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File No. 403

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 450

Senate, April 10, 2018

The Committee on Planning and Development reported through SEN. CASSANO, S. of the 4th Dist. and SEN. LOGAN of the 17th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER SERVICES.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2018) On and after July 1, 2018, no municipality shall enter into a collective bargaining agreement that limits the ability of such municipality to permit an individual to provide volunteer services for the benefit of the municipality. The provisions of this section shall not apply to collective bargaining agreements entered into between a municipality and an employee organization that is the exclusive representative of paid firefighters or police officers.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

PD

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

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:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Savings

Minimal

Minimal

Explanation

There is a potential savings to municipalities resulting from the bill, which prohibits towns from entering into collective bargaining agreements that limit volunteer services. If a municipality entered into such an agreement, it would have to pay employees rather than rely on volunteer labor. To the extent this bill prevents a municipality entering into such an agreement, there is a savings that will vary based on the work performed by volunteers.

The Out Years

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

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 450

AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER SERVICES.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits a municipality from entering a collective bargaining agreement that limits the municipality's ability to allow volunteer work that benefits it. However, it excludes from this prohibition collective bargaining agreements between a municipality and an exclusive representative (i.e., union) of paid firefighters or police officers, thus allowing these agreements to limit the municipality's ability to use volunteer work.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

15

Nay

7

(03/26/2018)

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