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Amendment

 

May Special Session, 2016

LCO No. 6490

   
 

*SB0050206490HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.

REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.

REP. HOYDICK, 120th Dist.

REP. MINER, 66th Dist.

REP. O'NEILL, 69th Dist.

REP. DAVIS C. , 57th Dist.

REP. ZIOBRON, 34th Dist.

To: Senate Bill No. 502

File No.

Cal. No.

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A")

"AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE AND OTHER ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2016) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, those provisions of the state budget making appropriations, or in even-numbered years adjusting appropriations, for municipal aid shall be adopted by the General Assembly on or before the April first preceding July first of the fiscal year for which such appropriations are being made.

Sec. 502. Subsection (d) of section 10-262i of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(d) (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, [2014] 2017, and each fiscal year thereafter, if the amount paid to a town pursuant to subsection (a) of this section is greater than the amount paid to such town under said subsection for the prior fiscal year, the amount paid to a town pursuant to said subsection [(a) of this section] minus the amount paid to such town under said subsection for the prior fiscal year shall be the aid increase for such town for such fiscal year.

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, and each fiscal year thereafter, if the amount paid to a town pursuant to subsection (a) of this section is less than the amount paid to such town under said subsection for the prior fiscal year, the amount paid to such town under said subsection for the prior fiscal year minus the amount paid to such town pursuant to said subsection shall be the aid reduction for such town for such fiscal year.

Sec. 503. Section 10-262j of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) Except as otherwise provided under the provisions of subsections (c) to (e), inclusive, of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the budgeted appropriation for education shall be not less than the budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, plus any aid increase described in subsection (d) of section 10-262i, except that a town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, by one or more of the following:

(1) Any district with (A) a resident student population in which the number of students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations is equal to or greater than twenty per cent, and (B) a resident student count for October 1, 2014, using the data of record as of January 31, 2015, that is lower than such district's resident student count for October 1, 2013, using the data of record as of January 31, 2015, may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students for such years multiplied by fifty per cent of the net current expenditures per resident student of such district, provided such reduction shall not exceed one and one-half per cent of the district's budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, except that the Commissioner of Education may, following a review of a town's proposed reductions to its budgeted appropriation for education, permit a town to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount greater than one and one-half per cent if the board of education for such town has approved, by vote at a meeting duly called, such proposed reductions;

(2) Any district with (A) a resident student population in which the number of students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations is less than twenty per cent, and (B) a resident student count for October 1, 2014, using the data of record as of January 31, 2015, that is lower than such district's resident student count for October 1, 2013, using the data of record as of January 31, 2015, may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students for such years multiplied by fifty per cent of the net current expenditures per resident student of such district, provided such reduction shall not exceed three per cent of the district's budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, except that the Commissioner of Education may, following a review of a town's proposed reductions to its budgeted appropriation for education, permit a town to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount greater than three per cent if the board of education for such town has approved, by vote at a meeting duly called, such proposed reductions;

(3) Any district (A) that does not maintain a high school and pays tuition to another school district pursuant to section 10-33 for resident students to attend high school in another district, and (B) in which the number of resident students attending high school for such district for October 1, 2014, using the data of record as of January 31, 2015, is lower than such district's number of resident students attending high school for October 1, 2013, using the data of record as of January 31, 2015, may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students attending high school for such years multiplied by the amount of tuition paid per student pursuant to section 10-33; or

(4) Any district that realizes new and documentable savings through increased district efficiencies approved by the Commissioner of Education or through regional collaboration or cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to half of the amount of savings experienced as a result of such district efficiencies, regional collaboration or cooperative arrangement, provided such reduction shall not exceed one-half of one per cent of the district's budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

(b) Except as otherwise provided under the provisions of subsections (c) to (e), inclusive, of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, the budgeted appropriation for education shall be not less than the budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, plus any aid increase received pursuant to subsection (d) of section 10-262i, except that a town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, by one or more of the following:

(1) If a town experiences an aid reduction, as described in subsection (d) of section 10-262i, as amended by this act, such town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to the aid reduction.

[(1)] (2) Any district with (A) a resident student population in which the number of students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations is equal to or greater than twenty per cent, and (B) a resident student count for October 1, 2015, using the data of record as of January 31, 2016, that is lower than such district's resident student count for October 1, 2014, using the data of record as of January 31, 2016, may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students for such years multiplied by fifty per cent of the net current expenditures per resident student of such district, provided such reduction shall not exceed one and one-half per cent of the district's budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, except that the Commissioner of Education may, following a review of a town's proposed reductions to its budgeted appropriation for education, permit a town to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount greater than one and one-half per cent if the board of education for such town has approved, by vote at a meeting duly called, such proposed reductions;

[(2)] (3) Any district with (A) a resident student population in which the number of students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations is less than twenty per cent, and (B) a resident student count for October 1, 2015, using the data of record as of January 31, 2016, that is lower than such district's resident student count for October 1, 2014, using the data of record as of January 31, 2016, may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students for such years multiplied by fifty per cent of the net current expenditures per resident student, as defined in subdivision (45) of section 10-262f, of such district, provided such reduction shall not exceed three per cent of the district's budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, except that the Commissioner of Education may, following a review of a town's proposed reductions to its budgeted appropriation for education, permit a town to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount greater than three per cent if the board of education for such town has approved, by vote at a meeting duly called, such proposed reductions;

[(3)] (4) Any district (A) that does not maintain a high school and pays tuition to another school district pursuant to section 10-33 for resident students to attend high school in another district, and (B) in which the number of resident students attending high school for such district for October 1, 2015, using the data of record as of January 31, 2016, is lower than such district's number of resident students attending high school for October 1, 2014, using the data of record as of January 31, 2016, may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students attending high school for such years multiplied by the amount of tuition paid per student pursuant to section 10-33; or

[(4)] (5) Any district that realizes new and documentable savings through increased district efficiencies approved by the Commissioner of Education or through regional collaboration or cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to half of the amount of savings experienced as a result of such district efficiencies, regional collaboration or cooperative arrangement, provided such reduction shall not exceed one-half of one per cent of the district's budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

(c) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, the Commissioner of Education may permit a town to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount determined by the commissioner if the school district in such town has permanently ceased operations and closed one or more schools in the school district due to declining enrollment at such closed school or schools in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2016, inclusive.

(d) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, a town currently designated as an alliance district, as defined in section 10-262u, or formerly designated as an alliance district shall not reduce its budgeted appropriation for education pursuant to this section, except if a town currently designated as an alliance district or formerly designated as an alliance district experiences an aid reduction, as described in subsection (d) of section 10-262i, as amended by this act, such town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to the aid reduction.

(e) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, the provisions of this section shall not apply to any district that is in the top ten per cent of school districts based on the [district performance] accountability index, as defined in section 10-262u.

(f) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, the provisions of this section shall not apply to the member towns of a regional school district during the first full fiscal year following the establishment of the regional school district, provided the budgeted appropriation for education for member towns of such regional school district for each subsequent fiscal year shall be determined in accordance with this section.

Sec. 504. Section 4-66l of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "FY 15 mill rate" means the mill rate a municipality uses during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015;

(2) "Mill rate" means the mill rate a municipality uses to calculate tax bills for motor vehicles;

(3) "Municipality" means any town, city, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough;

(4) "Municipal spending" means:

T1

Municipal

Municipal

   

T2

spending for

spending for

   

T3

the fiscal year

the fiscal year

   

T4

prior to the

two years

   

T5

current fiscal

prior to the

   

T6

year

current year

X 100

= Municipal spending;

T7

______________________________

T8

Municipal spending for the fiscal

T9

year two years prior to the

   

T10

current year

   

(5) "Per capita distribution" means:

T11

Town population

X Sales tax revenue

= Per capita distribution;

T12

___________________

T13

Total state population

(6) "Pro rata distribution" means:

T14

Municipal weighted

mill rate

calculation

X Sales tax revenue

= Pro rata distribution;

T15

T16

____________________

T17

Sum of all municipal

weighted mill rate

calculations combined

T18

T19

(7) "Regional council of governments" means any such council organized under the provisions of sections 4-124i to 4-124p, inclusive;

(8) "Town population" means the number of persons in a municipality according to the most recent estimate of the Department of Public Health;

(9) "Total state population" means the number of persons in this state according to the most recent estimate published by the Department of Public Health;

(10) "Weighted mill rate" means a municipality's FY 15 mill rate divided by the average of all municipalities' FY 15 mill rate;

(11) "Weighted mill rate calculation" means per capita distribution multiplied by a municipality's weighted mill rate;

(12) "Sales tax revenue" means the moneys in the account remaining for distribution pursuant to subdivision (7) of subsection (b) of this section;

(13) "District" means any district, as defined in section 7-324; and

(14) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

(b) There is established an account to be known as the "municipal revenue sharing account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. The secretary shall set aside and ensure availability of moneys in the account in the following order of priority and shall transfer or disburse such moneys as follows:

(1) Ten million dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, shall be transferred not later than April fifteenth for the purposes of grants under section 10-262h;

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, and each fiscal year thereafter, moneys sufficient to make motor vehicle property tax grants payable to municipalities pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall be expended not later than August first annually by the secretary;

(3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, and each fiscal year thereafter, moneys sufficient to make the grants payable from the select payment in lieu of taxes grant account established pursuant to section 12-18c shall annually be transferred to the select payment in lieu of taxes account in the Office of Policy and Management;

(4) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2017, June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, moneys sufficient to make the municipal revenue sharing grants payable to municipalities pursuant to subsection (d) of this section shall be expended not later than October thirty-first annually by the secretary;

(5) Ten million dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, shall be transferred not later than April fifteenth for the purposes of grants under section 10-262h;

(6) (A) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, three million dollars shall be expended by the secretary for the purposes of the regional services grants pursuant to subsection (e) of this section to the regional councils of governments, and (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and each fiscal year thereafter, seven million dollars shall be expended for the purposes of the regional services grants pursuant to subsection (e) of this section to the regional councils of governments; and

(7) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, and each fiscal year thereafter, moneys in the account remaining shall be expended annually by the secretary for the purposes of the municipal revenue sharing grants established pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. Any such moneys deposited in the account for municipal revenue sharing grants between October first and June thirtieth shall be distributed to municipalities on the following October first and any such moneys deposited in the account between July first and September thirtieth shall be distributed to municipalities on the following January thirty-first. Any town may apply to the Office of Policy and Management on or after July first for early disbursement of a portion of such grant. The Office of Policy and Management may approve such an application if it finds that early disbursement is required in order for a town to meet its cash flow needs. No early disbursement approved by said office may be issued later than September thirtieth.

(c) (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, motor vehicle property tax grants to municipalities that impose mill rates greater than 32 mills or that, when combined with the mill rate of any district located within the municipality, impose mill rates greater than 32 mills, shall be made in an amount equal to the difference between the amount of property taxes levied by the municipality and any district located within the municipality on motor vehicles for the assessment year commencing October 1, 2013, and the amount such levy would have been if the mill rate on motor vehicles for said assessment year was 32 mills; and (2) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and each fiscal year thereafter, motor vehicle property tax grants to municipalities that impose mill rates greater than 29. 36 mills or that, when combined with the mill rate of any district located within the municipality, impose mill rates greater than 29. 36 mills, shall be made in an amount equal to the difference between the amount of property taxes levied by the municipality and any district located within the municipality on motor vehicles for the assessment year commencing October 1, 2013, and the amount such levy would have been if the mill rate on motor vehicles for said assessment year was 29. 36 mills. Not later than fifteen calendar days after receiving a property tax grant pursuant to this section, the municipality shall disburse to any district located within the municipality the amount of any such property tax grant that is attributable to the district.

(d) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2017, June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, each municipality shall receive a municipal revenue sharing grant. The total amount of the grant payable is as follows:

T20

Municipality

Grant Amounts

T21

Andover

96,020

T22

Ansonia

643,519

T23

Ashford

125,591

T24

Avon

539,387

T25

Barkhamsted

109,867

T26

Beacon Falls

177,547

T27

Berlin

1,213,548

T28

Bethany

164,574

T29

Bethel

565,146

T30

Bethlehem

61,554

T31

Bloomfield

631,150

T32

Bolton

153,231

T33

Bozrah

77,420

T34

Branford

821,080

T35

Bridgeport

9,758,441

T36

Bridgewater

22,557

T37

Bristol

1,836,944

T38

Brookfield

494,620

T39

Brooklyn

149,576

T40

Burlington

278,524

T41

Canaan

21,294

T42

Canterbury

84,475

T43

Canton

303,842

T44

Chaplin

69,906

T45

Cheshire

855,170

T46

Chester

83,109

T47

Clinton

386,660

T48

Colchester

475,551

T49

Colebrook

42,744

T50

Columbia

160,179

T51

Cornwall

16,221

T52

Coventry

364,100

T53

Cromwell

415,938

T54

Danbury

2,993,644

T55

Darien

246,849

T56

Deep River

134,627

T57

Derby

400,912

T58

Durham

215,949

T59

East Granby

152,904

T60

East Haddam

268,344

T61

East Hampton

378,798

T62

East Hartford

2,036,894

T63

East Haven

854,319

T64

East Lyme

350,852

T65

East Windsor

334,616

T66

Eastford

33,194

T67

Easton

223,430

T68

Ellington

463,112

T69

Enfield

1,312,766

T70

Essex

107,345

T71

Fairfield

1,144,842

T72

Farmington

482,637

T73

Franklin

37,871

T74

Glastonbury

1,086,151

T75

Goshen

43,596

T76

Granby

352,440

T77

Greenwich

527,695

T78

Griswold

350,840

T79

Groton

623,548

T80

Guilford

657,644

T81

Haddam

245,344

T82

Hamden

2,155,661

T83

Hampton

54,801

T84

Hartford

1,498,643

T85

Hartland

40,254

T86

Harwinton

164,081

T87

Hebron

300,369

T88

Kent

38,590

T89

Killingly

505,562

T90

Killingworth

122,744

T91

Lebanon

214,717

T92

Ledyard

442,811

T93

Lisbon

65,371

T94

Litchfield

244,464

T95

Lyme

31,470

T96

Madison

536,777

T97

Manchester

1,971,540

T98

Mansfield

756,128

T99

Marlborough

188,665

T100

Meriden

1,893,412

T101

Middlebury

222,109

T102

Middlefield

131,529

T103

Middletown

1,388,602

T104

Milford

2,707,412

T105

Monroe

581,867

T106

Montville

578,318

T107

Morris

40,463

T108

Naugatuck

1,251,980

T109

New Britain

3,131,893

T110

New Canaan

241,985

T111

New Fairfield

414,970

T112

New Hartford

202,014

T113

New Haven

114,863

T114

New London

917,228

T115

New Milford

814,597

T116

Newington

937,100

T117

Newtown

824,747

T118

Norfolk

28,993

T119

North Branford

421,072

T120

North Canaan

95,081

T121

North Haven

702,295

T122

North Stonington

155,222

T123

Norwalk

4,896,511

T124

Norwich

1,362,971

T125

Old Lyme

115,080

T126

Old Saybrook

146,146

T127

Orange

409,337

T128

Oxford

246,859

T129

Plainfield

446,742

T130

Plainville

522,783

T131

Plymouth

367,902

T132

Pomfret

78,101

T133

Portland

277,409

T134

Preston

84,835

T135

Prospect

283,717

T136

Putnam

109,975

T137

Redding

273,185

T138

Ridgefield

738,233

T139

Rocky Hill

584,244

T140

Roxbury

23,029

T141

Salem

123,244

T142

Salisbury

29,897

T143

Scotland

52,109

T144

Seymour

494,298

T145

Sharon

28,022

T146

Shelton

1,016,326

T147

Sherman

56,139

T148

Simsbury

775,368

T149

Somers

203,969

T150

South Windsor

804,258

T151

Southbury

582,601

T152

Southington

1,280,877

T153

Sprague

128,769

T154

Stafford

349,930

T155

Stamford

3,414,955

T156

Sterling

110,893

T157

Stonington

292,053

T158

Stratford

1,627,064

T159

Suffield

463,170

T160

Thomaston

228,716

T161

Thompson

164,939

T162

Tolland

437,559

T163

Torrington

1,133,394

T164

Trumbull

1,072,878

T165

Union

24,878

T166

Vernon

922,743

T167

Voluntown

48,818

T168

Wallingford

1,324,296

T169

Warren

15,842

T170

Washington

36,701

T171

Waterbury

5,595,448

T172

Waterford

372,956

T173

Watertown

652,100

T174

West Hartford

2,075,223

T175

West Haven

1,614,877

T176

Westbrook

116,023

T177

Weston

304,282

T178

Westport

377,722

T179

Wethersfield

1,353,493

T180

Willington

174,995

T181

Wilton

547,338

T182

Winchester

323,087

T183

Windham

739,671

T184

Windsor

854,935

T185

Windsor Locks

368,853

T186

Wolcott

490,659

T187

Woodbridge

274,418

T188

Woodbury

288,147

T189

Woodstock

140,648

(e) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, and each fiscal year thereafter, each regional council of governments shall receive a regional services grant, the amount of which will be based on a formula to be determined by the secretary. No such council shall receive a grant for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, or any fiscal year thereafter, unless the secretary approves a spending plan for such grant moneys submitted by such council to the secretary on or before July 1, 2017, and annually thereafter. The regional councils of governments shall use such grants for planning purposes and to achieve efficiencies in the delivery of municipal services by regionalizing such services, including, but not limited to, region-wide consolidation of such services. Such efficiencies shall not diminish the quality of such services. A unanimous vote of the representatives of such council shall be required for approval of any expenditure from such grant. On or before October 1, 2017, and biennially thereafter, each such council shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to planning and development and finance, revenue and bonding. Such report shall summarize expenditure of such grants and provide recommendations concerning the expansion, reduction or modification of such grants.

(f) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, and each fiscal year thereafter, each municipality shall receive a municipal revenue sharing grant as follows:

(1) (A) A municipality having a mill rate at or above twenty-five shall receive the per capita distribution or pro rata distribution, whichever is higher for such municipality.

(B) Such grants shall be increased by a percentage calculated as follows:

T190

 

Sum of per capita distribution amount

 

T191

 

for all municipalities having a mill rate

 

T192

 

below twenty-five – pro rata distribution

 

T193

 

amount for all municipalities

 

T194

 

having a mill rate below twenty-five

 

T195

 

_______________________________________

 

T196

 

Sum of all grants to municipalities

 

T197

 

calculated pursuant to subparagraph (A)

 

T198

 

of subdivision (1) of this subsection.

 

(C) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this subdivision, Hartford shall receive not more than 5. 2 per cent of the municipal revenue sharing grants distributed pursuant to this subsection; Bridgeport shall receive not more than 4. 5 per cent of the municipal revenue sharing grants distributed pursuant to this subsection; New Haven shall receive not more than 2. 0 per cent of the municipal revenue sharing grants distributed pursuant to this subsection and Stamford shall receive not more than 2. 8 per cent of the equalization grants distributed pursuant to this subsection. Any excess funds remaining after such reductions in payments to Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Stamford shall be distributed to all other municipalities having a mill rate at or above twenty-five on a pro rata basis according to the payment they receive pursuant to this subdivision; and

(2) A municipality having a mill rate below twenty-five shall receive the per capita distribution or pro rata distribution, whichever is less for such municipality.

(g) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a municipality may disburse any municipal revenue sharing grant funds to a district within such municipality.

[(h) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and each fiscal year thereafter, the amount of the grant payable to a municipality in any year in accordance with subsection (d) or (f) of this section shall be reduced if such municipality increases its general budget expenditures for such fiscal year above a cap equal to the amount of general budget expenditures authorized for the previous fiscal year by 2. 5 per cent or more or the rate of inflation, whichever is greater. Such reduction shall be in an amount equal to fifty cents for every dollar expended over the cap set forth in this subsection. For the purposes of this section, "municipal spending" does not include expenditures for debt service, special education, implementation of court orders or arbitration awards, expenditures associated with a major disaster or emergency declaration by the President of the United States or a disaster emergency declaration issued by the Governor pursuant to chapter 517 or any disbursement made to a district pursuant to subsection (c) or (g) of this section. Each municipality shall annually certify to the secretary, on a form prescribed by said secretary, whether such municipality has exceeded the cap set forth in this subsection and if so the amount by which the cap was exceeded. ]

[(i)] (h) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, and each fiscal year thereafter, the amount of the grant payable to a municipality in any year in accordance with subsection (f) of this section shall be reduced proportionately in the event that the total of such grants in such year exceeds the amount available for such grants in the municipal revenue sharing account established pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

Sec. 505. Subsection (h) of section 31-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(h) The provisions of this section do not apply where the total cost of all work to be performed by all contractors and subcontractors in connection with new construction of any public works project is less than [four hundred thousand] one million dollars or where the total cost of all work to be performed by all contractors and subcontractors in connection with any remodeling, refinishing, refurbishing, rehabilitation, alteration or repair of any public works project is less than [one] five hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 506. Section 2-32a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

[No] The General Assembly shall adopt no public act which imposes a state mandate on any political subdivision of this state which requires the appropriation of funds for the budget of such political subdivision in order to comply with the provisions of such act, except by a concurring vote by two-thirds of the full membership of each house, and no such act shall be effective as to such political subdivision earlier than the first fiscal year of such political subdivision beginning after five months following the date of passage of such act.

Sec. 507. Section 47a-42 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) Whenever a judgment is entered against a defendant pursuant to section 47a-26, 47a-26a, 47a-26b or 47a-26d for the recovery of possession or occupancy of residential property, such defendant and any other occupant bound by the judgment by subsection (a) of section 47a-26h shall forthwith remove himself or herself, such defendant's or occupant's possessions and all personal effects unless execution has been stayed pursuant to sections 47a-35 to 47a-41, inclusive. If execution has been stayed, such defendant or occupant shall forthwith remove himself or herself, such defendant's or occupant's possessions and all personal effects upon the expiration of any stay of execution. If the defendant or occupant has not so removed himself or herself upon entry of a judgment pursuant to section 47a-26, 47a-26a, 47a-26b or 47a-26d, and upon expiration of any stay of execution, the plaintiff may obtain an execution upon such summary process judgment, and the defendant or other occupant bound by the judgment by subsection (a) of section 47a-26h and the possessions and personal effects of such defendant or other occupant may be removed by a state marshal, pursuant to such execution, and delivered to the place of storage designated by the [chief executive officer] state marshal for such purposes.

(b) Before any such removal, the state marshal charged with executing upon any such judgment of eviction shall [give the chief executive officer of the town twenty-four hours notice of the eviction, stating the date, time and location of such eviction as well as a general description, if known, of the types and amount of property to be removed from the premises and delivered to the designated place of storage. Before giving such notice to the chief executive officer of the town, the state marshal shall] use reasonable efforts to locate and notify the defendant of the date and time such eviction is to take place and of the possibility of a sale pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. Such notice shall include service upon each defendant and upon any other person in occupancy, either personally or at the premises, of a true copy of the summary process execution. Such execution shall be on a form prescribed by the Judicial Department, shall be in clear and simple language and in readable format, and shall contain, in addition to other notices given to the defendant in the execution, a conspicuous notice, in large boldface type, that a person who claims to have a right to continue to occupy the premises should immediately contact an attorney, and clear instructions as to how and where the defendant may reclaim any possessions and personal effects removed and stored pursuant to this section, including a telephone number that may be called to arrange release of such possessions and personal effects.

(c) Whenever the possessions and personal effects of a defendant are removed by a state marshal under this section, such possessions and effects shall be delivered by such marshal to the designated place of storage. Such removal, delivery and storage shall be at the expense of the defendant. If such possessions and effects are not reclaimed by the defendant and the expense of such storage is not paid to the [chief executive officer] state marshal within fifteen days after such eviction, the [chief executive officer] state marshal shall sell the same at public auction, after using reasonable efforts to locate and notify the defendant of such sale and after posting notice of such sale for one week on the public signpost nearest to the place where the eviction was made, if any, or at some exterior place near the office of the town clerk. The [chief executive officer] state marshal shall deliver to the defendant the net proceeds of such sale, if any, after deducting a reasonable charge for storage of such possessions and effects. If the defendant does not demand the net proceeds within thirty days after such sale, the [chief executive officer] state marshal shall turn over the net proceeds of the sale to the [town treasury] State Treasurer.

Sec. 508. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or of any special act, municipal charter or home rule ordinance, a municipality may, by vote of its legislative body, as defined in section 7-482 of the general statutes, initiate and implement noneducational expenditure cost sharing measures in conjunction with any local or regional board of education in order to realize financial efficiencies.

Sec. 509. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, no collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after July 1, 2016, between a municipality and an employee organization that is the exclusive representative of the municipality's employees shall contain any provision limiting the ability of the municipality to permit an individual to provide volunteer services for the benefit of the municipality.

Sec. 510. Section 10-66q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) Not later than April 1, 2014, each regional educational service center shall develop a uniform regional school calendar [to] that may be used by [each] a local or regional board of education in the area served by such regional educational service center, in accordance with the provisions of [subsections] subsection (b) [and (c)] of this section. Such uniform regional school calendars shall be consistent with the guidelines for a uniform regional school calendar developed pursuant to section 321 of public act 13-247. Not later than April 1, 2014, each regional educational service center shall submit such uniform regional school calendar to the State Board of Education for approval. Not later than five days after such approval, such regional educational service center shall submit such approved uniform regional school calendar to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

(b) For the school [years] year commencing [July 1, 2014, and] July 1, [2015] 2016, and each school year thereafter, a local or regional board of education may adopt the uniform regional school calendar developed and approved pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

[(c) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, for the school year commencing July 1, 2016, and each school year thereafter, each local and regional board of education shall use the uniform regional school calendar developed and approved pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(2) A local or regional board of education may delay implementation of the uniform regional school calendar until the school year commencing July 1, 2017, if such board of education has an existing employee contract that makes implementation of the uniform regional school calendar impossible. ]

[(d)] (c) (1) Not later than July 1, 2014, the Commissioner of Education shall submit a report on the implementation of uniform regional school calendars and any recommendations for legislation relating to such implementation to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

(2) Not later than January 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, the Commissioner of Education shall submit a report on the implementation of uniform regional school calendars in those school districts that have adopted a uniform regional school calendar, pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and any recommendations for legislation relating to such implementation to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

(3) Not later than January 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Education shall submit a report on the implementation of uniform regional school calendars, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, and any recommendations for legislation relating to such implementation to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

Sec. 511. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 113 of the general statutes to the contrary, no employee organization, as defined in section 7-467 of the general statutes, shall, pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement or otherwise, be a party to, object to, or in any way participate in an interlocal agreement entered into by a public agency pursuant to sections 7-339a to 7-339l, inclusive, of the general statutes.

Sec. 512. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) (a) Notwithstanding any provisions of chapter 66 or 113 or section 11-10a of the general statutes, any municipal employee hired on or after July 1, 2016, who is a member of the municipal employees' retirement system established by part II of chapter 113 of the general statutes shall participate in a municipal employee defined contribution plan in effect on or after June 30, 2016, in lieu of any defined benefit retirement program established pursuant to chapter 113 of the general statutes.

(b) The State Comptroller, at the Comptroller's discretion, shall establish a contribution schedule for the municipal employee defined contribution plan described in subsection (a) of this section. The contribution schedule may include: (1) A matching contribution by the state or municipal employer of each new or participating employee's voluntary contributions to the plan, and (2) a provision allowing the new or participating employee to contribute additional, unmatched amounts to the plan, not to exceed a specified percentage of the new or participating employee's salary, as determined by the Comptroller.

(c) The State Comptroller shall establish a voluntary process for municipal employees hired prior to June 30, 2016, to convert from the defined benefit retirement program established pursuant to chapter 113 of the general statutes to the municipal employee defined contribution plan described in subsection (a) of this section.

(d) The State Comptroller may enter into any contracts and agreements as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

Sec. 513. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2016) On and after July 1, 2016, before any joint standing committee of the General Assembly may report any bill concerning performance standards related to municipal efficiencies, such committee shall (1) hold a public hearing to which affected municipalities are invited to provide input, and (2) receive evidence of a vote by the legislative body of each affected municipality indicating that such municipality agrees to abide by such performance standards.

Sec. 514. Subsection (b) of section 10-10c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, [2015] 2017, and each fiscal year thereafter, [each] a local or regional board of education, regional educational service center and state charter school [shall] may implement such uniform system of accounting by completing and filing annual financial reports with the department using the chart of accounts and meet the provisions of section 10-227.

Sec. 515. Subsection (b) of section 10-220a of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(b) Not later than a date prescribed by the commissioner, each local and regional board of education shall establish a professional development and evaluation committee. Such professional development and evaluation committee shall consist of (1) at least one teacher, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10-144d, selected by the exclusive bargaining representative for certified employees chosen pursuant to section 10-153b, (2) at least one administrator, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10-144e, selected by the exclusive bargaining representative for certified employees chosen pursuant to section 10-153b, and (3) such other school personnel as the board deems appropriate. The duties of such committees shall include, but not be limited to, participation in the development or adoption of a teacher evaluation and support program for the district, pursuant to section 10-151b, as amended by this act, and the development, evaluation and annual updating of a comprehensive local professional development plan for certified employees of the district. [Such plan shall: (A) Be directly related to the educational goals prepared by the local or regional board of education pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-220, (B) on and after July 1, 2011, be developed with full consideration of the priorities and needs related to student outcomes as determined by the State Board of Education, and (C) provide for the ongoing and systematic assessment and improvement of both teacher evaluation and professional development of the professional staff members of each such board, including personnel management and evaluation training or experience for administrators, shall be related to regular and special student needs and may include provisions concerning career incentives and parent involvement. ] Such local professional development plan shall address issues specific to certified employees of the district and include any other topics deemed relevant by the committee. The State Board of Education shall develop guidelines to assist local and regional boards of education in determining the objectives of the plans and in coordinating staff development activities with student needs and school programs.

Sec. 516. Subsection (b) of section 10-148a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(b) Local and regional boards of education shall offer professional development activities to certified employees as part of the plan developed pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-220a, as amended by this act, or for any individual certified employee. Such professional development activities may be made available by a board of education directly, through a regional educational service center or cooperative arrangement with another board of education or through arrangements with any professional development provider approved by the Commissioner of Education. [Such professional development activities shall (1) improve the integration of reading instruction, literacy and numeracy enhancement, and cultural awareness into instructional practice, (2) include strategies to improve English language learner instruction into instructional practice, (3) be determined by each board of education with the advice and assistance of the teachers employed by such board, including representatives of the exclusive bargaining unit for such teachers pursuant to section 10-153b, and on and after July 1, 2012, in full consideration of priorities and needs related to student outcomes as determined by the State Board of Education, (4) use the results and findings of teacher and administrator performance evaluations, conducted pursuant to section 10-151b, to improve teacher and administrator practice and provide professional growth, and (5) include training in the implementation of student individualized education programs and the communication of individualized education program procedures to parents or guardians of students who require special education and related services for certified employees with an endorsement in special education who hold a position requiring such an endorsement. Professional development completed by superintendents of schools and administrators, as defined in section 10-144e, shall include at least fifteen hours of training in the evaluation and support of teachers under the teacher and administrator evaluation and support program, adopted pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-151b, during each five-year period. ] Such professional development activities shall address issues specific to certified employees of the district and include any other topics deemed relevant by the professional development and evaluation committee, established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-220a, as amended by this act. The time and location for the provision of such activities shall be in accordance with either an agreement between the board of education and the exclusive bargaining unit pursuant to section 10-153b or, in the absence of such agreement or to the extent such agreement does not provide for the time and location of all such activities, in accordance with a determination by the board of education.

Sec. 517. Subsection (c) of section 10-145o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(c) Local and regional school districts shall develop a three-year teacher education and mentoring plan that [incorporates] may incorporate the Department of Education's goals and instructional priorities, as well as any local considerations based on community and student needs. [Such plan shall include: (1) Background information about the district that includes a community profile, district profile, student profile, faculty profile, mentor profile and beginning teacher profile; (2) a statement of three-year objectives related to the state's goal statement for the teacher education and mentoring program; (3) a general timeline for district coordinating teams to meet with central office personnel, principals, mentors or district facilitators; (4) a description of the process used to select mentors and assign them to beginning teachers, based on subject areas, levels and need; (5) a description of the process used to train and update mentors in best practices and essential knowledge; (6) a timeline of district-wide mentoring days for observations, individual discussion, small group meetings, professional development days, regional educational service center training sessions and beginning teachers' completion of tasks associated with each module; (7) a description of the process used to collect, review and coordinate teachers' mentoring plans; (8) a description of the process to resolve internal disputes over the district's recommendations to the state concerning which individuals have satisfactorily completed the instructional modules; and (9) a description of the resources and budget needed to carry out the activities described in the plan. ] Such teacher education and mentoring plan shall address issues specific to teachers in the school district and include any other topics deemed relevant by the school district.

Sec. 518. Subsection (b) of section 10-151b of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(b) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, not later than September 1, 2013, each local and regional board of education shall adopt and implement a teacher evaluation and support program. The local or regional board of education may adopt and implement a teacher evaluation and support program that is consistent with the guidelines for a model teacher evaluation and support program adopted by the State Board of Education, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. Such teacher evaluation and support program shall be developed through mutual agreement between the local or regional board of education and the professional development and evaluation committee for the school district, established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-220a, as amended by this act. If a local or regional board of education [is unable to develop] does not adopt a teacher evaluation and support program, [through mutual agreement with such professional development and evaluation committee,] then such board of education and such professional development and evaluation committee shall consider the model teacher evaluation and support program adopted by the State Board of Education, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, and such board of education may adopt, through mutual agreement with such professional development and evaluation committee, such model teacher evaluation and support program. [If a local or regional board of education and the professional development and evaluation committee are unable to mutually agree on the adoption of such model teacher evaluation and support program, then such board of education shall adopt and implement a teacher evaluation and support program developed by such board of education, provided such teacher evaluation and support program is consistent with the guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. ] Each local and regional board of education may commence implementation of the teacher evaluation and support program adopted pursuant to this subsection in accordance with a teacher evaluation and support program implementation plan adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

Sec. 519. Subsection (j) of section 10-221a of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(j) For the school year commencing July 1, [2012] 2016, and each school year thereafter, each local and regional board of education [shall] may create a student success [plan] plans for [each student] students enrolled in [a] the public [school, beginning in grade six] schools under the jurisdiction of the board. Such student success [plan shall] plans may include a student's career and academic choices in grades six to twelve, inclusive.

Sec. 520. Subsection (d) of section 7-473c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(d) (1) The hearing may, at the discretion of the panel, be continued and shall be concluded [within] not later than twenty days after its commencement. Not less than two days prior to the commencement of the hearing, each party shall file with the chairperson of the panel, and deliver to the other party, a proposed collective bargaining agreement, in numbered paragraphs, which such party is willing to execute and cost data for all provisions of such proposed agreement. At the commencement of the hearing each party shall file with the panel a reply setting forth (A) those paragraphs of the proposed agreement of the other party which it is willing to accept, and (B) those paragraphs of the proposed agreement of the other party which it is unwilling to accept, together with any alternative contract language which such party would accept in lieu of those paragraphs of the proposed agreement of the other party which it is unwilling to accept. At any time prior to the issuance of a decision by the panel, the parties may jointly file with the panel stipulations setting forth the agreement provisions which both parties have agreed to accept.

(2) [Within] Not later than five days after the conclusion of the taking of testimony, the panel shall forward to each party an arbitration statement, approved by a majority vote of the panel, setting forth all agreement provisions agreed upon by both parties in the proposed agreements and the replies, and in the stipulations, and stating, in numbered paragraphs, those issues which are unresolved.

(3) [Within] Not later than ten days after the conclusion of the taking of testimony, the parties shall file with the secretary of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration five copies of their statements of last best offer setting forth, in numbered paragraphs corresponding to the statement of unresolved issues contained in the arbitration statement, the final agreement provisions proposed by such party. Immediately upon receipt of both statement of last best offer or upon the expiration of the time for filing such statements of last best offer, whichever is sooner, said secretary shall distribute a copy of each such statement of last best offer to the opposing party.

(4) [Within] Not later than seven days after the distribution of the statements of last best offer or [within] not later than seven days [of] after the expiration of the time for filing the statements of last best offer, whichever is sooner, the parties may file with the secretary of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration five copies of their briefs on the unresolved issues. Immediately upon receipt of both briefs or upon the expiration of the time for filing such briefs, whichever is sooner, said secretary shall distribute a copy of each such brief to the opposing party.

(5) [Within] Not later than five days after the distribution of the briefs on the unresolved issues or [within] not later than five days after the last day for filing such briefs, whichever is sooner, each party may file with said secretary five copies of a reply brief, responding to the briefs on the unresolved issues. Immediately upon receipt of the reply briefs or upon the expiration of the time for filing such reply briefs, whichever is sooner, said secretary shall simultaneously distribute a copy of each such reply brief to the opposing party.

(6) [Within] Not later than twenty days after the last day for filing such reply briefs, the panel shall issue, upon majority vote, and file with the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration its decision on all unresolved issues set forth in the arbitration statement, and said secretary shall immediately and simultaneously distribute a copy thereof to each party. The panel shall treat each unresolved issue set forth in the arbitration statement as a separate question to be decided by it. In deciding each such question, the panel agreement shall accept the final provision relating to such unresolved issue as contained in the statement of last best offer of one party or the other. As part of the arbitration decision, each member shall state the specific reasons and standards used in making a choice on each unresolved issue.

(7) The parties may jointly file with the panel stipulations modifying, deferring or waiving any or all provisions of this subsection.

(8) If the day for filing any document required or permitted to be filed under this subsection falls on a day which is not a business day of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration then the time for such filing shall be extended to the next business day of such board.

(9) In arriving at a decision, the arbitration panel shall give priority to the public interest and the financial capability of the municipal employer, including consideration of other demands on the financial capability of the municipal employer. The panel shall further consider the following factors in light of such financial capability: (A) The negotiations between the parties prior to arbitration; (B) the interests and welfare of the employee group; (C) changes in the cost of living; (D) the existing conditions of employment of the employee group and those of similar groups; and (E) the wages, salaries, fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment prevailing in the labor market, including developments in private sector wages and benefits. The panel shall not consider undesignated general fund balances as part of the financial capability of a municipal employer.

(10) The decision of the panel and the resolved issues shall be final and binding upon the municipal employer and the municipal employee organization except as provided in subdivision (12) of this subsection and, if such award is not rejected by the legislative body pursuant to said subdivision, except that a motion to vacate or modify such decision may be made in accordance with sections 52-418 and 52-419.

(11) In regard to all proceedings undertaken pursuant to this subsection the secretary of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration shall serve as staff to the arbitration panel.

(12) [Within] Not later than twenty-five days [of] after the receipt of an arbitration award issued pursuant to this section, the legislative body of the municipal employer may reject the award of the arbitrators or single arbitrator by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of such legislative body present at a regular or special meeting called and convened for such purpose.

(13) [Within] Not later than ten days after such rejection, the legislative body or its authorized representative shall be required to state, in writing, the reasons for such vote and shall submit such written statement to the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and the municipal employee organization. [Within] Not later than ten days after receipt of such notice, the municipal employee organization shall prepare a written response to such rejection and shall submit it to the legislative body and the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration.

(14) [Within] Not later than ten days after receipt of such rejection notice, the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration shall select a review panel of three arbitrators or, if the parties agree, a single arbitrator who are residents of Connecticut and labor relations arbitrators approved by the American Arbitration Association and not members of the panel who issued the rejected award. Such arbitrators or single arbitrator shall review the decision on each such rejected issue. The review conducted pursuant to this subdivision shall be limited to the record and briefs of the hearing pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the written explanation of the reasons for the vote and a written response by either party. In conducting such review, the arbitrators or single arbitrator shall be limited to consideration of the criteria set forth in subdivision (9) of this subsection. Such review shall be completed [within] not later than twenty days [of] after the appointment of the arbitrators or single arbitrator. The arbitrators or single arbitrator shall accept the last best offer of either of the parties.

(15) [Within] Not later than five days after the completion of such review the arbitrators or single arbitrator shall render a decision with respect to each rejected issue which shall be final and binding upon the municipal employer and the employee organization except that a motion to vacate or modify such award may be made in accordance with sections 52-418 and 52-419. The decision of the arbitrators or single arbitrator shall be in writing and shall include specific reasons and standards used by each arbitrator in making a decision on each issue. The decision shall be filed with the parties. The reasonable costs of the arbitrators or single arbitrator and the cost of the transcript shall be paid by the legislative body. Where the legislative body of a municipal employer is the town meeting, the board of selectmen shall perform all of the duties and shall have all of the authority and responsibilities required of and granted to the legislative body under this subsection. "

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

Sec. 501

July 1, 2016

New section

Sec. 502

July 1, 2016

10-262i(d)

Sec. 503

July 1, 2016

10-262j

Sec. 504

from passage

4-66l

Sec. 505

July 1, 2016

31-53(h)

Sec. 506

July 1, 2016

2-32a

Sec. 507

July 1, 2016

47a-42

Sec. 508

from passage

New section

Sec. 509

from passage

New section

Sec. 510

July 1, 2016

10-66q

Sec. 511

from passage

New section

Sec. 512

July 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 513

July 1, 2016

New section

Sec. 514

July 1, 2016

10-10c(b)

Sec. 515

July 1, 2016

10-220a(b)

Sec. 516

July 1, 2016

10-148a(b)

Sec. 517

July 1, 2016

10-145o(c)

Sec. 518

July 1, 2016

10-151b(b)

Sec. 519

July 1, 2016

10-221a(j)

Sec. 520

July 1, 2016

7-473c(d)