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OLR Research Report

February 6, 2012




By: Mark Randall, Research Fellow

Hendrik DeBoer, Research Fellow

You asked which eliminated statutory “unfunded mandates” on municipalities the legislature repealed between 2007 and 2011.


Over the last five years 56 municipal mandates have been eliminated. Table 1 lists the acts passed between 2007 and 2011 that eliminated municipal mandates.

Table 1: Public Act and Eliminated Municipal Mandate

Public Act Number

Municipal Mandate Eliminated


PA 11-20

Eliminated town requirement to appoint mechanics to prepare, adjust and place voting machines for use at a primary

PA 11-48

Eliminated duplicative filing requirements of town committees for campaign finance statements

PA 11-51

Eliminated requirement for a police chief or first selectmen to receive a report from an organization conducting “50-50” games and to forward that report to the Division of Special Revenue

PA 11-61

Eliminated requirement for an assessor to (1) determine the value of certain equipment and (2) declare he or she implemented the manufacturing machinery & equipment tax exemption

PA 11-69

Authorized assessors to send declaration forms to nonresidents electronically if acceptable to the recipient

PA 11-89

Eliminated municipalities' responsibility to notify regional planning organizations of certain zoning changes by certified mail and instead authorizing email

PA 11-99

Reduced, to a single process, interlocal agreements

Eliminated requirement that agreement contain certain provisions

PA 11-130

Exempted a new school bus inspected before its first registration from further inspection until September of the following year

PA 11-135

Eliminated a requirement for school governance councils if a school (1) has a single-grade level or (2) is under a local school district's jurisdiction and the district already has an acceptable school governance council

Eliminated requirement that teacher evaluation be continuous

PA 11-136

Reduced, from biannually to triannually, the frequency of school districts' facilities reporting

Extended, from April to May, the deadline for notifying a teacher whose contract will not be renewed the following year

PA 11-173

Eliminated the (1) requirement to publish election session dates in a newspaper and allowed list to be maintained in an electronic format, (2) requirement to compile the list monthly, (3) deadline to complete the required list, (4) requirement for a voting machine mechanic to be present

Reduced requirement for sample ballots and authorized two or more towns to jointly publish required elections notice

Eliminated requirement that town clerks submit to the secretary of state a list of local offices to be filled at regular state elections

PA 11-185

Eliminated requirement for mailing tax bills and authorized the use of email

PA 11-239

Extended, until 2012, the revaluation deadlines for Cromwell, East Windsor, Farmington, Orange, Stamford, and Windham, with local legislative approval

PA 11-251

Eliminated requirement that certified police officers repeat minimum basic training when accepting employment with another police department



Eliminated requirement that municipal clerks mail absentee ballots by authorizing the use of email, if requested


Eliminated requirement for city council action alone to establish a library in a city, allowing establishment by petition and referendum


Eliminated state aid penalization against towns that reduced their minimum budgeted education appropriations for FY10 to reflect the drop in enrollment between the 2009-10 and 2008-09 school years


Postponed, until 2013, the revaluation of Guilford, Madison, and Middletown, with local legislative approval.


Eliminated requirement that municipalities post minutes of meetings online

Eliminated requirement that municipalities transport the personal property of evicted tenants and people ejected upon foreclosure to a storage facility


Eliminated municipality's role in approving tax credit proposals from individual businesses



Removed the requirement that teachers with provisional certificates be under the direct supervision of the superintendent or his or her designee

Enabled continuing education to be determined by the local board of education

Removed the requirement that local school boards provide a program for teachers with nonrenewable temporary certificates who have not successfully completed the competency exam


Increased, from $200,000 to $1 million, the amount of annual revenue that certain municipal entities must take in before they are subject to audit requirements


Allowed certain municipalities to delay revaluation of real property


Eliminated requirement that municipalities submit road resurfacing projects to local planning commissions for their approval


Allowed municipalities to stop paying group health insurance premiums for employees and their dependents 72 hours after the employees quit or are terminated in a way other than being laid off


Allowed police officers directing traffic to wear headgear that meets national, state, and local safety standards instead of statutorily specified headgear


Eliminated requirement that veterans under age 65 claiming the veteran's disabled property tax exemption provide annual proof of their disability to the town assessor, requiring proof only after the federal Veteran's Administration changes its disability rating


Eliminated mandatory inspections for vehicles used for storing or transporting flammable or combustible liquids, allowing municipalities instead to require, by ordinance, inspection of these vehicles

Eliminated mandatory tank inspections and hazard reports


Allowed police officials to submit reports to the Department of Motor Vehicles electronically rather than by mail


Eliminated requirements that town clerks make marginal notations on recorded original condominium instruments for changes to a declaration's designation and service of process agent


Extended, from every three years to five years to every six to nine years, the time for municipal water companies serving 1,000 or more people to submit revised water supply plans


Postponed, for two years, requirement that municipalities update their conservation and development plans and the penalty for municipalities that fail to do so


Postponed, for three months, when every municipality with an enterprise zone must begin reporting to the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development on its progress in meeting performance standards


Broadened municipalities' ability to enter and inspect property and the circumstances under which municipalities qualify as innocent third parties, a designation that protects them from liability for cleanup costs



Allowed Durham to withdraw water for the Durham Fair without the normally required permit


Removed the “40 consecutive fiscal years” limit for reimbursements to municipalities for property tax revenue losses


Postponed, for six months, requirement for municipalities to provide for the recycling of Covered Electronic Devices


Extended, from one year to two years, the time water liens run before the waterworks superintendent must file a certificate of continuation with the town clerk


Relieved local law enforcement agencies from responsibilities for certain criminal enforcement activities associated with the Division of Special Revenue


Eliminated the Beginner Educator Support and Training (BEST) program


Expanded the powers of the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) and gave the CMEEC more options in procuring supplies, materials, and equipment


Allowed out-of-state water systems operators to temporarily function without Connecticut licensure during an emergency


Allowed municipalities and school districts to use reverse auctions when awarding contracts for goods or supplies


Exempted from certain statutory vehicle requirements municipal motor vehicles used exclusively for removing leaves and similar organic materials from roads and streets


Postponed, for one year, the implementation of mandatory in-school suspensions.


Allowed regional school districts meeting specific requirements to develop and recommend a plan for adding or removing grades from the regional school district without having to establish a previously required study committee.


Allowed any town that was a member of 7-12 or 9-12 regional district with fewer students attending the school district, to meet its minimum budget requirement by appropriating the legal minimum percentage of its ECS increase (15%) for FY08 and FY09

Limited requirements for school districts not participating in an interdistrict magnet school to pay for students to attend that school


Expanded the circumstances under which a municipality can enter and investigate or assess contaminated property and specified the extent to which it is immune from liability when it does so


Limited the requirement for a distinct entrance for School-Based Health Clinics (SBHC) to only those (1) located in, or attached to, a school building constructed on or after 7/1/09 and (2) sharing a first floor exterior wall with the school building



Increased, from 90 to 180 days, the maximum waiting period a municipality may impose by ordinance before a demolition permit can be issued for a building or structure


Eliminated requirement to hold referenda to issue bonds for water or sewage systems


Reduced the amount of money that a municipality must budget annually for debt service payments for school construction projects


Extended, from one to seven years, the time period that special services districts have to pay off any obligation from borrowing money


Eliminated a requirement for registrars of voters to be stationed at polling places during polling hours


Raised, from $200,000 to $1 million, the ceiling on annual receipts for “reporting agencies”

Source: Office of Policy and Management's State Mandates on Municipalities and OLR's Acts Affecting Municipalities, 2007 to 2011