OLR Bill Analysis

SB 985

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION REGARDING AN EXEMPTION FROM STATE CONTRACTING REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT OFFER COURSES TO INMATES AT NO COST.

SUMMARY:

This bill specifies that a higher education institution that enters into an agreement with the Department of Correction (DOC) solely for the institution's employees or agents to teach for-credit courses to inmates at no charge to DOC or the inmates is not considered a state contractor or to be providing contractual services because of the agreement.

This means that, with respect to the agreement, the institution does not have to, among other things:

1. file a representation and documentation that it complies with state anti-discrimination laws;

2. permit the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) access to pertinent books, records, and accounts on its employment practices and procedures; or

3. file compliance and employment reports with CHRO.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013

BACKGROUND

Related Bill

HB 5602, File 457, favorably reported by the Government Administration and Elections Committee, contains similar provisions which are effective October 1, 2013.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

44

Nay

0

(04/12/2013)