OLR Bill Analysis

sSB-991

AN ACT MAKING REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES.

SUMMARY

This bill makes several changes with respect to statutes affecting the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Among other things, it (1) requires DAS to consider offering surplus state property to abutting landowners before offering it for general sale; (2) expands the types of state-owned vehicles exempt from fuel-efficiency requirements to include all emergency vehicles; and (3) for design-bid-build contracts, increases, from $25,000 to $50,000, the threshold at which the contractor must include a separate section for specific sub-classes at work.

The bill also requires the State Marshal Commission, which is within DAS, to consult with the Judicial Department when adopting rules for the conduct of the commission's internal affairs. These rules must provide for, among other things, the provision of timely, consistent, and reliable access to a state marshal for people applying for certain restraining orders ( 1).

The bill additionally delays, from August 1 to August 30, the annual deadline by which state agencies and political subdivisions, other than municipalities, must notify DAS and other parties of their small contractor and minority business enterprise contracting set-aside goals for the current fiscal year ( 5). (By law, municipalities are not subject to this reporting requirement.)

Lastly, the bill makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except that the (1) State Marshal Commission provision is effective July 1, 2017, and (2) contracting provision is effective October 1, 2017.

2 — SURPLUS STATE PROPERTY

Existing law establishes numerous requirements concerning the disposition of surplus state property. Among other things, it requires DAS to first offer a surplus property to the municipality in which it is located if no state agencies express interest in the property. If the municipality declines to acquire the property, DAS may offer the property to other parties through a sale, lease, exchange, or other agreement. The bill requires DAS to consider offering surplus property to abutting landowners before offering it for general sale.

3 — FUEL EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

The bill expands the types of state-owned vehicles exempt from state fuel-efficiency and emissions requirements to include all emergency vehicles. Current law exempts only those vehicles used by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) that the DESPP commissioner, subject to the DAS commissioner's approval, designates as necessary for the department's mission.

Specifically, the bill exempts vehicles from the following agencies if used for law enforcement or emergency purposes: DESPP, Motor Vehicles, Energy and Environmental Protection, Correction, State Capitol Police, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Services, Social Services, Children and Families, Transportation, Judicial Department, Board of Pardons and Paroles, Board of Regents for Higher Education, and UConn and the UConn Health Center. Unlike current law, the bill does not require the DAS commissioner to approve these designations or explain why the fuel-efficiency and emissions requirements should not apply.

Additionally, existing law requires the DAS commissioner to submit an annual report about the state vehicle fleet to the Energy and Technology, Environment, and Government Administration and Elections committees. The bill eliminates a requirement that the report include a listing of vehicles exempt for law enforcement purposes and the commissioner's explanation for these exemptions.

4 — DESIGN-BID-BUILD CONTRACTS

Existing law requires that state public works contracts using the design-bid-build delivery method include plans and specifications detailing all labor and materials to be furnished under the contract. Under current law, the specifications must separately list the following classes of work if the awarding authority estimates that they will exceed $25,000: (1) masonry; (2) electrical; (3) mechanical, other than heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; and (4) heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. The bill increases this threshold to $50,000 and renames the third class as “plumbing.”

COMMITTEE ACTION

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

15

Nay

2

(03/24/2017)