OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6833

AN ACT CONCERNING THE QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MILITARY AFFAIRS.

SUMMARY:

This bill (1) increases the military rank needed to be the Office of Military Affairs executive director (ED) from officer to field grade or senior officer, and (2) modifies the ED's duties to remove obsolete functions, reflect current agency practice, and make other minor changes.

The bill eliminates three obsolete ED duties:

1. supporting and developing a Defense and Homeland Security Industry Cluster,

2. establishing and coordinating a Connecticut Military and Defense Advisory Council, and

3. overseeing implementation of the recommendations of the Governor's Commission for the Economic Diversification of Southeastern Connecticut.

The bill also explicitly directs the ED to do the following, conforming to current agency practice:

1. advocate for service members and their families to other state agencies,

2. initiate and sustain collaborative partnerships with local military commanders, and

3. consult with the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) on proposed financial assistance agreements with defense and homeland security firms.

The bill also makes two minor changes to the ED's duties. Current law requires the ED to act as a “liaison to consultant lobbyists” hired by the state to monitor federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) activities. The bill instead requires the ED to coordinate the activities of consultants hired by the state during BRAC. The bill also clarifies that the ED's duty to enhance military personnel's quality of life pertains to those stationed in or deploying from Connecticut.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Office of Military Affairs

Contained administratively within DECD, the Office of Military Affairs works to enhance the life of all branches of military personnel and their families in Connecticut and expand the military and homeland security presence in the state.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

2

(03/10/2015)