Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2013

LCO No. 8520

   
 

*SB0097508520SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. MAYNARD, 18th Dist.

SEN. BOUCHER, 26th Dist.

REP. GUERRERA, 29th Dist.

REP. SCRIBNER, 107th Dist.

SEN. KISSEL, 7th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 975

File No. 343

Cal. No. 268

"AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE TRANSPORTATION STATUTES AND THE DESIGNATION OF ROADS AND BRIDGES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF PERSONS AND ORGANIZATIONS. "

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Section 13a-80 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) The [commissioner] Commissioner of Transportation, with the advice and consent of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Properties Review Board may sell, lease and convey, in the name of the state, or otherwise dispose of, or enter into agreements concerning, any land and buildings owned by the state and obtained for or in connection with highway purposes or for the efficient accomplishment of the foregoing purposes or formerly used for highway purposes, which real property is not necessary for such purposes. The commissioner shall notify the state representative and the state senator representing the municipality in which said property is located within one year of the date a determination is made that the property is not necessary for highway purposes and that the department intends to dispose of the property.

(b) The Department of Transportation shall obtain a full appraisal on excess property prior to its sale [. Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, transfers] and shall hold a public bid or auction for all properties determined to be legal lots of record. If the department does not receive any bids at the initial public bid or auction, the department may continue to market the property and accept offers for sale or hold another bid or auction. Transfers to other state agencies and municipalities for purposes specified by the department shall be exempt from the appraisal requirement. The department shall offer parcels that are legal lots of record to other state agencies, and to any municipality in which any such parcel is located, before holding a public bid or auction and shall offer parcels that are not legal lots of record to all abutting landowners in accordance with department regulations. If the sale or transfer of property pursuant to this section results in the existing property of an abutting landowner becoming a nonconforming use, pursuant to local zoning requirements, the commissioner may sell or transfer the property to such abutting landowner without public bid or auction. The department shall obtain a second appraisal if the value of such property is [valued over one hundred] more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars and is [not] to be sold [through public bid or auction] to an abutting landowner or in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section. Any appraisals [or value reports] shall be obtained prior to the determination of a sale price of the excess property.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 3-14b and 4b-21, no residential property upon which a single-family dwelling is situated at the time it is obtained by the department for highway purposes may be sold or transferred pursuant to this section within twenty-five years of the date of its acquisition without the department's first offering the owner or owners of the property at the time of its acquisition a right of first refusal to purchase the property at the amount of its appraised value as determined in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. [, except for property offered for sale to municipalities prior to July 1, 1988. ] Notice of such offer shall be sent to each such owner by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, within one year of the date a determination is made that such property is not necessary for highway purposes. Any such offer shall be terminated by the department if it has not received written notice of the owner's acceptance of the offer within sixty days of the date it was mailed. [Whenever the offer is not so accepted, the department shall offer parcels which meet local zoning requirements for residential or commercial use to other state agencies and shall offer parcels which do not meet local zoning requirements for residential or commercial use to all abutting landowners in accordance with department regulations. If the sale or transfer of the property pursuant to this section results in the existing property of an abutting landowner becoming a nonconforming use as to local zoning requirements, the Commissioner of Transportation may sell or transfer the property to that abutter without public bid or auction. ] The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing procedures for the disposition of excess property pursuant to the provisions of this subsection in the event such property is owned by more than one person.

(d) Where the department has in good faith and with reasonable diligence attempted to ascertain the identity of persons entitled to notice under subsection (c) of this section and mailed notice to the last known address of record of those ascertained, the failure to in fact notify those persons entitled thereto shall not invalidate any subsequent disposition of property pursuant to this section.

Sec. 2. Section 13b-79u of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized and directed, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and with the approval of the Governor, to enter into any agreements with the National Rail Passenger Corporation or its successor in interest that are necessary for the operation of rail passenger service on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.

(b) The commissioner is authorized and directed, in consultation with the secretary and with approval of the Governor, to enter into any agreements with the commonwealth of Massachusetts, or any entity authorized to act on its behalf, or the state of Vermont, or any entity authorized to act on its behalf, that are necessary for the state's participation in the provision of rail passenger service on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.

(c) The commissioner is authorized and directed, in consultation with the secretary and with the approval of the Governor, to select through a competitive process and contract with an operator or operators for rail service on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.

Sec. 3. Section 13b-20 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Commissioner of Transportation shall keep a record of all proceedings and orders pertaining to the matters under said commissioner's direction and copies of all plans, specifications and estimates submitted to said commissioner. Said commissioner shall furnish to any court in this state without charge certified copies of any document or record pertaining to the operation of the department, and any certified document or record of the commissioner, attested as a true copy by the commissioner, the deputy commissioner, the chief engineer of the department, or any deputy commissioner or bureau head for an operating bureau, shall be competent evidence in any court of this state of the facts contained in such document or record. The commissioner may delegate to the deputy commissioner, the chief engineer, [and] the deputy commissioners or bureau heads for operating bureaus, and other agency staff as appropriate, the authority to sign any agreement, contract, document or instrument which the commissioner is authorized to sign and any such signature shall be binding and valid.

(b) The executive director of the Office of the State Traffic Administration may certify copies of any document or record pertaining to the operation of the Office of the State Traffic Administration, and any certified document or record of said office, attested as a true copy by said executive director, shall be competent evidence in any court of this state of the facts contained in such document or record.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2013) The Commissioner of Transportation may issue a filming permit, on a form required by the commissioner, to any person seeking to create photographs, moving images, footage and sound recordings for commercial, entertainment or advertising purposes upon any state highway right-of-way or state real property under the custody and control of the Department of Transportation. Such permit shall specify the insurance coverage that the permittee shall be required to obtain, as determined by the commissioner in consultation with the state's Director of Insurance and Risk Management, with the state named as an additional insured. No liability shall accrue to the state or any agency or employee of the state for any injuries or damages to any person or property that may result, either directly or indirectly, from the filming activities of the permittee on state real property or state highway right-of-way. The commissioner shall develop any such permit in consultation with the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2013) The Commissioner of Transportation may grant easements with respect to land owned by the state to a public service company, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes, in connection with bringing utility service to a Department of Transportation facility or office, subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

Sec. 6. Subsection (a) of section 13b-251 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The minimum overhead clearance for any structure crossing over railroad tracks for which construction is begun on or after October 1, 1986, shall be twenty feet, six inches, except that, (1) if the construction includes only deck replacement or minor widening of the structure, and the existing piers or abutments remain in place, the minimum overhead clearance shall be the structure's existing overhead clearance; (2) the minimum overhead clearance for any structure crossing any railroad tracks on which trains are operated that are attached to or powered by means of overhead electrical wires shall be twenty-two feet, six inches; (3) the minimum overhead clearance for the structure that carries (A) Route 372 over railroad tracks in New Britain, designated state project number 131-156, (B) U. S. Route 1 over railroad tracks in Fairfield, designated state project number 50-6H05, (C) Route 729 over railroad tracks in North Haven, designated state project number 100-149, (D) Grove Street over railroad tracks in Hartford, designated state project number 63-376, (E) Route 1 over railroad tracks in Milford, designated state project number 173-117, (F) Ingham Hill Road over railroad tracks in Old Saybrook, designated state project number 105-164, (G) Ellis Street over railroad tracks in New Britain, designated state project number 88-114, (H) Route 100 over the railroad tracks in East Haven, bridge number 01294, and (I) Church Street Extension over certain railroad storage tracks located in the New Haven Rail Yard, designated state project number 92-526, shall be eighteen feet; (4) the minimum overhead clearance for those structures carrying (A) Fair Street, bridge number 03870, (B) Crown Street, bridge number 03871, and (C) Chapel Street, bridge number 03872, over railroad tracks in New Haven shall be seventeen feet, six inches; (5) the minimum overhead clearance for the structure carrying State Street railroad station pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks in New Haven shall be nineteen feet, ten inches; (6) the overhead clearance for the structure carrying Woodland Street over the Griffins Industrial Line in Hartford, designated state project number 63-501, shall be fifteen feet, nine inches, with new foundations placed at depths which may accommodate an overhead clearance to a maximum of seventeen feet, eight inches; (7) the Department of Transportation may replace the Hales Road Highway Bridge over railroad tracks in Westport, Bridge Number 03852, with a new bridge that provides a minimum overhead clearance over the railroad tracks that shall be eighteen feet, five inches; [and] (8) the Department of Transportation may replace the Pearl Street Highway Bridge over railroad tracks in Middletown, Bridge Number 04032, with a new bridge that provides a minimum overhead clearance over the railroad tracks that shall be seventeen feet, eleven inches; and (9) the Department of Transportation may construct a new bridge that provides a minimum overhead clearance of twenty-two feet, two inches for the structure carrying Metro Center Access Road over the Metro-North Railroad in Fairfield.

Sec. 7. Section 15-15e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) [On and after October 1, 1997, no] An owner or operator of a vessel [may transport or offer to transport] used to transport a pilot licensed under the provisions of section 15-13 for the purpose of embarking or disembarking another vessel in open and unprotected waters [unless such owner or operator has obtained] shall obtain a certificate of [compliance from the Commissioner of Transportation. On and after October 1, 1997, the Commissioner of Transportation shall issue a certificate of compliance to each owner or operator of a vessel used to transport a licensed pilot for the purpose of embarking or disembarking another vessel in open and unprotected waters who complies with the requirements specified in regulations which shall be adopted by the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. The regulations shall specify (1) standards and procedures for the issuance and renewal of such certificate; (2) grounds for the suspension of such certificate; (3) requirements relative to the inspection of such vessels, including the designation and qualifications of inspectors of such vessels and the maintenance and inspection of logs in each such vessel; (4) the procedures for embarkation and disembarkation of pilots; and (5)] insurance from an insurance carrier based on a survey conducted and documented by a qualified marine surveyor. Marine surveyors shall be guided by applicable United States Coast Guard regulations, if any, and standards set by insurance companies for the insurability of such vessel. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, that specify (1) the procedures for embarkation and disembarkation of pilots, and (2) the operation of and equipment required on each such vessel. Such regulations may establish standard rates for the use of each such vessel for such purpose. For the purposes of this subsection, "open and unprotected waters" means waters located east of the area depicted on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration charts of the eastern portion of Long Island Sound as "The Race".

(b) Any person who [violates any provision of] fails to comply with subsection (a) of this section or any regulation adopted thereunder shall be fined not less than [sixty] five hundred dollars nor more than [two hundred fifty dollars for each such violation] one thousand dollars.

Sec. 8. Subdivision (40) of section 14-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(40) "Highway" includes any state or other public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, driveway, parkway, [or] place or dedicated roadway for bus rapid transit service, under the control of the state or any political subdivision of the state, dedicated, appropriated or opened to public travel or other use;

Sec. 9. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) No person shall access or travel upon any highway that is a dedicated roadway for bus rapid transit service except as an operator or passenger in (1) a motor vehicle authorized by the state to provide public transit service on such highway, (2) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to an emergency call, (3) a vehicle operated by the Department of Transportation or any contractor of the department authorized by the state to perform maintenance on such highway, or (4) any motor vehicle specifically authorized in writing by the Commissioner of Transportation to access or travel upon such highway.

(b) Any violation of this section shall be an infraction.

Sec. 10. Section 14-296aa of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) "Mobile telephone" means a cellular, analog, wireless or digital telephone capable of sending or receiving telephone communications without an access line for service.

(2) "Using" or "use" means holding a hand-held mobile telephone to, or in the immediate proximity of, the user's ear.

(3) "Hand-held mobile telephone" means a mobile telephone with which a user engages in a call using at least one hand.

(4) "Hands-free accessory" means an attachment, add-on, built-in feature, or addition to a mobile telephone, whether or not permanently installed in a motor vehicle, that, when used, allows the vehicle operator to maintain both hands on the steering wheel.

(5) "Hands-free mobile telephone" means a hand-held mobile telephone that has an internal feature or function, or that is equipped with an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of such hand-held mobile telephone, by which a user engages in a call without the use of either hand, whether or not the use of either hand is necessary to activate, deactivate or initiate a function of such telephone.

(6) "Engage in a call" means talking into or listening on a hand-held mobile telephone, but does not include holding a hand-held mobile telephone to activate, deactivate or initiate a function of such telephone.

(7) "Immediate proximity" means the distance that permits the operator of a hand-held mobile telephone to hear telecommunications transmitted over such hand-held mobile telephone, but does not require physical contact with such operator's ear.

(8) "Mobile electronic device" means any hand-held or other portable electronic equipment capable of providing data communication between two or more persons, including a text messaging device, a paging device, a personal digital assistant, a laptop computer, equipment that is capable of playing a video game or a digital video disk, or equipment on which digital photographs are taken or transmitted, or any combination thereof, but does not include any audio equipment or any equipment installed in a motor vehicle for the purpose of providing navigation, emergency assistance to the operator of such motor vehicle or video entertainment to the passengers in the rear seats of such motor vehicle.

(9) "Operating a motor vehicle" means operating a motor vehicle on any highway, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act, including being temporarily stationary due to traffic, road conditions or a traffic control sign or signal, but not including being parked on the side or shoulder of any highway where such vehicle is safely able to remain stationary.

(b) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and subsections (c) and (d) of this section, no person shall operate a motor vehicle upon a highway, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act, while using a hand-held mobile telephone to engage in a call or while using a mobile electronic device. [while such vehicle is in motion. ] An operator of a motor vehicle who types, sends or reads a text message with a hand-held mobile telephone or mobile electronic device while [such vehicle is in motion] operating a motor vehicle shall be in violation of this section, except that if such operator is driving a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act, such operator shall be charged with a violation of subsection (e) of this section.

(2) An operator of a motor vehicle who holds a hand-held mobile telephone to, or in the immediate proximity of, his or her ear while [such vehicle is in motion] operating a motor vehicle is presumed to be engaging in a call within the meaning of this section. The presumption established by this subdivision is rebuttable by evidence tending to show that the operator was not engaged in a call.

(3) The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed as authorizing the seizure or forfeiture of a hand-held mobile telephone or a mobile electronic device, unless otherwise provided by law.

(4) Subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not apply to: (A) The use of a hand-held mobile telephone for the sole purpose of communicating with any of the following regarding an emergency situation: An emergency response operator; a hospital, physician's office or health clinic; an ambulance company; a fire department; or a police department, or (B) any of the following persons while in the performance of their official duties and within the scope of their employment: A peace officer, as defined in subdivision (9) of section 53a-3, a firefighter or an operator of an ambulance or authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act, or a member of the armed forces of the United States, as defined in section 27-103, while operating a military vehicle, or (C) the use of a hand-held radio by a person with an amateur radio station license issued by the Federal Communications Commission in emergency situations for emergency purposes only, or (D) the use of a hands-free mobile telephone.

(c) No person shall use a hand-held mobile telephone or other electronic device, including those with hands-free accessories, or a mobile electronic device while operating a [moving] school bus that is carrying passengers, except that this subsection shall not apply to (1) a school bus driver who places an emergency call to school officials, or (2) the use of a hand-held mobile telephone as provided in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of this section.

(d) No person under eighteen years of age shall use any hand-held mobile telephone, including one with a hands-free accessory, or a mobile electronic device while operating a [moving] motor vehicle on a public highway, except as provided in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of this section.

(e) No person shall type, read or send text or a text message with or from a mobile telephone or mobile electronic device while operating a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act, except for the purpose of communicating with any of the following regarding an emergency situation: An emergency response operator; a hospital; physician's office or health clinic; an ambulance company; a fire department or a police department.

(f) Except as provided in subsections (b) to (e), inclusive, of this section, no person shall engage in any activity not related to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of such vehicle on any highway, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act.

(g) Any law enforcement officer who issues a summons for a violation of this section shall record on such summons the specific nature of any distracted driving behavior observed by such officer.

(h) Any person who violates this section shall be fined one hundred twenty-five dollars for a first violation, two hundred fifty dollars for a second violation and four hundred dollars for a third or subsequent violation.

(i) An operator of a motor vehicle who commits a moving violation, as defined in subsection (a) of section 14-111g, while engaged in any activity prohibited by this section shall be fined in accordance with subsection (h) of this section, in addition to any penalty or fine imposed for the moving violation.

(j) The state shall remit to a municipality twenty-five per cent of the fine amount received for a violation of this section with respect to each summons issued by such municipality. Each clerk of the Superior Court or the Chief Court Administrator, or any other official of the Superior Court designated by the Chief Court Administrator, shall, on or before the thirtieth day of January, April, July and October in each year, certify to the Comptroller the amount due for the previous quarter under this subsection to each municipality served by the office of the clerk or official.

Sec. 11. Section 21-52 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) The fee for an application for a permit to erect or maintain any outdoor advertising structure, device or display shall be as follows: For each panel, bulletin, or sign containing less than three hundred square feet of advertising space, [fifty] one hundred dollars; and for each panel, bulletin or sign containing three hundred square feet or more of advertising space, [one] two hundred dollars.

(b) The annual fee for such permit shall be as follows: For each panel, bulletin or sign containing three hundred square feet or less of advertising space, [twenty] forty dollars; for each panel, bulletin or sign containing more than three hundred and not more than six hundred square feet of advertising space, [forty] eighty dollars; and for each panel, bulletin or sign containing more than six hundred square feet and not more than nine hundred square feet of advertising space, [sixty] one hundred twenty dollars. No sign shall be erected which contains more than nine hundred square feet of advertising space. A fee shall be paid for each side of each panel, bulletin or sign used for advertising, provided, if two panels, bulletins or signs advertising the same products or services are attached to the same support or supports, only one annual permit fee shall be paid for each side thereof and the total advertising space on each side thereof shall be used for computing the annual permit fee of each panel, bulletin or sign. The annual permit fee for any part of a year shall bear the same proportion to the annual permit fee for an entire year that the number of months in such part bears to the entire year. If any such permit is transferred, the transferee shall be assessed a fee of one hundred dollars.

Sec. 12. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2014) (a) As used in this section, "political advertising" means any advertising for the purpose of influencing public opinion with respect to any legislative, administrative or electoral decision or with respect to any controversial issue of public importance.

(b) No transit district or parking authority that allows the placement of any advertising, whether placed directly by such transit district or parking authority or by any third party or independent contractor, on or within its facilities, including, but not limited to, advertising on or within any vehicle, or on any bus shelter operated by such transit district, parking authority, third party or independent contractor, shall prohibit the placement of political advertising on or within such facilities.

Sec. 13. Subsection (f) of section 13a-123 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (e) of this section, signage that may be changed at intervals by electronic or mechanical process or by remote control shall be permitted within six hundred sixty feet of the edge of the right-of-way of any interstate, federal-aid primary or other limited access state highway, except as prohibited by state statute, local ordinance or zoning regulation, provided such signage (1) has a static display lasting no less than [six] eight seconds, (2) achieves a message change with all moving parts or illumination moving or changing simultaneously over a period of three seconds or less, and (3) does not display any illumination that moves, appears to move or changes in intensity during the static display period.

Sec. 14. Subsection (a) of section 13a-95b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The Commissioner of Transportation may, as an alternative to using a design-bid-build contract, [pursuant to this chapter,] designate specific projects to be completed using a (1) construction-manager-at-risk contract with a guaranteed maximum price, or (2) design-build contract.

Sec. 15. Section 29-252a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The State Building Code, including any amendment to said code adopted by the State Building Inspector and Codes and Standards Committee, shall be the building code for all state agencies and the Connecticut Airport Authority.

(b) (1) No state or Connecticut Airport Authority building or structure or addition to a state or Connecticut Airport Authority building or structure: (A) That exceeds the threshold limits contained in section 29-276b and requires an independent structural review under said section, or (B) that includes residential occupancies for twenty-five or more persons, shall be constructed until an application has been filed by (i) the commissioner of an agency authorized to contract for the construction of buildings under the provisions of section 4b-1 or 4b-51, or (ii) the executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, with the State Building Inspector and a building permit is issued by the State Building Inspector. Two copies of the plans and specifications for the building, structure or addition to be constructed shall accompany the application. The commissioner of any such agency or the executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority shall certify that such plans and specifications are in substantial compliance with the provisions of the State Building Code and, where applicable, with the provisions of the Fire Safety Code. The State Building Inspector shall review the plans and specifications for the building, structure or addition to be constructed to verify their compliance with the requirements of the State Building Code and, not later than thirty days after the date of application, shall issue or refuse to issue the building permit, in whole or in part. The State Building Inspector may request that the State Fire Marshal review such plans to verify their compliance with the Fire Safety Code.

(2) On and after July 1, 1999, the State Building Inspector shall assess an education fee on each building permit application. During the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1999, the amount of such fee shall be sixteen cents per one thousand dollars of construction value as declared on the building permit application, and the State Building Inspector shall remit such fees, quarterly, to the Department of Construction Services, for deposit in the General Fund. Upon deposit in the General Fund, the amount of such fees shall be credited to the appropriation to the Department of Construction Services and shall be used for the code training and educational programs established pursuant to section 29-251c. On and after July 1, 2000, the assessment shall be made in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of section 29-251c.

(c) All state agencies authorized to contract for the construction of any buildings or the alteration of any existing buildings under the provisions of section 4b-1 or 4b-51 or, for any such Connecticut Airport Authority building, the Connecticut Airport Authority, shall be responsible for substantial compliance with the provisions of the State Building Code, the Fire Safety Code and the regulations lawfully adopted under said codes for such building or alteration to such building, as the case may be. Such agencies and the Connecticut Airport Authority shall apply to the State Building Inspector for a certificate of occupancy for all buildings or alterations of existing buildings for which a building permit is required under subsection (b) of this section and shall certify compliance with the State Building Code, the Fire Safety Code and the regulations lawfully adopted under said codes for such building or alteration to such building, as the case may be, to the State Building Inspector prior to occupancy or use of the facility.

(d) (1) No state or Connecticut Airport Authority building or structure erected or altered on and after July 1, 1989, for which a building permit has been issued pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, shall be occupied or used in whole or in part, until a certificate of occupancy has been issued by the State Building Inspector, certifying that such building or structure substantially conforms to the provisions of the State Building Code and the regulations lawfully adopted under said code and the State Fire Marshal has verified substantial compliance with the Fire Safety Code and the regulations lawfully adopted under said code for such building or alteration to such building, as the case may be.

(2) No state or Connecticut Airport Authority building or structure erected or altered on and after July 1, 1989, for which a building permit has not been issued pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall be occupied or used in whole or in part, until the commissioner of the agency erecting or altering the building or structure or, for any Connecticut Airport Authority building or structure, the executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, certifies to the State Building Inspector that the building or structure substantially complies with the provisions of the State Building Code, the Fire Safety Code and the regulations lawfully adopted under said codes for such building or alteration to such building, as the case may be.

(e) The State Building Inspector or said inspector's designee may inspect or cause to be inspected any construction of buildings or alteration of existing buildings by state agencies or the Connecticut Airport Authority, except that said inspector or designee shall inspect or cause an inspection if the building being constructed includes residential occupancies for twenty-five or more persons. The State Building Inspector may order any state agency or the Connecticut Airport Authority to comply with the State Building Code. The commissioner may delegate such powers as the commissioner deems expedient for the proper administration of this part and any other statute related to the State Building Code to The University of Connecticut, provided the commissioner and the president of The University of Connecticut enter into a memorandum of understanding concerning such delegation of powers in accordance with section 10a-109ff.

(f) The joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Construction Services may annually review the implementation date in subsection (b) of this section to determine the need, if any, for revision.

(g) Any person aggrieved by any refusal to issue a building permit or certificate of occupancy under the provisions of this section or by an order to comply with the State Building Code or the Fire Safety Code may appeal, de novo, to the Codes and Standards Committee not later than seven days after the issuance of any such refusal or order.

(h) State agencies and the Connecticut Airport Authority shall be exempt from the permit requirements of section 29-263 and the certificate of occupancy requirement under section 29-265.

Sec. 16. Subsection (a) of section 16a-27 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The secretary, after consultation with all appropriate state, regional and local agencies and other appropriate persons, shall, prior to March 1, 2012, complete a revision of the existing plan and enlarge it to include, but not be limited to, policies relating to transportation, energy and air. [Any revision made after May 15, 1991, shall identify the major transportation proposals, including proposals for mass transit, contained in the master transportation plan prepared pursuant to section 13b-15. ] Any revision made after July 1, 1995, shall take into consideration the conservation and development of greenways that have been designated by municipalities and shall recommend that state agencies coordinate their efforts to support the development of a state-wide greenways system. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall identify state-owned land for inclusion in the plan as potential components of a state greenways system.

Sec. 17. Subdivision (10) of section 25-201 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(10) "Major state plan" means [the master transportation plan adopted pursuant to section 13b-15,] the plan for development of outdoor recreation adopted pursuant to section 22a-21, the solid waste management plan adopted pursuant to section 22a-211, the state-wide plan for the management of water resources adopted pursuant to section 22a-352, the state-wide environmental plan adopted pursuant to section 22a-8, the plan for the disposal of dredged material for Long Island Sound, the historic preservation plan adopted under the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, the state-wide facility and capital plan adopted pursuant to section 4b-23, the water quality management plan adopted under the federal Clean Water Act, the marine resources management plan, the plan for managing forest resources, the wildlife management plans and the salmon restoration plan;

Sec. 18. Subsection (e) of section 25-204 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(e) After adoption pursuant to subsection (d) of this section of an inventory, statement of objectives and map, the river committee shall prepare a report on all federal, state and municipal laws, plans, programs and proposed activities which may affect the river corridor defined in such map. Such laws shall include regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 440 and zoning, subdivision and site plan regulations adopted pursuant to section 8-3. Such plans shall include plans of conservation and development adopted pursuant to section 8-23, the state plan for conservation and development, water utility supply plans adopted pursuant to section 25-32d, coordinated water system plans adopted pursuant to section 25-33h, municipal open space plans, the commissioner's fish and wildlife plans, [the master transportation plan adopted pursuant to section 13b-15,] plans prepared by regional planning agencies pursuant to section 8-31a, and publicly-owned wastewater treatment facility plans. State and regional agencies shall, within available resources, assist the river committee in identifying such laws, plans, programs and proposed activities. The report to be prepared pursuant to this section shall identify any conflicts between such federal, state, regional and municipal laws, plans, programs and proposed activities and the river committee's objectives for river corridor protection and preservation as reflected in the statement of objectives. If conflicts are identified, the river committee shall notify the applicable state, regional or municipal agencies and such agencies shall, within available resources, attempt with the river commission to resolve such conflicts.

Sec. 19. Subdivision (4) of section 25-231 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(4) "Major state plan" means any of the following: The [master transportation plan adopted pursuant to section 13b-15, the] plan for development of outdoor recreation adopted pursuant to section 22a-21, the solid waste management plan adopted pursuant to section 22a-211, the state-wide plan for the management of water resources adopted pursuant to section 22a-352, the state-wide environmental plan adopted pursuant to section 22a-8, the historic preservation plan adopted under the National Historic Preservation Act, 16 USC 470 et seq. , the state-wide facility and capital plan adopted pursuant to section 4b-23, the state's consolidated plan for housing and community development prepared pursuant to section 8-37t, the water quality management plan adopted under the federal Clean Water Act, 33 USC 1251 et seq. , any plans for managing forest resources adopted pursuant to section 23-20 and the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Compact adopted pursuant to section 26-302;

Sec. 20. Subsection (e) of section 25-234 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(e) After adoption of an inventory, statement of objectives and map, pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the river commission shall prepare a report on all federal, state, regional and municipal laws, plans, programs and proposed activities that may affect the river corridor defined in such map. Such federal, state, regional and municipal laws shall include regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 440, and zoning, subdivision and site plan regulations adopted pursuant to section 8-3. Such federal, state, regional and municipal plans shall include plans of development adopted pursuant to section 8-23, the state plan for conservation and development, water utility supply plans submitted pursuant to section 25-32d, coordinated water system plans submitted pursuant to section 25-33h, [the master transportation plan adopted pursuant to section 13b-15,] plans prepared by regional planning organizations, as defined in section 4-124i, and plans of publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities whose discharges may affect the subject river corridor. State and regional agencies shall, within available resources, assist the river commission in identifying such laws, plans, programs and proposed activities. The report to be prepared pursuant to this section shall identify any conflicts between such federal, state, regional and municipal laws, plans, programs and proposed activities and the river commission's objectives for river corridor management as reflected in the statement of objectives. If conflicts are identified, the river commission shall notify the applicable state, regional or municipal agencies and such agencies shall, within available resources and in consultation with the river commission, attempt to resolve such conflicts.

Sec. 21. Subsection (a) of section 1-2b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) For purposes of sections 1-100oo, 1-206, 2-71r, 4-176, 4-180, 4-183, 4a-52a, 4a-60q, 4a-63, 4a-100, 4e-34, 4e-35, 7-65, 7-148w, 7-247a, 7-473c, 7-478e, 8-3b, 8-3i, 8-7d, 8-26b, 8-169r, 8-293, 9-388, 9-608, 9-623, 10a-22c, 10a-22i, 10a-34a, 10a-109n, 12-35, 12-157, 12-242ii, 12-242jj, 13a-80, as amended by this act, [13a-85c,] 13a-123, as amended by this act, 15-11a, 16-41, 16-50c, 16-50d, 17a-103b, 19a-87, 19a-87c, 19a-209c, 19a-332e, 19a-343a, 19a-486a, 19a-486c, 19a-486d, 19a-497, 19a-507b, 20-205a, 20-325a, 21-63, 21-80, 22-7, 22a-6b, 22a-6u, 22a-30, 22a-42d, 22a-42f, 22a-66d, 22a-137, 22a-178, 22a-225, 22a-228, 22a-250, 22a-285b, 22a-354p, 22a-354s, 22a-354t, 22a-361, 22a-371, 22a-401, 22a-403, 22a-433, 22a-436, 22a-449f, 22a-449l, 22a-449n, 22a-504, 22a-626, 23-46, 23-65j, 23-651, 23-65p, 25-32, 25-32e, 25-331, 25-34, 25-204, as amended by this act, 25-234, as amended by this act, 29-108d, 31-57c, 31-57d, 31-355, 32-613, 33-663, 33-929, 33-1053, 33-1219, 34-521, 35-42, 36a-50, 36a-51, 36a-52, 36a-53, 36a-82, 36a-184, 36a-493, 36b-62, 36b-72, 38-323a, 38a-344, 38a-676, 38a-724, 38a-788, 42-158j, 42-161, 42-181, 42-182, 42-186, 42-271, 45a-716, 46b-115w, 46b-128, 47-42d, 47-74f, 47-88b, 47-236, 47-284, 47a-11b, 47a-11d, 47a-13a, 47a-14h, 47a-56b, 49-2, 49-4a, 49-8, 49-8a, 49-10b, 49-31b, 49-51, 49-70, 51-90e, 52-57, 52-59b, 52-63, 52-64, 52-195c, 52-350e, 52-351b, 52-361a, 52-362, 52-565a, 52-605, 52-606, 53-401, 53a-128, 53a-128d, 53a-207 and 54-82c and chapter 965, any reference to certified mail, return receipt requested, shall include mail, electronic, and digital methods of receiving the return receipt, including all methods of receiving the return receipt identified by the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service in Chapter 500 of the Domestic Mail Manual or any subsequent corresponding document of the United States Postal Service.

Sec. 22. Subsection (e) of section 14-36 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(e) (1) No motor vehicle operator's license shall be issued until (A) the applicant signs and files with the commissioner an application under oath, or made subject to penalties for false statement in accordance with section 53a-157b, and (B) the commissioner is satisfied that the applicant is sixteen years of age or older and is a suitable person to receive the license. (2) An applicant for a new motor vehicle operator's license shall, in the discretion of the commissioner, file, with the application, a copy of such applicant's birth certificate or other prima facie evidence of date of birth and evidence of identity. (3) Before granting a license to any applicant who has not previously held a Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license, or who has not operated a motor vehicle during the preceding two years, the commissioner shall require the applicant to demonstrate personally to the commissioner, a deputy or a motor vehicle inspector or an agent of the commissioner, in such manner as the commissioner directs, that the applicant is a proper person to operate motor vehicles of the class for which such applicant has applied, has sufficient knowledge of the mechanism of the motor vehicles to ensure their safe operation by him or her and has satisfactory knowledge of the laws concerning motor vehicles and the rules of the road. The knowledge test of an applicant for a class D motor vehicle operator's license may be administered in such form as the commissioner deems appropriate, including audio, electronic or written testing. Such knowledge test shall be administered in English, Spanish or any language spoken at home by at least one per cent of the state's population, according to statistics prepared by the United States Census Bureau, based on the most recent decennial census. Each such knowledge test shall include not less than one question concerning distracted driving, the use of mobile telephones and electronic devices by motor vehicle operators or the responsibilities of motor vehicle operators under section 14-296aa, as amended by this act. If any such applicant has held a license from a state, territory or possession of the United States where a similar examination is required, or if any such applicant is a person honorably separated from the United States armed forces who applies within two years following the separation and who, prior to the separation, held a military operator's license for motor vehicles of the same class as that for which such applicant has applied, the commissioner may waive part or all of the examination. When the commissioner is satisfied as to the ability and competency of any applicant, the commissioner may issue to such applicant a license, either unlimited or containing such limitations as the commissioner deems advisable, and specifying the class of motor vehicles which the licensee is eligible to operate. (4) If any applicant or operator license holder has any health problem which might affect such person's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, the commissioner may require the applicant or license holder to demonstrate personally or otherwise establish that, notwithstanding such problem, such applicant or license holder is a proper person to operate a motor vehicle, and the commissioner may further require a certificate of such applicant's condition, signed by a medical authority designated by the commissioner, which certificate shall in all cases be treated as confidential by the commissioner. A license, containing such limitation as the commissioner deems advisable, may be issued or renewed in any case, but nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the commissioner from refusing a license, either limited or unlimited, to any person or suspending a license of a person whom the commissioner determines to be incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Consistent with budgetary allotments, each motor vehicle operator's license issued to or renewed by a deaf or hearing impaired person shall, upon the request of such person, indicate such impairment. Such person shall submit a certificate stating such impairment, in such form as the commissioner may require and signed by a licensed health care practitioner. (5) The issuance of a motor vehicle operator's license to any applicant who is the holder of a license issued by another state shall be subject to the provisions of sections 14-111c and 14-111k.

Sec. 23. (Effective July 1, 2013) The Commissioner of Transportation shall develop a railroad modernization initiative to improve the state's commuter railroad service and infrastructure. Such initiative shall include, but not be limited to, a plan to (1) electrify all branch lines of the New Haven Line, as defined in section 13b-79o of the general statutes, on or before January 1, 2023, and (2) expand commuter parking at rail stations. On or before February 1, 2015, the commissioner shall submit the details of such initiative, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation.

Sec. 24. Section 7-273f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Annually the board of directors shall hold a public meeting at which itemized estimates of the expenditures of the district for the ensuing fiscal year shall be presented and at which all persons within the district shall be heard in regard to any appropriation which they are desirous that the board should recommend or reject. The board shall, after such public hearing, [hold an executive session at which it shall] prepare and cause to be published in a newspaper or newspapers having a substantial circulation in such district a report in a form prescribed by the Commissioner of Revenue Services containing: (1) An itemized statement of all actual receipts from all sources of such district during its last fiscal year; (2) an itemized statement of classification of all actual expenditures during the same year; (3) an itemized estimate of anticipated revenues during the ensuing fiscal year from each source; (4) an itemized estimate of expenditures for such ensuing fiscal year; and (5) the amount of revenue surplus or deficit of the district at the beginning of the fiscal year for which estimates are being prepared. Not less than two nor more than four weeks after such publication the board shall [, at an executive session,] make such specific appropriations as appear advisable, but no appropriation for any purpose shall be made exceeding the amount published for that purpose and no appropriation shall be made for any purpose not published. If it becomes necessary during any fiscal year for the board to appropriate additional sums, the provisions of this section governing annual appropriations shall govern so far as they are applicable. The accounts of the district shall be audited in the manner provided by section 7-392.

Sec. 25. Subsection (a) of section 13b-16 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) On or before September first in the even-numbered year of each biennium, the commissioner shall conduct and complete an assessment of the several modes of transportation in the state, in which the commissioner shall evaluate the adequacy of the facilities and services connected with each such mode and shall determine the needs of the state transportation system. The commissioner shall consider the plans and recommendations prepared by the various boards, councils and commissions that have statutory responsibilities pertaining to the various modes of transportation in Connecticut. The commissioner shall also consider reports, studies, findings and recommendations presented in reports, plans, surveys, and studies relating to transportation prepared for or by any state agency or for or by the state's regional planning organizations. [The assessment shall be used in the biennial revision of the department's comprehensive master transportation plan. ]

Sec. 26. Subsection (a) of section 13b-26 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The commissioner shall make such alterations in the state highway system as he may from time to time deem necessary and desirable to fulfill the purposes of this chapter and title 13a. In making any such alteration he shall consider the best interest of the state, taking into consideration relevant factors including the following: Traffic flow, origin and destination of traffic, integration and circulation of traffic, continuity of routes, alternate available routes and changes in traffic patterns. The relative weight to be given to any factor shall be determined by the commissioner. [All alterations in said highway system shall be consistent with the comprehensive long-range master transportation plan. ] Each biennium the commissioner shall notify all members of the General Assembly of the availability of the plan. A member requesting a plan shall be sent a written copy or electronic storage media of the plan by the commissioner.

Sec. 27. Subsection (a) of section 13b-44 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The state may, directly or indirectly through the Connecticut Airport Authority, establish, maintain and operate, and may expand, an airport at any location within the state in the following manner. The commissioner shall conduct and complete a study of the adequacy of existing airports, which study may be based upon the study authorized under section 13b-16, as amended by this act, and shall determine the necessity for the establishment of additional airports or the expansion of existing airports. The commissioner shall, within one year of the completion of such study, formulate and adopt a plan of development which shall incorporate the findings of such study, showing the necessity for such establishment or expansion. [, in a manner consistent with the comprehensive long-range master transportation plan. ] The plan of development shall specify the lands or interests in such lands the acquisition of which the commissioner deems necessary for such establishment or expansion and a copy of such plan of development shall be filed in the office of the town clerk of each municipality in which such establishment or expansion is proposed.

Sec. 28. Subsection (a) of section 13b-47 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) In determining whether he shall issue a certificate of approval or license for the use or operation of any proposed commercial use air navigation facility, the commissioner shall take into consideration (1) its proposed location, size and layout, (2) its relationship to [the comprehensive long-range master transportation plan and to any other] any comprehensive plan for state-wide and nation-wide development, (3) the availability of areas suitable for safe future expansion, (4) the freedom of adjoining areas from obstructions based on a proper glide ratio, (5) the nature of the terrain and of the uses to which the proposed airport will be put, and (6) the possibilities for future development.

Sec. 29. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 04324 on Route 175 in Newington shall be designated the "Sergeant Burton E. Callahan Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 30. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 06246 on Route 73 in Watertown overpassing Steele Brook shall be designated the "Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 31. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 01500 on Route 185 in Simsbury overpassing the Farmington River shall be designated the "Bataan Corregidor Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 32. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 03603 on Greenwoods Road in Torrington overpassing Route 8 shall be designated the "Jerry Dale Cox III Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 33. (Effective from passage) The Department of Transportation shall (1) replace existing signs on Interstate 95, Route 27 and Route 1 indicating the location of "downtown Mystic" with signs indicating the location of Mystic's "historic downtown and drawbridge", and (2) indicate the location of Mystic's "historic downtown and drawbridge" on any existing signs on Interstate 95, Route 27 and Route 1 indicating the location of other tourist destinations in Mystic.

Sec. 34. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 3 in Cromwell from the Cromwell-Rocky Hill town line southerly to Evergreen Road shall be designated the "Paul Roger Harrington Memorial Highway".

Sec. 35. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 118 in Harwinton from the Route 8 underpass easterly to the intersection of Route 4 shall be designated the "Robert and George Oneglia Memorial Highway".

Sec. 36. (Effective from passage) The portion of State Road 639 in New London from the intersection of Jefferson Avenue southerly to the intersection of Bank Street shall be designated "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Boulevard".

Sec. 37. (Effective from passage) The rest area east of exit 28 on the eastbound portion of Interstate 84 in Southington shall be designated the "Auxiliary Trooper Edward W. Truelove Memorial Rest Area".

Sec. 38. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 00323 on Route 10 in Cheshire overpassing Interstate 691 shall be designated the "Lieutenant Myron Verner Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 39. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 137 in Stamford from Route 1 to Broad Street shall be designated the "U. S. Navy SEAL Brian R. Bill Memorial Highway".

Sec. 40. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 03612 on State Road 745 in West Haven carrying Kimberly Avenue over the West River shall be designated the "Officer Robert Vincent Fumiatti Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 41. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 05768 on Beckley Road in Berlin overpassing Route 9 shall be designated the "Berlin Lions Club Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 42. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 68 in Wallingford east of bridge number 01867, overpassing Route 5, easterly to bridge number 03132, overpassing Interstate 91, shall be designated the "Christopher Columbus Memorial Highway".

Sec. 43. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 151 in East Haddam from the East Haddam-Haddam town line easterly to Route 149 shall be designated the "Private First Class Peter P. Golec Memorial Highway".

Sec. 44. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 00648 on Interstate 84 eastbound in Southington overpassing Route 10 shall be designated the "John A. Dolan Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 45. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 5 in Enfield from Connecticut Avenue southerly to Manning Road shall be designated the "Tanguay-Magill American Legion Post 80 Memorial Highway".

Sec. 46. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 00036 on Blachley Road in Stamford overpassing Interstate 95 shall be designated the "Leslie A. Padilla Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 47. (Effective from passage) Bridge number 00153 on Quarry Road in Milford overpassing Interstate 95 shall be designated the "John D'Amato Memorial Bridge".

Sec. 48. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 160 in Rocky Hill from the Rocky Hill-Berlin town line easterly to the intersection of Route 3 shall be designated the "Rocky Hill Fire Department Memorial Highway".

Sec. 49. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 175 in Wethersfield from the Wethersfield-Newington town line easterly to the intersection of Route 99 shall be designated the "Wethersfield Fire Department Memorial Highway".

Sec. 50. (Effective from passage) The Department of Transportation shall place signs near the location of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in accordance with the department's Destination Guide Sign Program.

Sec. 51. (Effective from passage) The Department of Transportation shall increase signage on Interstate 95, Interstate 395 and Route 32 indicating the location of ferry service to Long Island.

Sec. 52. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2013) The Department of Transportation shall investigate and identify methods to improve notification of height restrictions on the Merritt Parkway.

Sec. 53. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 3 in Wethersfield from the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill town line northerly to the intersection of Route 99 shall be designated the "Daniel R. DiNardi Memorial Highway".

Sec. 54. (Effective from passage) The Department of Transportation shall place signs on the exit 41 off ramps of Interstate 84 eastbound and westbound in West Hartford indicating the location of the Noah Webster House Museum.

Sec. 55. Subsection (f) of section 31-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(f) Each employer subject to the provisions of this section or section 31-54 shall (1) keep, maintain and preserve such records relating to the wages and hours worked by each person performing the work of any mechanic, laborer and worker and a schedule of the occupation or work classification at which each person performing the work of any mechanic, laborer or worker on the project is employed during each work day and week in such manner and form as the Labor Commissioner establishes to assure the proper payments due to such persons or employee welfare funds under this section or section 31-54, regardless of any contractual relationship alleged to exist between the contractor and such person, and (2) submit monthly to the contracting agency by mail, [first class postage prepaid] or other method accepted by such agency, a certified payroll that shall consist of a complete copy of such records accompanied by [a] an original statement signed by the employer that indicates (A) such records are correct; (B) the rate of wages paid to each person performing the work of any mechanic, laborer or worker and the amount of payment or contributions paid or payable on behalf of each such person to any employee welfare fund, as defined in subsection (i) of this section, are not less than the prevailing rate of wages and the amount of payment or contributions paid or payable on behalf of each such person to any employee welfare fund, as determined by the Labor Commissioner pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, and not less than those required by the contract to be paid; (C) the employer has complied with the provisions of this section and section 31-54; (D) each such person is covered by a workers' compensation insurance policy for the duration of such person's employment, which shall be demonstrated by submitting to the contracting agency the name of the workers' compensation insurance carrier covering each such person, the effective and expiration dates of each policy and each policy number; (E) the employer does not receive kickbacks, as defined in 41 USC 52, from any employee or employee welfare fund; and (F) pursuant to the provisions of section 53a-157a, the employer is aware that filing a certified payroll which the employer knows to be false is a class D felony for which the employer may be fined up to five thousand dollars, imprisoned for up to five years, or both. This subsection shall not be construed to prohibit a general contractor from relying on the certification of a lower tier subcontractor, provided the general contractor shall not be exempted from the provisions of section 53a-157a if the general contractor knowingly relies upon a subcontractor's false certification. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1-210, the certified payroll shall be considered a public record and every person shall have the right to inspect and copy such records in accordance with the provisions of section 1-212. The provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of section 31-59 and sections 31-66 and 31-69 that are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section or section 31-54 apply to this section. Failing to file a certified payroll pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection is a class D felony for which the employer may be fined up to five thousand dollars, imprisoned for up to five years, or both.

Sec. 56. Subsection (a) of section 13a-123 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) (1) The erection of outdoor advertising structures, signs, displays or devices within six hundred sixty feet of the edge of the right-of-way, the advertising message of which is visible from the main traveled way of any portion of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, hereinafter referred to as interstate highways, the primary system of federal-aid highways or other limited access state highways, is prohibited except as otherwise provided in or pursuant to this section, and except that those outdoor advertising signs, displays and devices which are more than six hundred sixty feet off the nearest edge of the right-of-way, located outside of urban areas, visible from the main traveled way of the system and erected with the purpose of their message being read from such main traveled way are prohibited.

(2) The erection of advertising signs, displays or devices on real property owned or in the custody or control of the state, except such signs, displays or devices described in subdivision (6) of subsection (e) of this section, is prohibited. Nothing in this subsection shall restrict the right of the Commissioner of Transportation to issue permits for the maintenance of existing advertising signs, displays or devices, to renew existing permits or to issue new permits for the replacement of existing advertising signs, displays or devices on real property owned or in the custody or control of the state.

(3) Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the erection or maintenance of advertising signs, displays or devices upon or within personal property, including, but not limited to, vehicular property owned or in the custody or control of the state.

Sec. 57. Subsection (e) of section 13a-123 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(e) The following types of signs, displays and devices may, with the approval of and subject to regulations adopted by the commissioner, be permitted within the six-hundred-sixty-foot area of interstate, primary and other limited access state highways, except as prohibited by state statute, local ordinance or zoning regulation: (1) Directional and other official signs or notices, which signs and notices shall include, but not be limited to, signs and notices pertaining to natural wonders and scenic and historical attractions which are required or authorized by law; (2) signs, displays and devices advertising the sale or lease of the property upon which they are located; (3) signs, displays and devices advertising activities conducted on the property on which they are located; (4) directional and other official signs or notices pertaining to facilities in this state where Connecticut-made beer is manufactured or sold, including, but not limited to, signs or notices containing the words "Connecticut Brewery Trail"; [and] (5) signs, displays or advertising devices which are in place for sixty days or less; and (6) advertising signs, displays or devices (A) located or erected on real property or abutting real property within areas owned, leased or managed by a public authority for the purpose of (i) railway or rail infrastructure facilities, including, but not limited to, associated structures located within areas zoned solely or predominantly for the development of a railway or rail infrastructure facilities, (ii) bus rapid transit corridors, including, but not limited to, the Hartford-New Britain busway project authorized in section 13b-15a, and any shelter, structure or other facility associated with the operation of such bus rapid transit corridor, (iii) airport development zones designated in section 32-75d, or (iv) any other similar transit or freight purpose, or (B) upon or within buildings, structures or other venues in the custody or control of the state and designed, operated or intended to be operated for the purpose of presenting athletic, artistic, musical or other entertainment events. Subject to regulations adopted by the commissioner and except as prohibited by state statute, local ordinance or zoning regulation signs, displays and devices may be erected and maintained within six hundred sixty feet of primary and other limited access state highways in areas which are zoned for industrial or commercial use under authority of law or located in unzoned commercial or industrial areas which areas shall be determined from actual land uses and defined by regulations of the commissioner. The regulations of the commissioner in regard to size, spacing and lighting shall apply to any segments of the interstate system which traverse commercial or industrial zones wherein the use of real property adjacent to the interstate system is subject to municipal regulation or control, or which traverse other areas where the land use, as of September 21, 1959, was clearly established under state law as industrial or commercial.

Sec. 58. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2013, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012) The exercise of the powers granted by sections 15-120aa to 15-120qq, inclusive, of the general statutes shall constitute the performance of an essential governmental function and the Connecticut Airport Authority shall not be required to pay any amount representing taxes or assessments levied by any municipality or political subdivision or special district having taxing powers of the state, or state taxes of any kind, except as provided in section 59 of this act.

Sec. 59. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2013 and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012) (a) For assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012, the Connecticut Airport Authority shall pay amounts representing property tax on the authority's property in accordance with chapters 201, 203 and 204 of the general statutes in the amounts and to the municipalities as follows:

T1

(1) Windsor Locks

$ 3,319,685. 85

T2

(2) Suffield

$ 693,909. 43

T3

(3) East Granby

$ 657,991. 08

T4

(4) Windsor

$ 6,925. 43

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any special act, any real property improvements completed at Bradley International Airport on or after October 1, 2012, shall be deemed to be included in the annual tax payment prescribed in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, the towns of Windsor Locks, Suffield, East Granby and Windsor shall receive payment for property located at Bradley International Airport equal to the amount received for such property in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Sec. 60. Section 12-19a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012):

(a) On or before January first, annually, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall determine the amount due, as a state grant in lieu of taxes, to each town in this state wherein state-owned real property, reservation land held in trust by the state for an Indian tribe or a municipally owned airport, except that which was acquired and used for highways and bridges, but not excepting property acquired and used for highway administration or maintenance purposes, is located. The grant payable to any town under the provisions of this section in the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter, shall be equal to the total of (1) (A) one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to any facility designated by the Commissioner of Correction, on or before August first of each year, to be a correctional facility administered under the auspices of the Department of Correction or a juvenile detention center under direction of the Department of Children and Families that was used for incarcerative purposes during the preceding fiscal year. If a list containing the name and location of such designated facilities and information concerning their use for purposes of incarceration during the preceding fiscal year is not available from the Secretary of the State on the first day of August of any year, said commissioner shall, on said first day of August, certify to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management a list containing such information, (B) one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to that portion of the John Dempsey Hospital located at The University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington that is used as a permanent medical ward for prisoners under the custody of the Department of Correction. Nothing in this section shall be construed as designating any portion of The University of Connecticut Health Center John Dempsey Hospital as a correctional facility, and (C) in the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 2001, and each fiscal year thereafter, one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid on any land designated within the 1983 Settlement boundary and taken into trust by the federal government for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on or after June 8, 1999, (2) subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, sixty-five per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to the buildings and grounds comprising Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown. Such grant shall commence with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2000, and continuing each year thereafter, (3) notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, with respect to any town in which more than fifty per cent of the property is state-owned real property, one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to such state-owned property. Such grant shall commence with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and continuing each year thereafter, (4) subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, forty-five per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to all other state-owned real property, (5) forty-five per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to all municipally owned airports; except for the exemption applicable to such property, on the assessment list in such town for the assessment date two years prior to the commencement of the state fiscal year in which such grant is payable. The grant provided pursuant to this section for any municipally owned airport shall be paid to any municipality in which the airport is located, except that the grant applicable to Sikorsky Airport shall be paid half to the town of Stratford and half to the city of Bridgeport, and (6) forty-five per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to any land designated within the 1983 Settlement boundary and taken into trust by the federal government for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation prior to June 8, 1999, or taken into trust by the federal government for the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, provided (A) the real property subject to this subdivision shall be the land only, and shall not include the assessed value of any structures, buildings or other improvements on such land, and (B) said forty-five per cent grant shall be phased in as follows: (i) In the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2012, an amount equal to ten per cent of said forty-five per cent grant, (ii) in the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2013, thirty-five per cent of said forty-five per cent grant, (iii) in the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2014, sixty per cent of said forty-five per cent grant, (iv) in the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2015, eighty-five per cent of said forty-five per cent grant, and (v) in the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2016, one hundred per cent of said forty-five per cent grant.

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and in each fiscal year thereafter, the amount of the grant payable to each municipality in accordance with this section shall be reduced proportionately in the event that the total of such grants in such year exceeds the amount appropriated for the purposes of this section with respect to such year except that, for the fiscal years commencing July 1, 2012, July 1, 2013, July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, the amount of the grant payable in accordance with subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of this section shall not be reduced.

(c) As used in this section "total tax levied" means the total real property tax levy in such town for the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year in which a grant in lieu of taxes under this section is made, reduced by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management in an amount equal to all reimbursements certified as payable to such town by the secretary for real property exemptions and credits on the taxable grand list or rate bill of such town for the assessment year that corresponds to that for which the assessed valuation of the state-owned land and buildings has been provided. For purposes of this section and section 12-19b, any real property which is owned by the John Dempsey Hospital Finance Corporation established pursuant to the provisions of sections 10a-250 to 10a-263, inclusive, or by one or more subsidiary corporations established pursuant to subdivision (13) of section 10a-254 and which is free from taxation pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (13) of section 10a-259 shall be deemed to be state-owned real property. As used in this section and section 12-19b, "town" includes borough.

(d) In the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, and in each fiscal year thereafter, the portion of the grant payable to any town as determined in accordance with subdivisions (2) and (4) of subsection (a) of this section, shall not be greater than the following percentage of total tax levied by such town on real property in the preceding calendar year as follows: (1) In the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, ten per cent, (2) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, twelve per cent, (3) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, fourteen per cent, (4) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, twenty-seven per cent, (5) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, thirty-five per cent, (6) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, forty-two per cent, (7) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, forty-nine per cent, (8) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, fifty-six per cent, (9) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, sixty-three per cent, (10) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, seventy per cent, (11) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, seventy-seven per cent, (12) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, eighty-four per cent, (13) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, ninety-two per cent, and (14) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, and in each fiscal year thereafter, one hundred per cent.

[(e) In the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1999, and in each fiscal year thereafter, the Commissioner of Transportation shall pay from the Bradley International Airport Enterprise Fund to the State Comptroller, on or before September fifteenth, the portion of the state grant in lieu of taxes payable under the provisions of this section at the rate of twenty per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid to the towns of East Granby, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks for real property located at Bradley International Airport. Such payment shall be credited to the appropriation from the General Fund for reimbursements to towns for loss of taxes on state property. ]

[(f)] (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section in effect prior to January 1, 1997, any grant in lieu of taxes on state-owned real property made to any town in excess of seven and one-half per cent of the total tax levied on real property by such town is validated.

Sec. 61. Subsection (c) of section 12-64 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012):

(c) The provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall not be applicable to (1) any land, building or easement belonging to or held in trust for the state of Connecticut or the Connecticut Airport Authority at [(1)] Bradley International Airport or any [other state-owned airport] general aviation airport or other airport, as such terms are defined in section 15-120aa, and (2) any restaurant, gasoline station or other service facility or public convenience as may be deemed appropriate by the Commissioner of Transportation for state highway, mass transit, marine or aviation purposes. In the event a lessee of property, belonging to or held in trust for the state or a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, who is subject to taxation pursuant to the provisions of this subsection or pursuant to subsection (g) of section 4b-38 is delinquent in the payment of such tax, a municipal tax collector may enforce the collection of said tax by all legal means available, except for the filing of a lien on such property.

Sec. 62. Subsection (b) of section 14-267a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(b) The axle weight on any axle and the gross weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicle and trailer or vehicle and semitrailer or any other object, including its load, may not exceed the lesser of the manufacturer's axle weight rating, the manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating or the following axle and gross weight limits: (1) The weight on any single axle shall not exceed twenty-two thousand four hundred pounds or, in the case of axles spaced less than six feet apart, eighteen thousand pounds on each axle; (2) a two-axle vehicle shall comply with the axle requirements specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection, and shall not exceed a maximum gross vehicle weight of thirty-six thousand pounds; (3) a three-axle vehicle shall comply with the axle requirements specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection and shall not exceed a maximum gross vehicle weight of fifty-three thousand eight hundred pounds; (4) a three-axle combination of vehicle and trailer or vehicle and semitrailer shall comply with the axle requirements specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection and shall not exceed a maximum gross vehicle weight of fifty-eight thousand four hundred pounds; (5) a four-or-more-axle vehicle or combination of vehicle and trailer or vehicle and semitrailer shall comply with the axle requirements specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection and shall not exceed a maximum gross vehicle weight of sixty-seven thousand four hundred pounds; (6) a four-or-more-axle vehicle or combination of vehicle and trailer or vehicle and semitrailer where the distance between the first and last axle is not less than twenty-eight feet shall comply with the axle requirements specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection and shall not exceed a maximum gross vehicle weight of seventy-three thousand pounds; (7) the gross vehicle weight of (A) a bulk milk pickup tanker, or (B) a vehicle or combination of vehicle and trailer or vehicle and semitrailer hauling agricultural commodities shall not exceed [ninety-nine] one hundred thousand pounds, provided the weight of the bulk milk pickup tanker or such vehicle or combination is permitted under the federal-aid highway amendments of 1974, 88 Stat. 2281, 23 USC 101 et seq. , as amended from time to time; and (8) notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection and subsection (e) of this section, a vehicle or combination of vehicle and semitrailer may be operated on any highway or bridge without a written permit, provided it is in compliance with the axle requirements specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection, and provided such vehicle or combination is in compliance with the federal-aid highway amendments of 1974, 88 Stat. 2281, 23 USC 101 et seq. , as amended from time to time, including the gross vehicle weight limit of eighty thousand pounds and the following weight distribution formula:

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Where W = overall gross weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles to the nearest five hundred pounds, L = distance in feet between the extreme of any group of two or more consecutive axles, and N = number of axles in group under consideration, except that two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of sixty-eight thousand pounds, provided the overall distance between the first and last axles of such consecutive sets of tandem axles is thirty-six feet or more. As used in this subsection, "agricultural commodity" means inputs limited to feed, seed and fertilizer and products of agriculture, as described in subsection (q) of section 1-1.

Sec. 63. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any decision of a prior administrative proceeding, any private at-grade rail crossing that has provided highway access, for not less than twenty years to at least two single-family dwellings that do not have direct highway access, may provide such access to not more than three additional single-family dwellings that do not have direct highway access, provided the owners of all properties provided access by such private rail crossing shall be responsible for any rail crossing surface maintenance and repair, removal of any obstruction of view to the portion of the tracks crossing at-grade, including, but not limited to, any tree or shrub removal or trimming, and the maintenance and repair of existing passive rail traffic control measures, including signage.

Sec. 64. (Effective from passage) The Department of Transportation shall place brown signs on Route 6 eastbound and westbound in Bethel near Old Hawleyville Road indicating the location of the Walnut Hill Community Church.

Sec. 65. Subsection (a) of section 14-212a of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of house bill 5250 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) The Superior Court shall impose an additional fee equivalent to one hundred per cent of the fine established or imposed for the violation of the provisions of section 14-213, 14-213b, 14-214, 14-215, 14-216, 14-218a, 14-219, 14-220, 14-221, 14-222, 14-222a, 14-223, 14-224, 14-225, 14-227a, 14-230, 14-230a, 14-231, 14-232, 14-233, 14-235, 14-236, 14-237, 14-238, 14-238a, 14-239, 14-240, 14-240a, 14-241, 14-242, 14-243, 14-244, 14-245, 14-246a, 14-247, 14-247a, 14-248a, 14-249, 14-250, 14-250a, 14-257, 14-261, 14-266, 14-271, 14-273, 14-279, 14-281a, subsection (e) or (g) of section 14-283, section 14-289a, 14-289b or 14-296aa, as amended by this act, for any such violation committed (1) while construction work is ongoing within a highway construction zone designated in a conspicuous manner by the Department of Transportation, (2) while construction work is ongoing within a municipal road construction zone designated in a conspicuous manner by such municipality, (3) while utility work is ongoing within a utility work zone designated in a conspicuous manner by a public service company, as defined in section 16-1, or by a water company, as defined in section 25-32a, or (4) while activities are ongoing in a traffic incident management zone. [Fifty per cent of each such additional fee collected shall be deposited in the work zone safety account within the Special Transportation Fund established pursuant to section 6 of this act and used by the department for highway traffic enforcement, including, but not limited to, the expansion of the "Operation Big Orange" program, to protect the safety of workers in highway work zones, as defined in section 14-212d. ]

Sec. 66. Section 6 of house bill 5250 of the current session is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) There is established an account to be known as the "work zone safety account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the Special Transportation Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Department of Transportation for the purposes of highway traffic enforcement, including, but not limited to, the expansion of the "Operation Big Orange" program, to protect the safety of workers in highway work zones, as defined in section 14-212d of the general statutes.

(b) Upon receipt of the moneys paid pursuant to subdivisions (4) and (5) of subsection (b) of section 13b-61 of the general statutes, the State Treasurer shall transfer nine thousand dollars of such moneys monthly to the work zone safety account established in subsection (a) this section.

Sec. 67. Subsection (a) of section 13b-69 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(a) [The] Except as provided in subsection (b) of section 6 of house bill 5250 of the current session, as amended by this act, the Treasurer shall apply the resources in the Special Transportation Fund, upon their receipt, first, to pay or provide for the payment of debt service requirements, as defined in section 13b-75, at such time or times, in such amount or amounts and in such manner, as provided by the proceedings authorizing the issuance of special tax obligation bonds pursuant to sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, and then to pay from the Transportation Strategy Board projects account of the Special Transportation Fund, established under section 13b-57r, the incremental revenues identified in approved annual financing plans for cash funding in accordance with the provisions of section 13b-57q.

Sec. 68. Section 13b-11b of the general statutes, as amended by section 10 of substitute house bill 6363 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) It shall be the state-wide goal: (1) To increase passenger vehicle occupancy levels and the use of public transportation, (2) to increase average occupancy levels to one and two-tenths persons per car by the year 2000, and (3) to increase the use of public transportation and ride sharing so that at least ten per cent of all trips between home and places of employment occur in vehicles occupied by more than one person by the year 2000.

(b) The Connecticut Public Transportation Commission shall monitor progress toward achieving the goals established in subsection (a) of this section and, on or before January 10, 1991, and annually thereafter, shall report its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and the environment.

[(b)] (c) On or before January 1, 1991, the Department of Transportation shall report to the General Assembly on a strategy necessary to increase passenger vehicle occupancy levels to one and one-quarter persons per car by the year 2010.

Sec. 69. Subsection (a) of section 13b-17 of the general statutes, as amended by section 11 of substitute house bill 6363 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, for the efficient conduct of the business of the department. The commissioner may delegate (1) to the Deputy Commissioner of Transportation any of the commissioner's duties and responsibilities; (2) to the bureau chief for an operating bureau any of the commissioner's duties and responsibilities which relate to the functions to be performed by that bureau; [and] (3) to the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission any of the commissioner's duties and responsibilities which relate to the functions to be performed by the commission; and (4) to other officers, employees and agents of the department any of the commissioner's duties and responsibilities that the commissioner deems appropriate, to be exercised under the commissioner's supervision and direction.

Sec. 70. Subsection (a) of section 13b-57d of the general statutes, as amended by section 12 of substitute house bill 6363 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) As used in subsection (d) of section 74 of this act, this section and sections 13b-57f, 13b-57h, 13b-212d and 14-270e:

(1) "Department" means the Department of Transportation;

(2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Transportation;

(3) "TIA corridor plan" means a twenty-year strategic plan for transportation in a corridor and any updates or other revisions to such plan;

(4) "Transportation project" means any planning, capital or operating project with regard to transportation undertaken by the state;

(5) "Local planning agency" means a metropolitan planning organization, as provided in 23 USC 134, a regional planning agency, as provided in section 8-31a, a regional council of elected officials, as defined in subdivision (2) of section 4-124i, or a council, as defined in subsection (f) of section 4-124c;

(6) "TIA" means transportation investment area;

(7) "Coastal corridor" and "coastal corridor TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethel, Bethlehem, Branford, Bridgeport, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, New Milford, Newtown, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Thomaston, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Wolcott, Woodbridge and Woodbury;

(8) "I-84 corridor" and "I-84 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Andover, Ansonia, Avon, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Burlington, Canaan, Canton, Cheshire, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Goshen, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Hebron, Kent, Litchfield, Manchester, Marlborough, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, North Canaan, Oxford, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salisbury, Seymour, Sharon, Shelton, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Stafford, Suffield, Thomaston, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Winchester, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Wolcott and Woodbury;

(9) "I-91 corridor" and "I-91 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bethany, Bloomfield, Bolton, Branford, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Hebron, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, North Haven, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange, Plainville, Plymouth, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, Wallingford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Woodbridge;

(10) "I-395 corridor" and "I-395 TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, East Lyme, Eastford, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham and Woodstock;

(11) "Southeast corridor" and "Southeast corridor TIA" means the following towns and the roads, highways, bridges, waterways, ports and airports in such towns: Bozrah, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Lyme, Essex, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Killingworth, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown, Waterford and Westbrook; and

(12) "Modal" means a mode of transportation, and "multimodal" means two or more modes of transportation.

Sec. 71. Section 13b-212a of the general statutes, as amended by section 13 of substitute house bill 6363 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) The Commissioner of Transportation shall develop a contingency plan for any disruption of rail passenger service on the New Haven line including the New Canaan, Waterbury and Danbury branches due to a strike, equipment failure, malfunction of the Cos Cob generating plant or any other event that would require passengers to seek alternative transportation, and submit the plan to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation on or before January 15, 1986. The commissioner shall regularly review the contingency plan and shall regularly consult with town and municipal officials, the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation concerning the contingency plan. The contingency plan shall include specific provisions concerning weekend rail service, service on the New Haven line and the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branches, service for commuters traveling to New Haven in the morning and to New York in the evening and service to areas between New Haven and New York. The commissioner may revise the contingency plan whenever he deems it necessary.

(b) The Commissioner of Transportation shall designate one or more persons, associations or corporations engaged in the operation of motor bus services in accordance with the provisions of chapter 244 to provide transportation services to rail passengers during any disruption of rail service on the New Haven line, or any branch of such line. The commissioner shall specify the name and address of any such person, association or corporation in a revised contingency plan developed in accordance with the provisions of this section. The commissioner shall submit such plan to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation on or before January 15, 1987.

Sec. 72. Section 13b-212c of the general statutes, as amended by section 15 of substitute house bill 6363 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council shall study and investigate all aspects of the daily operation of commuter rail lines in the state, monitor their performance and recommend changes to improve the efficiency and the quality of service of the operation of such lines. The council may request and shall receive from any department, division, board, bureau, commission, agency, public authority of the state or any political subdivision thereof such assistance and data as it requests and will enable it to properly carry out its activities for the purposes set forth in this section. The council shall also work with the Department of Transportation to advocate for customers of all commuter lines in the state and shall make recommendations for improvements to such lines. The council shall report its findings and recommendations annually on or before January fifteenth, to the Governor, the Commissioner of Transportation, the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission, the General Assembly, the Metro North Rail Commuter Council located in New York and the management advisory board of the office of the inspector general of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority located in New York.

Sec. 73. Subsection (g) of section 2c-2h of the general statutes, as amended by section 39 of substitute house bill 6363 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(g) Not later than July 1, 2020, and not later than every ten years thereafter, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of any of the following governmental entities or programs shall conduct a review of the applicable entity or program in accordance with the provisions of section 2c-3:

(1) Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman, established under section 17a-400;

(2) Regulation of nursing home administrators pursuant to chapter 368v;

(3) Regulation of hearing aid dealers pursuant to chapter 398;

(4) Plumbing and Piping Work Board, established under section 20-331; [and]

(5) Commission on Children, established under section 46a-126; and [. ]

(6) Connecticut Public Transportation Commission, established under section 74 of this act.

Sec. 74. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2013) (a) There shall be in the Department of Transportation a Connecticut Public Transportation Commission which shall be a successor to the Connecticut Public Transportation Authority and which shall consist of nineteen members, who are electors of the state. Eleven of such members shall be appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be a representative of business and industry and a regular user of railroad or truck freight service; one a regular commuter using railroad passenger service; one a regular bus user; one who is permanently mobility impaired and a frequent bus user; one a working member of a railroad labor union; one a working member of a bus labor union; one a representative of railroad company management; one a representative of trucking company management; two representatives from separate local transit districts, and one a person sixty years of age or older. The remaining eight members shall have a background or interest in public transportation and be appointed as follows: Two by the president pro tempore of the Senate; two by the minority leader of the Senate; two by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and two by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. The Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the cochairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, or their respective designees, shall serve as nonvoting, ex-officio members of the commission. The term of each member of the commission shall be four years. Vacancies on said commission shall be filled for the remainder of the term in the same manner as original appointments.

(b) The commission shall advise and assist the commissioner, the Governor and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation in the performance of their functions and duties relating to the planning, development and maintenance of adequate rail, bus and motor carrier facilities and rail, bus and other public transportation services including the adequacy of such services for elderly and disabled users in the state and any other matters affecting the quality of public transportation facilities and services in the state. At least once each year, the commission shall hold public hearings in each of the metropolitan areas, as determined by the commission, within the state for the purpose of evaluating the adequacy of such rail, bus, motor carrier and other public transportation facilities.

(c) The commission shall assist the commissioner in developing regulations to formalize arrangements between the department and local transit districts, between local transit districts and transit system operators and between local transit districts.

(d) On or before January first, annually, the commission shall submit in writing to the commissioner and the Governor (1) a list of public transportation projects, which, if undertaken by the state, would further the policy set forth in section 13b-32 of the general statutes, including projects specifically for elderly and disabled users; (2) recommendations for improvements to existing public transportation service and projects, incorporating transportation service and projects relative to the needs of elderly and disabled persons and including proposals for legislation and regulations; (3) recommendations for disincentives to free parking, including urban and suburban employment centers; (4) off-peak transit services; and (5) the establishment of urban center loop shuttles. The commissioner shall notify members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation and finance, revenue and bonding, on or before January first, annually, of the availability of the commissioner's comments and analysis of priorities. A written copy or electronic storage media of such comments and analysis shall be distributed to members of such committee who request them. The commissioner shall meet with the commission at least once during each calendar quarter.

(e) The commission may, upon its own motion, undertake any studies it deems necessary for the improvement of a balanced public transportation system within the state, including the improvement of such system for elderly and disabled users. The commission shall have other powers and shall perform such other duties as the commissioner, the Governor and the General Assembly may delegate to it.

(f) Subject to the provisions of chapter 67 of the general statutes, and when authorized to do so by the commissioner, the Governor or the General Assembly, the commission may appoint such officers, agents and employees and may retain and employ other consultants or assistants on a contract or other basis for rendering legal, financial, technical or other assistance or advice as may be required to carry out duties or responsibilities. The staff of the department shall be available to assist the commission.

(g) The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services as members but shall be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties. No member of the commission who is otherwise a public officer or employee shall suffer a forfeiture of his office or employment, or any loss or diminution in the rights and privileges pertaining thereto, by reason of such membership.

(h) A quorum of the commission for the purpose of transacting business shall exist only when there is present, in person, a majority of its voting membership. The affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum shall be required for the adoption of a resolution or vote of the commission.

(i) The members of the commission shall elect one of the members as chairperson with the responsibility to act as presiding officer at meetings of the commission. Regular meetings shall be held at least once in each calendar month and as often as deemed necessary by a majority of members. Any member absent from (1) three consecutive meetings of the commission, or (2) fifty per cent of such meetings during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the commission, effective on the date that the chairperson notifies the official who appointed such member.

(j) The commission shall have access through the Department of Transportation to all records, reports, plans, schedules, operating rules and other documents prepared by rail and bus companies operating under contract with the state of Connecticut which pertain to the operations of such companies and to any documents that the commission may require from the department to carry out its responsibilities under this section and sections 13b-16, 13b-17 and 16-343 of the general statutes, provided this subsection shall not apply to any plans, proposals, reports and other documents pertaining to current or pending negotiations with employee bargaining units.

Sec. 75. (Effective from passage) The portion of Route 137 in Stamford from West Broad Street northerly to High Ridge Road shall be designated the "Master Sergeant Homer Lee Wise WW II Medal of Honor Recipient Memorial Highway".

Sec. 76. Section 13b-69 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows (Effective July 1, 2015):

(NEW) (d) The resources of the Special Transportation Fund shall be used only for transportation purposes.

Sec. 77. Section 13b-97 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) No person, association, limited liability company or corporation shall operate a taxicab until such person, association, limited liability company or corporation has obtained a certificate from the Department of Transportation certifying that public convenience and necessity require the operation of a taxicab or taxicabs for transportation of passengers, the acceptance or solicitation of which originates within the territory specified in such certificate except as provided under subsection (d) of this section. No such certificate shall be issued unless the department finds that the person, association, limited liability company or corporation is suitable to operate a taxicab service, after giving due consideration to, at a minimum, the following factors: (1) Any convictions of the applicant under federal, state or local laws relative to safety, motor vehicle or criminal violations; (2) the number of taxicabs to be operated under the certificate, provided no applicant for a new certificate shall operate fewer than three taxicabs; (3) the adequacy of the applicant's financial resources to operate the taxicab service; (4) the adequacy of insurance coverage and safety equipment; and (5) the availability of qualified taxicab operators. The commissioner shall request the state criminal history records check for any person or any officer of any association, limited liability company or corporation applying for such certificate from the State Police Bureau of Identification. The commissioner shall arrange for the fingerprinting of any person or any officer of any association, limited liability company or corporation applying for such certificate and forward the fingerprints to said bureau which shall submit the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history records check for any federal conviction specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection. The commissioner shall charge a fee for each such national criminal history records check which shall be equal to the fee charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for performing such check. Such certificate shall be issued only after written application, fingerprinting and said criminal history records check for the same has been made and public hearing held thereon. The application shall be accompanied by a fee of two thousand dollars and the fee for said criminal history records check. Upon receipt of such application, the department shall fix a time and place of hearing thereon, provided such hearing shall be held not earlier than three months after such receipt, and shall promptly give written notice of the pendency of such application and of the time and place of hearing thereon to such applicant, the mayor of each city, the warden of each borough or the first selectman of each town in which the applicant desires to originate the transportation of such passengers, and to any common carrier operating within the territory specified. Notwithstanding any provision of this subsection to the contrary, the department may, upon receipt of a written application, amend an existing certificate to increase the number of taxicabs which may be operated pursuant to the certificate without holding a hearing on the application, provided the department issues a legal notice of such application in a daily newspaper in accordance with the provisions of section 1-2, gives written notice of the pendency of such application to any common carrier operating within the territory specified and no objection is filed with the department within thirty days of each such notice.

(b) Any town, city or borough within which taxicab service is operated or any interested party may bring a written petition to the department with respect to fares, service, operation or equipment or the convenience, protection and safety of passengers and the public. Thereupon, the department may fix a time and place for a hearing upon such petition, and give written notice thereof to the parties in interest at least one week prior to such hearing.

(c) No certificate shall be sold or transferred until the department, upon written application to it setting forth the purpose, terms and conditions thereof, and after investigation, finds that the purchaser or transferee is suitable to operate a taxicab service after consideration of the factors specified in subsection (a) of this section and approves the same. The application shall be accompanied by a fee of one thousand dollars. The department may amend or, for sufficient cause shown, may suspend or revoke any such certificate. The department may impose a civil penalty on any person or any officer of any association, limited liability company or corporation or any driver who violates any provision of this chapter or any regulation adopted under section 13b-96 with respect to fares, service, operation or equipment, in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars per day for each violation. Any such certificate issued by the department shall remain valid unless suspended or revoked by the department. Any such certificate issued by the Division of Public Utility Control within the Department of Business Regulation prior to October 1, 1979, or by any transit district prior to March 1, 1997, shall remain valid unless suspended or revoked by the Department of Transportation.

(d) Any person, association, limited liability company or corporation which has obtained a certificate under subsection (a) of this section, after providing proof that service has been active, adequate within the territory specified in such certificate and in compliance with all relevant statutes and regulations for a period of not less than two years since such certificate was obtained, may solicit, receive and discharge taxicab passengers at Bradley International Airport, subject to formal agreement with the Commissioner of Transportation provided such agreement shall not take precedence over its obligation to provide taxicab service within the territory specified in such certificate. Any such person, association, limited liability company or corporation may discharge taxicab passengers received at such airport within a territory other than the territory specified in its certificate. The commissioner may charge and collect a reasonable fee from any such person, association, limited liability company or corporation for the privilege of solicitation of such passengers.

Sec. 78. Subsection (a) of section 13b-99 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

(a) Upon the granting of a certificate of public convenience and necessity as provided in section 13b-97, the holder thereof may apply to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for the registration of any taxicab of which the holder is the owner or lessee and which is to be used as specified in such certificate, and the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall have jurisdiction over the registration of any taxicab and its exterior lighting equipment and over the licensing of its operator. Each registered taxicab shall have a permanently attached electric rooftop light. Each registered taxicab shall indicate, in three-inch type permanently affixed to the outside of such taxicab, the phone number of the company operating such taxicab.

Sec. 79. Section 13b-97b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

Any person who (1) operates a taxicab, or advertises taxicab services, without obtaining a certificate from the Department of Transportation pursuant to section 13b-97 or obtaining authority to operate a taxicab from a holder of such a certificate, or (2) allows an unauthorized person to operate a taxicab, which is under such person's control, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

Sec. 80. Section 35 of public act 09-186 is repealed. (Effective from passage)

Sec. 81. Sections 13a-85c and 13b-15 of the general statutes are repealed. (Effective July 1, 2013)"

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

Section 1

October 1, 2013

13a-80

Sec. 2

from passage

13b-79u

Sec. 3

from passage

13b-20

Sec. 4

October 1, 2013

New section

Sec. 5

October 1, 2013

New section

Sec. 6

from passage

13b-251(a)

Sec. 7

October 1, 2013

15-15e

Sec. 8

from passage

14-1(40)

Sec. 9

from passage

New section

Sec. 10

October 1, 2013

14-296aa

Sec. 11

October 1, 2013

21-52

Sec. 12

January 1, 2014

New section

Sec. 13

October 1, 2013

13a-123(f)

Sec. 14

July 1, 2013

13a-95b(a)

Sec. 15

from passage

29-252a

Sec. 16

July 1, 2013

16a-27(a)

Sec. 17

July 1, 2013

25-201(10)

Sec. 18

July 1, 2013

25-204(e)

Sec. 19

July 1, 2013

25-231(4)

Sec. 20

July 1, 2013

25-234(e)

Sec. 21

July 1, 2013

1-2b(a)

Sec. 22

October 1, 2013

14-36(e)

Sec. 23

July 1, 2013

New section

Sec. 24

from passage

7-273f

Sec. 25

July 1, 2013

13b-16(a)

Sec. 26

July 1, 2013

13b-26(a)

Sec. 27

July 1, 2013

13b-44(a)

Sec. 28

July 1, 2013

13b-47(a)

Sec. 29

from passage

New section

Sec. 30

from passage

New section

Sec. 31

from passage

New section

Sec. 32

from passage

New section

Sec. 33

from passage

New section

Sec. 34

from passage

New section

Sec. 35

from passage

New section

Sec. 36

from passage

New section

Sec. 37

from passage

New section

Sec. 38

from passage

New section

Sec. 39

from passage

New section

Sec. 40

from passage

New section

Sec. 41

from passage

New section

Sec. 42

from passage

New section

Sec. 43

from passage

New section

Sec. 44

from passage

New section

Sec. 45

from passage

New section

Sec. 46

from passage

New section

Sec. 47

from passage

New section

Sec. 48

from passage

New section

Sec. 49

from passage

New section

Sec. 50

from passage

New section

Sec. 51

from passage

New section

Sec. 52

July 1, 2013

New section

Sec. 53

from passage

New section

Sec. 54

from passage

New section

Sec. 55

July 1, 2013

31-53(f)

Sec. 56

October 1, 2013

13a-123(a)

Sec. 57

October 1, 2013

13a-123(e)

Sec. 58

July 1, 2013, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 59

July 1, 2013 and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 60

July 1, 2013, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012

12-19a

Sec. 61

July 1, 2013, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 2012

12-64(c)

Sec. 62

October 1, 2013

14-267a(b)

Sec. 63

from passage

New section

Sec. 64

from passage

New section

Sec. 65

October 1, 2013

14-212a(a)

Sec. 66

October 1, 2013

HB ###0 (current session), Sec. 6

Sec. 67

October 1, 2013

13b-69(a)

Sec. 68

July 1, 2013

13b-11b

Sec. 69

July 1, 2013

13b-17(a)

Sec. 70

July 1, 2013

13b-57d(a)

Sec. 71

July 1, 2013

13b-212a

Sec. 72

July 1, 2013

13b-212c

Sec. 73

July 1, 2013

2c-2h(g)

Sec. 74

July 1, 2013

New section

Sec. 75

from passage

New section

Sec. 76

July 1, 2015

13b-69

Sec. 77

July 1, 2013

13b-97

Sec. 78

July 1, 2013

13b-99(a)

Sec. 79

July 1, 2013

13b-97b

Sec. 80

from passage

Repealer section

Sec. 81

July 1, 2013

Repealer section