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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 1011

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 4844

 

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Referred to Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

 

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AN ACT INCREASING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE FEE AND SURCHARGE.

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

Section 1. Section 7-73 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) To any person performing the duties required by the provisions of the general statutes relating to registration of marriages, deaths and fetal deaths, the following fees shall be allowed: (1) For the license to marry, [ten] fifteen dollars; and (2) for issuing each burial or removal, transit and burial permit, three dollars.

(b) A [twenty-dollar] thirty-five-dollar surcharge shall be paid to the registrar for each license to marry in addition to the fee for such license established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. The registrar shall retain one dollar from each such surcharge for administrative costs and shall forward the remainder, on or before the tenth day of the month following each calendar quarter, to the Department of Public Health. The receipts shall be deposited into an account of the State Treasurer and credited to the General Fund for further credit to a separate nonlapsing account established by the Comptroller for use by the Department of Social Services for shelter services for victims of household abuse in accordance with section 17b-850 and by the Department of Public Health for rape crisis services funded under section 19a-2a. Such funds shall be allocated for these purposes by the Office of Policy and Management in consultation with the Commissioners of Social Services and Public Health based on an evaluation of need, service delivery costs and availability of other funds. The Commissioners of Social Services and Public Health shall distribute such funds to the recipient organizations in accordance with such allocations not later than October fifteenth, annually. No such funds shall (1) be retained by the Office of Policy and Management, the Commissioner of Social Services or the Commissioner of Public Health for administrative purposes; or (2) supplant any state or federal funds otherwise available for such services.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2017

7-73

Statement of Purpose:

To increase the marriage license fee and the marriage license surcharge for services for victims of household abuse and rape crisis services.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]