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Substitute Bill No. 338

    February Session, 2018

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT ACCOUNT FUNDS FOR COMBATTING INVASIVE SPECIES.

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

Section 1. Section 4-66aa of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) There is established, within the General Fund, a separate, nonlapsing account to be known as the "community investment account". The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. The funds in the account shall be distributed every three months as follows: (1) Ten dollars of each fee credited to said account shall be deposited into the agriculture sustainability account established pursuant to section 4-66cc and, then, of the remaining funds, (2) twenty-five per cent to the Department of Economic and Community Development to use as follows: (A) Three hundred eighty thousand dollars, annually, to supplement the technical assistance and preservation activities of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, established pursuant to special act 75-93, and (B) the remainder to supplement historic preservation activities as provided in sections 10-409 to 10-415, inclusive; (3) twenty-five per cent to the Department of Housing to supplement new or existing affordable housing programs; (4) twenty-five per cent to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for municipal open space grants and grants to lake authorities or associations for the control of invasive species, provided: (A) Any such grant to a lake authority or association for such purposes shall not exceed one-third of the reasonable costs for such control measures or project, (B) any such grant shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars, and (C) any such lake shall provide for access by members of the general public; and (5) twenty-five per cent to the Department of Agriculture to use as follows: (A) Five hundred thousand dollars annually for the agricultural viability grant program established pursuant to section 22-26j; (B) five hundred thousand dollars annually for the farm transition program established pursuant to section 22-26k; (C) one hundred thousand dollars annually to encourage the sale of Connecticut-grown food to schools, restaurants, retailers and other institutions and businesses in the state; (D) seventy-five thousand dollars annually for the Connecticut farm link program established pursuant to section 22-26l; (E) forty-seven thousand five hundred dollars annually for the Seafood Advisory Council established pursuant to section 22-455; (F) forty-seven thousand five hundred dollars annually for the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council established pursuant to section 22-26c; (G) twenty-five thousand dollars annually to the Connecticut Food Policy Council established pursuant to section 22-456; and (H) the remainder for farmland preservation programs pursuant to chapter 422. Each agency receiving funds under this section may use not more than ten per cent of such funds for administration of the programs for which the funds were provided.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, fifty per cent of the moneys deposited in the community investment account from January 1, 2016, until June 30, 2017, shall be credited every three months to the resources of the General Fund, provided the funds remaining in the account shall be distributed as provided in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Prior to the distribution of any funds to a lake authority or association pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Auditors of Public Accounts shall, within available resources, conduct a forensic accounting of the expenditure of funds from the community investment account for the two preceding fiscal years and provide a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to budgetary appropriations and the environment not later than January 1, 2019.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2018

4-66aa

ENV

Joint Favorable Subst.