CHAPTER 738a
FOREIGN DISCRIMINATORY BOYCOTTS

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Sec. 42-125a. State policy re discriminatory boycotts.
Sec. 42-125b. Definitions.

      Sec. 42-125a. State policy re discriminatory boycotts. It is the policy of the state of Connecticut to oppose restraints of trade and unfair trade practices in the form of discriminatory boycotts which are not specifically authorized by the law of the United States and which are fostered or imposed by foreign persons, foreign governments or international organizations against any domestic individual on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, nationality or national origin. It is also the policy of the state to oppose any actions, including the formation or continuance of agreements, understandings or contractual arrangements, expressed or implied, which have the effect of furthering such discriminatory boycotts, in order that the peace, health, safety, prosperity and general welfare of all the inhabitants of the state may be protected and ensured. This chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the police power of the state for the protection of the people of this state and shall be administered and principally enforced by the Attorney General. The provisions of this chapter shall be construed liberally so as to effectuate this declaration of policy and the laws and Constitution of the United States, but nothing in this chapter shall be construed to infringe upon the right of the United States government to regulate interstate and foreign commerce.

      (P.A. 77-596, S. 1, 15; P.A. 11-55, S. 20.)

      History: P.A. 11-55 included in state policy opposing foreign discriminatory boycotts those boycotts against any domestic individual on basis of gender identity or expression.

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      Sec. 42-125b. Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

      (a) "Business relationship" means any aspect of business (1) dealing with the sale, purchase, licensing or provision of goods, services or information; or (2) affecting the ownership, management, employees, hiring practices, customers, clients, supplies, contractors, subcontractors or other business associates of any person engaged in commerce;

      (b) "Control" means the power to influence the management or policies of a person or to play a significant role in the implementation thereof;

      (c) "Participating in a discriminatory boycott" means the entering into or performing of any agreement, understanding or contractual arrangement for economic benefit by any person with any foreign government, foreign person or international organization, which is not specifically authorized by the laws of the United States and which is required or imposed, either directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, by the foreign government, foreign person or international organization in order to restrict, condition, prohibit or interfere with any business relationship in this state on the basis of a domestic individual's race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, nationality or national origin; provided, handling, altering or shipping goods or complying with the commercial laws of a foreign country, unless such laws require discrimination against a domestic individual on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, nationality or national origin, shall not constitute a discriminatory boycott;

      (d) "Domestic individual" means any person as defined in subdivision (h) of this section, whose residence, domicile or principal place of business is in the state of Connecticut or who does business in the state of Connecticut;

      (e) "Foreign government" includes all governments and political subdivisions and the instrumentalities thereof, excepting the governments, political subdivisions, and instrumentalities of the United States and the states, commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States, and the District of Columbia;

      (f) "Foreign person" means any person whose principal place of residence, business or domicile is outside the United States, or any person controlled directly or indirectly by any other person whose principal place of residence, business or domicile is outside the United States;

      (g) "International organization" means any association or organization, of which a substantial portion of the membership includes foreign persons or foreign governments;

      (h) "Person" means any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, trust or any other legal or commercial entity, including their officers, agents, employees and servants or any other person acting in a representative capacity;

      (i) "State of Connecticut" means the state and any political subdivisions thereof.

      (P.A. 77-596, S. 2, 15; P.A. 95-79, S. 159, 189; P.A. 11-55, S. 21.)

      History: P.A. 95-79 redefined "person" to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995; P.A. 11-55 amended definition of "participating in a discriminatory boycott" to add references to an individual's "gender identity or expression".

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