Substitute House Bill No. 5553 Substitute House Bill No. 5553 PUBLIC ACT NO. 94-137 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CONNECTICUT FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA OFFICE. Section 1. Section 32-86 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: It is found and declared as a matter of legislative determination that: (1) The development of a strong [motion picture] FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA industry would contribute substantially to the improvement of the state's economy; (2) the development of a strong [motion picture] FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA industry would contribute to the social well-being of the state and its people; (3) the state offers outstanding and unique human and natural resources for the development of a strong [motion picture] FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA industry; and (4) the state requires [a commission] A PERMANENT OFFICE to promote the development of a viable [motion picture] FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA industry. Sec. 2. (NEW) (a) There is established within the department of economic development a Connecticut film, video and media office. The office shall be administered by an executive director, who shall be appointed by the commissioner of economic development from a list of nominees submitted to the commissioner by the Connecticut Film, Video and Media Commission. The executive director shall have substantial experience in the film, video and media fields and shall be exempt from the classified service. (b) The department of economic development shall provide additional necessary personnel and resources to enable the office to perform its tasks and to assist the Connecticut Film, Video and Media Commission. (c) The office shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To promote the use of Connecticut locations, facilities and services for the production of films, videos, television programs, audio recordings and other media-related products; (2) To provide support services to visiting and in-state production companies, including assistance to film, video and other media producers in securing location permits from state agencies, authorities or institutions or municipalities or other political subdivisions of the state; (3) To develop and update a resource library concerning the many possible state sites which are suitable for filming and taping; (4) To develop and update a production manual of available film, video and media production facilities and services in the state; (5) To conduct and attend trade shows and production workshops to promote Connecticut locations and facilities; (6) To prepare an explanatory guide showing the impact of relevant state and municipal tax statutes, regulations and administrative opinions on typical production activities; (7) To formulate and propose guidelines for standardized permits to be used by state agencies which shall be as close to a "one stop permitting" process as possible, for matters including, but not limited to, the use of state roads and highways, the use of state-owned real or personal property for production activities and the conduct of regulated activities, and to hold workshops to assist state agencies in implementing such process; (8) To formulate and recommend to municipalities model local ordinances to assist production activities, including, but not limited to, "one stop permitting" of film, video and other media production activity to be conducted in a municipality, and to hold workshops to assist municipalities in implementing such ordinances; (9) To accept any funds, gifts, donations, bequests or grants of funds from private and public sources for the purposes of this act; (10) To request and obtain from any state agency, authority or institution or any municipality or other political subdivision of the state such assistance and data as will enable the office to carry out the purposes of this act; (11) To assist and promote cooperation among all segments of management and labor that are engaged in film, video or other media production; (12) To create advisory councils to carry out the purposes of this act; (13) To develop criteria for use by the department of economic development, the Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, and other state agencies and authorities in awarding financial assistance for the production of films, videos and other media projects in the state. The criteria shall (A) provide for a secured position for the state and (B) give preference to projects having significant advance sales or other commitments; and (14) To take any other administrative action which may improve the position of the state's film, video and media production industries in national and international markets. (d) Not later than January fifteenth, annually, the executive director of the Connecticut film, video and media office shall submit a report to the Connecticut Film, Video and Media Commission on the activities of the office and the estimated direct and indirect economic impact of film, video, television, cable television-related, audio recording and other media production activity in the state, during the preceding calendar year. Sec. 3. (NEW) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, each state agency issuing a request for proposals for any film, video or media production shall, at the time of such issuance, transmit a copy of such request for proposals to the Connecticut film, video and media office. (b) The secretary of the office of policy and management shall notify the executive head of each state agency of the requirements of subsection (a) of this section. Sec. 4. Section 32-87 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: (a) There is established a [state motion picture film commission] CONNECTICUT FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA COMMISSION. The commission shall be within the department of economic development. (b) The [state motion picture film] commission shall consist of [seventeen] NINETEEN persons as follows: The commissioner of economic development; the chairperson of the state commission on the arts; [one person appointed by the governor who is knowledgeable in the field of promotion of travel and vacationing in the state;] the cochairpersons of the joint standing committee of the general assembly having cognizance of matters relating to THE DEPARTMENT OF economic development and the ranking minority members of such committee, or their designees, WHO SHALL SERVE AS NONVOTING EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION; and [ten persons appointed from among the active professional members of the motion picture, television, theatrical and art fields. The governor shall appoint six of such persons and the president pro tempore of the senate, the senate minority leader, the speaker of the house of representatives and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall each appoint one such person to the commission] THIRTEEN WORKING PROFESSIONALS IN THE FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA PRODUCTION FIELDS, APPOINTED AS FOLLOWS: (1) SEVEN BY THE GOVERNOR, ONE EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE A COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING EXECUTIVE, A PUBLIC BROADCASTING EXECUTIVE, AN ATTORNEY WITH ENTERTAINMENT LAW EXPERIENCE, A CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS EXECUTIVE, AN EXECUTIVE OF AN ADVERTISING AGENCY THAT PRODUCES FILM, VIDEO OR MEDIA PROJECTS, AN AUDIO OR POST-PRODUCTION FACILITY EXECUTIVE AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF ACADEMIA, (2) ONE BY THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE, WHO SHALL BE A FILM, VIDEO OR MEDIA PRODUCER, (3) ONE BY THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, WHO SHALL BE A FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCER, (4) ONE BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, WHO SHALL BE A WRITER OF, OR A PERFORMER IN, FILM, VIDEO OR MEDIA PRODUCTIONS, (5) ONE BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHO SHALL BE SUCH A WRITER OR PERFORMER, (6) ONE BY THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHO SHALL BE ANY WORKING PROFESSIONAL IN THE FILM, VIDEO OR MEDIA PRODUCTION FIELDS AND (7) ONE BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHO SHALL BE ANY SUCH WORKING PROFESSIONAL. The governor shall appoint from among the [seventeen] members of the commission a chairperson who shall serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the governor. (c) [The first appointments shall be made on or before July 1, 1983.] The term of each appointed member OF THE COMMISSION SERVING ON JUNE 30, 1995, SHALL EXPIRE ON SAID DATE. THE TERM OF EACH APPOINTED MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION BEGINNING ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 1995, shall be coterminous with the term of the appointing authority or until a successor is chosen, whichever is later. Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority. (d) The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for any necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. (e) The commission shall organize itself in such manner as it deems desirable and necessary. [Seven] TEN members of the commission shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present at a meeting shall be necessary to take any action or adopt any motion or resolution. Sec. 5. Section 32-88 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: The commission shall make a report to the governor on or before January thirty-first of each year. The report shall include a summary of the activities of the commission for the preceding year, A COPY OF THE REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE COMMISSION BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CONNECTICUT FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA OFFICE PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (d) OF SECTION 2 OF THIS ACT and any recommendations for legislation as may be necessary to promote the purposes of this chapter. Sec. 6. (NEW) The commission shall: (1) Monitor the activities of the Connecticut film, video and media office and make recommendations to the executive director of said office to improve state services for the state's film, video and media production industries; (2) Make recommendations to the governor and state agencies concerning administrative actions which it deems necessary or helpful to improve such industries; (3) Submit to the commissioner of economic development (A) a list of nominees for the position of executive director of the Connecticut film, video and media office and (B) proposed job evaluation criteria for the executive director; (4) Identify and make recommendations to remedy state agency and municipal actions or procedures which may have a negative impact on film, video and other media production in the state or that may appear to discourage or impose unnecessarily costly burdens on such production in the state; and (5) Assist and advise the Connecticut film, video and media office. Sec. 7. Section 32-90 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: The commissioner of economic development, with the advice of the [motion picture film commission] CONNECTICUT FILM, VIDEO AND MEDIA COMMISSION, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this chapter. Sec. 8. Sections 32-89 and 32-91 of the general statutes are repealed. Sec. 9. This act shall take effect July 1, 1995.