Substitute House Bill No. 5909

Public Act No. 00-112

An Act Implementing The Legislative Commissioners' Recommendations For Technical Revisions To Certain Statutes Concerning State Employees, Health Insurance Plans Procured By The Comptroller And The Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) On State-Owned Real Property.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 5-248j of the general statutes, as amended by section 33 of public act 99-1 of the June special session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) (1) On and after June 1, 1998, each full-time employee in a permanent position in the state service, who is not represented by a collective bargaining representative, who worked at least one full calendar year, shall be granted one week of additional annual vacation, with pay, based upon [their] such employee's normal work schedule for each calendar year that [they are] such employee is a Big Brother or Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. The first year period shall be measured annually from September, 1998. [Effective January 1, 1999, the year period shall be measured annually from January first of each year.] In no event shall an individual receive more than one week of vacation for the period from September, 1998, through December 31, 1999. (2) On and after January 1, 1999, each full-time employee in a permanent position in the state service, who is not represented by a collective bargaining representative, or who is in a participating collective bargaining unit, who worked at least one full year measured annually from the first full month of participation by such employee in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program, shall be granted one week of additional annual vacation, with pay, based upon such employee's normal work schedule for each full year that such employee is a Big Brother or Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program. In no event shall an employee receive more than one week of vacation for any one full year of participation in the program. (3) The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program shall provide a list to the state of the employees who are certified as eligible under this program within one month of full acceptance into the program and shall certify to the state the names of the employees who have completed a year of full participation in the program as a Big Brother or Big Sister. If such an employee does not participate for the full year or does not satisfy the expected regular time commitments, no additional vacation time shall be granted. The decision to grant the additional vacation time shall be subject to approval by the Office of Policy and Management and shall not be subject to appeal under section 5-202 or under any collectively bargained agreement. The regulations regarding the utilization of vacation shall govern the utilization of the additional time earned hereunder.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 5-259 of the general statutes, as amended by section 25 of public act 99-240 and section 52 of public act 99-241, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Comptroller, with the approval of the Attorney General and of the Insurance Commissioner, shall arrange and procure a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan or plans for (1) state employees, (2) members of the General Assembly who elect coverage under such plan or plans, (3) employees of the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies established by section 1-135, (4) participants in an alternate retirement program who meet the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, (5) anyone receiving benefits under section 5-144 or from any state-sponsored retirement system, except the teachers' retirement system and the municipal employees retirement system, (6) judges of probate and Probate Court employees, (7) the surviving spouse, until remarriage, and any dependent children until they reach the age of eighteen, of a member of an organized local police department or a constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties who dies as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such officer's or constable's employment and not as the result of illness or natural causes and (8) employees of the Capital City Economic Development Authority established by section 32-601. The minimum benefits to be provided by such plan or plans shall be substantially equal in value to the benefits which each such employee or member of the General Assembly could secure in such plan or plans on an individual basis on the preceding first day of July. The state shall pay for each such employee and each member of the General Assembly covered by such plan or plans the portion of the premium charged for such [member] member's or employee's individual coverage and seventy per cent of the additional cost of the form of coverage and such amount shall be credited to the total premiums owed by such employee or member of the General Assembly for the form of such [member] member's or employee's coverage under such plan or plans. On and after January 1, 1989, the state shall pay for anyone receiving benefits from any such state-sponsored retirement system one hundred per cent of the portion of the premium charged for such [member] member's or employee's individual coverage and one hundred per cent of any additional cost for the form of coverage. The balance of any premiums payable by an individual employee or by a member of the General Assembly for the form of coverage shall be deducted from the payroll by the State Comptroller. The total premiums payable shall be remitted by the Comptroller to the insurance company or companies or nonprofit organization or organizations providing the coverage. The amount of the state's contribution per employee for a health maintenance organization option shall be equal, in terms of dollars and cents, to the largest amount of the contribution per employee paid for any other option which is available to all eligible state employees included in the health benefits plan, but shall not be required to exceed the amount of the health maintenance organization premium.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 12-19a of the general statutes, as amended by section 11 of public act 99-1 of the June special session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) On or before January first, annually, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall determine the amount due, as a state grant in lieu of taxes, to each town in this state wherein state-owned real property, reservation land held in trust by the state for an Indian tribe or a municipally owned airport, except that which was acquired and used for highways and bridges, but not excepting property acquired and used for highway administration or maintenance purposes, is located. The grant payable to any town under the provisions of this section in the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter, shall be equal to the total of (1) (A) one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to any facility designated by the Commissioner of Correction, on or before August first of each year, to be a correctional facility administered under the auspices of the Department of Correction or a juvenile detention center under direction of the Department of Children and Families that was used for incarcerative purposes during the preceding fiscal year. If a list containing the name and location of such designated facilities and information concerning their use for purposes of incarceration during the preceding fiscal year is not available from the Secretary of the State on the first day of August of any year, said commissioner shall, on said first day of August, certify to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management a list containing such information, [and] (B) one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to that portion of the John Dempsey Hospital located at The University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington that is used as a permanent medical ward for prisoners under the custody of the Department of Correction. Nothing in this section shall be construed as designating any portion of The University of Connecticut Health Center John Dempsey Hospital as a correctional facility, and (C) in the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 2001, and each fiscal year thereafter, one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid on any land designated within the 1983 Settlement boundary and taken into trust by the federal government for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on or after June 8, 1999, (2) subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, forty per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to the buildings and grounds comprising Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown. Such grant shall commence with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1995, and continuing each year thereafter, (3) notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, with respect to any town in which more than fifty per cent of the property is state-owned real property, one hundred per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to such state-owned property. Such grant shall commence with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997, and continuing each year thereafter, (4) subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, forty-five per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to all other state-owned real property, and (5) forty-five per cent of the property taxes which would have been paid with respect to all municipally owned airports; except for the exemption applicable to such property, on the assessment list in such town for the assessment date two years prior to the commencement of the state fiscal year in which such grant is payable. The grant provided pursuant to this section for any municipally owned airport shall be paid to any municipality in which the airport is located, except that the grant applicable to Sikorsky Airport shall be paid half to the town of Stratford and half to the city of Bridgeport. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and in each fiscal year thereafter, the amount of the grant payable to each municipality in accordance with this section shall be reduced proportionately in the event that the total of such grants in such year exceeds the amount appropriated for the purposes of this section with respect to such year.

Sec. 4. Subsection (d) of section 16-2 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 99-248, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) The commissioners of the authority shall serve full time and shall make full public disclosure of their assets, liabilities and income at the time of their appointment, and thereafter each member of the authority shall make such disclosure on or before July thirtieth of each year of [their] such member's term, and shall file such disclosure with the office of the Secretary of the State. Each commissioner shall receive annually a salary equal to that established for management pay plan salary group seventy-five by the Commissioner of Administrative Services, except that the chairperson shall receive annually a salary equal to that established for management pay plan salary group seventy-seven.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 26, 2000