Senate Bill No. 1062

Public Act No. 99-55

An Act Changing the Date for Submission of the State Ethics Commission's Annual Report to the Governor.

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

Subsection (a) of section 1-81 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The commission shall:

(1) Compile and maintain an index of all reports, advisory opinions, memoranda filed under the provisions of subsection (f) of section 1-82a and statements filed by and with the commission to facilitate public access to such reports and statements as provided by this part;

(2) Preserve advisory opinions permanently; preserve memoranda filed under subsection (f) of section 1-82a, and statements and reports filed by and with the commission for a period of five years from the date of receipt;

(3) Upon the concurring vote of four of its members, issue advisory opinions with regard to the requirements of this part, upon the request of any person subject to the provisions of this part, and publish such advisory opinions in the Connecticut Law Journal. Advisory opinions rendered by the commission, until amended or revoked, shall be binding on the commission and shall be deemed to be final decisions of the commission for purposes of section 1-87. Any advisory opinion concerning the person who requested the opinion and who acted in reliance thereon, in good faith, shall be binding upon the commission, and it shall be an absolute defense in any criminal action brought under the provisions of this part, that the accused acted in reliance upon such advisory opinion;

(4) Report annually, prior to [February] April fifteenth, to the Governor summarizing the activities of the commission;

(5) Not later than July 1, 1995, develop a model code of ethics for officials and officers of municipalities, as defined in section 7-148, and provide a copy of said model code to the chief elected official of each municipality in the state;

(6) Not later than July 1, 1995, develop a model code of ethics for officers of districts, as defined in section 7-324, and provide a copy of said model code to the president of each district in the state; and

(7) Adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to carry out the purposes of this part.

Approved May 27, 1999