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Amendment

 

May Special Session, 2016

LCO No. 6466

   
 

*SB0050106466HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.

REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.

REP. HOYDICK, 120th Dist.

REP. MINER, 66th Dist.

REP. O'NEILL, 69th Dist.

 

To: Senate Bill No. 501

File No.

Cal. No.

(As Amended by House Amendment Schedule "A")

"AN ACT ADJUSTING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017. "

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

"Sec. 501. (Effective from passage) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall, within available appropriations, conduct a study of the impact of requiring all state employees to work a forty-hour work week. On or before October 1, 2016, the secretary shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, the findings of such study to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and labor and public employees. Such report shall include a summary of the potential positive and negative impacts, including any financial impacts, implementing such forty-hour work week may have on the state.

Sec. 502. Subsection (d) of section 3-20 of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(d) (1) All bonds of the state, authorized by the State Bond Commission acting prior to July 1, 1972, pursuant to any bond act taking effect prior to such date, shall be issued in accordance with such bond act or this section.

(2) All bonds of the state authorized to be issued by the State Bond Commission acting on or after July 1, 1972, pursuant to any bond act taking effect before, on or after such date shall be authorized and shall be issued in accordance with this section, except that all bonds of the state authorized to be issued by the State Bond Commission (A) acting on or after July 1, 2016, and prior to July 1, 2017, pursuant to any bond act taking effect before, on or after July 1, 2016, shall not exceed in the aggregate one billion nine hundred million dollars in such fiscal year, (B) acting on or after July 1, 2017, and prior to July 1, 2018, pursuant to any bond act taking effect before, on or after July 1, 2017, shall not exceed in the aggregate one billion seven hundred million dollars in any fiscal year, (C) acting on or after July 1, 2018, and prior to July 1, 2019, pursuant to any bond act taking effect before, on or after July 1, 2018, shall not exceed in the aggregate one billion five hundred million dollars in any fiscal year, and (D) acting on or after July 1, 2019, pursuant to any bond act taking effect before, on or after July 1, 2019, shall not exceed in the aggregate one billion three hundred million dollars in any fiscal year.

Sec. 503. (Effective from passage) The joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to government administration shall review the number of legislative committees and make recommendations to consolidate such committees into not more than sixteen committees, including, but not limited to, a joint standing committee on ways and means. Not later than January 1, 2017, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to government administration shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the Joint Committee on Legislative Management that details such recommendations for consolidation.

Sec. 504. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2016) Whenever the State Auditors of Public Accounts identify concerns and make recommendations regarding the operations of a state agency, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to such agency shall conduct a public hearing concerning such concerns and recommendations and the efforts that such state agency is undertaking to address such concerns. Such public hearing shall be conducted not later than six months following the issuance of the report of the State Auditors of Public Accounts that contains such concerns and recommendations. The commissioner of such agency shall attend such public hearing and testify in response to such concerns and recommendations and any other inquiries made by members of such joint standing committee.

Sec. 505. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) There shall be established a long-term fiscal planning working group to discuss state budget projections, trends, areas of growth and opportunities for efficiency, federal budget activity and spending control options. The working group shall develop recommendations in each of said areas for consideration in the preparation of the state budget and state budgetary policy.

(b) The working group shall consist of the following members:

(1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, or the chairpersons' or ranking members' designees;

(2) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, or the chairpersons' or ranking members' designees;

(3) One person appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

(4) One person appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate;

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

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

(c) Each member of the working group appointed under subdivision (3), (4), (5) or (6) of subsection (b) of this section shall be a member of the private sector with specialized knowledge in budgeting.

(d) All appointments to the working group shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The chairpersons of the working group shall be selected by the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and finance, revenue and bonding. Such chairpersons of the working group shall schedule the first meeting of the working group, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section. The working group shall meet at least biannually thereafter. The Office of Fiscal Analysis shall serve as administrative staff of the working group.

(f) On or before November 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the working group shall submit its recommendations, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, concerning the matters specified in subsection (a) of this section to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and finance, revenue and bonding.

Sec. 506. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2016) Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, any retirement plan offered to any (1) new state employees and officials exempt from classified service, and (2) state employees included in any collective bargaining agreement negotiated after the effective date of this section shall be limited to a defined contribution plan.

Sec. 507. Subsection (b) of section 5-278 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Any agreement reached by the negotiators shall be reduced to writing. The agreement, together with a request for funds necessary to fully implement such agreement and for approval of any provisions of the agreement which are in conflict with any statute or any regulation of any state agency, and any arbitration award, issued in accordance with section 5-276a, together with a statement setting forth the amount of funds necessary to implement such award, shall be filed by the bargaining representative of the employer with the clerks of the House of Representatives and the Senate [within] not later than ten days after the date on which such agreement is reached or such award is distributed. Any such agreement shall be referred to the collective bargaining subcommittee of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies for review of the entire contract. Said subcommittee shall provide a recommendation for approval or disapproval of such agreement to said committee within the applicable time frame set forth in the joint rules of the House of Representatives and the Senate concerning the procedure for collective bargaining agreements. The General Assembly may approve any such agreement as a whole by a majority vote of each house or may reject such agreement as a whole by a majority vote of either house. The General Assembly may reject any such award as a whole by a two-thirds vote of either house if it determines that there are insufficient funds for full implementation of the award. If rejected, or if either chamber fails to act on the agreement or award within the time periods required under this subsection, the matter shall be returned to the parties for further bargaining. Once approved by the General Assembly, any provision of an agreement or award need not be resubmitted by the parties to such agreement or award as part of a future contract approval process unless changes in the language of such provision are negotiated by such parties. Any supplemental understanding reached between such parties containing provisions which would supersede any provision of the general statutes or any regulation of any state agency or would require additional state funding shall be submitted to the General Assembly for approval in the same manner as agreements and awards. If the General Assembly is in session, it shall vote to approve or reject such agreement or award [within] not later than thirty days after the date of filing. If the General Assembly is not in session when such agreement or award is filed, it shall be submitted to the General Assembly [within] not later than ten days of the first day of the next regular session or special session called for such purpose. The agreement or award shall [be deemed approved if the General Assembly fails to vote to approve or reject such agreement or award within thirty days after such filing or submission] not be effective unless approved by the General Assembly in accordance with this subsection. The thirty-day period shall not begin or expire unless the General Assembly is in regular session. For the purpose of this subsection, any agreement or award filed with the clerks within thirty days before the commencement of a regular session of the General Assembly shall be deemed to be filed on the first day of such session.

Sec. 508. Subsection (d) of section 5-278 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) No provision of any general statute or special act shall prevent negotiations between an employer and an employee organization which has been designated as the exclusive representative of employees in an appropriate unit, from continuing after the final date for setting the state budget. An agreement between an employer and an employee organization shall be valid and in force under its terms when entered into in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and signed by the chief executive officer or administrator as a ministerial act. Such terms may not make any such agreement effective on a date prior to the date on which the agreement is entered. No publication thereof shall be required to make it effective. The procedure for the making of an agreement between the employer and an employee organization provided by sections 5-270 to 5-280, inclusive, shall be the exclusive method for making a valid agreement for employees represented by an employee organization, and any provisions in any general statute or special act to the contrary shall not apply to such an agreement.

Sec. 509. Subsection (f) of section 5-278 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, collective bargaining negotiations concerning changes to the state employees retirement system to be effective on and after July 1, 1988, and collective bargaining negotiations concerning health and welfare benefits to be effective on and after July 1, 1994, shall be conducted between the employer and a coalition committee which represents all state employees who are members of any designated employee organization. On and after July 1, 2016, no collective bargaining agreement entered into pursuant to negotiations concerning changes to the state employees retirement system or concerning health and welfare benefits shall be effective unless the General Assembly approves such agreement by a majority vote of each house. (2) The provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent the employer and any designated employee organization from bargaining directly with each other on matters related to the state employees retirement system and health and welfare benefits whenever the parties jointly agree that such matters are unique to the particular bargaining unit. (3) The provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent the employer and representatives of employee organizations from dealing with any state-wide issue using the procedure established in said subdivision.

Sec. 510. (Effective from passage) If the General Assembly has failed to adopt definitions implementing the constitutional spending cap by the required three-fifths vote on or before March 1, 2017, the following salary and other reductions in legislative benefits shall apply and shall remain in effect until such time as such definitions have been adopted by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor:

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-9 of the general statutes, the members and officers of the General Assembly shall receive salaries that are ten per cent less than the salaries specified in said section;

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-15 of the general statutes, no member of the General Assembly shall receive any transportation allowance;

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-15a of the general statutes, no member of the General Assembly shall be entitled to any unsolicited mailings at the expense of the state; and

(4) No member of the General Assembly or legislative employee shall receive payment from the state for any expenses associated with or resulting from attendance at any conference or other meeting in this state or another state or for any other travel related expense. "

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

Sec. 501

from passage

New section

Sec. 502

July 1, 2016

3-20(d)

Sec. 503

from passage

New section

Sec. 504

July 1, 2016

New section

Sec. 505

from passage

New section

Sec. 506

July 1, 2016

New section

Sec. 507

from passage

5-278(b)

Sec. 508

from passage

5-278(d)

Sec. 509

from passage

5-278(f)

Sec. 510

from passage

New section