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Senate Bill No. 335

Public Act No. 12-204

AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL AND MINOR CORRECTIONS TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY STATUTES.

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

Section 1. Section 7-294a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

As used in this section and sections 7-294b to 7-294e, inclusive: [, "academy"]

(1) "Academy" means the Connecticut Police Academy; ["applicant"]

(2) "Applicant" means a prospective police officer who has not commenced employment or service with a law enforcement unit; ["basic training"]

(3) "Basic training" means the minimum basic law enforcement training received by a police officer at the academy or at any other certified law enforcement training academy; ["certification"]

(4) "Certification" means the issuance by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to a police officer, police training school or law enforcement instructor of a signed instrument evidencing satisfaction of the certification requirements imposed by section 7-294d, and signed by the council; ["council"]

(5) "Council" means the Police Officer Standards and Training Council;

(6) "Governor" includes any person performing the functions of the Governor by authority of the law of this state; ["review training"]

(7) "Review training" means training received after minimum basic law enforcement training; ["law enforcement unit"]

(8) "Law enforcement unit" means any agency, organ or department of this state or a subdivision or municipality thereof, whose primary functions include the enforcement of criminal or traffic laws, the preservation of public order, the protection of life and property, or the prevention, detection or investigation of crime; ["police officer"]

(9) "Police officer" means a sworn member of an organized local police department, an appointed constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties, a special policeman appointed under section 29-18, 29-18a or 29-19 or any member of a law enforcement unit who performs police duties; ["probationary candidate"]

(10) "Probationary candidate" means a police officer who, having satisfied preemployment requirements, has commenced employment with a law enforcement unit but who has not satisfied the training requirements provided for in section 7-294d; and ["school"]

(11) "School" means any school, college, university, academy or training program approved by the council which offers law enforcement training and includes a combination of a course curriculum, instructors and facilities.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 7-294o of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) Not later than January 1, 2012, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council shall develop and implement a policy concerning the acceptance of missing person reports, including, but not limited to, [adult] missing adult person reports, by law enforcement agencies in this state and such agencies' response thereto. Such policy shall include, but not be limited to, (1) guidelines for the acceptance of a missing person report, (2) the types of information that a law enforcement agency should seek to ascertain and record concerning the missing person or missing adult person that would aid in locating the missing person or missing adult person, (3) the circumstances that indicate that a missing person or missing adult person is a high risk missing person, (4) the types of information that a law enforcement agency should provide to the person making the missing person report, to a family member or to any other person in a position to assist the law enforcement agency in its efforts to locate the missing person or missing adult person, and (5) the responsibilities of a law enforcement agency in responding to a missing person report and the manner of such response, including preferred methods of response that are sensitive to the emotions of the person making such report.

Sec. 3. Section 21-46a of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

Whenever property is seized from the place of business of a pawnbroker [,] or precious metals or stones dealer [or secondhand dealer] by a law enforcement officer, such officer shall give the pawnbroker [,] or precious metals or stones dealer [or secondhand dealer] a duly signed receipt for the property containing a case number, a description of the property, the reason for the seizure, the name and address of the officer, the name and address of the person claiming a right to the property prior to the pawnbroker [,] or precious metals or stones dealer [or secondhand dealer] and the name of the pawnbroker [,] or precious metals or stones dealer. [or secondhand dealer. ] If the pawnbroker [,] or precious metals or stones dealer [or secondhand dealer] claims an ownership interest in such property, he or she may request the return of such property by filing a request for such property with the law enforcement agency in accordance with the provisions of section 54-36a. If the person who deposited, pledged or sold any property received by a pawnbroker or dealer is convicted of any offense arising out of such pawnbroker's or dealer's acquisition, retention or disposition of the property and such pawnbroker or dealer suffered an economic loss as a result of such offense, the court, at the time of sentencing, may order restitution to such pawnbroker or dealer pursuant to subsection (c) of section 53a-28 and such order may be enforced in accordance with section 53a-28a.

Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 29-252 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) [As used in this subsection, "geotechnical" means any geological condition, such as soil and subsurface soil conditions, which may affect the structural characteristics of a building or structure. ] The State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee shall, jointly, with the approval of the Commissioner of Construction Services, adopt and administer a State Building Code based on a nationally recognized model building code for the purpose of regulating the design, construction and use of buildings or structures to be erected and the alteration of buildings or structures already erected and make such amendments thereto as they, from time to time, deem necessary or desirable. Such amendments shall be limited to administrative matters, geotechnical and weather-related portions of said code, amendments to said code necessitated by a provision of the general statutes and any other matter which, based on substantial evidence, necessitates an amendment to said code. The code shall be revised not later than January 1, 2005, and thereafter as deemed necessary to incorporate any subsequent revisions to the code not later than eighteen months following the date of first publication of such subsequent revisions to the code. The purpose of said Building Code shall also include, but not be limited to, promoting and ensuring that such buildings and structures are designed and constructed in such a manner as to conserve energy and, wherever practicable, facilitate the use of renewable energy resources. Said Building Code includes any code, rule or regulation incorporated therein by reference. As used in this subsection, "geotechnical" means any geological condition, such as soil and subsurface soil conditions, which may affect the structural characteristics of a building or structure.

Approved June 15, 2012