Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5365

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS AND VICTIM SERVICES.

Vote Date:

3/26/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/9/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Judiciary Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To identify new operational and technical changes to improve the operation of the Judicial Branch with the goal of making the Branch function more effectively and efficiently.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE: Amendment “A” deleted section 5 which related to a change in the receipt of notice of the termination of a rental agreement because of a summary process action based upon conduct which constituted a serious nuisance for mobile home renters.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Judicial Branch, External Affairs Division, Judge Barbara Quinn: Support The changes described in the bill addresses operational issues and moves the Judicial Branch towards a more technical operation by streamlining procedures, polices and processes.

Office of Victim Advocate, Michelle Cruz: Opposes the new language of (d) of section 28 because the Crime Victim Fund restricts funding to states. The VOCA, which every state receives, restricts funding to states where the state compensation program enacts criteria that discriminates for determining eligibility for compensation. The new language in subsection (d) puts Connecticut's VOCA funding at risk.

Opposes the new language in section 31 as it holds crime victims responsible for reimbursing money received from other sources besides the Office of Victim Services. Instead of holding the victim responsible, the Office of Victim Services should seek to expand their authority along with the Attorney General's Office to hold the person responsible for the injury and/or death that led to the award for compensation responsible for reimbursing the Office of Victim Services.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut, Inc. Raphael L. Podolsky: Support with the exception of Section 5. Mr. Podolsky asked that section 5 be removed because whereas other sections are technical, section 5 is not and addresses the rights of mobile home park evictions. Section 5 is contrary to the state's public policy on mobile home park evictions. Addressed in substitute language.

Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Anna Doroghazi: Supports because the changes would increase the number of sexual assault victims who are eligible for compensation if they seek assistance from an expanded range of services providers. In addition, it would give the Office of Victim Services increased authority to order compensation.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Connecticut Manufactured Home Owners Alliance, Deborah Wolf: Opposes section 5 due to the shortening of time a mobile home park resident has to correct violations with their mobile home. Addressed in substitute language.

OTHER:

Andy Burns: Proposed 8 enhancements to the Official Connecticut Practice Book. Neither the amendments nor the Practice Book are not relative to the underlying bill.

Reported by: Donna Nappier

Date: April 2, 2012