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Amendment

 

December Special Session, 2015

LCO No. 9865

   
 

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Offered by:

 

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.

REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.

REP. HOYDICK, 120th Dist.

REP. MINER, 66th Dist.

REP. O'NEILL, 69th Dist.

 

To: House Joint Resolution No. 301

File No.

Cal. No.

"RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE JOINT RULES OF THE DECEMBER SPECIAL SESSION, 2015. "

In line 1, insert "Section 1. " before "That"

After the last section, add the following:

"Sec. 2. That Senate Joint Resolution 1 of the 2015 regular session is amended by adding Rules 36 and 37 as follows:

"(NEW) 36. (a) There is established the Bi-partisan Commission on the Constitutional Spending Cap. The commission shall define "increase in personal income", "increase in inflation" and "general budget expenditures" for purposes of the general budget expenditures requirement pursuant to section 18 of article third of the Constitution of the state.

(b) The commission shall consist of the following members:

(1) The speaker of the House of Representatives, or the speaker's designee;

(2) The president pro tempore of the Senate, or the president pro tempore's designee;

(3) The majority leader of the House of Representatives, or the majority leader's designee;

(4) The majority leader of the Senate, or the majority leader's designee;

(5) The minority leader of the House of Representatives, or the minority leader's designee;

(6) One person appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;

(7) The minority leader of the Senate, or the minority leader's designee; and

(8) One person appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) Any member of the commission designated or appointed under subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the commission shall be made not later than December 15, 2015. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the minority leader of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the commission from among the members of the commission. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the commission, which shall be held not later than January 1, 2016.

(f) Not later than February 1, 2016, the commission shall submit the definitions to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. Not later than February 15, 2016, such joint standing committee shall hold a public informational hearing on the definitions. Such joint standing committee may make recommendations for legislation relating to the definitions.

(g) Not later than March 1, 2016, the General Assembly shall enact into law, by vote of at least three-fifths of the members of each chamber, legislation amending the general statutes to define "increase in personal income", "increase in inflation" and "general budget expenditures" as prescribed by the commission pursuant to this rule.

(NEW) 37. On and after March 1, 2016, the General Assembly shall enact no legislation or adopt any resolutions during the remainder of the 2016 session unless legislation has been enacted into law, by vote of at least three-fifths of the members of each chamber, amending the general statutes to define "increase in personal income", "increase in inflation" and "general budget expenditures" as prescribed by the Bi-partisan Commission on the Constitutional Spending Cap, established pursuant to Rule 36. "