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File No. 26

    February Session, 2018

Senate Bill No. 256

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 bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING RACIAL AND ETHNIC IMPACT STATEMENTS.

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

Section 1. Section 2-24b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) Beginning with the session of the General Assembly commencing on January [7, 2009] 9, 2019, a racial and ethnic impact statement shall be prepared [with respect to certain bills and amendments that could, if passed, increase or decrease the pretrial or sentenced population of the correctional facilities in this state] at the request of any member of the General Assembly.

(b) [Not later than January 1, 2009, the] The joint standing committee of the General Assembly [on judiciary shall] having cognizance of matters relating to government administration may make recommendations for a provision to be included in the joint rules of the House of Representatives and the Senate concerning the procedure for the preparation of such racial and ethnic impact statements, the content of such statements and the types of bills and amendments with respect to which such statements should be prepared.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2018

2-24b

GAE

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:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

Legislative Mgmt.

GF - See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires that racial and ethnic statements be prepared for bills and amendments upon the request of any legislator. It is uncertain how many of these statements will be requested. Additional resources or personnel may be required to 1) develop the capability to produce the quantitative social research necessary to prepare the statements, and 2) handle the volume of requests in excess of the offices' current capacity.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

OLR Bill Analysis

SB 256

AN ACT CONCERNING RACIAL AND ETHNIC IMPACT STATEMENTS.

SUMMARY

Beginning with the 2019 legislative session, this bill requires that a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared at the request of any legislator. Under current law and the legislature's Joint Rules, these statements are prepared (1) at the request of a majority of the committee members present and (2) for bills and amendments that, if passed, could increase or decrease correctional facilities' pretrial or sentenced populations (see BACKGROUND).

The bill allows the Government Administration and Elections Committee to make recommendations for a provision in the Joint Rules concerning the procedure for preparing the statements, their content, and the types of bills and amendments for which they should be prepared. Under current law, the Judiciary Committee had to make these recommendations by January 1, 2009. Both chambers adopted the Judiciary Committee's recommendations as Joint Rule 15(c)(2).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

BACKGROUND

Joint Rule 15(c)(2)

Under Joint Rule 15(c)(2), if a committee favorably reports a bill that would increase or decrease correctional facilities' pretrial or sentenced populations, a majority of the committee members present may request that a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared. The Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis must prepare the statement and, in doing so, may consult with any person or agency, including the judicial branch, Office of Policy and Management, Department of Correction, and Connecticut Sentencing Commission.

The statement must indicate (1) whether the bill would have a disparate impact on correctional facilities' racial and ethnic composition, (2) that it cannot be determined whether there would be such a disparate impact, or (3) that there is insufficient time to determine whether there would be such a disparate impact. The statement is included with the bill's file copy.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

16

Nay

0

(03/09/2018)

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