Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5290

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEASING OF JUDICIAL BRANCH FACILITIES.

Vote Date:

Vote Action:

PH Date:

3/9/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Judiciary Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

Under current law, the management of Judicial Branch facilities is handled by the Department of Administrative Services almost exclusively. While the Judicial Branch does have a voice on the management of its buildings, parking lots and other facilities, that voice is limited. There is no mechanism, however, for Administrative Services to delegate any authority to the Judicial Branch and grant the branch more of a voice in the purchase, sale, lease or other property management decision-making of branch facilities.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Barbara Quinn, Chief Court Administrator: Supports. Administrator Quinn described the legislative history of the Judicial Branch's management of its facilities, notably its transfer from DPW to DAS. The transfer has been positive for the Judicial Branch, however, there is a belief within both the branch and DAS that a more efficient system may be developed if the branch could handle some leases on its own. “Routine or minor leases” would be handled in-house at the branch once the delegation authority is granted to DAS per an agreement between the branch and administrative services.

The Department of Administrative Services: Supports: Administrative Services reported that it has undertaken efforts to ensure agency stakeholders are consulted when facility decisions are made. DAS also noted that Judicial Branch leases comprise 25% of the department's lease portfolio. To address some branch concerns about the leasing process, the branch and DAS came to agree on allowing some delegation of authority to the branch on lease. DAS, like Administrator Quinn, cited the efficiency of allowing the branch to negotiate minor leases in-house.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Submitted.

Reported by: Matthew Szafranski

Date: 3/26/2012