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Substitute Bill No. 6660

    January Session, 2009

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AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR VARIOUS STATE GRANT PROGRAMS AND CONCERNING THE FACE OF CONNECTICUT STEERING COMMITTEE.

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

Section 1. Section 22-26hh of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

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 [seventeen million seven hundred] thirty million two hundred fifty thousand dollars, the proceeds of which shall be used for the purposes of section 22-26cc, [provided not more than five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2008, and further] 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. 2. Section 22a-27s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is established the Face of Connecticut Steering Committee, which shall be within the Department of Environmental Protection for administrative purposes only. Such committee shall direct the expenditure of any funds deposited in the Face of Connecticut account created under section 22a-27t. The committee shall consist of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or the commissioner's designee, the Commissioner of Agriculture, the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and ten members as follows: (1) A representative of a local organization involved in historic preservation, appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (2) a representative of a nonprofit organization involved in farmland preservation, appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (3) a representative of a local or regional nonprofit organization involved in the preservation of open space, appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (4) a representative of a water company actively involved in land preservation, appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (5) a representative of the agricultural industry, appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (6) a representative of a state-wide nonprofit involved in the preservation of open space, appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (7) a representative of a state-wide nonprofit organization involved in historic preservation, appointed by the Governor; (8) a representative of an organization involved with community redevelopment, appointed by the Governor; (9) a representative of the legislative Brownfields Task Force, appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and (10) a representative of the environmental law section of the Connecticut Bar Association who is involved with brownfields remediation, appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate.

(b) All initial appointments to the committee shall be made not later than September 1, 2008. The term of each appointed member of the steering committee shall be coterminous with the term of the appointing authority or until a successor is chosen, whichever is later. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall serve as the chairperson of the committee for the two years following the appointment of the committee, followed first by the Commissioner of Agriculture for two years and subsequently by the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism for two years and subsequently by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or said commissioner's designee for two years. Such rotation shall repeat every two years thereafter in the order specified in this subsection, except that if there is a vacancy in one of said positions, one of the other commissioners or the executive director may serve as chairperson until the vacancy is filled.

(c) The committee shall meet quarterly.

(d) The committee shall: (1) Not later than January 1, 2010, submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, detailing specific goals of current state programs concerning farmland preservation, open space preservation, brownfields remediation, historic preservation and the obstacles to achieving such goals to the Office of Policy and Management and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment and commerce, (2) create a grant program for mixed-use preservation, (3) develop criteria for eligibility for smart growth funding and make recommendations consisting of a prioritized list of smart growth projects to the General Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, and (4) not later than January 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, report to the General Assembly concerning what projects were funded by the committee in accordance with this section.

Sec. 3. (Effective July 1, 2009) (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 forty two million five hundred thousand dollars.

(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 following agencies: (1) Seven million five hundred thousand dollars by the Department of Environmental Protection for the open space and watershed land acquisition program established under section 7-131d of the general statutes; (2) seven million five hundred thousand dollars by the Department of Environmental Protection for the recreation and natural heritage trust program established under sections 23-73 to 23-79, inclusive, of the general statutes; (3) seven million five hundred thousand dollars by the Department of Economic and Community Development for brownfields remediation and redevelopment in accordance with title 32 of the general statutes; and (4) twenty million dollars which shall be deposited in the Face of Connecticut account to be expended by the Department of Environmental Protection as directed by the Face of Connecticut Steering Committee, established under section 22a-27s of the general statutes, as amended by this act, for the purpose of historic preservation, brownfields remediation and farmland and open space preservation.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, 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 State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

22-26hh

Sec. 2

from passage

22a-27s

Sec. 3

July 1, 2009

New section

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In subsection (a) of section 3, the amount was changed for accuracy.

ENV

Joint Favorable Subst.