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General Assembly



January Session, 2017

LCO No. 8108



Offered by:


SEN. SUZIO, 13th Dist.


To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 734

File No. 744

Cal. No. 425


Strike section 1 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017, and applicable to taxable years commencing on or after January 1, 2017) (a) (1) There is established an account to be known as the "citizens in need account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account.

(2) Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Comptroller, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services, to assist residents who reside in Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, Norwalk, Danbury, New Britain, Hamden, Bristol or Meriden and who receive benefits from social services programs administered by the Department of Social Services. Such moneys shall not be used for administrative purposes.

(b) Any taxpayer may make a charitable contribution to the citizens in need account and such taxpayer shall be allowed a deduction from any adjusted gross income, as defined in section 12-701 of the general statutes, that is subject to the tax imposed under chapter 229 of the general statutes, at the rate of two hundred per cent of the amount of such contribution.

(c) The Commissioner of Social Services may adopt regulations, in consultation with the Comptroller and in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, to establish (1) standards or criteria for determining what social services programs and which residents are eligible to receive moneys from the account and how disbursements from the account will be made, (2) methods to determine the amounts of and a schedule for making such disbursements, and (3) any other regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section. "