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General Assembly

File No. 379

    February Session, 2018

House Bill No. 5507

House of Representatives, April 10, 2018

The Committee on Planning and Development reported through REP. LEMAR of the 96th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SOUTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY.

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

Section 1. Section 10 of special act 77-98, as amended by section 6 of public act 02-85 and section 3 of special act 13-20, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):

[Whenever] Except in the event of an emergency, whenever a public hearing is required under sections 1 to 33, inclusive, of special act 77-98, as amended by sections 1 to 11, inclusive, of special act 78-24, sections 2 to 21, inclusive, of public act 02-85 and [this act] special act 13-20, notice of such hearing shall be published by the representative policy board at least twenty days before the date set therefor, in a newspaper or newspapers having a general circulation in each city and town comprising the district. In the event of an emergency, notice of such hearing shall be authorized by the chairman of the representative policy board and published in such newspaper or newspapers at least seven days before the date set therefor. If there is no such newspaper, such notice shall be published in one or more electronic media, including, without limitation, the authority's Internet web site, as are likely to reach a broad segment of persons within the district. Such notice shall set forth the date, time and place of such hearing and shall include a description of the matters to be considered at such hearing. A copy of the notice shall be filed in the office of the clerk of each such city and town and shall be available for inspection by the public. At such hearings, all the users of the water supply system or the wastewater system, owners of property served or to be served and other interested persons shall have an opportunity to be heard concerning the matters under consideration. When appropriate, the chairman of the representative policy board may convene more than one hearing on any matter and direct such hearings to be held in suitable locations within the district so as to assure broader participation by the general public in discussion of the matters under consideration, provided in the case of the sale or transfer of real property pursuant to section 18 of special act 77-98, as amended by section 7 of special act 78-24, section 14 of public act 02-85 and section 5 of [this act] special act 13-20, a public hearing shall be held in the city or town in which such real property is situated. Any decision of the representative policy board on matters considered at such public hearing shall be in writing and shall be published in a newspaper or newspapers having a general circulation in each city and town comprising the district within thirty days after such decision is made. For purposes of this section, "emergency" means a determination by the chief executive officer of the authority, the chairman of the authority and the chairman of the representative policy board, or their designees, that (1) delay in the award of a contract or the expenditure of capital funds may threaten the public's safety or place property at risk, (2) immediate action is necessary to respond to or recover from a natural disaster or invasion or other hostile action, or (3) immediate action is necessary to respond to an event threatening or compromising the integrity of the authority's information systems and associated infrastructure.

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

Section 1

from passage

SA 77-98, Sec. 10

PD

Joint Favorable

 

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: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill allows the publication of public hearing notices under certain conditions. There is no fiscal impact as notices may be published online.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5507

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SOUTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY.

SUMMARY

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

22

Nay

0

(03/26/2018)

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