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Committee Bill No. 5134

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 2311

 

*02311HB05134APP*

Referred to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS

 

Introduced by:

 

(APP)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDS FOR MEDICAL CARE OF INMATES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2016) On or before October 1, 2016, and quarterly thereafter, any funds remaining in the Correction Commissaries account in the Department of Correction after the purposes for which such fund was created have been paid for shall be transferred and credited to the resources of the General Fund and shall be made available to pay for the provision of medical services to inmates.

Sec. 2. Section 4-57a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) As used in this section, "activity fund" means any fund operated by the Commissioner of Correction for the benefit of the inmates, the revenue of which is derived from any legal source compatible with the good government of any institution.

(b) The Commissioner of Correction may, with the approval of the Comptroller and in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Comptroller, establish one or more activity funds. The Governor may allot from the funds appropriated to the Department of Correction any amount needed in his judgment for the establishment of any such activity fund, and the Comptroller shall provide in such procedures for the reimbursement of such appropriation. The use of such state facilities as space, fixtures, heat and light to obtain revenue from the sources designated in subsection (a) of this section, is authorized. At the end of each quarter any cash balance in such fund not needed for the maintenance and continuance of its activities [may] shall, with the approval of the Comptroller, be transferred and credited to the ["Correctional General Welfare Fund" if such a fund has been established and, if not, shall remain in such activity fund] resources of the General Fund and shall be made available for the provision of medical services to inmates.

(c) The management of such funds shall be under the supervision of the Commissioner of Correction. The person acting as treasurer of any such fund shall be bonded in an amount determined by the State Insurance and Risk Management Board.

(d) Unless otherwise provided by the donor, all gifts, donations or bequests made to the inmates of any correctional institution, unclaimed funds accumulated from money deposited for the use of inmates in any institution, and the interest on any such money, shall be placed in a separate fund which may be known as the "Correctional General Welfare Fund" and shall be used in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Comptroller, for the benefit of the inmates of any institution in any manner which the Commissioner of Correction deems suitable.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2016

4-57a

Statement of Purpose:

To redirect funds to be used for the medical care of inmates.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. ZIOBRON, 34th Dist.

H.B. 5134