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Raised Bill No. 5315

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 1694

 

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Referred to Committee on TRANSPORTATION

 

Introduced by:

 

(TRA)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING RAILS.

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

Section 1. Section 29-19 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection may, upon the application of any electric distribution, gas, telephone or water company owning, leasing, maintaining, managing or controlling any property, plant or equipment in this state, commission, during his pleasure, one or more persons designated by such company who, having been sworn, may act at the expense of such company as policemen upon the premises used or occupied by such company in its business, or upon any highway adjacent to such premises, for the proper protection of such plant or property, and each policeman so appointed may arrest and take before some proper authority any person in his precinct for any offense committed therein. Said commissioner may exercise such supervision and direction over any policeman appointed as herein provided as he deems necessary. When any such commission is issued or revoked, said commissioner shall notify the clerk of the superior court for each judicial district in which it is intended that such policeman shall act.

(b) Said commissioner may, upon application of any railroad, express company or steamboat company, engaged in the business of transportation in this state, or upon the application of any corporation owning or having control of the roads in any private residence park, commission, during his pleasure, one or more persons designated by such company or by such corporation, who, having been sworn, may act, at the expense of such company or corporation, as policemen upon the premises used by such company in its business, or upon its cars or vessels, or upon the roads and land owned by or under the control of such corporation, and each policeman so appointed may arrest and take before some proper authority any person in his precinct for any offense committed therein. When any such commission is issued or revoked, said commissioner shall notify the clerk of the superior court for each judicial district in which it is intended that such policeman shall act. Each such policeman shall, when on duty, wear in plain view a shield bearing the words "railroad police", "steamboat police", "express company police" or "special police", as the case may be, and the name of the company for which he is commissioned.

(c) Central New England Railroad Company may establish a railroad police department. A policeman who is employed by said company shall be certified as a police officer by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council pursuant to sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive. Such policeman may enforce the laws of any jurisdiction in which the Central New England Railroad Company owns or leases property to protect (1) employees, passengers or patrons of the company; (2) property, equipment and facilities owned, leased, operated or maintained by the company; (3) property moving in interstate or foreign commerce in the possession of the company; and (4) personnel, equipment and material moving by rail that are vital to national defense.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2018

29-19

Statement of Purpose:

To authorize Central New England Railroad Company the authority to establish a railroad police department and employ POST-certified police officers.

[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.]