January Session, 2007
LCO No. 6623
REP. AMAN, 14th Dist.
"RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD PERSONS WHO WILL BE EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AT THE NEXT REGULAR ELECTION TO VOTE IN PRIMARIES RELATED TO SUCH ELECTION. "
Strike everything after the resolved clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:
"That the following be proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the State, which, when approved and adopted in the manner provided by the Constitution, shall to all intents and purposes, become a part thereof:
Section 1. Article fourteenth of the amendments to the constitution is amended to read as follows:
Any citizen who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day of a regular election may apply for admission as an elector at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed by law, and, if qualified, shall become an elector on the day of his or her eighteenth birthday or on the day of a primary held for such regular election, whichever occurs earlier.
Sec. 2. Article eighth of the constitution is amended by adding the following section:
(NEW) Sec. 5. a. The teachers' retirement system shall be funded on an actuarial reserve basis, in accordance with generally accepted actuarial principles. Commencing July 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, the General Assembly shall provide the Teachers' Retirement Fund with not less than the amount certified as necessary for such funding by the Teachers' Retirement Board, as reviewed and approved by the General Assembly.
b. The portion of such payment that is certified by the Teachers' Retirement Board for the unfunded liability of said system shall be deemed to be evidence of indebtedness under subsection (b) of article twenty-eighth of the amendments to the constitution.
c. If the General Assembly passes a resolution declaring an emergency and a majority of the members of each house of the General Assembly are in agreement, the General Assembly may reduce the amount certified, but no such reduction for any fiscal year may exceed fifteen per cent of the amount certified by the Teachers' Retirement Board with respect to such fiscal year. Said resolution shall be approved prior to the adoption of the state budget.
d. If the General Assembly passes a resolution declaring the existence of extraordinary circumstances and three-fifths of the members of each house of the General Assembly are in agreement, the General Assembly may reduce, in excess of fifteen per cent, the amount certified with respect to such fiscal year. Said resolution shall be approved prior to the adoption of the state budget.
e. The funds of the teachers' retirement system shall not be reduced or used for any purpose other than the retirement and other benefits of teachers and their survivors and beneficiaries.
RESOLVED: That the foregoing proposed amendment to the Constitution be continued to the next session of the General Assembly elected at the general election to be held on November 4, 2008, and published with the laws passed at the present session, or be presented to the electors at the general election to be held on November 4, 2008, whichever the case may be, according to article sixth of the amendments to the Constitution. The designation of said proposed amendment to be used on the voting machine ballot labels and absentee ballots at such election shall be "Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit any person who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election and to require full funding of the Connecticut teachers' retirement system and use of the system's funds exclusively for the benefit of its members?""
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections: