Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5245

Title:

AN ACT PERMITTING ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION OF A SPECIAL SESSION OR A RECONVENED SESSION.

Vote Date:

2/29/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/22/2016

File No.:

43

SPONSORS OF BILL:

GAE Committee, on behalf of Representative Wilms

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill gives the Secretary of the State an option to notify legislators through email, which is generally a more cost-effective and efficient means than physical delivery. However she retains the option to notify through mail service or delivered to them in person by a CT State Trooper. Under this bill, she is required to send the electronic copy with at least 24 hours before the session convenes.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Denise Merrill, Secretary of the State:

The two existing delivery methods are not ideal (using the state troopers is expensive and the mail causes delays) but she believes is right to retain those should they be needed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Fred Wilms

Will cut costs and free up troopers to perform their normal duties.

Representative Leslie Zupkus

According to the OFA, the estimated cost per services of a legislator is $51.40, which equals $9612 for all 187, which is in addition to the $11,000 per day it costs to hold a special session.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed

Reported by: Mike Piersall

Date: 3/17/2016