OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6412 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SMALL TOWN ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

SUMMARY:

This bill makes groups of municipalities eligible for Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants, as long as each municipality that is a member of the group is otherwise eligible for the grants. STEAP provides economic assistance to municipalities that do not qualify for the Urban Action grant program, which is meant mainly for cities and economically distressed towns. By law, distressed municipalities or public investment communities eligible for both programs can opt to participate in STEAP by following certain procedures. The bill also makes such municipalities eligible to participate in STEAP as members of a group by following the same procedures.

Current law caps the total STEAP grant amount a municipality can receive each fiscal year at $ 500,000. The bill extends this cap to each municipality in the group and specifies that any municipality that receives a grant as part of a group is still eligible to receive STEAP grants equal to the difference between its proportionate share of the group grant and the $ 500,000 cap.

*House Amendment “A” (1) applies the $ 500,000 cap to each municipality in the group, rather than the group as a whole; (2) adds the provision allowing municipalities that receive a grant as part of a group to be eligible for other STEAP grants; and (3) changes the effective date from October 1, 2011 to upon passage.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

20

Nay

0

(03/07/2011)