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File No. 25

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 255

Senate, March 20, 2018

The Committee on Government Administration and Elections reported through SEN. FLEXER of the 29th Dist. and SEN. MCLACHLAN, M. of the 24th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT.

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

Section 1. Subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of section 2-111 of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(1) Four members of the General Assembly, one of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and one of [who] whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 4-67x of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There shall be a Child Poverty and Prevention Council consisting of the following members or their designees: The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives, the Commissioners of Children and Families, Social Services, Correction, Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Transportation, Public Health, Education, Housing, Agriculture and Economic and Community Development, the Labor Commissioner, the Chief Court Administrator, the chairperson of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the Child Advocate [,] and the executive directors of the Office of Early Childhood, [and] the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the [executive director of the] Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. [or a designee.] The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, shall be the chairperson of the council. The council shall (1) develop and promote the implementation of a ten-year plan, to begin June 8, 2004, to reduce the number of children living in poverty in the state by fifty per cent, and (2) within available appropriations, establish prevention goals and recommendations and measure prevention service outcomes in accordance with this section in order to promote the health and well-being of children and families.

Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 4-124bb of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The Connecticut Career Ladder Advisory Committee shall be comprised of the following thirteen members: (1) The Commissioners of Education and Public Health and the president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, or their designees; (2) the Labor Commissioner, or a designee; and (3) the following public members, all of whom shall be selected by the Labor Commissioner, with recommendation of the staff of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness [,] and Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, and all of whom shall be knowledgeable about issues relative to career ladder programs or projected workforce shortage areas: (A) One member with expertise in the development of the early childhood education workforce; (B) one member with expertise in job training for women; (C) one member with expertise in the development of the health care workforce; (D) one member with expertise in labor market analysis; (E) one member representing health care employers; (F) one member representing early childhood education employers; and (G) three members with expertise in workforce development programs.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (9) of subsection (c) of section 17b-28 of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(9) A member of the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, designated by the executive director of said commission;

Sec. 5. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 21a-7 of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(1) Each board or commission shall exercise its statutory functions, including licensing, certification, registration, accreditation of schools and the rendering of findings, orders and adjudications. With the exception of the Liquor Control Commission, any exercise of such functions by such a board or commission that is adverse to a party shall be a proposed final decision and subject to approval, modification or rejection by the commissioner.

Sec. 6. Subsection (b) of section 21a-7 of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) With the exception of the Liquor Control Commission, each board or commission within the Department of Consumer Protection under section 21a-6 that makes a proposed final decision that is adverse to a party as described in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section, shall submit such proposed final decision to the Commissioner of Consumer Protection. Not later than thirty calendar days after receipt of any such proposed decision, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall notify such board or commission that the commissioner shall render the final decision concerning such matter. Not later than thirty days after receipt of any such proposed final decision, the commissioner shall approve, modify or reject the proposed final decision or remand the proposed final decision for further review or for the taking of additional evidence. The commissioner shall notify the board or commission in writing of the commissioner's decision and include in such notification the rationale for such decision. The decision of the commissioner shall be the final decision in accordance with section 4-180 for purposes of reconsideration in accordance with section 4-181a or appeal to the Superior Court in accordance with section 4-183.

Sec. 7. Subsection (c) of section 28-5 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall, within available appropriations and in consultation with the Commissioners of Social Services, Public Health, Children and Families, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Education, and the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, update and amend the state civil preparedness plan and program established pursuant to subsection (b) of this section to address the needs of children during natural disasters, man-made disasters and acts of terrorism. The plan may also be amended in consultation with parents, local emergency services and child care providers. The amended plan shall include, but not be limited to, a requirement that all schools and licensed and regulated child care services, as defined in section 19a-77, have written multihazard disaster response plans that address (1) the evacuation and removal of children to a safe location, (2) notification of parents in the event of a disaster or act of terrorism, (3) reunification of parents with their children, and (4) care for children with special needs during a disaster or act of terrorism.

Sec. 8. Section 46a-131 of the general statutes is repealed. (Effective from passage)

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

Section 1

from passage

2-111(b)(1)

Sec. 2

from passage

4-67x(a)

Sec. 3

from passage

4-124bb(b)

Sec. 4

from passage

17b-28(c)(9)

Sec. 5

from passage

21a-7(a)(1)

Sec. 6

from passage

21a-7(b)

Sec. 7

from passage

28-5(c)

Sec. 8

from passage

Repealer section

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Sec. 3, "all of" was added for consistency.

GAE

Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO

 

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, which makes technical changes to statutes concerning government administration, has no fiscal impact.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 255

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT.

SUMMARY

This bill makes technical changes to statutes concerning government administration. Among other things, it removes a redundant “designee” reference from the membership list of the Child Poverty and Prevention Council and repeals an obsolete statute regarding the now-defunct Commission on Children (7). For consistency, it also adds the word “final,” to references to proposed final decisions by certain boards or commissions within the Department of Consumer Protection.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Related Bill

sHB 5268, reported favorably by the Government Administration and Elections Committee, makes similar technical changes to government administration statutes.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

16

Nay

0

(03/09/2018)

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