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General Assembly

File No. 625

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 12

Senate, April 23, 2018

The Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding reported through SEN. FONFARA of the 1st Dist. and SEN. FRANTZ, L. of the 36th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND OTHER PURPOSES.

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

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2018) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate five million five hundred thousand dollars.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of such bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Office of Policy and Management for the purposes described in section 32-9s of the general statutes.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, that are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section. Temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with section 3-20 of the general statutes and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of such bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization that is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Such bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of such bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the District Model for Excellence Restructuring Recommendations and School Closures approved by the board of education for the Hartford school district on January 23, 2018, relating to the closure of the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School located in the Hartford school district and the consolidation of grades preschool to five, inclusive, of said school, for the school year commencing July 1, 2018, and each school year thereafter, (1) the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School shall (A) continue to operate as a district/neighborhood school for grades preschool to five, inclusive, in the Hartford school district, and (B) enroll students in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, and (2) the Montessori Magnet school, formerly located at the Moylan/McDonough Campuses, shall (A) be colocated at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School and operate as an interdistrict magnet school program in accordance with the provisions of section 10-264l of the general statutes, and (B) enroll students in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-264o of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

(b) (1) For the school year commencing July 1, 2018, and each school year thereafter, the local board of education for the Hartford school district when enrolling students at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School shall:

(A) Guarantee enrollment at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School to any student who was enrolled in a preschool program or in grades kindergarten to four, inclusive, at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School during the school year commencing July 1, 2017, and not require that such student enter the Hartford District Choice Lottery conducted annually by the Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice, until such student successfully completes grade five, provided such student is continuously enrolled at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School;

(B) Include the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School in the Hartford District Choice Lottery conducted annually by the Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection; and

(C) Guarantee enrollment at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School to any student who enrolls at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School through the Hartford District Choice Lottery conducted pursuant to subparagraph (B) of this subdivision until such student successfully completes grade five, provided such student is continuously enrolled at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School.

(2) For the school year commencing July 1, 2018, and each school year thereafter, the Hartford District Choice Lottery conducted annually by the Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice shall give preference to siblings, students of employees of the school and students who reside within a nine-tenths of a mile radius of the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 10-264o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) (1) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, interdistrict magnet schools that begin operations on or after July 1, 2008, pursuant to the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as extended, or the 2013 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as extended, as determined by the Commissioner of Education, may operate without district participation agreements and enroll students from any district through [a] an enrollment lottery designated by the commissioner, except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

(2) For the school year commencing July 1, 2018, and each school year thereafter, the enrollment lottery conducted for the Montessori Magnet school colocated at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School, pursuant to section 2 of this act, shall give preference to siblings, students of employees of the school and students who reside within a nine-tenths of a mile radius of the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School.

Sec. 4. Section 10-287d of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

For the purposes of funding (1) grants to projects that have received approval of the Department of Administrative Services pursuant to sections 10-287 and 10-287a, subsection (a) of section 10-65 and section 10-76e, (2) grants to assist school building projects to remedy safety and health violations and damage from fire and catastrophe, and (3) technical education and career school projects pursuant to section 10-283b, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding twelve billion one hundred sixteen million one hundred sixty thousand dollars, provided four hundred fifty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2018, and provided not more than five million dollars shall be made available for school security projects involving multimedia interoperable communication systems. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

Sec. 5. Subsection (a) of section 23-103 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [seven] ten million dollars.

Sec. 6. Subdivision (1) of subsection (h) of section 17 of special act 02-1 of the May 9 special session, as amended by section 114 of special act 04-2 of the May special session and section 82 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(1) [Development of Criminal/Juvenile courthouse in New Haven, not exceeding $5,000,000 and necessary repairs] Repairs to existing Judicial Branch facilities in New Haven, not exceeding [$4,500,000] $9,500,000.

Sec. 7. Subsection (e) of section 27 of public act 09-2 of the September special session is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(e) For Charter Oak State College: [Planning, design and construction of a new facility] Design, construction, renovations and improvements related to the relocation of Charter Oak State College, not exceeding $2,500,000.

Sec. 8. Section 12 of public act 11-57, as amended by section 133 of public act 13-239, section 136 of public act 16-4 of the May special session and section 478 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of sections 12 to 19, inclusive, of public act 11-57, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$58,615,072] $58,934,047.

Sec. 9. Subsection (e) of section 13 of public act 11-57, as amended by section 480 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(e) For the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Grants-in-aid to private, non-profit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, for community-based residential and outpatient facilities for purchases, repairs, alterations, and improvements, not exceeding [$3,956,164] $4,275,139.

Sec. 10. Section 8 of public act 12-189, as amended by section 211 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, section 154 of public act 16-4 of the May special session and section 487 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of sections 8 to 15, inclusive, of public act 12-189, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$156,137,861] $162,472,061.

Sec. 11. Subdivision (2) of subsection (e) of section 9 of public act 12-189, as amended by section 103 of public act 13-239, section 159 of public act 16-4 of the May special session and section 489 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(2) Grants-in-aid for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment and capital start-up costs, including acquisition costs, to expand the availability of high-quality school models, and assist in the implementation of common CORE state standards and assessments, in accordance with procedures established by the Commissioner of Education, not exceeding [$18,554,746] $24,888,946;

Sec. 12. Subdivision (4) of subsection (l) of section 2 of public act 13-239 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(4) At Middlesex Community College: [Planning, design and construction of a new academic building] Renovations and additions to the Wheaton and Snow Classroom Buildings, not exceeding $4,800,000.

Sec. 13. Section 8 of public act 14-98, as amended by section 189 of public act 16-4 of the May special session and section 517 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 9 to 15, inclusive, of public act 14-98, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$164,100,000] $162,765,800.

Sec. 14. Subsection (j) of section 9 of public act 14-98 is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(j) For the Department of Education: Grants-in-aid for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment and capital start-up costs, including acquisition costs, to expand the availability of high-quality school models and assist in the implementation of common core state standards and assessments, in accordance with procedures established by the Commissioner of Education, not exceeding [$10,000,000] $8,665,800.

Sec. 15. Section 31 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 219 of public act 16-4 of the May special session and section 537 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 32 to 38, inclusive, of public act 15-1 of the June special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$282,750,000] $277,750,000.

Sec. 16. Subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 32 of public act 15-1 of the June special session is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2018)

Sec. 17. Section 385 of public act 17-2 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

The proceeds of the sale of bonds described in sections 384 to 387, inclusive, of [this act] public act 17-2 of the June special session shall be used by the Department of Housing for the purposes hereinafter stated: Housing development and rehabilitation, including moderate cost housing, moderate rental, congregate and elderly housing, urban homesteading, community housing development corporations, housing purchase and rehabilitation, housing for the homeless, housing for low-income persons, limited equity cooperatives and mutual housing projects, abatement of hazardous material including asbestos and lead-based paint in residential structures, emergency repair assistance for senior citizens, housing land bank and land trust, housing and community development, predevelopment grants and loans, reimbursement for state and federal surplus property, private rental investment mortgage and equity program, housing infrastructure, demolition, renovation or redevelopment of vacant buildings or related infrastructure, septic system repair loan program, acquisition and related rehabilitation including loan guarantees for private developers of rental housing for the elderly, projects under the program established in section 8-37pp of the general statutes, and participation in federal programs, including administrative expenses associated with those programs eligible under the general statutes, not exceeding $125,000,000, provided in using such proceeds, the department shall prioritize areas of the state with low homeownership rates, and provided not more than $30,000,000 shall be used for revitalization of state moderate rental housing units on the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's State Housing Portfolio and provided not more than $12,000,000 shall be used to capitalize the Down Payment Assistance Program established pursuant to sections 8-283 to 8-289, inclusive, of the general statutes, including providing financial assistance under such program to families and persons with incomes up to and including one hundred twenty per cent of the area median income.

Sec. 18. Subsection (f) of section 408 of public act 17-2 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(f) For the Department of Education: Grants-in-aid to assist targeted local and regional school districts for alterations, renovations, repairs, improvements, technology and equipment in low-performing schools, not exceeding $5,000,000, provided such amount shall be available for the purpose of costs associated with the colocation, including any necessary alterations or renovations, of the Montessori Magnet school, formerly located at the Moylan/McDonough Campuses, at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School in the Hartford school district.

Sec. 19. Subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of section 422 of public act 17-2 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective July 1, 2018):

(9) Local Transportation Capital Program, including, but not limited to, projects at Grumman Hill Road in Wilton, not exceeding $64,000,000;

Sec. 20. Subsection (b) of section 432 of public act 17-2 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Office of Policy and Management for grants-in-aid to municipalities for the purposes set forth in subsection (a) of section 13a-175a of the general statutes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2018. Such grant payments shall be made purposes set forth in subsection (a) of section 13a-175a of the general statutes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, [2018] 2019. Such grant payments shall be made annually as follows:

T1

Municipalities

FY 18

FY 19

T2

     

T3

Andover

$ 2,620

$ 2,620

T4

Ansonia

85,419

85,419

T5

Ashford

3,582

3,582

T6

Avon

261,442

261,442

T7

Barkhamsted

41,462

41,462

T8

Beacon Falls

43,809

43,809

T9

Berlin

786,396

786,396

T10

Bethany

67,229

67,229

T11

Bethel

282,660

282,660

T12

Bethlehem

7,945

7,945

T13

Bloomfield

1,701,347

1,701,347

T14

Bolton

24,859

24,859

T15

Bozrah

138,521

138,521

T16

Branford

374,850

374,850

T17

Bridgeport

1,031,564

1,031,564

T18

Bridgewater

587

587

T19

Bristol

2,486,925

2,486,925

T20

Brookfield

118,281

118,281

T21

Brooklyn

10,379

10,379

T22

Burlington

15,300

15,300

T23

Canaan

20,712

20,712

T24

Canterbury

2,022

2,022

T25

Canton

7,994

7,994

T26

Chaplin

601

601

T27

Cheshire

736,700

736,700

T28

Chester

89,264

89,264

T29

Clinton

191,674

191,674

T30

Colchester

39,009

39,009

T31

Colebrook

550

550

T32

Columbia

26,763

26,763

T33

Cornwall

-

-

T34

Coventry

10,533

10,533

T35

Cromwell

31,099

31,099

T36

Danbury

1,726,901

1,726,901

T37

Darien

-

-

T38

Deep River

104,136

104,136

T39

Derby

14,728

14,728

T40

Durham

153,897

153,897

T41

Eastford

54,564

54,564

T42

East Granby

537,454

537,454

T43

East Haddam

1,696

1,696

T44

East Hampton

18,943

18,943

T45

East Hartford

4,447,536

4,447,536

T46

East Haven

43,500

43,500

T47

East Lyme

22,442

22,442

T48

Easton

2,660

2,660

T49

East Windsor

295,024

295,024

T50

Ellington

223,527

223,527

T51

Enfield

256,875

256,875

T52

Essex

74,547

74,547

T53

Fairfield

96,747

96,747

T54

Farmington

545,804

545,804

T55

Franklin

23,080

23,080

T56

Glastonbury

240,799

240,799

T57

Goshen

2,648

2,648

T58

Granby

35,332

35,332

T59

Greenwich

89,022

89,022

T60

Griswold

31,895

31,895

T61

Groton (Town of)

1,240,819

1,240,819

T62

Guilford

64,848

64,848

T63

Haddam

3,554

3,554

T64

Hamden

286,689

286,689

T65

Hampton

-

-

T66

Hartford

1,419,161

1,419,161

T67

Hartland

955

955

T68

Harwinton

21,506

21,506

T69

Hebron

2,216

2,216

T70

Kent

-

-

T71

Killingly

706,717

706,717

T72

Killingworth

5,148

5,148

T73

Lebanon

30,427

30,427

T74

Ledyard

421,085

421,085

T75

Lisbon

3,683

3,683

T76

Litchfield

3,432

3,432

T77

Lyme

-

-

T78

Madison

6,795

6,795

T79

Manchester

1,072,449

1,072,449

T80

Mansfield

6,841

6,841

T81

Marlborough

7,313

7,313

T82

Meriden

893,641

893,641

T83

Middlebury

84,264

84,264

T84

Middlefield

248,652

248,652

T85

Middletown

1,987,145

1,987,145

T86

Milford

1,344,868

1,344,868

T87

Monroe

179,106

179,106

T88

Montville

528,644

528,644

T89

Morris

3,528

3,528

T90

Naugatuck

341,656

341,656

T91

New Britain

1,383,881

1,383,881

T92

New Canaan

200

200

T93

New Fairfield

1,149

1,149

T94

New Hartford

139,174

139,174

T95

New Haven

1,369,123

1,369,123

T96

Newington

917,869

917,869

T97

New London

33,169

33,169

T98

New Milford

674,203

674,203

T99

Newtown

235,371

235,371

T100

Norfolk

7,207

7,207

T101

North Branford

301,074

301,074

T102

North Canaan

359,719

359,719

T103

North Haven

1,445,730

1,445,730

T104

North Stonington

-

-

T105

Norwalk

402,915

402,915

T106

Norwich

187,132

187,132

T107

Old Lyme

1,888

1,888

T108

Old Saybrook

46,717

46,717

T109

Orange

104,962

104,962

T110

Oxford

84,313

84,313

T111

Plainfield

144,803

144,803

T112

Plainville

541,936

541,936

T113

Plymouth

152,434

152,434

T114

Pomfret

27,820

27,820

T115

Portland

90,840

90,840

T116

Preston

-

-

T117

Prospect

70,942

70,942

T118

Putnam

171,800

171,800

T119

Redding

1,329

1,329

T120

Ridgefield

561,986

561,986

T121

Rocky Hill

221,199

221,199

T122

Roxbury

602

602

T123

Salem

4,699

4,699

T124

Salisbury

83

83

T125

Scotland

7,681

7,681

T126

Seymour

281,186

281,186

T127

Sharon

-

-

T128

Shelton

584,121

584,121

T129

Sherman

-

-

T130

Simsbury

77,648

77,648

T131

Somers

82,324

82,324

T132

Southbury

20,981

20,981

T133

Southington

820,795

820,795

T134

South Windsor

1,338,190

1,338,190

T135

Sprague

386,528

386,528

T136

Stafford

437,917

437,917

T137

Stamford

416,142

416,142

T138

Sterling

24,398

24,398

T139

Stonington

100,332

100,332

T140

Stratford

3,507,689

3,507,689

T141

Suffield

180,663

180,663

T142

Thomaston

395,346

395,346

T143

Thompson

76,733

76,733

T144

Tolland

85,064

85,064

T145

Torrington

605,345

605,345

T146

Trumbull

189,309

189,309

T147

Union

-

-

T148

Vernon

151,598

151,598

T149

Voluntown

2,002

2,002

T150

Wallingford

1,948,455

1,948,455

T151

Warren

288

288

T152

Washington

158

158

T153

Waterbury

2,516,158

2,516,158

T154

Waterford

34,255

34,255

T155

Watertown

642,281

642,281

T156

Westbrook

267,405

267,405

T157

West Hartford

805,784

805,784

T158

West Haven

147,516

147,516

T159

Weston

453

453

T160

Westport

-

-

T161

Wethersfield

21,785

21,785

T162

Willington

20,018

20,018

T163

Wilton

307,058

307,058

T164

Winchester

306,204

306,204

T165

Windham

454,575

454,575

T166

Windsor

1,321,000

1,321,000

T167

Windsor Locks

1,907,971

1,907,971

T168

Wolcott

234,916

234,916

T169

Woodbridge

29,920

29,920

T170

Woodbury

56,908

56,908

T171

Woodstock

68,767

68,767

T172

 

-

-

T173

Jewett City (Bor. )

4,195

4,195

T174

-

-

T175

Barkhamsted FD

2,500

2,500

T176

Berlin - Kensington FD

11,389

11,389

T177

Berlin - Worthington FD

941

941

T178

Bloomfield: Center FD

4,173

4,173

T179

Bloomfield Blue Hills FD

103,086

103,086

T180

Cromwell FD

1,832

1,832

T181

Enfield FD 1

14,636

14,636

T182

Enfield: Thompsonville FD 2

3,160

3,160

T183

Enfield: Hazardville Fire #3

1,374

1,374

T184

Enfield: N Thompsonville FD 4

69

69

T185

Enfield: Shaker Pines FD 5

6,403

6,403

T186

Groton City

164,635

164,635

T187

Groton Sewer

1,688

1,688

T188

Groton Old Mystic FD 5

1,695

1,695

T189

Groton: Poq. Bridge FD

22,300

22,300

T190

Killingly Attawaugan FD

1,836

1,836

T191

Killingly Dayville FD

42,086

42,086

T192

Killingly Dyer Manor

1,428

1,428

T193

E. Killingly FD

95

95

T194

So. Killingly FD

189

189

T195

Killingly Williamsville FD

6,710

6,710

T196

Manchester Eighth Util.

68,425

68,425

T197

Middletown: South FD

207,081

207,081

T198

Middletown Westfield FD

10,801

10,801

T199

Middletown City Fire

33,837

33,837

T200

New Htfd. Village FD #1

7,128

7,128

T201

New Htfd Pine Meadow #3

131

131

T202

New Htfd South End FD

10

10

T203

Plainfield Central Village FD

1,466

1,466

T204

Plainfield - Moosup FD

2,174

2,174

T205

Plainfield: Plainfield FD

1,959

1,959

T206

Plainfield Wauregan FD

5,136

5,136

T207

Pomfret FD

1,031

1,031

T208

Putnam: E. Putnam FD

10,110

10,110

T209

Simsbury FD

2,638

2,638

T210

Stafford Springs Service Dist.

15,246

15,246

T211

Sterling FD

1,293

1,293

T212

Stonington Mystic FD

601

601

T213

Stonington Old Mystic FD

2,519

2,519

T214

Stonington Pawcatuck FD

5,500

5,500

T215

Stonington Quiambaug FD.

72

72

T216

Stonington Wequetequock FD

73

73

T217

Trumbull Center

555

555

T218

Trumbull Long Hill FD

1,105

1,105

T219

Trumbull Nichols FD

3,435

3,435

T220

W. Haven: West Shore FD

34,708

34,708

T221

W. Haven: Allingtown FD

21,514

21,514

T222

West Haven First Ctr FD 1

4,736

4,736

T223

Windsor Wilson FD

214

214

T224

Windsor FD

14

14

T225

Windham First

8,929

8,929

T226

     

T227

Grand Totals

$60,000,000

$60,000,000

Sec. 21. Section 552 of public act 17-2 of the June special session is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2018)

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

Sec. 3

July 1, 2018

10-264o(a)

Sec. 4

July 1, 2018

10-287d

Sec. 5

July 1, 2018

23-103(a)

Sec. 6

July 1, 2018

SA 02-1 of the May 9 Sp. Sess., Sec. 17(h)(1)

Sec. 7

July 1, 2018

PA 09-2 of the September Sp. Sess., Sec. 27(e)

Sec. 8

July 1, 2018

PA 11-57, Sec. 12

Sec. 9

July 1, 2018

PA 11-57, Sec. 13(e)

Sec. 10

July 1, 2018

PA 12-189, Sec. 8

Sec. 11

July 1, 2018

PA 12-189, Sec. 9(e)(2)

Sec. 12

July 1, 2018

PA 13-239, Sec. 2(l)(4)

Sec. 13

July 1, 2018

PA 14-98, Sec. 8

Sec. 14

July 1, 2018

PA 14-98, Sec. 9(j)

Sec. 15

July 1, 2018

PA 15-1 of the June Sp. Sess., Sec. 31

Sec. 16

July 1, 2018

Repealer section

Sec. 17

July 1, 2018

PA 17-2 of the June Sp. Sess., Sec. 385

Sec. 18

July 1, 2018

PA 17-2 of the June Sp. Sess., Sec. 408(f)

Sec. 19

July 1, 2018

PA 17-2 of the June Sp. Sess., Sec. 422(a)(9)

Sec. 20

from passage

PA 17-2 of the June Sp. Sess., Sec. 432(b)

Sec. 21

July 1, 2018

Repealer section

FIN

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

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

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Treasurer, Debt Serv.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain

See Below

See Below

Hartford

Precludes Cost Savings

See Below

See Below

Explanation

Table 1 below summarizes the increases and reductions made to General Obligation (GO) bonds in FY 18 and FY 19:

Table 1: FY 19 Increases and Reductions to GO Bond Authorizations (in millions)

Description

FY 19 $

General Obligation (GO) Bonds

Authorizations

8.5

Reductions to Existing Authorizations

-40.0

TOTAL GO BONDS

-31.5

To the extent that the reduced bond authorization otherwise would have been allocated and spent, the bill has the potential to slightly lower debt service costs after the biennium.

Language Changes, Corrections, and Other Fixes

The bill makes a number of changes and corrections to previous bond authorizations, including:

To the extent any of these changes allow for use, or expedited use, of bond funds, there is a potential acceleration of debt service costs.

Municipal Impact

To the extent that newly authorized bonds, or newly obligated authorizations, are allocated, the bill will result in an additional revenue gain to various municipalities, including Hartford.

In addition, the bill co-locates the Montessori Magnet school in Hartford at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School, and maintains the operation of the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School. This could result in foregone savings to the City of Hartford associated with the recommendation to close the school, by the District Model for Excellence Restructuring Recommendations and School Closures approved by the board of education for the Hartford school district. The extent of the foregone savings is unknown. Additionally, the foregone savings may be partially or completely offset by the bond funds described above.

The bill also makes procedural changes to the school choice lottery. This is not anticipated to have a fiscal impact to the State Department of Education (SDE), as Hartford does not receive magnet school grants for the enrollment of Hartford students in Hartford host magnets.

The Out Years

To the extent that bonds are allocated and issued, debt service payments may extend up to 20 years from the time, and under of the terms, of issuance.

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 12

AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND OTHER PURPOSES.

SUMMARY

This bill makes the following bond authorization adjustments:

The bill also requires the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School in Hartford to continue to operate as a district/neighborhood school and co-locates the Montessori Magnet school at Batchelder. And it establishes requirements for the Hartford local board of education to follow when enrolling students at Batchelder.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018, except the provision concerning the operation of the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School and its co-location with the Montessori Magnet school and the technical correction to PA 17-2, JSS, are effective upon passage.

1 & 5 — NEW BOND AUTHORIZATIONS

The bill authorizes up to $5.5 million in new state GO bonds for the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) to provide grants to reimburse municipalities for revenue loss from enterprise zone property tax exemptions.

The bill increases, from $7 million to $10 million, the existing bond authorization for the bikeway, walkway, trail, and greenway grant program administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

2 & 3 — HARTFORD SCHOOL OPERATION AND ENROLLMENT

L.W. Batchelder School

The bill requires the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School to continue operating as a district/neighborhood school for children in preschool through grade five. In doing so, it overrides a school closure plan approved by Hartford's board of education on January 23, 2018. (The District Model for Excellence Restructuring Recommendations and School Closures recommended closing Batchelder and consolidating its classes into several other schools.)

The bill establishes requirements the Hartford school district must follow when enrolling students at Batchelder, starting with the upcoming school year that begins July 1, 2018. Under the bill, the school district must:

The Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice conducts the Hartford District Choice Lottery each year. The lottery process enables students to choose which school they would like to attend among the city's schools. There are separate lotteries for the district schools and the magnet or open choice schools.

The bill requires the annual lottery, starting with the school year beginning July 1, 2018, to give preference to siblings, Batchelder employees' students, and students living within 0.9 miles of Batchelder.

Montessori Magnet

Under the bill, the Montessori Magnet school, formerly located at the Moylan/McDonough campuses, must be co-located at Batchelder. The bill specifies that it must continue to operate as an interdistrict magnet school program but its enrollment lottery must, beginning with the school year starting July 1, 2018, give preference to siblings, Batchelder employees' students, and students who live within 0.9 miles of the school.

4, 6-12 & 17-19 — BOND RESTORATION AND PURPOSE ADJUSTMENTS

The bill restores two GO bond authorizations cancelled in PA 17-2, JSS, as shown in Table 1, and makes conforming changes to the corresponding bond supertotals. It also adjusts the purposes of several existing authorizations, as shown in Table 2.

Table 1: Restored Bond Authorizations

Agency

Purpose

Current Authorization

Amount Cancelled in PA 17-2, JSS

Bill's Authorization

9

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Grants to nonprofits for community-based residential and outpatient facilities for purchases, repairs, alterations, and improvements

$3,956,164

$318,975

$4,275,139

11

Department of Education (SDE)

Grants for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment, and capital start-up costs to expand high-quality school models and help implement the common CORE state standards and assessments

18,554,746

6,334,200

24,888,946

Table 2: GO and STO Bond Purpose Adjustments

Agency

Purpose

Authorized Amount

Department of Administrative Services

4

Earmarks $5 million of an existing bond authorization for school construction projects to be used for school security projects with multimedia interoperable communication systems

$450,000,000

Judicial Branch

6

Eliminates a $5 million authorization for a new criminal and juvenile courthouse in New Haven and transfers the bonds to an existing authorization for repairs to existing judicial branch facilities in New Haven, thus increasing the latter authorization from $4.5 million to $9.5 million

9,500,000

Board of Regents (BOR)

7

Replaces the purpose of an authorization to plan, design, and build a new facility at Charter Oak State College with one to design, build, renovate, and make improvements related to the college's relocation

2,500,000

BOR

12

Replaces the purpose of an authorization to plan, design, and build a new academic building at Middlesex Community College with one to renovate and add to the college's Wheaton and Snow classroom buildings

4,800,000

Department of Housing

17

Earmarks up to $12 million authorized for housing development and rehabilitation for state-assisted affordable housing and housing-related financial assistance programs to be used for the Down Payment Assistance Program, administered by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, to provide financial assistance to those with incomes up to 120% of the area median income

125,000,000

SDE

18

Expands the use of an existing authorization for grants to targeted local and regional school districts for certain improvements in low-performing schools to include the costs associated with co-locating the Montessori Magnet school at the L.W. Batchelder Elementary School in Hartford, including making needed alterations or renovations (see above 2 & 3 )

5,000,000

Department of Transportation

19

Specifies that projects funded by the local transportation capital program (STO bonds) must include those located at Grumman Hill Road in Wilton

64,000,000

13-16 & 21 — BOND CANCELLATIONS AND REDUCTIONS

The bill cancels all or part of prior bond authorizations for the projects and grants shown in Table 3. It also makes conforming changes to the corresponding bond supertotals.

Table 3: Bond Cancellations and Reductions

Agency

Purpose

Current Authorization

Amount Cancelled

SDE

14

Grants for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment, and capital start-up costs to expand high-quality school models and help implement the common core state standards and assessments

$10,000,000

$1,334,200

SDE

16

Grants for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology, equipment, and capital start-up costs to expand high-quality school models and help implement the common CORE state standards and assessments

5,000,000

5,000,000

OPM

21

Grants to hospitals for capital improvements ($20 million per year for five years)

100,000,000

100,000,000

COMMITTEE ACTION

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

50

Nay

0

(04/05/2018)

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