Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 57

    January Session, 2017

House Bill No. 6902

House of Representatives, March 13, 2017

The Committee on Labor and Public Employees reported through REP. PORTER of the 94th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.


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

Section 1. Section 31-98 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) The panel, or its single member if sitting in accordance with section 31-93, may, in its discretion and with the consent of the parties, issue an oral decision immediately upon conclusion of the proceedings. If the decision is to be in writing, it shall be signed, within fifteen days, by a majority of the members of the panel or by the single member so sitting, and the decision shall state such details as will clearly show the nature of the decision and the points disposed of by the panel. Where the decision is in writing, one copy thereof shall be filed by the panel in the office of the town clerk in the town where the controversy arose and one copy shall be given to each of the parties to the controversy. The panel or single member which has rendered an oral decision immediately upon conclusion of the proceedings shall submit a written copy of the decision to each party within fifteen days from the issuance of such oral decision. In all cases where a decision is rendered orally from the bench, the secretary shall cause such oral decision to be transcribed, approved by the panel or single member as applicable and filed with the records of the board proceedings.

(b) Upon the conclusion of the proceedings, each member of the panel shall receive three hundred twenty-five dollars and a panel member who prepares a written decision shall receive an additional one hundred seventy-five dollars, or the single member, if sitting in accordance with section 31-93, shall receive three hundred twenty-five dollars, provided if the proceedings extend beyond one day, each member shall receive one hundred fifty dollars for each additional day beyond the first day, and provided further no proceeding may be extended beyond two days without the prior approval of the Labor Commissioner for each such additional day.

(c) Upon the conclusion of an executive panel session, each member of such panel shall receive [one hundred fifty] two hundred dollars.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2017



Joint Favorable


The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected


FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Labor Dept.

GF - Cost



Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None


The bill increases, from $150 to $200, the fee each member of the Board of Mediation and Arbitration receives for an executive panel session. This results in a cost of approximately $10,300 in FY 18 (partial year) and $13,750 annually thereafter to the Labor Department. This estimate is based on agency data indicating that approximately 92 executive panel sessions were held annually over the past three fiscal years, with three members participating in each session.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of executive panel sessions held each year.


Labor Department statistics

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6902



This bill increases, from $150 to $200, the pay members of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration receive after concluding an executive panel session. (In general, arbitrators hold an executive panel session to make a decision after the last hearing or briefing in a grievance arbitration case.)

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017


Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable