Substitute House Bill No. 5677

Public Act No. 00-92

An Act Concerning The Duties Of Town Clerks And The Establishment Of Ethics Agencies By Special Districts.

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

Section 1. Section 7-29 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

When any town clerk has recorded any instrument [, known to him] that the town clerk knows to be a release, partial release or assignment of [any] a mortgage or lien recorded on the records of such town, [he] the town clerk shall make a [memorandum] notation on the first page where such mortgage or lien is recorded, stating the book and page where such release, partial release or assignment is recorded. If the land records are not maintained in a paper form, the town clerk shall make the notation on the digitized image of the first page of such mortgage or lien in a form or manner approved by the Public Records Administrator.

Sec. 2. Section 7-34a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Town clerks shall receive, for recording any document, ten dollars for the first page and five dollars for each subsequent page or fractional part thereof, a page being not more than eight and one-half by fourteen inches. Town clerks shall receive, for recording the information contained in a certificate of registration for the practice of any of the healing arts, five dollars. Town clerks shall receive for recording documents conforming to, or substantially similar to, section 47-36c, which are clearly entitled "statutory form" in the heading of such documents, as follows: For the first page of a warranty deed, a quitclaim deed, a mortgage deed, or an assignment of mortgage, ten dollars; for each additional page of such documents, five dollars; and for each marginal notation of an assignment of mortgage, subsequent to the first two assignments, one dollar. Town clerks shall receive, for recording any document with respect to which certain data must be submitted by each town clerk to the Commissioner of Revenue Services in accordance with section 10-261b, the sum of two dollars in addition to the recording fee. Any person who offers any written document for recording in the office of any town clerk, which document fails to have legibly typed, printed or stamped directly beneath the signatures the names of the persons who executed such document, the names of any witnesses thereto and the name of the officer before whom the same was acknowledged, shall pay one dollar in addition to the regular fee. Town clerks shall receive for recording any deed, except a mortgage deed, conveying title to real estate, which deed does not contain the current mailing address of the grantee, the sum of five dollars in addition to the regular recording fee. Town clerks shall receive, for filing any document, five dollars, for receiving and keeping a survey or map, legally filed in the town clerk's office, five dollars and for indexing such survey or map, in accordance with section 7-32, five dollars, except with respect to indexing any such survey or map pertaining to a subdivision of land as defined in section 8-18, in which event town clerks shall receive fifteen dollars for each such indexing. Town clerks shall receive, for [making] a copy of any document either recorded or filed in their offices, one dollar for each page or fractional part thereof, as the case may be; for certifying any copy of the same, one dollar, for making a copy of any survey or map, the actual cost thereof; and for certifying such copy of a survey or map, one dollar. Town clerks shall receive, for recording the commission and oath of a notary public, ten dollars; for certifying under seal to the official character of a notary, two dollars.

(b) The fees set forth in subsection (a) of this section received by town clerks for recording documents include therein payment for the return of each document which shall be made by the town clerk to the designated addressee.

(c) Compensation for all services other than those enumerated in subsection (a) of this section which town clerks are required by the general statutes to perform and for which compensation is not fixed by statute shall be fixed and paid by the selectmen or other governing body of the town or city in which such services are performed.

Sec. 3. Section 7-51a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person eighteen years of age or older may purchase certified copies of marriage and death records, and copies of records of births which are at least one hundred years old, in the custody of any registrar of vital statistics. During all normal business hours, members of genealogical societies incorporated or authorized to do business or conduct affairs in this state shall (1) have full access to all vital records in the custody of any registrar of vital statistics, including certificates, ledgers, record books, card files, indexes and database printouts, except confidential files on adoptions, (2) be permitted to make notes from such records and (3) be permitted to purchase certified copies of such records.

Sec. 4. Section 7-73 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) To the person performing the duties required by the statutes relating to registration of births, marriages and deaths, the following fees shall be allowed: To the registrar for completing each record of birth by procuring and inserting the full name of the child, or for the recording, indexing, copying and endorsing of each birth, marriage or death certificate, two dollars; [for ascertaining, recording and indexing each birth or death of which no certificate has been returned to him, one dollar;] for the license to marry, ten dollars; for issuing each burial or removal permit, three dollars. [; for certifying to each certificate returned by physicians, midwives and persons having charge of burial places, five cents; for endorsing and recording each burial permit filed pursuant to law, ten cents; to the sexton or other person making returns required by section 7-72, fifty cents for each monthly return, and to the registrar, for recording the same, twenty-five cents for each certificate. All such fees, except those for certificates of license to marry and for removal permits, shall be paid by the town in which the duties for which said fees are allowed are performed.]

(b) A twenty-dollar surcharge shall be paid to the registrar for each license to marry in addition to the fee for such license established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. The registrar shall retain one dollar from each such surcharge for administrative costs and shall forward the remainder, on or before the tenth day of the month following each calendar quarter, to the Department of Public Health. The receipts shall be deposited into an account of the State Treasurer and credited to the General Fund for further credit to a separate nonlapsing account established by the Comptroller for use by the Department of Social Services for shelter services for victims of household abuse in accordance with section 17b-850 and by the Department of Public Health for rape crisis services funded under section 19a-2a. Such funds shall be allocated for these purposes by the Office of Policy and Management in consultation with the Commissioners of the Department of Social Services and the Department of Public Health based on an evaluation of need, service delivery costs and availability of other funds. No such moneys shall supplant any state or federal funds otherwise available for such services.

Sec. 5. Section 7-76 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The fees due registrars of vital statistics for the making of records, copies and endorsements relating to births and deaths, and marriages, when the residence of the parents of the child or of the deceased or of either party to a marriage is in some other town in this state than that in which the birth, death or marriage occurred, shall be paid by such other town except as they relate to vital statistics of inmates of any state institution. All bills for such fees shall be submitted by such registrars to such other towns on or before February first of each year, provided if a bill amounts to less than twenty-six dollars, no bill shall be sent and the amount shall not be due. If the registrar of vital statistics of any town or city receives a salary for the performance of his duties, the amount of fees due under the provisions of this section shall be paid to such town or city.

Sec. 6. Section 7-191 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The commission shall hold at least two public hearings on the proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments; one prior to the beginning of any substantive work on such charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments, and one after the draft report to the appointing authority has been completed, but not submitted, after which hearings the commission may amend such report. The commission may hold such other public hearings as it deems necessary.

(b) The commission shall submit its draft report, including the proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments, to the clerk of the municipality, who shall transmit such report to the appointing authority. The appointing authority shall hold at least one public hearing on the draft report and shall hold its last hearing [within] not later than forty-five days [of] after the submission of the draft report to such clerk. [Within] Not later than fifteen days after its last hearing, the appointing authority shall make recommendations to the commission for such changes in the draft report as it deems desirable.

(c) If the appointing authority makes no recommendations for changes in the draft report to the commission within such fifteen days, the report of the commission shall be final and the appointing authority shall act on such report. If the appointing authority makes recommendations for changes in the draft report to the commission, the commission shall confer with the appointing authority concerning any such recommendations and may amend any provisions of the proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments, in accordance with such recommendations, or the commission may reject such recommendations. In either case the commission shall make its final report to the appointing authority [within] not later than thirty days after receiving such recommendations.

(d) [Within] Not later than fifteen days after receiving the final report, the appointing authority, by a majority vote of its entire membership, shall either approve the proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments or reject the same or separate provisions thereof. [Within] Not later than forty-five days after a vote of the appointing authority to reject such matter, a petition for a referendum thereon, signed by not less than ten per cent of the electors of such municipality, as determined by the last-completed registry list thereof, and filed and certified in accordance with the provisions of section 7-188, may be presented to the appointing authority. [Within] Not later than thirty days after approval by the appointing authority or the certification of such a petition, the proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments shall be published in full at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality.

(e) The appointing authority shall, by a majority vote of its entire membership, determine whether the proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments shall be submitted to the electors for approval or rejection at a regular election or at a special election warned and held for that purpose, which shall be held not later than fifteen months after either the approval by the appointing authority or the certification of a petition for a referendum.

(f) The proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments shall be prepared for the ballot by the appointing authority and may be submitted in the form of one or several questions; and, if approved by a majority of the electors of the municipality voting thereon at a regular election or if approved by a majority which number equals at least fifteen per cent of the electors of the municipality as determined by the last-completed active registry list of such municipality at a special election, such proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments shall become effective thirty days after such approval unless an effective date or dates are specified therein, in which event the date or dates specified shall prevail.

(g) Every proposed charter, amendment or amendments or home rule ordinance or amendment or repeal of a home rule ordinance approved at any regular or special election held on or after November 5, 1974, and prior to July 1, 1975, shall be deemed to have been effective as of the date of such approval, unless another effective date or dates were specified therein; provided any actions taken by a municipality or any administrative agency or official thereof, under the provisions of its charter or home rule ordinance in effect immediately prior to the date of such approval, between the date of such approval and July 1, 1975, shall be deemed valid.

(h) [Within] Not later than thirty days after the approval by the electors of any proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments, the town or city clerk shall file, with the Secretary of the State, (1) three certified copies thereof, with the effective date or dates indicated thereon, and (2) in the case of the approval of charter or home rule ordinance amendments, three certified copies of the complete charter or ordinance incorporating such amendments. The Secretary of the State shall distribute two copies to the State Library, where a file of such charters, charter amendments and home rule ordinance amendments shall be kept for public inspection.

Sec. 7. Section 12-100 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

All products of cuttings on classified land shall be taxed with a yield tax as provided in sections 12-97 and 12-98, except material cut for domestic use, which shall be limited to fuel and the construction of fences, buildings or other improvements which tend to develop the property of the owner and increase its taxable value, when such material is used by the owner of such land, or by a tenant with the permission of such owner, upon property belonging to such owner which is taxable in the same town as the timber land from which such material was removed. If such material is sold or otherwise disposed of or transferred to the ownership of other persons, it shall be subject to a yield tax as provided in sections 12-97 and 12-98. Whenever a cutting is made, other than as excepted above, the owner of the land shall file a sworn statement with the assessors and the State Forester of the quantity and stumpage value of all timber cut, before any of it is removed from the land. If the assessors deem the quantity or value to be incorrectly stated, they may themselves determine the quantity cut and stumpage value of the same. If the owner is unwilling to accept their valuation, the matter shall be referred to a special board consisting of the first selectman [and town clerk] of the town in which the land is located and the State Forester, and the decision of said board with regard to quantity and value shall be final. Upon the valuation thus determined, a yield tax as provided in sections 12-97 and 12-98 shall be paid by the owner of the land. If it is necessary to remove any products of a cutting before the operation is completed, the owner of the land shall deposit with the tax collector a sufficient sum to cover the estimated yield tax. When the cutting is completed, such tax shall be levied as herein provided and the balance of such deposit, if any, returned. If the products of a cutting have been unlawfully removed, the owner of the land and the owner of the timber shall be jointly liable to the town for the full value of both land and timber.

Sec. 8. Section 33-183 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Seven or more persons of lawful age, inhabitants of this state, may, by written articles of agreement, associate themselves together for the purposes of trade or for carrying on any lawful mercantile, mechanical, manufacturing or agricultural business within this state, and, when such articles of association have been executed and filed in the office of the Secretary of the State, the franchise tax provided by section 33-187 paid to, and such articles of association approved by, said secretary, [and a copy thereof certified by said secretary filed and recorded in the office of the town clerk in the town in which the association's principal office is located,] such persons shall become a corporation and enjoy all the powers and privileges and be subject to all the duties, restrictions and liabilities of other corporations, except so far as the same may be limited or enlarged by this chapter.

Sec. 9. Section 33-188 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[Within] Not later than thirty days after the first meeting of the association, the board of managers shall prepare a report, setting forth the name of the association, the principal office of the association, the names of the respective business and residence addresses of the board of managers and officers of the association, the amount of capital stock, the par value of the shares, and the number of shares issued, together with a statement that such shares are fully paid or, if not fully paid, a statement of the amount payable in respect thereof, which report shall be filed and recorded in the office of the Secretary of the State. [and in the office of the town clerk of the town in which the association's principal office is located; and, on] On or before the tenth day of March in each year thereafter, the board of managers shall prepare a like report of the same facts as they existed on the first day of such March and the same shall be filed and recorded in the office of the Secretary of the State. [and the office of the town clerk of the town in which the association's principal office is located.] All the statements provided for in this section shall be signed and sworn to by a majority of the board of managers.

Sec. 10. Section 33-268 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The trustees of each Methodist Church shall be elected by ballot by the members of such church, of legal age, on the second Monday of October of each year, at the usual place of worship of such church; or in such other manner as the discipline of the Methodist Church may prescribe. Notice of such election shall be given from the pulpit of such church on at least two Sundays preceding or by having such notice posted on the door of the place of worship by the clerk of the board of trustees at least fifteen days next preceding the time of election, and such trustees shall hold their office until their successors are elected. The polls of such election shall remain open for at least one hour after the time designated in such notice and, in case of failure to elect on the day named in such notice, the election may be held on any subsequent day of the same month after legal notice thereof. If a vacancy occurs in the board of trustees, it may be filled at any special meeting called for that purpose, after giving the notice provided for in this section. At each election there shall be appointed by the electors present a chairman and clerk, who shall act jointly as inspectors of election, receive and count the votes for such trustees and certify under oath who have received the majority of the votes. [; which certificate shall be deposited with and kept on file by the town clerk.] Whenever the members of any Methodist Church fail to elect trustees as above provided, the quarterly conference of such church may elect trustees to fill the vacancy until the next ensuing annual election; and at each annual election the legal voters shall elect trustees to fill any vacancies for the unexpired terms. Upon the formation of any Methodist Church, the first election of its trustees shall be made by the quarterly conference, and such trustees shall hold office until the next ensuing annual election. Said quarterly conference shall determine the number of trustees to be so elected, which number shall not be more than fifteen nor less than three.

Sec. 11. Section 33-271 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The district superintendent or presiding elder and a majority of the district stewards appointed according to the discipline of the Methodist Church, residing in any ecclesiastical district, the whole or a part of which is in this state, and which has been or shall be created by an annual conference of said church as a district superintendent's or presiding elder's district, may organize a corporation by making, signing and acknowledging before some officer competent to take acknowledgments of deeds, and filing [in the office of the clerk of the town in which such corporation is to be located, and a duplicate thereof] in the office of the Secretary of the State, a certificate in writing in which shall be stated: The corporate name of such corporation; the town in such district in which it is to be located; the names, residences and official relations to the district of the persons signing such certificate; the number of trustees, not less than three nor more than fifteen, who shall manage the property and affairs of such corporation for the first year, and their names; and that the object of such corporation shall be to secure the benefits of this section and sections 33-272, 33-273 and 33-274.

Sec. 12. Section 34-82 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 34-300 to 34-434, inclusive, any three or more persons, licensed or authorized to practice a profession by the state of Connecticut, may associate to practice such profession for profit, if the articles of association of the members provide that the association thereby formed and hereby authorized shall have at least three of the following four attributes: (a) Continuity of life so that the death, insanity, bankruptcy, retirement, resignation or expulsion of any member will not cause a dissolution of the association; (b) centralized management so that any one or more but less than all of the members has continuing exclusive authority to make management decisions necessary to the conduct of the professional business for which the association was formed, and so that no member of the association, acting without the authority of the managing member or members, shall have the power to bind the association by his act; (c) limited liability so that the individual members of the association shall not be individually or severally liable for its debts; provided, however, the members shall in no way limit their individual or several liability in the articles of association, or otherwise, for any acts of reckless or wanton misconduct, negligence, malpractice, professional misconduct or tort; and (d) free transferability of interests so that each of its members or those members owning substantially all of the interests in the association have the power, without the consent of other members, to substitute for themselves in the same association a person duly licensed or authorized to practice the profession for which the association was formed who is not a member of the association, or, a modified form of free transferability of interests so that each member of the association can transfer his interest to a person so licensed or authorized who is not a member of the association only after having offered such interest to the association or to the other members of the association at its fair market value as established in the articles of association, or otherwise.

(2) The articles of association of any association, formed and authorized pursuant to paragraph (1) of this section, shall expressly state that the association is formed under said paragraph (1) and shall be signed and sworn to by all of the members. The articles of association, duly executed, shall be filed for record with the Secretary of the State, together with a filing fee of twenty-five dollars. [, and shall be filed for record in the office of the town clerk of the town wherein the association has its principal offices.] The Secretary of the State [and the town clerk] shall index and keep the documents in files used exclusively for such purpose.

(3) Any association formed and authorized under paragraph (1) of this section shall be subject to the laws of the state of Connecticut regulating the practice of the profession of the individual members of the association.

(4) The articles of association shall be cancelled when the association is dissolved by all of its members or as otherwise provided in the articles of association. The articles of association shall be amended when (i) there is a change in the name or principal place of business of the association, (ii) the members desire to make a change in any other statement in the articles of association and have adopted such change in the manner provided in the articles of association.

(5) No amendment to the articles of association nor any dissolution of the association shall be effective until the amendment or an agreement of dissolution has been duly executed and filed for record with the Secretary of the State, together with a filing fee of ten dollars. [, and shall be filed for record in the office of the town clerk of the town wherein the association has its principal office.]

(6) An association formed under this section may become a professional service corporation, in accordance with section 33-182b, by complying with the provisions of chapter 594a and with this subsection. Upon the filing of a certificate of incorporation in compliance with section 33-182c, the association shall file with the Secretary of the State, in such form as the Secretary of the State shall prescribe, a certificate of cancellation of its articles of association and a consent of each member to the association becoming a professional service corporation, together with a filing fee of ten dollars. Upon the filing of such a certificate and consents and the incorporation of the professional service corporation, the association shall become a professional service corporation and the interests therein shall be converted to such number of shares of capital stock of the professional service corporation as the members shall approve. The provisions of subdivisions (2), (3), (4) and (6) of subsection (a) of section 33-820 shall apply as though the professional service corporation was the surviving corporation in a merger and the association the merging corporation.

Sec. 13. Section 7-148h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any town, city, district, as defined in section 7-324, or borough may, by charter provision or ordinance, establish a board, commission, council, committee or other agency to investigate allegations of unethical conduct, corrupting influence or illegal activities levied against any [municipal] official, officer or employee of such town, city, district or borough. The provisions of subsections (a) to (e), inclusive, of section 1-82a shall apply to allegations before any such agency of such conduct, influence or activities, to an investigation of such allegations conducted prior to a probable cause finding, and to a finding of probable cause or no probable cause. Any [such] board, commission, council, committee or other agency established pursuant to this section may issue subpoenas or subpoenas duces tecum, enforceable upon application to the Superior Court, to compel the attendance of persons at hearings and the production of books, documents, records and papers.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of any special act, municipal charter or ordinance to the contrary, an elected [municipal] official [, in] of any town, city, district or borough [which] that has established a board, commission, council, committee or other agency under subsection (a) of this section, has an interest [which] that is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of [his] the official's duties or employment in the public interest and of [his] the official's responsibilities as prescribed by the laws of this state, if [he] the official has reason to believe or expect that [he, his] the official, the official's spouse [, a] or dependent child, or a business with which he is associated, as defined in section 1-79, will derive a direct monetary gain or suffer a direct monetary loss, as the case may be, by reason of [his] the official's official activity. Any such elected [municipal] official does not have an interest [which] that is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of [his] the official's duties in the public interest and of [his] the official's responsibilities as prescribed by the laws of this state, if any benefit or detriment accrues to [him, his] the official, the official's spouse [, a] or dependent child, or a business with which he, his spouse or such dependent child is associated as a member of a profession, occupation or group to no greater extent than to any other member of such profession, occupation or group. Any such elected [municipal] official who has a substantial conflict may not take official action on the matter.

Sec. 14. Subsection (b) of section 51-164n of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 99-23, section 8 of public act 99-163, section 27 of public act 99-194, section 4 of public act 99-255 and section 31 of public act 99-268, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, any person who is alleged to have committed (1) a violation under the provisions of section 1-9, 1-10, 1-11, 4b-13, 7-13, 7-14, 7-18, 7-35, 7-41, 7-83, 7-104, 7-283, 7-325, 7-393, 8-25, 8-27, 9-63, 9-296, 9-305, 9-322, 9-350, 10-193, 10-197, 10-198, 10-230, 10-251, 10-254, 12-52, 12-170aa, 12-292, 12-326g, subsection (4) of section 12-408, subsection (3), (5) or (6) of section 12-411, section 12-435c, 12-476a, 12-476b, 12-487, 13a-71, 13a-107, 13a-113, 13a-114, 13a-115, 13a-117b, 13a-123, 13a-124, 13a-139, 13a-140, 13a-143b, 13a-247, 13a-253, subsection (f) of section 13b-42, section 13b-90, 13b-221, 13b-224, 13b-292, 13b-336, 13b-337, 13b-338, 13b-410a, 13b-410b, 13b-410c, subsection (a), (b) or (c) of section 13b-412, section 13b-414, subsection (d) of section 14-12, section 14-20a, 14-27a, subsection (e) of section 14-34a, subsection (d) of section 14-35, section 14-43, 14-49, 14-50a, 14-58, subsection (b) of section 14-66, section 14-66a, 14-66b, 14-67a, subsection (f) of section 14-80h, section 14-97a, subsection (c) of section 14-100a, section 14-100b, 14-103a, 14-106a, 14-106c, 14-146, 14-152, 14-153, 14-163b, a first violation as specified in subsection (f) of section 14-164i, section 14-219 specified in subsection (e) of said section, subsection (b) of section 14-227a, section 14-240, 14-249, 14-250, subsection (a), (b) or (c) of section 14-261a, section 14-267a, 14-269, 14-270, 14-275a, 14-278, 14-279, subsection (e) of section 14-283, section 14-291, 14-293b, 14-319, 14-320, 14-321, 14-325a, 14-326, 14-330, 14-332a, subdivision (1), (2) or (3) of section 14-386a, section 15-33, subsection (a) of section 15-115, section 16-256, 16-256e, 16a-15, 16a-22, subsection (a) or (b) of section 16a-22h, section 17a-24, 17a-145, 17a-149, 17a-152, 17a-465, 17a-642, 17b-124, 17b-131, 17b-137, 17b-407, 17b-451, 17b-734, subsection (b) of section 17b-736, 19a-30, 19a-33, 19a-39, 19a-87, subsection (b) of section 19a-87a, section 19a-91, 19a-105, 19a-107, 19a-108, 19a-215, 19a-219, 19a-222, 19a-224, 19a-286, 19a-287, 19a-297, 19a-301, 19a-309, 19a-335, 19a-336, 19a-338, 19a-339, 19a-340, 19a-425, 19a-502, 20-7a, 20-14, 20-158, 20-231, 20-257, 20-265, 20-324e, subsection (a) of section 20-341, section 20-341l, 20-597, 20-608, 20-610, 21-30, 21-38, 21-39, 21-43, 21-47, 21-48, 21-63, 21-76a, 21a-21, 21a-25, 21a-26, 21a-30, 21a-31, subsection (a) of section 21a-37, section 21a-46, 21a-61, 21a-63, 21a-77, subsection (b) of section 21a-79, section 21a-85, 21a-154, 21a-159, 21a-201, 21a-211, 22-13, 22-14, 22-15, 22-16, 22-29, 22-34, 22-35, 22-36, 22-37, 22-38, 22-39, 22-39a, 22-39b, 22-39c, 22-39d, 22-39e, 22-49, 22-54, 22-61, 22-89, 22-90, 22-98, 22-99, 22-100, 22-111o, 22-123, 22-279, 22-280a, 22-318a, 22-320h, 22-324a, 22-326, 22-342, subsection (b) or (e) of section 22-344, section 22-359, 22-366, [22-379, 22-380,] 22-391, 22-413, 22-414, 22-415, 22a-66a, 22a-246, subsection (a) of section 22a-250, subsection (e) of section 22a-256h, section 22a-449, 22a-461, 23-37, 23-38, 23-46, 23-61b, subsection (a) or (b) of section 23-65, section 25-37, 25-40, 26-19, 26-21, 26-31, 26-40, 26-40a, 26-49, 26-54, 26-59, 26-61, 26-64, 26-79, 26-89, 26-97, 26-107, 26-117, 26-128, 26-131, 26-132, 26-138, 26-141, 26-207, 26-215, 26-221, 26-222, 26-224a, 26-227, 26-230, 26-234, 26-267, 26-269, 26-294, 28-13, 29-6a, 29-109, 29-161a, 29-161b, 29-198, 29-210, 29-243, 29-277, 29-316, 29-318, 29-341, 29-381, 30-48a, 30-86a, 31-3, 31-10, 31-11, 31-12, 31-13, 31-14, 31-15, 31-16, 31-18, 31-23, 31-24, 31-25, 31-28, 31-32, 31-36, 31-38, 31-38a, 31-40, 31-44, 31-47, 31-48, 31-51, 31-51k, 31-52, 31-52a, 31-54, subsection (a) or (c) of section 31-69, section 31-70, 31-74, 31-75, 31-76, 31-76a, 31-89b, 31-134, subsection (g) of section 31-273, section 31-288, 36a-787, 42-230, 44-3, 45a-450, 45a-634, 45a-658, subdivision (13) or (14) of section 46a-54, section 46a-59, 46b-22, 46b-24, 46b-34, 47-34a, 47-47, 49-8a, 49-16, 53-133, subsection (a) or (b) of section 53-211, section 53-212a, 53-249a, 53-252, 53-264, 53-301, 53-302a, 53-303e, 53-311a, 53-321, 53-322, 53-323, 53-331, 53-344 or 53-450, or (2) a violation under the provisions of chapter 268, or (3) a violation of any regulation adopted in accordance with the provisions of section 12-484, 12-487 or 13b-410, shall follow the procedures set forth in this section.

Sec. 15. Subsection (a) of section 9-369b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any municipality may, by vote of its legislative body, authorize the preparation and printing of concise explanatory texts of local proposals or questions approved for submission to the electors of a municipality at a referendum. Thereafter, each such explanatory text shall be prepared by the municipal clerk, subject to the approval of the municipal attorney, and shall specify the intent and purpose of each such proposal or question. Such text shall not advocate either the approval or disapproval of the proposal or question. The municipal clerk shall cause such question or proposal and such explanatory text to be printed in sufficient supply for public distribution and shall also provide for the printing of such explanations of proposals or questions on posters of a size to be determined by said clerk. At least three such posters shall be posted at each polling place at which electors will be voting on such proposals or questions. Any posters printed in excess of the number required by this section to be posted may be displayed by said clerk at his discretion at locations which are frequented by the public. The explanatory text shall also be furnished to each absentee ballot applicant pursuant to subsection (d) of section 9-140. Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, no expenditure of state or municipal funds shall be made to influence any person to vote for approval or disapproval of any such proposal or question. Any municipality may, by vote of its legislative body and subject to the approval of its municipal attorney, authorize the preparation and printing of materials concerning any such proposal or question in addition to the explanatory text if such materials do not advocate the approval or disapproval of the proposal or question. This subsection shall not apply to a written, printed or typed summary of an official's views on a proposal or question, which is prepared for any news medium or which is not distributed with public funds to a member of the public except upon request of such member.

Sec. 16. Sections 22-368 to 22-380, inclusive, 50-6 and 50-7 of the general statutes are repealed.

Approved May 26, 2000