OLR Bill Analysis

SB01502

Emergency Certification

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2019, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR, AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE AND IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS OF THE BUDGET.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1-37 — BUDGET PROVISIONS

Please refer to the fiscal note for a summary of these sections

38 — FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR DCF AND DSS PROGRAMS

Allows DSS and DCF, for FYs 18 and 19, and with OPM's approval, to establish receivables to make payments before receiving reimbursement for federal programs

39 — OUTPATIENT CLINIC LICENSE RENEWAL

Increases the frequency of outpatient clinic license renewal

40 — TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE (TFA) AND STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE (SAGA)

Extends the existing freeze on TFA and SAGA rates

41 — BOARDING HOMES

Caps, with exceptions, rates for certain boarding homes

42 & 43 — RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES, COMMUNITY LIVING ARRANGEMENTS, AND COMMUNITY COMPANION HOMES

Freezes rates for certain facilities through FY 19

44 — RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES

Caps residential care home rates with certain exceptions

45 & 46 — NURSING HOMES

Reverses a recent rate decrease, generally limits changes to FY 18 and FY 19 rates, and makes other changes

47 — INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Caps rates for ICF-IDs at FY 17 levels for FYs 18 and 19, with certain exceptions

48 — DCF-LICENSED PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITIES

Suspends daily and other rate adjustments for FYs 18 and 19 for DCF-licensed private residential treatment facilities

49 — LIMIT ON NON-EMERGENCY ADULT DENTAL SERVICES

Caps payment for nonemergency dental services for adults to $1,000 per calendar year

50 — MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM (MSP)

Reduces income eligibility for the Medicare Savings Program

51-54 — MEDICAID AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Requires each local and regional board of education to enroll as a Medicaid provider, participate in DSS's Medicaid School Based Child Health Program, and submit billable service information to DSS

55 — SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND (STF)

Removes the requirement that remaining STF funds, after first being used for other specified obligations, pay for DSS' transportation to work program

56 — DAS CANDIDATE LISTS

Allows DAS to extend candidate lists through the end of 2018

57 — TECHNICAL CHANGES BY THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE (LCO)

Requires LCO, as part of codification, to make necessary changes to the bill's text

58 — EVALUATING TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

Exempts from certain evaluation requirements certain projects that the DOT commissioner determines are necessary to maintain the state's infrastructure

59 — TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (TRS) VIABILITY COMMISSION

Establishes a commission to develop and implement a plan to maintain TRS' financial viability

60 — UCONN HEALTH CENTER PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Requires the UConn Health Center to seek to establish public-private partnerships and report to certain legislative committees on their status by April 1, 2018

61 — BAN ON SHEFF HOST MAGNET SCHOOLS CHARGING TUITION TO SENDING DISTRICTS

Continues the existing ban on a Sheff region host magnet schools charging tuition

62-67, 83-84 & 236 — SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Makes changes to the school building emergency grant program, increases percentage of a school construction grant that DAS can withhold pending the completion of an audit, modifies the definition of a renovation project, and reduces certain facilities and building maintenance reporting requirements

68 — TEACHERS' RETIREMENT BOARD (TRB) MEMBERSHIP

Requires a TRB member to be a municipal chief elected official

69 — YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU GRANTS

Expands youth service bureau grant eligibility to those bureaus that applied in FY 19 and met town contribution requirements

70 — SPECIAL EDUCATION COST MODEL TASK FORCE AND FEASIBILITY STUDY

Creates a task force to study the feasibility of forming a special education cost cooperative or other models to minimize volatility in municipal special education spending and costs

71 — CONNECTICUT ACHIEVEMENT AND RESOURCE EQUITY IN SCHOOLS COMMISSION

Creates a 16-member commission to make recommendations on education funding to the Appropriations and Education committees, the governor, and the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary

72-82 — TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SYSTEM

Makes changes to the current process that transitions the technical education and career system into an independent agency

85 — BODY-WORN RECORDING EQUIPMENT TASK FORCE

Specifies that the body-worn recording equipment task force must be within the legislative branch

86-99 & 731 — DDS AS SUCCESSOR TO OPA'S INVESTIGATION OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT COMPLAINTS

Transfers to DDS, rather than the Department of Rehabilitation Services, oversight of claims of abuse or neglect of individuals with intellectual disability or clients of DSS's Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services and makes related changes

100-105 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEM (CJIS) GOVERNING BOARD

Transfers the board from OPM to DESPP for administrative purposes; requires DESPP to staff and supply the board and to provide certain information to people who request it

106 & 107 — ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (ACIR)

Delays certain deadlines by which ACIR must submit reports on state mandate to the General Assembly

108 — DRS TAX INCIDENCE REPORT

Pushes back the deadline for DRS to submit its first biennial tax incidence report to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

109 — RETIREMENT SYSTEMS STRESS TEST REPORT

Requires OPM to annually report a stress test analysis for the teachers' and state employees retirement systems

110 — AUTHORIZATION TO SHARE TAX ASSESSORS

Allows a COG or two or more municipalities to appoint shared tax assessors

111 — LOCAL OPTION ADMISSIONS SURCHARGE

Exempts motion pictures from the surcharge

112-125, 165 & 732 — HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Transfers responsibilities for the all-payer claims database and consumer health information website from Access Health CT to the state's health information technology officer and makes other changes to the officer's statutory responsibilities

126 — HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WITHOUT ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEMS

Requires certain health care providers to be capable of transmitting secure messages that comply with national specifications published by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

127 & 732 — STATE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Increases the State Health Information Technology Advisory Council's membership; expands the council's chairpersons' authority; changes who may appoint members to the All-Payer Claims Database Advisory Group and allows its members to appoint designees

128 — STATEWIDE HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE

Requires the state to establish a program to expedite the development of the Statewide Health Information Exchange

129 — STATE EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND CHECKS

Adds criminal background check requirements for state employees in positions involving exposure to federal tax information

130 — WOMEN'S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Provides a $350,000 grant to the Women's Business Development Council in Stamford in FY 18 and FY 19

131 — CHRONIC GAMBLERS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION ACCOUNT

Requires MMCT to contribute $300,000 to the chronic gamblers treatment and rehabilitation account instead of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling

132 — MICROBIOME WORKING GROUP

Expands the microbiome working group's duties, requires the governor to appoint its chairperson, and makes other changes

133 — UCONN CONSTRUCTION ASSURANCE OFFICE DIRECTOR

Removes the requirement that the director be a full-time position

134 — HIGHER EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Deems members of the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee to be members of an advisory board under the state Code of Ethics rather than public officials

135-137 — REMOVAL OF REQUIREMENT TO ADOPT REGULATIONS

Removes a requirement that the DSS commissioner adopt regulations for provisions related to long-term care facility audits, nursing home temporary managers, and state-appropriated weatherization assistance

138 & 139 — DECREASE IN ELIGIBILITY FOR HUSKY A

Lowers the income limit for HUSKY A parents and caretakers from 150% to 138% FPL and requires DSS to review eligibility for those who lose coverage

140 — NONPROFIT COLLABORATION INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM

Eliminates annual solicitation requirements for nonprofit grant program

141 — TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE

Makes the two-generational pilot program a permanent statewide initiative

142 — OPM REPORT ON CHILD RECIDIVISM

Requires OPM to begin annually reporting child recidivism information to the Judiciary Committee

143 & 144 — DCF MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PLAN AND ADVISORY BOARD

Adds to entities DCF must consult when developing the children's mental, emotional, and behavioral health plan; requires DCF to submit recommendations to legislative committees on addressing children's mental health needs attributed to increased risk of involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems

145, 146, 148 & 593 — FAMILY WITH SERVICE NEEDS (FWSN) PETITIONS

As of July 1, 2019, eliminates provisions that allow certain parties to file a FWSN petition with the court and makes conforming changes

147 & 149 — DETENTION SCREENING INFORMATION

Clarifies the purposes for which information obtained during a detention risk screening may be used

150 & 151 — LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR INDIGENT INDIVIDUALS IN CERTAIN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

Establishes a one-year pilot program to provide legal representation to certain indigent individuals in civil restraining order proceedings

152 — SUPERINTENDENTS FOR SMALL TOWNS

Allows boards of education that meet certain “small town” criteria to receive direction from another board of education's superintendent, rather than employ their own local superintendent

153 & 154 — COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

Allows for cooperative arrangements for the provision of administrative and central office duties

155 — BOARD OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL HIRING

Requires local boards of education to notify their municipal legislative bodies upon the hiring of certain administrative personnel

156 — REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCE COMMITTEE

Allows a regional board of education to establish a finance committee

157 — EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL CONTRACTS

Requires boards of education to file their administrative personnel contracts with their town clerks and the clerks to post copies of the contracts online

158 — MUNICIPAL BUDGET RESERVES IN ARBITRATION

Establishes an irrebuttable presumption that 15% of a municipality's budget reserve cannot be used to pay for arbitration awards

159 — MEDICAID WAIVERS AND AMENDMENTS NOTIFICATION

Requires DSS to report annually on potential Medicaid waivers and changes to the Medicaid state plan that may result in cost savings and narrows a legislative notification requirement

160 — MUNICIPAL CONSULTATION WITH BOARDS OF EDUCATION FOR PURCHASING INSURANCE

Requires municipalities, when possible, to consult with their local boards of education about jointly purchasing property, casualty, and workers' compensation insurance

161 — CONTRACTING PROCEDURES FOR LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION

Requires school boards to consider taking advantage of lower cost municipal goods and services contracts

162 — REQUIRED CONSULTATION FOR REGIONAL SHARING OF BOARD OF EDUCATION PAYROLL SOFTWARE

Requires a local board of education to consult with its municipal legislative body prior to purchasing payroll software

163 — BRIDGE RENAMING

Renames the “Detective Bruce Boisland Memorial Bridge” as the “Detective Bruce Boislard Memorial Bridge”

164 — OFFICE OF HEALTH STRATEGY

Establishes an Office of Health Strategy to oversee specified health policy initiatives

166 — BIRTH-TO-THREE PROVIDER PENALTIES

Temporarily prohibits DSS from extrapolating overpayments or assessing penalties against Birth-to-Three early intervention providers

167 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE DIVISION'S COLD CASE UNIT AND SHOOTING TASK FORCE APPROPRIATIONS

Prohibits the Division of Criminal Justice from comingling funds appropriated to the Cold Case Unit with those appropriated to the Shooting Task Force

168 & 169 — 7/7 BROWNFIELD REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

Establishes 7/7 Program to provide state and local tax incentives available to eligible owners for up to 14 years after remediating, redeveloping, and using formerly contaminated, abandoned, or underutilized property

170-173 — CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL GRANTS WITHIN AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS

Makes certain educational grants within available appropriations

174-177 — BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS AND EMPLOYEES

Requires the Office of Early Childhood commissioner to require, within available appropriations, comprehensive background checks of all prospective employees of child care center, group child care homes, family child care homes, and Care 4 Kids providers

178 — PARKING ON STATE PROPERTY

Expands who may establish and enforce policies and procedures for parking on state property

179 — WORKERS' COMPENSATION COSTS

Requires OPM and DAS to recommend ways to reduce workers' compensation costs

180 — PENSION SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

Created the Connecticut Pension Sustainability Commission

181 — ANNUAL REPORTING FOR HOSPITALS AND CERTAIN GROUP PRACTICES

Extends the deadline for the start of certain annual reporting requirements for hospitals and physician group practices

182, 183 & 732 — DSS CERTIFICATE OF NEED (CON)

Makes changes to DSS CON requirements, such as requiring nursing homes, residential care homes, and ICF-IIDs to obtain a CON to relocate beds to a new or replacement facility and eliminating CON requirements for certain acquisitions of major medical equipment

184 — NURSING HOME BED MORATORIUM

Modifies exemptions to DSS' moratorium on accepting or approving CONs to add new nursing home beds and allows, rather than requires, the commissioner to adopt certain regulations

185 & 186 — BURIAL EXPENSES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS AND INDIGENT INDIVIDUALS

Requires that life insurance deducted from DSS burial payments name the funeral home, cemetery, or crematory as a beneficiary and allows DSS to disclose information to such service providers in certain cases

187-199 — BEHAVIOR ANALYST LICENSURE

Subject to certain exemptions, requires behavior analysts to be licensed by DPH; establishes a General Fund account to contain such licensing fee revenue to cover the costs of collecting the fees

200 — MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO TREAT HEMOPHILIA

Expands provisions on Factor VIII drugs to also apply to Factor VII, IX, and X drugs and eliminates authorization for DSS to specify suppliers

201 — HUSKY A COST SHARING

Prohibits cost-sharing requirements for preferred and medically necessary nonpreferred prescription drugs for HUSKY A parents and caretakers and adds reporting and notification requirements for cost-sharing for other Medicaid services for this group

202 & 203 — INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL OR NERVOUS CONDITIONS

Repeals the requirement that health insurance policies cover specified services related to mental and nervous conditions

204 — CLASS NO. 3 BAZAAR PERMITS

Increases the number of days a “Class No. 3” permit holder can operate a bazaar

205 — PROHIBITION ON REQUIRING CASH-ONLY BAIL

Bars courts from requiring cash-only bail for all crimes, not just certain crimes as under current law

206 — ELDERLY CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM

With specified exceptions, authorizes OPM to reduce reimbursements to municipalities under the Elderly Circuit Breaker Program by up to 100%

207 — WAIVER OF PAYMENTS DUE FROM CERTAIN HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Extends by one year the requirement that municipalities waive certain payments due from certain state-financed housing authorities

208 — YOUTH SERVICES GRANTS

Appropriates funds, for FYs 18 and 19, to the Judicial Branch for specified youth services grants

209 — ARBITRATOR FEES

Increases the fee a state arbitrator receives for writing a panel decision from $175 to $500

210 — LITCHFIELD COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Allows the state to retain use of the old Litchfield County Courthouse land and building unless certain conditions are met

211 — REGIONAL REVENUE SHARING AGREEMENTS

Authorizes COGs to enter into regional revenue sharing agreements with other COGs

212 — PERFORMANCE-INFORMED BUDGETING

Requires the governor and the legislature, in developing each biennial budget, to consider performance-informed analyses submitted by selected budgeted agencies

213 — MEDICAID FUNDING FOR FAMILY PLANNING

Allows DSS, with legislative approval, to offset federal funding reductions for family planning services and supplies

214 — ARTWORK IN STATE BUILDINGS

Prohibits, for two years, the state bond commission from allocating a portion of bond proceeds for art work in state building projects

215 — COMPTROLLER REPORTS ON SEBAC SAVINGS

Requires the comptroller to annually determine and report the savings realized through the 2017 SEBAC Agreement and related contracts

216 – PUBLIC HEARINGS ON AUDITS

Requires legislative committees to hold public hearings on auditor reports of agencies under their cognizance

217 — JUDGE SALARY WITHHOLDINGS

Increases, from 5% to 6%, the amount withheld from the salaries of judges, family support magistrates, and compensation commissioners salaries appointed on or after January 1, 2018

218 — FOUR-YEAR TERM LIMIT ON FUTURE SEBAC AGREEMENTS

Limits future SEBAC agreements to four-year terms

219 & 220 — FIREFIGHTERS' CANCER RELIEF PROGRAM FUNDING

Eliminates a requirement for the Firefighters' Cancer Relief Program to be funded through E-911 charges

221 — IMPAIRMENT OF STATE CONTRACTS

Specifies the circumstances under which state legislation may impair state contracts

222 — INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY PARTNERSHIP

Requires the Intellectual Disability Partnership to form an advisory committee and makes related changes

223 — PROTOTYPE SCHOOL DESIGN STUDY

Requires the School Building Projects Advisory Council to conduct a study on prototype school designs

224 — ALLIANCE DISTRICT DESIGNATION

Requires the education commissioner to designate 33 school districts as alliance districts for a period of five years (designation expired under current law)

225-230 — EDUCATION COST SHARING (ECS) GRANTS

Revises the ECS grant formula, the largest form of state aid to towns, by changing several major formula components, including the weighting for need students, base aid ratio, and balance of property and income wealth; includes a phase-in for aid increases and decreases until FY 28

231-233 — NURSING HOME AND RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME CITATIONS

Makes changes to the process for certain citations issued against nursing home facilities or residential care homes

234 & 235 — CIVIL PENALTIES FOR NURSING HOMES AND RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES (RCH)

Increases the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed on nursing homes that violate statutory or regulatory requirements, expands the definition of a class B violation for nursing homes and RCHs, and requires citations to include a notice of noncompliance

237-246 — SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AUTHORIZATIONS

Authorizes the DAS commissioner to commit to new school construction grants for up to $518 million and makes changes to other existing projects

247 — AGENCY PROGRAM INVENTORIES AND RESULTS FIRST PILOT PROGRAM

Makes several changes concerning program inventories required of certain agencies; requires the OPM secretary to create a pilot program that applies Pew-MacArthur Results First principles to at least eight state-finance grant programs

248 — PRISON HEALTH CARE RFI PROGRESS REPORT

Requires DOC and OPM to submit a progress report to the legislature on a request for information to develop options for providing inmate medical services

249 — REDUCTIONS FOR MUNICIPAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND HEALTH DISTRICTS

Requires DPH to reduce payments to municipal and district health departments in FY 19

250 — FISCAL STABILITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMISSION

Establishes a 14-member commission to develop and recommend policies to achieve state government fiscal stability and promote economic growth and competitiveness

251 — YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING FUNDS

Allocates Youth Employment Program funds

252 — MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT (MBR)

Extends the current MBR through FY 19, along with MBR reduction allowances and exemptions

253 — CALCULATIONS FOR ECS GRANT INCREASES AND DECREASES

Revises the method for determining ECS increases and decreases for towns in FYs 18 and 19

254-257 — JUDICIAL COMPENSATION

Rolls back a 3% salary increase for judges and certain other judicial officials that took effect July 1, 2017, and reinstitutes the increases on July 1, 2019

258 — MATERIALS INNOVATION AND RECYCLING AUTHORITY PAYMENT TO HARTFORD

Requires MIRA to make a $1 million payment in lieu of taxes to Hartford by December 1, 2017

259 & 260 — GRANTS TO COGS

Establishes, beginning in FY 18, a new type of annual grant for COGs

261 & 262 — TORRINGTON DSS PILOT PROJECT

Allows DSS to establish a pilot project involving relocating certain department staff to the Torrington community action agency

263 — UNLOADING AND INSPECTING ALCOHOL SHIPMENTS

Generally codifies the existing requirement that alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers inventory and unload alcohol; allows DCP to inspect; and makes it a CUTPA violation

264 — DISTRICT HEATING SYSTEM RELATED PROCUREMENT

Requires an EDC to conduct a procurement for a CHP system owned by a thermal energy transportation company and compatible for use with a district heating system; requires the EDC to recover costs of the procurement from ratepayers

265 — LOCAL BUDGET AND TAX ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO DECREASED AID

Allows municipalities to amend adopted budgets and adjust tax levies to reflect inaccurate state aid projections

266 — LOCAL BUDGET AND TAX ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO INCREASED AID

Authorizes municipalities and regional boards of education to amend adopted budgets and adjust tax levies if they receive more state aid than projected

267 — SUPERINTENDENTS FOR MULTIPLE TOWNS

Allows boards of education that share a superintendent to hold regular joint meetings at least once every two months

268-273 & 276 — CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM (CEP)

Makes changes to the CEP, including establishing a grant reduction schedule, freezing inflationary grant adjustments for 2018, increasing the maximum individual qualifying contribution (QC) amount, and adjusting QCs for inflation

274 — SEEC'S COMPLAINT PROCESS

Revises SEEC's process for reviewing complaints

275 — POST-ELECTION AUDITS

Changes the formula SEEC must use to audit legislative candidate committees following a primary or election

277 — TEACHERS' RETIREMENT FUND ACTUARIAL ASSUMPTIONS STUDY

Requires the Teachers' Retirement Board to study the impact of potential changes in actuarial assumptions used in the Teachers' Retirement Fund's valuation and report its findings and recommendations to the legislature

278-319 & 732 — STATE DEPARTMENT ON AGING (SDA) CONSOLIDATION

Consolidates the state Department on Aging (SDA) within the Department of Social Services (DSS); transfers the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program from SDA to OPM

320 — RETIRED TEACHERS' HEALTH INSURANCE

Reduces state payments for FYs 18 and 19 to the Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) for costs of retiree health plans offered by (1) the TRB and (2) by local or regional boards of education

321-323 — DELINQUENCY COMMITMENTS AND JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICES

Prohibits courts, on or after July 1, 2018, from committing children adjudicated delinquent to DCF; establishes transition period during which the Judicial branch may place a child adjudicated delinquent in DCF congregate care or order DCF services; requires the Judicial Branch to expand its juvenile justice services

324 — TWEED-NEW HAVEN AIRPORT

Earmarks funds in FY 18 and FY 18 for the operation of the airport

325-331 — PASSPORT TO THE PARKS

Establishes a fee on motor vehicle registrations to support a new passport to the parks account, which must be used to operate state parks and campgrounds, fund soil and water conservation districts and environmental review teams, and beginning with FY 19, fund the Council on Environmental Quality

332 — LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

Requires the legislature to affirmatively vote in order to approve state employee collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards; establishes caps on the time allowed to debate approval; revises the process that occurs after the legislature rejects an agreement or award

333 — FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS

Exempts OPM and OFA from submitting annual fiscal accountability reports in November 2017

334-348 — CRUMBLING CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS

Creates a framework to assist homeowners with crumbling concrete foundations

349-376 — MUNICIPAL ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW BOARD AND TIER DESIGNATIONS

Creates an alternative process through which financially distressed municipalities that submit to state oversight may access state financial assistance and use existing statutory debt financing tools

377-553 — BOND AUTHORIZATIONS, ADJUSTMENTS, AND CANCELLATIONS

Authorizes new state GO bonds for various state projects and grant programs; authorizes STO bonds for transportation projects; increases bond limits for various statutory grants and purposes; cancels, reduces, or restores bond authorizations for various projects and grants; extends the CSCU 2020 program by one year, defers bond authorizations for two years, and authorizes additional bonding; extends the UConn 2000 program by three years and defers bond authorizations to those three years; extends the CT Bioscience Innovation Fund bond authorizations by a year and defers bond authorizations to that year; makes permanent the school security infrastructure grant program; limits LoCIP funds to municipalities; and allows the state to enter into credit agreements with the federal government that are backed by STO bonds

554 — INTERRUPTIBLE GAS SERVICE FOR CERTAIN MANUFACTURING FACILITIES

Requires gas companies to propose a new rate for certain manufacturers that do not qualify for interruptible service rates

555 — BROADBAND AND DATA PRIVACY WORKING GROUP

Creates an eight-member working group to study broadband internet access service and consumer data privacy and report to the Energy and Technology Committee

556 — TAXES OWED ON MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED OUT OF STATE

Establishes a procedure by which local tax assessors receive information about motor vehicles registered in other states in order to add such vehicles to grand lists

557 — FUNDING FOR SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW TEAMS

Makes specific amounts of money available from the passport to the parks account for soil and water conservation districts and environmental review teams for FYs 18 and 19

558 & 572 — HOME HEALTH CARE ADD-ON PAYMENTS

Allows DSS to eliminate home health care add-on payments for FYs 18 and 19, conforming to current practice

559 & 586-587 — TEACHER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (TRS)

Starting in 2018, increases teachers' contributions to TRS by 1%; requires the Teachers' Retirement Board to recalculate the amount the state must contribute to TRS in FYs 18 and 19 due to the increase (thus, decreasing the state's contribution), but assume the previous contribution rate starting in FY 20

560 — 90-DAY TURNAROUND BY DOT ON CERTAIN PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Requires DOT to review and make final determinations on specified permit applications within 90 days after receiving them, or they are deemed approved

561 — 90-DAY TURNAROUND BY DEEP ON CERTAIN PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Requires DEEP to review and make final determinations on specified permit applications within 90 days after receiving them, or they are deemed approved

562 — 90-DAY TURNAROUND BY DOAG ON AQUACULTURE PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Requires the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) to review and make a final determination on aquaculture permit applications within 90 days after receiving them, or they are deemed approved

563-565 — RENTERS' REBATE PROGRAM

Makes municipalities, instead of the state, responsible for grants under the Renters' Rebate Program

566-567 — PREVAILING WAGE

Increases prevailing wage law thresholds for public works projects; exempts municipal elevator or roof work from prevailing wage requirements; temporarily exempts certain projects in New Haven County from prevailing wage requirements; applies prevailing wage requirements to certain DECD-funded projects

568 — EVEN START AND TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE

Integrates Even Start, a family literacy program, into OEC's two-generational initiative

569 — STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM (SSP)

Extends the freeze on SSP benefits for FYs 18 and 19 and eliminates a requirement that DSS, when determining SSP eligibility and benefits, annually increase the income disregard based on SSI COLAs

570 & 571 — DRUG REIMBURSEMENT AND PHARMACIST PROFESSIONAL FEES

Eliminates current statutory requirements for calculating drug and fee payments; requires DSS to revise reimbursement methodology and professional dispensing fees; requires DSS to submit revisions to legislative committees

573 — PRIORITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (PSD) GRANTS

Distributes PSD grants for FYs 18 and 19

574 — EDUCATION GRANT EARMARKS

Earmarks up to $1.6 million in FY 18 & 19 appropriations to SDE for various education-related grants

575-582 — EDUCATION GRANT CAPS

Extends the caps on certain education grants to school districts and regional education service centers

583 & 584 — CHARTER SCHOOL GRANTS

Requires grants to be paid directly to the schools' fiscal authorities, rather than the towns, and increases the grants for state charter schools in FYs 19 and 20

585 — MAGNET SCHOOL GRANTS

Renews the prioritization for per-student grant payments for magnet school enrollment increases and allows RESC-operated magnets outside of the Sheff region to be eligible for a higher per-student grant

588 — MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT AND MOHEGAN FUND

Allocates the total grant amounts paid to municipalities from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund for FYs 18 and 19

589 — MUNICIPAL STABILIZATION GRANT

Allocates the municipal stabilization grant amounts for FYs 18 and 19

590 — MUNICIPAL SHARING GRANT

Allocates the municipal sharing grant amounts for FYs 18 and 19

591 — PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES (PILOT) FOR COLLEGES AND HOSPITALS

Allocates the PILOT grant amounts for colleges and hospitals in FYs 18 and 19

592 — PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES (PILOT) FOR STATE-OWNED PROPERTY

Allocates the PILOT grant amounts for state-owned properties in FYs 18 and 19

594-600 — RESERVED SECTIONS

Reserved sections

601-617 — HOSPITAL PROVIDER TAX AND USER FEES ON NURSING HOMES AND INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES

Beginning July 1, 2017, sunsets the current taxes on hospitals and user fees on nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and reestablishes them as part of a new tax and fee structure; establishes administrative, record keeping, and penalty provisions for the tax and fees that generally parallel those in existing law for other taxes

618, 620 & 621 — HOSPITAL SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENTS

Establishes various supplemental pools for hospital Medicaid payments and a payment schedule; requires payments in the aggregate to be approximately $598 million in FY 18 and $496 million in FY 19; allows DSS to make advance payments to certain hospitals; and limits the governor's rescission authority for supplemental payments in FYs 18 and 19

619 — HOSPITAL MEDICAID RATES

Requires DSS to (1) increase hospital Medicaid rates such that affected hospitals receive $140.1 million more for inpatient services and $35 million more for outpatient services and (2) establish the increased rates as a lower limit for rates in FY 19 and subsequent years

622-624 — INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX REDUCTION

Beginning January 1, 2018, reduces the tax paid by insurers and HMOs on premiums and other charges

625 — INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX CREDIT CAP

Restores and makes permanent the annual cap on the amount of tax liability insurers can reduce with tax credits

626 — FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION TAX CREDITS

Permanently bars the issuance of film and digital media tax credits to certain motion pictures; allows the credits to be used against the gross receipts tax on cable, satellite, and competitive video services

627 — ADMISSIONS TAX

Eliminates admissions tax exemptions for certain facilities

628-630 — CIGARETTE TAX

Increases the cigarette tax from $3.90 to $4.35 per pack; reduces, by 50%, the cigarette tax on “modified risk tobacco products”; imposes a $0.45 floor tax on unsold inventory

631 — TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX

Increases the tax on snuff tobacco products from $1 to $3 per ounce; lowers, by 50%, the tobacco products tax on “modified risk tobacco products”

632-636 — ESTATE AND GIFT TAX CHANGES

Increases, starting January 1, 2018, the estate and gift tax threshold over three years; starting January 1, 2019, lowers, from $20 million to $15 million, the cap on the maximum estate and gift tax imposed

637 & 638 — REGIONAL PLANNING INCENTIVE ACCOUNT DIVERSION

Suspends the revenue diversion to the Regional Planning Incentive Account for FYs 18 and 19

637 & 638 — MUNICIPAL REVENUE SHARING ACCOUNT (MRSA) DIVERSION

Suspends the revenue diversion to MRSA for FYs 18 and 19

637 & 638 — SALES AND USE TAX REVENUE FROM MOTOR VEHICLE SALES

Beginning in FY 21, phases in, over five years, a revenue diversion to the Special Transportation Fund (STF) of sales and use tax revenue from motor vehicle sales

637 & 639 — TOURISM FUND

Establishes a tourism fund and capitalizes it by transferring 10% of the room occupancy tax

640 — SALES AND USE TAX ON SERVICES RENDERED BETWEEN PARENT COMPANIES AND SUBSIDIARIES

Expands the number of affiliated businesses that qualify for the sales and use tax exemption on sales of services between affiliates

641 & 642 — INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS

Increases the income thresholds for the Social Security income tax deduction, beginning with the 2018 tax year; phases out, from 2019 through 2025, the income tax on pension and annuity income for taxpayers with incomes below a specified threshold; delays, by two years, the scheduled increase in the teacher pension income tax exemption; establishes a deduction for expenses related to donating an organ for transplants occurring on or after January 1, 2017

643 — STATE EMPLOYEE PAID LEAVE AFTER ORGAN DONATION

Allows state employees to take, in addition to other authorized leave, (1) seven days of paid leave for donating bone marrow and (2) 15 days of paid leave for organ donations

644 — PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

Limits eligibility for the property tax credit against the personal income tax to seniors and taxpayers with dependents for the 2017 and 2018 tax years

645 — EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC)

Reduces the EITC from 30% to 23%

646 — NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE ACT (NAA) TAX CREDIT

Lowers, from $10 million to $5 million, the annual cap on NAA tax credits

647 — GREEN BUILDING TAX CREDIT

Eliminates the green building tax credit beginning December 1, 2017

648 — STEM GRADUATE TAX CREDIT

Creates a refundable personal income tax credit for qualifying college graduates in STEM fields

649-652 — FANTASY SPORTS CONTESTS

Specifically authorizes fantasy sports contests, once certain conditions are met, and requires fantasy sports operators to provide certain consumer protections to players and pay up to a $15,000 registration fee and 10.5% tax on fantasy games

653 — SURCHARGE AND FEES ON CAR AND TRUCK RENTALS

Eliminates the 3% rental surcharge on car and truck rentals and instead authorizes rental companies to charge lessees individually itemized charges or fees as part of a rental agreement

654 — TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY (TNC) FEE

Requires TNCs to pay a 25-cent fee on each ride originating in Connecticut

655 — MMCT LOAN

Requires, under certain conditions, MMCT to provide a $30 million advance, which will be credited against required future casino payments to the state

656 — FRESH START

Authorizes the DRS commissioner to establish a fresh start program for qualified taxpayers who owe Connecticut state taxes

657 — TRANSFERS FROM NONAPPROPRIATED ACCOUNTS

Allows the OPM secretary to transfer funds from certain nonappropriated accounts to the General Fund

658 — TAX EXPENDITURE ANALYSIS

Requires the OPM secretary to examine and report to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on the revenue the state forgoes due to tax credits, deductions, and exemptions (i.e., tax expenditures)

659 — STATE AGENCIES TO REVIEW FEES

Requires (1) agency heads to determine whether the fees their agencies charge cover program administration costs and (2) OPM to provide the legislature with recommendations for fee increases

660 — REDUCING CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION (CLC) EXPENSES

Requires CLC to reduce its expenses in FYs 18 & 19

661 — CORPORATION INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR CERTAIN PUBLICLY-TRADED COMPANIES (FAS 109 DEDUCTION)

Extends, from seven to 30 years, the period over which certain publicly-traded companies may claim the FAS 109 deduction

662 — CONNECTICUT TELEVISION NETWORK (CT-N) REDUCTION

Reduces by half the amount of specified tax revenue that must be reserved for CT-N

663 & 664 — TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND DISBURSEMENTS

Suspends, for FYs 18 and 19, disbursements from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund and the Smart Start competitive grant account

665 — DOCUMENT RECORDING FEE

Increases, from $3 to $10, the document recording fee that is charged to generate revenue for preserving historic documents and modifies the fee revenue distribution

666 — CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECK FEE INCREASES

Increases fees for certain criminal history record-related searches

667 — MOTOR VEHICLE TRADE-IN FEE

Requires the DMV commissioner to charge new and used car dealers $35 for each used motor vehicle they accept as a trade-in when selling a new or used vehicle

668-670 — REGISTRATION FEE INCREASES FOR BROKER-DEALERS AND INVESTMENT ADVISERS

Increases, by $25 each, specified registration fees for broker-dealers, investment advisers, and their agents

671 — EMISSIONS ENTERPRISE FUND

Reduces, by $250,000, the amount of money the comptroller must transfer quarterly from the Special Transportation Fund (STF) to the Emissions Enterprise Fund

672 — DIVERSION OF AVIATION FUEL TAX REVENUE

Diverts a portion of revenue from the petroleum products gross earnings tax (PGET) on aviation fuel to a new “Connecticut airport and aviation account” to be used for airport purposes

673 — HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY ENCROACHMENT FEES

Requires the DOT commissioner, by January 1, 2018, to set fees for certain applications for highway right-of way encroachment permits to mirror the fees the Massachusetts DOT charges for similar permits; eliminates the commissioner's authority to adopt regulations setting fees for other highway right-of-way encroachment permit applications

674 & 675 — URGENT CARE CENTERS AND OUTPATIENT CLINICS

Requires urgent care centers to be licensed by DPH as outpatient clinics; increases the frequency of outpatient clinic license renewal

676 — SAFE DRINKING WATER PRIMACY ASSESSMENT

Requires water companies that own community public water systems or non-transient non-community water systems to pay a safe drinking water primacy assessment in FY 19

677 — SAFE DRINKING WATER PRIMACY ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

Requires DPH to develop a methodology for a safe drinking water primacy assessment on certain water systems, allows water companies to recover the assessment from customers, and makes related changes

678 & 728 — NEWBORN SCREENING FEE

Eliminates, on July 1, 2018, the newborn screening account and transfers any money from it into the General Fund for DPH to use for newborn health screening services in FY 18

679 — MUNICIPAL VIDEO COMPETITION TRUST ACCOUNT

Beginning with FY 18, increases, by $2 million, the annual transfer from the municipal video competition trust account to the General Fund

680 — PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT ACCOUNT (PEGPETIA)

Beginning in FY 18, requires $3.5 million to be transferred to the General Fund each fiscal year from the PEGPETIA account

681-698 — TRANSFERS TO GENERAL FUND

Transfers funds from various sources to the General Fund for FY 18 and FY 19

699 & 700 — MOTOR VEHICLE MILL RATE CAP RAISED

Increases the cap on motor vehicle mill rates and allows municipalities that previously set their motor vehicle mill rate for the 2016 assessment year to change it; requires boards to hear car tax appeals before December 15, 2017

701-703 — STRANDED TAX CREDITS

Requires DECD to administer programs to allow businesses to use stranded R&D tax credits in exchange for undertaking certain capital projects or making certain venture capital investments

704, 707, 708 & 729 — BUDGET RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS

Diverts specified income tax revenue exceeding a $3.15 billion threshold to the Budget Reserve Fund; increases the BRF's maximum balance, from 10% to 15% of net General Fund appropriations and expands its allowable uses; repeals provisions, currently scheduled to take effect July 1, 2019, establishing a mechanism for diverting to the BRF projected surpluses in certain revenue

705 — CAP ON GENERAL FUND AND SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND APPROPRIATIONS

Beginning FY 20, imposes a new cap on General Fund and STF appropriations, but allows the General Assembly to exceed it under certain circumstances

706 — BOND COVENANT TIED TO BRF, SPENDING CAP, AND GO BOND CAP LAWS

Requires certain state bonds to include a pledge to bondholders that the state will comply with the BRF law, spending caps, and GO and credit revenue bond caps, except under limited circumstances

709 — STATUTORY SPENDING CAP DEFINITIONS

Modifies definitions used to calculate the state's statutory spending cap and requires a base adjustment under certain circumstances

710-712 — CAP ON GENERAL OBLIGATION (GO) AND CREDIT REVENUE BOND ALLOCATIONS, ISSUANCES, AND SPENDING

Imposes caps on the amount of GO and credit revenue bonds (1) the State Bond Commission may allocate each calendar year starting January 1, 2017; (2) the treasurer may issue each fiscal year starting July 1, 2018; and (3) for which the governor may approve allotment requisitions in any fiscal year

713 — COMPTROLLER'S ANALYSIS OF OPM'S MONTHLY STATEMENTS

Requires the comptroller to analyze OPM's monthly revenue and expenditure statements

714-716 — CREDIT REVENUE BOND PROGRAM

Authorizes the state treasurer to issue credit revenue bonds in place of general obligation bonds and directs the savings from the new bonding program to the Budget Reserve Fund; requires bond premiums and the net earnings from investments of bond proceeds to be used to fund previously authorized capital projects

717-726 — REVENUE ESTIMATES

Adopts revenue estimates for FYs 18 and 19 for appropriated state funds

727 — PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATION FUND

Requires any balance in the Probate Court Administration Fund on June 30, 2017 to remain in that fund and not transfer to the General Fund

730 — REPEALING BRIDGE NAME

Repeals 38 of PA 17-230, which renamed bridge number 01592, carrying Maple Street over the Naugatuck River in Ansonia, as the “Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Bridge”

1-37 — BUDGET PROVISIONS

Please refer to the fiscal note for a summary of these sections

38 — FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR DCF AND DSS PROGRAMS

Allows DSS and DCF, for FYs 18 and 19, and with OPM's approval, to establish receivables to make payments before receiving reimbursement for federal programs

● For FYs 18 and 19, allows DSS, DCF, and the Judicial Branch to establish receivables, with OPM's approval and in compliance with any U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-approved advanced planning document, for anticipated reimbursement from approved projects

● Establishing receivables (i.e., an amount due from another source) allows the agencies to make payments before being reimbursed

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

39 — OUTPATIENT CLINIC LICENSE RENEWAL

Increases the frequency of outpatient clinic license renewal

● Increases the frequency of license renewal for outpatient clinics, from every four years to every three years

Section 675 makes this same change, effective December 1, 2017

As under current law, (1) the licensing fee is $1,000 and (2) clinics operated by municipal health departments or districts or licensed nonprofit nursing or community health agencies are exempt

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

40 — TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE (TFA) AND STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE (SAGA)

Extends the existing freeze on TFA and SAGA rates

● Extends for FYs 18 and 19 a freeze on payment standards (i.e., maximum benefit amounts) for DSS' TFA and SAGA cash assistance programs at FY 15 rates

● By law, TFA provides temporary cash assistance to families that meet certain income and asset limits

● In general, SAGA provides cash assistance to single or married adults who have very low incomes, do not qualify for other cash assistance programs, and who are considered “transitional” or “unemployable”

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

41 — BOARDING HOMES

Caps, with exceptions, rates for certain boarding homes

● Generally caps rates paid by DSS for FYs 18 and 19 at FY 17 levels for room and board at private residential facilities and similar facilities operated by regional educational service centers that provide vocational or functional services for individuals with certain disabilities (non-ICF-ID boarding homes)

● Within available appropriations, allows these rates to exceed the FY 17 level for capital improvements made to these facilities that are approved by DDS, in consultation with DSS and made in FY 18 or FY 19 for residents' health and safety

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

42 & 43 — RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES, COMMUNITY LIVING ARRANGEMENTS, AND COMMUNITY COMPANION HOMES

Freezes rates for certain facilities through FY 19

● Freezes rates at FY 16 levels through FY 19 for residential care homes, community living arrangements, and community companion homes that receive a flat rate from DSS for residential services

● State regulations permit these facilities to have their rates determined on a flat rate basis rather than on the basis of submitted cost reports (Conn. Agency Reg. 17-311-54)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

44 — RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES

Caps residential care home rates with certain exceptions

● Caps residential care home rates at FY 17 and FY 18 levels for FY 18 and FY 19, respectively, with an exception for residential care homes that receive certain proportional fair rent increases

● Allows DSS to provide the rate increases within available appropriations to homes with documented fair rent additions (1) placed in service in the cost report years ending September 30, 2016, and September 30, 2017, respectively and (2) that are not otherwise included in their rates

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

45 & 46 — NURSING HOMES

Reverses a recent rate decrease, generally limits changes to FY 18 and FY 19 rates, and makes other changes

● Eliminates a requirement that DSS issue a lower rate for FYs 16 and 17 and succeeding fiscal years to nursing homes that, but for the current rate freeze, would have received a lower rate due to a change in allowable fair rent

● For FY 18, reverses a recent rate decrease that affected facilities that had a fair rent asset expire in 2015

● For FY 18, requires DSS to determine facility rates based on 2016 cost report filings as required by state law and regulations, as long as the facility's rate is neither higher than, nor more than 2% lower than, rates in effect on December 31, 2016

● For FY 19, caps nursing home rates at FY 18 levels, but allows DSS to pay a higher rate if the DSS commissioner provides proportional fair rent increases

Such increases may include, at the commissioner's discretion, increases for facilities that had a change in fair rent additions or moveable equipment placed in service in the cost report year ending September 30, 2017 and not otherwise included in their rates

● Existing law, unchanged by the bill, requires DSS to issue lower rates to facilities who would receive a lower rate due to an interim rate status or an agreement with the department

● Under current law, when DSS computes a facility's rates, it divides the facility's allowable costs by the facility occupancy at 95% of licensed capacity so that homes with more empty beds receive lower rates than higher occupancy homes

● Lowers the licensed capacity used to calculate occupancy from 95% to 90% for FY 14 and succeeding fiscal years (In practice, DSS has used a 90% occupancy rate since 2014.)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

47 — INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Caps rates for ICF-IDs at FY 17 levels for FYs 18 and 19, with certain exceptions

● Caps rates DSS pays ICF-IDs for FYs 18 and 19 at FY 17 levels

● Allows the state to pay a higher rate, within available appropriations, to facilities that make a capital improvement, approved by DDS in consultation with DSS, for residents' health or safety during FYs 18 or 19

● Extends, through FYs 18 and 19, a provision allowing the DSS commissioner to provide fair rent increases to facilities that (1) have an approved certificate of need and (2) undergo a material change in circumstance related to fair rent

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

48 — DCF-LICENSED PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITIES

Suspends daily and other rate adjustments for FYs 18 and 19 for DCF-licensed private residential treatment facilities

● Freezes daily and other rate adjustments for DCF-licensed private residential treatment facilities in FYs 18 and 19

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

49 — LIMIT ON NON-EMERGENCY ADULT DENTAL SERVICES

Caps payment for nonemergency dental services for adults to $1,000 per calendar year

● Establishes a cap on DSS' payment for nonemergency dental services for adults at $1,000 per calendar year per individual

● Exempts medically necessary services, including dentures, from the cap

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

50 — MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM (MSP)

Reduces income eligibility for the Medicare Savings Program

Lowers income eligibility for all three MSP tiers (as shown in table below) and makes conforming changes

MSP participants receive Medicaid-funded assistance with their Medicare cost sharing (e.g., premiums)

Table: MSP Eligibility Changes

MSP

Program Tier

Cost-Sharing Payments Covered

Current Law

Under the Bill

Income Limit (% FPL)

Annual Income Limit (Individual)*

Income Limit (% FPL)

Annual Income Limit (Individual)*

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB)

Medicare Part B Premium

All Medicare deductibles

Co-insurance

Less than 211%

$25,447

Less than 100%

$12,060

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program (SLMB)

Medicare Part B Premium

211%-231%

$27,859

100% to 120%

$14,472

Qualified Individual (QI)

Medicare Part B Premium

231%-246%

$29,668

120% to 135%

$16,281


*Income limits calculations are based on 2017 FPL values. FPL values change annually

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

51-54 — MEDICAID AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Requires each local and regional board of education to enroll as a Medicaid provider, participate in DSS's Medicaid School Based Child Health Program, and submit billable service information to DSS

● Requires each local and regional board of education, by December 1, 2017, to (1) enroll as a medical assistance (e.g., Medicaid) provider, (2) participate in DSS's Medicaid School Based Child Health (SBCH) Program, and (3) submit billable service information electronically to DSS or its billing agent

● Allows any local or regional board of education to enter into an agreement with a third-party vendor to comply with these requirements

Allows such third-party vendor agreements to provide that costs for the above services be paid from, and contingent on receipt of sufficient funds from, grants DSS makes under current law to local and regional boards of education based on Medicaid claims for special education services provided to students in the school district

● Requires, rather than allows, local and regional boards of education to determine a child's Medicaid enrollment status

● Requires planning and placement teams to comply with federal parental consent and written notification requirements prior to billing for services under the SBCH Program

● Requires private schools, hospitals, or other institutions that provide special education instruction under an agreement with a local or regional board of education to submit to the board all documentation required to submit claims to the SBCH Program

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

55 — SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND (STF)

Removes the requirement that remaining STF funds, after first being used for other specified obligations, pay for DSS' transportation to work program

● Under current law, remaining STF funds must be applied to (1) general obligation bonds issued for transportation projects, (2) budget appropriations for DOT and DMV, (3) DESPP motor patrol work, (4) DEEP boating regulation and enforcement and (5) the DSS transportation for employment independence program

● Removes the requirement that remaining STF funds pay for DSS' transportation program

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

56 — DAS CANDIDATE LISTS

Allows DAS to extend candidate lists through the end of 2018

● Allows the DAS commissioner to continue or extend, through the end of 2018, any candidate lists scheduled to expire on or after June 7, 2017

● By law, positions in the state employee classified service must be filled from a list of qualified people, known as a candidate list; under current law, candidate lists must generally remain in force for a period of at least three months, but not more than one year, unless the DAS commissioner grants an exception under certain circumstances

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

57 — TECHNICAL CHANGES BY THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE (LCO)

Requires LCO, as part of codification, to make necessary changes to the bill's text

● Requires LCO, when codifying the provisions of the bill, to make technical, grammatical, and punctuation changes necessary to carry out the bill's purposes

● Among other things, these changes may include correcting inaccurate internal references

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

58 — EVALUATING TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

Exempts from certain evaluation requirements certain projects that the DOT commissioner determines are necessary to maintain the state's infrastructure

● PA 17-192 requires the transportation commissioner to develop a method to evaluate “transportation projects” and use the method to evaluate the projects before asking the legislature to fund them

Under the act, a “transportation project” includes a transportation planning or capital project, begun by the state on or after July 1, 2018, that (1) is estimated to cost more than $150 million or (2) expands capacity on a limited access highway, transit or railroad system, or parking facility

● The bill excludes from the definition of “transportation project” and therefore from PA 17-192's evaluation requirements, any project begun on or after July 1, 2018 that (1) the transportation commissioner determines is needed to maintain the state's infrastructure in good repair and (2) is estimated to cost less than $150 million

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

59 — TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (TRS) VIABILITY COMMISSION

Establishes a commission to develop and implement a plan to maintain TRS' financial viability

● Establishes the TRS Viability Commission and charges it with developing and implementing a plan to maintain TRS' financial viability; membership consists of the Teachers' Retirement Board and a global consulting firm with significant experience and expertise in human resources, talent development, and health and retirement benefits and investments

● Requires the commission, in developing the plan, to give significance to the state's financial capability, which includes the state's (1) fiscal health; (2) Budget Reserve Fund balance; (3) long and short-term liabilities, including the ability to meet minimum funding levels required by law, contract, or court order; (4) initial budgeted revenue vs. actual revenue received for the last five fiscal years; (5) revenue projections; (6) economic outlook; and (7) access to capital markets

● Specifies that the state's financial capability does not include its ability to raise revenue through new or increased taxes

● Requires the commission to hold at least one public hearing and solicit input from TRS members in developing the plan

● Requires OPM to contract with a global consulting firm to serve on the commission; if OPM does not do so within 60 days after the bill's passage, OLM must contract with such a firm

● OPM (or OLM) must select and contract with the consulting firm by soliciting bids from at least four candidates; the contract is not considered a personal service agreement under state law and is not subject to state purchasing laws or laws under the State Contracting Standards Board's jurisdiction

● If OPM contracts with a firm, then the governor must transfer to OPM any funds appropriated to OLM for the contract, with the approval of the Finance Advisory Committee; if OLM contracts with a firm, then the funds appropriated to OLM for this purpose must be retained by OLM

● Allows the state to accept gifts, grants, and donations for purposes of contracting with the consulting firm; however, it may not accept them from any candidate that also submits a bid for the contract

● Requires the commission to submit the plan and any proposed legislation to the Appropriations and Education committees within 90 days after a contract is entered into with the consulting firm

● Terminates the commission within one year after it submits its plan

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

60 — UCONN HEALTH CENTER PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Requires the UConn Health Center to seek to establish public-private partnerships and report to certain legislative committees on their status by April 1, 2018

● Requires the UConn Health Center board of directors to seek to enter into public-private partnerships with hospitals or other private entities the board selects

● Requires the board to report, by April 1, 2018, to the Higher Education, Public Health, and Appropriations committees on the status of the partnerships and any recommended legislation

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

61 — BAN ON SHEFF HOST MAGNET SCHOOLS CHARGING TUITION TO SENDING DISTRICTS

Continues the existing ban on a Sheff region host magnet schools charging tuition

● Continues, for the school years beginning July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018, the prohibition on a Sheff host magnet school operator charging tuition to the school districts whose students attend the magnet school

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

62-67, 83-84 & 236 — SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Makes changes to the school building emergency grant program, increases percentage of a school construction grant that DAS can withhold pending the completion of an audit, modifies the definition of a renovation project, and reduces certain facilities and building maintenance reporting requirements

● Expands the types of projects for which the DAS commissioner may provide emergency school construction grants to include, among other things, skylights as part of a roof replacement and limited use elevators

● Requires school districts to notify DAS commissioner of the emergency condition within seven days of discovering the condition in order to be eligible for an emergency grant and requires the grant application to be submitted within six months of the notification

● Increases, from 5% to 11%, the amount of a project's reimbursement grant that DAS can withhold pending the completion of a final audit

● Specifies that when a regional board of education dissolves, the local boards of education or towns that participated in the regional board are not absolved from any school construction responsibilities or financial obligations incurred while part of the regional board

● Changes the definition of a renovation project by requiring the renovation to cover at least 55% of the square footage of the completed project and removing the requirement for “total” refurbishment.

● Removes the provision that permits a school district to submit an independent architect's feasibility study and cost analysis to justify that a renovation project will cost less than new construction

● Postpones and reduces the frequency of required reports by local and regional boards of education to the DAS commissioner on the following required programs: (1) facilities and long-term building, (2) air quality, and (3) green cleaning

● Requires the DAS commissioner to use three years, rather than one, of adjusted equalized net grand list (AENGL) per capita when ranking all of the state's towns for school construction reimbursement rates; AENGL per capita is a measure of property wealth in a town and towns with lower property wealth receive a larger school construction reimbursement

● By law, the OPM secretary must annually submit comments and recommendations regarding a list of eligible school building projects to the school construction committee

● The bill replaces the current listing requirement of having a DAS assessment on enrollment projections with a report of the following factors: (1) an enrollment projection, (2) a substantiation of the estimated costs, (3) the readiness to begin construction, (4) efforts by boards of education to consolidate schools before submitting an application, (5) certain enrollment and capacity information, and (6) the state's education priorities related to reducing racial and economic isolation for the school district

● Makes technical changes

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

68 — TEACHERS' RETIREMENT BOARD (TRB) MEMBERSHIP

Requires a TRB member to be a municipal chief elected official

● Requires one of the five gubernatorial appointees to the TRB to be either the mayor, first selectman, or chief elected official of a municipality

● Requires the governor to fill the next vacancy among his five appointments with such an individual

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, and applicable to appointments made on and after that date

69 — YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU GRANTS

Expands youth service bureau grant eligibility to those bureaus that applied in FY 19 and met town contribution requirements

● Extends youth service bureau (YSB) grant eligibility to those YSBs that applied for a state grant during FY 17, with prior approval of the town's contribution (by law, a town must contribute an amount equal to the state grant amount)

● Specifies that the state grant amount of $14,000 is awarded to eligible YSBs within available appropriations

● Removes obsolete language from current law

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

70 — SPECIAL EDUCATION COST MODEL TASK FORCE AND FEASIBILITY STUDY

Creates a task force to study the feasibility of forming a special education cost cooperative or other models to minimize volatility in municipal special education spending and costs

● Establishes a 12-member task force to conduct a feasibility study on alternative methods of funding special education and addressing the factors impacting the increasing cost and predictability of special education services

● Must:

examine a state special education predictable cost cooperative model or other alternative model and other models used in other states

report back to the Education and Appropriations committees by January 1, 2019 and terminate by that date

Cooperative Definition

● Defines “special education predictable cost cooperative” as a funding model that:

consists of several specified components designed to aggregate special education costs at the state level to compensate for local level volatility by a number of means, including providing predictability in special education costs to local and regional boards of education and maintaining current state special education funding, among others

is funded by a formula that consists of (1) a community contribution from each school district and (2) the state contribution funded by a reallocation of the excess cost grant and the special education portion of the education cost sharing grant, designed to (a) ensure that a school district's community contribution will be lower than its actual per pupil special education cost, (b) provide all school districts with some state support for special education services, and (c) reimburse school districts for 100% of their actual special education costs for each fiscal year

Study Requirements

● Requires the study to, at a minimum, address a number of specific areas including:

state and municipal funding for the possible models, including how towns contribute to the cooperative and how they are compensated for special education costs by the cooperative

an actuarial analysis of the cooperative model and other models

the legal status of the cooperative model and other models (i.e., state agency, quasi-public agency, not-for-profit organization, or private entity)

governance structure including a process for nominating members for the board of directors, and the accountability of the board to the participating towns and boards of education

staffing and funding sources for the cost of staff

funding sources analysis for necessary capital costs, including the impact on state special education funding if $50 million in state special education funding is used

implementation timeline including prerequisites such as the number of voluntarily participating towns necessary for the cooperative model and other models to function or whether participation should be mandatory

legal analysis of the state and federal laws (including the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC 1400, et seq.) that could affect the model's creation and administration

accountability to the General Assembly

Task Force Membership

● Must include the Office of Policy and Management secretary and the education commissioner, or their respective designees, plus representatives of the following organizations:

Connecticut Association of School Business Officials

Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education

Connecticut Association of Boards of Education

Connecticut Captive Insurance Association

Connecticut Association of Schools

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

RESC (Regional Educational Service Centers) Alliance and

a UConn Actuarial Science Program faculty member

Task Force Administration

● Must hold first meeting within 30 days after the section's effective date and elect a chairperson

● Must not cause any state agency to incur costs of more than $1,000, exclusive of costs associated with reimbursing any agency staff person for mileage expenses

● May receive funds from any not-for-profit organization or accept pro bono services from any public or private entity to conduct the feasibility study with help from the Office of Legislative Management

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

71 — CONNECTICUT ACHIEVEMENT AND RESOURCE EQUITY IN SCHOOLS COMMISSION

Creates a 16-member commission to make recommendations on education funding to the Appropriations and Education committees, the governor, and the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary

● Establishes the Connecticut Achievement and Resource Equity in Schools Commission to:

provide analysis and recommendations concerning state funding for education and resources necessary to ensure that all public school students have an opportunity to be successful and

report on its findings and recommendations by April 1, 2018 to the Appropriations and Education committees, the governor, and the OPM secretary

Plan and Recommendations

● Requires the commission to develop a plan with recommendations for implementing a system for distributing state public education funding that:

includes a funding formula that (1) addresses the issue of unequal local tax burdens and reduces the reliance on unequal local property taxation to fund services, (2) increases equity and fairness, and (3) reduces segregation

depends on a stable, fair, reliable, and identifiable funding source

addresses students' educational needs from preschool through grade 12 and

provides predictability and sustainability in grant allocations to towns and school districts

Commission Members

● Requires the commission to consist of 16 members who must reflect the state's geographic, population, socio-economic, racial, and ethnic diversity

● The below table lists the appointing authorities of the members and the qualities required of each member

Table: Appointing Authorities and Commission Appointments

Appointing authority

Number of appointments

Member qualifications

House speaker

Two

one representative each form the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and the Connecticut Education Association

Senate president pro tem

Two

one representative from the Regional Educational Service Centers Alliance

and an economist with expertise in measures of poverty

Senate Republican president pro tem

Two

one representative each from the Connecticut Federation of School Administrators

and a regional agricultural science and technology education center

House majority leader

Two

one representative each from the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and of the American Federation of Teachers-Connecticut

Senate majority leader

Two

one representative each from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and

the Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education

Senate deputy Republican president pro tem

Two

one who is employed in SDE's School Choice Bureau and

one representative from the Connecticut PTA

House minority leader

Two

one representative each from the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Administrators of Programs for English Language Learners

Joint appointment by the House speaker and minority leader

One

one representative of the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials

Joint appointment by the Senate president pro tem and the Republican Senate president pro tem

One

one representative of the State Education Resource Center

● Appointments must be made by 30 days after the section's effective date

● Vacancies are filled by the appointing authorities, except for Senate chairpersons as described below

Chairpersons and First Meeting

● Two chairpersons of the commission appointed as follows: (1) the House speaker selects a chairperson from among the members, and (2) the Senate president pro tempore and the Senate Republican president pro tempore must jointly select the other chairperson from among the members (If the chairperson appointed by the Senate becomes vacant, the Senate president pro tempore and the Senate Republican president pro tempore, or the president pro tempore of the Senate, as the case may be, must fill the vacancy)

● Requires the chairpersons to hold the first commission meeting no more than 60 days after the section's effective date

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

72-82 — TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SYSTEM

Makes changes to the current process that transitions the technical education and career system into an independent agency

● Makes various changes to the three-year process outlined in current law for the technical education and career system (hereinafter “the system”) to transition into an independent state agency

● Makes several technical and conforming changes, including 82 in its entirety

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except 73 and 74 take effect July 1, 2019

System Educational Offerings

● Specifies that the system must offer full-time, comprehensive secondary education, but does not define “comprehensive secondary education”

● Removes the requirement that the system offer full-time programs in vocational, technical, technological, and postsecondary education and training, but retains the option for the system to offer these programs on a part-time or evening basis

Gifts, Grants, and Donations

● Prohibits system employees from accepting any gift, grant, or donation as an individual, or on the system's behalf, that is for personal use

● Requires that acceptance of all gifts, grants, and donations on the system's behalf follow the state code of ethics for public officials

● Requires both the system board and the system's executive director to report quarterly to the Office of Policy and Management about all gifts, grants, and donations received

System Executive Director

● Specifies that any individual appointed by the governor to serve as the system's executive director must have experience with educational systems

System Admissions Policy

● Requires the State Department of Education (SDE) to review all system admissions policies, rather than only those policies on enrollment of students with disabilities and students receiving special education services; this broader review must include consideration of the following:

applicable principals of state and federal law;

the system's purposes and public character;

the use of placement tests and wait lists;

the admissions policies relating to the enrollment of students with disabilities, students who are receiving or eligible to receive special education and related services, and students who are English language learners;

enrollment data on students receiving such service compared to statewide and district averages; and

diversity standards for the inclusion of minority students

● Requires SDE to consult with the system's administrative and professional staff for the review and any subsequent revisions to the admissions policy

Career Technical Education Standards and Curriculum

● Specifies that professional certification requirements must be relevant when aligned with uniform standards and curriculum for all career technical education programs offered by local or regional boards of education

● Specifies that career and technical education standards that the system uses are aligned with professional certification requirements that are already in existence

Partnerships

● Requires the system superintendent to consult with the following entities for the purpose of fulfilling state workforce needs:

each regional community-technical college

each local or regional board of education whose town contains a system school and that offers any career technical education programs

System Consultant

● Requires the consultant that the State Board of Education (SBE) must hire in FY 18 to consult with the system's administrative and professional staff when (1) assisting the system's board with developing a transition plan and (2) providing recommendations about services that the system could provide more efficiently in conjunction with another board of education, municipality, or state agency

● Requires the consultant to identify deficiencies, best practices, and cost savings in procurement, in addition to the above tasks

SBE Inventory Account

● Specifies that the inventory account that SBE must establish and keep under existing law is an inventory of all property owned by and in the custody of SDE

● As a state agency, SBE is required by law to establish and keep an inventory account of real and personal state property with a value of $1,000 or more; secure such inventory to prevent theft or loss; and establish controls over the disposal of such inventory

SBE Representation

● Resolves an ambiguity in current law about who will represent the system on SBE by requiring the chairperson of the system board to serve as an ex-officio, nonvoting member of SBE

● Current law has both the system superintendent and the system board chairperson serving simultaneously in the same seat (PA 17-237, 1 & 37)

85 — BODY-WORN RECORDING EQUIPMENT TASK FORCE

Specifies that the body-worn recording equipment task force must be within the legislative branch

● PA 17-225 established a task force to examine the use of body-worn recording equipment by state and municipal police

● Specifies that the task force must be within the legislative branch

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

86-99 & 731 — DDS AS SUCCESSOR TO OPA'S INVESTIGATION OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT COMPLAINTS

Transfers to DDS, rather than the Department of Rehabilitation Services, oversight of claims of abuse or neglect of individuals with intellectual disability or clients of DSS's Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services and makes related changes

● By law, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA) was eliminated as of July 1, 2017

Most of its functions were transferred to a nonprofit entity (Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc.) (“DRCT”) designated by the governor to serve as the state's protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities

● Makes the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) the successor to OPA regarding investigations of alleged abuse or neglect of individuals (1) with intellectual disability or (2) who receive funding or services under DSS's Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

Under current law, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) is the successor to OPA for this purpose; in practice, DDS has been performing these functions since March 2017 under a memorandum of understanding with DORS

● Requires the DDS commissioner to receive and investigate complaints from such individuals, their legal representatives, or other interested persons

● Makes various other conforming changes to the existing laws on such abuse investigations to effectuate the transfer of these responsibilities to DDS

● Allows the subject of such an investigation, his or her legal representatives, or other interested parties to contact DRCT with any concerns about the conduct of the investigation

● Prohibits the DDS commissioner from taking any action, or threatening to take any action, against any such person who contacts DRCT with such concerns

● Under current law, if an investigation determines that a person with intellectual disability was abused, the matter must be referred to a prosecutor and in some cases, immediately to the police; the bill extends these provisions to investigations of persons receiving services under DSS's Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder services

● Makes other minor and technical changes concerning the investigation process

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except a technical change is effective July 1, 2018

100-105 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEM (CJIS) GOVERNING BOARD

Transfers the board from OPM to DESPP for administrative purposes; requires DESPP to staff and supply the board and to provide certain information to people who request it

● Transfers the CJIS Governing Board, which oversees criminal justice information systems, from OPM to DESPP for administrative purposes only

Requires DESPP, rather than OPM, to provide office space and such staff, supplies, and services as the board's executive director needs to perform his duties, such as overseeing the design and implementation of a comprehensive statewide information system to share criminal justice information according to law

● Requires the DESPP commissioner, rather than the OPM secretary, to provide anyone who submits a Freedom of Information Act request for data from criminal justice agency information systems with the name and address of the agency where the data originated

● Also makes technical changes to the CJIS laws

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

106 & 107 — ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (ACIR)

Delays certain deadlines by which ACIR must submit reports on state mandate to the General Assembly

● Delays, from the second Wednesday after the 2018 regular session convenes to October 1, 2019, and every four years thereafter, the date by which the ACIR must submit its quadrennial report to the legislature analyzing, among other things, the cost that each state mandate imposes on local governments

● Freezes through January 1, 2019, the current requirement that the ACIR submit to the legislative leaders a report after any regular or special listing each state mandate enacted during the session

● EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017 for the quadrennial reporting requirement; upon passage for the sessional reporting requirement

108 — DRS TAX INCIDENCE REPORT

Pushes back the deadline for DRS to submit its first biennial tax incidence report to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

● Delays by two years, from February 15, 2018 to February 15, 2020, DRS's deadline for (1) submitting its first biennial tax incidence report to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and (2) posting the report on the department's website

● By law, the report must show the extent to which different taxes burden different groups of people and types of businesses

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

109 — RETIREMENT SYSTEMS STRESS TEST REPORT

Requires OPM to annually report a stress test analysis for the teachers' and state employees retirement systems

● Requires the OPM secretary to develop a sensitivity and stress test analysis of the Teachers' Retirement System and the State Employees Retirement System and annually report on it to the Appropriations Committee

● Requires the report to include projections of benefit levels, pension costs, liabilities, and debt reduction under various economic and investment scenarios

● Requires the secretary to annually post and update the report on OPM's Internet website

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

110 — AUTHORIZATION TO SHARE TAX ASSESSORS

Allows a COG or two or more municipalities to appoint shared tax assessors

● Specifies that (1) a regional council of governments (COG) or (2) two or more municipalities acting jointly, may appoint one or more tax assessors

Municipalities must make joint appointments in the same manner as other tax assessor appointments: the town meeting or legislative body must vote to appoint the assessor

● Authorization applies regardless of any conflicting special act, municipal charter, or ordinance

● “Municipalities” are towns, consolidated cities and towns, and consolidated towns and boroughs

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

111 — LOCAL OPTION ADMISSIONS SURCHARGE

Exempts motion pictures from the surcharge

● Exempts motion pictures shows from the local option admissions surcharge

● By law, municipalities may impose a surcharge (generally 5%) on admission charges to events held at a range of amusement, entertainment, or recreation facilities

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

112-125, 165 & 732 — HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Transfers responsibilities for the all-payer claims database and consumer health information website from Access Health CT to the state's health information technology officer and makes other changes to the officer's statutory responsibilities

● Makes the below described changes to the health information technology officer's statutory responsibilities

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

All-Payer Claims Database

● Transfers responsibilities for the all-payer claims database (APCD) from the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange (“Access Health CT”) to the state's health information technology officer

● For example, requires the health information technology officer to:

seek funding for and oversee the planning, implementation, and development of policies and procedures for administering the APCD and

in consultation with the Health Information Technology Advisory Council, maintain written procedures for implementing and administering the APCD program

● Similar to current law, requires the DSS commissioner to submit Medicaid data to the officer for inclusion in the APCD only for purposes related to administering the state Medicaid plan

Makes a corresponding change by allowing the officer to enter into a contract or take necessary action to obtain such data

● Provides that, unless expressly specified, its APCD provisions, and the health information technology officer's actions under such provisions, do not supersede or otherwise affect the insurance commissioner's authority to regulate the insurance industry in the state

● Makes various minor, technical, and conforming changes

Consumer Health Information Website

● Transfers from Access Health CT to the health information technology officer the duty to establish and maintain a consumer health information website designed to help consumers make informed decisions about health care and their choice of providers

As under current law, specifies that this must be accomplished within available resources

● Current law requires the insurance and DPH commissioners to annually report and make available on their departments' websites information on certain health procedures in the state (e.g., the 50 most frequent inpatient and outpatient procedures), to the extent it is available, for purposes of showing comparative price and cost information on the consumer website. The bill instead:

requires the health information technology officer to make such lists annually available on the website and adds to the required lists the 25 most frequently used pharmaceutical products and medical devices in the state and

allows the lists to be (1) based upon those services that are most commonly performed by volume or that represent the greatest percentage of related health care expenditures or (2) designed to include those services most likely to result in out-of-pocket costs to consumers or include bundled episodes of care

● Removes the requirement that health carriers annually report to Access Health CT on (1) the billed and allowed amounts for in-network providers for the procedures on such lists and (2) out-of-pocket costs for such procedures, and instead requires the health information technology officer, to the extent practicable, to annually report such information

Statewide Health Information Exchange

● By law, the health information technology officer has administrative authority over the Statewide Health Information Exchange

● Requires the officer to designate, and post on the exchange's website, the list of systems, technologies, entities, and programs that constitute the exchange

126 — HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WITHOUT ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEMS

Requires certain health care providers to be capable of transmitting secure messages that comply with national specifications published by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

● Existing law requires, no later than two years after the Statewide Health Information Exchange begins operation, each health care provider with an electronic health record system capable of connecting to and participating in the exchange to begin doing so

● The bill requires health care providers without an electronic health record system capable of connecting to and participating in the exchange to be capable of sending and receiving secure messages that comply with the Direct Project specifications published by the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology by the same deadline

● By law, an “electronic health record system” is a computer-based information system used to create, collect, store, manipulate, share, exchange, or make available electronic health records for the delivery of patient care

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

127 & 732 — STATE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Increases the State Health Information Technology Advisory Council's membership; expands the council's chairpersons' authority; changes who may appoint members to the All-Payer Claims Database Advisory Group and allows its members to appoint designees

● Increases the membership of the State Health Information Technology Advisory Council by (1) adding the comptroller or his designee and (2) authorizing its chairpersons to appoint up to four members who must serve at the chairpersons' pleasure

● Authorizes the council's chairpersons to (1) establish subcommittees and working groups and (2) appoint individuals who are not council members to serve as members of the subcommittees or working groups

● Requires the council to establish the All-Payer Claims Database Advisory Group, a working group already required by statute to develop a plan to implement a statewide data initiative to enhance the state's use of healthcare data

● Allows members of the advisory group who are public officials to each appoint a designee

● Allows the health information technology officer, instead of Access Health CT's chief executive officer, to appoint additional members to the advisory group

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

128 — STATEWIDE HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE

Requires the state to establish a program to expedite the development of the Statewide Health Information Exchange

● Requires the state, acting by and through the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary, in collaboration with the health information technology officer and the lieutenant governor, to establish a program to expedite the development of the Statewide Health Information Exchange (“Exchange”)

● Establishes the program's purposes, which include assisting the Exchange in establishing and maintaining itself as a neutral and trusted entity that serves the public good

● Requires the health information technology officer to design the program and authorizes the OPM secretary, in collaboration with such officer, to establish or incorporate an entity to implement the program

● Allows the implementing entity to be organized as a nonprofit and requires that it be owned and governed, in whole or in part, by a party or parties other than the state

● Requires that the implementing entity have its powers vested in and exercised by a board of directors

● Identifies the board's members, who must each serve for a term of two years, and requires that (1) all initial appointments be made by February 1, 2018 and (2) the health information technology officer, or his or her designee, serve as chairperson

● Authorizes the implementing entity to, among other things, do all acts necessary and convenient to carry out the bill's purposes subject to the powers, purposes, and restrictions of the uniform information and technology standards and regulations, the Exchange, the State Health Information Technology Advisory Council, and the health information technology officer

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

129 — STATE EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND CHECKS

Adds criminal background check requirements for state employees in positions involving exposure to federal tax information

● Adds criminal background check requirements for state employees in positions involving exposure to federal tax information

● Requires the employing agency to require each applicant for, each employee applying for transfer to, and, at least every 10 years, each current employee of such position to:

state in writing whether the applicant or employee has been convicted of a crime or has criminal charges pending against him or her at the time of application for employment or transfer and, if so, to identify the charges and the court in which the charges are pending and

be fingerprinted and submit to state and national criminal history records checks

● Under existing law, unchanged by the bill, employers are prohibited from basing employment decisions on erased criminal records (CGS 31-51i)

● By law, state agencies requesting criminal history checks (1) must reimburse the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for the cost and (2) are permitted to charge the applicant or employee a fee equal to the amount charged for the background check (CGS 29-17a)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

130 — WOMEN'S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Provides a $350,000 grant to the Women's Business Development Council in Stamford in FY 18 and FY 19

● Requires Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (CI) to provide a $350,000 grant to the Women's Business Development Council in Stamford in each of FY 18 and FY 19

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

131 — CHRONIC GAMBLERS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION ACCOUNT

Requires MMCT to contribute $300,000 to the chronic gamblers treatment and rehabilitation account instead of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling

● PA 17-89 gave MMCT, Venture LLC, a company jointly owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, the right to conduct authorized games at a new off-reservation commercial casino, once certain conditions are met (e.g., amending gaming agreements, with the amendments approved by the state legislature and federal Department of the Interior)

● Under PA 17-89, once the casino gaming facility is operational and annually thereafter, MMCT must contribute $300,000 to the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling

● The bill instead requires MMCT to contribute this money to the chronic gamblers treatment and rehabilitation account

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

132 — MICROBIOME WORKING GROUP

Expands the microbiome working group's duties, requires the governor to appoint its chairperson, and makes other changes

● Makes changes to the Microbiome Working Group established by SA 17-16

Expands the 16-member working group's charge, including requiring an assessment of the state's capacity to establish itself as a microbiome industry leader

Requires the (1) governor to appoint the chairperson of the working group from among its members and (2) Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee's administrative staff to provide the group administrative support

Requires the working group to present its report by February 1, 2018 at a joint presentation to the Commerce; Public Health; and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees, rather than to the full General Assembly

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

133 — UCONN CONSTRUCTION ASSURANCE OFFICE DIRECTOR

Removes the requirement that the director be a full-time position

● Removes the requirement that the position of director of UConn's construction assurance office be a full-time position

● Existing law makes the director responsible for reviewing the construction performance of the UConn 2000 infrastructure improvement program and reporting at least quarterly to the following:

the construction management oversight committee established by law to review and approve policies and procedures developed for UConn 2000

UConn's president

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

134 — HIGHER EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Deems members of the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee to be members of an advisory board under the state Code of Ethics rather than public officials

● Changes the designation of CTNext's Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee's members from “public officials” to “members of an advisory board” under the state Code of Ethics, thus relieving them from having to comply with the requirements applicable to public officials

● By law, the committee advises CTNext, a subsidiary of the quasi-public Connecticut Innovations, Inc., on applications for entrepreneurial grants submitted by higher education institutions

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

135-137 — REMOVAL OF REQUIREMENT TO ADOPT REGULATIONS

Removes a requirement that the DSS commissioner adopt regulations for provisions related to long-term care facility audits, nursing home temporary managers, and state-appropriated weatherization assistance

Long-Term Care Facility Audits ( 135)

● Removes a requirement that the DSS commissioner adopt regulations related to the long-term care facility audit process, including the sampling methodologies used for such audits

Nursing Home Temporary Managers ( 136)

● Existing law, unchanged by the bill, allows DSS to appoint a temporary manager to oversee operation of nursing homes that DPH finds noncompliant with certain federal laws

● Allows, rather than requires, DSS to adopt regulations on these temporary managers' required qualifications and the procedure DSS must follow to select them

State-funded Weatherization Assistance ( 137)

● Existing law, unchanged by the bill, requires the DSS commissioner to administer a state-appropriated program to provide, within available appropriations, weatherization assistance and fuel assistance programs

● Removes a requirement that DSS adopt regulations on prioritizing households to receive weatherization assistance, payback periods for energy conservation measures, and waiving requirements due to emergencies

● Instead allows DSS to adopt regulations to implement and administer the programs

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

138 & 139 — DECREASE IN ELIGIBILITY FOR HUSKY A

Lowers the income limit for HUSKY A parents and caretakers from 150% to 138% FPL and requires DSS to review eligibility for those who lose coverage

● By law, DSS provides Medicaid coverage to children younger than age 19 and their parents or caretaker relatives through HUSKY A

● Lowers HUSKY A eligibility by lowering the income limit for non-pregnant adults (i.e., parents or caretaker relatives) from 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($30,630 for a family of three) to 133% FPL ($27,158.60 for a family of three)

● Federal law requires state agencies to include a 5% income disregard when making certain Medicaid eligibility determinations, so, under the bill and including this disregard, the HUSKY A income limit for parents and caretaker relatives is effectively 138% FPL

● Requires DSS to review whether those who lose eligibility under the bill qualify for Medicaid coverage under the same coverage group or a different coverage group before terminating their coverage

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

140 — NONPROFIT COLLABORATION INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM

Eliminates annual solicitation requirements for nonprofit grant program

● Eliminates the annual requirement for the OPM secretary to publish a notice of funding availability and solicit proposals for funding under the nonprofit collaboration incentive grant program

● Under existing law, unchanged by the bill, eligible nonprofit organizations may apply for such funding at times and in a manner the OPM secretary prescribes

● By law, the program provides grants to nonprofit organizations for infrastructure costs related to the consolidation of programs and services resulting from the collaborative efforts of two or more such organizations

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

141 — TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE

Makes the two-generational pilot program a permanent statewide initiative

● Replaces the Two-Generational School Readiness and Workforce Development Pilot Program, which expired on June 30, 2017, with a permanent statewide initiative to foster family economic self-sufficiency in low-income households through a comprehensive two-generational service delivery approach

● Expands the expired pilot program's scope and requires the initiative to promote systemic change to create conditions across local and state public sector agencies and the private sector to support early childhood care and education, health and workforce readiness, and self-sufficiency across two generations in the same household

● Establishes the initiative's learning communities in Bridgeport, Enfield, Greater Hartford, Meriden, New Haven, Norwalk, Waterbury, and Windham

● Replaces oversight by the interagency working group with an advisory council whose membership must include legislators, executive and judicial branch officials, representatives of the nonprofit and other sectors, and members of low-income households

● Designates the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) as the initiative's coordinating agency for the executive branch

● Requires the advisory council, by December 31, 2018, to report to the Appropriations, Education, Housing, Human Services, Public Health, and Transportation committees and establishes components of the report

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

142 — OPM REPORT ON CHILD RECIDIVISM

Requires OPM to begin annually reporting child recidivism information to the Judiciary Committee

● By law, the OPM secretary must track and analyze child recidivism rates in the state

● Requires OPM to report that information and analysis to the Judiciary Committee by (1) August 15, 2018 and (1) August 15th annually thereafter

● EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

143 & 144 — DCF MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PLAN AND ADVISORY BOARD

Adds to entities DCF must consult when developing the children's mental, emotional, and behavioral health plan; requires DCF to submit recommendations to legislative committees on addressing children's mental health needs attributed to increased risk of involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems

● Adds children at increased risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system to the entities with which DCF must consult to develop a comprehensive implementation plan to meet children's mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs

● Adds to the plan's required strategies those that identify and address any increased risk of involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice system attributable to children's unmet mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs

● Requires DCF, by July 1, 2018 and in collaboration with the Children's Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Plan Implementation Advisory Board, to submit to the Appropriations and Children's committees recommendations for addressing any unmet mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs of children attributable to an increased risk of involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems

● Requires that at least one of the DCF commissioner's four appointees to the Advisory Board must be a service provider to children involved with the juvenile justice system

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

145, 146, 148 & 593 — FAMILY WITH SERVICE NEEDS (FWSN) PETITIONS

As of July 1, 2019, eliminates provisions that allow certain parties to file a FWSN petition with the court and makes conforming changes

Currently, a party (e.g., a parent or police officer) may file a FWSN petition with the juvenile court for a child who commits certain status offenses (e.g., runs away from home) or is out of the control of his or her parents or guardian

As of July 1, 2019, the bill (1) eliminates provisions that allow a party to file a FWSN petition with the court and (2) makes conforming changes

By law, if a court adjudicates a child as being from a FWSN, it may take various measures, such as referring the child to DCF for voluntary services or placing the child on probation

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2019

147 & 149 — DETENTION SCREENING INFORMATION

Clarifies the purposes for which information obtained during a detention risk screening may be used

Currently, any information (1) obtained during a detention screening of a child who allegedly committed a delinquent act may only be used for planning and treatment purposes and court ordered evaluation and treatment and (2) concerning a child obtained through the use of a detention risk assessment instrument may only be used to make a recommendation to the court regarding the child's detention

The bill instead clarifies that (1) information concerning a child obtained during a detention risk screening may only be used to determine the child's risk to public safety and (2) the information obtained in the screening and its results may only be used to make a recommendation to the court regarding the child's detention

Although otherwise confidential, the information obtained in the screening and its results must be disclosed to any attorney of record upon motion and court order

Any material disclosed pursuant to the motion and order must be available to any attorney in the case and is not otherwise subject to subpoena or other court process for use in any other proceeding or purpose

● The bill also makes a technical change

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

150 & 151 — LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR INDIGENT INDIVIDUALS IN CERTAIN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

Establishes a one-year pilot program to provide legal representation to certain indigent individuals in civil restraining order proceedings

● Establishes a one-year pilot program, from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, in one judicial district selected by the chief court administrator to provide indigent individuals with access to legal counsel in civil proceedings involving an application for relief from abuse (i.e., civil restraining order)

The program is limited to individuals who (1) successfully demonstrate indigence to the judicial branch's contracted provider or DPDS, as appropriate, and (2) have civil restraining order proceedings pending in the participating district

The bill establishes income guidelines for the program, as shown in the below table

Table: Income Limits for Program Eligibility

Number of Dependents

Income Limit (Annual Gross Income)

0

$23,760

1

$32,040

2

$40,320

3

$48,600

More than 3

$48,600 + $8,320 for each additional dependent

● Requires the attorney general, during each of FY 18 and FY 19, to transfer $200,000 each to the judicial branch and Division of Public Defender Services (DPDS)

The funds must come from settlements the attorney general receives in connection with lawsuits to which the state is a party

If this funding is not available by July 1, 2018, DPDS and the judicial branch are not required to implement the pilot program

● Requires the judicial branch to use the funds it receives from the attorney general to contract with one or more nonprofit organizations that principally provide legal services to indigent individuals to provide legal counsel to applicants in civil restraining order proceedings

DPDS must use the funds it receives to provide legal counsel to respondents in such proceedings

The counsel provided through the program must be limited to (1) the program's duration and (2) whether the restraining order is granted or denied

Before legal counsel is assigned through the program, DPDS and the contracted nonprofit organizations must ensure that attorneys are assigned in a way that avoids conflicts of interest, as defined by the Rules of Professional Conduct

● Requires the chief court administrator, by January 1, 2019, to report to the Judiciary Committee on (1) the program's status and results and (2) whether a permanent program that provides similar legal services should be established in the state. The report may also include legislative recommendations on establishing a permanent program

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018, except the funding provision is effective upon passage

152 — SUPERINTENDENTS FOR SMALL TOWNS

Allows boards of education that meet certain “small town” criteria to receive direction from another board of education's superintendent, rather than employ their own local superintendent

● Gives local boards of education whose towns have fewer than 10,000 residents; fewer than 2,000 resident students; or fewer than three public schools the option to either employ a local superintendent or receive direction from another board of education's superintendent, if the other board of education authorizes the use of its superintendent

● Limits the requirement to employ a superintendent to (1) local boards of education that do not meet the above criteria and (2) regional boards of education

● Existing law, unchanged by the bill, allows boards of education to jointly employ a superintendent

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

153 & 154 — COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

Allows for cooperative arrangements for the provision of administrative and central office duties

● Allows a municipality and its board of education, upon approval joint approval, to enter into a cooperative agreement for administrative and central office duties

● Similarly, allows two or more boards of education, upon written agreement, to enter into a cooperative arrangement for administrative and central office duties, just as they may already do for certain programs, services, and activities

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

155 — BOARD OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL HIRING

Requires local boards of education to notify their municipal legislative bodies upon the hiring of certain administrative personnel

● Requires local boards of education to notify their respective municipal legislative body before the start date of any person hired to fill a central office administrative personnel position (1) with an annual salary of $100,000 or more and (2) for which the proposed or approved education budget does not provide funding

● Specifies that this requirement does not apply to positons paid for with grants, gifts, or donations to the board

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

156 — REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCE COMMITTEE

Allows a regional board of education to establish a finance committee

● Allows a regional board of education to establish a finance committee for the regional school district to inform the board about member towns' local budget issues and help prepare the district's budget proposal upon request

● Requires each member town's local board of education, or the legislative body in a town without a local board, to appoint two representatives to the committee

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

157 — EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL CONTRACTS

Requires boards of education to file their administrative personnel contracts with their town clerks and the clerks to post copies of the contracts online

● Requires local boards of education to immediately file with their town clerk a signed copy of any contract for administrative personnel; the town clerk must post a copy of the contract on the town's website

● Requires regional boards of education to file copies of such contracts with the town clerks in each member town; the clerks must post copies of the contracts on their town's website

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

158 — MUNICIPAL BUDGET RESERVES IN ARBITRATION

Establishes an irrebuttable presumption that 15% of a municipality's budget reserve cannot be used to pay for arbitration awards

● Establishes an irrebuttable presumption that 15% of a municipality's budget reserve is not available to pay the costs of any item subject to municipal binding arbitration

● By law, arbitrators must prioritize the public interest and the municipal employer's financial capacity, including other financial demands on the employer, when considering a union contract case

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

159 — MEDICAID WAIVERS AND AMENDMENTS NOTIFICATION

Requires DSS to report annually on potential Medicaid waivers and changes to the Medicaid state plan that may result in cost savings and narrows a legislative notification requirement

● Requires the DSS commissioner, annually by December 15, to notify the Appropriations and Human Services committees of potential Medicaid waivers and amendments to the Medicaid state plan that may result in state cost savings

● Under current law, if in developing the next FY's budget, the commissioner considers applying for a federal waiver or submitting a proposed amendment to the federal government, he must notify the Appropriations and Human Services committees

● The bill (1) narrows this requirement to apply to Medicaid waivers and Medicaid state plan amendments and (2) requires the commissioner to notify the committees before he submits the budget for legislative approval

● Existing law, unchanged by the bill, requires the DSS commissioner to submit applications for waivers and waiver renewals to the Appropriations and Human Services committees for approval before submitting them to the federal government

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

160 — MUNICIPAL CONSULTATION WITH BOARDS OF EDUCATION FOR PURCHASING INSURANCE

Requires municipalities, when possible, to consult with their local boards of education about jointly purchasing property, casualty, and workers' compensation insurance

● Requires municipal legislative bodies to consult with their local boards of education, when possible, about jointly purchasing property, casualty, and workers' compensation insurance

● Applies to any town, city, borough, consolidated town and city, or consolidated town and borough

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

161 — CONTRACTING PROCEDURES FOR LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION

Requires school boards to consider taking advantage of lower cost municipal goods and services contracts

● Requires local boards of education, after going out to bid for a good or service, to consult with the host municipality's legislative body if the municipality provides or uses such good or service

● If the municipality has a lower cost option than the lowest qualified bid received by the school board, the school board must consider a cooperative agreement with the municipality for the provision of such goods or services

● “Good or service” includes: portable classrooms; motor vehicles; and materials and equipment, such as telephone systems, computers and copy machines

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

162 — REQUIRED CONSULTATION FOR REGIONAL SHARING OF BOARD OF EDUCATION PAYROLL SOFTWARE

Requires a local board of education to consult with its municipal legislative body prior to purchasing payroll software

● Requires a municipality's local board of education to consult with its legislative body before purchasing payroll processing or accounts payable software to determine whether such systems may be purchased or shared regionally

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

163 — BRIDGE RENAMING

Renames the “Detective Bruce Boisland Memorial Bridge” as the “Detective Bruce Boislard Memorial Bridge”

● Renames the “Detective Bruce Boisland Memorial Bridge” as the “Detective Bruce Boislard Memorial Bridge” (PA 17-230 designated the bridge on Route 229 in Southington, passing over I-84, as “Detective Bruce Boisland Memorial Bridge”)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

164 — OFFICE OF HEALTH STRATEGY

Establishes an Office of Health Strategy to oversee specified health policy initiatives

● Establishes an Office of Health Strategy, led by an executive director appointed by the governor

● Office is within DPH for administrative purposes only

● On or before July 1, 2018, the office's duties include:

developing and implementing a comprehensive health care vision for the state, including a coordinated cost containment strategy;

overseeing the all-payer claims database (office serves as successor to Access Health CT for this purpose);

overseeing the State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative;

coordinating the state's health information technology initiatives;

overseeing the Office of Health Care Access; and

convening meetings with government and external stakeholders to discuss health care issues to develop health care cost and quality strategies

● Office also serves as a successor to the lieutenant governor's office as to certain other health policy-related duties

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

166 — BIRTH-TO-THREE PROVIDER PENALTIES

Temporarily prohibits DSS from extrapolating overpayments or assessing penalties against Birth-to-Three early intervention providers

● Prohibits the DSS commissioner from extrapolating overpayments or assessing penalties against providers of Birth-to-Three early intervention services for errors made from November 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 during the implementation of a fee-for-service payment methodology

● The Birth-to-Three program is a private, provider-based system that provides services to families with infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or disabilities

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

167 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE DIVISION'S COLD CASE UNIT AND SHOOTING TASK FORCE APPROPRIATIONS

Prohibits the Division of Criminal Justice from comingling funds appropriated to the Cold Case Unit with those appropriated to the Shooting Task Force

● Requires the Division of Criminal Justice to (1) maintain the Cold Case Unit's appropriated funds separate from those of the Shooting Task Force and (2) spend the funds only for the purposes appropriated

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

168 & 169 — 7/7 BROWNFIELD REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

Establishes 7/7 Program to provide state and local tax incentives available to eligible owners for up to 14 years after remediating, redeveloping, and using formerly contaminated, abandoned, or underutilized property

● Qualifies eligible owners for:

corporation business and personal income tax credits, sales and use tax exemptions, and a property tax assessment freeze during first seven years after an approved property's redevelopment and

business or personal income tax deductions for eligible remediation expenses in years eight through 14 after the approved property was contaminated and remediated

● Establishes a DECD-administered process through which eligible owners may apply for these incentives (approved applicants are “7/7” participants)

● Requires application to include a plan and commitment to train and hire local students to work at the redeveloped properties in order to be eligible for the program's benefits

● Requires DECD and revenue services commissioner to adopt implementing regulations

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage an applicable to taxable and income years beginning on or after January 1, 2017

170-173 — CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL GRANTS WITHIN AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS

Makes certain educational grants within available appropriations

● Makes the following educational grants or aid within available appropriations:

bilingual education programs, for FYs 18 and 19

adult education programs

special education aid in excess of the basic contribution paid by the local or regional board

public school feeding programs to ensure that nutrition standards are met

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

174-177 — BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS AND EMPLOYEES

Requires the Office of Early Childhood commissioner to require, within available appropriations, comprehensive background checks of all prospective employees of child care center, group child care homes, family child care homes, and Care 4 Kids providers

● Requires the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) commissioner to require, within available appropriations, comprehensive background checks (that include state and national criminal history records checks already required by existing law) of:

prospective employees of child care centers and group child care homes

initial applicants and prospective employees of family child care homes (includes each household member who is 16 years of age or older)

Care 4 Kids providers

● Specifies that a prospective employee of a child care center or group child care home cannot have unsupervised access to children until the checks are completed and the OEC commissioner approves the hiring

● Requires the comprehensive background checks to be:

done at least once every five years

waived for any applicant who (1) is currently an employee or was an employee in the past 180 days at a Connecticut child care facility and (2) successfully completed such a check in the previous five years

● Gives the OEC commissioner the discretion to require a child care facility employee to submit to such a check more frequently than every five years

● Makes an additional change regarding background checks for Care 4 Kids providers by eliminating the criminal background check exemption for relatives participating in Care 4 Kids (the state's subsidized child care program) and subjects them to the comprehensive background check

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

178 — PARKING ON STATE PROPERTY

Expands who may establish and enforce policies and procedures for parking on state property

● Allows the DAS commissioner to delegate, to another executive branch agency commissioner, the authority to establish policies and procedures for using and maintaining order on parking areas on property under that commissioner's supervision

● Allows the DAS commissioner or her designee, including a third-party contractor she retains, to issue a citation to, or tow the vehicle of, any person violating the policies and procedures

● Eliminates provisions (1) requiring that enforcement of the policies and procedures be by special policemen for state property and DAS's buildings and grounds patrol officers and (2) allowing only the special policemen to tow vehicles or cause them to be towed

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

179 — WORKERS' COMPENSATION COSTS

Requires OPM and DAS to recommend ways to reduce workers' compensation costs

● Requires the OPM secretary and DAS commissioner to jointly develop recommendations to reduce workers' compensation costs (presumably of state employees)

● Requires the recommendations to include (1) methods to better manage contracts with third-party administrators, (2) guidelines for third-party administrators to use when informing employees about available benefits and programs, (3) plans for increased light duty work options, (4) recommendations for necessary or appropriate legislation, and (5) any other recommendations to implement workers' compensation cost reductions

● Requires the secretary and commissioner to report their recommendations to the Labor and Public Employees and Appropriations committees by February 1, 2018

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

180 — PENSION SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

Created the Connecticut Pension Sustainability Commission

● Establishes the Connecticut Pension Sustainability Commission to study the feasibility of placing state capital assets in a trust and maximizing them for the state pension system's sole benefit

The 13-member commission consists of five ex officio members, or their designees, and eight members appointed by the governor and seven legislative leaders

● Requires the commission to (1) perform a preliminary inventory of state capital assets to determine their suitability for inclusion in the trust; (2) study the potential impact that including and maximizing the assets in a trust may have on the pension system's unfunded liability; (3) recommend whether to place state assets in a trust and maximize the assets solely to benefit the pension system; (4) examine the state facility plan and inventories of state real property; and (5) if appropriate, recommend necessary legislative or administrative actions

● Requires the commission to report its findings to the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee by January 1, 2019

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

181 — ANNUAL REPORTING FOR HOSPITALS AND CERTAIN GROUP PRACTICES

Extends the deadline for the start of certain annual reporting requirements for hospitals and physician group practices

● Extends, from December 31, 2014 to January 15, 2018, the date by which (1) hospitals and hospital systems with affiliated group practices and (2) unaffiliated group practices of 30 or more physicians must start annually reporting information about the group practices to the attorney general and DPH commissioner

● Extends, from December 31, 2015 to January 15, 2018, the date by which hospitals and hospital systems must start annually reporting to the attorney general and DPH commissioner on their affiliation with any other hospital or hospital system

● Limits the above reporting requirements to short-term acute care general hospitals and children's hospitals, including UConn's John Dempsey Hospital, conforming to current DPH practice

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

182, 183 & 732 — DSS CERTIFICATE OF NEED (CON)

Makes changes to DSS CON requirements, such as requiring nursing homes, residential care homes, and ICF-IIDs to obtain a CON to relocate beds to a new or replacement facility and eliminating CON requirements for certain acquisitions of major medical equipment

Bed Relocations

● Requires nursing homes, residential care homes, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disability (hereinafter, “facilities”) to obtain a CON from DSS before relocating any of their licensed beds to a new or replacement facility

Specifies that DSS is not required to hold a public hearing on these CON applications, as it must currently do for applications proposing to terminate or significantly reduce a facility's total bed capacity

Capital Expenditures

● Eliminates the requirement that facilities obtain a CON from DSS when acquiring major medical equipment that requires a capital expenditure over $400,000

Also eliminates a corresponding requirement that such facilities obtain a CON from DPH when making such an acquisition of imaging equipment

● Existing law, unchanged by the bill, requires facilities to obtain a CON from DSS for capital expenditures exceeding (1) $1 million that increase the facility's square footage by the greater of 5% or 5,000 square feet or (2) $2 million

Exemption

● Exempts from DSS' CON requirements nursing homes that are associated with a continuing care facility (i.e., continuing care retirement facility) and do not participate in Medicaid

Repealer

● Repeals:

a provision allowing the DSS commissioner to approve Medicaid bed relocations from a nursing home to a continuing care facility, if the relocation meets certain criteria (CGS 17b-354b) and

an obsolete provision allowing certain nursing homes to convert beds from an intermediate to a nursing level of care under certain conditions (CGS 17b-354c)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

184 — NURSING HOME BED MORATORIUM

Modifies exemptions to DSS' moratorium on accepting or approving CONs to add new nursing home beds and allows, rather than requires, the commissioner to adopt certain regulations

Exemptions

● Modifies exemptions to DSS' moratorium on accepting or approving CONs to add new nursing home beds

● Current law exempts from the moratorium Medicaid beds relocated from one licensed facility to another under certain conditions.

● The bill instead exempts Medicaid beds relocated from one nursing facility to a new nursing facility if:

no new Medicaid-certified beds are added,

at least one licensed facility is closed in the transaction as a result of the relocation,

the relocation is done within available appropriations,

the facility participates in the federal Money Follows the Person demonstration program, and

a CON is obtained for the new facility or facility relocation and associated capital expenditures

● As under current law, the bill specifies that the relocation cannot increase state expenditures or adversely affect bed availability in the area of need

Removes these conditions for the relocation of Medicaid certified beds relocated from one licensed nursing facility to another to meet a priority need identified in the state's strategic plan to rebalance long-term care services and supports.

● Specifies that the exemption from the moratorium for non-Medicaid beds associated with a continuing care facility applies only if the ratio of proposed beds to the facility's independent living units is within applicable industry standards

Regulations

● Allows, rather than requires, the DSS commissioner to adopt regulations on the bed moratorium and certain related matters

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

185 & 186 — BURIAL EXPENSES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS AND INDIGENT INDIVIDUALS

Requires that life insurance deducted from DSS burial payments name the funeral home, cemetery, or crematory as a beneficiary and allows DSS to disclose information to such service providers in certain cases

● By law, DSS must pay up to $1,200 toward funeral and burial expenses for State Administered General Assistance, Temporary Family Assistance, or State Supplement Program recipients and certain other indigent individuals

● Current law requires DSS to reduce this payment by certain funds from other sources, including any prepaid funeral contract and the face value of any life insurance policy owned by the decedent

● The bill prevents DSS from subtracting the face value of a life insurance policy unless that policy names a funeral home, cemetery, or crematory as a beneficiary

● Allows the DSS commissioner to disclose asset information to the funeral director, cemetery, or crematory providing services for the decedent when the payment is reduced due to liquid assets in the decedent's estate

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

187-199 — BEHAVIOR ANALYST LICENSURE

Subject to certain exemptions, requires behavior analysts to be licensed by DPH; establishes a General Fund account to contain such licensing fee revenue to cover the costs of collecting the fees

● Requires behavior analysts to be licensed by DPH

To obtain a license, an applicant must be (1) certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (a national organization) or (2) eligible for licensure by endorsement

● Sets a $350 license application fee and a $175 annual renewal fee

● Establishes various exemptions from licensure, such as individuals who provide behavior analysis while acting within the scope of practice of their license and training, as long as they do not hold themselves out to the public as behavior analysts

● Eliminates current provisions on required qualifications for individuals providing applied behavior analysis as part of special education services for students with autism spectrum disorder

Instead, requires such individuals to be licensed or qualify under one of the bill's licensure exemptions, just like others providing behavior analysis

● Sets the grounds for disciplinary action against licensees

● Specifies that (1) no new regulatory board is created for behavior analysts and (2) assistant behavior analysts must work under a licensed behavior analyst's supervision. (By law, assistant analysts must be board certified.)

● Creates a separate, nonlapsing General Fund account to contain behavior analyst licensing fees, with the account to be used for covering the expenses incurred collecting the fees

● Makes technical and conforming changes, such as replacing references to “certified” behavior analysts with “licensed” behavior analysts in certain insurance statutes

● EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

200 — MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO TREAT HEMOPHILIA

Expands provisions on Factor VIII drugs to also apply to Factor VII, IX, and X drugs and eliminates authorization for DSS to specify suppliers

● Under current law, the maximum allowable cost paid under Medicaid for Factor VIII pharmaceuticals (drugs that treat hemophilia A) is their actual acquisition cost plus 8 percent

● Specifies that the actual acquisition cost is the one reflected on the manufacturer's invoice and adds the outpatient drug professional dispensing fee to the calculation of the maximum cost

● Expands these provisions to apply to Factor VII, IX and X products (drugs to treat hemophilia A, B, and other bleeding disorders)

● Eliminates authorization for the social services commissioner to (1) designate specific suppliers of Factor VIII drugs from which dispensing pharmacies must order and have the supplier bill DSS and (2) pay the dispensing pharmacy a handling fee of 8 percent of the actual acquisition cost for each prescription from a designated supplier

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

201 — HUSKY A COST SHARING

Prohibits cost-sharing requirements for preferred and medically necessary nonpreferred prescription drugs for HUSKY A parents and caretakers and adds reporting and notification requirements for cost-sharing for other Medicaid services for this group

● Prohibits DSS from imposing cost-sharing requirements on parents or needy caretaker relatives who receive Medicaid under HUSKY A for purchasing prescription drugs on the preferred drug list

● Prohibits DSS from imposing cost-sharing for nonpreferred prescription drugs if a physician certifies the nonpreferred drug is medically necessary

● Requires the DSS commissioner to notify the Human Services Committee and affected HUSKY A parents and caretakers 30 days before imposing a cost sharing requirement on a HUSKY A parent or caretaker for nonpreferred drugs or other Medicaid services

Also requires the commissioner to notify affected parents and caretakers that they will not be denied Medicaid service for inability to meet the cost sharing requirement

● If DSS imposes a cost-sharing requirement on HUSKY A parents or caretakers, requires DSS to report quarterly to the Human Services committee on any:

decrease in the number of visits to Medicaid providers made by affected parents or caretakers compared to the same time period before DSS imposed the cost-sharing requirement and

difference in the average number of visits to Medicaid providers made by affected parents or caretakers compared to other Medicaid recipients of comparable health not subject to a cost-sharing requirement

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

202 & 203 — INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL OR NERVOUS CONDITIONS

Repeals the requirement that health insurance policies cover specified services related to mental and nervous conditions

● Eliminates the requirement that certain individual and group health insurance policies cover specified services related to mental and nervous conditions (and, therefore, the state's requirement to pay for them)

These services were new mandates imposed effective January 1, 2017 under PA 15-5, June Special Session

The state is required to pay for these new mandates under the Affordable Care Act because they exceed the federal essential health benefit requirements

● Specifically, repeals provisions requiring insurers to cover the following:

evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visitation services designed to improve health outcomes for pregnant women, postpartum mothers, and newborns and children, including maternal substance use disorders or depression and relationship-focused interventions for children with mental or nervous conditions or substance use disorders

intensive, family- and community-based treatment programs that focus on environmental systems impacting chronic and violent juvenile offenders

other home-based therapeutic interventions for children

chemical maintenance treatment (i.e., when a person is admitted for the planned use of a prescribed substance under medical supervision)

extended day treatment programs for children or youth with emotional disturbance, mental illness, behavior disorders, or multiple disabilities

● Applies to individual and group health insurance policies issued, delivered, renewed, amended, or continued in Connecticut that cover (1) basic hospital expenses; (2) basic medical-surgical expenses; (3) major medical expenses; or (4) hospital or medical services, including those provided through an HMO

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

204 — CLASS NO. 3 BAZAAR PERMITS

Increases the number of days a “Class No. 3” permit holder can operate a bazaar

● Increases, from 10 consecutive days to 60 individual days, the number of days a “Class No. 3” permittee may operate a bazaar in a six month period following the permit's issuance

● By law, a bazaar is a place maintained by a sponsoring organization to award merchandise by means of chance (CGS 7-170)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

205 — PROHIBITION ON REQUIRING CASH-ONLY BAIL

Bars courts from requiring cash-only bail for all crimes, not just certain crimes as under current law

● PA 17-145 bars courts from requiring cash-only bail for certain crimes; this provision did not apply to certain serious crimes

● Bill extends this provision to all crimes, thus prohibiting courts from requiring cash-only bail

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

206 — ELDERLY CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM

With specified exceptions, authorizes OPM to reduce reimbursements to municipalities under the Elderly Circuit Breaker Program by up to 100%

● Authorizes the Office of Policy and Management secretary to reduce, by up to 100%, reimbursements to municipalities pursuant to the Elderly Circuit Breaker Program, which provides property tax relief to low-income elderly or disabled homeowners

OPM can only do so if the municipality is not a distressed municipality, targeted investment community, enterprise zone, or municipality within an airport development zone

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

207 — WAIVER OF PAYMENTS DUE FROM CERTAIN HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Extends by one year the requirement that municipalities waive certain payments due from certain state-financed housing authorities

● Existing law (1) requires state-financed housing authorities for moderate rental housing projects to make payments to municipalities in lieu of paying property taxes, special benefit assessments, and sewer system use charges and (2) authorizes the Department of Housing (DOH) to make payments on the authorities' behalf as part of its Payment in Lieu of Taxes Subsidy Program

● PA 15-5, June Special Session ( 495) and PA 16-3, May Special Session ( 42) prohibit municipalities from requiring an authority to make these payments to municipalities in FYs 16-18 if DOH made a payment on the authority's behalf in FY 15

The bill expands this prohibition for one more year, through FY 19

Under both existing law and the bill, no waiver is required if federal funds are made available for the payments

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

208 — YOUTH SERVICES GRANTS

Appropriates funds, for FYs 18 and 19, to the Judicial Branch for specified youth services grants

● Appropriates $3,187,174 annually for FYs 18 and 19 to the Judicial Branch for Youth Services Prevention

● Appropriates $3,079,996 of that amount for specific grants to certain specified organizations

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

209 — ARBITRATOR FEES

Increases the fee a state arbitrator receives for writing a panel decision from $175 to $500

● Increases, from $175 to $500, the additional fee an arbitrator on the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration receives for writing the decision of a three-member arbitration panel

● By law, members of the board who preside over an arbitration proceeding as three-member panel each receive $325 when the proceeding concludes and the member who writes the panel's decision receives an additional amount

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

210 — LITCHFIELD COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Allows the state to retain use of the old Litchfield County Courthouse land and building unless certain conditions are met

● Allows the state to retain use of the old Litchfield County Courthouse and associated land, unless the holder of the reversionary interest (i.e., heir of the lease holders) preserved that interest by recording certain documents in the Litchfield land records within the last 40 years

● Currently, because the land is not being used as a courthouse, ownership of the property reverts to the holder of the reversionary interest (based on deeds from the early 19th century)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

211 — REGIONAL REVENUE SHARING AGREEMENTS

Authorizes COGs to enter into regional revenue sharing agreements with other COGs

● Authorizes any regional council of government (COG) to enter into a regional sharing agreement with one or more other COGs

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

212 — PERFORMANCE-INFORMED BUDGETING

Requires the governor and the legislature, in developing each biennial budget, to consider performance-informed analyses submitted by selected budgeted agencies

● Requires the legislature to identify at least one budgeted agency for each biennium, beginning July 1, 2017, to transmit specified information and analyses for a performance-informed budget review for the next biennium

● The Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) must provide technical support in identifying the agency or agencies

“Performance-informed budget review” means consideration by the legislature and governor when developing a budget of an analysis by a budgeted agency of each program it administers, including information and analyses the bill specifies, such as program goals, fiscal and staffing data, the populations served, the amount of service provided and its effectiveness, the measurable impact on service recipients' quality of life, and any recommendations to improve the program's performance

● By October 1, 2018, and each October 1 of every even-numbered year thereafter, the administrative head of the agency or agencies selected in the immediately preceding biennium must transmit the required information to the (1) OPM secretary, (2) Appropriations Committee (through OFA), (3) Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and (4) relevant committee of cognizance. He or she must do so using the results-based format developed by the Appropriations Committee's accountability subcommittee

● The governor and legislature must consider this information and analysis in developing biennial budgets, and a public review of the reports transmitted by each agency must be incorporated into the budget hearing process conducted by the relevant subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee

● Creates a joint bipartisan subcommittee on performance-informed budgeting consisting of seven members each from the Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations committees, and specifies the appointing authorities, terms, and how chairpersons are chosen.

Members must be appointed by February 1, 2018; their terms end on December 31, 2018

Members appointed on or after January 1, 2019 serve two-year terms

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

213 — MEDICAID FUNDING FOR FAMILY PLANNING

Allows DSS, with legislative approval, to offset federal funding reductions for family planning services and supplies

● Allows the DSS commissioner to offset any federal funding reductions for providers or recipients of family planning services and supplies under Medicaid

Applies to (1) services otherwise covered under the state's medical assistance program and (2) providers who otherwise meet DSS requirements for participation and enrollment in the state's medical assistance program

● The legislature must approve this use of state funds in a vote scheduled within 90 days following the commissioner's notice of a federal funding reduction

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

214 — ARTWORK IN STATE BUILDINGS

Prohibits, for two years, the state bond commission from allocating a portion of bond proceeds for art work in state building projects

● Prohibits, from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2020, the state bond commission from allocating, for the purchase of artwork, bond proceeds for constructing, reconstructing, and remodeling state buildings

● Current law requires that the state bond commission allocate at least 1% of bond proceeds for artwork in state building projects

● Applies the prohibition to projects commenced on or after January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2020

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

215 — COMPTROLLER REPORTS ON SEBAC SAVINGS

Requires the comptroller to annually determine and report the savings realized through the 2017 SEBAC Agreement and related contracts

● Requires the comptroller to determine the amount of labor-management savings realized by the state for each fiscal year from 2018 through 2027 under (1) the 2017 SEBAC Agreement, including all of its attachments and appended agreements and any agreement reached through negotiations between the state and SEBAC over wages, hours, and other conditions of employment and (2) any other agreements between the state and the individual state employee collective bargaining units to achieve labor-management savings specified in the state budget act for FYs 18 & 19

● Requires the comptroller, starting by December 1, 2018, and by each December first after that through 2027, to report to the governor and the legislature the amount of labor-management savings realized for the previous fiscal year under the above agreements

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

216 – PUBLIC HEARINGS ON AUDITS

Requires legislative committees to hold public hearings on auditor reports of agencies under their cognizance

● Generally requires any legislative joint standing committee with cognizance over a state agency that is subject to a state auditors' report to hold a joint public hearing with the Government Administration and Elections committee on such a report within 180 days after the auditors submit it to the legislature

● But committee chairpersons may choose not to hold a hearing if (1) the report contains no statutory or regulatory violations by the agency, (2) the report has only minor or technical recommendations, or (3) they determine the report does not otherwise need a hearing

● EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

217 — JUDGE SALARY WITHHOLDINGS

Increases, from 5% to 6%, the amount withheld from the salaries of judges, family support magistrates, and compensation commissioners salaries appointed on or after January 1, 2018

● Currently, 5% is deducted and withheld from salaries of judges, family support magistrates who elect to be covered by the judicial retirement system, and compensation commissioners

● For those individuals appointed on or after January 1, 2018, the bill increases the deduction from 5% to 6%

● As under existing law, the deducted funds must be deposited in the Judge's Retirement Fund

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

218 — FOUR-YEAR TERM LIMIT ON FUTURE SEBAC AGREEMENTS

Limits future SEBAC agreements to four-year terms

● Starting on June 30, 2027, prohibits SEBAC agreements from having a term of more than four years

● By law, the state must negotiate state employee pension and healthcare benefits with a coalition committee that represents all unionized state employees (i.e., SEBAC - the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

219 & 220 — FIREFIGHTERS' CANCER RELIEF PROGRAM FUNDING

Eliminates a requirement for the Firefighters' Cancer Relief Program to be funded through E-911 charges

● Eliminates a requirement for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to divert a portion of the enhanced 9-1-1 program's (E-911) funds to the Firefighters' Cancer Relief Program

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

Background

● PA 16-10 created the cancer relief program to provide firefighters diagnosed with cancer with wage replacement benefits funded through a diversion of funds from the E-911 program

● By law, the E-911 program is funded through a monthly phone service subscriber fee imposed by PURA; the fees are used to develop and administer the E-911 system

221 — IMPAIRMENT OF STATE CONTRACTS

Specifies the circumstances under which state legislation may impair state contracts

● Specifies that the state may modify its contracts through legislation if (1) the impairment to the contract is not substantial or, (2) if the impairment is substantial, the legislation serves a legitimate public purpose such as remedying a general social or economic problem and the means to accomplish it are reasonable and necessary

● Specifies that an impairment may be considered reasonable and necessary if the state did not (1) consider the impairment on par with other policy alternatives, (2) impose a drastic impairment when an evident and more moderate course of action would serve its purpose equally well, and (3) act unreasonably in light of the surrounding circumstances

● It appears that the above provisions have no legal effect. Although they generally codify federal court decisions regarding when a state may enact laws impairing its contracts, these decisions are the federal courts' interpretations of the U.S. Constitution's Contracts Clause and state laws cannot dictate how courts must interpret the Constitution

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

222 — INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY PARTNERSHIP

Requires the Intellectual Disability Partnership to form an advisory committee and makes related changes

● PA 17-61 allowed the DDS commissioner, in collaboration with the OPM secretary and DSS commissioner, to organize and participate in an Intellectual Disability Partnership

● The bill specifies that the commissioners and secretary may designate others to do so in their place

● Requires the partnership to form an advisory committee

● Requires (1) the advisory committee, rather than the partnership, to include broad and diverse representation from families, providers, and advocates and (2) DDS to post online the meetings, agendas, and minutes of the advisory committee rather than the partnership

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

223 — PROTOTYPE SCHOOL DESIGN STUDY

Requires the School Building Projects Advisory Council to conduct a study on prototype school designs

● Requires the School Building Projects Advisory Council to conduct a study on developing and implementing blueprints for prototype school designs for new construction projects and submit a report, by January 1, 2019, to the Education and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees

● Requires the study to include, among other things, an analysis of (1) the costs for creating blueprints, (2) the feasibility of using such blueprints, and (3) any cost savings for using such blueprints

● Requires the study to include recommendations on implementing the blueprints and whether using them should be related to reimbursement percentages for school building projects

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

224 — ALLIANCE DISTRICT DESIGNATION

Requires the education commissioner to designate 33 school districts as alliance districts for a period of five years (designation expired under current law)

● Requires the education commissioner to designate 33 school districts as alliance districts for a period of five years (the districts are the state's lowest performing school districts as determined by various measures of student performance combined into the accountability index)

● Includes the 30 districts with the lowest accountability index scores and any district previously designated as an alliance district when the program began in FY 13

● Designation lasts five years, starting with FY 18

● Requires the education commissioner to withhold any ECS aid grant increase over an alliance district's FY 12 amount until she approves the district's plan to improve academic performance

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

225-230 — EDUCATION COST SHARING (ECS) GRANTS

Revises the ECS grant formula, the largest form of state aid to towns, by changing several major formula components, including the weighting for need students, base aid ratio, and balance of property and income wealth; includes a phase-in for aid increases and decreases until FY 28

● Revises several major components in the ECS grant formula and creates several new ones

● Establishes a phase-in for fully funded grant distribution for FYs 19 through 28 and the out years

● Removes obsolete ECS grant appropriations for FYs 16 and 17 and makes technical and conforming changes

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

New Grant Formula Components

● Defines the term “base grant amount,” which is the ECS grant amount a town was entitled to by law in FY 17 under the 2016 budget act (PA 16-2, May Special Session), minus authorized cuts that were implemented later during FY 17

● Defines the term “grant adjustment,” which is the difference between a town's base grant amount and its fully funded grant, expressed as a positive number

Student Need Weightings

● Changes the student poverty weighting, beginning in FY 17, from 30% of students eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk (FRPM) to 30% of FRPM-eligible students, plus an additional 5% of any FRPM-eligible students above 75% of the total number of resident students

● Adds a new 15% weighting for the number of students who are English language learners, as identified by the school district

Base Aid Ratio Adjustment

● Creates the “base aid ratio adjustment factor,” which is a bonus added to a town's “base aid ratio,” if the town is ranked in the top 19 towns (i.e., towns with the lowest relative wealth) based on points awarded through the PIC “eligibility index”

● Defines the term “eligibility index,” which is the public investment communities (PIC) index in existing law that measures town relative wealth and need and awards points based on economic need and poverty; it ranks towns in descending order (i.e., neediest to wealthiest) by their cumulative points for five categories:

per capita income

adjusted equalized net grand list per capita

equalized mill rate

per capita temporary family assistance

unemployment rate (CGS 7-545)

● Uses the base aid ratio adjustment factor to give towns a bonus of three to six percentage points in their base aid ratio if they rank in the top 19 of all towns in total eligibility index points as shown in the table below

Table: Base Aid Ratio Adjustment Factor Bonus Using the PIC Eligibility Index

Town Rank Based on PIC Eligibility Index

Bonus % Points Added to Base Aid Ratio

1-5

6

6-10

5

11-15

4

16-19

3

Minimum Aid Ratios and Balance of Property and Income Wealth

● Maintains minimum aid ratio for alliance districts at 10% and reduces the minimum aid ratio for all other districts from 2% to 1% (the minimum aid ratio guarantees that wealthier towns receive at least a minimum amount of ECS aid)

● Modifies the balance of property and income portions in the town wealth measure (i.e., “wealth adjustment factor”) beginning in FY 18 from the current 90% property wealth and 10% income wealth to 70% property and 30% income, thus giving income wealth more weight in the aid ratio part of the formula

Guaranteed Wealth Level

● Lowers the statewide guaranteed wealth level (GWL) from 1.5 to 1.35 beginning in FY 18

Town Aid Determination for FYs 18 and 19

● Entitles a town to receive, for FY 18, an ECS grant in an amount determined by its alliance district status:

An alliance district town receives the same ECS grant amount it received in FY 17 (i.e., the “base grant amount”)

A non-alliance district town receives the ECS amount it received in FY 17 (i.e., the “base grant amount”), reduced by 5%

● Entitles a town to receive, for FY 19, an ECS grant in an amount that is determined by comparing its FY 17 amount received (“base aid grant”) to its fully funded grant, with an exception for alliance districts:

If a town's fully funded ECS grant under this formula is greater than its FY 17 amount received, then the town is entitled to its base grant amount, plus 4.1% of this difference

If a town's fully funded ECS grant under this formula is less than its FY 17 amount received, then the town is entitled to its base grant amount, minus 25% of this difference; however, if this town is an alliance district, it is entitled to its FY 17 amount received with no reductions

Town Aid Determination for FYs 20 to 28 and Out Years

● Entitles a town to receive, for FYs 20 through 27, an ECS grant in an amount determined by comparing its ECS amount received during the prior fiscal year (“base aid grant”) to its fully funded grant, with an exception for alliance districts:

If a town's fully funded ECS grant under this formula is greater than the amount received during the prior fiscal year, then the town is entitled to the prior year's amount, plus 10.66% of this difference

If a town's fully funded ECS grant under this formula is less than the amount received during the prior fiscal year, then the town is entitled to the prior year's amount, minus 8.33% of the difference; however, if the town is an alliance district, it is entitled to the prior year's amount with no deductions

● Entitles a town to receive, beginning FY 28, a fully funded ECS grant; however, if the town is an alliance district whose fully funded amount is less than the amount it received during the prior fiscal year, then it is entitled to the prior year's amount

231-233 — NURSING HOME AND RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME CITATIONS

Makes changes to the process for certain citations issued against nursing home facilities or residential care homes

● Allows, rather than requires, the DPH commissioner to immediately issue a citation if a review or an inspection or investigation reveals that a nursing home facility or residential care home (RCH) has violated certain statutes or regulations

As under current law, this applies to Class A or Class B violations (see below)

● Requires any such citation to include a notice of noncompliance

● Extends the time a nursing home or RCH licensee has to contest the citation, from three to five business days after receipt

● Specifies that the commissioner may designate someone to appear in his place at the informal conference on the citation and eliminates the current deadline for when the conference must be held

● Requires the commissioner, within five business days after the informal conference concludes, to notify the licensee of his determination, which may include (1) vacating the citation or (2) sustaining the final determination for the citation with or without modification

● Similar to current law, if the licensee disagrees with the commissioner's determination, requires the commissioner to set the matter for a hearing as a contested case under the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act

This applies if the licensee requests the hearing within five business days after the commissioner's decision

● Allows, rather than requires, the DPH commissioner to file the final order and citation in the Hartford judicial district Superior Court

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

234 & 235 — CIVIL PENALTIES FOR NURSING HOMES AND RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES (RCH)

Increases the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed on nursing homes that violate statutory or regulatory requirements, expands the definition of a class B violation for nursing homes and RCHs, and requires citations to include a notice of noncompliance

● Increases the maximum civil penalties on nursing home facilities that violate statutory or regulatory requirements from $5,000 to $20,000 for a class A violation and from $3,000 to $10,000 for a class B violation

For RCHs, retains the current maximum penalties ($5,000 for class A violations and $3,000 for class B violations)

● For both nursing homes and RCHs, changes the definition of class B violations to conditions that present a potential for, instead of a probability of, death or serious harm to a patient in the reasonably foreseeable future

● Requires citations issued to include a notice of noncompliance that outlines the basis for the citation

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

237-246 — SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AUTHORIZATIONS

Authorizes the DAS commissioner to commit to new school construction grants for up to $518 million and makes changes to other existing projects

● Authorizes the DAS commissioner to enter into grant commitments on behalf of the state for 50 new school construction projects for grants totaling $518 million

● Reauthorizes, with changes in scope or cost, three previously approved projects

● Exempts nine projects from various statutory and regulatory requirements in order to make them eligible for a higher state reimbursement or eligible for this year's school construction list, and makes other changes

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

New Authorizations and Changes for Previously Authorized Projects ( 237)

● See the table below for the new school construction projects the bill authorizes

Table: New School Construction Projects Authorized

District

School

Project

Estimated

Project Costs

Estimated

Grant

State Reimbursement %

Branford

Francis Walsh Intermediate School

Extension and alteration

$85,933,000

$30,385,909

35.36%

Fairfield

Stratfield School

Alteration

36,793

9,592

26.07%

Fairfield

North Stratfield School

Alteration

41,410

10,796

26.07%

Fairfield

Riverfield School

Alteration

48,970

12,766

26.07%

Fairfield

Jennings School

Alteration

55,639

14,505

26.07%

Fairfield

Tomlinson Middle School

Alteration

46,403

12,097

26.07%

Fairfield

Fairfield Woods Middle School

Alteration

86,168

22,464

26.07%

Fairfield

Sherman School

Alteration

30,394

7,708

25.36%

Fairfield

Osborn Hill School

Alteration

72,704

18,438

25.36%

Fairfield

Dwight Elementary School

Alteration

62,275

15,793

25.36%

Fairfield

McKinley Elementary School

Alteration

69,666

17,667

25.36%

Fairfield

Mill Hill School

Alteration

87,550

22,203

25.36%

Fairfield

Burr Elementary School

Alteration

133,776

33,926

25.36%

Fairfield

Roger Ludlowe Middle School

Alteration

171,640

43,528

25.36%

Greenwich

New Lebanon School

Diversity school / new construction

37,309,000

29,847,200

80.00%

Hamden

West Woods Elementary School

New construction

26,180,000

15,147,748

57.86%

Ledyard

Ledyard Middle School

Renovation, extension, and alteration

35,652,092

22,410,905

62.86%

New Britain

Smalley Academy

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

53,000,000

42,023,700

79.29%

New Canaan

Saxe Middle School

Extension, alteration, and code violation

18,600,000

3,786,960

20.36%

New London

New London High School - South Campus

Magnet school, alteration

49,462,274

39,569,819

80.00%

North Stonington

Wheeler High School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

23,820,500

10,974,104

46.07%

North Stonington

North Stonington Elementary School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

14,207,500

8,879,688

62.50%

West Hartford

Hall High School

Extension and alteration

12,800,000

8,120,000

63.44%

Regional District 1

Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Alteration and code violation

4,255,856

1,930,456

45.36%

Regional District 12

Shepaug Valley Regional Agriscience (STEM)

Vocational agricultural, new construction

29,957,408

23,965,926

80.00%

Groton

Cutler Elementary School (Carl C. Cutler Middle)

Diversity school and roof replacement

45,850,000

36,680,000

80.00%

Groton

Westside Elementary School (West Side Middle)

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

48,480,000

27,876,000

57.50%

Groton

Consolidated Middle School

New construction and site purchase

90,090,000

42,792,750

47.50%

Hamden

Shepherd Glen School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

27,665,000

18,773,469

67.86%

Killingly

Killingly High School (Vo-Ag)

Vocational agricultural equipment

123,000

98,400

80.00%

Ledyard

Gallup Hill School

Renovation, extension, and alteration

28,612,104

17,985,569

62.86%

Manchester

Verplanck School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

29,172,000

19,691,100

67.50%

Newington

John Wallace Middle School

Alteration

1,300,000

742,820

57.14%

Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill Intermeditate School

New construction

48,345,097

16,577,534

34.29%

Shelton

Long Hill School

Alteration

382,060

150,111

39.29%

Shelton

Elizabeth Shelton School

Alteration

280,620

110,256

39.29%

Shelton

Mohegan School

Alteration

280,620

110,256

39.29%

Simsbury

Henry James Memorial School

Alteration and code violation

2,465,000

818,627

33.21%

Waterbury

Wendell L. Cross School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

46,213,083

36,309,619

78.57%

Regional District 12

Shepaug Valley High School

Alteration and energy conservation

2,914,565

957,726

32.86%

Regional District 14

Nonnewaug High School (Vo-Ag)

Vocational agricultural extension and alteration

662,000

529,600

80.00%

Regional District 14

Nonnewaug High School (Vo-Ag)

Vocational agricultural equipment

587,568

470,054

80.00%

Branford

Central Administration (Francis Walsh Intermediate)

Central administration, extension, and alteration

2,267,000

400,806

17.68%

Guilford

A. Baldwin Middle School

Energy conservation

2,351,115

713,799

30.36%

Milford

Harborside Middle School

Energy conservation

1,347,745

683,441

50.71%

Norwalk

West Rocks Middle School

Energy conservation

1,400,000

455,000

32.50%

Waterbury

Gilmartin School

Energy conservation

432,893

340,124

78.57%

West Haven

May V. Carrigan Middle School

Energy conservation

3,354,815

2,576,162

76.79%

Regional District 14

Region 14 Central Office (Nonnewaug High)

Central administration, alteration, and code violation

1,609,535

385,162

23.93%

Hartford

Martin Luther King School

Magnet school, alteration, roof replacement, code violation

68,000,000

54,400,000

80%

Total

50 projects

 

$846,306,838

$517,912,282

 

● See the below table for changes in previously authorized school construction projects; in cases where the requested amount is the same, the new authorization is sought because of some change in the project scope, but the change does not result in a higher cost

Table: Previously Authorized School Construction Projects with Substantial Changes in Scope or Cost

District

School

Project

Previous Grant Authorization

Requested Grant Authorization

Change

Fairfield

Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Extension, alteration, energy conservation, and roof replacement

$3,073,994

$4,106,607

$1,032,613

Hartford

West Middle School

Extension, alteration, and roof replacement

43,680,000

43,680,000

0

New Fairfield

New Fairfield Middle/High School

Alteration and code violation

132,300

155,274

22,974

Totals

Three projects

 

$46,886,294

$47,941,881

$1,055,587

School Construction Project Exemptions and Modifications ( 238-246)

● Exempts specified school construction projects from various statutory and regulatory requirements to allow them to, among other things, qualify for state reimbursement grants or a higher level of reimbursement grant; these exemptions are referred to as “notwithstandings”(see table below)

Table: School Construction Project Exemptions and Modifications

Bill Section

Municipality/ Grantee

School & Project

Exemption, Waiver, or Other Change

238

Groton

Carl Cutler Middle School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Changes project designation from extension, alteration, and roof replacement to diversity school and roof replacement, thus triggering a higher state reimbursement level, provided the education commissioner finds the diversity school will assist Groton in addressing the existing racial disparity among students in the district; also explicitly prohibits the Claude Chester School from qualifying as a diversity school as of the bill's effective date

239

Hartford

Martin Luther King School, alteration, roof replacement, and code violation

Changes project designation from alteration, roof replacement, and code violation to magnet school, alteration, roof replacement, and code violation, provided the education commissioner approves the school's magnet school plan

240

Brookfield

Brookfield High School, roof replacement

Waives the requirement that construction bid not be let out prior to DAS approval of the plans and specifications

241

New London

New London Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts, new magnet school construction approved in PA 14-90

Removes requirement that New London school board, the Garde Arts Center board of directors, and the DAS and education commissioners enter into a memorandum of understanding establishing the parameters under which the interdistrict magnet school must operate

242

Region 8 (Regional Hebron, Andover, and Marlborough (RHAM))

RHAM Middle and High School (no project number or specifics yet available)

Waives the project application deadline of June 30, 2017 for eligibility for the 2018 priority list and commitment of the local funding share of the project, provided (1) local funding authorization referendum held and results are submitted by November 15, 2017 and (2) a completed grant application with authorization for the local share of the project is filed by September 30, 2017

243

Norwich

Kelly Middle School, extension and alteration

Makes the project grant reimbursement rate 80% for eligible expenditures

244

Colchester

William Johnston Middle School, extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Makes project exempt from standard space specifications for the purpose of calculating the reimbursement for the renovation project

245

Norwalk

Side by Side Charter School, new construction

Increases the maximum project cost from $2,500,000 to $4,200,000

246

New London

C.B. Jennings Elementary School, new construction

Makes project eligible for grant reimbursement for eligible costs not to exceed $703,653 provided the project meets all other requirements; waives the requirement for DAS to complete a final audit before the town receives final project reimbursement provided that New London:

submits documentation and evidence to DAS substantiating that the town incurred expenses relating to the eligible costs,

the costs do not exceed $5,255,211, and

the project meets all other requirements

247 — AGENCY PROGRAM INVENTORIES AND RESULTS FIRST PILOT PROGRAM

Makes several changes concerning program inventories required of certain agencies; requires the OPM secretary to create a pilot program that applies Pew-MacArthur Results First principles to at least eight state-finance grant programs

Agency Program Inventories

● Current law requires CSSD, DCF, DMHAS, and DOC, by October 1 in even-numbered years beginning in 2018, to each (1) compile complete lists of each of their criminal and juvenile justice programs and (2) categorize them as evidenced-based, research-based, promising, or lacking any evidence

CSSD and the departments must currently submit the program inventories to OPM's Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division; the Appropriations, Children's, and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees; OFA; and the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University.

● The bill makes the following changes to these requirements:

extends them to DSS

expands them to include all of the agencies' and division's programs, not just their criminal and juvenile justice programs

makes the compilation and submission of the inventory an annual, rather than biennial, requirement

requires submission to the OPM secretary, rather than the office's Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division

adds the Human Services Committee as a required recipient

● Current law requires IMRP to use the program inventory data to annually develop a cost-benefit analysis for each program and submit, by November 1, the report of its analyses to OPM's Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division; the Appropriations, Children's, and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees; and OFA

● The bill (1) suspends this requirement until November 1, 2018, and (2) requires submission to the OPM secretary, rather than the office's Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division

Results First Pilot Program

● Requires the OPM secretary, by January 1, 2019, to create a pilot program that applies the principles of the Pew-MacArthur Results First cost-benefit analysis model to at least eight state-financed grant programs chosen by the secretary.

Must have an overall goal of promoting cost-effective policies and programming by the state

Selected programs must include those that provide family services, employment programs, and at least one contracting program provided by a state agency with an annual budget of more than $200 million

● Requires the secretary to submit to the Appropriations Committee by April 1, 2019 a report that includes selected grant programs, the pilot program's status, and any recommendations

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

248 — PRISON HEALTH CARE RFI PROGRESS REPORT

Requires DOC and OPM to submit a progress report to the legislature on a request for information to develop options for providing inmate medical services

● PA 15-1, December Special Session ( 20) required the Department of Correction (DOC) commissioner and the OPM secretary to issue a request for information (RFI) on inmate medical services options available to the state and the associated costs of such services

● The bill requires DOC and the secretary, by February 1, 2018, to submit a progress report to the legislature on the RFI

● Currently, UConn's Correctional Managed Health Care division provides such services to inmates, under a memorandum of agreement with DOC

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

249 — REDUCTIONS FOR MUNICIPAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND HEALTH DISTRICTS

Requires DPH to reduce payments to municipal and district health departments in FY 19

● Requires DPH, on a pro rata basis, to reduce payments to municipal and district health departments by a total of $504,218 for FY 19

● By law, to qualify for such funding, among other requirements, (1) municipalities must have a full-time health department and a population of at least 50,000 and (2) health districts must have a total population of at least 50,000 or serve three or more municipalities

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

250 — FISCAL STABILITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMISSION

Establishes a 14-member commission to develop and recommend policies to achieve state government fiscal stability and promote economic growth and competitiveness

● Establishes a 14-member Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth

● Requires the commission to develop and recommend policies to (1) achieve state government fiscal stability and (2) promote economic growth and competitiveness in Connecticut

Specifies that it study and make recommendations on state revenues, tax structures, spending, debt, administrative and organizational actions, and related activities, including relevant municipal activities

Specifies that the purpose of the study and recommendations is to (1) achieve consistently balanced and timely budgets that support family and business interests and revitalizing major cities and (2) materially improve the state's attractiveness for businesses and residents

● Provides that the commission's members include six appointed by the legislative leaders and eight appointed by the governor, all to be made within 30 days after the bill's passage

Limits commission members to those with expertise in public finance, economic growth and development, job creation, or public administration

Prohibits appointment of current public officials

Requires appointing authorities to try to coordinate appointments so to have policy balance and diversity

Specifies that any vacancy is to be filled by the appointing authority

Requires the governor to select the commission's chairpersons from among the members

Requires appointees to abide by Connecticut ethics laws for public officials and prohibits members from receiving compensation for serving on the commission

● Requires the commission's chairpersons to schedule and hold the commission's first meeting within 40 days after the bill's passage

Requires the OPM secretary and DECD commissioner to (1) provide staff for the commission and (2) each designate at least one staff member to attend the commission's meetings

Requires the legislature's four caucuses, the treasurer, the comptroller, and the attorney general to each appoint a staff member to (1) attend commission meetings if asked and (2) inform their respective agencies about the commission's activities

● Authorizes the commission to ask any state office, department, board, commission, or other agency to provide information and assistance as may be needed or appropriate to fulfill its tasks

● Requires the commission to hold at least one public hearing on its proposals

● Requires the commission, by March 1, 2018, to report to the governor, the legislature, and the Appropriations; Commerce; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; and Planning and Development committees on its findings and recommendations

Requires the commission to end on the later of when it submits its report or March 1, 2018

● Requires the Appropriations; Commerce; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; and Planning and Development committees to hold a joint public hearing or individual public hearings on the commission's report by March 30, 2018

● Requires, during the 2018 regular session, (1) at least one of the above legislative committees to introduce, hold a public hearing on, and report out at least one bill with the report's recommendations that are relevant to the committee's cognizance and (2) the legislature to hold a vote on the bill (it is unclear whether this provision is enforceable against future legislatures)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

251 — YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING FUNDS

Allocates Youth Employment Program funds

● For FY 18, allocates funds from the Youth Employment Program administered by the Connecticut Department of Labor as follows:

$150,000 to the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation

$350,000 to the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board

$500,000 to the Wilson-Gray YMCA

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

252 — MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT (MBR)

Extends the current MBR through FY 19, along with MBR reduction allowances and exemptions

● Extends, through FY 19, the prohibition in existing law on a town budgeting less for education than it did in the previous FY, unless it can demonstrate specific achievements or changes within its school district; this prohibition is commonly referred to as the minimum budget requirement (MBR)

MBR Reduction Allowances

● Allows a town to reduce its MBR in FYs 18 and 19 if it experiences an ECS decrease during those years; the MBR reduction must be equal to the ECS decrease as calculated under the bill and described below (see 253 below)

● Extends other MBR reduction allowances in current law through FY 19, based upon the following factors:

experiencing declining enrollment as evidenced by the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced price lunch

lacking a high school and paying tuition for students to attend high school out of town

demonstrating savings through increased efficiencies or regional collaboration

ceasing school district operations permanently or closing one or more schools due to declining enrollment

● Extends, through FY 19, the prohibition on an alliance district reducing its MBR

MBR Exemptions

● Extends MBR exemptions to the following entities:

Any district in the top 10% of districts in the State Department of Education's accountability index

Member towns of a newly formed regional school district during the first full fiscal year following its establishment

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

253 — CALCULATIONS FOR ECS GRANT INCREASES AND DECREASES

Revises the method for determining ECS increases and decreases for towns in FYs 18 and 19

● Calculates towns' ECS grant increases and decreases for FY 18 as follows:

an increase is the difference between the (1) ECS grant amount to which the town is entitled by law in FY 18 and (2) town's lower base grant amount (i.e., the amount to which the town was entitled by law in FY 17 under the 2016 budget act, minus authorized cuts implemented later that year)

a decrease is the difference between the (1) ECS grant amount to which the town is entitled by law in FY 18 and (2) town's higher base grant amount

● Calculates towns' ECS grant increases and decreases for FY 19 as follows:

an increase is the difference between the (1) ECS grant amount to which the town is entitled by law in FY 19 and (2) lower ECS grant amount to which the town was entitled by law in FY 18

a decrease is the difference between the (1) ECS grant amount to which the town is entitled by law in FY 19 and (2) the higher ECS grant amount to which the town was entitled by law in FY 18

● Removes calculations for FY 17 ECS grant increases and decreases from current law:

an increase is the difference between the (1) ECS grant amount received in FY 17 and (2) the lower ECS grant amount received in FY 16

a decrease is the difference between the (1) ECS grant amount received in FY 17 and (2) the higher ECS grant amount received in FY 16

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

254-257 — JUDICIAL COMPENSATION

Rolls back a 3% salary increase for judges and certain other judicial officials that took effect July 1, 2017, and reinstitutes the increases on July 1, 2019

● Rolls back a 3% increase in salaries for judges and family support magistrates and per diem rates for family support referees and judge trial referees (increases took effect July 1, 2017)

● Reinstitutes the increases on July 1, 2019

● Similarly rolls back and later reinstitutes increases in the additional compensation that certain judges receive for performing administrative duties

● These changes also affect the salary or per diem rate of certain officials whose compensation, by law, is determined in relation to a Superior Court judge's salary or state referee's per-diem rate (such as workers' compensation commissioners)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

258 — MATERIALS INNOVATION AND RECYCLING AUTHORITY PAYMENT TO HARTFORD

Requires MIRA to make a $1 million payment in lieu of taxes to Hartford by December 1, 2017

● Requires the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA), by December 1, 2017, to make a $1 million payment in lieu of taxes to Hartford

● MIRA is a quasi-public agency that plans, designs, builds, and operates solid waste disposal, volume reduction, recycling, intermediate processing, and resource recovery facilities

● MIRA operates the Connecticut Solid Waste System which includes a recycling facility and resources recovery facility in Hartford

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

259 & 260 — GRANTS TO COGS

Establishes, beginning in FY 18, a new type of annual grant for COGs

● Beginning in FY 18, makes regional councils of government (COGs) eligible for a “regional services grant” (it is unclear whether this grant replaces the regional services grant for COGs under CGS 4-66l)

Grants must be used to achieve efficiencies in the delivery of services

The grants must be made within available appropriations and pursuant to a formula developed by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary

In order to receive a grant, COGs must annually submit a grant spending plan by July 1, for the OPM secretary to approve (But for FY 18 grants, this plan must be submitted by November 1, 2017)

● Makes minor changes to a COG reporting requirement

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

261 & 262 — TORRINGTON DSS PILOT PROJECT

Allows DSS to establish a pilot project involving relocating certain department staff to the Torrington community action agency

● Allows the DSS commissioner to establish a 12-month pilot project in partnership with Torrington's community action agency (CAA) to provide streamlined social services to assist eligible, low-income persons to achieve economic independence

Defines an “eligible, low-income person” as a person who qualifies for assistance from DSS or a community action agency

Under the bill and existing law, a “community action agency” has been designated and authorized to accept funding from the state under the Community Services Block Grant

● Requires that the project include locating, as determined by the department, certain DSS staff from the Torrington office at the Torrington CAA to provide on-site eligibility determinations for DSS-administered assistance programs

Prohibits the DSS commissioner from reducing staff in this transfer

● Requires the Torrington CAA to coordinate community-wide case conference meetings of service providers to address systemic barriers to economic independence faced by eligible low-income people

● Requires the DSS commissioner, in consultation with the Torrington CAA, to report on the pilot project to the Human Services Committee by January 1, 2019, and establishes components of the report

● Appropriates $100,000 to DSS, for FY 18, for rental and overhead expenses associated with relocating DSS staff and for additional costs related to the pilot project

Prohibits the governor from reducing any FY 18 allotment for DSS that results in the early termination of the pilot project

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

263 — UNLOADING AND INSPECTING ALCOHOL SHIPMENTS

Generally codifies the existing requirement that alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers inventory and unload alcohol; allows DCP to inspect; and makes it a CUTPA violation

● Generally codifies the existing requirement, currently in regulations, that manufacturers and wholesalers inventory and unload alcohol they receive from delivery trucks into their warehouses before selling or delivering it to a retailer

● Authorizes the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to inspect the manufacturers' and wholesalers' premises, books, and records

● A violation is considered a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA)

● Does not apply to wine delivered by (1) an out-of-state shipper's permittee for alcoholic liquors that operates a farm winery or (2) out-of-state small winery shipper's permit for wine

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

264 — DISTRICT HEATING SYSTEM RELATED PROCUREMENT

Requires an EDC to conduct a procurement for a CHP system owned by a thermal energy transportation company and compatible for use with a district heating system; requires the EDC to recover costs of the procurement from ratepayers

● Requires an electric distribution company (EDC, e.g., United Illuminating) to conduct a procurement (presumably, through a solicitation) by January 1, 2018 for electricity and renewable energy credits (RECs) from a combined heat and power (CHP) system that:

is located in a distressed municipality with a population over 125,000 (i.e., Bridgeport or New Haven)

has a nameplate capacity of no more than 10 megawatts

is compatible for use with a district heating system

is owned by a thermal energy transportation company and is procured by such a company through a competitive bidding process and

is installed at a location that will maximize the thermal energy transportation company's efficient use of the thermal energy from the CHP system

● In general, a district heating system is a network of pipes that carries thermal energy from a central facility to other client buildings. (Thus, under the bill, the thermal energy transportation company would deliver the waste heat generated by the CHP system to client buildings connected to the district heating system.)

● Allows the EDC, after reviewing proposals, to enter into a power purchase agreement with a thermal district energy company to purchase electricity and RECs for up to 20 years

The thermal energy produced by such a CHP system must be subject to firm customer agreements to subscribe to thermal energy services from the thermal energy transportation company for the term of the power purchase agreement

● Requires the EDC, no later than 15 days after it enters into the power purchase agreement, to submit the agreement to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)

Requires PURA to evaluate the agreement and allows PURA to approve it if PURA finds that it complies with the bill's requirements and serves ratepayers' long-term interests

Prohibits PURA from approving any agreement supported in any form of cross subsidization by entities affiliated with the EDC

● Requires the EDC to recover the net costs of agreements under the bill on a timely basis through a nonbypassable reconciling component of electric ratepayers' rates.

Prohibits the EDC from recovering more than the full costs of a PURA-approved agreement

Requires the EDC to credit to its customers any net revenues from the sale of products purchased under the agreement through the same rate component it uses to recover costs

● Allows the EDC to sell or retain RECs it procures under the agreement as long as revenues from any sale are credited to the EDC's customers

Requires the EDC, when considering whether to sell or retain RECs, to select the option that is in the ratepayers' best interests, consistent with the EDC's renewable portfolio standard requirements under state law

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

265 — LOCAL BUDGET AND TAX ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO DECREASED AID

Allows municipalities to amend adopted budgets and adjust tax levies to reflect inaccurate state aid projections

● Allows municipalities that adopt a budget or levy taxes for FY 18 or FY 19, before the state adopts its FY 18 or FY 19 budget, to change their education budgets and levies if the state's budget provides less in state aid than the municipality projected

Municipalities must amend their education budgets in the same manner the budget was originally adopted, as long as the amendment does not exceed the ECS grant decrease

Municipalities must amend their noneducation budgets in the same manner the noneducation budget was originally adopted, as long as amendment does not exceed the state aid decrease (excluding ECS grant decreases)

● Authorizes municipalities to make transfers between accounts without following their normal budget processes, as long as the transfers are approved by a majority of the legislative body

● By February 1, 2018 or January 1, 2019, respectively, municipalities may adjust tax levies and any remaining tax installments or issue supplemental bills

● Applies regardless of conflicting (1) statutes affecting municipalities, property tax levy and collection and the minimum budget requirement; (2) special acts; or (3) municipal charters or home rule ordinances

Budget amendments or account transfers, except those made by an alliance district, will not impact future ECS grant or MBR calculations

● “Municipalities” covered by the authorization are any towns, cities, boroughs, consolidated towns and cities, and consolidated towns and boroughs

● “Legislative body” means town or city council or board of selectmen, aldermen, directors, representatives, or the warden and burgesses

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

266 — LOCAL BUDGET AND TAX ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO INCREASED AID

Authorizes municipalities and regional boards of education to amend adopted budgets and adjust tax levies if they receive more state aid than projected

● Allows municipalities and regional boards of education that adopted a budget or levied taxes for FY 18 before the state adopted its FY 18 budget, to change their budgets and levies if the state's budget provides over $100,000 more in state aid than the board or municipality projected

Municipalities and boards must amend their budgets in the same manner the budget was originally adopted, in an amount not exceeding the increase in state aid to the board or municipality

By January 1, 2018, municipalities and boards must adjust tax levies and any remaining tax installments

● Municipalities that collect taxes in a single installment may also issue supplemental bills reflecting the repeal of the motor vehicle mill rate cap (the bill does not repeal the cap, it raises it)

● Provisions apply regardless of conflicting (1) statutes affecting education and boards of education, municipalities, and property tax levy and collection (including the provisions concerning installments); (2) special acts; or (3) municipal charters or home rule ordinances

● “Municipalities” covered by the act's authorization are any towns, cities, boroughs, consolidated towns and cities, and consolidated towns and boroughs.

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

267 — SUPERINTENDENTS FOR MULTIPLE TOWNS

Allows boards of education that share a superintendent to hold regular joint meetings at least once every two months

● Notwithstanding any state or local law, allows boards of education that jointly employ the same superintendent to holding regular joint meetings, at least once every two months, in order to reduce expenses and align their provision of education

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

268-273 & 276 — CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM (CEP)

Makes changes to the CEP, including establishing a grant reduction schedule, freezing inflationary grant adjustments for 2018, increasing the maximum individual qualifying contribution (QC) amount, and adjusting QCs for inflation

● For elections held in 2018, freezes inflation adjustments to CEP grants, requiring that the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) resume adjustments in 2020 and 2022 for legislative and statewide office candidates, respectively

● Establishes a four-step grant reduction schedule under which legislative and statewide office candidates receive reduced general election grants, beginning 70 days before the election, the closer to the election that they submit their application, as shown in the following table:

Table: CEP Grant Reduction Schedule*

Days Before Election When Application Received

% of Applicable Grant Received

70 through 57 days

75%

56 through 43 days

65%

42 through 29 days

55%

28 days through the last day that SEEC accepts applications

40%

*Applies to major, minor, and petitioning party candidates.

● Increases, from $100 to $250, the maximum individual qualifying contribution (QC) amount beginning on December 1, 2017 and January 1, 2019 for legislative and statewide office candidates, respectively

● Leaves the $5 minimum individual QC amount unchanged

● Requires the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) to adjust for inflation the (1) maximum individual QC amount and (2) aggregate QC amount candidate committees must collect to qualify, including the aggregate amount from state residents for statewide office candidates, as follows:

Adjustments to Maximum Individual QC Amounts: Requires SEEC to adjust the maximum individual QC amount (i.e., $250, under the bill) for legislative and statewide office candidates beginning in 2020 and 2022, respectively, based on any change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)

Adjustments to Aggregate QC Amounts: Beginning in 2018 for legislative and statewide office candidates in a primary or general election, other than candidates for governor or lieutenant governor, requires SEEC to adjust, based on any change in the CPI-U, the aggregate QC amounts

Beginning in 2022 for candidates for governor and lieutenant governor in a primary or general election, requires SEEC to adjust, based on any change in the CPI-U, the aggregate QC amounts

● Requires that adjustments to (1) QCs be rounded to the nearest multiple of $10, with exactly $5 rounded up and (2) the aggregate amount must be rounded to the nearest multiple of $100, with exactly $50 rounded up

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

274 — SEEC'S COMPLAINT PROCESS

Revises SEEC's process for reviewing complaints

● Revises SEEC's process for reviewing complaints before determining whether probable cause exists to believe that a violation occurred

● Requires commission staff to conduct and complete a preliminary examination of a complaint within 14 days after receiving it, and do one of the following:

dismiss a complaint that fails to allege, with supporting evidence, a substantial violation of state election law;

attempt to speedily resolve a complaint about a de minimus violation by engaging the respondent in discussions; or

investigate and docket the complaint for a probable cause determination by the commission

● Requires staff to docket a complaint for a probable cause determination by the commission for any complaint pertaining to a de minimis violation that it is unable to resolve within 45 days after receipt

● Requires SEEC to dismiss any complaint it receives on or after January 1, 2018, that it has not adjudicated within one year after receiving it

● Allows certain actions to extend the one-year deadline (e.g., issuance of a subpoena or litigation in state or federal court related to the complaint)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

275 — POST-ELECTION AUDITS

Changes the formula SEEC must use to audit legislative candidate committees following a primary or election

● Changes the formula SEEC must use to audit legislative candidate committees following a primary or election

● Requires that the current random lottery be weighted by taking into account the frequency with which a legislative district was audited during the last three regular elections for that office

● Requires that the formula increase or decrease the likelihood that a district will be selected for audit based on this frequency

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

277 — TEACHERS' RETIREMENT FUND ACTUARIAL ASSUMPTIONS STUDY

Requires the Teachers' Retirement Board to study the impact of potential changes in actuarial assumptions used in the Teachers' Retirement Fund's valuation and report its findings and recommendations to the legislature

● Requires the Teachers' Retirement Board, by June 30, 2018, to study the impact of potential changes in actuarial assumptions used in the Teachers' Retirement Fund's valuation, including the assumed annual investment rate of return and the period and methodology for amortizing unfunded liabilities, on the following:

Annual actuarially determined employer contributions,

Funded and unfunded liabilities, and

Funding ratio estimated over a period of at least 30 years

● By December 1, 2018, requires the board to submit a summary of the study's results and any recommendations for changes to the actuarial assumptions to the Appropriations and Education committees

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

278-319 & 732 — STATE DEPARTMENT ON AGING (SDA) CONSOLIDATION

Consolidates the state Department on Aging (SDA) within the Department of Social Services (DSS); transfers the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program from SDA to OPM

● Consolidates SDA within DSS and authorizes the governor, with the Finance Advisory Council's approval, to transfer funds between SDA and DSS during FY 18

● Transfers various responsibilities from SDA to DSS, such as (1) serving as the state's designated “state unit on aging” under the federal Older American's Act and administering related programs; (2) administering fall prevention, elderly nutrition, and Medicare counseling programs; and (3) overseeing municipal agents for the elderly

● Transfers the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program from SDA to OPM

● Makes any SDA order or regulation in force upon the bill's passage effective until amended, repealed, or superseded by law

● Revises the membership of various boards and commissions to conform with these changes

● Authorizes the Legislative Commissioners' Office to make technical changes to codify these changes in statute

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except for certain conforming changes ( 279 & 287), which are effective July 1, 2019

320 — RETIRED TEACHERS' HEALTH INSURANCE

Reduces state payments for FYs 18 and 19 to the Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) for costs of retiree health plans offered by (1) the TRB and (2) by local or regional boards of education

● Supersedes the law that requires the state to pay one-third of the premium for the basic TRB health plan for retired teachers enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and instead requires the state to pay only the amount appropriated for FYs 18 and 19

● Supersedes the law that requires the state to pay one-third of the subsidy to local boards of education that provide retiree health insurance to those who are not enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and instead requires the state to pay only the amount appropriated for FYs 18 and 19

● Requires the retired teachers' health insurance premium account to make up the difference for both of these health plans for FYs 18 and 19

Under current law, annual premiums for the basic TRB health plan are split among the General Fund, the retired teacher, and the retired teachers' health insurance premium account

Under current law, TRB provides a monthly subsidy to local school boards to offset retired teachers' local plan premiums and the General Fund pays one-third of the subsidy and the retired teachers' health insurance account pays two-thirds

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

321-323 — DELINQUENCY COMMITMENTS AND JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICES

Prohibits courts, on or after July 1, 2018, from committing children adjudicated delinquent to DCF; establishes transition period during which the Judicial branch may place a child adjudicated delinquent in DCF congregate care or order DCF services; requires the Judicial Branch to expand its juvenile justice services

● For the purposes of these sections, a child is generally a person (1) under age 18 or (2) over age 18 but who allegedly committed a delinquent act when he or she was under age 18

● On and after July 1, 2018, generally prohibits courts from committing children convicted as delinquent to DCF as a result of such conviction (except as noted below)

● In addition to the orders and conditions the court may include when sentencing such a child to probation under existing law (e.g., community service or drug testing), allows the court to include a period of placement in a secure, limited secure, or nonsecure residential facility

● Requires the Judicial Branch to expand its contracted juvenile justice services to include a comprehensive system of graduated responses with an array of services, sanctions, and secure placements available for the court, juvenile probation officers, and other Court Support Services Division (CSSD) staff to use to provide individualized supervision, care, accountability, and treatment to any child convicted as delinquent

Requires the court, probation officers, and CSSD staff to apply such services and sanctions and make such a secure placement in a way consistent with public safety and deterrence

● Establishes a transitional period, from July 1, 2018 to no later than January 1, 2019, during which the Judicial Branch may place a child convicted as delinquent in a DCF-operated congregate care setting or order him or her to receive community-based DCF services, if DCF operated the setting or provided such services to delinquent children before July 1, 2018

Requires DCF to enter into an agreement with the Judicial Branch to allow the use of such settings and services

Under the agreement, the Judicial Branch must pay DCF for the costs of the settings and services

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

324 — TWEED-NEW HAVEN AIRPORT

Earmarks funds in FY 18 and FY 18 for the operation of the airport

● Earmarks $1.5 million from the Connecticut Airport and Aviation account (see 672) in each of FY 18 and FY 19 for Tweed-New Haven Airport

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

325-331 — PASSPORT TO THE PARKS

Establishes a fee on motor vehicle registrations to support a new passport to the parks account, which must be used to operate state parks and campgrounds, fund soil and water conservation districts and environmental review teams, and beginning with FY 19, fund the Council on Environmental Quality

● Charges a supplemental, nonrefundable “passport to the parks fee” on new and renewal motor vehicle registrations of (1) $10 for a biennial registration and (2) $5 for an annual registration for an individual age 65 or over

● Applies fee to the following registration types: passenger, motorcycle, motor home, combination, and antique

● Requires collected fees to be deposited into the passport to the parks account, which the bill establishes as a separate, nonlapsing General Fund account

● Requires the account to be used for the care, maintenance, operation, and improvement of state parks and campgrounds; funding soil and water conservation districts and environmental review teams; and, beginning with FY 19, paying the expenses of the Council on Environmental Quality

● Money in the account may only be spent pursuant to a legislative appropriation

● Requires various revenue collected from state park operations, recreation-related services, and campground and facility rentals to be deposited in the account

● Requires DEEP to pay for state park operations, maintenance, and improvements from money appropriated from the passport to the parks account

● Beginning January 1, 2018, exempts individuals with a valid Connecticut motor vehicle license plate from paying a parking fee at any state park, forest, or recreational facility

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

332 — LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

Requires the legislature to affirmatively vote in order to approve state employee collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards; establishes caps on the time allowed to debate approval; revises the process that occurs after the legislature rejects an agreement or award

● Requires the legislature to affirmatively vote in order to approve state employee collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards

● They must do so within 30 days after the agreements or awards are filed or submitted to legislature (under current law, the agreements and awards are deemed approved if the legislature fails to vote to approve to reject them this timeframe)

● Limits the time allowed to debate a resolution to approve or reject an agreement or award

If the debate occurs during the first 27 days of the 30-day deadline, each chamber may allow no more than six total hours of debate, with those in favor and those opposed each allocated up to three hours to speak

If the debate occurs during the last three days of the 30-day deadline, each chamber may allow up to four total hours of debate, with those in favor and those opposed each allocated up to two hours to speak

A vote must be taken at the end of the debate

● Requires arbitration, rather than further negotiating, for awards and agreements that the legislature rejects as follows:

a rejected arbitration award must return to arbitration; an award from a subsequent arbitration is automatically deemed approved by legislature

a rejected collective bargaining agreement goes to arbitration and the subsequent arbitration award must be submitted to the legislature; if rejected, the award goes to further arbitration; an award from this further arbitration is automatically deemed approved by the legislature

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

333 — FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS

Exempts OPM and OFA from submitting annual fiscal accountability reports in November 2017

● Existing law requires (1) the OPM secretary and the director of the Office of Fiscal Analysis to each submit annual fiscal accountability reports to the legislature's fiscal committees in November and (2) the Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees to meet to consider these reports by November 30 each year (CGS 2-36b)

The bill exempts (1) OPM and OFA from submitting their annual fiscal accountability reports in 2017 and (2) the legislature's fiscal committees from meeting to consider them

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

334-348 — CRUMBLING CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS

Creates a framework to assist homeowners with crumbling concrete foundations

● Provides a framework to assist owners of residential buildings (i.e., a one- to four-family dwelling, including condominium and planned development units) with concrete foundations damaged by the presence of pyrrhotite (“crumbling concrete foundations”)

● Creates a not-for-profit captive insurance company (“captive”) to help homeowners repair or replace crumbling concrete foundations with the lowest possible amount of borrowed funds

Requires five “incorporators,” four of whom must be General Assembly members appointed by the legislative leaders and one appointed by the governor, to incorporate the captive with an organizing committee (the organizing committee members are appointed by the incorporators, but must include four General Assembly members appointed by legislative leaders as ex-officio, non-voting members)

Captive contains any money deposited or donated to the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund (a separate nonlapsing General Fund account the bill creates) and is prohibited from returning any donations or using the money for any other purpose

Requires the captive, among other things, to: (1) establish a volunteer board of directors and allows the legislative leaders to appoint nonvoting, ex-officio members; (2) develop financial assistance eligibility requirements and underwriting guidelines; (3) develop a single, unified financial assistance application for homeowners; (4) provide financial assistance to affected homeowners and help them obtain additional financing if necessary; (6) approve and disburse funds to eligible contractors for repairing or replacing foundations; (7) apply for and receive federal funds; (8) enter into agreements with CHFA and participating lenders to develop additional loan programs for homeowners; and (9) make recommendations to legislative committees to improve the program

Prohibits the captive from spending more than 10% of money allocated to it in any calendar year on administrative or operational costs

Subjects the captive to existing laws regulating captive insurance companies but exempts it from having to pay a license fee in its first year or a renewal fee thereafter

Deems that captive employees and agents are not state employees, but (1) subjects its employees, directors, agents, consultants, and contractors to certain state ethics provisions and (2) allows the Office of State Ethics to enforce these provisions

Requires the captive to file, in addition to any report required of nonprofit entities, quarterly reports to specified legislative committees on its operations, including town by town information on claims, claim amounts, applications, and application approvals.

Creates an application and review process and an appeal process for homeowners whose applications are denied

Sunsets the captive on June 30, 2022, or earlier if its existence is terminated by law, and vests all rights and properties to the state at that time

● Allows DoH to apply for federal funds, and requires it to deposit the money into the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund

● Requires the Insurance; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; Planning and Development; Public Safety; and Housing committees to, at least annually, hold a joint public hearing on the captive's operation and financial condition

● Creates the Collapsing Foundations Credit Enhancements Program, administered by CHFA, to help homeowners obtain additional funding necessary to replace or repair crumbling concrete foundations and requires CHFA to publish a plain language summary of the program on its website

Prohibits the use of recycled material containing pyrrhotite to make structural concrete unless (1) the State Building Inspector adopts a standard and (2) the person selling or offering the concrete provides the purchaser with written notice that the concrete meets the standard

Makes a violation punishable under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA)

Requires municipalities to waive application fees (regardless of any conflicting municipal charters, home rule ordinances, or special acts) and the State Building Inspector to waive education fees for building permit applications to repair or replace crumbling concrete foundations

● Requires the DCP commissioner to include in the residential property condition disclosure report a (1) recommendation that the prospective purchaser have any concrete foundation inspected by a state licensed structural engineer for deterioration caused by the presence of pyrrhotite, (2) question as to whether the seller has knowledge of any testing or inspection by a licensed professional related to the property's foundation, and (3) question as to whether the seller has any knowledge of any repairs related to the property's foundation.

● Requires personal risk insurance policies (e.g., homeowners) and certain condominium master and property insurance policies to allow suit against insurers for up to one year after the date the insured receives a written denial for all or any part of a claim under a property coverage provision for a crumbling concrete foundation

Allows taxpayers to reduce their Connecticut adjusted gross income by the amount of any financial assistance received from the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund or paid to, or on behalf of, an owner of a residential building pursuant to the bill

● Allows municipalities to jointly borrow, or individually bond, to fund projects to abate certain deleterious conditions caused by crumbling concrete

● Establishes an eight-member working group to develop a model quality control plan for quarries and to study the workforce of contractors repairing and replacing crumbling concrete foundations; it must report its findings to the General Law Committee by December 31, 2018, at which point it terminates

● Establishes a special homeowner advocate within DoH responsible for, among other things, coordinating state efforts to assist homeowners with crumbling concrete foundations, helping resolve complaints concerning the captive, working with the federal government, and reporting to General Assembly

Establishes a training program for contractors repairing or replacing these foundations

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, with the provision allowing suit against certain insurers for up to one year after a claim denial is applicable to policies issued, renewed, or in effect on or after the bill's effective date; and the tax deduction provisions applicable to taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017

349-376 — MUNICIPAL ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW BOARD AND TIER DESIGNATIONS

Creates an alternative process through which financially distressed municipalities that submit to state oversight may access state financial assistance and use existing statutory debt financing tools

● Creates an alternative process through which financially distressed municipalities may use existing statutory debt financing tools and qualify for state assistance to restructure their finances and repay refunding bonds and similar debt

Bases municipalities' classification on a wide range of criteria and, depending on a municipality's classification (tiers I-IV), subjects the municipality to varying degrees of state fiscal oversight and control by the Municipal Accountability Review Board the bill establishes

Specifies the process and criteria for assigning and removing a tier designation

Retains current two-tier “certification process” that classifies municipalities based mostly on their capacity to issue bonds and incur other debt on favorable terms and conditions

● Establishes the 11-member Municipal Accountability Review Board (MARB) as shown in the table below

Table: MARB Membership

Member

Appointing Authority

Term

OPM secretary or designee (also serves as cochairperson)

Per bill

Six years, until successor appointed, but two of the governor's initial appointments serve three-year terms and all subsequent appointments serve six-year terms

Treasurer or designee (also serves cochairperson)

Per bill

Municipal Finance Director

Governor

Municipal Bond or Bankruptcy Attorney

Governor

Town Manager

Governor

Person with organized labor experience

Governor, chosen from three recommendations by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Person with experience as a teacher or representing a teachers organization

Governor, chosen from three joint recommendations by Connecticut Education Association and American Federation of Teachers—Connecticut

Four people with business, finance, or municipal management experience

Senate president pro tempore

House speaker

Senate minority leader

House leader

Alternates

Governor may appoint one or more alternates for his appointments if there are two or more designated tier II, III, or IV municipalities

Municipal representatives

For determining whether to designate a tier III as a tier IV, CEO, treasurer (nonvoting), and legislative body member are added to board

Limited to time it takes to make designation decision

For designated tier IV, following added to board as ex officio: municipality's CEO or designee, legislative body member or designee, treasurer or official responsible for issuing bonds, and minority party member of legislative body

 

● Assigns oversight duties for designated tier I municipalities to existing Municipal Finance Advisory Commission (MFAC), which may require CEOs to provide information about a municipality's financial condition and steps to improve it

● Gives MARB a mix of mandatory and discretionary powers and duties, depending on a municipality's designation

● Gives MARB the same powers as MFAC with respect to tire II municipalities, including

requiring such municipalities to prepare and submit three-year financial plan and monthly reports and

approving the issuance of multiyear bonds backed by a special capital reserve fund

● Specifies MARB's powers with respect to tier III, which include the same powers with respect to tier II plus:

Review and comment on budgets and debt obligations

Monitor compliance with three-year financial plan and recommend changes to ensure budgetary balance

Recommend implementation of efficiency and productivity improvement measures and adoption of LEAN practices and principles

Require notification of municipal or board of education expenditures exceeding specified amounts

Equal opportunity as local legislative body to approve or reject municipal and board of education collective bargaining agreements and binding arbitration awards

Designate a tier III municipality as tier IV based on specified criteria

● Specifies MARB's powers and duties with respect to tier IV municipalities, which include the same powers with respect to tier III plus:

Review and approve annual budgets and bond ordinances and resolutions

Review municipal fund transfers exceeding $50,000

Review, approve, or modify board of education budgets on a line item basis

Review and approve municipal and board of education contracts exceeding specified amounts

Approve and reject collective bargaining agreements for new terms other than modifications, amendments or reopenings

Impose binding arbitration under specified conditions

● Limits to 3% the annual increase in property tax revenue in tier IV municipalities

● Establishes the nonlapsing OPM-administered Municipal Restructuring Fund to provide financial assistance to designated tier II-IV municipalities

Requires municipalities seeking restructuring assistance to submit a restructuring plan to OPM that may include a reduction in the minimum budget requirement

Requires OPM to provide funding based on a municipality's relative fiscal needs

Authorizes OPM secretary to provide full, partial, or no funding and impose conditions on approved funding

Requires MARB to monitor and report to secretary on how a recipient municipality spends the state restructuring funds

Requires recipient municipalities to submit their budgets to MARB for approval

Requires OPM secretary to issue guidance on the fund's administration, participation criteria, and funding priorities

Requires MARB to immediately consider for funding any municipality that will default on its obligations before January 1, 2018 without the fund's assistance

● Authorizes OPM secretary and treasurer to help tier III and IV municipalities pay the debt service and issuance costs on bonds previously issued to retire other bonds (i.e., contract assistance)

Specifies conditions and requirements for providing contract assistance

Allows the secretary and treasurer to provide other forms of credit support in lieu of contract assistance

Prohibits secretary and treasurer from providing contract assistance to a municipality that files for bankruptcy

● Makes numerous other minor and conforming changes

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

377-553 — BOND AUTHORIZATIONS, ADJUSTMENTS, AND CANCELLATIONS

Authorizes new state GO bonds for various state projects and grant programs; authorizes STO bonds for transportation projects; increases bond limits for various statutory grants and purposes; cancels, reduces, or restores bond authorizations for various projects and grants; extends the CSCU 2020 program by one year, defers bond authorizations for two years, and authorizes additional bonding; extends the UConn 2000 program by three years and defers bond authorizations to those three years; extends the CT Bioscience Innovation Fund bond authorizations by a year and defers bond authorizations to that year; makes permanent the school security infrastructure grant program; limits LoCIP funds to municipalities; and allows the state to enter into credit agreements with the federal government that are backed by STO bonds

● Authorizes up to $716.8 million in FY 18 and $563.4 in FY 19 in new state general obligation (GO) bonds for various state projects and grants programs, subject to standard issuance procedures and having a maximum term of 20 years ( 377-414, 432, 552-553)

Includes (1) $20 million in each fiscal year, plus an additional $20 million each year in FYs 20 to 22, to provide grants to hospitals for capital improvements and (2) $20 million in each fiscal year, plus an additional $20 million each year in FYs 20 to 22, for the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund ( 552 & 553)

● Authorizes $820.3 million for FY 18 and $824.6 for FY 19 in special tax obligation (STO) bonds for transportation projects, including $482.3 million over the two years for bus and rail facilities and equipment ( 415-426)

● Increases bond authorization limits for various statutory grants and purposes and allocates new bonding for these purposes for FYs 18 and 19, including $900 million over the two years for school construction projects and $508.5 million over the two years for Clean Water Fund loans (various sections, including 435 & 448)

● Cancels or reduces a number of current bond authorizations for various projects and grants; restores a several bond authorizations cancelled or reduced in previous years (various sections)

● Extends the CSCU 2020 program by one year, from 2019 to 2020; defers $110 million in bonds currently authorized for FY 18 to FY 20; authorizes an additional $16 million for FY 20 and designates it for “supplemental project funding” ( 438 & 439)

● Extends the UConn 2000 program by three years, from 2024 to 2027; defers $185.8 million in bonds currently authorized for between FYs 18 to 23 to FYs 24 to 27; and expands two existing Phase III projects for deferred maintenance and other infrastructure improvements to include utility, administrative, and support facilities ( 440-444)

● Extends the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund bond authorizations by one year to FY 24, defers $20 million in bonds currently authorized for FYs 18 and 19 to FY 24, authorizes an additional $4 million in new bonds for the program, and designates $3 million of the authorized bonding each in FYs 18 through 20 for grants to the Yale Connecticut Precision Medicine Initiative; cancels $30 million in bonds authorized for FYs 17 to 19 for the Regenerative Medicine Research Fund; eliminates the requirement that at least $10 million be available each year until FY 19 to provide funds for regenerative medicine research; and allows Connecticut Innovations, Inc. to use the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund to fund regenerative medicine research as the law allows ( 450-453)

● Makes permanent the school security infrastructure grant program, which under current law ends in FY 17 ( 490)

● Limits the amount of LoCIP funds the OPM secretary may allocate to municipalities to zero dollars on February 1, 2017 and $55 million on February 1, 2018 ( 550)

● Authorizes the treasurer, OPM secretary, and DOT commissioner to enter into loan or other credit agreements with the U.S. Department of Transportation, which may be backed by STO bonds ( 551)

● Makes technical corrections to various provisions in the 2016 Bond Act (PA 16-4, May Special Section)(various sections)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage for FY 18 bond authorizations and July 1, 2018 for FY 19 authorizations; other sections are effective upon passage.

554 — INTERRUPTIBLE GAS SERVICE FOR CERTAIN MANUFACTURING FACILITIES

Requires gas companies to propose a new rate for certain manufacturers that do not qualify for interruptible service rates

● Requires each gas company, at its next rate case, to propose a new rate for manufacturers who (1) are described in the North American Industry Classification System Codes 324000 to 325999 (i.e., petroleum and coal products manufacturers or chemical manufacturers); (2) are firm service customers of the gas company on October 1, 2017; and (3) do not qualify for interruptible gas sales or transportation service under the gas company's interruptible service rates

● Requires the new rate to be at least 70% of the delivery component in the company's firm gas service rate for large commercial or industrial customers

● Prohibits the new rate from being used at a qualified manufacturer-owned manufacturing facility that used over 2.5 million centum cubic feet of natural gas in any calendar year since January 1, 2011, unless the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) grants approval

To grant approval PURA must determine that use of the new rate (1) is in the public interest, (2) will provide economic benefits to the state, and (3) will not endanger the integrity of the gas company's distribution system

● Requires a gas company to recover any revenue it loses due to the new rate through its decoupling mechanism or a monthly surcharge assessed to all of the company's firm service customers

● Requires each company to file with PURA, as part of its annually required decoupling filing, or in a separate proceeding, an annual revenue reconciliation of actual revenues to allowed revenues associated with implementing the new rate

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

Background

● In general, customers receiving “firm” service enter contracts for uninterrupted gas service. In contrast, customers receiving “interruptible” service pay lower rates in return for allowing their gas service to be cut if there is not enough pipeline capacity during peak demand periods. The gas companies' current interruptible tariffs limit interruptible service to customers with equipment that can operate on another fuel when service is interrupted

555 — BROADBAND AND DATA PRIVACY WORKING GROUP

Creates an eight-member working group to study broadband internet access service and consumer data privacy and report to the Energy and Technology Committee

Creates an eight-member working group to examine and make recommendations on broadband internet access service and consumer data privacy

Requires the working group to examine and make recommendations on the following:

broadband internet access service consumer data privacy

broadband internet access service industry standards on consumer data protection

how to define “sensitive” and “nonsensitive” customer personal information

ways to notify customers of consumer data privacy provisions

ways to enforce consumer data privacy laws

The working group includes the attorney general and the consumer counsel, or their designees, and six legislative appointees that include members of the Commerce and Energy and Technology committees, as shown in the table below

Table: Legislative Appointments

Member

Appointment Authority

Commerce Committee member

Senate president pro tempore

Energy and Technology Committee member

Senate Republican president pro tempore

Representative of a nonprofit organization with data privacy expertise

House speaker

Representative of a nonprofit organization with data privacy expertise

House minority leader

Member of the broadband internet service provider industry

Senate majority leader

Attorney with consumer privacy expertise

Deputy Senate Republican pro tempore

Working group appointments must be made within 30 days after the bill's passage and appointing authorities must fill any vacancies

Requires the House speaker and Senate president to select the working group's chairpersons from among its members

Requires working group chairpersons to schedule the group's first meeting, which must take place within 60 days of the bill's passage

Requires the Energy and Technology Committee's administrative staff to serve as the group's administrative staff

● Specifies that working group members, including legislators, do not receive mileage reimbursement or a transportation allowance for traveling to working group meetings

● Requires the working group to report its findings and recommendations to the Energy and Technology and Commerce committees by January 15, 2018

The working group terminates on that date or when it submits its report, whichever is later

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

556 — TAXES OWED ON MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED OUT OF STATE

Establishes a procedure by which local tax assessors receive information about motor vehicles registered in other states in order to add such vehicles to grand lists

● Establishes a procedure by which local tax assessors may receive certain identifying information about certain motor vehicles registered in other states from the motor vehicles commissioner in order to add such vehicles to a municipality's grand list

If the information provided is sufficient to determine the vehicle's value, the assessor must do so and add it to the grand list

● Requires municipalities to remit one percent of the property taxes collected for any such vehicles to the Special Transportation Fund, to fund administrative costs related to their registration

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

Background

● A vehicle's owner is liable for property taxes in Connecticut if the vehicle, during its normal course of operation, most frequently leaves from, returns to, or remains (i.e., garaged) in Connecticut (CGS 12-71(f)(3))

557 — FUNDING FOR SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW TEAMS

Makes specific amounts of money available from the passport to the parks account for soil and water conservation districts and environmental review teams for FYs 18 and 19

● For FYs 18 and 19, makes available $400,000 for soil and water conservation districts and $253,000 for environmental review teams from the passport to the parks account, which the bill establishes (see 331)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

558 & 572 — HOME HEALTH CARE ADD-ON PAYMENTS

Allows DSS to eliminate home health care add-on payments for FYs 18 and 19, conforming to current practice

● Allows the DSS commissioner to eliminate home health care add-on payments for FYs 18 and 19

● In practice, DSS has already eliminated such payments

● By law, the commissioner can provide the payments to home health care agencies and homemaker-home health aide agencies that apply with evidence of extraordinary costs related to (1) serving people with AIDS, (2) high-risk maternal and child health care, (3) escort services, or (4) extended-hour services

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

559 & 586-587 — TEACHER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (TRS)

Starting in 2018, increases teachers' contributions to TRS by 1%; requires the Teachers' Retirement Board to recalculate the amount the state must contribute to TRS in FYs 18 and 19 due to the increase (thus, decreasing the state's contribution), but assume the previous contribution rate starting in FY 20

● Starting January 1, 2018, increases teachers' regular contributions to TRS from 6% to 7% of their annual salary ( 586)

● Requires the Teachers' Retirement Board, by December 1, 2017, to (1) request a revised actuarial valuation for FYs 18 and 19 based on the mandatory contribution percentage for those fiscal years (i.e., regular contributions plus 1.25% health contributions) and (2) based on the revised valuation, certify to the legislature the amount needed to maintain TRS on an actuarial reserve basis in those fiscal years ( 587)

● Requires the retirement board, for FY 20 and each fiscal year after, to assume that teachers' regular contributions are 6% instead of 7% when actuarially determining the amount needed to maintain TRS on an actuarial reserve basis ( 559)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

560 — 90-DAY TURNAROUND BY DOT ON CERTAIN PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Requires DOT to review and make final determinations on specified permit applications within 90 days after receiving them, or they are deemed approved

● Requires DOT to review and make a final determination on certain permit applications within 90 days after receiving them

● Applies to the following permit applications: encroachment, parkway, industrial truck, outdoor advertising, and specific information signs on limited access highways

● Deems the applications approved if DOT does not make a final determination within the 90-day period

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

561 — 90-DAY TURNAROUND BY DEEP ON CERTAIN PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Requires DEEP to review and make final determinations on specified permit applications within 90 days after receiving them, or they are deemed approved

● Requires DEEP to review and make a final determination on 45 specified types of permit applications within 90 days after receiving them

● Deems the applications approved if DEEP does not make a final determination within the 90-day period

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

562 — 90-DAY TURNAROUND BY DOAG ON AQUACULTURE PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Requires the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) to review and make a final determination on aquaculture permit applications within 90 days after receiving them, or they are deemed approved

● Requires DoAg to review and make a final determination on aquaculture permit applications within 90 days after receiving them

● Deems the applications approved if DoAg does not make a final determination within the 90-day period

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

563-565 — RENTERS' REBATE PROGRAM

Makes municipalities, instead of the state, responsible for grants under the Renters' Rebate Program

● Makes municipalities, rather than the state, responsible for paying grants under the Renters' Rebate Program

● Makes related conforming changes, including specifying that applicants can appeal a local assessor's decision to OPM

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

Background

● The Renters' Rebate Program provides a reimbursement to renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits

Rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the applicant's rent and utility payments

● Applicants submit applications to local assessors, or their agents, between April 1 and October 1, for the preceding calendar year

Under current law, assessors review applications and submit them to OPM for processing and payment

566-567 — PREVAILING WAGE

Increases prevailing wage law thresholds for public works projects; exempts municipal elevator or roof work from prevailing wage requirements; temporarily exempts certain projects in New Haven County from prevailing wage requirements; applies prevailing wage requirements to certain DECD-funded projects

● Increases the prevailing wage law's threshold for new public works construction projects from $400,000 to $1 million; the bill does not change the $100,000 threshold for renovations (projects that cost more than the threshold must pay prevailing wages to workers on the projects)

● Specifies that public works prevailing wage thresholds apply to (1) a new construction project's total bond authorization and (2) any project's combined total costs

● Exempts from prevailing wage requirements, until July 1, 2019, any public works project that is (1) funded in whole or in part by a $9 million - $12 million private bequest and (2) for a New Haven County municipality that has a population between 12,000 and 13,000

● Applies prevailing wage requirements to private-sector new construction or renovation projects if DECD provided at least $1 million in financial assistance for the project on or after January 1, 2018

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

568 — EVEN START AND TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE

Integrates Even Start, a family literacy program, into OEC's two-generational initiative

● Specifies the intention to integrate Even Start into the coordinating state planning and implementation of OEC's state-wide two-generational initiative

● Even Start is a state-funded family literacy program administered by OEC

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

569 — STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM (SSP)

Extends the freeze on SSP benefits for FYs 18 and 19 and eliminates a requirement that DSS, when determining SSP eligibility and benefits, annually increase the income disregard based on SSI COLAs

● Eliminates a requirement that the DSS commissioner annually increase the amount of unearned income he disregards when determining eligibility and benefits for SSP

Under current law, the commissioner must increase the disregard by the amount of the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), if any, provided to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients

● Extends the current freeze on SSP payment standards for the next two fiscal years (FYs 18 and 19)

The law generally requires the commissioner to annually increase SSP payment standards based on the consumer price index for urban consumers (a measure of inflation) within certain parameters

● Generally, under SSP, DSS provides cash assistance to supplement federal SSI payments

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

570 & 571 — DRUG REIMBURSEMENT AND PHARMACIST PROFESSIONAL FEES

Eliminates current statutory requirements for calculating drug and fee payments; requires DSS to revise reimbursement methodology and professional dispensing fees; requires DSS to submit revisions to legislative committees

● Eliminates statutory requirements and formulas for calculating DSS medical assistance (e.g., Medicaid) payments for prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and pharmacists' professional fees

● Instead requires, effective April 1, 2017, the DSS commissioner to revise the reimbursement methodology and professional dispensing fees for covered outpatient drugs under the Medicaid program to comply with federal regulations concerning Medicaid reimbursement for these drugs, in accordance with the legislative review process described below

Among other things, the federal regulations require states to reimburse providers for (1) certain drugs based on their actual acquisition cost and (2) pharmacists' professional services and costs with a professional dispensing fee

Requires the commissioner's revisions to (1) conform with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services procedures to reflect actual acquisition costs and (2) not adversely impact access to outpatient drugs

● Eliminates the requirement that the state pay a professional fee of $1.40 to licensed pharmacies for each prescription dispensed

● Maintains a requirement that DSS pay a professional fee for each approved refill, changing the name of this fee from “professional license fee” to “professional dispensing fee”

Legislative Review ( 571)

● Requires the DSS commissioner to submit proposed revisions to the Medicaid reimbursement methodology and dispensing fees for covered outpatient drugs to the Human Services and Appropriations committees before he implements them

● Requires the commissioner to publish a notice of his intention to seek a proposed revision in the Connecticut Law Journal and on the DSS website at least 30 days before submitting a proposed revision

Requires the notice to summarize the proposed revision and describe how individuals may submit comments

● Requires the DSS commissioner to (1) provide 30 days for written comments on the proposed revision and (2) include all written comments in the submission to the committees

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

573 — PRIORITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (PSD) GRANTS

Distributes PSD grants for FYs 18 and 19

Distributes PSD grants for FYs 18 and 19 across three categories, as shown in Table below

Table: Priority School District Grant Funding Distribution

Category

FY 18

FY 19

Priority school districts

$31,609,003

$31,609,003

Extended school building hours

2,994,752

2,994,752

School accountability

3,499,699

3,499,699

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

574 — EDUCATION GRANT EARMARKS

Earmarks up to $1.6 million in FY 18 & 19 appropriations to SDE for various education-related grants

● Earmarks up to $1,623,479 per year of amounts appropriated to SDE for FYs 18 and 19 for grants to:

Bridge Family Center in West Hartford (up to $40,000 per year)

New Haven Reads in New Haven (up to $80,000 per year)

Career Pathways TECH Collaborative at Eli Whitney Technical High School, administered by the Justice Education Center, Inc. (up to $125,000 per year)

East Hartford ($915,000 per year)

Project Oceanology (up to $463,479 per year)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

575-582 — EDUCATION GRANT CAPS

Extends the caps on certain education grants to school districts and regional education service centers

● Caps eight state education grants to school districts and regional education service centers (RESCs) for FYs 18 and 19

● Caps, which expired under current law on June 30, 2017, require that grants be proportionately reduced if the state budget appropriations do not cover the full amounts required by the statutory formulas

● Caps apply to state grants for:

health services for private school students (CGS 10-217a)

adult education programs (CGS 10-71)

RESC operations (CGS 10-66j)

school districts' special education costs for public agency-placed students under an order of temporary custody (CGS 10-76d)

school districts' excess special education costs (CGS 10-76g)

excess regular education costs for state-placed children educated by private residential facilities (CGS 10-253)

transportation costs for school districts (CGS 10-266m), including costs for transporting students to private schools within a district (CGS 10-281)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

583 & 584 — CHARTER SCHOOL GRANTS

Requires grants to be paid directly to the schools' fiscal authorities, rather than the towns, and increases the grants for state charter schools in FYs 19 and 20

● Requires the state to make per pupil charter school grants directly to the fiscal authority for the local and state charter schools; current law requires the payments be made to the towns and the towns transfer them to the fiscal authority

● Increases the current per pupil grant for state charter schools from $11,000 to $11,250 in FY 19 and thereafter

● Makes various technical and conforming changes and removes obsolete language

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

585 — MAGNET SCHOOL GRANTS

Renews the prioritization for per-student grant payments for magnet school enrollment increases and allows RESC-operated magnets outside of the Sheff region to be eligible for a higher per-student grant

● For FY 18, authorizes SDE to consider a magnet school's enrollment as of October 1, 2013, October 1, 2015, or October 1, 2016, whichever is lower, as the base enrollment for SDE funding

● For FY 19, authorizes SDE to consider a magnet school's enrollment as of the above dates, as well as October 1, 2017, whichever is lower, as the base enrollment for SDE funding

● For FYs 18 and 19, requires SDE to prioritize funding for additional magnet school seats, subject to the commissioner's approval, based on enrollment increases due to planned and approved new grade levels

● Extends, for FYs 18 and 19, (1) the Sheff region host magnet school per-student grant ($13,054) and (2) an authorization under which magnet school programs operating at less than full-time, but more than half-time, receive 65% of the normal per-student grant

● For FYs 18 and 19, applies the Sheff region regional education service center (RESC) magnet school per-student grant amount ($10,443) to any RESC magnet school in the state that enrolls less than 60% of its students from Hartford

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

588 — MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT AND MOHEGAN FUND

Allocates the total grant amounts paid to municipalities from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund for FYs 18 and 19

● For FY 18 and FY 19, allocates the total grant amounts paid to municipalities from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

589 — MUNICIPAL STABILIZATION GRANT

Allocates the municipal stabilization grant amounts for FYs 18 and 19

● For FY 18 and FY 19, allocates the municipal stabilization grant amounts payable to municipalities by October 31 of each year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

590 — MUNICIPAL SHARING GRANT

Allocates the municipal sharing grant amounts for FYs 18 and 19

● For FY 18 and FY 19, allocates municipal sharing grant amounts payable to municipalities by October 31 of each year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

591 — PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES (PILOT) FOR COLLEGES AND HOSPITALS

Allocates the PILOT grant amounts for colleges and hospitals in FYs 18 and 19

● For FY 18 and FY 19, allocates the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for college and hospital property payable to towns, cities, and boroughs by October 31 of each year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

592 — PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES (PILOT) FOR STATE-OWNED PROPERTY

Allocates the PILOT grant amounts for state-owned properties in FYs 18 and 19

● For FY 18 and FY 19, allocates the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for state-owned property payable to towns, cities, and boroughs by October 31 of each year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

594-600 — RESERVED SECTIONS

Reserved sections

601-617 — HOSPITAL PROVIDER TAX AND USER FEES ON NURSING HOMES AND INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES

Beginning July 1, 2017, sunsets the current taxes on hospitals and user fees on nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and reestablishes them as part of a new tax and fee structure; establishes administrative, record keeping, and penalty provisions for the tax and fees that generally parallel those in existing law for other taxes

● Beginning July 1, 2017, sunsets the current tax on hospitals and user fees on nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IDs) and reestablishes them as part of a new tax and fee structure

● Under the bill, the hospital tax is based on the total net revenue hospitals received in FY 16 for providing inpatient and outpatient hospital services; under current law, it is based on hospital net patient revenue for providing inpatient and outpatient hospital services for a base year determined by the Department of Social Services (DSS) commissioner in accordance with the adopted state budget

● Current hospital tax rate is set up to the maximum allowed by federal law (6% as of October 1, 2011); bill instead establishes a formula for calculating the tax rate, based on the amount of tax revenue specified for the fiscal year

For FYs 18 and 19, the tax rate for (1) inpatient hospital services is $306 million divided by the total FY 16 audited net inpatient revenue of all hospitals required to pay the tax and (2) outpatient hospital services is $594 million divided by the total FY 16 audited net outpatient revenue for all such hospitals

For FY 20 and thereafter, the tax rate for both inpatient and outpatient hospital services is $384 million divided by the total FY 16 audited net revenue of all hospitals required to pay the tax

● For FY 18, requires hospitals to make an estimated tax payment on December 15, 2017 that equals 133% of the tax that was due for FY 17 under the current hospital tax; requires them to pay the remaining balance due for FY 18 (as calculated under the new tax) in two equal payments, due on April 30, 2018, and July 31, 2018, respectively

● Requires the DSS commissioner to seek federal Medicaid waivers to exempt certain hospitals that are currently exempt from the hospital tax (i.e., specialty hospitals, children's general hospitals, John Dempsey Hospital, and for outpatient services only, certain financially distressed hospitals)

● Imposes quarterly resident day user fees on nursing homes and ICF-IDs that are generally the same as those imposed under current law

Establishes the fee amounts, rather than requiring DSS to calculate the fees according to a statutory formula and up to the maximum rate federal law allows

Requires the DSS commissioner to seek federal Medicaid waivers to exempt continuing care retirement communities from the nursing home fee and charge certain homes a lower fee (similar to current law)

● Prohibits taxpayers from using tax credits to reduce their hospital tax or user fee liability, but allows those that have been assigned urban and industrial site reinvestment tax credits for application against the current hospital tax or existing ambulatory surgical center tax to further assign the credits to other taxpayers one time

Assignees may (1) claim the credits only for the tax year for which the provider would have been eligible to claim them and (2) not further assign the credits

● Establishes administrative, record keeping, and penalty provisions for the tax and user fees that generally parallel those in existing law for other taxes

● Authorizes the DRS commissioner to adopt regulations to implement the tax and fees

● Beginning in FY 18, authorizes the comptroller, at the close of each fiscal year, to record as revenue the amount of hospital tax and user fees received by the DRS commissioner within 5 business days after the July 31 following the end of the fiscal year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

618, 620 & 621 — HOSPITAL SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENTS

Establishes various supplemental pools for hospital Medicaid payments and a payment schedule; requires payments in the aggregate to be approximately $598 million in FY 18 and $496 million in FY 19; allows DSS to make advance payments to certain hospitals; and limits the governor's rescission authority for supplemental payments in FYs 18 and 19

Establishment of Supplemental Pools and Payment Schedules ( 618)

● Requires, rather than allows, DSS to establish supplemental pools (i.e., hospitals grouped for purposes of receiving supplemental Medicaid payments) for certain hospitals

Types of pools include a supplemental inpatient pool and a supplemental outpatient pool

Types of pools also include a supplemental small hospital pool and a supplemental mid-size hospital pool, both as determined by DSS in consultation with the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA)

● Requires the amount of funds in the supplemental pools to total, in aggregate, $598,440,138 for FY 18 and $496,340,138 in FY 19

● Requires DSS to distribute supplemental payments to hospitals based on criteria determined by DSS in consultation with CHA

Criteria include utilization and proportion of total Medicaid expenditures

Requires, as part of its consultation with CHA, DSS to send proposed distribution criteria to CHA in writing at least 30 days before making any payments based on them

Creates an exception from this requirement for the quarter ending September 30, 2017, requiring instead that DSS send CHA distribution criteria at least 7 days before making payments

Requires consultation to provide an opportunity to discuss such criteria before making any payments based on them

● For FYs 18 and 19, establishes a schedule for supplemental payments

Payments for the quarter ending September 30, 2017 are due by October 31, 2017

Payments for the quarter ending December 31, 2017 are due by December 31, 2017, except that DSS may delay payments until 14 days after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves any Medicaid state plan amendments necessary to receive federal Medicaid funds for the supplemental payments

Payments for the quarters ending March 31, 2018 through June 30, 2019 are due on the last day of each calendar quarter

● Allows hospitals to delay their provider tax payments for any quarter in which DSS delays supplemental payments without incurring penalties or interest, until 14 days after getting the supplemental payments due for that quarter

Distressed Hospitals ( 620)

● For FY 18, allows DSS to advance all or a portion of a quarterly supplemental payment to distressed hospitals

Under the bill, a “distressed hospital” is a short-term general acute care hospital licensed by DPH that (1) the DSS commissioner determines is financially distressed in accordance with financial criteria he selects or develops and (2) is independent and not affiliated with any other hospital or hospital-based system that includes two or more hospitals, as documented through the certificate of need process administered by DPH's Office of Health Care Access

Requires the distressed hospital to request the advance in writing in order to be eligible, with an explanation of how the hospital complies with related requirements

Requires the distressed hospital to provide the DSS commissioner with all requested financial information, including annual audited financial statements, quarterly internal financial statements, and accounts payable records

Allows DSS to impose conditions as the commissioner determines necessary in making advance payments to distressed hospitals, including financial reporting, scheduling recoupment of advance payments, and adjusting future payments

Limit on Governor's Rescission Authority ( 621)

● For FYs 18 and 19, prohibits the governor from reducing any allotment requisition or allotment in force for DSS' hospital supplemental payments account

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

619 — HOSPITAL MEDICAID RATES

Requires DSS to (1) increase hospital Medicaid rates such that affected hospitals receive $140.1 million more for inpatient services and $35 million more for outpatient services and (2) establish the increased rates as a lower limit for rates in FY 19 and subsequent years

● Requires DSS to increase FY 17 hospital Medicaid rates for hospitals subject to the provider tax

Under the bill, the rate increase (1) must occur by January 1, 2018 and (2) must result in an annualized, aggregate increase of $140.1 million for inpatient hospital services and $35 million for outpatient hospital services

● For FY 19 and subsequent years, prohibits hospitals subject to the provider tax from receiving a lower rate than the one in effect on January 1, 2018

● Supersedes provisions in existing law regarding how DSS calculates rates and restrictions on rate increases based on inflationary factors

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

622-624 — INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX REDUCTION

Beginning January 1, 2018, reduces the tax paid by insurers and HMOs on premiums and other charges

● Beginning January 1, 2018, reduces, from 1.75% to 1.5%, the tax on:

Total net direct insurance premiums paid to Connecticut insurers and out-of-state and foreign insurers doing business in Connecticut on certain policies written during the preceding calendar year and

Subscriber charges HMOs impose on contracts they enter into or renew during the calendar year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

625 — INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX CREDIT CAP

Restores and makes permanent the annual cap on the amount of tax liability insurers can reduce with tax credits

● Restores the three-tiered insurance premium tax credit cap structure that had expired for income years beginning on or after January 1, 2017

● Cap structure (1) classifies credits into three types based on their purpose, (2) specifies the order in which insurers may apply each type to reduce their tax liability, and (3) establishes the maximum amount of liability that insurers can reduce by applying one or more types of credits.

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

626 — FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION TAX CREDITS

Permanently bars the issuance of film and digital media tax credits to certain motion pictures; allows the credits to be used against the gross receipts tax on cable, satellite, and competitive video services

● Restores and makes permanent the moratorium on issuing film and digital media production tax credits to certain motion pictures

Prior moratorium expired on July 1, 2017

Moratorium does not apply to motion pictures that conduct at least 25% of their principal photography days in a Connecticut facility that receives at least $25 million in private investment and opens for business on or after July 1, 2013

● Starting January 1, 2018, allows credits to also be claimed against the gross receipts tax on cable, satellite, and competitive video services

Under current law, credits may only be claimed against the insurance premium and corporation business tax

● Limits the extent to which transferred credits may be claimed against the gross receipts tax on cable, satellite, and competitive video services as follows:

For the income year beginning on or after January 1, 2018, transferred credits may be claimed against such tax (1) only if there is common ownership of at least 50% between the transferor and transferee and (2) at 92% of face value

For income years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, transferred credits may be claimed against such tax (1) at 92% of face value if there is at least 50% common ownership between the transferee and transferor or (2) at 95% of face value if transfer is to another taxpayer

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

627 — ADMISSIONS TAX

Eliminates admissions tax exemptions for certain facilities

● Eliminates certain admissions tax exemptions for events at the XL Center, Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, and New Britain Stadium

● In doing so, subjects these venues to the 10% admissions tax

● Makes a technical change by removing an expired exemption regarding athletic events held at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017

628-630 — CIGARETTE TAX

Increases the cigarette tax from $3.90 to $4.35 per pack; reduces, by 50%, the cigarette tax on “modified risk tobacco products”; imposes a $0.45 floor tax on unsold inventory

● Increases the cigarette tax from $3.90 to $4.35 per pack

● Reduces, by 50% (i.e., $2.175), the cigarette tax on “modified risk tobacco products,” as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary

Under federal law, modified risk tobacco products are tobacco products that are sold or distributed for use to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease associated with commercially marketed tobacco products

Imposes a $0.45 excise tax (i.e., “floor tax”) on each pack of cigarettes that dealers and distributors have in their inventories at the earlier of the close of business or 11: 59 p. m. on November 30, 2017

By December 15, 2017, each dealer and distributor must report to the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) the number of cigarettes in inventory as of November 30, 2017 and pay the floor tax on that inventory

If a dealer or distributor does not report by the due date, the (1) DRS commissioner must file the report, estimating the number of cigarettes in the dealer's or distributor's inventory using any information the commissioner has or obtains and (2) dealer or distributor is subject to a penalty of 10% of the tax due or $50, whichever is greater, plus interest of 1% per month

Dealers and distributors that fail to file the report by the due date or willfully file a false report are subject to fines and criminal penalties; late filers are also subject to the same interest and penalties as apply to other late cigarette tax payments, namely, 10% of the tax due or $50, whichever is greater, plus interest of 1% per month

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017, and applicable to sales on or after that date, except that the floor tax provisions are effective upon passage

631 — TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX

Increases the tax on snuff tobacco products from $1 to $3 per ounce; lowers, by 50%, the tobacco products tax on “modified risk tobacco products”

● Increases the tax on snuff tobacco products from $1 to $3 per ounce

● Reduces, by 50%, the tobacco products tax on “modified risk tobacco products,” as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary

In doing so, reduces the tax on such products (1) from $3 to $1.50 per ounce for snuff tobacco and (2) from 50% to 25% of wholesale price for other tobacco products; tax on cigars remains capped at $0.50 per cigar

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017, and applicable to sales on or after that date

632-636 — ESTATE AND GIFT TAX CHANGES

Increases, starting January 1, 2018, the estate and gift tax threshold over three years; starting January 1, 2019, lowers, from $20 million to $15 million, the cap on the maximum estate and gift tax imposed

● Beginning in 2018, increases the estate and gift tax threshold over three years, from $2 million to the federal estate tax threshold (the federal threshold is $5.49 million for 2017) and modifies the marginal rate schedule for estates and gifts over $5.1 million, as shown in the below table.

Table: Estate and Gift Tax Rates

Value of Taxable Estate or Gift

Marginal Rates

Current Law

Bill

2018

2019

2020 and after

Up to $2,000,000

None

None

None

None

$2,000,001 to $2,600,000

7.2%

$2,600,001 to $3,600,000

7.2%

$3,600,001 to $4,100,000

7.8%

7.8%

7.8%

$4,100,001 to $5,100,000

8.4%

8.4%

8.4%

$5,100,001 to federal threshold

9.0%

10.0%

10.0%

Federal threshold to $6,100,000

10%

$6,100,001 to $7,100,000

9.6%

10.4%

10.4%

10.4%

$7,100,001 to $8,100,000

10.2%

10.8%

10.8%

10.8%

$8,100,001 to $9,100,000

10.8%

11.2%

11.2%

11.2%

$9,100,001 to $10,100,000

11.4%

11.6%

11.6%

11.6%

Over $10,100,000

12%

12%

12%

12%

● Lowers, from $20 million to $15 million, the cap on the maximum (1) estate tax imposed on the estates of decedents dying on or after January 1, 2019 and (2) gift tax imposed on taxable gifts made on or after January 1, 2019

● Makes conforming changes in requirements for (1) filing tax returns with the probate court and (2) releasing estate tax liens

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage for the tax threshold and cap provisions; January 1, 2018, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after January 1, 2018 or gifts made on or after that date, for the remaining provisions

637 & 638 — REGIONAL PLANNING INCENTIVE ACCOUNT DIVERSION

Suspends the revenue diversion to the Regional Planning Incentive Account for FYs 18 and 19

● Suspends the revenue diversion to the Regional Planning Incentive Account for FYs 18 and 19, thus redirecting this revenue to the General Fund

● Current law directs to the account 6.7% of the revenue generated by the room occupancy tax and 10.7% of the revenue generated by the rental car tax; Under the bill, the required revenue diversion resumes in FY 20

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

637 & 638 — MUNICIPAL REVENUE SHARING ACCOUNT (MRSA) DIVERSION

Suspends the revenue diversion to MRSA for FYs 18 and 19

● For FYs 18 and 19, suspends the sales and use tax revenue diversion to MRSA, thus redirecting this revenue to the General Fund

● Current law requires the DRS commissioner to direct to MRSA 7.9% of the sales and use tax revenue received by the state each calendar month; Under the bill, the required revenue diversion to MRSA resumes in FY 20

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

637 & 638 — SALES AND USE TAX REVENUE FROM MOTOR VEHICLE SALES

Beginning in FY 21, phases in, over five years, a revenue diversion to the Special Transportation Fund (STF) of sales and use tax revenue from motor vehicle sales

● Beginning in FY 21, phases in over five years (in 20% increments) a revenue diversion to the STF of sales and use tax revenue from motor vehicle sales

● The diversion applies to revenue from motor vehicle sales subject to the 6.35% rate or 7.75% rate (generally motor vehicles costing more than $50,000)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

637 & 639 — TOURISM FUND

Establishes a tourism fund and capitalizes it by transferring 10% of the room occupancy tax

● Establishes a separate and nonlapsing tourism fund and capitalizes it with 10% of the revenue generated by the room occupancy tax

● Requires the revenue services commissioner to deposit 10% of the revenue generated by the room occupancy tax in the fund

● The fund must also contain any other money the law requires to be deposit in the fund

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

640 — SALES AND USE TAX ON SERVICES RENDERED BETWEEN PARENT COMPANIES AND SUBSIDIARIES

Expands the number of affiliated businesses that qualify for the sales and use tax exemption on sales of services between affiliates

Current law generally exempts sales of services between affiliated businesses from the state's sales and use tax when (1) one business owns a 100% controlling interest in the other or (2) the same parent company owns a 100% controlling interest in both.

Bill expands, starting July 1, 2019, the number of affiliated businesses that qualify for the exemption by lowering the ownership threshold, from 100% to at least 80%, for media businesses (1) organized as corporations or single member limited liability companies (LLCs) and (2) principally located in the state

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

641 & 642 — INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS

Increases the income thresholds for the Social Security income tax deduction, beginning with the 2018 tax year; phases out, from 2019 through 2025, the income tax on pension and annuity income for taxpayers with incomes below a specified threshold; delays, by two years, the scheduled increase in the teacher pension income tax exemption; establishes a deduction for expenses related to donating an organ for transplants occurring on or after January 1, 2017

● Beginning with the 2018 tax year, the bill increases the income thresholds at which taxpayers qualify for a 100% income tax exemption for their Social Security benefits

Current law allows a 100% exemption for single filers and married people filing separately with federal adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of less than $50,000 and joint filers and heads of household with federal AGIs of less than $60,000; the bill increases these income thresholds to $75,000 and $100,000, respectively

Taxpayers with incomes equal to or greater than these thresholds qualify for a 75% exemption.

● From the 2019 through 2025 tax years, the bill phases out the income tax on pension and annuity income for taxpayers with federal AGIs below (1) $75,000 for single filers, married people filing separately, and heads of households and (2) $100,000 for married people filing jointly

Makes a conforming change to the existing income tax exemption for a portion of teachers' retirement system (TRS) income by allowing taxpayers to claim either the TRS exemption or the pension and annuity income exemption established by the bill

● Delays, by two years, the scheduled increase in the TRS income tax exemption

Under current law, the exemption is scheduled to increase from 25% to 50% for 2017 and subsequent tax years; the bill instead maintains it at 25% for 2017 and 2018 and increases it to 50% beginning in 2019

● Establishes a personal income tax deduction for expenses related to donating an organ for transplants occurring on or after January 1, 2017

Specifically, allows a deduction for up to $10,000 in lost wages and medical, travel, and housing expenses related to donating bone marrow or any part of the liver, pancreas, kidney, intestine, or lung

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage and applicable to income years beginning on or after January 1, 2017

643 — STATE EMPLOYEE PAID LEAVE AFTER ORGAN DONATION

Allows state employees to take, in addition to other authorized leave, (1) seven days of paid leave for donating bone marrow and (2) 15 days of paid leave for organ donations

● Allows state employees to take up to (1) seven days of paid leave after donating bone marrow and (2) 15 days of paid leave after donating an organ

This is in addition to any medical leave authorized by law

● Applies to donations occurring on or after January 1, 2018

● Applies to full- or part-time employees in all three branches of state government, whether in the classified or unclassified service

● Provides that such leave must not result in a pay reduction, the loss of any leave to which the employee is otherwise entitled, or a loss of credit for time or service, or affect the employee's rights to any other employee benefits

● Requires such employees to provide the employer with at least seven days' notice before the leave begins, when practicable

● Allows the employer to require the employee to obtain a physician's verification of the purpose and length of the leave

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

644 — PROPERTY TAX CREDIT

Limits eligibility for the property tax credit against the personal income tax to seniors and taxpayers with dependents for the 2017 and 2018 tax years

● For the 2017 and 2018 tax years, limits eligibility for the property tax credit against the personal income tax to people who (1) are age 65 or older before the end of the applicable tax year or (2) validly claim at least one dependent on their federal income tax return for that year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage and applicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017

645 — EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC)

Reduces the EITC from 30% to 23%

● Reduces the EITC from 30% to 23%

● EITC was temporarily reduced to 27.5% for the 2014 through 2016 tax years, but under current law returns to 30% beginning with the 2017 tax year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage and applicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017

646 — NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE ACT (NAA) TAX CREDIT

Lowers, from $10 million to $5 million, the annual cap on NAA tax credits

● Lowers the annual aggregate NAA tax credit cap from $10 million to $5 million

● Cap was increased from $5 million to $10 million in PA 15-5, June Special Session, but the increase did not go into effect until July 1, 2017

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

647 — GREEN BUILDING TAX CREDIT

Eliminates the green building tax credit beginning December 1, 2017

● For income years beginning on or after December 1, 2017, eliminates the green building tax credit

● The credit is earned for certain costs related to the construction or renovation of projects meeting specific energy efficiency standards and can be applied against the corporation business tax

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

648 — STEM GRADUATE TAX CREDIT

Creates a refundable personal income tax credit for qualifying college graduates in STEM fields

Beginning with the 2019 tax year, establishes a refundable personal income tax credit for college graduates who

are employed in the state;

receive, on or after January 1, 2019, a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field;

live in Connecticut or move here within two years after graduating

● Credit is $500 and may be claimed in each of the five years after graduation

● Requires graduates who claim the credit to provide any documentation required by the DRS commissioner

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2019

649-652 — FANTASY SPORTS CONTESTS

Specifically authorizes fantasy sports contests, once certain conditions are met,  and requires fantasy sports operators to provide certain consumer protections to players and pay up to a $15,000 registration fee and 10.5% tax on fantasy games

● Specifically authorizes fantasy sports contests, once (1) the current gaming agreements between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and the state are amended to provide that conducting fantasy contests does not terminate the existing video facsimile (e.g., slots) moratorium or payments to the state, and (2) the amendments are approved by the state legislature and federal Department of the Interior

● Requires the consumer protection commissioner, by July 1, 2018, to adopt regulations to provide certain consumer protections to players

These protections must include, among other things, (1) prohibiting anyone under age 18 from participating, (2) protections for the players' funds on deposit with operators, (3) requirements for operators to offer truthful advertising, and (4) procedures and information that operators must provide players on responsible gaming

● Requires operators to pay an initial registration fee of $15,000 and an annual registration fee of the same amount thereafter, except that the commissioner must reduce the initial or annual registration fee so that it does not exceed 10% of the operator's gross receipts for the registration period

● Requires anyone who violates these consumer protections or registration requirements, including the payment portions, to be fined up to $1,000 for each violation

● Imposes a 10.5% tax on the gross receipts of each operator

“Gross receipts” means the total of all entry fees collected by an operator from all players, less the total amount paid out as prizes to players, multiplied by the location percentage

“Location percentage” means the percentage rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent of the total entry fees collected from players located in Connecticut, divided by the total of entry fees collected from all players in fantasy contests

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except for the tax provisions, which are effective July 1, 2019, and applicable to income and taxable years commencing on or after July 1, 2019

653 — SURCHARGE AND FEES ON CAR AND TRUCK RENTALS

Eliminates the 3% rental surcharge on car and truck rentals and instead authorizes rental companies to charge lessees individually itemized charges or fees as part of a rental agreement

● Under current law, the state imposes a surcharge on certain car, truck, and machinery rentals (3% for car and truck rentals and 1.5% for machinery rentals) and requires rental companies to remit the surcharge collected during the calendar year that exceeds the Connecticut property taxes and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) licensing and titling fees they paid on the vehicles and equipment

● Bill eliminates the 3% rental surcharge on car and truck rentals and the related remittance requirement; instead, authorizes rental companies to charge lessees (i.e., renters) individually itemized charges or fees as part of a rental agreement, including a vehicle cost recovery, airport access, or airport concession fee, subject to the requirements described below

Current law requires rental companies to annually report by February 15 to DRS the aggregate amount of (1) personal property taxes paid to towns and registration and titling fees paid to DMV and (2) rental surcharges collected in the previous calendar year, along with any other information DRS requires

Bill terminates this requirement after February 15, 2018 for the 3% surcharge the bill eliminates, but retains it for the 1.5% surcharge on machinery rentals

● Subjects the rental agreement charges and fees to requirements that currently apply to the 3% rental surcharge, including requirement that any such fees be (1) imposed on the total amount the rental company charges for the rental, (2) subject to sales and use tax, and (3) separately stated in the rental contract

● Under the bill, if a rental company charges a vehicle cost recovery fee for car or truck rentals, the fee must:

Represent the company's estimate of the annual cost of any required license, title, registration, tax, inspection, or number plates for the car or truck (i.e., vehicle costs), prorated to a daily rate, and

Be described in the rental agreement's terms and conditions as the estimated average per day cost the company incurs in vehicle costs

● If the rental company collects more in total vehicle cost recovery fees in any calendar year than what it paid in vehicle costs on the cars and trucks, the company must retain the excess amount and reduce its estimated vehicle costs for the following calendar year by the excess amount

● Specifies that the bill's provisions may not be construed to prohibit a rental company from adjusting the vehicle recovery fees charged during any calendar year

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

654 — TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY (TNC) FEE

Requires TNCs to pay a 25-cent fee on each ride originating in Connecticut

● Requires TNCs (e.g., Uber and Lyft) to pay a 25-cent fee on each ride originating in the state and requires that such fee revenue be deposited in the General Fund

● Requires TNCs to electronically file a return and remit the fees on a quarterly basis

● Specifies that (1) any documents DRS receives from TNCs are considered “return information” are not subject to disclosure under FOIA and (2) DRS must report TNC fee revenue with motor carrier road tax revenue

● Subjects unpaid fees to (1) a penalty of $50 or 10% of the amount due, whichever is greater and (2) interest at the rate of 1% per month from the due date

● Applies the same enforcement, liability, registration certificate, and appeal process requirements established in statute for other taxes to the TNC fee, unless such a provision is inconsistent with the bill

● Allows DRS commissioner to adopt regulations to carry out the bill's provisions

● EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

655 — MMCT LOAN

Requires, under certain conditions, MMCT to provide a $30 million advance, which will be credited against required future casino payments to the state

● PA 17-89 gave MMCT, Venture LLC, a company jointly owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, the right to conduct authorized games at a new off-reservation commercial casino, once certain conditions are met (e.g., amending gaming agreements, with the amendments approved by the state legislature and federal Department of the Interior)

● PA 17-89 also requires MMCT to pay the state 25% of its gross gaming revenue (e.g., slots and table games)

● The bill requires MMCT Venture, LLC, by June 30, 2019, to provide an interest-free $30 million advance to the state, which will be credited against required future monthly casino gross gaming revenue payments to the state

● Such credit must be in an amount and manner as determined by an agreement between the OPM secretary and MMCT

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

656 — FRESH START

Authorizes the DRS commissioner to establish a fresh start program for qualified taxpayers who owe Connecticut state taxes

● Authorizes the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) commissioner to establish a fresh start program in which he may, at his discretion, enter into agreements with qualified taxpayers to waive all of the penalties and half of the interest due on delinquent state taxes (other than motor carrier road taxes)

● Under the bill, a fresh start agreement for taxpayers who failed to file a tax return may also provide a limited look-back period (i.e., limiting the scope of DRS's review of prior year returns)

● Requires participating taxpayers to, among other things, disclose certain tax information to the commissioner, file any required returns or documents, and pay their liabilities

● Specifies conditions under which the commissioner may rescind an agreement

Program runs from the bill's passage to November 30, 2018 and covers any tax returns due on or before December 31, 2016

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

657 — TRANSFERS FROM NONAPPROPRIATED ACCOUNTS

Allows the OPM secretary to transfer funds from certain nonappropriated accounts to the General Fund

● For FY 19, allows the OPM secretary to transfer up to $20 million to the General Fund's resources from the Fund's nonappropriated accounts that do not receive (1) gifts, grants, or donations from public or private sources or (2) other revenues from individuals to support a particular interest or purpose

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

658 — TAX EXPENDITURE ANALYSIS

Requires the OPM secretary to examine and report to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on the revenue the state forgoes due to tax credits, deductions, and exemptions (i.e., tax expenditures)

● Requires the OPM secretary, in consultation with the revenue services and economic and community development commissioners to:

Examine existing state tax expenditures

Identify (1) priorities for such and other revenue sources the state can use to pay for these expenditures, and

By February 1, 2018, report their findings and recommendations to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

659 — STATE AGENCIES TO REVIEW FEES

Requires (1) agency heads to determine whether the fees their agencies charge cover program administration costs and (2) OPM to provide the legislature with recommendations for fee increases

● Requires all agency heads, except the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary, to determine whether the fees charged by their departments cover the cost of collecting the fee and administering the program for which the fee is collected

● Agency heads must recommend any fee increases to the OPM secretary before December 1, 2017

● OPM secretary must review agencies' submissions and submit, by February 7, 2018, a report on recommended fee increases to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

Limits the fee recommendations submitted to the committee to those that are increased by no more than 50% and the aggregate fee increases may not exceed $20 million (it is unclear under how this cap is measured)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

660 — REDUCING CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION (CLC) EXPENSES

Requires CLC to reduce its expenses in FYs 18 & 19

● Requires the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to reduce its expenses from the amount of its FY 17 expenses by $1 million per fiscal year in FYs 18 & 19

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

661 — CORPORATION INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR CERTAIN PUBLICLY-TRADED COMPANIES (FAS 109 DEDUCTION)

Extends, from seven to 30 years, the period over which certain publicly-traded companies may claim the FAS 109 deduction

● Extends, from seven to 30 years, the period over which certain publicly-traded companies may claim a corporation income tax deduction if combined reporting triggers an aggregate (1) increase in their net deferred tax liabilities, (2) decrease in their net deferred tax assets, or (3) change from a net deferred tax asset to a net deferred tax liability

Applies to publicly-traded companies, including affiliated corporations participating in a publicly-traded company's financial statements, prepared according to GAAP, as of January 1, 2016

As under existing law, companies may begin claiming the deduction in the 2018 income year

Under the bill, eligible companies may deduct from their net income an amount equal to one-thirtieth of the amount necessary to offset the (1) increase in net deferred tax liability, (2) decrease in net deferred tax asset resulting from combined reporting, or (3) aggregate change thereof if the group's net income changes from a net deferred tax asset to a net deferred tax liability; under current law, allowable deduction is one-seventh of this amount

Eliminates the requirement that companies calculate the reduction regardless of its impact on federal taxes

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

662 — CONNECTICUT TELEVISION NETWORK (CT-N) REDUCTION

Reduces by half the amount of specified tax revenue that must be reserved for CT-N

● Reduces, from $3.2 million to $1.6 million, the amount of revenue that is reserved for CT-N from the gross receipts tax on cable, satellite, and competitive video services companies

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

663 & 664 — TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND DISBURSEMENTS

Suspends, for FYs 18 and 19, disbursements from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund and the Smart Start competitive grant account

● Suspends, for FYs 18 and 19, a $6 million annual transfer from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund; restores the transfer starting in FY 20

● Suspends, for FYs 18 and 19, the $10 million annual disbursement from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to the Smart Start competitive grant account; current law requires this disbursement each year through FY 25

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

665 — DOCUMENT RECORDING FEE

Increases, from $3 to $10, the document recording fee that is charged to generate revenue for preserving historic documents and modifies the fee revenue distribution

● Increases, from $3 to $10, the recording fee municipalities charge to generate revenue for preserving historic documents

● Currently the municipality retains $1 of each fee for municipal historic document preservation and remits $2 of each fee to the state librarian for state historic document preservation

● The bill doubles each of these amounts and requires municipalities to remit the remaining $4 to the state to be credited to the General Fund

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017

666 — CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECK FEE INCREASES

Increases fees for certain criminal history record-related searches

● Increases, from $50 to $75, the fees for the following criminal history record searches: fingerprint, personal record, letters of good conduct, bar association, and criminal history record information

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017 and applicable to background check services requested on or after that date

667 — MOTOR VEHICLE TRADE-IN FEE

Requires the DMV commissioner to charge new and used car dealers $35 for each used motor vehicle they accept as a trade-in when selling a new or used vehicle

● Requires the DMV commissioner to charge new and used car dealers $35 for each used motor vehicle they accept as a trade-in when selling a new or used vehicle

● The fee must be deposited in the General Fund

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017 and applicable to transactions occurring on or after that date

668-670 — REGISTRATION FEE INCREASES FOR BROKER-DEALERS AND INVESTMENT ADVISERS

Increases, by $25 each, specified registration fees for broker-dealers, investment advisers, and their agents

● Increases by $25 the registration fees for broker-dealers, investment advisers, and their agents, who transact business in Connecticut, as shown in the below table

Table: Registration Fee Increases

Broker-Dealers and

Investment Advisers

Registration Fee

Under Current Law

Registration Fee

Under the Bill

Firm – initial registration

$315

$340

Firm – annual renewal of registration

190

215

Firm – mass transfers received

(fee per agent)

50

75

Branch Office – initial registration

100

125

Branch office – relocation or acquisition

100

125

Agent – initial registration

100

125

Agent – annual renewal of registration

100

125

Exempt investment adviser – notice of registration exemption

250

275

Exempt investment adviser – annual renewal of notice of registration exemption

150

175

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017

671 — EMISSIONS ENTERPRISE FUND

Reduces, by $250,000, the amount of money the comptroller must transfer quarterly from the Special Transportation Fund (STF) to the Emissions Enterprise Fund

● Beginning October 1, 2017, reduces, from $1.625 million to $1.375 million, the amount of money the comptroller must transfer quarterly from the STF to the Emissions Enterprise Fund

● As under current law, transfers must be made on the first day of October, January, April, and July

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

672 — DIVERSION OF AVIATION FUEL TAX REVENUE

Diverts a portion of revenue from the petroleum products gross earnings tax (PGET) on aviation fuel to a new “Connecticut airport and aviation account” to be used for airport purposes

● Creates the “Connecticut airport and aviation account” and requires DOT to use the account's resources for airport and aviation-related purposes

Section 324 of the bill earmarks $1.5 million of the account's funds in each of FY 18 and FY 19 for Tweed-New Haven Airport

● Requires the DRS commissioner to deposit into the account 75.3% of PGET revenue from aviation fuel sources (equivalent to 6.1% of aviation fuel sales) regardless of a law requiring PGET revenue to be deposited in the STF

By law, sales of all petroleum products, including aviation fuel, are subject to the 8.1% PGET

Remaining 24.7% of PGET revenue from aviation fuel (equivalent to 2% of aviation sales) is deposited in STF

● BACKGROUND: Federal law requires that all airport revenue be used exclusively for airport purposes (49 U.S. Code 47107 (b)); Recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy guidance clarified that state revenue derived from taxes on aviation fuel is considered “airport revenue,” even if those taxes are of general applicability, and is therefore subject to such restrictions

Restrictions do not apply to revenue from a tax or a portion of a tax that was in effect when the federal law took effect

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

673 — HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY ENCROACHMENT FEES

Requires the DOT commissioner, by January 1, 2018, to set fees for certain applications for highway right-of way encroachment permits to mirror the fees the Massachusetts DOT charges for similar permits; eliminates the commissioner's authority to adopt regulations setting fees for other highway right-of-way encroachment permit applications

● Requires the DOT commissioner, by January 1, 2018, to charge application fees for state highway right-of-way encroachment permits for open air theaters, shopping centers, and other developments generating large volumes of traffic to reflect the fees the Massachusetts DOT charges for such permits

● Eliminates the commissioner's authority to adopt regulations setting fees for other state highway right-of-way encroachment permit applications

Current law requires the commissioner to adopt regulations establishing “reasonable fees” for all state highway right-of-way encroachment permit applications. The commissioner may exempt municipalities from these fees

Existing law does not define what constitutes a major traffic generator, but state regulations specify that a development qualifies as such if it has (1) 200 or more parking spaces or (2) a gross floor area of at least 100,000 square feet (Conn. Agencies Regs. 14-312-1)

As under existing law, the commissioner may adopt regulations setting reasonable fees for certificates of operation for open air theaters, shopping centers, and other developments generating a large volume of traffic, provided the fees do not exceed 125% of the estimated administrative costs related to the application.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

674 & 675 — URGENT CARE CENTERS AND OUTPATIENT CLINICS

Requires urgent care centers to be licensed by DPH as outpatient clinics; increases the frequency of outpatient clinic license renewal

● On or after April 1, 2018, requires urgent care centers to be licensed by DPH as outpatient clinics

● Authorizes the DSS commissioner to establish payment rates for urgent care centers

● Also increases the frequency of license renewal for outpatient clinics, from every four years to every three years

Section 39 makes this same change, effective upon passage

As under current law, (a) the licensing fee is $1,000 and (b) clinics operated by municipal health departments or districts or licensed nonprofit nursing or community health agencies are exempt

● Defines “urgent care center” as a free-standing facility, separate from an emergency department, that (1) treats conditions that do not require emergent intervention for life-threatening or potentially permanently disabling conditions, (2) does not require an appointment, and (3) provides services during times when primary care offices are not customarily open

● EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, 2017

676 — SAFE DRINKING WATER PRIMACY ASSESSMENT

Requires water companies that own community public water systems or non-transient non-community water systems to pay a safe drinking water primacy assessment in FY 19

● Requires water companies that own community public water systems or non-transient non-community water systems to pay to DPH a safe drinking water primacy assessment in FY 19

Specifies that the assessment's purpose is to support DPH's ability to maintain primacy under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). (Under the SDWA, the Environmental Protection Agency delegates primary enforcement responsibility (“primacy”) for public water systems to states if they meet certain requirements)

● Exempts state agencies and transient non-community public water systems from the assessment

● Allows the DPH commissioner to adopt implementing regulations

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage through June 30, 2019

Assessment Amount and Procedure

● Caps the total assessment at $2.5 million

● Sets the assessment amount as shown in the below table

Table: Assessment Amounts

System Type

Amount

Community water system with 100 or more service connections

An amount set by the DPH commissioner, up to $4 per connection

Community water system with 50 to 99 service connections

$150

Non-transient non-community water system and

community water system with fewer than 50 service connections

$125

● Sets various deadlines (such as for DPH to issue invoices and companies to pay the assessment)

● Allows water companies that own community water systems to recover the assessment from customers, based on each customer's pro rata share of the assessment, as a separate item on customer bills

Allows them to do so without needing to go through the standard process for seeking approval of rate changes

● Establishes late fees for water companies that fail to pay the assessment within 30 days of the due date

Provides that the requirement for water companies to pay the assessment terminates if DPH no longer maintains primacy under the SDWA

If the assessment is terminated and not reinstated within 180 days, requires the water company to credit its customers any amounts collected from them for the amount that the company is no longer required to pay DPH

Definitions

● A “public water system” is a water company that supplies daily drinking water to 15 or more consumers (e.g., private dwellings or places of business) or 25 or more people at least 60 days per year

● A “community water system” is a public water system that regularly serves at least 25 residents

● A “non-community water system” is a public water system that serves at least 25 people at least 60 days of the year and is not a community water system

● A “non-transient non-community public water system” is a public water system that is not a community water system and that regularly serves at least 25 of the same people for at least six months per year

● A “transient non-community public water system” is a public water system that is not a community water system and does not serve at least 25 of the same people for at least six months per year

677 — SAFE DRINKING WATER PRIMACY ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

Requires DPH to develop a methodology for a safe drinking water primacy assessment on certain water systems, allows water companies to recover the assessment from customers, and makes related changes

● Requires the DPH commissioner, by January 1, 2019 and in consultation with the OPM secretary and water company representatives, to develop a methodology for a safe drinking water primacy assessment on community water systems and transient and non-transient non-community water systems (other than such systems owned by state agencies)

Specifies that the assessment's purpose is to meet federal requirements for DPH to maintain primacy for enforcing the federal Safe Drinking Water Act

● Requires the assessment methodology to include how to calculate the fee to be assessed and procedures to implement the fee

● Allows the commissioner, in developing the methodology, to consider the frequency and timing of customer billing, delinquency rates for customer payment, and the feasibility of assessing a fee based on service or customer connections

● Requires the commissioner to:

provide for a 30-day public comment period after developing the methodology and

after that public comment period but no later than February 15, 2019, submit to the Public Health Committee his recommendations for legislation needed to implement the methodology he develops

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

678 & 728 — NEWBORN SCREENING FEE

Eliminates, on July 1, 2018, the newborn screening account and transfers any money from it into the General Fund for DPH to use for newborn health screening services in FY 18

● Eliminates, on July 1, 2018, the newborn screening account, which the Department of Public Health (DPH) currently uses to pay for certain newborn health screening services

● Also eliminates the associated annual $500,000 credit to the account from the General Fund

● Requires funds in the account as of June 30, 2017 to be credited to the General Fund for DPH to use for newborn health screening services in FY 18

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except the repeal of the account is effective July 1, 2018

679 — MUNICIPAL VIDEO COMPETITION TRUST ACCOUNT

Beginning with FY 18, increases, by $2 million, the annual transfer from the municipal video competition trust account to the General Fund

● Beginning in FY 18, increases from $3 million to $5 million, the annual transfer from the municipal video competition trust account to the General Fund

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

680 — PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT ACCOUNT (PEGPETIA)

Beginning in FY 18, requires $3.5 million to be transferred to the General Fund each fiscal year from the PEGPETIA account

● Beginning in FY 18, requires $3.5 million to be transferred to the General Fund each year from PEGPETIA, which provides grants to support public, educational, and governmental (i.e. community access) programming and education technology initiatives

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

681-698 — TRANSFERS TO GENERAL FUND

Transfers funds from various sources to the General Fund for FY 18 and FY 19

● Transfers money to the General Fund from various sources in FY 18 and FY 19, as shown in the table below

Requires the Comptroller, after the accounts for FY 18 are closed, to credit $17,800,000 of the unappropriated surplus to the General Fund for FY 19 ( 698)

Table: Transfers to the General Fund

Source

Amount

FY 18

FY 19

681

School Bus Seat Belt Account

$2,000,000

$2,000,000

682

Regional Greenhouse Gas Account

10,000,000

10,000,000

683

Energy Conservation and Loan Management Fund

63,500,000

63,500,000

684

Consumer Counsel and Public Utility Control Fund

2,500,000

----

685

Clean Energy Fund

14,000,000

14,000,000

686

State of Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority

900,000

900,000

687

State Banking Fund

11,200,000

9,200,000

688

Emissions Enterprise Fund

1,500,000

----

689

Technical Services Revolving Fund

3,000,000

----

690

Correctional Commissaries Account, Department of Correction

1,000,000

----

691

Correctional Industries Account, Department of Correction

1,000,000

----

692

Ed-Net Account

1,000,000

----

693

Probation Transition-Technical Violation Account, Judicial Department

8,300,000

----

694

Tobacco Litigation Settlement Account, OPM

5,000,000

----

695

Judicial Data Processing Revolving Fund

100,000

100,000

696

Passport to the Parks Account

2,600,000

5,000,000

697

Community Investment Account

5,000,000

5,000,000

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

699 & 700 — MOTOR VEHICLE MILL RATE CAP RAISED

Increases the cap on motor vehicle mill rates and allows municipalities that previously set their motor vehicle mill rate for the 2016 assessment year to change it; requires boards to hear car tax appeals before December 15, 2017

● Raises the motor vehicle mill rate cap from 32 mills to 39 mills for the 2016 assessment year and to 45 mills for the 2017 assessment year and thereafter

● Notwithstanding any contrary special acts, municipal charters, or home rule ordinances, allows municipalities and special taxing districts, by December 15, 2017, to revise their 2016 assessment year motor vehicle mill rates if such rates were set before the bill's effective date

They must do so by vote of their legislative bodies (or in a municipality where the legislative body is a town meeting, by vote of the board of selectmen)

● Makes conforming changes to the motor vehicle property tax grant program, which provides grants to municipalities that impose a mill rate on real and personal property (other than motor vehicles) that is greater than the capped motor vehicle mill rate

Under existing law, the grant distributions begin in FY 18

● In municipalities that already issued motor vehicle property tax bills, requires boards of assessment appeals to hear motor vehicle property tax appeals for the October 1, 2016 assessment year by December 15, 2017

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

701-703 — STRANDED TAX CREDITS

Requires DECD to administer programs to allow businesses to use stranded R&D tax credits in exchange for undertaking certain capital projects or making certain venture capital investments

● Requires Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to establish programs to allow taxpayers with certain “stranded” tax credits to use them in exchange for making certain capital or venture investments

“Stranded” tax credits are credits that a taxpayer has earned but not taken through the business's last complete income year; bill refers to such credits as “accumulated credits”

● Total amount of credits, at full value, used for capital projects and venture capital investments made through auction or agreement may not exceed $50 million in the aggregate

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

Stranded Tax Credits and Capital Projects

● Requires DECD to establish and administer a program that allows in-state businesses to use stranded nonincremental R&D tax credits for eligible in-state capital projects

Eligible projects may be planned or currently underway and must (1) expand the business's scale or scope, (2) increase employment at the business, or (3) generate a substantial return to the state's economy

Businesses must apply to DECD to use their stranded credits under the program and include specified details about the project and its costs

● Requires DECD commissioner to perform an econometric analysis of each proposed project and approve only those projects that will generate state revenue in excess of the amount of stranded tax credits proposed for use

● Stranded credits may be claimed against the corporation business and sales and use taxes according to a schedule determined by the commissioner, DRS, and OPM

Prohibits credits from being claimed until the capital project has generated enough revenue to cover the credits' cost to the state

● Requires DECD, starting by February 1, 2019, to include information about the program in its annual report

● Allows DECD commissioner to adopt regulations to implement the program

Stranded Tax Credits and Venture Capital Investments

● Requires the DECD commissioner, in consultation with the DRS commissioner and Connecticut Innovations (CI) CEO, to hold tax credit auctions (termed “innovation investment fund tax credit auctions” in the bill) or enter into agreements to allow taxpayers holding stranded incremental and nonincremental R&D tax credits to use the credits in exchange for making investments in their corporate venture capital fund

DECD must hold auctions or seek agreements until at least two deals with different funds are reached and may continue holding such auctions after that

● Establishes a process for the auctions and requires that winning bidders be selected based on (1) the amount the bidder proposes to invest and the amount of stranded credits the bidder is seeking to exchange and (2) any other criteria deemed appropriate by DECD commissioner and CI CEO

● Requires DECD commissioner to invest the amount received from the winning bidder or bidders in the winning bidder's corporate venture fund, subject to specified conditions, including

investments must be made under the advisement of a CI representative, who must be a member of the corporate venture fund's investment committee

amount invested must be between $5 million and $10 million

investments must be in in-state startup businesses or spin-off companies from the bidder's R&D department

the portion of profits from such investments must be divided evenly between the bidder, who must reinvest them in the venture fund, and the state, which must deposit its portion into the General Fund

● In lieu of auctions allows the commissioner, in consultation with the CI CEO, to enter into an agreement with a taxpayer, to allow the taxpayer to use stranded credits under the same conditions that apply to investments made through auctions

● Beginning July 1, 2020, the credits allowed for venture capital investments may be claimed against the (1) sales and use tax or (2) corporate business tax, regardless of any applicable tax credit caps

Taxpayers may not claim any credits until the second full income year after making the investment and must claim them according to a schedule agreed to by the commissioner and the taxpayer

704, 707, 708 & 729 — BUDGET RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS

Diverts specified income tax revenue exceeding a $3.15 billion threshold to the Budget Reserve Fund; increases the BRF's maximum balance, from 10% to 15% of net General Fund appropriations and expands its allowable uses; repeals provisions, currently scheduled to take effect July 1, 2019, establishing a mechanism for diverting to the BRF projected surpluses in certain revenue

● Requires the state treasurer to transfer, to the Budget Reserve Fund (BRF), revenue the state receives each fiscal year in excess of $3.15 billion from personal income tax estimated and final payments (i.e., the income tax revenue generated from taxpayers who make estimated income tax payments on a quarterly basis)

● Requires consensus revenue estimates, beginning with those due by November 10, 2017, to include a line item, designated as the volatility adjustment, reflecting this estimated transfer (consensus revenue estimates are the basis for the governor's proposed budget and the revenue statement included in the budget act the legislature passes)

Requires, beginning in FY 18, that consensus revenue estimates and the revenue statement included in the state budget act itemize the withholding, estimated, and final payment components of personal income tax revenue; By law, a similar requirement applies beginning in FY 20 as part of a revenue volatility mechanism the bill repeals (see below)

● Increases the BRF's maximum balance from 10% to 15% of net General Fund appropriations for the current fiscal year; Repeals a provision scheduled to take effect July 1, 2019, that increases the maximum balance to 15% or more of such appropriations

Under current law, once the BRF reaches the maximum, any remaining surplus is deemed appropriated for (1) reducing the unfunded liability of the State Employee Retirement Fund by up to 5% and (2) paying off outstanding state debt

Bill instead requires the treasurer to transfer any remaining surplus, as she determines to be in the state's best interests, for reducing either the State Employee Retirement Fund's or Teachers' Retirement Fund's unfunded liability by up to 5%

Any remaining surplus funds may be used to make additional payments to either retirement system, as the treasurer determines to be in the state's best interests, in addition to paying off other forms of outstanding state debt specified under current law

Authorizes the legislature to transfer funds from the BRF to pay unfunded pension liabilities when the fund's balance equals 5% or more of net General Fund appropriations for the current fiscal year; allows it to transfer funds above the 5% threshold amount to either retirement system, as it determines to be in the state's best interests, in consultation with the treasurer

● Expands the purposes for which the legislature may transfer funds from the BRF to the General Fund

If any consensus revenue estimate for the current biennium projects a decline in General Fund revenue for the current biennium of at least 1% from the total amount of General Fund revenue on which the budget act (or any adjusted appropriation and revenue plan) was based, the legislature may transfer funds from the BRF to the General Fund at any time during the remainder of the current biennium

If any April 30 consensus revenue estimate projects a decline in General Fund revenue in either year or both years of the subsequent biennium of at least 1% from the total General Fund appropriations for the current year, the legislature may transfer funds from the BRF to the General Fund in the fiscal year for which the deficit is projected

As under existing law, BRF funds are deemed appropriated in any fiscal year in which the comptroller has certified a deficit for the immediately preceding fiscal year

Repeals provisions in current law, effective July 1, 2019, establishing a mechanism for diverting to the BRF projected surpluses in (1) corporation income tax and (2) personal income tax estimated and final payments; the mechanism requires mid-year diversions of these revenues, based on a threshold level calculated using the average revenue from these two sources over 10 years

In eliminating this volatility mechanism, the bill repeals a number of related provisions that are also scheduled to take effect July 1, 2019; these provisions generally concern the calculation and reporting of the threshold level and BRF deposits, as well as the use of funds in the BRF

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

705 — CAP ON GENERAL FUND AND SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND APPROPRIATIONS

Beginning FY 20, imposes a new cap on General Fund and STF appropriations, but allows the General Assembly to exceed it under certain circumstances

● In addition to the existing statutory spending cap, the bill imposes a new cap on General Fund and Special Transportation Fund (STF) appropriations beginning in FY 20, but allows the General Assembly to exceed it under certain circumstances

Prohibits the General Assembly from authorizing General Fund and STF appropriations for any fiscal year that, in the aggregate, exceed a specified percentage of the estimated revenues included in the budget act (i.e., the statement of estimated revenues, supplied by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, that is based on the most recent consensus revenue estimates); the below table lists the specified percentages:

Table: Cap on General Fund and STF Appropriations

FY

Percentage

of Estimated Revenue

20

99.5%

21

99.25

22

99.0

23

98.75

24

98.5

25

98.25

26 and thereafter

98.0

For example, for FY 20, the bill caps the total amount of General Fund and STF appropriations at 99.5% of estimated General Fund and STF revenue

● General Assembly may authorize General Fund and STF appropriations for any fiscal year that, in the aggregate, exceed the percentage of estimated revenues specified above if either of the following conditions is met:

(1) the governor declares an emergency or the existence of extraordinary circumstances, specifying the nature of the emergency or circumstances; (2) at least three-fifths of the members of each chamber of the General Assembly vote to exceed the percentage for the emergency or circumstances; and (3) the appropriation is limited to the fiscal year in progress; or

The General Assembly approves the appropriation, by majority vote, for an adjusted appropriation and revenue plan

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

706 — BOND COVENANT TIED TO BRF, SPENDING CAP, AND GO BOND CAP LAWS

Requires certain state bonds to include a pledge to bondholders that the state will comply with the BRF law, spending caps, and GO and credit revenue bond caps, except under limited circumstances

● For each fiscal year during which state general obligation (GO) or credit revenue bonds issued from May 15, 2018 to June 30, 2020, are outstanding, expressly requires the state to comply with the following requirements in the bill and existing law:

BRF law, as amended by the bill ( 704)

Cap on General Fund and STF expenditures in effect as of the bill's effective date ( 705)

Statutory spending cap, as amended by the bill ( 709)

Caps on GO and credit revenue bond authorizations, allocations, issuances, and expenditures, as established by the bill ( 710-712)

● Also requires, for such bonds issued during this timeframe, that the treasurer include a pledge to bondholders that the state will not enact any laws taking effect from May 15, 2018 to June 30, 2028, that change the state's obligation to comply with the laws listed above until the bonds are fully paid off, unless the following conditions are met:

bondholders are protected in another way or

(1) the governor declares an emergency or the existence of extraordinary circumstances in which he invokes the statute allowing him at his discretion, and requiring him whenever the comptroller projects a General Fund budget deficit greater than 1%, to reduce appropriated accounts by up to 5% and total fund appropriations by up to 3% (CGS 4-85), (2) at least three-fifths of the members of each house of the General Assembly approve the change in compliance, and (3) the change is limited to the fiscal year in progress

● Under the bill, the pledge must apply for 10 years from the bonds' first issuance date, but not to refunding bonds issued to pay the original bonds

● EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2018

709 — STATUTORY SPENDING CAP DEFINITIONS

Modifies definitions used to calculate the state's statutory spending cap and requires a base adjustment under certain circumstances

Existing statutory spending cap bars the legislature from authorizing an increase in “general budget expenditures” for any fiscal year that exceeds the greater of the “increase in personal income” or “increase in inflation,” unless (1) the governor declares an emergency or the existence of extraordinary circumstances and (2) at least three-fifths of each house of the legislature approves the extra expenditure for those purposes (CGS 2-33a)

Current law defines the “increase in personal income” as the state's average annual increase in personal income for the preceding five years, based on United States Bureau of Economic Analysis data; bill instead defines it as the compound annual growth rate of the personal income in the state over the preceding five calendar years

● Bill excludes food and energy items from the consumer price index for urban consumers (CPI-U) used to calculate the “increase in inflation,” and requires it to be calculated on a calendar year basis (December over December basis)

● Modifies the definition of “general budget expenditures” by:

Eliminating the exclusion for statutory grants to distressed municipalities if the grants were in effect on July 1, 1991

Excluding expenditures of federal funds granted to the state or state agencies

Requiring expenditures for federal programs in which the state is participating as of the bill's passage and receiving federal matching funds to be subject to the cap; Expenditures for such programs in which the state begins participating after the bill's passage are excluded from the cap for the first fiscal year in which they are authorized, but must be considered general budget expenditures for that year for purposes of determining the following year's general budget expenditures

● Temporarily excludes from the cap certain payments for unfunded pension liabilities

For FYs 18 through 22, excludes annual expenditures for the portion of the actuarially determined employer contribution (ADEC) representing the unfunded liability for that fiscal year for any retirement system or alternative retirement program administered by the State Employees Retirement Commission, other than the teachers' retirement system

For FYs 18 through 26, excludes annual expenditures for the portion of the ADEC representing the unfunded liability for that fiscal year for the teachers' retirement system

Requires that a base adjustment be made in any fiscal year in which an expenditure's funding source is converted, from the previous fiscal year, from (1) an appropriation to state bonding, a revenue intercept, or a nonappropriated source, or (2) any of these three funding sources to an appropriation

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

710-712 — CAP ON GENERAL OBLIGATION (GO) AND CREDIT REVENUE BOND ALLOCATIONS, ISSUANCES, AND SPENDING

Imposes caps on the amount of GO and credit revenue bonds (1) the State Bond Commission may allocate each calendar year starting January 1, 2017; (2) the treasurer may issue each fiscal year starting July 1, 2018; and (3) for which the governor may approve allotment requisitions in any fiscal year

● Imposes caps on GO and credit revenue bond allocations, issuances, and spending, with certain exclusions

Beginning January 1, 2017, imposes a $2 billion aggregate cap on the amount of GO and credit revenue bonds the State Bond Commission may authorize (i.e., allocate) in any calendar year (allocation cap)

Beginning July 1, 2018, imposes a $1.9 billion aggregate cap on the amount of GO bonds or notes and credit revenue bonds the treasurer may issue in any fiscal year (issuance cap)

Prohibits the governor from approving allotment requisitions (i.e., expenditures) that would result in the issuance of more than $1.9 billion in GO bonds or notes or credit revenue bonds in any fiscal year (spending cap)

● Excludes from the issuance and spending caps bonds issued as part of the Connecticut State University 2020 or UConn 2000 infrastructure programs

● Requires the caps to be annually adjusted for inflation (based on the change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers for the preceding calendar year, less food and energy)

● Annually, beginning by January 1, 2018, requires the treasurer to provide the governor with a list of allocated but unissued bonds (i.e. bonds authorized by the legislature and allocated by the State Bond Commission, but not yet issued by the treasurer); requires the governor to post the list on the Governor's office webpage

● Beginning by April 1, 2018, requires the governor annually to provide the treasurer with a list of GO and credit revenue bond expenditures of up to $1.9 billion that can be made on the following July first; requires him to post the list on the Governor's office website

● Existing law, unchanged by the bill, limits the total amount of General Fund-supported state debt the legislature can authorize to 1.6 times the estimated net General Fund tax receipts for the fiscal year of the authorization (CGS 3-21)

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

713 — COMPTROLLER'S ANALYSIS OF OPM'S MONTHLY STATEMENTS

Requires the comptroller to analyze OPM's monthly revenue and expenditure statements

● By law, the OPM secretary must submit to the comptroller each month a cumulative monthly statement of revenue and expenditures, including a statement of (1) estimated revenue by source to the end of the fiscal year and (2) General Fund appropriation requirements to the end of the fiscal year, itemized as much as practical for each agency

● The bill requires the comptroller to include an analysis of OPM's monthly statement in his cumulative monthly financial statements

● EFFECTIVE DATE: November 1, 2017 and applicable to cumulative monthly statements issued on or after December 1, 2017

714-716 — CREDIT REVENUE BOND PROGRAM

Authorizes the state treasurer to issue credit revenue bonds in place of general obligation bonds and directs the savings from the new bonding program to the Budget Reserve Fund; requires bond premiums and the net earnings from investments of bond proceeds to be used to fund previously authorized capital projects

Authorizes the state treasurer to issue “credit revenue bonds” in place of general obligation (GO) bonds and directs the savings from the new bonding program to the Budget Reserve Fund (BRF)

Under the bill, the credit revenue bonds are backed by withholding taxes that are statutorily pledged for the repayment of the bonds

Deems any GO bond authorization enacted before, on, or after the bill's effective date as authorizing such bonds to be issued as either GO bonds or credit revenue bonds, up to the amount authorized under the original bond authorization

Under the bill, the credit revenue bonds are subject to existing GO bond issuance procedures and requirements (i.e., the GO Bond Procedure Act), except for the requirement that the bonds be backed by the state's full faith and credit

Establishes parameters for issuing the bonds, including a requirement that the withholding tax revenues pledged to pay the bonds be paid directly by taxpayers to collection accounts kept separate from other state funds

Makes certain commitments to bondholders concerning the credit revenue bonds' terms and authorizes the State Bond Commission to include this covenant in any credit revenue bondholder agreement

Subjects the bonds to the state's bond cap and State Bond Commission authorization

Requires that for each year in which the bonds are outstanding, the aggregate savings from the bonds in that fiscal year will be automatically transferred from the General Fund to the BRF

Allows the state to reduce this transfer only if the governor declares an emergency or extraordinary circumstance and a supermajority of the legislature approves a reduction.

Prohibits the state from appropriating this transferred amount for any other purpose and limits its use to the purposes authorized under the BRF law

Beginning July 1, 2019, the bill also requires bond premiums and the net earnings from investments of bond proceeds to be used to fund previously authorized capital projects.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

717-726 — REVENUE ESTIMATES

Adopts revenue estimates for FYs 18 and 19 for appropriated state funds

● Adopts revenue estimates for FYs 18 and 19, as shown in the table below

Table: Revenue Estimates for FYs 18 and 19

Fund

FY 18

FY 19

General Fund

$18,739,749,611

$18,908,178,988

Special Transportation Fund

1,592,600,000

1,628,100,000

Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund

57,649,850

49,942,796

Regional Market Operation Fund

1,100,000

1,100,000

Banking Fund

36,200,000

36,200,000

Insurance Fund

87,300,000

92,200,000

Consumer Counsel and Public Utility Control Fund

29,000,000

29,000,000

Workers' Compensation Fund

24,734,732

26,301,633

Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund

3,000,000

3,000,000

Tourism Fund

0

12,700,000

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

727 — PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATION FUND

Requires any balance in the Probate Court Administration Fund on June 30, 2017 to remain in that fund and not transfer to the General Fund

● Under existing law, if there is a balance in the Probate Court Administration Fund on June 30 exceeding 15% of its authorized expenditures in the coming fiscal year, that excess is transferred to the General Fund

● The bill overrides this provision for FY 17 by requiring any balance in the Probate Court Administration Fund on June 30, 2017 to remain in that fund

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

730 — REPEALING BRIDGE NAME

Repeals 38 of PA 17-230, which renamed bridge number 01592, carrying Maple Street over the Naugatuck River in Ansonia, as the “Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Bridge”

● Repeals 38 of PA 17-230, which renamed bridge number 01592, carrying Maple Street over the Naugatuck River in Ansonia, as the “Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Bridge”

● EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage