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Substitute Bill No. 803

    January Session, 2013

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAMS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF OYSTER HARVESTERS.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall study the development of entrepreneurial programs for the next generation of oyster harvesters in the waters between and adjoining the islands known as the Thimble Islands and the waters adjoining the area known as Pawson Park. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, evaluating the number of young oyster harvesters and whether it is feasible for such harvesters to develop an entrepreneurial business in said locations. On or before July 1, 2015, the department shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce and environment, evaluating the study and recommending whether to develop a pilot program or permanent program to develop entrepreneurial programs for young oyster harvesters. In the event the Department of Economic and Community Development recommends a pilot program or permanent program, said department shall submit a copy of such report to the Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation shall comment on the feasibility of developing any such program not more than sixty days after such report has been submitted to said department.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) The Department of Public Health shall study the effects on public health of consuming eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) which are between two and three inches long. On or before July 1, 2015, said department shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, the results of such study to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce, environment and public health.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) The sum of fifty thousand dollars is appropriated to the Department of Economic and Community Development, from the General Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, for the payment of costs incurred by said department in completing the study pursuant to section 1 of this act.

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

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Joint Favorable Subst.