PA 15-65—HB 6833

Commerce Committee

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

SUMMARY: This act (1) requires that a person achieve the rank of field grade or senior officer, instead of the lower rank of officer, to be the Office of Military Affairs executive director, and (2) modifies the director's duties.

To reflect existing practice, the act expands the director's duties to include (1) advocating for service members and their families to other state agencies, (2) initiating and sustaining collaborative partnerships with local military commanders, and (3) consulting with the Department of Economic and Community Development on proposed financial assistance agreements with defense and homeland security firms.

It eliminates requirements that the director: (1) support the development of a defense and homeland security industry cluster, (2) establish and coordinate a Connecticut Military and Defense Advisory Council to provide technical advice and assistance, and (3) oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Governor's Commission for the Economic Diversification of Southeastern Connecticut.

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

OLR Tracking: HP; RP; TA; BS