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Substitute Senate Bill No. 29

Public Act No. 14-98

AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES, AND CONCERNING MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS, INCLUDING THE SMART START PROGRAM, THE WATER IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM PROGRAM, SCHOOL SECURITY GRANTS, THE REGENERATIVE MEDICINE RESEARCH FUND, THE CONNECTICUT MANUFACTURING INNOVATION FUND AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE ACT.

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

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2014) The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 2 to 7, inclusive, of this act, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding $ 133,209,322.

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2014) The proceeds of the sale of bonds described in sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of this act, to the extent hereinafter stated, shall be used for the purpose of acquiring, by purchase or condemnation, undertaking, constructing, reconstructing, improving or equipping, or purchasing land or buildings or improving sites for the projects hereinafter described, including payment of architectural, engineering, demolition or related costs in connection therewith, or of payment of the cost of long-range capital programming and space utilization studies as hereinafter stated:

(a) For the Office of Legislative Management:

(1) Information technology updates, replacements and improvements, replacement of various equipment in the Capitol complex, including updated technology for the Office of State Capitol Police, renovations and repairs and minor capital improvements at the Capitol complex and the Old State House, not exceeding $ 4,892,200;

(2) Production and studio equipment for the Connecticut Network, not exceeding $ 3,230,000.

(b) For the Office of Governmental Accountability: Information technology improvements, not exceeding $ 1,000,000.

(c) For the State Comptroller:

(1) Enhancements and upgrades to the CORE financial system for the retirement module, not exceeding $ 50,000,000;

(2) Enhancements and upgrades to the Core-CT human resources system at The University of Connecticut, not exceeding $ 7,000,000.

(d) For the Office of Policy and Management: For transit-oriented development and predevelopment activities, not exceeding $ 7,000,000.

(e) For the Department of Veterans' Affairs:

(1) State matching funds for federal grants-in-aid for renovations and code required improvements to existing facilities, not exceeding $ 1,409,450;

(2) Planning and feasibility study for additional veterans' housing at the Rocky Hill campus, including demolition of vacant buildings, not exceeding $ 500,000.

(f) For the Department of Administrative Services:

(1) Land acquisition, construction, improvements, repairs and renovations at fire training schools, not exceeding $ 15,777,672;

(2) Acquisition and renovation of a building for the offices of the Probate Court, not exceeding $ 3,000,000;

(3) Infrastructure improvements, including engineering and construction of an offsite storm water improvement related to the construction of a new courthouse in Torrington, not exceeding $ 800,000.

(g) For the Office of the Healthcare Advocate: Development, acquisition and implementation of health information technology systems and equipment in support of the state innovation model, not exceeding $ 1,900,000.

(h) For the Agricultural Experiment Station: Planning and design, construction and equipment for additions and renovation to the Valley Laboratory in Windsor, not exceeding $ 1,000,000.

(i) For the Capital Region Development Authority: For the purposes and uses provided in section 32-602 of the general statutes, not exceeding $ 30,000,000.

(j) For the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: To provide funding to the public, educational and governmental programming and educational technology investment account established pursuant to section 16-331cc of the general statutes, not exceeding $ 3,500,000.

(k) For the State Library: Creation and maintenance of a state-wide platform for the distribution of electronic books to public library patrons, not exceeding $ 2,200,000.

Sec. 3. (Effective July 1, 2014) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of this act are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of this act, and temporary notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds.

Sec. 4. (Effective July 1, 2014) None of the bonds described in sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of this act shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, that is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or by or on behalf of such state officer, department or agency and stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require.

Sec. 5. (Effective July 1, 2014) For the purposes of sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of this act, "state moneys" means the proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized pursuant to said sections 1 to 7, inclusive, or of temporary notes issued in anticipation of the moneys to be derived from the sale of such bonds. Each request filed as provided in section 4 of this act for an authorization of bonds shall identify the project for which the proceeds of the sale of such bonds are to be used and expended and, in addition to any terms and conditions required pursuant to section 4 of this act, shall include the recommendation of the person signing such request as to the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available, or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with any such project, should be added to the state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project. If the request includes a recommendation that some amount of such federal, private or other moneys should be added to such state moneys, then, if and to the extent directed by the State Bond Commission at the time of authorization of such bonds, such amount of such federal, private or other moneys then available, or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project, may be added to any state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project and shall be used for such project. Any other federal, private or other moneys then available, or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project, shall, upon receipt, be used by the State Treasurer, in conformity with applicable federal and state law, to meet the principal of outstanding bonds issued pursuant to sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of this act, or to meet the principal of temporary notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of bonds theretofore authorized pursuant to said sections 1 to 7, inclusive, for the purpose of financing such costs, either by purchase or redemption and cancellation of such bonds or notes or by payment thereof at maturity. Whenever any of the federal, private or other moneys so received with respect to such project are used to meet the principal of such temporary notes or whenever principal of any such temporary notes is retired by application of revenue receipts of the state, the amount of bonds theretofore authorized in anticipation of which such temporary notes were issued, and the aggregate amount of bonds which may be authorized pursuant to section 1 of this act, shall each be reduced by the amount of the principal so met or retired. Pending use of the federal, private or other moneys so received to meet principal as hereinabove directed, the amount thereof may be invested by the State Treasurer in bonds or obligations of, or guaranteed by, the state or the United States or agencies or instrumentalities of the United States, shall be deemed to be part of the debt retirement funds of the state, and net earnings on such investments shall be used in the same manner as the moneys so invested.

Sec. 6. (Effective July 1, 2014) Any balance of proceeds of the sale of the bonds authorized for any project described in section 2 of this act in excess of the cost of such project may be used to complete any other project described in said section 2, if the State Bond Commission shall so determine and direct. Any balance of proceeds of the sale of said bonds in excess of the costs of all the projects described in said section 2 shall be deposited to the credit of the General Fund.

Sec. 7. (Effective July 1, 2014) The bonds issued pursuant to this section and sections 1 to 6, inclusive, of this act, shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 8. (Effective July 1, 2014) The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 9 to 15, inclusive, of this act, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding $ 199,500,000.

Sec. 9. (Effective July 1, 2014) The proceeds of the sale of the bonds described in sections 8 to 15, inclusive, of this act shall be used for the purpose of providing grants-in-aid and other financing for the projects, programs and purposes hereinafter stated:

(a) For the office of the State Comptroller: Grant-in-aid to the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network for transmission, broadcast, production and information technology equipment, not exceeding $ 3,300,000.

(b) For the Department of Consumer Protection: Grants-in-aid or reimbursement to municipalities in amounts up to $ 1,000 per grant or reimbursement, for the initial installation of a secure locked box for pharmaceuticals, not exceeding $ 100,000;

(c) For the Labor Department: For the Subsidized Training and Employment program established pursuant to section 31-3pp of the general statutes, not exceeding $ 10,000,000.

(d) For the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Grants-in-aid or loans to municipalities for acquisition of land, public parks or recreational and water quality improvements, not exceeding $ 20,000,000.

(e) For the Department of Economic and Community Development:

(1) For the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund, not exceeding $ 30,000,000, provided not more than $ 5,000,000 shall be used as a grant-in-aid to the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology for research and development of the machining of advanced composite materials;

(2) Grant-in-aid to the Northeast Connecticut Economic Development Alliance, not exceeding $ 2,000,000;

(3) Grants-in-aid to nonprofit organizations sponsoring cultural and historic sites, not exceeding $ 10,000,000;

(4) Grants-in-aid to nonprofit organizations sponsoring children's museums, aquariums and science-related programs, not exceeding $ 17,100,000, provided not more than $ 10,500,000 shall be used as a grant-in-aid to the Connecticut Science Center and not more than $ 6,600,000 shall be used as a grant-in-aid to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk;

(5) Grant-in-aid to the Hartford Economic Development Corporation for a program of grants and revolving loans for small and minority-owned businesses in urban areas not exceeding $ 5,000,000.

(f) For the Department of Housing: For the Shoreline Resiliency Fund, not exceeding $ 25,000,000.

(g) For the Department of Transportation: Grants-in-aid to municipalities for use in the manner set forth in, and in accordance with the provisions of, sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, of the general statutes, not exceeding $ 60,000,000.

(h) For the Department of Social Services: Grant-in-aid to Oak Hill for acquisition of, or capital improvements associated with, Camp Hemlocks, not exceeding $ 1,000,000.

(i) For the Department of Rehabilitation Services: Grants-in-aid to provide home modifications and assistive technology devices related to aging in place, not exceeding $ 6,000,000.

(j) For the Department of Education: Grants-in-aid for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment and capital start-up costs, including acquisition costs, to expand the availability of high-quality school models and assist in the implementation of common core state standards and assessments, in accordance with procedures established by the Commissioner of Education, not exceeding $ 10,000,000.

Sec. 10. (Effective July 1, 2014) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of sections 8 to 15, inclusive, of this act are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to sections 8 to 15, inclusive, of this act, and temporary notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said sections 8 to 15, inclusive, and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds.

Sec. 11. (Effective July 1, 2014) None of the bonds described in sections 8 to 15, inclusive, of this act shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, that is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or by or on behalf of such state officer, department or agency and stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require.

Sec. 12. (Effective July 1, 2014) For the purposes of sections 8 to 15, inclusive, of this act, "state moneys" means the proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized pursuant to said sections 8 to 15, inclusive, or of temporary notes issued in anticipation of the moneys to be derived from the sale of such bonds. Each request filed as provided in section 11 of this act for an authorization of bonds shall identify the project for which the proceeds of the sale of such bonds are to be used and expended and, in addition to any terms and conditions required pursuant to said section 11, include the recommendation of the person signing such request as to the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with any such project should be added to the state moneys available or becoming available under said sections 8 to 15, inclusive, for such project. If the request includes a recommendation that some amount of such federal, private or other moneys should be added to such state moneys, then, if and to the extent directed by the State Bond Commission at the time of authorization of such bonds, such amount of such federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project may be added to any state moneys available or becoming available hereunder for such project and be used for such project. Any other federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project upon receipt shall, in conformity with applicable federal and state law, be used by the State Treasurer to meet the principal of outstanding bonds issued pursuant to said sections 8 to 15, inclusive, or to meet the principal of temporary notes issued in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of bonds theretofore authorized pursuant to said sections 8 to 15, inclusive, for the purpose of financing such costs, either by purchase or redemption and cancellation of such bonds or notes or by payment thereof at maturity. Whenever any of the federal, private or other moneys so received with respect to such project are used to meet the principal of such temporary notes or whenever the principal of any such temporary notes is retired by application of revenue receipts of the state, the amount of bonds theretofore authorized in anticipation of which such temporary notes were issued, and the aggregate amount of bonds which may be authorized pursuant to section 8 of this act shall each be reduced by the amount of the principal so met or retired. Pending use of the federal, private or other moneys so received to meet the principal as directed in this section, the amount thereof may be invested by the State Treasurer in bonds or obligations of, or guaranteed by, the state or the United States or agencies or instrumentalities of the United States, shall be deemed to be part of the debt retirement funds of the state, and net earnings on such investments shall be used in the same manner as the moneys so invested.

Sec. 13. (Effective July 1, 2014) The bonds issued pursuant to sections 8 to 15, inclusive, of this act shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 14. (Effective July 1, 2014) In accordance with section 9 of this act, the state, through the State Comptroller, the Department of Consumer Protection, the Labor Department, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Housing, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Education may provide grants-in-aid and other financings to or for the agencies for the purposes and projects as described in said section 9. All financing shall be made in accordance with the terms of a contract at such time or times as shall be determined within authorization of funds by the State Bond Commission.

Sec. 15. (Effective July 1, 2014) In the case of any grant-in-aid made pursuant to section 9 of this act that is made to any entity which is not a political subdivision of the state, the contract entered into pursuant to section 14 of this act shall provide that if the premises for which such grant-in-aid was made cease, within ten years of the date of such grant, to be used as a facility for which such grant was made, an amount equal to the amount of such grant, minus ten per cent per year for each full year which has elapsed since the date of such grant, shall be repaid to the state and that a lien shall be placed on such land in favor of the state to ensure that such amount shall be repaid in the event of such change in use, provided if the premises for which such grant-in-aid was made are owned by the state, a municipality or a housing authority, no lien need be placed.

Sec. 16. (Effective July 1, 2014) The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 17 to 21, inclusive, of this act, from time to time to authorize the issuance of special tax obligation bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding $ 28,400,000.

Sec. 17. (Effective July 1, 2014) The proceeds of the sale of bonds described in sections 16 to 21, inclusive, of this act, to the extent hereinafter stated, shall be used for the purpose of payment of the transportation costs, as defined in subdivision (6) of section 13b-75 of the general statutes, with respect to the projects and uses hereinafter described, which projects and uses are hereby found and determined to be in furtherance of one or more of the authorized purposes for the issuance of special tax obligation bonds set forth in section 13b-74 of the general statutes. For the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations:

(a) Development of a comprehensive asset management plan in accordance with federal requirements, not exceeding $ 10,000,000;

(b) Highway and bridge renewal equipment, not exceeding $ 5,400,000;

(c) Local bridge program, not exceeding $ 10,000,000;

(d) Reconfiguration of an existing ramp off of the Merritt Parkway in Westport, not exceeding $ 3,000,000.

Sec. 18. (Effective July 1, 2014) None of the bonds described in sections 16 to 21, inclusive, of this act shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it (1) a request for such authorization, that is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or by or on behalf of such state officer, department or agency and stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require, and (2) any capital development impact statement and any human services facility colocation statement required to be filed with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4b-31 of the general statutes, any advisory report regarding the state plan of conservation and development required pursuant to section 16a-31 of the general statutes, and any statement regarding farmland required pursuant to subsection (g) of section 3-20 of the general statutes and section 22-6 of the general statutes, except that the State Bond Commission may authorize said bonds without a finding that the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section have been filed with it if said commission authorizes the secretary of said commission to accept such reports and statements on its behalf. No funds derived from the sale of bonds authorized by said commission without a finding that the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section have been filed with it shall be allotted by the Governor for any project until the reports and statements required by subdivision (2) of this section, with respect to such project, have been filed with the secretary of said commission.

Sec. 19. (Effective July 1, 2014) For the purposes of sections 16 to 21, inclusive, of this act, each request filed, as provided in section 18 of this act, for an authorization of bonds shall identify the project for which the proceeds of the sale of such bonds are to be used and expended and, in addition to any terms and conditions required pursuant to said section 18, include the recommendation of the person signing such request as to the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with any such project should be added to the state moneys available or becoming available from the proceeds of bonds and temporary notes issued in anticipation of the receipt of the proceeds of bonds. If the request includes a recommendation that some amount of such federal, private or other moneys should be added to such state moneys, then, if and to the extent directed by the State Bond Commission at the time of authorization of such bonds, such amount of such federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs in connection with such project shall be added to such state moneys.

Sec. 20. (Effective July 1, 2014) Any balance of proceeds of the sale of the bonds authorized for the projects or purposes of section 17 of this act, in excess of the aggregate costs of all the projects so authorized, shall be used in the manner set forth in sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, of the general statutes, and in the proceedings of the State Bond Commission respecting the issuance and sale of said bonds.

Sec. 21. (Effective July 1, 2014) Bonds issued pursuant to sections 16 to 21, inclusive, of this act shall be special obligations of the state and shall not be payable from or charged upon any funds other than revenues of the state pledged therefor in subsection (b) of section 13b-61 of the general statutes and section 13b-61a of the general statutes, or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor. Said bonds shall not be payable from or charged upon any funds other than such pledged revenues or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor, nor shall the state or any political subdivision thereof be subject to any liability thereon, except to the extent of such pledged revenues or such other receipts, funds or moneys as may be pledged therefor. Said bonds shall be issued under and in accordance with the provisions of sections 13b-74 to 13b-77, inclusive, of the general statutes.

Sec. 22. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2015) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate forty million dollars, provided (1) ten million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2016, (2) ten million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2017, and (3) ten million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2018.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, for the purposes of the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund established by section 19a-32e of the general statutes.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 23. (Effective July 1, 2014) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, administrative costs shall be paid or reimbursed to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated from the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund, provided the total of such administrative costs shall not exceed four per cent of the total amount of the allotted funding for said fiscal year.

Sec. 24. (NEW) (Effective from passage) There is established an account to be known as the "smart start competitive grant account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain the amounts authorized by the State Bond Commission in accordance with section 25 of this act and any other moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Office of Early Childhood for the purposes of the Smart Start competitive grant program established by public act 14-41.

Sec. 25. (Effective July 1, 2014) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one hundred five million dollars, provided ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2015, ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2016, ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2017, ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2018, ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2019, ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2020, ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2021, ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2022, and ten million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2023.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Office of Early Childhood for the purpose of the Smart Start competitive grant program established pursuant to public act 14-41.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 26. (Effective from passage) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate eight million eight hundred seventeen thousand dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Judicial Department for the purpose of development of a courthouse in Torrington, including land acquisition and parking.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 27. Section 3-20 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (z) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (z) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or any public act or special act, upon the request of any proposed recipient for a grant for a program or project to be financed by bonds issued pursuant to this section, and subject to the approval of the State Bond Commission and the Treasurer, such grant may be made to a qualified community development entity, or to a partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company or other business entity investing exclusively in a qualified community development entity, provided substantially all of the proceeds of such grant are made available to such proposed recipient to finance such project. For purposes of this subsection, "qualified community development entity" means an entity certified as a qualified community development entity pursuant to Section 45D(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, that has received an allocation of new markets tax credits available for qualified low-income community investments in the state under Section 45D(f)(2) of said Internal Revenue Code.

Sec. 28. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 4-66c of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) For the purposes of subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have power, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [one billion three hundred fifty-nine million four hundred eighty-seven thousand five hundred forty-four] one billion four hundred thirty-nine million four hundred eighty-seven thousand five hundred forty-four dollars. [, provided fifty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2014. ] All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section, are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission in its discretion may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

(b) (1) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent hereinafter stated, shall be used, subject to the provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of this section, for the purpose of redirecting, improving and expanding state activities which promote community conservation and development and improve the quality of life for urban residents of the state as hereinafter stated: (A) For the Department of Economic and Community Development: Economic and community development projects, including administrative costs incurred by the Department of Economic and Community Development, not exceeding sixty-seven million five hundred ninety-one thousand six hundred forty-two dollars, one million dollars of which shall be used for a grant to the development center program and the nonprofit business consortium deployment center approved pursuant to section 32-411; (B) for the Department of Transportation: Urban mass transit, not exceeding two million dollars; (C) for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Recreation development and solid waste disposal projects, not exceeding one million nine hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars; (D) for the Department of Social Services: Child day care projects, elderly centers, shelter facilities for victims of domestic violence, emergency shelters and related facilities for the homeless, multipurpose human resource centers and food distribution facilities, not exceeding thirty-nine million one hundred thousand dollars, provided four million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994; (E) for the Department of Economic and Community Development: Housing projects, not exceeding three million dollars; (F) for the Office of Policy and Management: (i) Grants-in-aid to municipalities for a pilot demonstration program to leverage private contributions for redevelopment of designated historic preservation areas, not exceeding one million dollars; (ii) grants-in-aid for urban development projects including economic and community development, transportation, environmental protection, public safety, children and families and social services projects and programs, including, in the case of economic and community development projects administered on behalf of the Office of Policy and Management by the Department of Economic and Community Development, administrative costs incurred by the Department of Economic and Community Development, not exceeding [one billion two hundred forty-four million eight hundred thousand] one billion three hundred twenty-four million eight hundred thousand dollars. [, provided fifty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2014. ]

(2) (A) Five million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection may be made available to private nonprofit organizations for the purposes described in said subparagraph (F)(ii). (B) Twelve million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection may be made available for necessary renovations and improvements of libraries. (C) Five million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for small business gap financing. (D) Ten million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection may be made available for regional economic development revolving loan funds. (E) One million four hundred thousand dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for rehabilitation and renovation of the Black Rock Library in Bridgeport. (F) Two million five hundred thousand dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for site acquisition, renovation and rehabilitation for the Institute for the Hispanic Family in Hartford. (G) Three million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for the acquisition of land and the development of commercial or retail property in New Haven. (H) Seven hundred fifty thousand dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for repairs and replacement of the fishing pier at Cummings Park in Stamford. (I) Ten million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for development of an intermodal transportation facility in northeastern Connecticut.

Sec. 29. Subsection (a) of section 10a-109f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The university may, when directed by vote of its board of trustees, [and subject to the limitations in the authorized funding amount,] borrow money and enter into financing transactions proceedings in anticipation of assured revenues, [or] project revenues or other funding sources in the name of the university, on behalf of the state, and issue securities in connection with such proceedings, as follows: (1) To finance the cost of UConn 2000 or any one project thereof, or more than one, or any combination of projects thereof; (2) to refund securities issued pursuant to sections 10a-109a to 10a-109y, inclusive; and (3) to refund any such refunding borrowings. All securities issued in connection with assured revenues, [or] project revenues, or other funding sources financing transaction proceedings entered into pursuant to this section shall be authorized by a resolution approved by not less than a majority vote of its board of trustees. Nothing in this subsection shall increase the annual or aggregate cap on the amount of securities the special debt service requirements of which are secured by the state debt service commitment pursuant to section 10a-109g.

Sec. 30. Subsection (a) of section 10a-110m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [one hundred seventy-two million five hundred thousand] one hundred sixty-nine million five hundred thousand dollars, provided one hundred fifty-four million five hundred thousand dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2012.

Sec. 31. Subsection (a) of section 13b-79p of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) The Commissioner of Transportation shall implement the following strategic transportation projects and initiatives:

(1) Restoring commuter rail service on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line, including providing shuttle bus service between the rail line and Bradley International Airport;

(2) Implementing the New Britain-Hartford busway, subject to the availability of federal funds, and ensuring that all streets in the city of Hartford intersecting with said busway are equipped with sufficient signage, gates, traffic lights and other equipment to provide (A) that all such streets remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for not less than twenty hours per day, and (B) safe passage across any such street by trains at any time;

(3) Rehabilitating rail passenger coaches for use on Shore Line East, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line and the branch lines;

(4) Developing a new commuter rail station in West Haven;

(5) Meeting the costs of capital improvements on the branch lines, not to exceed forty-five million dollars;

(6) Meeting the capital costs of parking and rail station improvements on the New Haven Line, Shore Line East and the branch lines, not to exceed sixty million dollars;

(7) Funding the local share of the Southeast Area Transit federal pilot project;

(8) Completing the Norwich Intermodal Transit Hub Roadway improvements;

(9) Conducting environmental planning and assessment for the expansion of Interstate 95 between Branford and the Rhode Island border;

(10) Completing preliminary design and engineering for Interstate 84 widening between Waterbury and Danbury;

(11) Funding the Commercial Vehicle Information System Network, including weigh-in motion and electronic preclearance of safe truck operators for fixed scale operations on Interstate 91 and Interstate 95, not to exceed four million dollars;

(12) Funding the capital costs of the greater Hartford highway infrastructure improvements in support of economic development;

(13) Completing a rail link to the port of New Haven;

(14) Purchasing not more than thirty-eight electric rail cars for use on the New Haven Line and Shore Line East commuter rail services;

(15) Purchasing of equipment and facilities to support Shore Line East commuter rail expansion, including implementation of phases I and II, as recommended in the report submitted pursuant to subsection (d) of this section;

(16) Improving bicycle access to and storage facilities at transportation centers;

(17) Developing a new commuter rail station in Orange;

(18) Funding the Waterbury Intermodal Transportation Center, not to exceed eighteen million dollars;

(19) Improving bus connectivity and service, not to exceed twenty million dollars for capital costs for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. The funds shall be used to (A) construct bus maintenance and storage facilities for the Windham and Torrington regional transit districts, not to exceed fourteen million dollars, (B) purchase vehicles for the Buses for 21st Century Mobility program, not to exceed five million dollars, and (C) purchase vehicles for elderly and disabled demand responsive transportation programs for use by municipalities that participate in the state matching grant program established under section 13b-38bb, not to exceed one million dollars;

(20) Funding the state share of Tweed Airport's runway safety area, not to exceed one million fifty-five thousand dollars;

(21) Evaluating the purchase of rolling stock for direct commuter rail service connecting Connecticut to New Jersey via Pennsylvania Station in New York, New York by the initiation of ongoing formal discussions by the state of Connecticut, acting through the Governor or the Governor's designee, with the states of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Amtrak regarding the extension of rail service from Pennsylvania Station to points in this state; and

(22) Improving bicycle and pedestrian access throughout the state transportation system.

Sec. 32. Subsection (a) of section 19a-32d of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) As used in sections 19a-32d to 19a-32g, inclusive, as amended by this act, and section 4-28e, as amended by this act:

(1) "Embryonic stem cell research oversight committee" means a committee established in accordance with the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, as amended from time to time.

(2) "Cloning of a human being" means inducing or permitting a replicate of a living human being's complete set of genetic material to develop after gastrulation commences.

(3) "Gastrulation" means the process immediately following the blastula state when the hollow ball of cells representing the early embryo undergoes a complex and coordinated series of movements that results in the formation of the three primary germ layers, the ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm.

(4) "Embryonic stem cells" means cells created through the joining of a human egg and sperm or through nuclear transfer that are sufficiently undifferentiated such that they cannot be identified as components of any specialized cell type.

(5) "Nuclear transfer" means the replacement of the nucleus of a human egg with a nucleus from another human cell.

(6) "Eligible institution" means (A) a nonprofit, tax-exempt academic institution of higher education, (B) a hospital that conducts biomedical research, or (C) any entity that conducts biomedical research or [embryonic or human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research.

(7) "Regenerative medicine" means the process of creating living, functional tissue to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to aging, disease, damage or congenital defect. Regenerative medicine includes basic stem cell research.

Sec. 33. Section 19a-32e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) There is established the ["Stem Cell Research Fund"] "Regenerative Medicine Research Fund", which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The fund may contain any moneys required or permitted by law to be deposited in the fund and any funds received from any public or private contributions, gifts, grants, donations, bequests or devises to the fund. [The Commissioner of Public Health may] The chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, (1) shall make grants-in-aid from the fund in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, and (2) may enter into agreements with other entities, including, but not limited to, the government of any state or foreign country for the purpose of advancing research collaboration opportunities for recipients of grants-in-aid under this section.

(b) [Not later than June 30, 2006, the Stem Cell] The Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32f, as amended by this act, shall develop an application for grants-in-aid under this section for the purpose of conducting [embryonic or human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research and may receive applications from eligible institutions for such grants-in-aid. [on and after said date. The Stem Cell] The Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee shall require any applicant for a grant-in-aid under this section to conduct [stem cell] regenerative medicine research to submit (1) a complete description of the applicant's organization, (2) the applicant's plans for [stem cell] regenerative medicine research and proposed funding for such research from sources other than the state, [of Connecticut,] and (3) proposed arrangements concerning financial benefits to the state [of Connecticut] as a result of any patent, royalty payment or similar rights developing from any [stem cell] proposed research made possible by the awarding of such grant-in-aid. [Said committee shall direct the Commissioner of Public Health] The Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee shall direct the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, with respect to the awarding of such grants-in-aid after considering recommendations from the [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Peer Review Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32g, as amended by this act.

(c) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, and for each of the [nine] thirteen consecutive fiscal years thereafter, until the fiscal year ending June 30, [2015] 2019, not less than ten million dollars shall be available from the [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Fund for grants-in-aid to eligible institutions for the purpose of conducting [embryonic or human adult stem cell research, as directed by the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32f] regenerative medicine research. Any balance of such amount not used for such grants-in-aid during a fiscal year shall be carried forward for the fiscal year next succeeding for such grants-in-aid.

Sec. 34. Section 19a-32f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) (1) There is established a [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee. The committee shall consist of the Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee, the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, or the chief executive officer's designee, and eight members who shall be appointed as follows: Two by the Governor, one of whom shall [be nationally recognized as an active investigator in the field of stem cell research and one of whom shall have background and experience in the field of bioethics] have background and experience in stem cell or regenerative medicine research and one of whom shall have background and experience in business or financial investments; one each by the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in private sector [stem cell] regenerative medicine research and development; one each by the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, who shall be academic researchers specializing in [stem cell] regenerative medicine research; one by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall have background and experience in either private or public sector [stem cell] regenerative medicine research and development or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology; and one by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in [business or financial investments] the field of bioethics. Members shall serve for a term of four years commencing on October first, except that members first appointed by the Governor and the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives shall serve for a term of two years. No member may serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms. [and no member may serve concurrently on the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32g. ] All initial appointments to the committee shall be made by October 1, 2005. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(2) [On and after July 1, 2006, the advisory committee] The Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee shall include eight additional members who shall be appointed as follows: Two by the Governor, [one of whom shall be nationally recognized as an active investigator in the field of stem cell research and one of whom shall have background and experience in the field of ethics] who shall have backgrounds and experience in business or financial investments; one each by the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in private sector [stem cell] regenerative medicine research and development; one each by the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, who shall be academic researchers specializing in [stem cell] regenerative medicine research; one by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall have background and experience in either private or public sector [stem cell] regenerative medicine research and development or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology; and one by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall have background and experience in business, [or financial investments] law or ethics. Members shall serve for a term of four years, except that (A) members first appointed by the Governor and the majority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives pursuant to this subdivision shall serve for a term of two years and three months, and (B) members first appointed by the remaining appointing authorities shall serve for a term of four years and three months. No member appointed pursuant to this subdivision may serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms. [and no such member may serve concurrently on the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32g. ] All initial appointments to the committee pursuant to this subdivision shall be made by July 1, 2006. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

[(b) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee, shall serve as the chairperson of the committee and shall schedule the first meeting of the committee, which shall be held no later than December 1, 2005. ]

(b) The chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, or the chief executive officer's designee, shall serve as chairperson of the Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee.

(c) All members appointed to [the] said advisory committee shall work to advance [embryonic and human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from [the] said advisory committee.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, it shall not constitute a conflict of interest for a trustee, director, partner, officer, stockholder, proprietor, counsel or employee of any eligible institution, or for any other individual with a financial interest in any eligible institution, to serve as a member of [the] said advisory committee. All members shall be deemed public officials and shall adhere to the code of ethics for public officials set forth in chapter 10. Members may participate in the affairs of [the] said advisory committee with respect to the review or consideration of grant-in-aid applications, including the approval or disapproval of such applications, except that no member shall participate in the affairs of [the] said advisory committee with respect to the review or consideration of any grant-in-aid application filed by such member or by any eligible institution in which such member has a financial interest, or with whom such member engages in any business, employment, transaction or professional activity.

(e) The [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee shall (1) develop, in consultation with [the Commissioner of Public Health] Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, a donated funds program to encourage the development of funds other than state appropriations for [embryonic and human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research in [this] the state, (2) examine and identify specific ways to improve and promote for-profit and not-for-profit [embryonic and human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research and [related] research in related areas in the state, including, but not limited to, identifying both public and private funding sources for such research, maintaining existing [embryonic and human adult stem-cell-related] regenerative medicine-related businesses, recruiting new [embryonic and human adult stem-cell-related] regenerative medicine-related businesses to the state and recruiting scientists and researchers in such field to the state, (3) [establish and] administer [, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, a stem cell] a regenerative medicine research grant program [which] that shall provide grants-in-aid to eligible institutions for the advancement of [embryonic or human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research in [this] the state pursuant to section 19a-32e, as amended by this act, [and] (4) monitor the [stem cell] regenerative medicine research conducted by eligible institutions that receive such grants-in-aid, and (5) prepare a comprehensive strategic plan for the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund, established pursuant to section 19a-32e, as amended by this act, and grants-in-aid made from said fund that shall include, but need not be limited to, identification of specific methods or strategies to (A) achieve the scientific and economic development objective of said fund, (B) build innovation capacity, and (C) sustain investments of moneys received by said fund.

(f) [Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall serve as administrative staff of the committee and shall assist the committee in (1) developing the application for the grants-in-aid authorized under subsection (e) of this section, (2) reviewing such applications, (3) preparing and executing any assistance agreements or other agreements in connection with the awarding of such grants-in-aid, and (4) performing such other administrative duties as the committee deems necessary] Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, shall serve as administrator of the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund and shall, in consultation with the Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee: (1) Develop the application for the grants-in-aid authorized under subsection (b) of section 19a-32e, as amended by this act; (2) review such applications; (3) review recommendations of the Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee, established pursuant to section 19a-32g, as amended by this act; (4) prepare and execute any assistance agreements or other agreements in connection with the awarding of such grants-in-aid; (5) develop performance metrics and systems to collect data from recipients of such grants-in-aid; (6) collect information from such recipients concerning each recipient's employment statistics, business accomplishments and performance outcomes, peer review articles and papers published, partnerships and collaborations with other entities, licenses, patents and invention disclosures, scientific progress as it relates to the commercialization of intellectual property funded by such grants-in-aid, efforts to commercialize such intellectual property, and other funds received for research; and (7) performing such other administrative duties as the Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee deems necessary.

Sec. 35. Section 19a-32g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) (1) There is established a [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Peer Review Committee. [The] Said peer review committee shall consist of five members. [appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health. All]

(2) On and before September 30, 2014, all members appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health to the committee shall (A) have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the ethical and medical implications of [embryonic and human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology, (B) have practical research experience in [human adult or embryonic stem cell] regenerative medicine research or related research fields, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology, and (C) work to advance [embryonic and human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research. Members shall serve for a term of four years commencing on October first, except that three members first appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health shall serve for a term of two years. No member may serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms and no member may serve concurrently on the [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32f, as amended by this act. All initial appointments to [the] said peer review committee shall be made by October 1, 2005. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from [the] said peer review committee.

[(2) The Commissioner of Public Health may appoint such additional members to the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee as the commissioner deems necessary for the review of applications for grants-in-aid, provided the total number of Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee members does not exceed fifteen. Such additional members shall be appointed as provided in subdivision (1) of this subsection, except that such additional members shall serve for a term of two years from the date of appointment. ]

(3) On and after October 1, 2014, each member appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection may serve to the conclusion of his or her current term at which time members shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, as follows: Members appointed to said peer review committee shall: (A) Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the ethical and medical implications of regenerative medicine research or research in a related field, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology; (B) have practical research experience in regenerative medicine research or research in a related field, including, but not limited to, embryology, genetics or cellular biology; and (C) work to advance regenerative medicine research. Members shall serve for a term of four years, except that three members first appointed by the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, shall serve for a term of two years. No member may serve for more than two consecutive four-year terms and no member may serve concurrently on the Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32f, as amended by this act. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from said peer review committee.

(b) All members shall be deemed public officials and shall adhere to the code of ethics for public officials set forth in chapter 10. No member shall participate in the affairs of the committee with respect to the review or consideration of any grant-in-aid application filed by such member or by any eligible institution in which such member has a financial interest, or with which such member engages in any business, employment, transaction or professional activity.

(c) Prior to the awarding of any grants-in-aid for [embryonic or human adult stem cell] regenerative medicine research pursuant to section 19a-32e, as amended by this act, the [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Peer Review Committee shall review all applications submitted by eligible institutions for such grants-in-aid and make recommendations to the [Commissioner of Public Health and the Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 19a-32f, as amended by this act, with respect to the ethical and scientific merit of each application.

(d) [Peer review committee members] Members of the Regenerative Medicine Research Peer Review Committee may receive compensation from [the Stem Cell Research Fund, established pursuant to section 19a-32e,] Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, for reviewing grant-in-aid applications submitted by eligible institutions. [pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. ] The rate of compensation shall be established by the [Commissioner of Public Health in consultation with the Department of Administrative Services and the Office of Policy and Management] board of directors of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.

(e) The Regenerative Medicine Research Peer Review Committee shall establish guidelines for the rating and scoring of such applications. [by the Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee. ]

(f) All members of [the] said peer review committee shall become and remain fully cognizant of the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, as amended from time to time, and shall utilize said guidelines to evaluate each grant-in-aid application. [The committee may make recommendations to the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee and the Commissioner of Public Health concerning the adoption of said guidelines, in whole or in part, in the form of regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54. ]

Sec. 36. Section 32-41aa of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

For the purpose of this section and sections 32-41bb to 32-41dd, inclusive, as amended by this act:

[(1) "Administrative costs" means the costs paid or incurred by the administrator, including, but not limited to, peer review costs, professional fees, allocated staff costs and other out-of-pocket costs attributable to the administration and operation of the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund. ]

[(2)] (1) "Administrator" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, in its capacity as administrator of the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund established pursuant to section 32-41cc, as amended by this act.

[(3)] (2) "Advisory committee" means the Bioscience Innovation Advisory Committee established pursuant to section 32-41bb, as amended by this act.

[(4)] (3) "Early-stage business" means a business that has been in operation for not more than three years and is developing or testing a product or service that is (A) not yet available for commercial release, or (B) commercially available in a limited manner, including, but not limited to, market testing of prototypes and clinical trials.

[(5)] (4) "Eligible recipient" means a duly accredited college or university, a nonprofit corporation or a for-profit start-up or early-stage business.

[(6)] (5) "Financial assistance" means any and all forms of grants, extensions of credit, loans or loan guarantees, equity investments or other forms of financing.

[(7)] (6) "Return on investment" means any and all forms of principal or interest payments, guarantee fees, returns on equity investments, royalties, options, warrants and debentures and all other forms of remuneration to the administrator in return for any financial assistance offered or provided.

Sec. 37. Subsection (e) of section 32-41bb of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(e) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, it shall not constitute a conflict of interest for a trustee, director, partner, officer, manager, shareholder, proprietor, counsel or employee of an eligible recipient, or any individual with a financial interest in an eligible recipient, to serve as a member of the advisory committee, provided such trustee, director, partner, officer, manager, shareholder, proprietor, counsel, employee or individual shall abstain from deliberation, action or vote by the advisory committee in specific respect to such eligible recipient. All members of the advisory committee shall be deemed public officials and shall adhere to the code of ethics for public officials set forth in chapter 10.

Sec. 38. Subsections (d) and (e) of section 32-41cc of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(d) The Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund shall be used (1) to provide financial assistance to eligible recipients as may be approved by the advisory committee pursuant to subsection (e) of this section, and (2) for the repayment of state bonds in such amounts as may be required by the State Bond Commission. [, and (3) to pay or reimburse the administrator for administrative costs pursuant to subsection (j) of this section. ] Such financial assistance shall be awarded to further the development of bioscience, biomedical engineering, health information management, medical care, medical devices, medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, personalized medicine and other related disciplines that are likely to lead to an improvement in or development of services, therapeutics, diagnostics or devices that are commercializable and designed to advance the coordination, quality or efficiency of health care and lower health care costs, and that promise, directly or indirectly, to lead to job growth in the state in these or related fields.

(e) All expenditures from the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund, except for [administrative costs reimbursed to the administrator pursuant to subsection (j) of this section and] amounts required for the repayment of state bonds in such amounts as may be required by the State Bond Commission, shall be approved by the advisory committee. Any such approval shall be (1) specific to an individual expenditure to be made, (2) for budgeted expenditures with such variations as the advisory committee may authorize at the time of such budget approval, or (3) for a financial assistance program to be administered by staff of the administrator, subject to limits, eligibility requirements and other conditions established by the advisory committee at the time of such program approval.

Sec. 39. Subsections (j) and (k) of section 32-41cc of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

[(j) Administrative costs shall be paid or reimbursed to the administrator from the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund, provided the total of such administrative costs in any fiscal year shall not exceed five per cent of the total amount of the allotted funding for such fiscal year as determined in the operating budget prepared pursuant to subsection (i) of this section. Nothing in sections 32-41aa and 32-41bb and this section shall require the administrator to risk or expend the funds of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated in connection with the administration of the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund. ]

[(k)] (j) Not later than April 15, 2014, and annually thereafter, the administrator shall provide a report of the activities of the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund to the advisory committee for its review and approval. Upon its approval, the advisory committee shall provide such report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, appropriations, commerce, public health and higher education. Such report shall contain available information on the status and progress of the operations and funding of the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund and the types, amounts and recipients of financial assistance awarded and any returns on investment.

Sec. 40. Subsection (c) of section 4-28e of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(c) (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, disbursements from the Tobacco Settlement Fund shall be made as follows: (A) To the General Fund in the amount identified as "Transfer from Tobacco Settlement Fund" in the General Fund revenue schedule adopted by the General Assembly; (B) to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for a grant to the regional action councils in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars; and (C) to the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund in an amount equal to nineteen million five hundred thousand dollars.

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, and each fiscal year thereafter, disbursements from the Tobacco Settlement Fund shall be made as follows: (A) To the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund in an amount equal to twelve million dollars, except in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2014, and June 30, 2015, said disbursement shall be in an amount equal to six million dollars; (B) to the Biomedical Research Trust Fund in an amount equal to four million dollars; (C) to the General Fund in the amount identified as "Transfer from Tobacco Settlement Fund" in the General Fund revenue schedule adopted by the General Assembly; and (D) any remainder to the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund.

(3) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, to June 30, 2012, inclusive, the sum of ten million dollars shall be disbursed from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to the [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Fund established by section 19a-32e, as amended by this act, for grants-in-aid to eligible institutions for the purpose of conducting embryonic or human adult stem cell research.

Sec. 41. Section 22a-904b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [two] one million dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the purpose of implementing a buy-out program for homeowners or businesses that receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood hazard mitigation or property damage due to weather events in the calendar year 2011 and subsequent years. To be eligible for funding from said department, homeowners or businesses shall (1) qualify for funding under a Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation grant program designed to provide disaster assistance to homeowners or businesses, and (2) meet any eligibility criteria established by said department. No grant to an individual homeowner or business under this section shall be in excess of fifty thousand dollars, or the limit set by the applicable Federal Emergency Management Agency program, whichever is less. Priority shall be given to eligible applicants with property damage that occurred during a natural disaster declared by the President of the United States.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 42. Section 29-1aa of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [two] three million dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for the purpose of implementing a buy-out program for homeowners or businesses that receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood hazard mitigation or property damage due to weather events in the calendar year 2011 and subsequent years. To be eligible for funding from said department, homeowners or businesses shall (1) qualify for funding under a Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation grant program designed to provide disaster assistance to homeowners or businesses, and (2) meet any eligibility criteria established by said department. No grant to an individual homeowner or business under this section shall be in excess of fifty thousand dollars, or the limit set by the applicable Federal Emergency Management Agency program, whichever is less. Priority shall be given to eligible applicants with property damage that occurred during a natural disaster declared by the President of the United States.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 43. Subsection (f) of section 32-7g of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(f) (1) There is established as part of the Small Business Express program a matching grant component to provide grants for capital to small businesses meeting the eligibility criteria in subsection (a) of this section. Such small businesses shall match any state funds awarded under this program. Grant funds may be used for ongoing or new training, working capital, acquisition or purchase of machinery and equipment, construction or leasehold improvements, relocation within the state or other business-related expenses authorized by the commissioner.

(2) Matching grants provided under the matching grant component may be in amounts from ten thousand dollars to a maximum of one hundred thousand dollars. The commissioner shall prioritize applicants for matching grants based upon the likelihood that such grants will assist applicants in maintaining job growth.

(3) The commissioner may waive the matching requirement for grants under this subsection for working capital to small businesses located within distressed municipalities, as defined in section 32-9p.

Sec. 44. Subsection (i) of section 32-9t of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(i) (1) There shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed under chapters 207 to 212a, inclusive, or section 38a-743, or a combination of said taxes, an amount equal to the following percentage of approved investments made by or on behalf of a taxpayer with respect to the following income years of the taxpayer: (A) With respect to the income year in which the investment in the eligible project was made and the two next succeeding income years, zero per cent; (B) with respect to the third full income year succeeding the year in which the investment in the eligible project was made and the three next succeeding income years, ten per cent; (C) with respect to the seventh full income year succeeding the year in which the investment in the eligible project was made and the next two succeeding years, twenty per cent. The sum of all tax credits granted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall not exceed one hundred million dollars with respect to a single eligible urban reinvestment project or a single eligible industrial site investment project approved by the commissioner. The sum of all tax credits granted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall not exceed [six hundred fifty] eight hundred million dollars.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, any applicant may, at the time of application, apply to the commissioner for a credit that exceeds the limitations established by this subsection. The commissioner shall evaluate the benefits of such application and make recommendations to the General Assembly relating to changes in the general statutes which would be necessary to effect such application if the commissioner determines that the proposal would be of economic benefit to the state.

Sec. 45. Subsection (a) of section 32-235 of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [one billion one hundred fifteen million three hundred thousand] one billion two hundred fifteen million three hundred thousand dollars, provided (1) one hundred forty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2011, and twenty million dollars of said authorization shall be made available for small business development; [. Two] and (2) two hundred eighty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2012, and forty million dollars of said authorization shall be made available for the Small Business Express program established pursuant to section 32-7g and not more than twenty million dollars of said authorization may be made available for businesses that commit to relocating one hundred or more jobs that are outside of the United States to the state. Any amount of said authorizations that are made available for small business development or businesses that commit to relocating one hundred or more jobs that are outside of the United States to the state, but are not exhausted for such purpose by the first day of the fiscal year subsequent to the fiscal year in which such amount was made available, shall be used for the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section. For purposes of this subsection, a "small business" is one employing not more than one hundred employees.

Sec. 46. (Effective July 1, 2014) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate fifty million dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Public Health for the purpose of providing grants-in-aid, which may be provided in the form of principal forgiveness, to eligible public water systems for eligible drinking water projects for which a project funding agreement is made on or after July 1, 2014, between the Commissioner of Public Health and the eligible public water system pursuant to sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, of the general statutes, under the public water system improvement program established in subsection (c) of this section.

(c) (1) For purposes of the public water system improvement program established pursuant to this section:

(A) "Eligible drinking water project" has the same meaning as provided in section 22a-475 of the general statutes;

(B) "Eligible project costs" has the same meaning as provided in section 22a-475 of the general statutes;

(C) "Eligible public water system" has the same meaning as provided in section 22a-475 of the general statutes, except "eligible public water system" does not include eligible public water systems that are public service companies, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes.

(2) All provisions applicable to drinking water projects under sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, of the general statutes shall be applicable to the public water system improvement program, including eligibility of public water systems, eligible project costs, application procedures for financial assistance, and procedures for approving and awarding such financial assistance. The department shall comply with all allocation goals for smaller eligible public water systems and with the priorities for awarding financial assistance, as provided in sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, of the general statutes.

(3) An eligible public water system applying for financial assistance pursuant to this section shall submit to the department, along with the application submitted under sections 22a-475 to 22a-483, inclusive, of the general statutes, a fiscal and asset management plan. The department shall provide financial assistance as follows:

(A) Eligible public water systems that serve ten thousand or fewer persons may receive financial assistance pursuant to this section for up to fifty per cent of eligible project costs;

(B) Eligible public water systems that serve more than ten thousand persons may receive financial assistance pursuant to this section for up to thirty per cent of eligible project costs; and

(C) Eligible public water systems that are for-profit companies may not receive additional financial assistance pursuant to this section.

(d) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with section 3-20 of the general statutes and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 47. (NEW) (Effective from passage) As used in this section and sections 48 and 49 of this act:

(1) "Administrative costs" means the costs paid or incurred by the administrator, including, but not limited to, peer review costs, professional fees, allocated staff costs and other out-of-pocket costs attributable to the administration and operation of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund;

(2) "Administrator" means the Department of Economic and Community Development;

(3) "Advisory board" means the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board established pursuant to section 48 of this act;

(4) "Eligible recipient" means (A) an aerospace, medical device or other company or nonprofit organization specializing in or providing technologically advanced commercial products or services; (B) an entity desiring to leverage federal grant funds to support advancements in manufacturing; or (C) a state or federally certified education and training program designed to meet an anticipated demand for appropriately skilled and trained workers;

(5) "Financial assistance" means any and all forms of grants, extensions of credit, loans or loan guarantees, equity investments or other forms of financing; and

(6) "Return on investment" means any and all forms of principal or interest payments, guarantee fees, returns on equity investments, royalties, options, warrants and debentures and all other forms of remuneration to the administrator in return for any financial assistance offered or provided.

Sec. 48. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board that shall consist of the following members: (1) Four appointed by the Governor; (2) one appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (3) one appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (4) one appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (5) one appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (6) one appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (7) one appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (8) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or the commissioner's designee, who shall serve as the chairperson of the advisory board. Each appointed member shall (A) have skill, knowledge and experience in industries and sciences related to aerospace, medical devices, digital manufacturing, digital communication or advanced manufacturing; (B) be a university faculty member in or hold a graduate degree in a related discipline, including, but not limited to, additive manufacturing and materials science; (C) have manufacturing education and training expertise; or (D) represent manufacturing related businesses or professional organizations. All initial appointments to the advisory board pursuant to this subsection shall be made not later than July 1, 2014. Appointed members shall each serve a term that is coterminous with the respective appointing authority. Each member shall hold office until a successor is appointed. Any vacancy occurring on the advisory board, other than by expiration of term, shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the balance of the unexpired term.

(b) The chairperson shall call the first meeting of the advisory board not later than September 30, 2014. The advisory board shall meet at such times as the chairperson deems necessary.

(c) No member of the advisory board shall receive compensation for such member's services, except that each member shall be entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of such member's official duties.

(d) A majority of the members of said advisory board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business or the exercise of any power of the advisory board. The advisory board may act by a majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is in attendance, for the transaction of any business or the exercise of any power of the advisory board, except as otherwise provided in this section.

(e) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, it shall not constitute a conflict of interest for a trustee, director, partner, officer, manager, shareholder, proprietor, counsel or employee of an eligible recipient, or any individual with a financial interest in an eligible recipient, to serve as a member of the advisory board, provided such trustee, director, partner, officer, manager, shareholder, proprietor, counsel, employee or individual shall abstain from deliberation, action or vote by the advisory board concerning any matter relating to such eligible recipient.

Sec. 49. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) There is established the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund, which shall be a nonlapsing fund held by the Treasurer separate and apart from all other moneys, funds and accounts. The following moneys shall be deposited in the fund: (1) Any moneys required or permitted by law to be deposited in the fund; (2) any moneys received in return for financial assistance awarded from the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund pursuant to the program established in subsection (k) of this section; (3) all private contributions, gifts, grants, donations, bequests or devises received by the fund; and (4) to the extent not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, any local, state or federal funds received by the fund. Investment earnings credited to the assets of such fund shall become part of the assets of such fund. The Treasurer shall invest the moneys held by the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund subject to use for financial assistance in accordance with subsections (d) and (k) of this section.

(b) Any moneys held in the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund may, pending the use or application of the proceeds thereof for an authorized purpose, be (1) invested and reinvested in such obligations, securities and investments as are set forth in subsection (f) of section 3-20 of the general statutes, in participation certificates in the Short Term Investment Fund created under sections 3-27a and 3-27f of the general statutes and in participation certificates or securities of the Tax-Exempt Proceeds Fund created under section 3-24a of the general statutes, (2) deposited or redeposited in any bank or banks, at the direction of the Treasurer, or (3) invested in participation units in the combined investment funds, as defined in section 3-31b of the general statutes. Proceeds from investments authorized by this subsection shall be credited to the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

(c) The Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund shall not be deemed an account within the General Fund. The moneys of the fund shall be used in accordance with the provisions of subsections (d) and (k) of this section and are in addition to any other resources available from state, federal or other entities that support the purposes described in subsections (d) and (k) of this section.

(d) The Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund shall be used: (1) To provide financial assistance to eligible recipients as may be approved by the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, and (2) to pay or reimburse the administrator for administrative costs pursuant to subsection (m) of this section. Such financial assistance shall be awarded for the purpose of: (A) Furthering the development or modernization of manufacturing equipment; (B) supporting advancements in manufacturing; (C) supporting advanced manufacturing research and development; (D) supporting expansion and training by eligible recipients; (E) attracting new manufacturers to the state; (F) supporting education and training programs designed to meet an anticipated demand for appropriately skilled and trained workers; (G) matching federal grants or otherwise leveraging federal grant funds to aid Connecticut universities and nonprofit organizations to increase research efforts; and (H) funding a voucher program as described in subsection (k) of this section. Additionally, such financial assistance shall target aerospace, medical device, composite materials, digital manufacturing and other technologically advanced commercial products and services' supply chains and related disciplines that are likely to lead to an improvement in or development of products or services that are commercializable and designed to advance the state of technology and the competitive position of eligible recipients, and that promise, directly or indirectly, to lead to job growth in the state in these or related fields.

(e) The administrator, in consultation with the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board, shall give priority consideration to proposals from any company that is located in or planning to relocate to: (1) A distressed municipality, as defined in section 32-9p of the general statutes; (2) a targeted investment community, as defined in section 32-222 of the general statutes; (3) a public investment community, as defined in section 7-545 of the general statutes; (4) an enterprise zone designated pursuant to section 32-70 of the general statutes; or (5) a manufacturing innovation district established pursuant to subsection (f) of this section.

(f) The administrator, in consultation with the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board, may establish manufacturing innovation districts in order to promote economic development priorities identified by the administrator.

(g) All expenditures from the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund, except for administrative costs reimbursed to the administrator pursuant to subsection (j) of this section, shall be approved by the advisory board, provided the advisory board may delegate to staff of the administrator the approval of transactions not greater than one hundred thousand dollars. Any such approval by the advisory board shall be (1) specific to an individual expenditure to be made; (2) for budgeted expenditures with such variations as the advisory board may authorize at the time of such budget approval; or (3) for a financial assistance program to be administered by staff of the administrator, subject to limits, eligibility requirements and other conditions established by the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board at the time of such program approval.

(h) The administrator shall provide any necessary staff, office space, office systems and administrative support for the operation of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund in accordance with this section. In acting as administrator of the fund, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall have and may exercise all of the powers set forth in chapter 578 of the general statutes, provided expenditures from the fund shall be approved by the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board pursuant to subsection (g) of this section.

(i) The Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board shall establish an application and approval process with guidelines and terms for financial assistance awarded from the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund to any eligible recipient. Such guidelines and terms shall include: (1) A requirement that any applicant for financial assistance operate in the state, or propose to relocate operations to the state, in whole or in part, as a condition of such financial assistance; (2) limitations on the total amount of financial assistance that may be awarded in the form of loans and grants; (3) eligibility requirements for loans and grants, including a requirement for applicants to obtain matching funds from nonstate sources; (4) a process for preliminary review of applications for strength and eligibility by the administrator before such applications are presented to the advisory board for consideration; (5) return on investment objectives, including, but not limited to, job growth and leveraged investment opportunities; and (6) such other guidelines and terms as the advisory board determines to be necessary and appropriate in furtherance of the objectives of this section.

(j) Financial assistance awarded from the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund to eligible recipients shall be used for costs related to facilities, necessary furniture, fixtures and equipment, tooling development and manufacture, materials and supplies, proof of concept or relevance, research and development, compensation, apprenticeship and such other costs that the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board determines pursuant to subsection (i) of this section to be eligible for financial assistance within the purposes of this section.

(k) The Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board may establish a voucher program that shall provide eligible recipients access to technical experts in universities, nonprofit organizations and other organizations that can provide specialized expertise to such eligible recipients to solve engineering, marketing and other challenges. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the advisory board, may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement such voucher program.

(l) On or before July 1, 2015, and prior to each fiscal year thereafter, the administrator shall prepare a plan of operations and an operating and capital budget for the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund, provided not later than ninety days prior to the start of each fiscal year, the administrator shall submit such plan and budget to the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board for its review and approval.

(m) Administrative costs shall be paid or reimbursed to the administrator from the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund, provided the total of such administrative costs in any fiscal year shall not exceed five per cent of the total amount of the allotted funding for such fiscal year as determined in the operating budget prepared pursuant to subsection (l) of this section. Nothing in this section or section 48 of this act shall be deemed to require the administrator to risk or expend the funds of the Department of Economic and Community Development in connection with the administration of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

(n) Not later than January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the administrator shall provide a report of the activities of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund to the Manufacturing Innovation Advisory Board for the advisory board's review and approval. Upon such approval, the advisory board shall provide such report, 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 commerce. Such report shall contain available information on the status and progress of the operations and funding of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund and the types, amounts and recipients of financial assistance awarded and any returns on investment.

Sec. 50. Section 10a-91a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

Sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, are known and may be cited as ["The Connecticut State University System Infrastructure Act"] "The Board of Regents for Higher Education Infrastructure Act".

Sec. 51. Section 10a-91b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

The purpose of [The Connecticut State University System Infrastructure Act] The Board of Regents for Higher Education Infrastructure Act is to enhance the intellectual capacity of the state by providing the infrastructure needed to prepare this state's present and future workforce, to contribute to the increased competitiveness of this state's businesses and to have a positive impact on economic development within this state, through a special capital improvement program established for the regional community-technical colleges, the Connecticut State University System and Charter Oak State College that assures a state commitment to support the financing of the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, improvement and equipping of facilities, structures and related systems for the benefit of this state and the regional community-technical colleges, the Connecticut State University System and Charter Oak State College, all to the public benefit and good, and the exercise of the powers, to the extent and manner provided in [The Connecticut State University System Infrastructure Act] The Board of Regents for Higher Education Infrastructure Act, is declared to be for a public purpose and to be the exercise of an essential government function. Sections 10a-91c to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, being necessary for the welfare of this state and its inhabitants, shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes thereof.

Sec. 52. Section 10a-91c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

As used in this section and sections 10a-91d to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings:

[(1) "Act" means The Connecticut State University System Infrastructure Act.

(2) "Board of trustees" means the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System. ]

(1) "Board of regents" means the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

[(3)] (2) "Cost", as applied to a project or any portion of a project, includes, but is not limited to: The purchase price or acquisition cost of any such project; the cost of planning, designing, constructing, building, altering, enlarging, reconstructing, renovating, improving, equipping and remodeling; the cost of all labor, materials, building systems, machinery and equipment; the cost of all lands, structures, real or personal property, rights, easements and franchises acquired; the cost of all utility extensions, access roads, site developments, financing charges, premiums for insurance; the cost of working capital related to a project, including the cost of Department of Administrative Services administrative functions provided for in subsection (d) of section 10a-91d, as amended by this act; the cost of plans and specifications, surveys and estimates of cost and of revenues; the cost of accountants, audits, engineering, feasibility studies, legal and other professional consulting or technical services; the cost of all other expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility or practicability of such construction; and administrative and operating expenses and such other expenses as may be necessary or incidental to the financing authorized by sections 10a-91c to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act. "Cost" does not include the cost of administrative functions provided by the system pursuant to sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act.

[(4) "CSUS 2020"] (3) "CSCU 2020" means the projects at the [system] Connecticut state colleges and universities system and system-wide that are identified in the facilities [plan] and academic plans necessary to modernize, rehabilitate, renew, expand and otherwise stabilize the physical plant and technology infrastructure of the system so as to provide a concentrated, accelerated and cooperative effort for the benefit of the educational and economic development needs of this state and the system in an efficient, cost effective and timely manner and to assure that the system continues to compete successfully for students, faculty and staff.

[(5) "CSUS 2020 Fund"] (4) "CSCU 2020 Fund" means the fund created under section 10a-91d, as amended by this act, which shall be a general obligation bond fund held and administered by the Treasurer separate and apart from all other general obligation bond funds and accounts of this state and into which the proceeds of the bonds authorized by section 10a-91e, as amended by this act, shall be deposited.

[(6) "Facilities plan" means] (5) "Facilities and academic plans" means the long-term capital improvement [plan] plans approved by the board of [trustees] regents biennially and updated from time to time.

[(7)] (6) "Project" means (A) any structure designed for use as an academic building, administrative facility, library, classroom building, faculty facility, office facility, athletic or recreation facility, health care or wellness facility, laboratory facility, auditorium, public safety facility, parking facility, residence hall or other housing facility, dining facility, student center, maintenance, storage or utility facility or other building or structure essential, necessary or useful for the operation of a university and the system; (B) any multipurpose structure designed to combine two or more of the functions performed by the types of structures enumerated in this definition, including, without limitation, improvements, reconstruction, replacements, additions and equipment acquired in connection with a project or in connection with the operation of any facilities of the system; [existing on July 1, 2008; ] (C) all real and personal property, lands, improvements, driveways, roads, approaches, pedestrian access roads, parking lots, parking facilities, rights-of-way, utilities, easements and other interests in land, machinery and equipment, and all appurtenances and facilities either on, above or under the ground that are used or usable in connection with any of the structures included in this definition; and (D) landscaping, site preparation, furniture, machinery, equipment and other similar items essential, necessary or useful for the operation of a particular facility or structure in the manner for which its use is intended, but does not include items that are customarily under applicable accounting principles considered as a current operating charge, unless the category and maximum amount thereof is specifically included by a determination of the board of [trustees] regents in order to preserve the excludability of the interest on the bonds issued therefor from federal taxation under the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States as from time to time amended. [Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, "project" may include] "Project" includes any residential [or] and other auxiliary [service] facility, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10a-89c, and any state facility used for the programs of the system.

[(8)] (7) "System" means the regional community-technical colleges, the Connecticut State University System, [a constituent unit of the state system of higher education comprised of Western Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University] Charter Oak State College and constituent units of the state system of higher education, established pursuant to sections [10a-87] 10a-71 to 10a-101, inclusive, as amended by this act, and sections 10a-143 to 10a-143b, inclusive.

[(9)] (8) "Treasurer" means the State Treasurer or the Deputy State Treasurer appointed pursuant to section 3-12.

[(10) "University" means any one of Western Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University or Central Connecticut State University. ]

Sec. 53. Section 10a-91d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) It is hereby determined and found to be in the best interest of this state and the system to establish [CSUS] CSCU 2020 as the efficient and cost-effective course to achieve the objective of renewing, modernizing, enhancing, expanding, acquiring and maintaining the infrastructure of the system, the particular project or projects, each being hereby approved as a project of [CSUS] CSCU 2020, and the presently estimated cost thereof being as follows:

   

    Phase I

Phase II

Phase III

   

    Fiscal Years

Fiscal Years

Fiscal Years

   

    Ending

Ending

Ending

   

    June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

   

    2009-2011

2012-2014

[2015-2018]

       

2015-2019

         
 

Central Connecticut State

     
 

University

     
 

Code Compliance/

     
 

Infrastructure Improvements

    [18,146,445]

[6,704,000]

[5,000,000]

   

    16,418,636

6,894,000

 
 

Renovate/Expand Willard

     
 

and DiLoreto Halls

     
 

(design/construction)

 

57,737,000

 
 

Renovate/Expand Willard and

     
 

DiLoreto Halls

     
 

(equipment)

   

3,348,000

 

New Classroom Office Building

    [33,978,000]

   
   

    29,478,000

   
 

[East Campus Infrastructure

     
 

Development]

    [13,244,000]

   
 

Renovate Barnard Hall

    3,680,000

 

18,320,000

 

[Burritt Library Expansion

     
 

(design/construction)]

   

[96,262,000]

 

New Engineering Building

     
 

    (design/construction and

     
 

    equipment)

    9,900,000

 

52,800,000

 

Burritt Library Renovation,

     
 

(design, addition and

   

[11,387,000]

 

    equipment)

   

16,500,000

 

New Maintenance/Salt Shed

     
 

Facility

    2,503,000

   
 

Renovate Kaiser Hall and

     
 

Annex

    6,491,809

210,000

18,684,000

         
 

Eastern Connecticut State

     
 

University

     
 

Code Compliance/

     
 

Infrastructure Improvements

    [8,255,113]

5,825,000

[5,000,000]

   

    8,938,849

   
 

Fine Arts Instructional Center

     
 

(design)

    12,000,000

   
 

Fine Arts Instructional Center

     
 

(construction)

 

71,556,000

 
 

Fine Arts Instructional Center

     
 

(equipment)

   

4,115,000

 

Goddard Hall Renovation

     
 

(design/construction)

 

19,239,000

 
 

Goddard Hall Renovation

     
 

(equipment)

   

1,095,000

 

Sports Center Addition and

     
 

Renovation (design)

   

11,048,000

 

Outdoor Track-Phase II

    [1,816,000]

   
   

    1,506,396

   
 

Athletic Support Building

    1,921,000

   
 

New Warehouse

    [2,269,000]

   
   

    1,894,868

   
         
 

Southern Connecticut State

     
 

University

     
 

Code Compliance/

     
 

Infrastructure Improvements

    16,955,915

8,637,000

[5,000,000]

 

New Academic Laboratory

     
 

Building/Parking Garage

     
 

(construct garage,

     
 

design academic laboratory

     
 

building, demolish Seabury

     
 

Hall)

    8,944,000

   
 

New Academic Laboratory

     
 

Building/Parking Garage

     
 

(construct academic laboratory

     
 

building)

 

63,171,000

 
 

Health and Human Services

     
 

Building

   

60,412,000

 

Additions and Renovations to

     
 

Buley Library

    16,386,585

   
 

Fine Arts Instructional Center

   

70,929,000

         
 

Western Connecticut State

     
 

University

     
 

Code Compliance/

     
 

Infrastructure Improvements

    7,658,330

4,323,000

[7,212,000]

 

Fine Arts Instructional Center

     
 

(construction)

    80,605,000

   
 

Fine Arts Instructional Center

     
 

(equipment)

 

4,666,000

 
 

Higgins Hall Renovations

     
 

(design)

 

2,982,000

 
 

Higgins Hall Renovations

     
 

(construction/equipment)

   

31,594,000

 

Berkshire Hall Renovations

     
 

(design)

   

4,797,000

 

University Police Department

     
 

Building (design)

    500,000

   
 

University Police Department

     
 

Building (construction)

 

4,245,000

 
 

Midtown Campus Mini-Chiller

     
 

Plant

   

1,957,000

         
 

[State University System]

     
 

    Board of Regents for Higher

     
 

    Education

     
 

New and Replacement

     
 

Equipment, Smart Classroom

     
 

Technology and Technology

     
 

Upgrades

    26,895,000

14,500,000

[31,844,000]

       

61,844,000

 

Alterations/Improvements:

     
 

Auxiliary Service Facilities

    18,672,422

15,000,000

20,000,000

 

Telecommunications

     
 

Infrastructure Upgrade

    10,000,000

3,415,000

5,000,000

 

Land and Property Acquisition

    [4,250,190]

[3,000,000]

4,000,000

   

    3,650,190

2,600,000

 
 

Deferred Maintenance/Code

     
 

Compliance Infrastructure

     
 

Improvements

   

48,557,000

 

Strategic Master Plan of

     
 

Academic Programs

   

3,000,000

 

Consolidation and Upgrade of

     
 

System Student and Financial

     
 

Information Technology

     
 

Systems

   

20,000,000

 

Advanced Manufacturing

     
 

Center at Asnuntuck

     
 

Community College

   

25,500,000

         
 

Totals

285,000,000

285,000,000

[380,000,000]

       

483,500,000

(b) The plan of funding [CSUS] CSCU 2020 shall be from the proceeds of general obligation bonds of the state in an amount authorized pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10a-91e, as amended by this act. The proceeds of the general obligation bonds issued pursuant to section 10a-91e, as amended by this act, shall be deposited into the [CSUS] CSCU 2020 Fund.

(c) With respect to [CSUS] CSCU 2020 and within the authorized funding amount, the board of [trustees] regents may, from time to time, and shall, whenever appropriate or necessary, revise, delete or add a particular project or projects, provided:

(1) [a] A formal approving vote of the board of [trustees] regents shall be needed for (A) a revision that deviates from the estimated costs of projects pursuant to subsection (a) of this section in an amount that is less than (i) ten per cent of such costs for a project with an estimated cost of one million dollars or lower, or (ii) five per cent of such costs for a project with an estimated cost of more than one million dollars, provided such change in the costs does not include changes in the costs of materials, (B) a deletion, or (C) an addition dictated by a change in system planning as determined by the board of [trustees] regents or otherwise necessary because of reasons beyond the control of the system; [,]

(2) [any] Any revision shall be subject only to such formal approval of the board of [trustees] regents as long as the board of [trustees] regents finds and determines that such revision is consistent with the intent or purpose of the original project; [,] and

(3) (A) [a] A revision that deviates from the estimated costs of projects pursuant to subsection (a) of this section in an amount that is equal to or greater than (i) ten per cent of such costs for a project with an estimated cost of one million dollars or lower, or (ii) five per cent of such costs for a project with an estimated cost of more than one million dollars, provided such change in the costs does not include changes in the costs of materials, (B) an addition, or (C) a deletion, shall be conditioned not only upon such formal approval of the board of [trustees] regents but also upon a request by the board of [trustees] regents for, and enactment of, a subsequent public or special act approving (i) such addition or deletion, if such addition is to add a project not outlined in subsection (a) of this section or the deletion is the deletion of a project outlined in subsection (a) of this section, or (ii) such revision, except if such revision is due to the use of funds remaining from a completed project, then such revision shall be conditioned only upon such formal approval of the board of regents.

(4) [Furthermore, with respect to CSUS 2020 and subject] Subject to the limitations in the authorized funding amount, the board of [trustees] regents may determine the sequencing and timing of such project or projects, revise estimates of cost and reallocate from any amounts estimated in subsection (a) of this section, for one or more projects to one or more other projects then constituting a component of [CSUS] CSCU 2020 as long as, at the time of such reallocation, it has found that any such project to which a reallocation is made has been revised or added in accordance with this section and such project from which a reallocation is made either has been so revised or added and can be completed within the amounts remaining allocated to it, or has been so deleted. The board of [trustees'] regents' actions under this section shall be included in reports to the Governor and the General Assembly under section 10a-91f, as amended by this act. If the board of [trustees] regents requests a revision, addition or deletion pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection, the board of [trustees] regents shall submit such request to the Governor at the same time that the request is submitted to the General Assembly.

(d) (1) In accordance with the provisions of chapters 59 and 60, the Commissioner of Administrative Services shall be responsible for the duties [as] specified in said provisions, and, on a quarterly basis, the commissioner shall provide the system with information needed for compliance with sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, including, but not limited to, costs, timeliness of completion of projects and any issues that have developed in implementation of any project under the commissioner's jurisdiction.

(2) Not later than January 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Administrative Services shall, in accordance with section 11-4a, report to the Governor and the General Assembly on any (A) construction management services costs, (B) administrative services costs, and (C) costs of fees associated with [CSUS] CSCU 2020.

(e) The Commissioner of Administrative Services and the system shall enter into and maintain a memorandum of understanding that shall provide for the assignment of personnel from the Department of Administrative Services to ensure that buildings or projects that are part of the [CSUS] CSCU 2020 program are designed and constructed in compliance with the Fire Safety Code and the State Building Code with respect to buildings or building projects that (1) are part of [CSUS] CSCU 2020, as authorized by sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, (2) do not meet the threshold limits, as defined in section 29-276b, and (3) construction of which is initiated during the period of time in which the memorandum is in effect.

[(f) The board of trustees shall request, in writing, approval from the Department of Administrative Services for any acquisition or purchase of equipment, furniture or personal property using funds provided pursuant to sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive. Such purchases or acquisitions shall require specific approval by the Commissioner of Administrative Services, or shall be deemed approved not later than thirty days after such request for approval, if the commissioner has not rejected the request. ]

(f) Not later than July 1, 2015, and biannually thereafter, the Board of Regents for Higher Education shall, in accordance with section 11-4a, report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and finance on how the Board of Regents for Higher Education disbursed to and divided among each state university and each regional community technical college the proceeds of the general obligation bonds issued pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10a-91e, as amended by this act, for each of the projects listed under the Board of Regents for Higher Education in subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 54. Section 10a-91e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) The State Bond Commission shall approve the [CSUS] CSCU 2020 program and authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [nine hundred fifty million dollars] one billion fifty-three million five hundred thousand dollars. The amount provided for the issuance and sale of bonds in accordance with this section shall be capped in each fiscal year in the following amounts, provided, to the extent the board of [trustees] regents does not provide for the issuance of all or a portion of such amount in a fiscal year, or the Governor disapproves the request for issuance of all or a portion of the amount of the bonds as provided in subsection (d) of this section, any amount not provided for or disapproved, as the case may be, shall be carried forward and added to the capped amount for [the next succeeding] a subsequent fiscal year, but not later than the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and provided further, the costs of issuance and capitalized interest, if any, may be added to the capped amount in each fiscal year, and each of the authorized amounts shall be effective on July first of the fiscal year indicated as follows:

 

Fiscal Year Ending June 30

Amount

     
 

2009

95,000,000

 

2010

[95,000,000] 0

 

2011

95,000,000

 

2012

95,000,000

 

2013

95,000,000

 

2014

95,000,000

 

2015

[95,000,000] 175,000,000

 

2016

[95,000,000] 118,500,000

 

2017

95,000,000

 

2018

95,000,000

 

2019

95,000,000

 

Total

[$ 950,000,000] $1,053,500,000

(b) The State Bond Commission shall approve a memorandum of understanding between the board of [trustees] regents and the state, acting by and through the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Treasurer, providing for the issuance of said bonds for the purposes of sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, including provisions regarding the extent to which federal, private or other moneys then available or thereafter to be made available for costs should be added to the proceeds of the bonds authorized pursuant to sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, for such project or projects. The memorandum of understanding shall be deemed to satisfy the provisions of section 3-20 and the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which is not inconsistent with the provisions of sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act.

(c) All bonds issued pursuant to sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act, shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

(d) (1) On or before the first day of March in each year, the board of [trustees] regents shall submit to the Governor, the Treasurer and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the most recently approved facilities [plan] and academic plans and the amount of bonds required for the [CSUS] CSCU 2020 program for the fiscal year beginning on July first of that year. The Governor may, not later than thirty days after such submission, approve or disapprove all or a portion of such amount of bonding submitted by the board of [trustees] regents by notifying the board of [trustees] regents, in writing, of such decision and the reasons for it. If the Governor does not act within such thirty-day period, the issuance of bonds for the [CSUS] CSCU 2020 program for the fiscal year beginning on July first of that year is deemed approved.

(2) In the event the capped amount of authorized bonds is increased by the General Assembly for the fiscal year beginning on July first for which the issuance of such bonds has already been approved by the Governor or deemed approved pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, the board of regents shall submit to the Governor, the Treasurer and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, not later than thirty days after the effective date of such increase, an addendum to the most recently approved facilities and academic plans and the amount of additional bonds required for the CSCU 2020 program for the fiscal year beginning on July first of that year. The Governor may, not later than thirty days after such submission, approve or disapprove all or a portion of such additional amount of bonding submitted by the board of regents by notifying the board of regents in writing, of such decision and the reasons for such decision. If the Governor does not act within such thirty-day period, the issuance of additional bonds for the CSCU 2020 program for the fiscal year beginning on July first of that year is deemed approved.

[(2)] (3) Subject to the amount of limitations of such capping provisions in subsection (a) of this section and following the approval or deemed approval of the request to issue bonds as provided in subdivision (1) of this subsection, the principal amount of the bonds authorized under this section shall be deemed to be an appropriation and allocation of such amount, and such approval of such request shall be deemed the allotment by the Governor of such capital outlays within the meaning of section 4-85.

Sec. 55. Subsection (a) of section 10a-91f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) Not later than January 1, [2010] 2015, and semiannually thereafter, the system shall, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status and progress of [CSUS] CSCU 2020. Each report shall include, but not be limited to: (1) Information on the number of projects authorized and approved hereunder including, relative to such projects, project costs, timeliness of completion and any problems which have developed in implementation, and a schedule of projects remaining and their expected costs; and (2) the amount of money raised from private sources for the capital and endowment programs. For purposes of preparing each report, upon request of the board of [trustees] regents, the Treasurer shall promptly provide information concerning bonds authorized, approved and issued under sections 10a-91a to 10a-91h, inclusive, as amended by this act.

Sec. 56. Section 10a-91g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

On January 1, 2014, and January 1, 2019, the system shall, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, submit to the Governor and to the General Assembly, a five-year [CSUS] CSCU 2020 performance review report detailing for each project undertaken to date under the program the progress made and the actual expenditures compared to original estimated costs. Not later than sixty calendar days after receipt of said report, the Governor and the General Assembly shall consider the report and determine whether there has been insufficient progress in implementation of [CSUS] CSCU 2020 or whether there have been significant cost increases over original estimates as a result of actions taken by the system. If so, the Governor or the General Assembly may make recommendations for appropriate action to the system and for action by the General Assembly.

Sec. 57. Section 10a-91h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

The board of [trustees] regents shall select and appoint independent auditors, as defined in subdivision (7) of section 4-230, to annually conduct an audit of any project of [CSUS 2020, as defined in subdivision (4) of section 10a-91c] CSCU 2020. Such audit shall review invoices, expenditures, cost allocations and other appropriate documentation in order to reconcile project costs and verify conformance with project budgets, cost allocation agreements and applicable contracts, and shall be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly in accordance with section 11-4a. The board of [trustees] regents shall ensure that the auditors have unfettered access to any documentation the auditors need to review any such project. The auditors appointed pursuant to this section may serve in such capacity for five consecutive years and shall not be reappointed at the expiration of such period. Any such auditor appointed pursuant to this section shall not perform any nonaudit services for the system during such period.

Sec. 58. (Effective from passage) (a) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may enter into a contract with: (1) The Trust for Public Land for the purchase of approximately nine hundred twenty-four acres of land located in the town of Old Saybrook, and (2) the town of Westbrook for the purchase of approximately four acres of land located in the town of Westbrook. Such properties are commonly known as "The Preserve," and are further described on a certain map entitled, "Monumented Property Survey Map of the Perimeter of Lands of River Sound Development, LLC, Essex Road – Connecticut Route 153, Ingham Hill Road-Bokum Road, Essex, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Connecticut, Scale: 1"=500' (1"=100' Sheets 2 to 15), Date: October 7, 2013; Map Revised To February 13, 2014" and prepared by Stein Survey PO Box 1097, 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498. Said subject parcel is comprised of some 924. 5 acres of land in the town of Old Saybrook and some 3. 7 acres of land in the town of Westbrook except for all lands in the town of Essex and 2. 1 acres of land in the town of Old Saybrook, as shown on such map.

(b) Such purchases shall be on such terms and conditions as are approved by the commissioner for the purpose of protecting such properties as open space.  Such terms and conditions may include, but shall not be limited to, joint ownership and management by the state as a tenant in common with the town of Old Saybrook, provided such terms and conditions shall provide for the filing on the land records in the towns in which such lands are located, deeds, restrictions, easements or agreements that provide that all land or interest in land subject to such purchases is preserved in perpetuity in its natural and open condition for the protection of natural resources. Such deeds, restrictions, easements or agreements used to ensure all land or interests in land is preserved in perpetuity may be recorded by any party to said contracts and may be in favor of a non-profit conservation organization approved by the commissioner. Such deeds, restrictions, easements or agreements may allow only those recreational activities that are not prohibited in subsection (c) of section 7-131d of the general statutes and shall allow for improvements and activities necessary only for land and natural resource management. Such deeds, restrictions or easements shall also include a requirement that the property be available to the general public for recreational purposes that are not prohibited in subsection (c) of section 7-131d of the general statutes and shall allow for the installation of such permanent fixtures as may be necessary to provide such recreational activities.

(c) For the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate two million dollars solely for the purchase and stewardship of the property described in subsection (a) of this section.

(d) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (c) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the purpose of acquisition and stewardship of the property described in subsection (a) of this section. Any funds used for the maintenance of such open space shall be deposited in the stewardship account established pursuant to section 23-79 of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

(e) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 59. Section 23-79 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

To ensure the proper management of land acquired pursuant to sections 23-73 to 23-79, inclusive, concurrent with each land acquisition, an amount not to exceed twenty per cent of the appraised value of the land may be allocated from the proceeds of bonds authorized for the purposes of this program to be used for the management of acquisitions or to be deposited in a stewardship account which shall be established by the Comptroller as a separate nonlapsing account within the General Fund. Income derived from the investment of such account shall be credited to such account and such account shall be used for the management of acquisitions. The commissioner may name a cooperator as primary manager of the land and on such nomination may authorize, at reasonable times and in reasonable amounts, payments to the primary manager for expenses incurred in the management of program acquisitions. A cooperator shall not be required to provide matching funds for any expenditure from a stewardship account. Said account shall also receive any other funds, as required by law or any contributions from others.

Sec. 60. Section 16 of special act 01-2 of the June special session, as amended by section 91 of special act 02-1 of the May 9 special session, section 103 of special act 04-2 of the May special session, section 126 of public act 07-7 of the June special session and section 92 of public act 10-44, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of sections 16 to 22, inclusive, of special act 01-2 of the June special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 157,787,112] $152,970,112.

Sec. 61. Subdivision (4) of subsection (h) of section 17 of special act 01-2 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):

At Hartford Juvenile Matters and Detention Center: Renovation and expansion of courtrooms, not exceeding [$ 7,000,000] $2,183,000.

Sec. 62. Section 1 of public act 07-7 of the June special session, as amended by section 211 of public act 10-44, section 86 of public act 11-57, section 18 of public act 12-189 and section 115 of public act 13-239, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of public act 07-7 of the June special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 328,524,264] $324,559,611.

Sec. 63. Subdivision (7) of subsection (s) of section 2 of public act 07-7 of the June special session is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2014)

Sec. 64. Subdivision (9) of subsection (w) of section 2 of public act 07-7 of the June special session is repealed. (Effective from passage)

Sec. 65. Subparagraph (E) of subdivision (1) of subsection (t) of section 2 of public act 07-7 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

Land and property acquisitions, not exceeding [$ 100,000] $94,510.

Sec. 66. Section 2 of public act 07-7 of the June special session is amended by adding subsection (x) as follows (Effective from passage):

(x) For the Department of Administrative Services, to replace and extend the authorizations and allocations made pursuant to subsection (e) of section 2 of public act 07-7 of the June special session, which authorizations and allocations are hereby validated, replaced and continued as if no interruption occurred between the passage of public act 07-7 of the June special session and the effective date of this section:

(1) Development and implementation of the Connecticut Education Network, not exceeding $ 4,100,000;

(2) Planning for development of an alternate data center, not exceeding $ 2,165,000;

(3) Development and implementation of information technology systems for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, not exceeding $ 4,180,847.

Sec. 67. Subdivision (2) of subsection (h) of section 32 of public act 07-7 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Office of Early Childhood: Grants-in-aid for minor capital improvements and wiring for technology for school readiness programs, not exceeding $ 1,500,000.

Sec. 68. Section 1 of public act 11-57, as amended by section 92 of public act 13-239, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of sections 1 to 7, inclusive, of public act 11-57, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 232,146,556] $239,146,556.

Sec. 69. Section 20 of public act 11-57, as amended by section 24 of public act 12-189, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of sections 20 to 26, inclusive, of public act 11-57, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 375,815,135] $370,815,135.

Sec. 70. Subsection (d) of section 21 of public act 11-57, as amended by section 25 of public act 12-189 and section 96 of public act 13-239, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Department of Administrative Services:

(1) Alterations, renovations and improvements, including installation of air conditioning, [and related planning, design, development and demolition work,] to the State Office Building and associated parking facilities in Hartford, not exceeding $ 24,000,000;

(2) Infrastructure repairs and improvements, including fire, safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, improvements to state-owned buildings and grounds, including energy conservation and off-site improvements, and preservation of unoccupied buildings and grounds, including office development, acquisition, renovations for additional parking and security improvements at state-occupied facilities, not exceeding $ 192,500,000.

Sec. 71. Subparagraph (A) of subdivision (1) of subsection (l) of section 21 of public act 11-57 is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2014)

Sec. 72. Subdivision (4) of subsection (e) of section 9 of public act 12-189 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Office of Early Childhood: Grants-in-aid to [municipalities and organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time] sponsors of school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers, for facility improvements and minor capital repairs to that portion of facilities that house school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers, [operated by such municipalities and organizations,] not exceeding $ 10,000,000.

Sec. 73. Section 84 of public act 13-3, as amended by section 15 of public act 13-122 and section 191 of public act 13-247, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2015, inclusive, the Departments of Emergency Services and Public Protection, [Construction] Administrative Services and Education shall jointly administer a school security infrastructure competitive grant program to reimburse [towns] a town, regional educational service center, the governing authority for a state charter school, the Department of Education on behalf of the technical high school system, an incorporated or endowed high school or academy approved by the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-34 of the general statutes and the supervisory agent for a nonpublic school for certain expenses for schools [under the jurisdiction of the town's school district] incurred on or after January 1, 2013, for: (1) The development or improvement of the security infrastructure of schools, based on the results of school building security assessments pursuant to subsection [(c)] (d) of this section, including, but not limited to, the installation of surveillance cameras, penetration resistant vestibules, ballistic glass, solid core doors, double door access, computer-controlled electronic locks, entry door buzzer systems, scan card systems, panic alarms, real time interoperable communications and multimedia sharing infrastructure or other systems; and (2) (A) the training of school personnel in the operation and maintenance of the security infrastructure of school buildings, or (B) the purchase of portable entrance security devices, including, but not limited to, metal detector wands and screening machines and related training.

(b) (1) On and after the effective date of this section, each local and regional board of education may, on behalf of its town or its member towns, apply, at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection prescribes, to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a grant for certain expenses for schools under the jurisdiction of such board of education incurred on and after January 1, 2013, for the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section. Prior to the date that the School Safety Infrastructure Council makes its initial submission of the school safety infrastructure standards, pursuant to subsection (c) of section [80 of public act 13-3] 10-292r of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in consultation with the Commissioners of [Construction] Administrative Services and Education, shall determine which expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the program. On and after the date that the School Safety Infrastructure Council submits the school safety infrastructure standards, the decision to approve or deny an application and the determination of which expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the program shall be in accordance with the most recent submission of the school safety infrastructure standards, pursuant to subsection (c) of section [80 of public act 13-3] 10-292r of the general statutes.

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, a regional educational service center may apply, at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection prescribes, to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a grant for certain expenses for schools under the jurisdiction of such regional educational service center incurred on and after January 1, 2013, for the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section. The department shall decide whether to approve or deny an application and which expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the program. Such decisions shall be in accordance with the school safety infrastructure standards developed pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-292r of the general statutes.

(3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the governing authority for a state charter school may apply, at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection prescribes, to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a grant for certain expenses for schools under the jurisdiction of such governing authority incurred on and after January 1, 2013, for the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section. The department shall decide whether to approve or deny an application and which expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the program. Such decisions shall be in accordance with the school safety infrastructure standards developed pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-292r of the general statutes.

(4) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the superintendent of the technical high school system may apply, at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection prescribes, to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a grant for certain expenses for schools in the technical high school system incurred on and after January 1, 2013, for the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section. The department shall decide whether to approve or deny an application and which expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the program. Such decisions shall be in accordance with the school safety infrastructure standards developed pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-292r of the general statutes.

(5) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, an incorporated or endowed high school or academy may apply, at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection prescribes, to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a grant for certain expenses incurred on and after January 1, 2013, for the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section. The department shall decide whether to approve or deny an application and which expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the program. Such decisions shall be in accordance with the school safety infrastructure standards developed pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-292r of the general statutes.

(6) (A) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the supervisory agent for a nonpublic school may apply, at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection prescribes, to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a grant for certain expenses for schools under the jurisdiction of such supervisory agent incurred on and after January 1, 2013, for the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section. The department shall decide whether to approve or deny an application and which expenses are eligible for reimbursement under the program. Such decisions shall be in accordance with the school safety infrastructure standards developed pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-292r of the general statutes.

(B) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, ten per cent of the funds available under the program shall be awarded to the supervisory agents of nonpublic schools, in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (6) of subsection (c) of this section.

(c) (1) A town may receive a grant equal to a percentage of its eligible expenses. The percentage shall be determined as follows: [(1)] (A) Each town shall be ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according to town wealth, as defined in subdivision (26) of section 10-262f of the general statutes, [(2)] (B) based upon such ranking, a percentage of not less than twenty or more than eighty shall be assigned to each town on a continuous scale, and [(3)] (C) the town ranked first shall be assigned a percentage of twenty and the town ranked last shall be assigned a percentage of eighty.

(2) A regional educational service center may receive a grant equal to a percentage of its eligible expenses. The percentage shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (A) multiplying the population of each member town in the regional educational service center by such town's ranking, as determined in subsection (a) of section 10-285a of the general statutes; (B) adding together the figures for each town determined under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision; and (C) dividing the total computed under subparagraph (B) of this subdivision by the total population of all member towns in the regional educational service center. The ranking of each regional educational service center shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such center shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank.

(3) The governing authority for a state charter school may receive a grant equal to a percentage of its eligible expenses that is the same as the town in which such state charter school is located, as calculated pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection.

(4) The Department of Education, on behalf of the technical high school system, may receive a grant equal to one hundred per cent of its eligible expenses.

(5) An incorporated or endowed high school or academy may receive a grant equal to a percentage of its eligible expenses. The percentage shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (A) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261 of the general statutes, of each town which at the time of application for such school security infrastructure competitive grant has designated such school as the high school for such town for a period of not less than five years from the date of such application, by such town's percentile ranking, as determined in subsection (a) of section 10-285a of the general statutes, (B) adding together the figures for each town determined under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, and (C) dividing the total computed under subparagraph (B) of this subdivision by the total population of all towns which designate the school as their high school under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision. The ranking determined pursuant to this subsection shall be rounded to the next higher whole number. Such incorporated or endowed high school or academy shall receive the reimbursement percentage of a town with the same rank.

(6) The supervisory agent for a nonpublic school may receive a grant equal to fifty per cent of its eligible expenses.

[If] (d) (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, if there are not sufficient funds to provide grants to all towns, based on the percentage determined pursuant to [this] subsection (c) of this section, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in consultation with the Commissioners of [Construction] Administrative Services and Education, shall give priority to applicants on behalf of schools with the greatest need for security infrastructure, as determined by said commissioners based on school building security assessments of the schools under the jurisdiction of the town's school district conducted pursuant to this [subsection] subdivision. Of the applicants on behalf of such schools with the greatest need for security infrastructure, said commissioners shall give first priority to applicants on behalf of schools that have no security infrastructure at the time of such school building security assessment and succeeding priority to applicants on behalf of schools located in priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p of the general statutes. To be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to this section, an applicant board of education shall (A) demonstrate that it has developed and periodically practices an emergency plan at the schools under its jurisdiction and that such plan has been developed in concert with applicable state or local first-responders, and (B) provide for a uniform assessment of the schools under its jurisdiction, including any security infrastructure, using the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities' Safe Schools Facilities [Check List] Checklist. The assessment shall be conducted under the supervision of the local law enforcement agency.

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, if there are not sufficient funds to provide grants to all applicants that are towns, regional educational service centers, governing authorities for state charter schools, the Department of Education, on behalf of the technical high school system, and incorporated or endowed high schools or academies based on the percentage determined pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in consultation with the Commissioners of Administrative Services and Education, shall give priority to applicants on behalf of schools with the greatest need for security infrastructure, as determined by said commissioners based on school building security assessments of the schools under the jurisdiction of the applicant conducted pursuant to this subdivision. Of the applicants on behalf of such schools with the greatest need for security infrastructure, said commissioners shall give first priority to applicants on behalf of schools that have no security infrastructure at the time of such school building security assessment and succeeding priority to applicants on behalf of schools located in priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p of the general statutes. To be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to this section, an applicant shall (A) demonstrate that it has developed and periodically practices an emergency plan at the schools under its jurisdiction and that such plan has been developed in concert with applicable state or local first-responders, and (B) provide for a uniform assessment of the schools under its jurisdiction, including any security infrastructure, using the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities' Safe Schools Facilities Checklist. The assessment shall be conducted under the supervision of the local law enforcement agency.

(3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, if there are not sufficient funds to provide grants to all applicant supervisory agents for nonpublic schools, based on the percentages described in subsection (c) of this section, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in consultation with the Commissioners of Administrative Services and Education, shall give priority to applicants on behalf of schools with the greatest need for security infrastructure, as determined by said commissioners. Of the applicants on behalf of such schools with the greatest need for security infrastructure, said commissioners shall give first priority to applicants on behalf of schools that have no security infrastructure at the time of application. To be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to this section, an applicant supervisory agent for a nonpublic school shall (A) demonstrate that it has developed and periodically practices an emergency plan at the school under its jurisdiction and that such plan has been developed in concert with applicable state or local first-responders, and (B) provide for a uniform assessment of the schools under its jurisdiction, including any security infrastructure, using the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities' Safe Schools Facilities Checklist. The assessment shall be conducted under the supervision of the local law enforcement agency.

Sec. 74. Section 85 of public act 13-3 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [fifteen] thirty-seven million dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Education for the purpose of the school security infrastructure competitive grant program, established pursuant to section 84 of [this act] public act 13-3, as amended by this act.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 75. Subdivision (2) of subsection (h) of section 13 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Office of Early Childhood: Grants-in-aid to [municipalities and organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time] sponsors of school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers, for facility improvements and minor capital repairs to that portion of facilities that house school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers, [operated by such municipalities and organizations,] not exceeding $ 11,500,000;

Sec. 76. Section 19 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

In the case of any grant-in-aid made pursuant to subsection (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h) or (i) of section 13 of [this act] public act 13-239 that is made to any entity which is not a political subdivision of the state, with the exception of such grants-in-aid made pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 13 of public act 13-239 to private nonprofit health and human services organizations, the contract entered into pursuant to section 18 of [this act] public act 13-239 shall provide that if the premises for which such grant-in-aid was made ceases, within ten years of the date of such grant, to be used as a facility for which such grant was made, an amount equal to the amount of such grant, minus ten per cent per year for each full year which has elapsed since the date of such grant, shall be repaid to the state and that a lien shall be placed on such land in favor of the state to ensure that such amount shall be repaid in the event of such change in use, provided if the premises for which such grant-in-aid was made are owned by the state, a municipality or a housing authority, no lien need be placed.

Sec. 77. Section 20 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 21 to 26, inclusive, of [this act] public act 13-239, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 348,338,805] $359,638,805.

Sec. 78. Subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 21 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For an information technology capital investment program, not exceeding [$ 25,000,000] $50,000,000.

Sec. 79. Subsection (b) of section 21 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Department of Veterans' Affairs: Alternations, renovations and improvements to buildings and grounds, not exceeding [$ 750,000] $1,050,000.

Sec. 80. Subdivision (2) of subsection (d) of section 21 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

Alterations, renovations and improvements to buildings and grounds, including utilities, mechanical systems and energy conservation projects, not exceeding [$ 5,000,000] $8,000,000.

Sec. 81. Subdivision (4) of subsection (g) of section 21 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program for recreation, open space, resource protection and resource management, not exceeding [$ 10,000,000] $8,000,000.

Sec. 82. (Effective July 1, 2014) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate three million five hundred thousand dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Education for the technical high school system, to establish a pilot program to provide expanded educational opportunities by extending hours at technical high schools in Hamden, Hartford, New Britain and Waterbury for purposes of academic enrichment and training in trades for secondary and adult students.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 83. Subdivision (1) of subsection (l) of section 21 of public act 13-239 is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2014)

Sec. 84. Section 27 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 28 to 30, inclusive, of [this act] public act 13-239, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 70,000,000] $90,000,000.

Sec. 85. Section 28 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The proceeds of the sale of bonds described in sections 27 to 30, inclusive, of [this act] public act 13-239 shall be used by the Department of Housing for the purposes hereinafter stated: Housing development and rehabilitation, including moderate cost housing, moderate rental, congregate and elderly housing, urban homesteading, community housing development corporations, housing purchase and rehabilitation, housing for the homeless, housing for low income persons, limited equity cooperatives and mutual housing projects, abatement of hazardous material including asbestos and lead-based paint in residential structures, emergency repair assistance for senior citizens, housing land bank and land trust, housing and community development, predevelopment grants and loans, reimbursement for state and federal surplus property, private rental investment mortgage and equity program, housing infrastructure, demolition, renovation or redevelopment of vacant buildings or related infrastructure, septic system repair loan program, acquisition and related rehabilitation including loan guarantees for private developers of rental housing for the elderly, projects under the program established in section 8-37pp of the general statutes, revitalization of state moderate rental housing units on the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's State Housing Portfolio and participation in federal programs, including administrative expenses associated with those programs eligible under the general statutes, not exceeding $ 70,000,000, provided not more than $ 1,000,000 shall be used for development of adult family homes, not more than $ 1,000,000 shall be used for grants-in-aid for accessibility modifications for persons transitioning from institutions to homes under the Money Follows the Person program, [and not more than $ 30,000,000 shall be used for revitalization of state moderate rental housing units on the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's State Housing Portfolio] and not less than $20,000,000 shall be used to promote homeownership through new home construction or home conversion in the cities of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, New London, New Britain, Norwalk and Stamford.

Sec. 86. Section 31 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 32 to 38, inclusive, of [this act] public act 13-239, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 175,000,000] $234,900,000.

Sec. 87. Subsection (a) of section 32 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Office of Policy and Management: Grants-in-aid to private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and that receive funds from the state to provide direct health or human services to state agency clients, for alterations, renovations, improvements, additions and new construction, including health, safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and energy conservation improvements, information technology systems, technology for independence, [and] purchase of vehicles and acquisition of property, not exceeding [$ 20,000,000] $50,000,000, $20,000,000 of which may be allocated to project applications received in response to the funding for this purpose provided in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 13 of public act 13-239.

Sec. 88. Subsection (e) of section 32 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For [the Department of Public Health] Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated: For the [Stem Cell] Regenerative Medicine Research Fund established by section 19a-32e of the general statutes, as amended by this act, not exceeding $ 10,000,000.

Sec. 89. Subsection (f) of section 32 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Department of Transportation: Grants-in-aid for improvements to ports and marinas, including dredging and navigational direction, not exceeding [$ 5,000,000] $25,000,000.

Sec. 90. Subdivision (1) of subsection (g) of section 32 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

Grants-in-aid for capital start-up costs related to the development of new interdistrict magnet school programs to assist the state in meeting the goals of the [2008] current stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al. , for the purpose of purchasing a building or portable classrooms, subject to the reversion provisions in subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of section 10-264h of the general statutes, leasing space, and purchasing equipment, including, but not limited to, computers and classroom furniture, not exceeding [$ 7,500,000] $17,400,000;

Sec. 91. Subdivision (2) of subsection (g) of section 32 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Office of Early Childhood: Grants-in-aid to [municipalities and organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time] sponsors of school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers, for facility improvements and minor capital repairs to that portion of facilities that house school readiness programs and state-funded day care centers, [operated by such municipalities and organizations,] not exceeding $ 15,000,000;

Sec. 92. Section 38 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

In the case of any grant-in-aid made pursuant to subsection (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h) or (i) of section 32 of [this act] public act 13-239 that is made to any entity which is not a political subdivision of the state, with the exception of such grants-in-aid made pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 32 of public act 13-239 to private nonprofit health and human services organizations, the contract entered into pursuant to section 37 of [this act] public act 13-239 shall provide that if the premises for which such grant-in-aid was made ceases, within ten years of the date of such grant, to be used as a facility for which such grant was made, an amount equal to the amount of such grant, minus ten per cent per year for each full year which has elapsed since the date of such grant, shall be repaid to the state and that a lien shall be placed on such land in favor of the state to ensure that such amount shall be repaid in the event of such change in use, provided if the premises for which such grant-in-aid was made are owned by the state, a municipality or a housing authority no lien need be placed.

Sec. 93. Section 45 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 46 to 50, inclusive, of [this act] public act 13-239, from time to time to authorize the issuance of special tax obligation bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$ 588,830,000] $577,980,000.

Sec. 94. Subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of section 46 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

Environmental compliance, soil and groundwater remediation, hazardous materials abatement, demolition, salt shed construction and renovation, storage tank replacement, and environmental emergency response at or in the vicinity of state-owned properties or related to Department of Transportation operations, not exceeding [$ 13,990,000] $20,690,000;

Sec. 95. Subdivision (10) of subsection (a) of section 46 of public act 13-239 is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2014)

Sec. 96. Subsection (c) of section 46 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2014):

For the Bureau of Public Transportation: Bus and rail facilities and equipment, including rights-of-way, other property acquisition and related projects, and signage, traffic lights and other equipment enabling Flower Street in Hartford to remain open to vehicular traffic for at least twenty hours per day, not exceeding [$ 143,000,000] $185,450,000.

Sec. 97. (Effective July 1, 2014) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate three million dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the purpose of a grant-in-aid to the town of Mansfield to be used for the wastewater component of the Four Corners project.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 98. Section 13b-236 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [seven million five hundred thousand] seventeen million five hundred thousand dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Transportation for a program of competitive grants for commercial rail freight lines operating in the state for improvements and repairs to, and the modernization of, existing rail, rail beds and related facilities. Such program shall include the following: (1) (A) Grants of one hundred per cent of the amount necessary to improve, repair or modernize state-owned rights of way, and (B) grants of seventy per cent of the amount necessary to improve, repair or modernize privately owned rail lines, provided the commissioner may waive the requirement for a thirty per cent matching grant if such improvement, repair or modernization demonstrably increases rail freight traffic; and (2) preference for grants shall be given to (A) proposals that are on the Department of Transportation's list of freight rail projects eligible to receive funds pursuant to P. L. 111-5, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, (B) freight rail projects that improve at-grade rail crossings to eliminate hazards or increase safety, [and] (C) freight rail projects that provide connection to major freight generators, (D) projects that further the goals and objectives of the Department of Transportation's Connecticut State Rail Plan, and (E) freight rail projects that improve freight rail infrastructure by increasing the capacity for rail freight traffic.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 99. Section 2 of public act 13-268 is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2014)

Approved May 22, 2014