Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6363

Title:

AN ACT STREAMLINING STATE GOVERNMENT AND INCREASING EFFECTIVENESS.

Vote Date:

3/15/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/25/2013

File No.:

380

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey, 88th District

Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, 30th District

Sen. Donald E. Williams, 29th District

Sen. Martin M. Looney, 11th District

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill is intended to streamline and merge numerous commissions, boards, and agencies in an effort to help implement the Governor's budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year.

Table 1: Section-by-Section Changes in HB 6363

(R refers to the bill's repealer sections- which are sections 95-96)

Title

Eliminates

Names a Successor

Changes

1-2, 26, R

Lower Fairfield County Convention Center Authority

x

   

3, 4, R

Committee on Career Entry and Mobility

x

   

5, R

Connecticut Progress Council

x

   

6, 8, 21

Geospatial Information Systems Council

x

OPM

Revises duties

7

William Benton Museum Of Art Advisory Committee

x

   

9

Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal Systems Advisory Board

x

   

10-13, 39, R

Connecticut Public Transportation Commission

x

   

14-15

Metro North New Haven Rail Commuter Council

   

Renames council, changes membership and duties

16-17, R

Statewide Community Antenna Television Advisory Council

x

   

18

State-Wide Primary Care Access Authority

   

Changes membership

18, R

HealthFirst Connecticut Authority

x

   

19, 23, R

Quinebaug and Shetucket rivers National Heritage Corridor Advisory Council

x

   

19, R

Bi-State Farmington River Commission

x

   

20

Small Business Air Pollution Compliance Advisory Panel

x

   

22, R

Risk Assessment Board

x

   

22, R

Adult Literacy Leadership Board

x

   

23, 30

River Protection Advisory Committee

X

   

24, R

Connecticut International Trade Council

x

DECD

 

26-27

Special Contaminated Property Remediation And Insurance Fund Advisory Board

x (duties transferred to Brownfields Working Group)

   

28-29

Long Island Sound Advisory Councils

“ Assembly

   

Reduces size

Reduces size

35-36

Citizens Advisory Council for Housing Matters

   

Renames council, reduces size

37, 38, R

Child Day Care Council

x

   

40

Board of Trustees for Department of Veterans Affairs

   

Changes membership requirements

41

Greater Hartford Flood Commission

   

Changes appointing authority

42

Medical Inefficiency Committee

   

Changes reporting date

43, 44, R

Housing Advisory Committee

x

   

44

Mobile Manufactured Home Advisory Council

   

Reduces size

45-94

Gaming Policy Board

x

DCP

 

R

Commission on Innovation and Productivity

x

   

R

Student Financial Aid Information Council

x

   

R

Advisory Committee For The Center For Real Estate And Urban Economic Studies At UConn School Of Business

x

   

R

Southwest Corridor Action Council

x

   

R

Nurturing Families Network Advisory Commission

x

   

R

Waiver Application Development Council

X

   

R

Residential Water-Saving Advisory Board

X

   

R

War Veterans Memorial Register of Remembrance Commission, Connecticut

X

   

R

Equestrian Center Corporation, Board of Directors, Connecticut

X

   

R

Early Childhood Education, Pathways to Baccalaureate Degrees in, Committee

X

   

R

Human Rights and Opportunities, Commission on, Administrative Hearings Division, Task Force to Develop Recommendations for

X

   
 

TOTALS

31

3

9

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Dannel P. Malloy, Governor, State of Connecticut:

Christopher R. Drake testified in favor of this bill on behalf of Governor Malloy. In his testimony Mr. Drake said this bill is part of the Governor's effort to streamline and downsize the government of Connecticut, and that this bill is a starting point to that goal. Mr. Drake mentioned that many of these boards and commissions are either no longer active or for whatever reason have not met in several years and that others have the same functions that are performed by boards and commissions that are more active and thus are no longer needed (refer to above chart). Mr. Drake reserved the right for the Governor to propose more boards and commissions for eliminations and consolidations in the future and stressed that they will continue to evaluate them going forward.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Peter M. Gioia, Vice President & Economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).

Mr. Gioia stated that overall the CBIA supports the efforts of this bill and went on to point out the individual eliminations and or consolidations that the bill makes that they especially agree with.

He stated that CBIA supports the establishment of an innovations review panel that will identify and quantify savings ideas. They support the establishment of a higher education consolidation committee with the hope that it will also ensure budget savings. They support the idea that DECD should take the lead in international trade assistance. Finally they agree with the idea to establish a council to help DSS proceed with waiver applications thus allowing the department to seek out and implement cost savings.

Mr. Gioia stated that “Making Connecticut government more efficient isn't just a desired goal - it's essential to building and sustaining a healthy economy and an improved quality of life”.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Entered

Reported by: Nolan Davis

Date: 4/2/13