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Amendment

 

January Special Session, 2008

LCO No. 10105

   
 

*SB0170010105HDO*

Offered by:

 

REP. GREEN, 1st Dist.

REP. BARTLETT, 2nd Dist.

 

To: Senate Bill No. 1700

File No.

Cal. No.

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 2-24 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The words "State of Connecticut" shall be printed at the head of each bill and document printed by order of the General Assembly, or either house thereof, and on its title page or cover, if any. Before printed or photographic copies of an original bill are made, the bill shall be endorsed with (1) the date of its introduction; (2) its number; (3) the name of the member or committee introducing it; and (4) the name of the committee to which it was referred. Copies of bills or resolutions printed after favorable report by a committee or reprinted after amendment on the third reading, i. e. , files, shall bear (A) the file number of such bill or resolution, placed conspicuously at the head of the same, which file number shall be assigned by the printer in the order printed; [,] (B) the number and title of the bill; [,] (C) the name of the committee to which it was referred; [,] (D) the date and nature of the committee's report; [, and,] (E) in any case where the bill, if passed, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue, a fiscal note, including an estimate of the cost or of the revenue impact shall be appended thereto; and (F) in any case where the bill, if passed, would impact the criminal justice system, a racial-ethnic impact statement evaluating the racial-ethnic impact on the criminal justice system and the general public. When a bill or resolution is accompanied with a report of a committee, other than a recommendation that it ought or ought not to pass, it shall then have an additional endorsement, as follows: "Accompanied by special report, No. -". Bills shall be designated in the printed calendar of each house by their file numbers, as well as by the titles and numbers of the bills.

Sec. 502. Section 2-24a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) No bill without a fiscal note appended thereto which, if passed, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue in the current fiscal year or any of the next ensuing five fiscal years shall be acted upon by either house of the General Assembly unless said requirement of a fiscal note is dispensed with by a vote of at least two-thirds of such house. Such fiscal note shall clearly identify the cost and revenue impact to the state and municipalities in the current fiscal year and in each of the next ensuing five fiscal years.

(b) If a racial-ethnic impact statement is required under section 2-24, as amended by this act, no bill without such statement appended thereto shall be acted upon by either house of the General Assembly unless said requirement of a racial-ethnic impact statement is dispensed with by a vote of at least two-thirds of such house.

Sec. 503. Section 2-26 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

At each regular or special session of the General Assembly no bill shall be passed or become a law unless it has been printed in its final form, as prescribed by section 2-24, with the exception of germane amendments, and upon the desks of the members at least two legislative days prior to its final passage, unless the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives have certified, in writing, the facts which in their opinion necessitate an immediate vote on such bill, in which case it shall nevertheless be upon the desks of the members in final form, accompanied by the fiscal note and a racial-ethnic impact statement required by section 2-24, as amended by this act, when applicable, with the exception of germane amendments, but not necessarily printed, before its final passage.

Sec. 504. Subsection (c) of section 2-71c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) The legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis shall assist the General Assembly and the Legislative Department, legislative commissions and legislative committees in a research and advisory capacity as follows: (1) Reviewing department and program operating budget requests; (2) analyzing and helping to establish priorities with regard to capital programs; (3) checking executive revenue estimates for accuracy; (4) recommending potential untapped sources of revenue; (5) assisting in legislative hearings and helping to schedule and prepare the agenda of such hearings; (6) assisting in the development of means by which budgeted programs can be periodically reviewed; (7) preparing short analyses of the costs and long-range projections of executive programs and proposed agency regulations; (8) keeping track of federal aid programs to make sure that Connecticut is taking full advantage of opportunities for assistance; (9) reviewing, on a continuous basis, departmental budgets and programs; (10) analyzing and preparing critiques of the Governor's proposed budget; (11) studying, in depth, selected executive programs during the interim; (12) performing such other services in the field of finance as may be requested by the Joint Committee on Legislative Management; (13) preparing the fiscal notes, required under section 2-24, upon favorably reported bills which require expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue; (14) preparing at the end of each fiscal year a compilation of all fiscal notes on legislation and agency regulations taking effect in the next fiscal year, including the total costs, savings and revenue effects estimated in such notes; [and] (15) every second and fourth year after the effective date of each enacted bill, review the fiscal note of such bill to compare it to the fiscal note prepared at the time such bill was enacted; and (16) preparing a racial-ethnic impact statement, as required under section 2-24, as amended by this act, upon each favorably reported bill that, if passed, would impact the criminal justice system. The governing body of any municipality, if requested, shall provide the Office of Fiscal Analysis, within two working days, with any information that may be necessary for analysis in preparation of such fiscal notes. Each officer, board, commission or department of the state government shall assist the Office of Fiscal Analysis in carrying out its duties and, if requested, shall make its records and accounts available to the office in a timely manner, except that where there are statutory requirements of confidentiality with regard to such records and accounts, the identity of any person to whom such records or accounts relate shall not be disclosed. "