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File No. 510

    February Session, 2018

Senate Bill No. 237

Senate, April 16, 2018

The Committee on Judiciary reported through SEN. DOYLE of the 9th Dist. and SEN. KISSEL of the 7th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CRIMES.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study the statutes of limitations for the prosecution of crimes of sexual assault provided in sections 54-193 to 54-193b, inclusive, of the general statutes. The task force shall evaluate said sections of the general statutes and consider whether any specified time period for prosecuting a person for committing a crime of sexual assault should be amended.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members or their designees: (1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary; (2) the Chief State's Attorney; (3) the Chief Public Defender; (4) the Victim Advocate; (5) an active or retired judge appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; (6) the director of the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; (7) a representative of the criminal defense bar appointed by the president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; (8) a representative from the Connecticut Innocence Project; and (9) seven public members, including the dean of a law school located in this state, appointed one each by the president pro tempore of the Senate, the Senate Republican president pro tempore, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the deputy Senate Republican president pro tempore, and the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(c) Only a member of the task force appointed under subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to judiciary shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2019, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 2019, whichever is later.

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

JUD

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 establishes a task force to study the statutes of limitations for the prosecution of crimes of sexual assault provided in CGS sections 54-193 to 54-193b inclusively. The task force shall submit its findings and recommendations to the judiciary committee by January 1, 2019.

This bill has no fiscal impact as PA 17-236 prohibits transportation allowances for task force members.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

SB 237

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CRIMES.

SUMMARY

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

36

Nay

5

(04/03/2018)

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