CHAPTER 50
OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT:
GENERAL PROVISIONS; BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS;
STATE PLANNING

Table of Contents

Sec. 4-66c. Urban action bonds.
Sec. 4-66g. Small Town Economic Assistance Program. Bond authorization. Certain sewer projects eligible.
Sec. 4-66aa. Land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation account.
Sec. 4-66bb. Administrative costs to be paid from land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation account.
Sec. 4-67m. Development of goals, objectives and measures; implementation and revision; report.
Sec. 4-67x. Child Poverty Council. Plan to be developed. Plan contents. Council meetings. Report to General Assembly. Protocol for state contracts. Termination of council.
Sec. 4-68m. Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division. Duties. Collaboration with other agencies. Access to information and data.
Sec. 4-68n. Correctional system population projections.
Sec. 4-68o. Reporting system to track criminal justice system trends and outcomes.
Sec. 4-68p. Report.
Sec. 4-85. Quarterly requisitions for allotments; exceptions; modifications.
Sec. 4-124z. Review and evaluation of linkage between skill standards for education and training and employment needs of business and industry.
Sec. 4-124ff. Innovation Challenge Grant program. Council of Advisors on Strategies for the Knowledge Economy.
Sec. 4-124hh. Grant program to generate talent in institutions of higher education.
Sec. 4-124ii. Awarding of grants to generate talent in institutions of higher education.

PART I
GENERAL PROVISIONS

      Sec. 4-66c. Urban action bonds. (a) For the purposes of subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have power, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one billion one hundred thirty-two million four hundred eighty-seven thousand five hundred forty-four dollars, provided sixty-five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2006. All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section, are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission in its discretion may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (b) (1) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent hereinafter stated, shall be used, subject to the provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of this section, for the purpose of redirecting, improving and expanding state activities which promote community conservation and development and improve the quality of life for urban residents of the state as hereinafter stated: (A) For the Department of Economic and Community Development: Economic and community development projects, including administrative costs incurred by the Department of Economic and Community Development, not exceeding sixty-seven million five hundred ninety-one thousand six hundred forty-two dollars, one million dollars of which shall be used for a grant to the development center program and the nonprofit business consortium deployment center approved pursuant to section 32-411; (B) for the Department of Transportation: Urban mass transit, not exceeding two million dollars; (C) for the Department of Environmental Protection: Recreation development and solid waste disposal projects, not exceeding one million nine hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars; (D) for the Department of Social Services: Child day care projects, elderly centers, shelter facilities for victims of domestic violence, emergency shelters and related facilities for the homeless, multipurpose human resource centers and food distribution facilities, not exceeding thirty-nine million one hundred thousand dollars, provided four million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994; (E) for the Department of Economic and Community Development: Housing projects, not exceeding three million dollars; (F) for the Office of Policy and Management: (i) Grants-in-aid to municipalities for a pilot demonstration program to leverage private contributions for redevelopment of designated historic preservation areas, not exceeding one million dollars; (ii) grants-in-aid for urban development projects including economic and community development, transportation, environmental protection, public safety, children and families and social services projects and programs, including, in the case of economic and community development projects administered on behalf of the Office of Policy and Management by the Department of Economic and Community Development, administrative costs incurred by the Department of Economic and Community Development, not exceeding one billion seventeen million eight hundred thousand dollars, provided sixty-five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2006.

      (2) (A) Five million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection may be made available to private nonprofit organizations for the purposes described in said subparagraph (F)(ii). (B) Twelve million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection may be made available for necessary renovations and improvements of libraries. (C) Five million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for small business gap financing. (D) Ten million dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection may be made available for regional economic development revolving loan funds. (E) One million four hundred thousand dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for rehabilitation and renovation of the Black Rock Library in Bridgeport. (F) Two million five hundred thousand dollars of the grants-in-aid authorized in subparagraph (F)(ii) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be made available for site acquisition, renovation and rehabilitation for the Institute for the Hispanic Family in Hartford.

      (c) Any proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section or of temporary notes issued in anticipation of the moneys to be derived from the sale of such bonds may be used to fund grants-in-aid to municipalities or the grant-in-aid programs of said departments, including, but not limited to, financial assistance and expenses authorized under chapters 128, 129, 130, 133, 136 and 298, and section 16a-40a, provided any such program shall be implemented in an eligible municipality or is for projects in other municipalities which the State Bond Commission determines will help to meet the goals set forth in section 4-66b. For the purposes of this section, "eligible municipality" means a municipality which is economically distressed within the meaning of subsection (b) of section 32-9p, which is classified as an urban center in any plan adopted by the General Assembly pursuant to section 16a-30, which is classified as a public investment community within the meaning of subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of section 7-545, or in which the State Bond Commission determines that the project in question will help meet the goals set forth in section 4-66b.

      (d) Any economic development project eligible for assistance under this section may include but not be limited to: (1) The construction or rehabilitation of commercial, industrial and mixed use structures; and (2) the construction, reconstruction or repair of roads, accessways and other site improvements. The state, acting by and in the discretion of the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, may enter into a contract for state financial assistance for any eligible economic or community development project in the form of a grant-in-aid. Any grant-in-aid shall be in an amount not in excess of the cost of the project for which the grant is made as determined and approved by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. Before entering into a grant-in-aid contract the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall have approved an application submitted on forms provided by the commissioner. No project shall be undertaken until the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development approves the plans, specifications and estimated costs. The commissioner may adopt such regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, as are necessary for the implementation of this section.

      (e) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, whenever the Department of Economic and Community Development or the Office of Policy and Management is authorized by the general statutes to assess, collect or fund administrative expenses or service charges or otherwise recover costs or expenses incurred by the state in carrying out the provisions of any economic or community development project or program administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development, except in the case of administrative oversight charges described in section 8-37tt amounts so assessed, collected or funded by the state may be used to pay any administrative expenses of the Department of Economic and Community Development and shall not be required to be used to pay expenses related to a particular project or program.

      (P.A. 79-607, S. 21; P.A. 80-21, S. 1, 5; 80-411, S. 2, 3; 80-483, S. 11, 186; P.A. 81-472, S. 1, 159; P.A. 83-365; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-33, S. 2, 17; P.A. 84-443, S. 1, 20; P.A. 85-558, S. 2, 17; 85-613, S. 16, 154; P.A. 86-396, S. 3, 25; P.A. 87-405, S. 1, 26; P.A. 88-343, S. 3, 32; P.A. 89-211, S. 3; 89-331, S. 4, 30; P.A. 90-297, S. 1, 24; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-4, S. 6, 25; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7, S. 1, 36; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-382, S. 53, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1, S. 1, 45; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; 95-272, S. 1, 29; P.A. 96-181, S. 104, 121; 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; 96-256, S. 169, 209; June 5 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-1, S. 2, 20; P.A. 98-259, S. 1, 17; P.A. 99-241, S. 2, 66; 99-242, S. 88, 90; P.A. 00-167, S. 57, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7, S. 1, 28; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 1; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1, S. 1; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 110; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 80-21 removed housing projects from control of economic development department and gave control to housing department under Subsec. (b); P.A. 80-411 included shelter facilities for victims of household abuse under control of human resources department in Subsec. (b); P.A. 80-483 and P.A. 81-472 made technical changes; P.A. 83-365 added Subsec. (d) concerning economic development projects; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-33 increased total authorization from twelve million dollars to thirteen million dollars and economic development project segment from two million to three million; P.A. 84-443 increased general authorization limit to fifteen million dollars, including an increase for the department of economic development to four million dollars and for the department of human resources to four million dollars, delayed the deadline for authorization by the state bond commission to October 1, 1986, and incorrectly showed Subsec. (d) as new language whereas it had already been added by P.A. 83-365; P.A. 85-558 increased the bond authorization limit to seventeen million three hundred thousand dollars, increasing economic development segment to five million three hundred thousand dollars and human resources segment to five million dollars; P.A. 85-613 made technical change; P.A. 86-396 amended Subsec. (a) to increase bond authorization from seventeen million three hundred thousand dollars to twenty million fifty thousand dollars and amended Subsec. (b) to increase bond authorization in Subdiv. (1) from five million three hundred thousand dollars to six million three hundred thousand dollars, to increase bond authorization in Subdiv. (4) from five million dollars to five million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars and to add Subdiv. (6) re historic preservation areas; P.A. 87-405 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization from twenty million fifty thousand dollars to fifty-nine million fifty thousand dollars and amended Subsec. (b) to increase the bond authorization in Subdiv. (1) from six million three hundred thousand dollars to seven million three hundred thousand dollars, to increase the bond authorization in Subdiv. (4) from five million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to eighty million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars and to include emergency shelters for the homeless and multipurpose human resource centers within that authorization and to add Subpara. (B) of Subdiv. (6) re grants-in-aid to municipalities, municipal entities and certain nonprofit organizations; P.A. 88-343 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization from fifty-nine million fifty thousand dollars to sixty-eight million fifty thousand dollars and amended Subsec. (b) to increase the bond authorization in Subdiv. (1) from seven million three hundred thousand dollars to nine million three hundred thousand dollars and in Subdiv. (4) from eight million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to fifteen million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars and added "related facilities" to Subdiv. (4); P.A. 89-211 clarified reference to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; P.A. 89-331 increased the total bond authorization from sixty-eight million fifty thousand dollars to seventy-two million five hundred fifty thousand dollars and increased the bond authorization for the department of human resources from fifteen million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to twenty million two hundred fifty thousand dollars; P.A. 90-297 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization from seventy-two million five hundred fifty thousand dollars to seventy-nine million six hundred forty-five thousand nine hundred two dollars and amended Subsec. (b) to increase the bond authorization in Subdiv. (1) from nine million three hundred thousand dollars to nine million eight hundred thousand dollars, to decrease the bond authorization in Subdiv. (2) from two million dollars to one million nine hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars and to increase the bond authorization in Subdiv. (4) from twenty million two hundred fifty thousand dollars to twenty-six million eight hundred fifty thousand dollars; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-4 increased the bond authorization in Subsec. (a) from seventy-nine million six hundred forty-five thousand nine hundred two dollars to ninety-two million three hundred forty-five thousand nine hundred two dollars, in Subdiv. (1) of Subsec. (b) the amount of the proceeds from the sale of said bonds to be used for economic development was increased from nine million eight hundred thousand dollars to seventeen million five hundred thousand dollars and in Subdiv. (4) of Subsec. (b) the amount to be used for the department of human resources was increased from twenty-six million eight hundred fifty thousand dollars to thirty-one million eight hundred fifty thousand dollars; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization from ninety-two million three hundred forty-five thousand nine hundred two dollars to one hundred six million five hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars and amended Subsec. (b) to increase the bond authorization in Subdiv. (1) from seventeen million five hundred thousand dollars to eighteen million five hundred thousand dollars, to increase the bond authorization in Subdiv. (4) from thirty-one million eight hundred fifty thousand dollars to thirty-five million one hundred thousand dollars and to include in such authorization food distribution facilities and to increase the bond authorization in Subpara. (B) of Subdiv. (6) from thirty-five million dollars to forty-five million dollars and to include in such authorization public safety programs; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of department of social services for department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-382 added definition of "applicant" in Subsec. (d), extending eligibility for grants-in-aid to nonmunicipal entities, effective July 1, 1993; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1 amended Subsec. (a) to increase bond authorization from one hundred six million five hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars to one hundred seventy-three million eight hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars, effective July 1, 1993, provided thirty million five hundred thousand dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994, and amended Subsec. (b) to increase bond authorization in Subdiv. (1) from eighteen million five hundred thousand to forty-eight million five hundred thousand dollars, effective July 1, 1993, provided ten million dollars of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994, in Subdiv. (4) from thirty-five million one hundred thousand dollars to thirty-nine million one hundred thousand dollars, effective July 1, 1993, provided four million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994, and in Subdiv. (6) from forty-five million dollars to seventy-eight million three hundred thousand dollars, effective July 1, 1993, provided sixteen million five hundred thousand dollars of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 95-272 amended Subsec. (a) to increase authorization from one hundred seventy-three million eight hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars to one hundred ninety-seven million eight hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars provided twelve million dollars of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 1996, Subsec. (b) to increase authorization for the Department of Economic and Community Development from forty-eight million five hundred thousand dollars to fifty-eight million five hundred thousand dollars provided five million dollars of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 1996, and the authorization for grants-in-aid for urban development projects from seventy-eight million three hundred thousand dollars to ninety-two million three hundred thousand dollars provided seven million dollars of the authorization shall be effective July 1, 1996, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-181 amended Subsec. (a) to increase authorization from $197,895,000 to $275,895,000 and the amount available for July 1, 1996, from $12,000,000 to $90,000,000, Subsec. (b) to include administrative costs incurred by the Department of Economic and Community Development, to provide that $2,000,000 be used for the Technology-Based Revolving Loan Fund program, to add the Department of Children and Families and to increase the amounts available for grants-in-aid under Subdiv. (6)(B) from $92,300,000 to $170,300,000 and the amount available for July 1, 1996, from $7,000,000 to $85,000,000, Subsec. (c) to add to the definition of "eligible municipality" reference to determination by Bond Commission that projects meet goal of Sec. 4-66b, and Subsec. (d) to delete definition of "applicant" and make technical changes, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 96-256 amended Subsec. (d) to replace reference to Sec. 33-421 with Sec. 33-1002, effective January 1, 1997; June 5 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-1 amended Subsec. (a) to increase bond authorization from two hundred seventy-five million eight hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars to three hundred eighty-four million six hundred ninety-five thousand nine hundred two dollars provided fifty-four million four hundred thousand dollars is effective July 1, 1998, and amended Subsec. (b) to increase bond authorization from fifty-eight million five hundred thousand dollars to sixty-seven million three hundred thousand dollars provided four million four hundred thousand dollars is effective July 1, 1998, and to delete reference to the Technology-Based Revolving Loan Fund program, effective July 31, 1997; P.A. 98-259, effective July 1, 1998, amended Subsec. (a) to increase authorization from $384,695,902 to $409,695,902 provided $79,400,000 of said authorization was effective July 1, 1998, and amended Subsec. (b) to increase authorization in Subdiv. (2) from $1,995,902 to $2,000,000, to decrease the authorization in Subdiv. (3) from $2,000,000 to $1,995,902, and to increase the authorization in Subdiv. (6) from $270,300,000 to $295,300,000 provided $75,000,000 of said authorization was effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (a) to increase authorization from $409,695,902 to $596,695,902 provided $93,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000, and Subsec. (b) to increase authorization from $67,300,000 to $77,300,000, one million to be used for a grant to the deployment center program provided $5,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 99-242 amended Subsec. (a) to increase authorization from $596,695,902 to $669,695,902 provided $130,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-167 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that five million dollars of the grants authorized under Subdiv. (6)(B) may be made to private nonprofit organizations and that five million dollars of the grants authorized under Subdiv. (6)(B) may be made for necessary renovations and improvements of libraries, and amended Subsec. (c) to include public investment communities as eligible municipalities, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the authorization from $669,695,902 to $953,695,902 provided $142,000,000 is effective July 1, 2002, and amended Subsec. (b) to increase authorization to the Department of Economic and Community Development for economic and community development projects from $77,300,000 to $81,300,000 provided $2,000,000 is effective July 1, 2002, and to increase authorization to Office of Policy and Management for various projects from $545,300,000 to $825,300,000 provided $140,000,000 is effective July 1, 2002, effective July 1, 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 amended Subsec. (a) to decrease authorization from $953,695,902 to $906,987,544 and to provide that $107,000,000 of such authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003, and amended Subsec. (b), in Subdiv. (1), to decrease amount authorized for the Department of Economic and Community Development from $81,300,000 to $74,591,642 and to provide that $7,000,000 of such authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003, in Subdiv. (6)(B), to decrease the amount authorized for the Office of Policy and Management from $825,300,000 to $785,300,000 and to provide that $100,000,000 of such authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003, and to add provision that five million dollars be made available for small business gap financing, effective July 1, 2002; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the aggregate authorization to $982,487,544 and to provide that $75,500,000 of said authorization is effective July 1, 2004, and amended Subsec. (b) to decrease authorization to the Department of Economic and Community Development in Subdiv. (1) to $67,591,642, to delete provision re part of said authorization which was effective July 1, 2003, to increase authorization to the Department of Economic and Community Development in Subdiv. (6)(B) to $867,800,000, of which $82,500,000 is effective July 1, 2004, to increase authorization for renovations and improvements of libraries to $10,000,000 and to add provision making a portion of authorized funds available for regional economic development revolving loan funds, effective July 1, 2004; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2 amended Subsec. (b) to increase an authorization for renovations and improvements of libraries to $12,000,000, effective May 12, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the aggregate authorization from $982,487,541 to $1,132,487,544, of which $65,000,000 is effective July 1, 2006, and amended Subsec. (b) by dividing it into Subdivs. (1) and (2), making conforming changes therein, increasing the amount authorized for the Department of Economic and Community Development from $867,800,000 to $1,017,800, of which $65,000,000 is effective July 1, 2006, and providing that $1,400,000 be made available for Black Rock Library and $2,500,000 be made available for the Institute for the Hispanic Family, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-66g. Small Town Economic Assistance Program. Bond authorization. Certain sewer projects eligible. (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one hundred million dollars, provided twenty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2006.

      (b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Office of Policy and Management for a Small Town Economic Assistance Program the purpose of which shall be to provide grants-in-aid to any municipality that is not economically distressed within the meaning of subsection (b) of section 32-9p, does not have an urban center in any plan adopted by the General Assembly pursuant to section 16a-30 and is not a public investment community within the meaning of subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of section 7-545. Such grants shall be used for purposes for which funds would be available under section 4-66c. No municipality may receive more than five hundred thousand dollars in any one fiscal year under said program. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection and section 4-66c, a municipality that is (1) a distressed municipality within the meaning of subsection (b) of section 32-9p or a public investment community within the meaning of subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of section 7-545, and (2) otherwise eligible under this subsection for the Small Town Economic Assistance Program may elect to be eligible for said program in lieu of being eligible for financial assistance under section 4-66c, by a vote of its legislative body or, in the case of a municipality in which the legislative body is a town meeting, its board of selectmen, and submitting a written notice of such vote to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. Any such election shall be for the four-year period following submission of such notice to the secretary and may be extended for additional four-year periods in accordance with the same procedure for the initial election.

      (c) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (d) Any grant-in-aid allowed under the Small Town Economic Assistance Program under this section may be administered on behalf of the Office of Policy and Management by another state agency as determined by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

      (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 16a-31, no municipality that has a population of less than fifteen thousand as determined by the most recent decennial census and in which at least five thousand five hundred acres of land but not more than six thousand acres of land is owned by a regional water authority shall be denied a grant pursuant to subsections (a) to (d), inclusive, of this section for a sewer project solely because such project is not consistent with the locational guide map accompanying the state plan of conservation and development adopted under chapter 297.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7, S. 19, 28; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 21; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1, S. 2; P.A. 05-194, S. 1; 05-247, S. 10; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 2.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7 effective July 1, 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 added Subsec. (d) re administration of grant-in-aid, effective August 15, 2002; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the aggregate authorization to $60,000,000, make $20,000,000 of said authorization effective July 1, 2004, and delete provision re funds authorized in 2002, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-194 amended Subsec. (b) to authorize certain distressed municipalities and public investment communities to elect to be eligible for the Small Town Economic Assistance Program in lieu of being eligible for financial assistance under Sec. 4-66c, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-247, designated editorially by the Revisors as Subsec. (e), provided that certain municipalities shall not be denied a grant for a sewer project solely because the project is not consistent with the locational guide map, effective July 8, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the aggregate authorization from $60,000,000 to $100,000,000, of which $20,000,000 is effective July 1, 2006, and amended Subsec. (b) to remove requirement that to receive grant, municipality must have a population under thirty thousand, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-66aa. Land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation account. There is established, within the General Fund, a separate, nonlapsing account to be known as the "land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation account". The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. The funds in the account shall be distributed every three months as follows: (1) Twenty-five per cent to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism to use as follows: (A) Two hundred thousand dollars, annually, to supplement the technical assistance and preservation activities of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, established pursuant to special act 75-93, and (B) the remainder to supplement historic preservation activities as provided in sections 10-409 to 10-415, inclusive; (2) twenty-five per cent to the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority to supplement new or existing affordable housing programs; (3) twenty-five per cent to the Department of Environmental Protection for municipal open space grants; and (4) twenty-five per cent to the Department of Agriculture to use as follows: (A) Five hundred thousand dollars annually for the agricultural viability grant program established pursuant to section 22-26j; (B) five hundred thousand dollars, annually for the farm transition program established pursuant to section 22-26k; (C) one hundred thousand dollars annually to encourage the sale of Connecticut Grown food to schools, restaurants, retailers, and other institutions and businesses in the state; (D) seventy-five thousand dollars annually for the Connecticut farm link program established pursuant to section 22-26l; and (E) the remainder for farmland preservation programs pursuant to chapter 422. Each agency receiving funds under this section may use not more than ten per cent of such funds for administration of the programs for which the funds were provided.

      (P.A. 05-228, S. 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 113.)

      History: P.A. 05-228 effective July 1, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 changed effective date of P.A. 05-228 to October 1, 2005, effective June 30, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-66bb. Administrative costs to be paid from land protection, affordable housing and historic preservation account. Any costs associated with administering the provisions of public act 05-228*, including fringe benefit costs, shall be paid from the account established by section 4-66aa.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 63.)

      *Public act 05-228 is entitled "An Act Concerning Farm Land Preservation, Land Protection, Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation". (See Reference Table captioned "Public Acts of 2005" following the Index.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-67m. Development of goals, objectives and measures; implementation and revision; report. (a) The Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with each budgeted state agency, shall develop, for state budgeting purposes, specific biennial goals and objectives and quantifiable outcome measures, which shall not be limited to measures of activities, for each program, service and state grant administered or provided by such agency. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall submit an annual report concerning such goals, objectives and measures to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the joint standing committee having cognizance of matters relating to the agency. For the biennium beginning July 1, 1995, and for each biennium thereafter, the annual report shall include an evaluation of the impact of each program, service and state contract on the family.

      (b) The goals, objectives and measures developed for each such agency pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be implemented for the biennium beginning July 1, 1993. The Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with each such agency, shall review and revise such goals, objectives and measures for each biennium thereafter.

      (c) For the biennium beginning July 1, 1995, and for each biennium thereafter, the annual report submitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall evaluate the progress of budgeted state agencies in achieving benchmarks established under section 4-67r.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-8, S. 3, 5; P.A. 93-387, S. 2, 3; P.A. 97-288, S. 4, 6; P.A. 05-288, S. 12.)

      History: P.A. 93-387 added Subsec. (c) re evaluation of progress in achieving benchmarks, effective June 30, 1993; P.A. 97-288 amended Subsec. (a) to require that for the biennium beginning July 1, 1995, and for each biennium thereafter the report include an evaluation of the impact of each program, service and state contract on the family, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-67x. Child Poverty Council. Plan to be developed. Plan contents. Council meetings. Report to General Assembly. Protocol for state contracts. Termination of council. (a) There shall be a Child Poverty Council consisting of the following members or their designees: The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives, the Commissioners of Children and Families, Social Services, Correction, Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Transportation, Public Health, Education, Economic and Community Development and Health Care Access, the Labor Commissioner, the Chairman of the Board of Governors for Higher Education, the Child Advocate, the chairperson of the State Prevention Council, the chairperson of the Children's Trust Fund and the executive directors of the Commission on Children and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, shall be the chairperson of the council. The council shall develop a ten-year plan, to begin June 8, 2004, to reduce the number of children living in poverty in the state by fifty per cent.

      (b) The plan shall contain: (1) An identification and analysis of the occurrence of child poverty in the state, (2) an analysis of the long-term effects of child poverty on children, their families and their communities, (3) an analysis of costs of child poverty to municipalities and the state, (4) an inventory of state-wide public and private programs that address child poverty, (5) the percentage of the target population served by such programs and the current state funding levels, if any, for such programs, (6) an identification and analysis of any deficiencies or inefficiencies of such programs, and (7) procedures and priorities for implementing strategies to achieve a fifty per cent reduction in child poverty in the state by June 30, 2014. Such procedures and priorities shall include, but not be limited to, (A) vocational training and placement to promote career progression for parents of children living in poverty, (B) educational opportunities, including higher education opportunities, and advancement for such parents and children, including, but not limited to, preliteracy, literacy and family literacy programs, (C) housing for such parents and children, (D) day care and after-school programs and mentoring programs for such children and for single parents, (E) health care access for such parents and children, including access to mental health services and family planning, (F) treatment programs and services, including substance abuse programs and services, for such parents and children, and (G) accessible childhood nutrition programs.

      (c) In developing the plan, the council shall consult with experts and providers of services to children living in poverty and parents of such children. The council shall hold at least one public hearing on the plan. After the public hearing, the council may make any modifications that the members deem necessary based on testimony given at the public hearing.

      (d) Funds from private and public sources may be accepted and utilized by the council to develop and implement the plan and the provisions of this section.

      (e) Not later than January 1, 2005, the council shall submit the plan, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and human services and to the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, along with any recommendations for legislation and funding necessary to implement the plan.

      (f) On or before January 1, 2006, and annually thereafter, until January 1, 2015, the council shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and human services and to the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children on the implementation of the plan, progress made toward meeting the child poverty reduction goal specified in subsection (a) of this section and the extent to which state actions are in conformity with the plan. The council shall meet at least two times annually to review and coordinate state agency efforts to meet the child poverty reduction goal specified in subsection (a) of this section.

      (g) Not later than July 1, 2006, the Office of Policy and Management shall, within available appropriations, develop a protocol requiring state contracts for programs aimed at reducing poverty for children and families to include performance-based standards and outcome measures related to the child poverty reduction goal specified in subsection (a) of this section. Not later than July 1, 2007, the Office of Policy and Management shall, within available appropriations, require such state contracts to include such performance-based standards and outcomes. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may consult with the Commission on Children to identify academic, private and other available funding sources and may accept and utilize funds from private and public sources to implement the provisions of this section.

      (h) For purposes of this section, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, shall be responsible for coordinating all necessary activities, including, but not limited to, scheduling and presiding over meetings and public hearings.

      (i) The council shall terminate on June 30, 2015.

      (P.A. 04-238, S. 1; P.A. 05-244, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 04-238 effective June 8, 2004; P.A. 05-244 made technical changes, added executive director of Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities as council member in Subsec. (a), specified mandatory minimum number of meeting times and reporting requirements in Subsec. (f) and required development and implementation of state contract protocol in new Subsec. (g), redesignating existing Subsecs. (g) and (h) as Subsecs. (h) and (i), respectively, effective July 11, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-68m. Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division. Duties. Collaboration with other agencies. Access to information and data. (a) There is established a Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management. The division shall be under the direction of an undersecretary.

      (b) The division shall develop a plan to promote a more effective and cohesive state criminal justice system and, to accomplish such plan, shall:

      (1) Conduct an in-depth analysis of the criminal justice system;

      (2) Determine the long-range needs of the criminal justice system and recommend policy priorities for the system;

      (3) Identify critical problems in the criminal justice system and recommend strategies to solve those problems;

      (4) Assess the cost-effectiveness of the use of state and local funds in the criminal justice system;

      (5) Recommend means to improve the deterrent and rehabilitative capabilities of the criminal justice system;

      (6) Advise and assist the General Assembly in developing plans, programs and proposed legislation for improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system;

      (7) Make computations of daily costs and compare interagency costs on services provided by agencies that are a part of the criminal justice system;

      (8) Make population computations for use in planning for the long-range needs of the criminal justice system;

      (9) Determine long-range information needs of the criminal justice system and acquire that information;

      (10) Cooperate with the Office of the Victim Advocate by providing information and assistance to the office relating to the improvement of crime victims' services;

      (11) Serve as the liaison for the state to the United States Department of Justice on criminal justice issues of interest to the state and federal government relating to data, information systems and research;

      (12) Measure the success of community-based services and programs in reducing recidivism; and

      (13) Engage in other activities consistent with the responsibilities of the division.

      (c) In addition to the division's other duties under this section, the division may perform any function described in subsection (b) of this section to promote an effective and cohesive juvenile justice system.

      (d) In the performance of its duties under this section, the division shall collaborate with the Department of Correction, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Public Safety and consult with the Chief Court Administrator, the executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the judicial branch, the Chief State's Attorney and the Chief Public Defender.

      (e) (1) At the request of the division, the Department of Correction, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Public Safety, the Chief Court Administrator, the executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the judicial branch, the Chief State's Attorney and the Chief Public Defender shall provide the division with information and data needed by the division to perform its duties under subsection (b) of this section.

      (2) The division shall have access to individualized records maintained by the judicial branch and the agencies specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection as needed for research purposes. The division, in collaboration with the judicial branch and the agencies specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection, shall develop protocols to protect the privacy of such individualized records consistent with state and federal law. The division shall use such individualized records for statistical analyses only and shall not use such records in any other manner that would disclose the identity of individuals to whom the records pertain.

      (3) Any information or data provided to the division pursuant to this subsection that is confidential in accordance with state or federal law shall remain confidential while in the custody of the division and shall not be disclosed.

      (P.A. 05-249, S. 1.) Effective July 1, 2006.

      History: P.A. 05-249 effective July 1, 2006.

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      Sec. 4-68n. Correctional system population projections. The Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management shall development population projections for the correctional system for planning purposes and issue a report on such projections not later than November first of each year.

      (P.A. 05-249, S. 2.) Effective July 1, 2006.

      History: P.A. 05-249 effective July 1, 2006.

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      Sec. 4-68o. Reporting system to track criminal justice system trends and outcomes. (a) The Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management shall develop a reporting system that is able to track trends and outcomes related to policies designed to reduce prison overcrowding, improve rehabilitation efforts and enhance reentry strategies for offenders released from prison.

      (b) The reporting system shall, at a minimum, track on a monthly basis: (1) The number of admissions to prison (A) directly from courts, (B) on account of parole revocation, and (C) on account of probation revocation, (2) the number of releases on parole and to other forms of community supervision and facilities, (3) the rate of granting parole, (4) the number of probation placements and placements to probation facilities, (5) the prison population, and (6) the projected prison population.

      (c) The reporting system shall, at a minimum, track on an annual basis: (1) Recidivism of offenders released from prison, (2) recidivism of offenders on probation, and (3) recidivism of offenders participating in programs designed to reduce prison overcrowding, improve rehabilitation efforts and enhance reentry strategies for offenders released from prison. The division shall measure recidivism in accordance with a nationally-accepted methodology.

      (d) The reporting system shall define outcomes for major programs and annually report these outcomes and delineate strategies to measure outcomes when information is not yet available to measure the effectiveness of particular programs.

      (e) The division shall publish the first monthly report not later than November 1, 2006.

      (f) The division shall publish the first annual outcome report not later than January 1, 2007. Such report may be included as part of the report submitted under section 4-68p.

      (P.A. 05-249, S. 3.) Effective July 1, 2006.

      History: P.A. 05-249 effective July 1, 2006.

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      Sec. 4-68p. Report. Not later than January first of each year, the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a, and make a presentation to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to criminal justice and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies concerning its activities and recommendations under section 4-68m and specifying the actions necessary to promote an effective and cohesive criminal justice system. The report shall estimate the amount of savings inuring to the benefit of the state on account of the actual prison population being less than projected prior to the adoption of prison overcrowding reduction policies and make recommendations as to the manner in which a portion of such cost savings may be reinvested in community-based services and programs and community supervision by probation and parole officers in order to maintain that reduction in projected prison population.

      (P.A. 05-249, S. 4.) Effective July 1, 2006.

      History: P.A. 05-249 effective July 1, 2006.

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PART II
BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS

      Sec. 4-85. Quarterly requisitions for allotments; exceptions; modifications. (a) Before an appropriation becomes available for expenditure, each budgeted agency shall submit to the Governor through the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, not less than twenty days before the beginning of the fiscal year for which such appropriation was made, a requisition for the allotment of the amount estimated to be necessary to carry out the purposes of such appropriation during each quarter of such fiscal year. Appropriations for capital outlays may be allotted in any manner the Governor deems advisable. Such requisition shall contain any further information required by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. The Governor shall approve such requisitions, subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) Any allotment requisition and any allotment in force shall be subject to the following: (1) If the Governor determines that due to a change in circumstances since the budget was adopted certain reductions should be made in allotment requisitions or allotments in force or that estimated budget resources during the fiscal year will be insufficient to finance all appropriations in full, the Governor may modify such allotment requisitions or allotments in force to the extent the Governor deems necessary. Before such modifications are effected the Governor shall file a report with the joint standing committee having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and the joint standing committee having cognizance of matters relating to state finance, revenue and bonding describing the change in circumstances which makes it necessary that certain reductions should be made or the basis for his determination that estimated budget resources will be insufficient to finance all appropriations in full. (2) If the cumulative monthly financial statement issued by the Comptroller pursuant to section 3-115 includes a projected General Fund deficit greater than one per cent of the total of General Fund appropriations, the Governor, within thirty days following the issuance of such statement, shall file a report with such joint standing committees, including a plan which he shall implement to modify such allotments to the extent necessary to prevent a deficit. No modification of an allotment requisition or an allotment in force made by the Governor pursuant to this subsection shall result in a reduction of more than three per cent of the total appropriation from any fund or more than five per cent of any appropriation, except such limitations shall not apply in time of war, invasion or emergency caused by natural disaster.

      (c) If a plan submitted in accordance with subsection (b) of this section indicates that a reduction of more than three per cent of the total appropriation from any fund or more than five per cent of any appropriation is required to prevent a deficit, the Governor may request that the Finance Advisory Committee approve any such reduction, provided any modification which would result in a reduction of more than five per cent of total appropriations shall require the approval of the General Assembly.

      (d) The secretary shall submit copies of allotment requisitions thus approved or modified or allotments in force thus modified, with the reasons for any modifications, to the administrative heads of the budgeted agencies concerned, to the Comptroller and to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of appropriations and matters relating to the budgets of state agencies, through the Office of Fiscal Analysis. The Comptroller shall set up such allotments on the Comptroller's books and be governed thereby in the control of expenditures of budgeted agencies.

      (e) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to authorize the Governor to reduce allotment requisitions or allotments in force concerning aid to municipalities.

      (1949 Rev., S. 238; P.A. 73-679, S. 12, 43; P.A. 75-537, S. 27, 55; P.A. 77-614, S. 33, 610; P.A. 79-623, S. 1, 8; P.A. 81-2, S. 2, 3; P.A. 82-314, S. 16, 63; P.A. 83-587, S. 4, 96; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-3, S. 46, 168; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-14, S. 29, 30; P.A. 05-288, S. 13, 14.)

      History: P.A. 73-679 replaced director of budget with managing director, planning and budgeting division, department of finance and control or his designee; P.A. 75-537 changed division name to budget and management division and deleted references to designee; P.A. 77-614 replaced managing director with secretary of the office of policy and management; P.A. 79-623 divided section into subsections, clarified procedure by which governor may change appropriations and to what degree and included appropriations committee in provisions concerning notice of changes; P.A. 81-2 added Subsec. (g) authorizing governor, during fiscal year 1980-1981, to reduce allotments for appropriated accounts by ten per cent of the amount appropriated for that fiscal year; P.A. 82-314 changed committee names; P.A. 83-587 made a technical amendment, deleting obsolete Subsec. (g) concerning fiscal year 1980-1981; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-3 deleted language in Subsec. (a) which limited appropriations subject to provisions of section to appropriations "for administration, operation and maintenance of any budgeted agency", deleted requirement that each budgeted agency collecting revenue which is added to or which supplements its appropriations shall attach to its requisitions a statement showing how much of proposed allotments are to be financed from appropriations, reimbursements and any other revenue, added provision that appropriations for capital outlays may be allotted in any manner the governor deems advisable, deleted Subsecs. (b), (c), (e) and (f) and substituted new Subsecs. (b) and (c) re procedures for modification of allotment requisitions or allotments in force, and added new Subsec. (e) re aid to municipalities; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-14 changed effective date of June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-3, S. 46 from July 1, 1992, and applicable to biennium commencing July 1, 1993, to August 22, 1991; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsecs. (a) and (c), effective July 13, 2005.

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PART V
OFFICE OF WORKFORCE COMPETITIVENESS

      Sec. 4-124z. Review and evaluation of linkage between skill standards for education and training and employment needs of business and industry. (a) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness, the Labor Commissioner, the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Education and Social Services, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Chancellor of the regional community-technical colleges, in consultation with the superintendent of the vocational-technical school system and one member of industry representing each of the economic clusters identified by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development pursuant to section 32-1m shall (1) review, evaluate and, as necessary, recommend improvements for certification and degree programs offered by the vocational-technical school system and the community-technical college system to ensure that such programs meet the employment needs of business and industry, and (2) develop strategies to strengthen the linkage between skill standards for education and training and the employment needs of business and industry.

      (b) Not later than January 1, 2002, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Education shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, commerce, labor and higher education and employment advancement on (1) the implementation of any recommended programs or strategies within the vocational-technical school system or the community-technical college system to strengthen the linkage between vocational-technical and community-technical college certification and degree programs and the employment needs of business and industry, and (2) any certification or degree programs offered by vocational-technical schools or community-technical colleges that do not meet current industry standards.

      (P.A. 01-193, S. 6, 9; P.A. 03-278, S. 9; P.A. 04-212, S. 3; P.A. 05-191, S. 10.)

      History: P.A. 01-193 effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-278 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective July 9, 2003; P.A. 04-212 amended Subsec. (b) to make a technical change, effective June 3, 2004; P.A. 05-191 substituted "32-1m" for "32-4g" in Subsec. (a).

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      Sec. 4-124ff. Innovation Challenge Grant program. Council of Advisors on Strategies for the Knowledge Economy. (a) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness shall, within available appropriations and in consultation with the council established under subsection (b) of this section, establish a competitive "Innovation Challenge Grant" program to promote and encourage partnerships and collaborations involving technology-based business and industry with institutions of higher education and regional vocational-technical schools for the development of educational programs in emerging and interdisciplinary technology fields and to address related issues.

      (b) There is established a Council of Advisors on Strategies for the Knowledge Economy to promote the formation of university-industry partnerships, identify benchmarks for technology-based workforce innovation and competitiveness and advise the award process (1) for innovation challenge grants to public postsecondary schools and their business partners, and (2) grants under section 4-124hh. The council shall be chaired by the director of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness and shall include the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development and Higher Education, the Labor Commissioner, the executive directors of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated and the Connecticut Development Authority and four representatives from the technology industry, one of whom shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate and one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

      (P.A. 04-212, S. 1; P.A. 05-198, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 04-212 effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-198 amended Subsec. (b) by designating provisions re innovation challenge grants as Subdiv. (1), adding Subdiv. (2) re grants under Sec. 4-124hh and expanding the council to include the executive directors of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated and the Connecticut Development Authority, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-124hh. Grant program to generate talent in institutions of higher education. (a) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness shall, within available appropriations, establish a grant program to provide a flexible source of funding the creation and generation of talent in institutions of higher education and, with appropriate connections to vocational-technical schools and other secondary schools, for student outreach and development. Grants pursuant to this subsection shall be awarded to institutions of higher education and may be used to:

      (1) Upgrade instructional laboratories to meet specific industry-standard laboratory and instrumentation skill requirements;

      (2) Develop new curriculum and certificate and degree programs at the level of associate, bachelor, master's and doctorate, tied to industry identified needs;

      (3) Develop seamlessly articulated career development programs in workforce shortage areas forecasted pursuant to subdivision (9) of subsection (b) of section 4-124w in collaboration with vocational-technical schools and other secondary schools and institutions of higher education; and

      (4) Support undergraduate and graduate student research projects and experimental learning activities.

      (b) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness shall, within available appropriations, establish a grant program to provide funding for the advancement of research capabilities and research opportunities. Grants pursuant to this subsection shall be awarded to institutions of higher education and technology focused organizations and may be used to:

      (1) Recruit eminent faculty in basic and applied research;

      (2) Leverage federal funding for research centers; and

      (3) Provide pilot funding for faculty to develop initial research data for the development of larger grant funding proposals and to nonstate granting entities, such as federal agencies.

      (c) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness shall, within available appropriations, establish a grant program to provide funding for the promotion of collaborative research applications between industry and institutions of higher education. Grants pursuant to this subsection shall be awarded to institutions of higher education, technology-focused organizations and business entities may be used:

      (1) To improve technology infrastructure by advancing the development of shared use between institutions of higher education and business entities of laboratories and equipment, including, but not limited to, technology purchase, lease and installation, operating and necessary support personnel and maintenance; and

      (2) As matching grants for joint projects between an industry, a technology-focused organization or a university. The office shall structure the matching grants to provide two rounds of funding annually and shall do outreach to companies. The matching grant part of the program shall include, but not be limited to, (A) one-to-one matching grants not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars, with in-kind match allowed for small and mid-sized companies, (B) involvement of a competitive process with outside reviewers using as key criteria (i) the demonstration of commercial relevance, and (ii) a clear path to the marketplace for any innovations developed in the course of the research, and (C) an aggressive marketing campaign through business organizations to raise industry awareness of resources from universities or technology-focused organizations.

      (d) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness shall, within available appropriations, establish a grant program to provide funding for the promotion of commercialization of research done by institutions of higher education. Grants pursuant to this subsection shall be awarded to institutions of higher education and business entities and may be used to:

      (1) Provide funding to verify the technical and commercial feasibility of early stage discoveries by institutions of higher education that are disclosed or patented to accelerate and increase the likelihood that the technology will be successfully commercialized; and

      (2) Provide matching support for smaller institutions of higher education to allow for contracts with independent technology transfer organizations to provide specific service to support specific needs.

      (P.A. 05-198, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 05-198 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 4-124ii. Awarding of grants to generate talent in institutions of higher education. Grants under section 4-124hh shall be awarded based on the following order of priority:

      (1) Grants that focus on key technology areas to give Connecticut a competitive advantage in the knowledge economy;

      (2) Grants that create certificate and degree programs to encourage talent generation;

      (3) Grants that promote multi-institutional collaboration across public and private institutions of higher education;

      (4) Grants that involve multiple activities, enhance research capabilities, promote applied research collaborations and advance the commercialization of research of institutions of higher education; and

      (5) Grants that include matching funds from institutions of higher education, technology-focused organizations or business entities.

      (P.A. 05-198, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 05-198 effective July 1, 2005.

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