CHAPTER 21

LEGISLATIVE INTERN PROGRAM

Table of Contents

Sec. 2-81. Committee for Legislative Staff Internships. Appointment of cochairpersons.

Sec. 2-82. Duties and powers of committee.

Sec. 2-83. Interns: Term of appointment and stipend, and appointment of program coordinator.

Sec. 2-84. Report to General Assembly.


Sec. 2-81. Committee for Legislative Staff Internships. Appointment of cochairpersons. There is created a Committee for Legislative Staff Internships which shall consist of six representatives appointed at the time of appointment of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly by the speaker of the House of Representatives, and six senators appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate to serve for the terms for which they were elected. Not more than one-half of the members of said committee from each house shall be members of the same political party. Members of said committee shall receive no compensation for their services as such but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses in performance of their duties. There shall be two cochairpersons, one of whom shall be a member of the Senate and one of whom shall be a member of the House of Representatives, each appointed by the applicable appointing authority, provided the cochairpersons shall not be members of the same political party and shall be from alternate parties in the respective houses in each successive term. For purposes of this section, “appointing authority” means the speaker or minority leader of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore or minority leader of the Senate, as appropriate according to the respective house and party of the member to be appointed.

(1969, P.A. 769, S. 1, 2; P.A. 79-111, S. 1, 2; P.A. 11-208, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 79-111 increased from four to six the number of members from each house and provided for election of cochairpersons; P.A. 11-208 replaced provision re election of cochairpersons with provision re appointment of cochairpersons by the appointing authority, and defined “appointing authority”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 2-82. Duties and powers of committee. The agencies of the Legislative Department and the State Librarian shall assist the committee on request. Said committee shall recruit, select, supervise and appoint interns and assign them to members of the General Assembly to assist in the performance of their duties. Said committee shall coordinate the legislative intern program with the public and private institutions of higher education in Connecticut. Said committee shall have the authority to make application for and receive grants from any governmental agency and any charitable foundation. Said committee shall have such other powers as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

(1969, P.A. 769, S. 3, 4; P.A. 11-208, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 11-208 deleted provisions re appointment of a secretary and assignment of interns to legislative committees or legislative agencies, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 2-83. Interns: Term of appointment and stipend, and appointment of program coordinator. Such interns shall be appointed for the duration of the spring semester of such interns’ institution of higher education, and may continue to serve for the duration of the regular session of the General Assembly or any subsequent special sessions of the General Assembly. The committee shall (1) appoint a program coordinator, (2) authorize the expenses of administration of the program, and (3) pay at least one-half of the stipend awarded to such interns, the remainder of such stipend to be paid out of appropriations to the committee therefor.

(1969, P.A. 769, S. 5; P.A. 11-208, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 11-208 replaced provision re 9 to 12-month terms with provision re appointment for duration of spring semester and service through regular or special sessions, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 2-84. Report to General Assembly. At a time prior to the last day of each regular session, said committee shall report to each house of the General Assembly concerning the operation of the internship program.

(1969, P.A. 769, S. 6; P.A. 11-208, S. 4.)

History: P.A. 11-208 deleted “on or before the second day of January of the odd-numbered years” and inserted “At a time prior to the last day of each regular session”, effective July 1, 2011.