Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-288

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH RESIDENT STATE TROOPERS.

Vote Date:

3/18/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/4/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety & Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To provide towns using the Resident State Trooper program advance notice of fringe benefit increase, so that they may budget appropriately.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE:

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and each fiscal year thereafter, the town's portion of such fringe benefits shall be equivalent to the portion of fringe benefits that such town owed for the prior fiscal year.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Matthew Hart, Town Manager, Town of Mansfield- Testified in favor of SB-288 stating that Mansfield has one sergeant and nine state troopers, the most in the state. The notice towns receive of yearly costs has been problematic in the past because they have received the information well after the completion of the local budget process. In order for the resident state trooper program to remain viable, the costs need to be manageable and sustainable long term.

Steve Werbner, Town Manager, Town of Tolland- Testified in favor of SB-288 stating that there has to be a way for the state to make a professional estimate of expenses based upon actuarial assumptions. This proposal would provide towns that participate in the Resident State Trooper Program the ability to better budget for these services.

Lisa Pelligrini, First Selectman, Town of Somers- Testified in support of SB-288 stating that the Resident State Trooper Program has been a vital link in the local-state public safety partnership. The proposal would provide towns that participate in the program the ability to better budget for these services.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Jamie Hobart

Date: 3/19/14