CHAPTER 67
STATE PERSONNEL ACT

Table of Contents

Sec. 5-198. Positions exempt from classified service.
Sec. 5-200. State personnel and employment policies. Powers and duties of the Commissioner of Administrative Services. Regulations. Personnel administration services for municipalities or other political subdivisions of the state.
Sec. 5-200d. Automated personnel system.
Sec. 5-209a. General worker. Work experience credit for out-of-class work.
Sec. 5-240. Reprimand, suspension, demotion, dismissal. Layoffs. Notice period pay.
Sec. 5-257. Group life insurance.
Sec. 5-259. Hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. Eligibility. Coverage for other groups under plan. Eligibility of general workers for leave. Municipal Employee Health Insurance Plan.
Sec. 5-266a. Political activities of classified state employees and Judicial Department employees. Candidacy for office. Leave of absence or resignation upon taking elective office.

      Sec. 5-198. Positions exempt from classified service. The offices and positions filled by the following-described incumbents shall be exempt from the classified service:

      (a) All officers and employees of the Judicial Department;

      (b) All officers and employees of the Legislative Department;

      (c) All officers elected by popular vote;

      (d) All agency heads, members of boards and commissions and other officers appointed by the Governor;

      (e) All persons designated by name in any special act to hold any state office;

      (f) All officers, noncommissioned officers and enlisted men in the military or naval service of the state and under military or naval discipline and control;

      (g) All superintendents or wardens of state institutions, the State Librarian, the president of The University of Connecticut and any other commissioner or administrative head of a state department or institution who is appointed by a board or commission responsible by statute for the administration of such department or institution;

      (h) The State Historian appointed by the State Library Board;

      (i) Deputies to the administrative head of each department or institution designated by statute to act for and perform all of the duties of such administrative head during such administrative head's absence or incapacity;

      (j) Executive assistants to each state elective officer and each department head, as defined in section 4-5, provided each position of executive assistant shall have been created in accordance with section 5-214;

      (k) One personal secretary to the administrative head and to each undersecretary or deputy to such head of each department or institution provided any classified employee whose position is affected by this subsection shall retain classified status in such position;

      (l) All members of the professional and technical staffs of the constituent units of the state system of higher education, as defined in section 10a-1, of all other state institutions of learning, of the Department of Higher Education, and of the agricultural experiment station at New Haven, professional employees of the State Board of Education and teachers certified by the State Board of Education and employed in teaching positions at state institutions;

      (m) Physicians, dentists, student nurses in institutions and other professional specialists who are employed on a part-time basis;

      (n) Persons employed to make or conduct a special inquiry, investigation, examination or installation;

      (o) Students in educational institutions who are employed on a part-time basis;

      (p) Forest fire wardens provided for by section 23-36;

      (q) Patients or inmates of state institutions who receive compensation for services rendered therein;

      (r) Employees of the Governor including employees working at the executive office, official executive residence at 990 Prospect Avenue, Hartford and the Washington D.C. office;

      (s) Persons filling positions expressly exempted by statute from the classified service;

      (t) Librarians employed by the State Board of Education or any constituent unit of the state system of higher education;

      (u) Employees in the senior executive service;

      (v) All officers and employees of the Division of Criminal Justice;

      (w) One executive assistant to the chairman of the Office of Health Care Access, provided such position shall have been created in accordance with section 5-214;

      (x) Professional employees of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services in the Department of Social Services;

      (y) Lieutenant colonels in the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety appointed on or after June 6, 1990, and majors in the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety appointed on or after July 1, 1999;

      (z) The Deputy State Fire Marshal in the Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services within the Department of Public Safety;

      (aa) The chief administrative officer of the Workers' Compensation Commission;

      (bb) Employees in the education professions bargaining unit; and

      (cc) Disability policy specialists employed by the Council on Developmental Disabilities.

      (1967, P.A. 657, S. 7; 1969, P.A. 336; P.A. 75-316, S. 18; P.A. 76-254, S. 2, 11; P.A. 77-573, S. 22, 30; P.A. 79-621, S. 3-5, 24; P.A. 81-457, S. 2; P.A. 82-218, S. 38, 46; P.A. 85-353; P.A. 87-397, S. 1, 2; 87-518, S. 1, 5; P.A. 88-309, S. 3, 6; P.A. 89-354, S. 1, 21; P.A. 90-325, S. 12, 32; 90-337, S. 3, 8; P.A. 92-130, S. 2, 10; P.A. 93-206, S. 2, 16; 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-429, S. 1, 7; 93-435, S. 89, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 39, 58; P.A. 96-168, S. 2, 34; P.A. 97-148, S. 5, 8; P.A. 99-163, S. 2, 9; P.A. 01-195, S. 5, 181; P.A. 03-19, S. 11; P.A. 05-256, S. 6.)

      History: 1969 act added Subsec. (t) exempting state-employed librarians in education; P.A. 75-316 substituted state library board for state library committee; P.A. 76-254 amended Subsec. (i) to allow department and institution heads more than one deputy as designated by statute, deleting provision for designation by the administrative head; P.A. 77-573 substituted "board of higher education" for "commission for higher education" and "10-322a" for reference to repealed Sec. 10-322 in Subsec. (l); P.A. 79-621 amended Subsec. (j) to provide exception to its provisions, amended Subsec. (k) to provide personal secretaries for undersecretaries and deputies and added clause protecting classified employees affected by change, broadened scope of Subsec. (r) to include executive office and Washington D.C. office employees and added Subsec. (u); P.A. 81-457 amended Subsec. (u) to exempt senior executive service employees rather than senior civil service employees from the classified service; P.A. 82-218 replaced board of higher education with department of higher education pursuant to reorganization of higher education system, effective March 1, 1983; P.A. 85-353 added Subdiv. (v) exempting all officers and employees of the division of criminal justice from classified service; P.A. 87-397 added Subsec. (w) exempting one executive assistant to the chairman of the commission on hospitals and health care from the classified service; P.A. 87-518 amended Subsec. (j) to repeal limit on the number of executive assistants; P.A. 88-309 amended Subdiv. (l) to exempt professional employees of the vocational rehabilitation division from classified service; P.A. 89-354 deleted professional employees of the vocational rehabilitation division from Subsec. (l) and added new Subsec. (x) re exempting employees of the bureau of rehabilitation services from classified service, effective July 1, 1990; P.A. 90-325 changed the effective date of P.A. 89-354 from July 1, 1990, to sixty days after the determination by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services of the United States Department of Education that (1) the department of human resources meets all applicable federal statutory and regulatory requirements to be designated as the sole state agency to administer the state plan for vocational rehabilitation services and (2) the proposed bureau of rehabilitation services within the department of human resources meets all applicable federal statutory and regulatory requirements as a vocational rehabilitation organizational unit, i.e. July 1, 1991; P.A. 90-337 added new Subsec. concerning lieutenant colonels in division of state police; P.A. 92-130 added Subsec. (z), exempting deputy state fire marshal from classified service. ; P.A. 93-206 amended Subsec. (z) to substitute division of fire, emergency and building services for division of fire and building safety, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of department of social services for department of human resources in Subdiv. (x), effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-429 and P.A. 93-435 both added Subdiv. (aa) to exempt the chief administrative officer of the workers' compensation commission from the classified service, effective July 1, 1993, and June 28, 1993, respectively; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commission on Hospitals and Health Care with Office of Health Care Access, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-168 added Subsec. (bb) concerning employees in the education professions bargaining unit, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-148 added Subsec. (cc) re special deputy sheriffs, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 99-163 amended Subdiv. (y) by adding majors in the State Police, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 01-195 made a technical change for the purposes of gender neutrality in Subsec. (i) and deleted Subsec. (cc) re special deputy sheriffs, effective July 11, 2001; P.A. 03-19 made a technical change in Subsec. (l), effective May 12, 2003; P.A. 05-256 added new Subsec. (cc) to exempt disability policy specialists employed by the Council on Developmental Disabilities from classified service, effective July 1, 2005.

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)

      Sec. 5-200. State personnel and employment policies. Powers and duties of the Commissioner of Administrative Services. Regulations. Personnel administration services for municipalities or other political subdivisions of the state. (a) The Commissioner of Administrative Services or his authorized agent shall administer centralized and decentralized selection programs that will identify those applicants most qualified for appointment to or promotion in the state classified service, and establish candidate and reemployment lists for the various classes of positions within occupational groups and career progression levels. Upon a request from any appointing authority or indication of the need for additional employees, as evidenced by the presence of a temporary or provisional employee or by a request for certification of a temporary employee in any class, the commissioner or his designee shall certify the names of persons eligible for employment or reemployment. The commissioner shall: (1) Install and administer service-rating systems; (2) devise plans for, and cooperate with, appointing authorities and other supervising officials in the conduct of employee training programs to the end that the quality of service rendered by persons in the classified service may be continually improved; (3) conduct research into methods of selection, service ratings and other problems of personnel administration; (4) arrange for and, in cooperation with appointing authorities, effect transfers; (5) cooperate with appointing authorities in employee recruitment programs; (6) administer annual sick and special leaves of absence and hours of work and attendance in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and any regulations relating thereto; (7) establish personnel standards, governing promotions, classifications, reclassifications and the creation of positions, that will provide guidance to all agencies in matters of personnel management and serve as a means to evaluate agency performance in conducting personnel management; and (8) see that all appointments, promotions, layoffs, demotions, suspensions, removals and retirements are made in accordance with the applicable provisions of the general statutes and regulations issued pursuant thereto. The commissioner may fully or partially delegate the responsibilities set forth in this subsection to the heads of state agencies or their authorized agents, subject to audit, in order to improve human resource management.

      (b) The commissioner shall review position classifications in accordance with subsection (c) of section 5-206.

      (c) The commissioner shall cause to be kept for the classified service suitable records of (1) regulations adopted under this chapter, (2) classifications of positions, occupational groups, career progression levels and schedules of compensation provided for under this chapter, (3) standards for examining qualifications and measuring service, (4) examinations conducted and candidate and reemployment lists established, and (5) provisional and temporary appointments and other official acts.

      (d) The commissioner shall prescribe procedures for reports to be submitted to him.

      (e) The commissioner shall establish and maintain a complete roster of the employees and officers in the state service, whether under the classified service or not, showing for each such employee the title of the position held, his departmental, agency or institution assignment, rate of compensation, date of appointment and each change in his status, including any increase and decrease in pay, change in title, transfers or other facts which the commissioner considers desirable and pertinent.

      (f) The commissioner shall prescribe reasonable conditions and procedures under which the records of the Department of Administrative Services shall be open to public inspection during usual business hours, except as provided in section 5-225. He shall take all due precautions to prevent the securing in advance by any unauthorized person of any material to be used in any examination under this chapter, unless such material is available for all applicants. Statements of the former employers of applicants shall be considered confidential and shall not be open to inspection by any person.

      (g) The commissioner and his agents shall have free access to premises and records under the control of all officers, appointing authorities and other state employees during usual business hours and shall be furnished such facilities, assistance and information as he and his agents require in carrying out their functions. This subsection shall not apply to the medical records of state employees, unless the employee gives his consent or unless the information sought is necessary to assure adjudication of any responsibility on the part of the state or unless medical interpretations of preemployment and other examinations are requested by the commissioner.

      (h) (1) The commissioner shall, after completion of all established preliminary procedures necessary to prepare new and revised regulations, print and provide current and complete personnel regulations to all state agencies and to recognized state employee organizations. (2) New and revised regulations prepared as the result of legislative changes or development of new policies shall be processed in accordance with established procedures within a period of time not less than six months from their effective date and distributed in the same manner.

      (i) The commissioner may designate any two or more of his staff to serve as a hearing panel with respect to any matter before the commissioner. The commissioner and any hearing panel shall have the power to make investigations, inquiries and hold hearings. Any such panel shall report and may submit recommendations to the commissioner but shall have no other power except as otherwise specified in this chapter.

      (j) The commissioner shall issue such regulations as he may find necessary or appropriate for the administration of personnel pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

      (k) The commissioner shall, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, establish compensation schedules or plans pertaining to all state employees except employees of the Judicial and Legislative Departments and employees whose compensation is prescribed by statute. The commissioner shall prescribe higher compensation for work performed under less desirable conditions or at less desirable hours.

      (l) The commissioner shall establish classes of positions, occupational groups and career progression levels for all state employees holding positions in the classified service.

      (m) The commissioner shall maintain current compensation schedules pertaining to all employees specified in subsection (k) of this section and a comprehensive plan of position classifications pertaining to all employees specified in subsection (l) of this section.

      (n) Any interested employee or his representative or any appointing authority may submit to the commissioner written data, views or arguments or a request for a hearing in regard to specified position classifications or allocation of a class of positions to the compensation schedule. Within two months after the commissioner shall have received such data, views or arguments or shall have held any requested hearing, he shall forward to such employee, representative or appointing authority his written decision thereon, together with all written materials submitted to him by the interested employee or his representative and such other information as he considers appropriate.

      (o) The commissioner may at any time establish, abolish, divide or combine classes of positions and allocation of classes of positions to the compensation schedule. Any such action having a fiscal impact must be approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. The commissioner may at any time, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, amend or repeal any portion of any compensation schedule. The commissioner need not conduct any investigation or hearing prior to any such action.

      (p) When such authority is not otherwise conferred by statute, the commissioner may issue orders to provide that (1) executive or judicial branch employees exempt from the classified service or not included in any prevailing bargaining unit contract, except unclassified employees of any board of trustees of the constituent units of higher education, be granted rights and benefits not less than those granted to employees in the classified service or covered under such contracts, or (2) retirement benefits for state employees exempt from the classified service or not included in any prevailing bargaining unit contract and employees of state-aided institutions, as defined in section 5-175, be adjusted to provide retirement benefits for such employees which are the same as those most frequently provided under the terms of approved bargaining unit contracts in effect at the time of such adjustment. When such authority is not otherwise conferred by statute, the board of trustees of any constituent unit of the state system of higher education may issue orders to provide that the unclassified employees of such board be granted rights and benefits not less than those granted to employees of the board who are covered under a prevailing bargaining unit contract. Where there is a conflict between an order granting such rights and benefits and any provision of the general statutes, such order shall prevail. Such orders shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. If the secretary approves such order, and such order is in conflict with any provision of the general statutes, the secretary shall forward a copy of such order to the joint committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of labor matters.

      (q) Commencing November 1, 1989, elected officials and employees in the legislative branch and elected officials in the executive branch shall be granted rights and benefits equal to those granted to employees in the classified service covered under a prevailing collective bargaining agreement negotiated in accordance with subdivision (1) of subsection (f) of section 5-278.

      (r) When requested by the appropriate appointing authority, the commissioner shall establish classes of positions for employees holding positions in the unclassified service and shall establish compensation schedules pertaining to employees of the Judicial and Legislative Departments, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

      (s) The commissioner and any municipality or other political subdivision of the state may enter into an agreement whereby the Department of Administrative Services shall provide such personnel administration services as may be requested by such municipality or political subdivision. Such agreement shall provide for the payment by such municipality or political subdivision, to the commissioner, of expenses incurred in the provision of such personnel services. All payments received by the commissioner pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the General Fund and credited to the appropriations of the Department of Administrative Services in accordance with the provisions of section 4-86.

      (t) Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, any matters involving collective bargaining shall be the responsibility of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

      (1967, P.A. 657, S. 9; S.A. 73-56, S. 11, 12; P.A. 76-254, S. 3, 11; P.A. 77-614, S. 108, 610; P.A. 79-621, S. 1, 24; P.A. 80-266, S. 2, 3; 80-456, S. 1, 2; P.A. 81-11, S. 1-3; 81-328; P.A. 83-418; P.A. 85-360, S. 2, 3; P.A. 92-165, S. 4, 32; P.A. 96-168, S. 3, 34; P.A. 00-77, S. 2, 7; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 6; P.A. 05-288, S. 36.)

      History: S.A. 73-56 added Subsec. (o) re pay increases for 1973-1974 fiscal year; P.A. 76-254 changed from thirty days to two months the time for commissioner to make recommendations in Subsec. (k); P.A. 77-614 extensively revised provisions, transferring duties for personnel administration from personnel policy board to commissioner of administrative services, deleting former Subsecs. (a) to (d), inclusive, and (o), inserting new Subsecs. (a) to (i), inclusive, and relettering remaining Subsecs. accordingly, and requiring approval of certain actions by the secretary of the office of policy and management; P.A. 79-621 amended Subsec. (r) clarified provisions regarding award of rights and benefits granted classified service employees and employees included in collective bargaining contract to those not in classified service or included in contracts; P.A. 80-266 repealed Subsec. (f); P.A. 80-456 included retirement benefits in Subsec. (r); P.A. 81-11 amended Subsec. (n) to require the commissioner of administrative services to maintain current compensation schedules rather than establishing a comprehensive compensation schedule, repealed Subsec. (o) and deleted reference to Subsec. (o) provisions as having bearing on amendment or repeal of compensation schedules in Subsec. (q); P.A. 81-328 added Subsec. (t) allowing the state to provide personnel testing services to municipalities; P.A. 83-418 amended Subsec. (r) to permit the board of trustees of any constituent unit of the state system of higher education to grant rights and benefits to its unclassified employees which are at least equal to those granted to employees in a bargaining unit; P.A. 85-360 amended Subsec. (a) to delete reference to employee suggestion award programs; P.A. 92-165 added provisions re occupational groups, career progression levels and candidate lists, provided that the commissioner, acting through the personnel division, shall certify the names of persons eligible for employment or reemployment, required the commissioner to establish personnel standards, deleted provisions requiring records of certifications of eligibles to appointing authorities, relettered Subdivs. and made technical changes; P.A. 96-168 amended Subsec. (a) to permit the commissioner to delegate to his authorized agent, designee or heads of state agencies and changed duties of commissioner from examining and passing upon applicants to administration of selection programs to identify qualified applicants and amended Subsec. (o) to require approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management for certain actions having a fiscal impact, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 00-77 added new Subsec. (s) re responsibility of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management for collective bargaining, effective May 16, 2000; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2 inserted new Subsec. (q) re rights and benefits of executive and legislative branch elected officials and legislative branch employees, redesignating existing Subsecs. (q) to (s), inclusive, as Subsecs. (r) to (t), inclusive, effective May 12, 2004; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes in Subsec. (n), effective July 13, 2005.

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)

      Sec. 5-200d. Automated personnel system. Section 5-200d is repealed, effective July 13, 2005.

      (P.A. 92-165, S. 5, 32; P.A. 05-287, S. 57.)

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)

      Sec. 5-209a. General worker. Work experience credit for out-of-class work. (a) Any person who is employed in state service as a general worker for program support or technical services, as determined by the Department of Administrative Services at the time of such employment, shall be credited with work experience equal to any time such person worked out of class performing work relevant to any full-time position in the state service for which such person subsequently applies.

      (b) Any person who contests the amount of work experience for which such person is credited by a state agency pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be entitled to a hearing before a hearing officer of such agency. Such person may appeal any determination made by the hearing officer to the commissioner or other head of such agency. This subsection shall be governed by the provisions of chapter 54.

      (P.A. 05-17, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 05-17 effective May 4, 2005.

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)

      Sec. 5-240. Reprimand, suspension, demotion, dismissal. Layoffs. Notice period pay. (a) An appointing authority, subject to any regulations issued by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may reprimand or warn an employee in the classified service under the appointing authority's jurisdiction or suspend such an employee without pay or with reduced pay for an aggregate period not exceeding sixty calendar days in any calendar year. For any employee not included in any collective bargaining unit of state employees, any written reprimand or warning shall be included in the employee's personnel file and, if not merged in the next service rating, shall be expunged after twelve months from the date of reprimand or warning. Any such written reprimand or warning may be reviewed in accordance with the procedures established in subsections (h) and (i) of section 5-202.

      (b) An appointing authority, subject to any regulations issued by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may demote an employee in the classified service under the appointing authority's jurisdiction from a position in any given class or grade to a position in a lower class or grade. The appointing authority shall give the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or the secretary's designated representative written notice of the authority's intention to effect any such demotion not less than two weeks before the date it is intended to become effective. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may transfer such an employee whose record is otherwise satisfactory to a position under the jurisdiction of another appointing authority, with the approval of such other appointing authority.

      (c) An appointing authority may dismiss any employee in the classified service when the authority considers the good of the service will be served thereby. A permanent employee shall be given written notice of such dismissal at least two weeks in advance of the employee's dismissal, except as hereinafter provided, and a copy of the same shall be filed with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or the secretary's designated representative. Such notice shall set forth the reasons for dismissal in sufficient detail to indicate whether the employee was discharged for misconduct, incompetence or other reasons relating to the effective performance of the employee's duties and shall be prepared in such form and given in such manner as the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management prescribes. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may provide by regulation for the waiving of advance notice in cases of serious misconduct by an employee affecting the public, the welfare, health or safety of patients, inmates or state employees or the protection of state property. Such regulation shall provide for written notice to a permanent employee who has attained permanent status and shall not preclude whatever rights any employee may have to appeal. The name of any such employee dismissed for incompetence or other reasons relating to the effective performance of the employee's duties shall be immediately removed from the eligible list in the office of the Commissioner of Administrative Services. No appointing authority shall pay any dismissed employee notice period pay or any other separation pay at a rate that exceeds the dismissed employee's rate of compensation, at the time of dismissal, for two weeks, or the amount of notice period provided for in an applicable collective bargaining agreement.

      (d) An appointing authority, subject to any regulations issued by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may lay off any employee in the classified service as provided in section 5-241.

      (1967, P.A. 657, S. 49; P.A. 77-614, S. 66, 67, 610; P.A. 87-456, S. 3, 6; P.A. 00-77, S. 6, 7; P.A. 01-26, S. 5; P.A. 04-118, S. 2; P.A. 05-30, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced personnel commissioner and personnel policy board with commissioner of administrative services; P.A. 87-456 amended Subsec. (a) to require that, for non-bargaining-unit employees, written reprimands or warnings shall be included in their personnel files and shall be expunged after twelve months if not merged in the next service rating; P.A. 00-77 substituted the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management for the Commissioner of Administrative Services, made technical changes and added new Subsec. (d) re layoffs, effective May 16, 2000; P.A. 01-26 changed "commissioner" to "Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management" and made technical changes in Subsec. (c); P.A. 04-118 amended Subsec. (a) to make a technical change; P.A. 05-30 amended Subsec. (c) to prohibit payment of notice period pay at rate in excess of employee's rate of compensation at time of dismissal or as provided in collective bargaining agreement.

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)

      Sec. 5-257. Group life insurance. (a)(1) The Comptroller, with the approval of the Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner, may revise the group insurance plan for employees of the state by amendment of any existing group life insurance policy or policies or by procuring from one or more life insurance companies authorized to do business in Connecticut a policy or policies of group life insurance covering employees of the state. Each employee in active state service shall be eligible for insurance under this section, provided the employee has completed more than six months' continuous state service, and each member of the General Assembly shall be eligible for insurance under this section six months after taking office. On and after July 1, 2005, no employee or member shall be eligible for a group life insurance policy under this section as both a retiree and an active employee or member, except that an employee, member or retiree may maintain any policy issued under this section, in such manner as may be provided in the policy, if the policy was in effect on June 30, 2005.

      (2) Any such group policy may provide that each employee or member of the General Assembly eligible for insurance under the policy shall become insured on the date the employee or member becomes eligible unless the employee or member declines the insurance in such manner as may be provided in the policy.

      (b) The amount of life insurance for any employee or member of the General Assembly insured under this section shall be based on the employee's or member's yearly gross compensation rate in accordance with the following schedule:

SCHEDULE OF GROUP LIFE INSURANCE
CLASS Yearly Gross
Compensation
Base Amount
Of Life
Insurance
 1   Less than$ 4,500$ 8,000
 2   $ 4,500 but less than$ 5,500$ 9,000
 3   $ 5,500 but less than$ 6,500$10,000
 4   $ 6,500 but less than$ 7,500$11,000
 5   $ 7,500 but less than$ 8,500$12,000
 6   $ 8,500 but less than$ 9,500$13,000
 7   $ 9,500 but less than$10,500$14,000
 8   $10,500 but less than$11,500$15,000
 9   $11,500 but less than$12,500$16,000
10   $12,500 but less than$13,500$17,000
11   $13,500 but less than$14,500$18,000
12   $14,500 but less than$15,500$19,000
13   $15,500 but less than$16,500$20,000
14   $16,500 but less than$17,500$21,000
15   $17,500 but less than$18,500$22,000
16   $18,500 but less than$19,500$23,000
17   $19,500 but less than$20,500$24,000
18   $20,500 but less than$21,500$25,000
19   $21,500 but less than$22,500$26,000
20   $22,500 but less than$23,500$27,000
21   $23,500 but less than$24,500$28,000
22   $24,500 but less than$25,500$29,000
23   $25,500 but less than$26,500$30,000
24   $26,500 but less than$27,500$31,000
25   $27,500 but less than$28,500$32,000
26   $28,500 but less than$29,500$33,000
27   $29,500 but less than$30,500$34,000
28   $30,500 but less than$31,500$35,000
29   $31,500 but less than$32,500$36,000
30   $32,500 but less than$33,500$37,000
31   $33,500 and over $38,000

Notwithstanding the preceding schedule, the life insurance amounts for any employee who is not included in any prevailing bargaining unit contract and whose yearly gross compensation rate is $33,500 or more shall be based on the following schedule:

SCHEDULE OF GROUP LIFE INSURANCE
CLASS Yearly Gross
Compensation
Base Amount
Of Life
Insurance
31   $33,500 but less than$34,500$38,000
32   $34,500 but less than$35,500$39,000
33   $35,500 but less than$36,500$40,000
34   $36,500 but less than$37,500$41,000
35   $37,500 but less than$38,500$42,000
36   $38,500 but less than$39,500$43,000
37   $39,500 but less than$40,500$44,000
38   $40,500 but less than$41,500$45,000
39   $41,500 but less than$42,500$46,000
40   $42,500 but less than$43,500$47,000
41   $43,500 but less than$44,500$48,000
42   $44,500 but less than$45,500$49,000
43   $45,500 but less than$46,500$50,000
44   $46,500 but less than$47,500$51,000
45   $47,500 but less than$48,500$52,000
46   $48,500 but less than$49,500$53,000
47   $49,500 but less than$50,500$54,000
48   $50,500 but less than$51,500$55,000
49   $51,500 but less than$52,500$56,000
50   $52,500 but less than$53,500$57,000
51   $53,500 but less than$54,500$58,000
52   $54,500 but less than$55,500$59,000
53   $55,500 but less than$56,500$60,000
54   $56,500 but less than$57,500$61,000
55   $57,500 but less than$58,500$62,000
56   $58,500 but less than$59,500$63,000
57   $59,500 but less than$60,500$64,000
58   $60,500 but less than$61,500$65,000
59   $61,500 but less than$62,500$66,000
60   $62,500 but less than$63,500$67,000
61   $63,500 but less than$64,500$68,000
62   $64,500 but less than$65,500$69,000
63   $65,500 but less than$66,500$70,000
64   $66,500 but less than$67,500$71,000
65   $67,500 but less than$68,500$72,000
66   $68,500 but less than$69,500$73,000
67   $69,500 but less than$70,500$74,000
68   $70,500 but less than$71,500$75,000
69   $71,500 but less than$72,500$76,000
70   $72,500 but less than$73,500$77,000
71   $73,500 but less than$74,500$78,000
72   $74,500 but less than$75,500$79,000
73   $75,500 but less than$76,500$80,000
74   $76,500 but less than$77,500$81,000
75   $77,500 but less than$78,500$82,000
76   $78,500 but less than$79,500$83,000
77   $79,500 but less than$80,500$84,000
78   $80,500 and over $85,000

Any increase in the amount of life insurance arising from an increase in compensation shall take effect on the first day of April or the first day of October, whichever date first occurs following the day preceding the date on which the increase in compensation shall become effective, except that increases of life insurance arising from retroactive salary increases shall take effect on the first day of April or October subsequent to the approval date of such increases, but no reduction in the amount of life insurance shall be required on account of a reduction in compensation. For the purposes of this section, yearly gross compensation shall consist only of payments to an employee on the basis of allocation of his position to the compensation schedule and shall not include overtime payments, longevity payments pursuant to section 5-213, lump-sum payments for outstandingly meritorious service or one-time bonus payments pursuant to subsection (d) of section 5-210. In the case of hourly workers, yearly gross compensation shall be computed on the basis of scheduled required work hours. In the case of members of the General Assembly yearly gross compensation shall be the compensation established in section 2-8.

      (c) Each employee and each member of the General Assembly insured under subsection (b) of this section shall contribute to the cost of the life insurance a sum equal to twenty cents biweekly for each thousand dollars of life insurance. The State Comptroller shall deduct such amount from the employees' or members' pay and shall pay the premiums on such policy or policies. Any dividends or other refunds or rate credits shall inure to the benefit of the state and shall be applied to the cost of such insurance.

      (d) The insurance of any employee insured under this section shall cease on termination of employment, and of any member of the General Assembly at the end of his term of office, subject to any conversion privilege provided in the group life insurance policy or policies. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this section, the amounts of life insurance of insured employees retired in accordance with any retirement plan for state employees shall be as follows: The amount of life insurance of an insured employee retired before, on or after July 1, 1998, with twenty-five or more years of state service, as defined in subdivision (25) of section 5-196, or a member of the General Assembly who is retired on or after July 1, 1988, with twenty-five or more years of service, shall be one-half of the amount of life insurance for which the employee was insured immediately before retirement, provided in no case shall the amount be less than ten thousand dollars, those with less than twenty-five years of service shall receive the proportionate amount that such years of service is to twenty-five years rounded off to the nearest hundred dollars of coverage, except that the amount of life insurance of an insured employee who is retired on or after July 1, 1982, under the provisions of section 5-173 shall be one-half of the amount of life insurance for which the employee was insured immediately before retirement, regardless of the number of years of service by such employee. In no case shall a retired employee be required to contribute to the cost of any such reduced insurance. For the purposes of this section, no employee shall be deemed to be retired so long as his employment continues under subsections (b) and (e) of section 5-164.

      (e) In addition to any life insurance coverage available pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, optional group life insurance coverage up to a maximum of fifty thousand dollars may be purchased by any employee who is not included in any prevailing bargaining unit contract and whose yearly gross compensation is at least forty-five thousand five hundred dollars. The actual cost of such optional coverage shall be fully borne by the employee. The State Comptroller shall deduct the necessary amount from the employees' pay and shall pay the premiums on such policy or policies. Any dividends or other refunds or rate credits shall inure to the benefit of the state and shall be applied to the cost of such insurance. Such optional coverage shall not be included when calculating the amount of reduced life insurance coverage due retired employees pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

      (f) Commencing November 1, 1989, as used in this section, "employee" includes an elected official in the executive branch.

      (1967, P.A. 657, S. 64; 1969, P.A. 560, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 163, 610; P.A. 78-103, S. 2, 3; P.A. 79-621, S. 21, 24; P.A. 80-482, S. 7, 348; P.A. 81-457, S. 9; 81-472, S. 110, 159; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-27, S. 1; P.A. 85-510, S. 8, 35; P.A. 87-403, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-349, S. 3, 5; P.A. 96-168, S. 25, 34; P.A. 98-106, S. 1, 2; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2, S. 7; P.A. 05-63, S. 1.)

      History: 1969 act amended table in Subsec. (b) by raising base amount of life insurance in each class by two thousand dollars starting at $8,000, changing class 20 to read "$22,500 but less than" rather than "$22,500 and over" and adding all data for classes 21 to 31, inclusive; P.A. 77-614 made insurance department a division within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-103 replaced "section 5-154" with "subsection (x) of section 5-196" in Subsec. (d); P.A. 79-621 changed requirement regarding date for increase in life insurance from first days of January or July to first days of April or October in Subsec. (b); P.A. 80-482 deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 81-457 amended Subsec. (b) to require that gross compensation shall not include lump sum payments made under Sec. 5-210(d); P.A. 81-472 made technical changes; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-27 amended Subsec. (b) to establish a separate schedule of life insurance amounts for any state employee who is not included in any prevailing bargaining unit contract and who earns at least thirty-three thousand five hundred dollars, to provide that life insurance amounts shall not be increased because of retroactive salary increases until the first day of April or October following approval of the increase; P.A. 85-510 amended Subsec. (d) by adding provision that the amount of life insurance of an insured employee who is retired on or after July 1, 1982, under the provisions of Sec. 5-173 shall be one-half of the amount of insurance for which the employee was insured immediately before retirement, regardless of the employee's number of years of service; P.A. 87-403 amended Subsec. (b) to increase the life insurance maximum to eighty-five thousand dollars for certain employees not in collective bargaining, and added Subsec. (e) which established a supplemental life insurance plan for employees not in collective bargaining who earn at least forty-five thousand five hundred dollars per year; P.A. 88-349 expanded eligibility for insurance under section to include each member of the general assembly, six months after taking office; P.A. 96-168 amended Subsec. (d) changing reference to "subsection (x)" to "subdivision (25)", effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 98-106 amended Subsec. (d) to increase the life insurance minimum to ten thousand dollars for certain employees retired before, on or after July 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1998; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-2 added Subsec. (f) defining "employee", for purposes of section, to include an elected official in the executive branch, effective May 12, 2004; P.A. 05-63 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes, insert Subdiv. designators (1) and (2), and add provision in Subdiv. (1) that no employee or member shall be eligible for a policy as both a retiree and an active employee or member, but may maintain existing policies, effective July 1, 2005.

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)

      Sec. 5-259. Hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. Eligibility. Coverage for other groups under plan. Eligibility of general workers for leave. Municipal Employee Health Insurance Plan. (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) participants in an alternate retirement program who meet the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, (4) 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, (5) judges of probate and Probate Court employees, (6) the surviving spouse, and any dependent children until they reach the age of eighteen, of a state police officer, a member of an organized local police department, a firefighter or a constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties who dies before, on or after June 26, 2003, as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such officer's or firefighter's or constable's employment and not as the result of illness or natural causes, and whose surviving spouse and dependent children are not otherwise eligible for a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan, (7) employees of the Capital City Economic Development Authority established by section 32-601, and (8) the surviving spouse and dependent children of any employee of a municipality who dies on or after October 1, 2000, as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such employee's employment and not as the result of illness or natural causes, and whose surviving spouse and dependent children are not otherwise eligible for a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. For purposes of this subdivision, "employee" means any regular employee or elective officer receiving pay from a municipality, "municipality" means any town, city, borough, school district, taxing district, fire district, district department of health, probate district, housing authority, regional work force development board established under section 31-3k, flood commission or authority established by special act or regional planning agency. For purposes of subdivision (6) of this subsection, "firefighter" means any person who is regularly employed and paid by any municipality for the purpose of performing firefighting duties for a municipality on average of not less than thirty-five hours per week. The minimum benefits to be provided by such plan or plans shall be substantially equal in value to the benefits that 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'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'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'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 that 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.

      (b) The insurance coverage procured under subsection (a) of this section for active state employees, employees of the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies, anyone receiving benefits from any such state-sponsored retirement system and members of the General Assembly, who are over sixty-five years of age, may be modified to reflect benefits available to such employees or members pursuant to Social Security and medical benefits programs administered by the federal government, provided any payments required to secure such benefits administered by the federal government shall be paid by the Comptroller either directly to the employee or members or to the agency of the federal government authorized to collect such payments.

      (c) On October 1, 1972, the Comptroller shall continue to afford payroll deduction services for employees participating in existing authorized plans covering state employees until such time as the employee elects in writing to be covered by the plan authorized by subsection (a) of this section.

      (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the state shall pay for a member of any such state-sponsored retirement system, or a participant in an alternate retirement program who meets the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, and who begins receiving benefits from such system or program on or after November 1, 1989, eighty per cent of the portion of the premium charged for his individual coverage and eighty per cent of any additional cost for his form of coverage. Upon the death of any such member, any surviving spouse of such member who begins receiving benefits from such system shall be eligible for coverage under this section and the state shall pay for any such spouse eighty per cent of the portion of the premium charged for his individual coverage and eighty per cent of any additional cost for his form of coverage.

      (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, (1) vending stand operators eligible for membership in the state employee's retirement system pursuant to section 5-175a, shall be eligible for coverage under the group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plans procured under this section, provided the cost for such operators' insurance coverage shall be paid by the Board of Education and Services for the Blind from vending machine income pursuant to section 10-303, and (2) blind persons employed in workshops, established pursuant to section 10-298a, on December 31, 2002, shall be eligible for coverage under the group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plans procured under this section, provided the cost for such persons' insurance coverage shall be paid by the Board of Education and Services for the Blind. General workers employed in positions by the Department of Mental Retardation as self-advocates, not to exceed ten employees, shall be eligible for sick leave, in accordance with section 5-247, vacation and personal leave, in accordance with section 5-250, and holidays, in accordance with section 5-254.

      (f) 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 any person who adopts a child from the state foster care system, any person who has been a foster parent for the Department of Children and Families for six months or more, a parent in a permanent family residence for six months or more, and any dependent of such adoptive parent, foster parent or parent in a permanent family residence who elects coverage under such plan or plans. The Comptroller may also arrange for inclusion of such person and any such dependent in an existing group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan offered by the state. Any adoptive parent, foster parent or a parent in a permanent family residence and any dependent who elects coverage shall pay one hundred per cent of the premium charged for such coverage directly to the insurer, provided such adoptive parent, foster parent or parent and all such dependents shall be included in such group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. A person and his dependents electing coverage pursuant to this subsection shall be eligible for such coverage until no longer an adoptive parent, a foster parent or a parent in a permanent family residence. An adoptive parent shall be eligible for such coverage until the adopted child reaches the age of eighteen or, if the child has not completed a secondary education program, until such child reaches the age of twenty-one. As used in this section "dependent" means a spouse or natural or adopted child if such child is wholly or partially dependent for support upon the adoptive parent, foster parent or parent in a permanent family residence.

      (g) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the Probate Court Administration Fund established in accordance with section 45a-82, shall pay for each probate judge and Probate Court employee not more than one hundred per cent of the portion of the premium charged for his individual coverage and not more than fifty per cent of any additional cost for his form of coverage. The remainder of the premium for such coverage shall be paid by the probate judge or Probate Court employee to the State Treasurer. Payment shall be credited by the State Treasurer to the fund established by section 45a-82. The total premiums payable shall be remitted by the Probate Court Administrator directly to the insurance company or companies or nonprofit organization or organizations providing the coverage. The Probate Court Administrator shall establish regulations governing group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance in accordance with subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of section 45a-77.

      (h) For the purpose of subsection (g) of this section, "Probate Court employee" means a person employed by a probate court for at least twenty hours per week.

      (i) The Comptroller may provide for coverage of employees of municipalities, nonprofit corporations, community action agencies and small employers and individuals eligible for a health coverage tax credit, retired members or members of an association for personal care assistants under the plan or plans procured under subsection (a) of this section, provided: (1) Participation by each municipality, nonprofit corporation, community action agency, small employer, eligible individual, retired member or association for personal care assistants shall be on a voluntary basis; (2) where an employee organization represents employees of a municipality, nonprofit corporation, community action agency or small employer, participation in a plan or plans to be procured under subsection (a) of this section shall be by mutual agreement of the municipality, nonprofit corporation, community action agency or small employer and the employee organization only and neither party may submit the issue of participation to binding arbitration except by mutual agreement if such binding arbitration is available; (3) no group of employees shall be refused entry into the plan by reason of past or future health care costs or claim experience; (4) rates paid by the state for its employees under subsection (a) of this section are not adversely affected by this subsection; (5) administrative costs to the plan or plans provided under this subsection shall not be paid by the state; (6) participation in the plan or plans in an amount determined by the state shall be for the duration of the period of the plan or plans, or for such other period as mutually agreed by the municipality, nonprofit corporation, community action agency, small employer, retired member or association for personal care assistants and the Comptroller; and (7) nothing in this section or section 12-202a, 38a-551, 38a-553 or 38a-556 shall be construed as requiring a participating insurer or health care center to issue individual policies to individuals eligible for a health coverage tax credit. The coverage provided under this section may be referred to as the "Municipal Employee Health Insurance Plan". The Comptroller may arrange and procure for the employees and eligible individuals under this subsection health benefit plans that vary from the plan or plans procured under subsection (a) of this section. Notwithstanding any provision of part V of chapter 700c, the coverage provided under this subsection may be offered on either a fully underwritten or risk-pooled basis at the discretion of the Comptroller. For the purposes of this subsection, (A) "municipality" means any town, city, borough, school district, taxing district, fire district, district department of health, probate district, housing authority, regional work force development board established under section 31-3k, regional emergency telecommunications center, tourism district established under section 32-302, flood commission or authority established by special act, regional planning agency, transit district formed under chapter 103a, or the Children's Center established by number 571 of the public acts of 1969; (B) "nonprofit corporation" means (i) a nonprofit corporation organized under 26 USC 501 that has a contract with the state or receives a portion of its funding from a municipality, the state or the federal government, or (ii) an organization that is tax exempt pursuant to 26 USC 501(c)(5); (C) "community action agency" means a community action agency, as defined in section 17b-885; (D) "small employer" means a small employer, as defined in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (4) of section 38a-564; (E) "eligible individuals" or "individuals eligible for a health coverage tax credit" means individuals who are eligible for the credit for health insurance costs under Section 35 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, in accordance with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs of the Trade Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-210); (F) "association for personal care assistants" means an organization composed of personal care attendants who are employed by recipients of service (i) under the home-care program for the elderly under section 17b-342, (ii) under the personal care assistance program under section 17b-605a, (iii) in an independent living center pursuant to sections 17b-613 to 17b-615, inclusive, or (iv) under the program for individuals with acquired brain injury as described in section 17b-260a; and (G) "retired members" means individuals eligible for a retirement benefit from the Connecticut municipal employees' retirement system.

      (j) (1) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the existing rights and obligations of state employee organizations and the state employer under current law and contract shall not be impaired by the provisions of this section. (2) Other conditions of entry for any group into the plan or plans procured under subsection (a) of this section shall be determined by the Comptroller upon the recommendation of a coalition committee established pursuant to subsection (f) of section 5-278, except for such conditions referenced in subsection (g) of this section. (3) Additional determinations by the Comptroller on (A) issues generated by any group's actual or contemplated participation in the plan or plans, (B) modifications to the terms and conditions of any group's continued participation, (C) related matters shall be made upon the recommendation of such committee. (4) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a municipal employer and an employee organization may upon mutual agreement reopen a collective bargaining agreement for the exclusive purpose of negotiating on the participation by such municipal employer or employee organization in the plan or plans offered under the provisions of this section.

      (k) The Comptroller shall submit annually to the General Assembly a review of the coverage of employees of municipalities, nonprofit corporations, community action agencies, small employers under subsection (i) of this section and eligible individuals under subsection (i) of this section beginning February 1, 2004.

      (l) (1) Effective July 1, 1996, any deputies or special deputies appointed pursuant to section 6-37 of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to 1999, or section 6-43, shall be allowed to participate in the plan or plans procured by the Comptroller pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Such participation shall be voluntary and the participant shall pay the full cost of the coverage under such plan.

      (2) Effective December 1, 2000, any state marshal shall be allowed to participate in the plan or plans procured by the Comptroller pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Such participation shall be voluntary and the participant shall pay the full cost of the coverage under such plan.

      (3) Effective December 1, 2000, any judicial marshal shall be allowed to participate in the plan or plans procured by the Comptroller pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Such participation shall be voluntary and the participant shall pay the full cost of the coverage under such plan unless and until the judicial marshals participate in the plan or plans procured by the Comptroller under section 5-259 through collective bargaining negotiations pursuant to subsection (f) of section 5-278.

      (1967, P.A. 657, S. 66; 1969, P.A. 641, S. 1; 805, S. 1, 2; 1972, P.A. 161, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 163, 610; P.A. 78-163, S. 1, 2; 78-228, S. 4, 8; P.A. 79-555, S. 1, 3; P.A. 82-388, S. 2; P.A. 83-437; 83-533, S. 41, 54; P.A. 84-544, S. 5, 8; P.A. 85-510, S. 16, 35; P.A. 86-366, S. 1; P.A. 87-370, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-164, S. 1, 2; P.A. 89-323, S. 2, 4; P.A. 90-109; 90-308, S. 6, 15; P.A. 91-66; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-429, S. 6, 7.; P.A. 94-216, S. 3, 4; P.A. 96-110, S. 1, 4; 96-234, S. 1, 2; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 137, 165; P.A. 98-263, S. 10, 21; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 2, 121; P.A. 99-124, S. 2-4; 99-240, S. 25; 99-241, S. 52, 66; P.A. 00-99, S. 133, 154; 00-112, S. 2, 5; 00-187, S. 71, 75; 00-197; P.A. 01-30, S. 1, 4; 01-195, S. 6, 181; P.A. 02-140, S. 7; P.A. 03-149, S. 1; 03-181, S. 1; 03-254, S. 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 31; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 63, 64; P.A. 04-53, S. 1; P.A. 05-6, S. 1; 05-238, S. 1; 05-256, S. 1.)

      History: 1969 acts added to payment by state for each employee "one-half of the additional cost of his form of coverage", previously employee paid total cost of additional coverage and provided for group of employees to seek alternate coverage similarly paid by state in Subsecs. (a) and (c); 1972 act repealed amendments enacted by 1969 act and all of Subsec. (c), leaving state as sole agent for its employees' insurance; P.A. 77-614 made insurance department a division within the department of business regulation with insurance commissioner as its head, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-163 allowed general assembly members to elect coverage under state plan with payment made by member to comptroller; P.A. 78-228 allowed retired state employees to elect coverage with ten per cent paid by state and payment as a whole by deduction from benefits check; P.A. 79-555 included in provisions for retirees anyone receiving benefits and included assembly members under provisions for state employees; P.A. 82-388 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that the dollar amount paid by the state for an employee's health maintenance organization option shall equal the largest amount paid per employee for any other health insurance option which is available to all state employees, provided such amount does not exceed the health maintenance organization premium; P.A. 83-437 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to replace references to "state employees retirement system" with "any state-sponsored retirement system, except the municipal employees retirement system, the general assembly pension system and the probate judges and employees retirement system"; P.A. 83-533 changed state's payment from fifty to seventy per cent of cost of additional coverage for employees and from ten to thirty per cent of cost of coverage for retirees; P.A. 84-544 amended Subsec. (a) to include certain participants in an alternate retirement program and to exclude persons receiving benefits from the teachers' retirement system; P.A. 85-510 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the state payment for premiums for anyone receiving benefits from state-sponsored retirement systems from thirty per cent to forty-five per cent of such premiums, on and after January 1, 1984; P.A. 86-366 amended Subsec. (a) to increase, from forty-five per cent to sixty per cent, the portion of health insurance premium costs paid by the state for retired state employees and their dependents, such increase to begin October 1, 1986; P.A. 87-370 amended Subsec. (a) to increase, from sixty to eighty per cent, the portion of health insurance premium costs paid by the state for retired state employees and their dependents; P.A. 88-164 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the state payment for premiums for persons receiving benefits from certain state-sponsored retirement systems from eighty per cent to one hundred per cent of such premiums, on and after January 1, 1989; P.A. 89-323 added Subsec. (d) re state's payment of eighty per cent of health insurance premiums on behalf of members who begin receiving benefits on or after November 1, 1989; P.A. 90-109 added Subsec. (e) re eligibility of vending stand operators and blind persons employed in workshops for insurance coverage; P.A. 90-308 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision which excluded persons receiving benefits from the general assembly pension system from eligibility for insurance coverage under plan or plans procured by comptroller; P.A. 91-66 added Subsec. (f) re eligibility of foster parents and parents in permanent family residences for insurance coverage; P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-429 inserted new Subdiv. (3) in Subsec. (a) to require the comptroller to procure health insurance coverage for employees of the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies, redesignated existing Subdivs. (3) and (4) as (4) and (5), respectively, and amended Subsec. (b) to apply to employees of the Institute, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-216 included dependents of foster parents or parents in a permanent family residence in the group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan, required premiums to be paid directly to the insurer provided the parents and dependents shall be included in such plans and added definition of "dependent", effective June 7, 1994; P.A. 96-110 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting the exception re the probate judges and employees retirement system and adding Subdiv. (6) re judges of probate and probate court employees and added Subsec. (g) re payment of premium by Probate Court Administration Fund and remainder by probate judge or employee, with total premiums remitted by Probate Court Administrator directly to insurance company and requiring Probate Court Administrator to establish regulations and added Subsec. (h) defining "probate court employee", effective January 1, 1997; P.A. 96-234 added Subsecs. (g) to (j), inclusive, codified as Subsecs. (i) to (l), inclusive, to permit the Comptroller to provide for coverage of municipal employees under the plan or plans procured under Subsec. (a) of the section, effective July 1, 1996 (Revisor's note: In codifying new Subsec. (j) the Revisors editorially changed the Subpara. indicators in Subdiv. (3) from "(i)", "(ii)" and "(iii)" to "(A)", "(B)" and "(C)" for consistency with customary statutory usage); June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 amended Subsec. (e) by providing that the cost of insurance coverage of a blind person employed in a workshop shall be paid by the Board of Education and Services for the Blind and not from such person's earnings, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-263 amended Subdiv. (5) of Subsec. (a) to include anyone receiving benefits under Sec. 5-144, effective July 1, 1998, and applicable to any death occurring on or after January 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 made a technical change in Subsec. (h), effective June 24, 1998; P.A. 99-124 amended Subsec. (i) to redefine "municipality" and added new Subsec. (m) to allow the Comptroller to provide for coverage of employees of community action agencies under the plan or plans procured under Subsec. (a) of the section, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 99-240 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. (7) providing coverage for the spouse and dependent children of a local police officer or constable who dies in the line of duty; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (a) to add a new Subdiv., designated as Subdiv. (8) by the Revisors, adding employees of the Capital City Economic Development Authority, effective June 28, 1999, and applicable to calendar years commencing on or after January 1, 1999; P.A. 00-99 amended Subsec. (l) by designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1) and adding Subdivs. (2) and (3) re participation of state marshals and judicial marshals, effective December 1, 2000; P.A. 00-112 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes, effective May 26, 2000; P.A. 00-187 amended Subsec. (i) to add the Children's Center, effective July 1, 2000 (Revisor's note: A reference to the "Children's Center established by public act 69-571" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Children's Center established by number 571 of the public acts of 1969", for accuracy of reference, since the use of the year number prefix in the numbering of public and special acts was not adopted until 1973); P.A. 00-197 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. (9) re the surviving spouse and dependent children of a municipal employee; P.A. 01-30 amended Subsec. (i) to include coverage for employees of nonprofit corporations and define "nonprofit corporations", and to allow the Comptroller to offer alternate plans to municipal and nonprofit employees, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 01-195 amended Subsec. (l)(1) by adding specific general statute revision reference for the appointment of deputies or special deputies, effective July 11, 2001; P.A. 02-140 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting Subdiv. (3) re the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies and redesignating existing Subdivs. (4) to (9) as Subdivs. (3) to (8), effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 03-149 amended Subsec. (i) to provide that the Comptroller may provide coverage for employees of community action agencies and small employers, make conforming changes, add "if such binding arbitration is available" in Subdiv. (2), delete reference to approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management re plans that vary from those procured under Subsec. (a), rewrite provisions re plans being offered on a fully underwritten basis or a risk-pooled basis, provide that coverage offered to small employers be fully underwritten in accordance with part V of chapter 700c, and add Subparas. (C) and (D) defining "community action agency" and "small employer", amended Subsec. (k) to require review to cover municipalities, nonprofit corporations, community action agencies and small employers beginning February 1, 2004, deleted Subsec. (m) re coverage of community action agencies, and made technical changes, effective June 26, 2003; P.A. 03-181 amended Subsec. (a) to eliminate provision re termination of coverage for surviving spouses and dependent children upon remarriage of the surviving spouse, add coverage for surviving spouses of state police officers and firefighters and add provision re surviving spouse and dependent children not otherwise eligible for group plan in Subdiv. (6), define "firefighter" for purposes of Subdiv. (6) and make technical changes, effective June 26, 2003; P.A. 03-254 amended Subsec. (i) by redefining "municipality" to include regional emergency telecommunications centers and tourism districts; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (i) by adding provisions re coverage for members of an association for personal care assistants and adding definition of such association, effective August 20, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (i) by adding provisions re coverage for individuals eligible for a health coverage tax credit, adding Subdiv. (7) re issuance of individual policies to health coverage tax credit eligible persons not construed as required and adding Subpara. (E) defining "individuals eligible for a health coverage tax credit", and amended Subsec. (k) to add provision re eligible individuals under Subsec. (i), effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-53 amended Subsec. (f) to extend coverage to parents who adopt a child from the state foster care system and to make conforming and technical changes; P.A. 05-6 amended Subsec. (e) to make a technical change and specify that blind persons employed in workshops "on December 31, 2002," are eligible for group hospitalization and medical and surgical plans procured under this section, effective April 6, 2005; P.A. 05-238 amended Subsec. (i) to add and define "retired members", amend Subdiv. (7) to substitute specific statutory references for "public act 03-6 of the June 30 special session", provide that the coverage under the section may be referred to as the "Municipal Employee Health Insurance Plan", substitute "part V of chapter 700c" for "law", delete requirement that coverage for small employers be fully underwritten, redefine "nonprofit corporation", "small employer" and "individuals eligible for a health coverage tax credit", add "or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended" re the Internal Revenue Code, and make technical changes, effective July 8, 2005; P.A. 05-256 amended Subsec. (e) to provide that general workers employed by Department of Mental Retardation shall be eligible for specified leave and holidays, effective June 30, 2005.

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)

      Sec. 5-266a. Political activities of classified state employees and Judicial Department employees. Candidacy for office. Leave of absence or resignation upon taking elective office. (a) No person employed in the classified state service or in the Judicial Department may (1) use his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election or a nomination for office; or (2) directly or indirectly coerce, attempt to coerce, command or advise a state or local officer or employee to pay, lend or contribute anything of value to a party, committee, organization, agency or person for political purposes.

      (b) A person employed in said classified service or Judicial Department retains the right to vote as he chooses and to express his opinions on political subjects and candidates and shall be free to participate actively in political management and campaigns. Such activity may include but shall not be limited to, membership and holding of office in a political party, organization or club, campaigning for a candidate in a partisan election by making speeches, writing on behalf of the candidate or soliciting votes in support of or in opposition to a candidate and making contributions of time and money to political parties, committees or other agencies engaged in political action, except that no such employee shall engage in such activity while on duty or within any period of time during which such employee is expected to perform services for which he receives compensation from the state, and no such employee shall utilize state funds, supplies, vehicles, or facilities to secure support for or oppose any candidate, party, or issue in a political partisan election. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, any person employed in the classified state service or in the Judicial Department may be a candidate for a state or municipal office, in any political partisan election. No person seeking or holding municipal office or seeking state office in accordance with the provisions of this subsection shall engage in political activity or in the performance of the duties of such office while on state duty or within any period of time during which such person is expected to perform services for which such person receives compensation from the state. The Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board shall establish by regulation definitions of conflict of interest which shall preclude persons in the classified state service or in the Judicial Department from holding elective office.

      (c) Any person employed in the classified state service or in the Judicial Department who leaves such service to accept a full-time elective municipal office shall be granted a personal leave of absence without pay from his state employment for not more than two consecutive terms of such office or for a period of four years, whichever is shorter. Upon reapplication for his original position at the expiration of such term or terms of office, such person shall be reinstated in his most recent state position or a similar position with equivalent pay or to a vacancy in any other position such person is qualified to fill. If no such positions are available, such person's name shall be placed on all reemployment lists for classes in which he has attained permanent status. Any person employed in the classified state service or in the Judicial Department who accepts an elective state office shall resign from such employment upon taking such office. In either event, such person shall give notice in writing to his appointing authority that he is a candidate for a state elective office or a full-time elective municipal office within thirty days after nomination for that office.

      (1971, P.A. 103, S. 1; P.A. 75-356, S. 1, 2; P.A. 76-424, S. 3, 4; P.A. 78-271; P.A. 79-275; P.A. 83-36; P.A. 84-532, S. 1, 3; P.A. 03-278, S. 10; P.A. 05-183, S. 32.)

      History: P.A. 75-356 removed prohibition on taking active part in political management or campaigns in Subsec. (a) and amended Subsec. (b) to clarify permissible and impermissible political activity; P.A. 76-424 removed provision regarding candidacy in nonpartisan elections from Subsec. (b); P.A. 78-271 removed absolute prohibition on candidacy in partisan elections, allowing candidacy for municipal elections, setting forth appropriate conduct and providing for regulations concerning conflict of interest; P.A. 79-275 added Subsec. (c) re leave of absence to serve in municipal office; P.A. 83-36 permitted classified state employees to seek state elective office, provided upon accepting any such office the employee must resign from his position in the classified state service; P.A. 84-532 included judicial department employees within the provisions of the section and removed provision that a local charter or ordinance could supersede employees' right to run for municipal office; P.A. 03-278 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective July 9, 2003; P.A. 05-183 amended Subsec. (b) to replace "State Ethics Commission" with "Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board", effective July 1, 2005.

(Return to
Chapter Table of Contents)
(Return to
List of Chapters)
(Return to
List of Titles)