Substitute House Bill No. 5285

Public Act No. 00-150

An Act Concerning The Commission On Human Rights And Opportunities.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 46a-52 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The commission shall consist of nine persons. On and after the effective date of this act, such persons shall be appointed with the advice and consent of both houses of the General Assembly. (1) On or before July 15, 1990, the Governor shall appoint five members of the commission, three of whom shall serve for terms of five years and two of whom shall serve for terms of three years. Upon the expiration of such terms, and thereafter, the Governor shall appoint either two or three members, as appropriate, to serve for terms of five years. On or before July 14, 1990, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the minority leader of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member to serve for a term of three years. Upon the expiration of such terms, and thereafter, members so appointed shall serve for terms of three years. (2) If any vacancy occurs, the appointing authority making the initial appointment shall appoint a person to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. The Governor shall select one of the members of the commission to serve as chairperson for a term of one year. The commission shall meet at least once during each two-month period and at such other times as the chairperson deems necessary. Special meetings shall be held on the request of a majority of the members of the commission after notice in accordance with the provisions of section 1-225.

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 46a-57 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) On or after October 1, 1998, the executive director shall designate one human rights referee to serve as chief human rights referee for a term of one year. The Chief Human Rights Referee shall supervise and assign the human rights referees to conduct hearings on complaints, including complaints for which a trial on the merits has not commenced prior to October 1, 1998, on a rotating basis. The commission, in consultation with the executive director and Chief Human Rights Referee, shall develop regulations and rules of practice in accordance with chapter 54 to ensure consistent procedures governing contested case proceedings.

Approved May 26, 2000