject to the following rules: (1) "State service" includes time lost from state service because of a disability incurred in the performance of state service; (2) "state service" includes service before September 1, 1939, of a member who began to make [his] such member's retirement contributions before September 1, 1941, and has made contributions for all [his] such member's salary received from September 1, 1939, to [his] such member's retirement date; (3) "state service" includes service as a member of the General Assembly or as an employee of the General Assembly or either branch thereof, or of any officer or committee thereof; (4) "state service" excludes any month of otherwise eligible service on or after September 1, 1939, for which the full required retirement contribution, including any required interest thereon, has not been made by or for the member; (5) "state service" excludes all periods of otherwise eligible service before the date on which a member elects to receive a return of [his] such member's retirement contributions, unless the member has thereafter returned such contributions with interest, as provided in section 5-167(a); (6) "state service" includes a period equivalent to accrued vacation time for which payment is made under section 5-252; (7) any teacher, as defined in section 10-183b, in state service who is employed for a full academic year, equivalent to ten months credited service, shall be deemed to be employed for the entire year. Any such teacher who has completed the work obligations of [his] such teacher's appointment period and who retires after May first, but before September first, shall receive, upon retirement, credit for the entire appointment year and the remaining biweekly payments due for the entire appointment year, together with any amounts held back previously; (8) "state service" includes service as an employee of a state-aided institution as defined in section 5-175 and service as a vending stand operator as defined in section 5-175a; (9) "state service" includes service as an employee of the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies established by section 1-135; (10) "state service" includes service on and after January 1, 1999, as an employee of the Capital City Economic Development Authority established by section 32-601.

Sec. 52. 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 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 and (7) employees of the Capital City Economic Development Authority established by section 32-601. 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] such member or employee's individual coverage and seventy per cent of the additional cost of [his] the 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] such member or employee's 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] such member or employee's individual coverage and one hundred per cent of any additional cost for [his] the form of coverage. The balance of any premiums payable by an individual employee or by a member of the General Assembly for [his] the 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. 53. Subsection (a) of section 32-612 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) A downtown higher education center project, as described in section 32-600, shall be developed by the Department of Public Works in consultation with the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges. [, in accordance with the procedure for designated projects as provided in subdivision (4) of section 4b-24, except that said] Said project shall not require approval by the State Properties Review Board.

Sec. 54. Subdivision (1) of section 12-412 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(1) (A) Sales of tangible personal property or services to the United States, the state of Connecticut or any of the political subdivisions thereof, or its or their respective agencies; (B) sales of tangible personal property or services used to develop property which the state of Connecticut is under contract to purchase through a long-term financing contract; (C) sales and use of any services or tangible personal property to be incorporated into or used or otherwise consumed in (i) the demolition, remediation or preparation of the [stadium facility site or the training facility] convention center site, the sportsplex site and the parking facilities site, each as defined in section [32-621] 27 of this act, (ii) the construction of the [stadium facility, the infrastructure improvements, the training facility or the NFL pavilion, each] convention center, the sportsplex and the related parking facilities, each, as defined in [said section 32-621] section 27 of this act, or (iii) the construction of any future capital improvement to [said stadium facility] the convention center, the sportsplex or the related parking facilities.

Sec. 55. Subsection (a) of section 12-498 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The tax imposed by section 12-494 shall not apply to: (1) Deeds which this state is prohibited from taxing under the constitution or laws of the United States; (2) deeds which secure a debt or other obligation; (3) deeds to which this state or any of its political subdivisions or its or their respective agencies is a party; (4) tax deeds; (5) deeds of release of property which is security for a debt or other obligation; (6) deeds of partition; (7) deeds made pursuant to mergers of corporations; (8) deeds made by a subsidiary corporation to its parent corporation for no consideration other than the cancellation or surrender of the subsidiary's stock; (9) deeds made pursuant to a decree of the Superior Court under section 46b-81, 49-24 or 52-495; (10) deeds, when the consideration for the interest or property conveyed is less than two thousand dollars; (11) deeds between affiliated corporations, provided both of such corporations are exempt from taxation pursuant to paragraph (2), (3) or (25) of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended; (12) deeds made by a corporation which is exempt from taxation pursuant to paragraph (3) of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, to any corporation which is exempt from taxation pursuant to said paragraph (3) of said Section 501(c); (13) deeds made to any nonprofit organization which is organized for the purpose of holding undeveloped land in trust for conservation or recreation purposes; (14) deeds between spouses; (15) deeds of property for the [stadium facility site, the site of the NFL pavilion and the training facility site, both] convention center site, the sportsplex site or the parking facilities site, each as defined in section [32-621] 27 of this act; and (16) land transfers made on or after July 1, 1998, to a water company, as defined in section 16-1, provided the land is classified as class I or class II land, as defined in section 25-37c, after such transfer.

Sec. 56. Subdivision (1) of section 22a-134 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(1) "Transfer of establishment" means any transaction or proceeding through which an establishment undergoes a change in ownership, but does not mean (A) conveyance or extinguishment of an easement, (B) conveyance of property through a judicial foreclosure, (C) conveyance of a deed in lieu of foreclosure to an institutional lender, including, but not limited to, a banking institution, (D) conveyance of a security interest including, without limitation, a mortgage, (E) renewal of a lease, (F) conveyance, assignment or termination of a lease for a period less than twenty-five years from the date of such conveyance, assignment or termination, including options or extensions of such period, (G) any change in ownership approved by the Probate Court, (H) conveyance of title to a surviving joint tenant, or to a trustee, executor, or administrator under the terms of a testamentary trust or will, or by intestate succession, (I) corporate reorganization not substantially affecting the ownership of the establishment, including, but not limited to, stock dividend distributions or stock distributions in connection with a merger, (J) the original issuance of stock or other securities of an entity which owns or operates an establishment, (K) the transfer of stock, securities or other ownership interests representing less than a majority of the voting power of the entity that owns or operates the establishment, (L) any conveyance of an interest in an establishment where the transferor is the sibling, spouse, child, parent, grandparent, child of a sibling or sibling of a parent of the transferee, (M) any conveyance of a portion of a parcel upon which portion no establishment is or has been located and upon which there has not occurred a discharge, spillage, uncontrolled loss, seepage or filtration of hazardous waste, provided either the area of such portion is not greater than fifty per cent of the area of such parcel or written notice of such proposed conveyance and an environmental condition assessment form for such parcel is provided to the commissioner sixty days prior to such conveyance, (N) conveyance of a service station, as defined in subdivision (5) of this section, (O) any conveyance of a parcel which, prior to July 1, 1997, had been developed solely for residential use and such use has not changed, (P) any conveyance of a parcel to any entity created or operating under chapter 130 or 132, or to an urban rehabilitation agency, as defined in section 8-292, or to a municipality under section 32-225, or to the Connecticut Development Authority or any subsidiary of the authority, or (Q) any conveyance of a parcel [to a limited liability company established solely to assemble properties necessary to effectuate the purposes of the Patriots Stadium Enabling Act] in connection with the assembly of properties to effectuate the development of the convention center facilities, the sportsplex and the related parking facilities, each as defined in section 27 of this act.

Sec. 57. Section 12-541 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

There is hereby imposed a tax of ten per cent of the admission charge to any place of amusement, entertainment or recreation, except that no tax shall be imposed with respect to any admission charge (1) when the admission charge is less than one dollar or, in the case of any motion picture show, when the admission charge is not more than four dollars and fifty cents, (2) when a daily admission charge is imposed which entitles the patron to participate in an athletic or sporting activity, (3) to any event, other than events held at the [stadium facility, as defined in section 32-621] sportsplex, as defined in section 27 of this act, all of the proceeds from which inure exclusively to an entity which is exempt from federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code, provided such entity actively engages in and assumes the financial risk associated with the presentation of such event, (4) to any event, other than events held at the [stadium facility, as defined in section 32-621] sportsplex, as defined in section 27 of this act, which in the opinion of the commissioner, is conducted primarily to raise funds for an entity which is exempt from federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code, provided the commissioner is satisfied that the net profit which inures to such entity from such event will exceed the amount of the admissions tax which, but for this subdivision, would be imposed upon the person making such charge to such event, (5) to any event at the Hartford Civic Center, the New Haven Coliseum, New Britain Beehive Stadium, New Britain Veterans Memorial Stadium, facilities owned or managed by the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut or any successor organization or the William A. O'Neill Convocation Center, (6) other than for events held at the [stadium facility, as defined in section 32-621] sportsplex, as defined in section 27 of this act, paid by centers of service for elderly persons, as described in subdivision (d) of section 17b-425, (7) to any production featuring live performances by actors or musicians presented at Gateway's Candlewood Playhouse, Ocean Beach Park or any nonprofit theater or playhouse in the state, provided such theater or playhouse possesses evidence confirming exemption from federal tax under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, or (8) to any carnival or amusement ride. The tax shall be imposed upon the person making such charge and reimbursement for the tax shall be collected by such person from the purchaser. Such reimbursement, termed "tax", shall be paid by the purchaser to the person making the admission charge. Such tax, when added to the admission charge, shall be a debt from the purchaser to the person making the admission charge and shall be recoverable at law.

Sec. 58. Section 13a-25 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Whenever the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court finds that the number of state referees available for the performance of the duties of state referees under subsection (c) of section 13a-73, sections 13a-74 and 13a-76, subsection (d) of section [32-635] 35 and sections [32-636] 36 and [32-637] 37 of this act and is not sufficient to consider and act upon the acquisition of land and buildings for a [stadium facility or infrastructure improvements] sportsplex and related parking facilities, as defined in section [32-621] 27 of this act, with reasonable promptness, said Chief Justice, upon the application of the commissioner or the secretary, as the case may be, may appoint such number of additional state referees as he deems necessary to expedite the performance of such duties. Such appointments may be made from time to time and for such period of time, not more than two months in length, as he designates. Such additional state referees shall have the same powers and duties as state referees appointed under section 52-434, with respect to the granting of the approvals and the performance of other duties of state referees in the acquisition of land and buildings for such expressway, highway, [stadium facility or infrastructure improvements] sportsplex and related parking facilities and shall receive such reasonable compensation as is determined by the Chief Justice, and such compensation and expenses incurred in the conduct of any hearings by such state referees shall be paid as a part of the cost thereof.

Sec. 59. Section 48-21 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

In any proceeding brought under the provisions of subsection (b) or (e) of section 13a-73 or section 13a-74, 13a-76, 13a-77, 13a-78 or section 19a-645 or subsection (a), (b) or (c) of section [32-635] 35 of this act or sections [32-636 to 32-640] 36 to 40, inclusive, of this act notice shall be given to all persons appearing of record as holders of any mortgage, lien or other encumbrance on any real estate or interest therein which is to be taken by right of eminent domain or by condemnation proceedings, in the same manner as notice is required to be given to the owner of such property; and the amount due any such mortgagee, lienor or other encumbrancer, not exceeding the amount to be paid for such property, shall be paid to him according to priority of claims, before any sum is paid to any owner of such property. In case of dispute as to the amount due any such mortgagee, lienor or other encumbrancer, the money may be deposited with the clerk of the superior court for the judicial district in which such property is situated, and anyone claiming an interest in the same may bring suit therefor, making all others claiming interest in the fund defendants, and the court may determine the rights in the fund of all parties to such suit, and may tax costs according to the rules of equity.

Sec. 60. Section 32-610 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The exercise of the powers granted by section 32-602 constitute the performance of an essential governmental function and the Capital City Economic Development Authority shall not be required to pay any taxes or assessments upon or in respect of the convention center or the convention center project, as defined in section 32-600, levied by any municipality or political subdivision or special district having taxing powers of the state and such project and the principal and interest of any bonds and notes issued under the provisions of section 32-607, their transfer and the income therefrom, including revenues derived from the sale thereof, shall at all times be free from taxation of every kind by the state of Connecticut or under its authority, except for estate or succession taxes but the interest on such bonds and notes shall be included in the computation of any excise or franchise tax.

Sec. 61. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section, the project for the magnet inter-district University School to be located on the campus of the University of Hartford, as described in section 5 of special act 93-21, as amended by section 171 of special act 94-2, is included in section 1 of public act 99-239 and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided the Hartford school district files an application for such school building project prior to June 30, 1999, and meets all other provisions of section 10-264h and chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said chapter except as may be waived by the Commissioner of Education pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 10-264h.

Sec. 62. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section, the project for the magnet school Early Childhood Regional Educational Center as described in section 5 of special act 93-21, as amended by section 171 of special act 94-2, is included in section 1 of public act 99-239 and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided the Capital Region Education Council an application for such school building project prior to June 30, 1999, and meets all other provisions of section 10-264h and chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said chapter except as may be waived by the Commissioner of Education pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 10-264h.

Sec. 63. Subsection (a) of section 39 of public act 98-1 of the December special session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established an account to be known as the ["stadium] "sportsplex construction account" which shall be a separate nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account may contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. The moneys in said account shall be expended by the Treasurer for payments of costs in [lieu of] addition to the moneys derived from the issuance of bonds [on the overall] for the sportsplex project, as defined in [section 2 of this act] section 27 of this act.

Sec. 64. Notwithstanding the limitations of subsection (a) of section 30 of this act, and prior to the satisfaction of the conditions therein set forth, the state and the authority may (1) pay preliminary costs incurred prior to the effective date of this act, and (2) award contracts with respect to, and incur and pay, other preliminary costs of the overall project, in the case of the state in amounts in the aggregate not to exceed eight million dollars from funds otherwise available therefor in the sportsplex construction account established by section 39 of public act 98-1, as amended by this act, and in the case of the authority in amounts in the aggregate not to exceed three million dollars from funds otherwise available therefor pursuant to the bond authorization in section 32-614 of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

Sec. 65. Sections 32-620 to 32-649, inclusive, of the general statutes are repealed.

Sec. 66. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that sections 51 and 52 shall be applicable to calendar years commencing on or after January 1, 1999, and sections 1 to 46, inclusive, and sections 54 to 60, inclusive, and section 65 shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved June 28, 1999

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