Senate Bill No. 472

Public Act No. 00-210

An Act Concerning Revisions To The Sheriffs' Reform Bill.

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

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 6-32d of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 00-99, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The Judicial Department [shall] may enter into an agreement with state agencies for the management, training or coordination, or any combination thereof of courthouse security and prisoner custody and transportation functions.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 142 of public act 00-99, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 6-38 of the general statutes, until the appointment of members of the State [Marshall] Marshal Commission under section 8 of [this act] public act 00-99, the Chief Court Administrator is authorized to appoint as a state marshal any eligible individual who applies for such a position. Any eligible individual appointed prior to December 1, 2000, shall have the same powers, duties and liabilities as a deputy sheriff from the date of such individual's appointment until December 1, 2000. For purposes of this section "eligible individual" means an individual who was a deputy sheriff on or after May 31, [1999] 1995, who had served as a deputy sheriff for a period of not less than four years and who has submitted an application to the Chief Court Administrator on or before June 30, 2000.

Sec. 3. (NEW) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 7 and 142 of public act 00-99, no high sheriff who appointed himself or herself a deputy sheriff or has been appointed a deputy sheriff by another high sheriff pursuant to section 6-38 of the general statutes shall become a state marshal on or after December 1, 2000, by virtue of being a deputy sheriff, except that a high sheriff may notify the Chief Court Administrator on or before June 30, 2000, of the desire of such high sheriff to be appointed as a state marshal, and such high sheriff may be appointed as a state marshal after December 1, 2000, provided such high sheriff resigns his or her position as high sheriff effective December 1, 2000.

Sec. 4. Section 6-33 of the general statutes, as amended by section 141 of public act 00-99, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The sheriffs elected in the several counties shall receive salaries annually as follows: The sheriffs of the counties of New Haven, Hartford, Fairfield and New London, thirty-seven thousand dollars each; the sheriffs of the counties of Middlesex, Tolland, Litchfield and Windham, thirty-five thousand dollars each. Said salaries shall be paid by the state and shall be in full compensation for the performance of all duties required by law to be performed by any of said sheriffs for the state of Connecticut, except for the service of civil process, for which service any such sheriff shall be entitled to receive and retain the fees therefor provided by law. Said salaries shall be in lieu of all other salaries paid by the state to said sheriffs, and all fees and allowances, except those for the service of civil process, payable by statute to a sheriff elected in any county, shall belong to the state, and shall be collected by such sheriff for its use; provided, in cases where such fees are payable ultimately by the state, no such fee shall be taxed, allowed or paid to any such sheriff. [Commencing December 1, 2000, the Department of Administrative Services shall be responsible for the administrative functions of the Office of the County Sheriffs.]

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that section 1 shall take effect December 1, 2000, and section 4 shall cease to be effective on December 1, 2000, if the Secretary of the State certifies that the constitutional amendment eliminating county sheriffs was approved by the voters.

Approved June 1, 2000