Senate Bill No. 3004
               Senate Bill No. 3004

  June 18 Special Session, PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-11


AN   ACT   CONCERNING   COMPUTERIZED   INFORMATION
SHARING, THE MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT AND MOHEGAN FUND,
EARLY  RETIREMENT,  SCHOOL   CONSTRUCTION,   STATE
BUILDINGS,    NURSING   HOMES,    EXECUTIVE    AND
LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, COMMISSIONS AND TASK FORCES,
APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE  FISCAL  YEARS  ENDING JUNE
30, 1997, 1998  AND  1999,  SPRING  AND WELL WATER
COLLECTION, PROJECT CONCERN,  NOTICE  REQUIREMENTS
FOR PSYCHIATRIC ADMISSIONS,  THE TAX ON NET DIRECT
SUBSCRIBER  CHARGES  OF   HEALTH   CARE   CENTERS,
ELIMINATION OF CERTAIN  WAGE INEQUITIES, SHERIFFS'
FEES  AND  EXPENSES   OF  THE  CONNECTICUT  SITING
COUNCIL.

    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section   17b-6  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There shall  be  a  regional administrator
who shall be  in  unclassified service for each of
the regions established pursuant to subsection (b)
of  this  section,   to   oversee  and  coordinate
programs and services within the region.
    (b) The Commissioners  of  Social Services and
Public Health, AND  THE SECRETARY OF THE OFFICE OF
POLICY AND MANAGEMENT,  ON  BEHALF  OF OTHER STATE
AGENCIES,   shall  ensure   that   the   following
intra-agency and interagency  goals  are addressed
and met: (1)  The  establishment  by the Office of
Policy and Management  pursuant  to section 16a-4a
of not more  than  six  uniform  regional  service
delivery areas to be developed in consideration of
(A)  geographical  size;  (B)  general  population
distribution;  (C) agency  target  population  and
caseload; (D) location  of  department facilities;
(E)  the  accessibility   of   transportation  for
clients  to  service   delivery  offices  and  for
workers   to   clients   and   (F)   any   federal
requirements; (2) the  coordination  by the Office
of  Policy  and  Management  pursuant  to  section
16a-4a of the  regional  service delivery areas of
other  state  agencies   which   provide  services
closely  linked with  health  and  human  services
programs with the  regional service delivery areas
developed  pursuant to  subdivision  (1)  of  this
subsection;  (3)  the   decentralization   of  the
service  delivery operations  of  each  agency  to
provide  as much  autonomy  as  possible  to  each
regional office enabling  the  office  to  respond
effectively to the particular service needs of the
region; (4) coordinated  control and direction for
programs  to  ensure  consistency  and  uniformity
among the regions in the development and provision
of services; (5)  the  development  of a strategic
planning unit in  the  office of each commissioner
to  centralize  policy  development  and  planning
within   the  agency   and   promote   interagency
coordination of health and human services planning
and  policy  development;  (6)  development  of  a
common intake process  for  entry  into the health
and  human services  system  for  information  and
referral,  screening,  eligibility  determinations
and service delivery; (7) the creation of a single
application form for client intake and eligibility
determinations with a  common  client  identifier;
(8) development of  a commonly-linked computerized
management information system with the capacity to
track  clients and  determine  eligibility  across
programs; (9) the coordination of current advisory
boards and councils to provide input and expertise
from  consumers, advocates  and  other  interested
parties  to  the   commissioners;   and  (10)  the
encouragement of collaborations  that  will foster
the development and  maintain  the  client-focused
structure of the health and human services system,
as well as  involve  partnerships  between clients
and their service providers.
    (c)  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY   PROVISION  OF  THE
GENERAL STATUTES, ANY  AGENCY PARTICIPATING IN THE
COMMONLY-LINKED       COMPUTERIZED      MANAGEMENT
INFORMATION   SYSTEM   DEVELOPED    PURSUANT    TO
SUBDIVISION (8) OF  SUBSECTION (b) OF THIS SECTION
SHALL PROVIDE THE NAME, ADDRESS, DATE OF BIRTH AND
SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT  NUMBERS  OF  THE AGENCY'S
CLIENTS TO ANY  AGENCY  USING  SAID  SYSTEM.  SUCH
INFORMATION SHALL ONLY  BE  UTILIZED  BY  AGENCIES
PARTICIPATING IN THE  SYSTEM FOR ACCOMPLISHING THE
GOALS SET FORTH  IN  SUBDIVISIONS  (6)  AND (8) OF
SUBSECTION (b) OF  THIS  SECTION.  THE INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY THE  AGENCIES  UNDER  THIS  SUBSECTION
SHALL NOT BE  SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UNDER SECTIONS
1-15, 1-18a, 1-19 AND 1-19a.
    Sec. 2. Subsection (h) of section 3-55j of the
general  statutes, as  amended  by  section  2  of
public act 97-274,  is  repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (h)  The  municipalities   of  Ledyard,  North
Stonington and Preston  shall each receive a grant
of [twenty-five thousand] ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE
THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THE MUNICIPALITY OF MONTVILLE
SHALL  RECEIVE  A   GRANT  OF  ONE  HUNDRED  FIFTY
THOUSAND dollars which  shall  be  paid  from  the
Mashantucket Pequot and  Mohegan  Fund established
by section 3-55i, as amended by section 1 of [this
act] PUBLIC ACT  97-274,  and  which  shall  be in
addition to the grants paid to said municipalities
pursuant to subsections  (a) to (g), inclusive, of
this section.
    Sec.  3.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 81 of special act 97-21, the provisions of
said section shall  apply to any employee of E. O.
Smith  School  who   is  a  member  of  the  state
employees retirement system, and any employee of a
state-aided institution who  is  a  member of said
system, and who  otherwise  meets  the eligibility
requirements for the  early  retirement  incentive
program established pursuant to said section 81.
    Sec. 4. The  sum of $5,200,000 is appropriated
to the Department  of  Social  Services,  from the
General Fund, for  the fiscal year ending June 30,
1997, for General  Assistance  Managed  Care. Such
funds shall not  lapse on June 30, 1997, and shall
continue to be  available for expenditure for such
purpose during the  fiscal  year  ending  June 30,
1998.
    Sec. 5. The  sum of $9,112,794 is appropriated
to The University of Connecticut, from the General
Fund, for the  fiscal  year  ending June 30, 1997,
for the Endowment Matching Grant. Such funds shall
not lapse on  June 30, 1997, and shall continue to
be  available for  expenditure  for  such  purpose
during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998.
    Sec. 6. The sum of $40,000,000 is appropriated
to the State Treasurer, from the General Fund, for
the fiscal year  ending  June 30, 1997. Such funds
shall not lapse  on  June  30,  1997, and shall be
available for expenditure  during the fiscal years
ending  June 30,  1998,  and  June  30,  1999,  as
follows: The sum  of  $20,000,000  of  such amount
shall be applied  to  the  fiscal year ending June
30,  1998,  for   debt  service  and  the  sum  of
$20,000,000 of such amount shall be applied to the
fiscal  year  ending   June  30,  1999,  for  debt
service.
    Sec. 7. The  sum of $4,000,000 is appropriated
to the Treasurer,  from  the General Fund, for the
fiscal year ending  June  30,  1997,  for advances
pursuant to section 40 of this act, for payment of
principal  and  interest  on  nursing  home  bonds
issued by the  Connecticut  Health and Educational
Facilities  Authority and  secured  by  a  special
capital reserve fund.  Such  funds shall not lapse
on  June  30,  1997,  and  shall  continue  to  be
available for expenditure  for such purpose during
the fiscal years  ending  June  30, 1998, and June
30, 1999.
    Sec. 8. The sum of $51,448,000 is appropriated
to the Reserve  for  Salary  Adjustments  account,
from the General  Fund, for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1997.  Such funds shall not lapse on June
30, 1997, and  shall  continue to be available for
expenditure during the fiscal year ending June 30,
1998.
    Sec. 9. The  sum of $5,183,000 is appropriated
to the Reserve  for  Salary  Adjustments  account,
from the Transportation  Fund, for the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1997.  Such funds shall not lapse
on  June  30,  1997,  and  shall  continue  to  be
available for expenditure  during  the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1998.
    Sec. 10. The sum of $9,000,000 is appropriated
to  the  State   Employees   Health  Service  Cost
account, from the  General  Fund,  for  the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1997, for M.D. Health Plan.
Such funds shall  not  lapse on June 30, 1997, and
shall continue to be available for expenditure for
such purpose during  the  fiscal years ending June
30, 1998, and June 30, 1999. Payment of such funds
shall not be made until the completion of an audit
which determines the  amount  owed by the state to
M.D. Health Plan.
    Sec. 11. The  Office  of the State Comptroller
may expend up to $250,000 from the State Employees
Retirement Fund to  implement the early retirement
incentive program.
    Sec. 12. The  sum  of  $70,000  of  the amount
appropriated  to  the   Office   of   Policy   and
Management in section  1  of special act 97-21 for
the   Contingency  Reserve   Account,   shall   be
transferred  to Legislative  Management,  for  the
Institute for Municipal Studies.
    Sec. 13. The  sum  of  $50,000  of  the amount
appropriated  to  the   Office   of   Policy   and
Management in section  1  of special act 97-21 for
the   Contingency  Reserve   Account,   shall   be
transferred  to  the   State  Library,  for  Basic
Cultural Resources Grant.
    Sec.  14. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school  building  project   grant,   the  town  of
Coventry may expand the scope of the extension and
alteration project at Coventry Jr./Sr. High School
(Project  Number 032-048)  to  include  additional
square footage and site acquisition.
    Sec. 15. The  sum  of  $300,000  of the amount
appropriated to the  Department  of Education, for
the fiscal year  ending  June  30,  1999, for OPEN
Choice Program, shall  be  transferred to Regional
Education Service Centers.
    Sec. 16. Section  74  of  special act 97-21 is
amended to read as follows:
    Notwithstanding the provisions  of sections 1,
11, 24, 25 and 26 of [this act] SPECIAL ACT 97-21,
the  appropriation  to   the   Connecticut   State
University System of  $107,352,895  in Fiscal Year
1997-98 and $108,969,239  in  Fiscal  Year 1998-99
shall be the  allotment for each such fiscal year,
provided that in  the event of an early retirement
incentive program the  Secretary  of the Office of
Policy and Management  may  secure  in Fiscal Year
1997-98 total savings $1,322,322 with an allotment
reduction of not more than [$1,075,233] $1,150,233
and the balance  through  fringe  benefit savings,
and  may  secure  in  Fiscal  Year  1998-99  total
savings of $1,577,902  with an allotment reduction
of  not  more  than  $1,283,056  and  the  balance
through fringe benefit  savings. ACCRUAL PAYMENTS,
INCLUDING   THE   FACULTY   CONTRACT   ADJUSTMENT,
RESULTING  FROM  THE  EARLY  RETIREMENT  INCENTIVE
PROGRAM SHALL BE  FUNDED  BY  THE OFFICE OF POLICY
AND MANAGEMENT.
    Sec. 17. Section  75  of  special act 97-21 is
amended to read as follows:
    Notwithstanding the provisions  of sections 1,
11, 24, 25 and 26 of [this act] SPECIAL ACT 97-21,
the     appropriation     to      the     Regional
Community-Technical     College     System      of
[$93,020,751] $94,161,210 in  Fiscal  Year 1997-98
and  [$93,954,201]  $95,073,643   in  Fiscal  Year
1998-99  shall be  the  allotment  for  each  such
fiscal year, provided  that  in  the  event  of an
early retirement incentive  program  the Secretary
of the Office  of Policy and Management may secure
in Fiscal Year  1997-98  total  savings $1,402,536
with  an allotment  reduction  of  not  more  than
[$1,140,459] $1,176,716 and  the  balance  through
fringe benefit savings,  and  may secure in Fiscal
Year 1998-99 total  savings  of $1,376,690 with an
allotment reduction of  not  more  than $1,119,442
and the balance  through  fringe  benefit savings.
ACCRUAL PAYMENTS, INCLUDING  THE  FACULTY CONTRACT
ADJUSTMENT, RESULTING FROM  THE  EARLY  RETIREMENT
INCENTIVE PROGRAM SHALL BE FUNDED BY THE OFFICE OF
POLICY AND MANAGEMENT.
    Sec.  18. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 81 of  special  act  97-21, at the state's
option,  the  effective  date  of  any  retirement
pursuant to said section may be deferred on a case
by case basis  to  not  later than August 1, 1998,
for members employed  by  the  Auditors  of Public
Accounts. Requests to  defer  retirement  shall be
made in writing  to  the member with copies to the
appropriate bargaining unit representative. If the
state requests a  member  employed by the Auditors
of Public Accounts  to stay beyond August 1, 1997,
and  the employee  refuses  to  do  so,  he  shall
continue to be eligible for the ERIP.
    Sec. 19. (a)  Notwithstanding any provision of
the  general  statutes   to   the   contrary,  the
Commissioner  of  Environmental  Protection  shall
convey to the  town  of  Franklin,  subject to the
approval of the  State Properties Review Board and
at a cost  equal  to  the  administrative costs of
making such conveyance,  a  parcel of land located
in the Franklin  wildlife  management area and the
structure known as  the  "Franklin House" which is
located  on  said   parcel.  The  Commissioner  of
Environmental  Protection  shall   determine   the
boundaries of said  parcel  of  land,  which shall
abut Route 32,  have  an area of approximately one
acre and contain  no  structures  other  than  the
Franklin House.
    (b) Said parcel  of  land  shall  be  conveyed
subject to the condition that the town of Franklin
grants  to  the   Commissioner   of  Environmental
Protection access to  the  well  located  on  said
parcel of land.
    (c) The town of Franklin shall use said parcel
of  land for  museum  purposes.  If  the  town  of
Franklin (1) does  not  use  said  parcel for said
purposes, (2) does  not retain ownership of all of
said parcel or  (3)  leases  all or any portion of
said parcel, the  parcel shall revert to the state
of Connecticut.
    (d) The State  Properties  Review  Board shall
complete its review  of  the  conveyance  of  said
parcel of land not later than thirty days after it
receives a proposed  agreement from the Department
of Environmental Protection. The land shall remain
under the care  and  control  of  said  department
until a conveyance  is made in accordance with the
provisions of this  section.  The  State Treasurer
shall execute and  deliver  any deed or instrument
necessary for a  conveyance  under  this  section,
which deed or  instrument shall include provisions
to carry out  the  purposes  of  subsection (c) of
this   section,   and    the    Commissioner    of
Environmental  Protection  shall   have  the  sole
responsibility for all  other  incidents  of  such
conveyance.
    Sec.  20. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-158a and  chapter  173  of  the general
statutes or any  regulations  adopted by the State
Board  of  Education,   none   of  the  boards  of
education participating in  the  Hartford and East
of the River Magnet Middle Schools Committee shall
be required to  obtain  any  approval  from  their
respective local legislative  bodies  to  file  or
cause to be  filed  on their behalf an application
for a school  construction  grant or to expend any
funds received or  otherwise available pursuant to
such grant or  any  other  state, federal or other
public or private grant.
    Sec. 21. (NEW)  (a)  There  is established the
Connecticut Food Policy  Council  which  shall  be
within the Department of Agriculture.
    (b) The council shall consist of the following
members: (1) One  appointed by the majority leader
of the Senate who shall be involved in agriculture
or  in  an   agriculture   organization;  (2)  one
appointed by the  president  pro  tempore  of  the
Senate who shall  be  involved  in  an anti-hunger
organization; (3) one  appointed  by  the minority
leader of the  Senate,  who  shall  represent  the
Cooperative Extension Service;  (4)  one appointed
by  the  minority   leader   of   the   House   of
Representatives who shall  be a food retailer; (5)
one appointed by  the  speaker  of  the  House  of
Representatives   who   shall   be   involved   in
agriculture or in an agriculture organization; (6)
one appointed by  the majority leader of the House
of  Representatives  who   shall   be   a  produce
wholesaler; (7) the  Commissioner  of Agriculture,
or  his  designee;   (8)   the   Commissioner   of
Administrative Services, or  his designee; (9) the
Commissioner of Education,  or  his designee; (10)
the  Commissioner  of   Transportation,   or   his
designee; (11) the  Commissioner of Public Health,
or his designee;  (12)  the Commissioner of Social
Services or his  designee;  (13)  the head of each
state department, as defined in section 4-5 of the
general  statutes,  who   is   not   one   of  the
commissioners designated in  subdivisions  (7)  to
(12), inclusive, of  this  subsection who shall be
members ex officio  without the right to vote; and
(14) the chairman  of the joint standing committee
of  the  General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of
matters relating to the environment who shall be a
member ex officio  without  the right to vote. The
council   shall  elect   a   chairperson   and   a
vice-chairperson  from  among   its  members.  Any
person absent from  (A) three consecutive meetings
of the commission  or  (B)  fifty per cent of such
meetings during any  calendar year shall be deemed
to  have  resigned  from  the  council,  effective
immediately. Vacancies on  the  council  shall  be
filled by the appointing authority. Members of the
council  serve  without  compensation  but  shall,
within  the  limits   of   available   funds,   be
reimbursed for expenses  necessarily  incurred  in
the performance of their duties. The council shall
meet  as  often   as   deemed   necessary  by  the
chairperson or a majority of the council.
    (c) The council shall: (1) Develop, coordinate
and implement a  food  system policy linking local
economic development, environmental protection and
preservation with farming  and  urban  issues; (2)
review  and  comment   on   any   proposed   state
legislation and regulations  that would affect the
food policy system  of  the  state; (3) advise and
provide information to the Governor on the state's
food policy; and  (4)  prepare  and  submit to the
joint standing committee  of  the General Assembly
having  cognizance  of  matters  relating  to  the
environment  an  annual   report   concerning  its
activities  with any  appropriate  recommendations
concerning food policy.
    (d) The council  may  use such funds as may be
available from federal, state or other sources and
may enter into contracts to carry out the purposes
of this section.
    (e) The council may, subject to the provisions
of chapter 67  of the general statutes, employ any
necessary staff within available appropriations.
    Sec. 22. Subsection  (c)  of  section 2c-2b of
the  general  statutes   is   amended   by  adding
subdivision (13) as follows:
    (NEW) (13) Connecticut  Food  Policy  Council,
established under section 21 of this act.
    Sec. 23. Section  3  of  public  act 97-145 is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    There  is established  a  Connecticut  Seafood
Advisory Council to  assist  in  the  promotion of
Connecticut seafood products  and  examine  market
opportunities. [Said ]  THE advisory council shall
consist  of  two  finfish,  shellfish  or  lobster
harvesters   or   representatives   of   harvester
organizations appointed one  each  by  the Speaker
and   majority   leader    of    the    House   of
Representatives, two finfish, shellfish or lobster
processors   or   representatives   of   processor
organizations appointed one  each  by the minority
leaders   of   the    Senate    and    House    of
Representatives, one retailer  serving restaurants
or   representing   a    restaurant   organization
appointed by the  President  Pro  Tempore  of  the
Senate,  one  member  at-large  appointed  by  the
majority leader of  the Senate, and four nonvoting
members one of whom shall represent the Department
of Environmental Protection, one the Department of
Economic and Community  Development  and  one  the
Department of Agriculture  and  one  the Sea Grant
Program  at The  University  of  Connecticut.  THE
ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL BE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE.
    Sec. 24. (NEW)  (a)  There  is  established an
African-American    Affairs    Commission.     The
commission  shall  consist  of  thirteen  members,
appointed as follows:  (1)  Three by the Governor,
one of whom  shall  serve  for  a term of one year
from the effective  date  of  this  act  and  have
expertise in the  field  of education, one of whom
shall serve for  a  term  of  two  years  from the
effective date of  this  act and have expertise in
the field of human services, and one of whom shall
serve for a term of three years from the effective
date of this  act and have expertise in the fields
of small business  and  economic  development, and
each of whom  thereafter  shall serve for terms of
three years from  October  first  in  the  year of
their appointment and  have expertise in the field
of  the  member's  predecessor;  (2)  two  by  the
president pro tempore  of  the Senate, one of whom
shall have expertise  in the field of children and
youth  development and  one  of  whom  shall  have
expertise in the  field  of health; (3) one by the
majority leader of  the  Senate,  who  shall  be a
member of the  public;  (4)  two  by  the minority
leader of the  Senate,  one  of  whom  shall  have
expertise in the  field  of environment and one of
whom shall have expertise in the field of arts and
culture; (5) two  by  the  speaker of the House of
Representatives, one of  whom shall have expertise
in the field of housing and one of whom shall have
expertise in the  field  of public safety; (6) one
by  the  majority   leader   of   the   House   of
Representatives, who shall  be  a  member  of  the
public; and (7)  two by the minority leader of the
House of Representatives,  one  of whom shall have
expertise in the  field  of transportation and one
of whom shall  be  a  member  of  the  public. All
members appointed under this subsection shall have
experience  in  the   field   of  African-American
affairs. All members  appointed  under subdivision
(2), (3), (4),  (5), (6) or (7) of this subsection
shall serve for  terms  of  two years from October
first  in  the  year  of  their  appointment.  The
commission  shall  elect   a   chairperson  and  a
vice-chairperson  from  among   its  members.  Any
person absent from  (A) three consecutive meetings
of the commission  or  (B)  fifty per cent of such
meetings during any  calendar year shall be deemed
to have resigned  from  the  commission, effective
immediately. Vacancies on  the commission shall be
filled by the appointing authority. Members of the
commission shall serve  without  compensation  but
shall, within the  limits  of  available funds, be
reimbursed for expenses  necessarily  incurred  in
the performance of  their  duties.  The commission
shall meet as  often  as  deemed  necessary by the
chairperson or a majority of the commission.
    (b) The commission shall:
    (1) Review and  comment  on any proposed state
legislation and regulations  that would affect the
African-American population in the state;
    (2)  Advise and  provide  information  to  the
Governor on the  state's  policies  concerning the
African-American communities;
    (3)  Advise  the   Governor   concerning   the
coordination and administration  of state programs
serving the African-American population;
    (4)   Maintain   a    liaison    between   the
African-American   communities  and   governmental
entities;
    (5) Encourage African-American  representation
at all levels of state government, including state
boards and commissions;
    (6)  Secure  appropriate  recognition  of  the
accomplishments   and   contributions    of    the
African-American population of the state; and
    (7) Prepare and  submit  to  the  Governor  an
annual report concerning  its  activities with any
appropriate    recommendations   concerning    the
African-American population of the state.
    (c) The commission  may  use such funds as may
be available from  federal, state or other sources
and may enter  into  contracts  to  carry  out the
purposes of this section.
    (d)  The  commission   may,   subject  to  the
provisions of chapter  67 of the general statutes,
employ  any  necessary   staff   within  available
appropriations.
    (e)  The  commission  shall  be  part  of  the
legislative department.
    Sec. 25. Subsection (a) of section 2 of public
act  97-259  is  repealed  and  the  following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used  in this section, sections 1 to 4,
inclusive, of [this  act]  PUBLIC  ACT  97-259 and
section  17b-749a  of  the  general  statutes,  as
amended by section  5  of  [this  act]  PUBLIC ACT
97-259:
    (1)  "School  readiness   program"   means   a
nonsectarian program that  (A) meets the standards
set by the  department  pursuant to subsection (b)
of this section  and the requirements of section 3
of [this act]  PUBLIC ACT 97-259, and (B) provides
a developmentally appropriate  learning experience
of not less  than four hundred fifty hours and one
hundred eighty days for eligible children;
    (2) "Eligible children"  means  children three
and four years  of  age and children five years of
age who are  not  eligible  to  enroll  in  school
pursuant  to  section   10-15c   of   the  general
statutes, provided no child shall participate in a
school readiness program for more than two years;
    (3) "Priority school"  means a school in which
forty per cent  or  more of the LUNCHES SERVED ARE
SERVED TO students  WHO  are  eligible for free or
reduced price lunches  pursuant to federal law and
regulations, excluding such  a school located in a
priority  school  district   pursuant  to  section
10-266p of the general statutes;
    (4) "SEVERE NEED  SCHOOL"  MEANS A SCHOOL IN A
PRIORITY  SCHOOL  DISTRICT   PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
10-266p OF THE GENERAL STATUTES IN WHICH FORTY PER
CENT OR MORE  OF  THE LUNCHES SERVED ARE SERVED TO
STUDENTS WHO ARE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  FREE  OR  REDUCED
PRICE LUNCHES;
    [(4)] (5) "Accredited" means accredited by the
National Association for  the  Education  of Young
Children,  a Head  Start  on-site  program  review
instrument or a  successor  instrument pursuant to
federal  regulations, or  otherwise  meeting  such
criteria   as   may    be   established   by   the
commissioner,    in    consultation    with    the
Commissioner of Social Services;
    [(5)]  (6)  "Approved"   means   meeting   the
criteria  established  by   the  commissioner,  in
consultation  with  the   Commissioner  of  Social
Services;
    [(6)]    (7)    "Commissioner"    means    the
Commissioner of Education; and
    [(7)] (8) "Department" means the Department of
Education.
    Sec. 26. Section  23  of  public act 97-265 is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    Notwithstanding  the  provisions   of  section
10-283 of the  general statutes, or any regulation
adopted pursuant to  said section, the project for
the Magnet Regional  Science, Math, Technology and
Arts Resource High  School in Hartford is included
in section 1  of [this act] PUBLIC ACT 97-265, and
shall be eligible  to  be  subsequently considered
for a grant  commitment  from  the state, provided
the Hartford school  district files an application
for such school  building  project  prior to [June
30, 1997] JUNE  30,  1998,  and  meets  all  other
provisions of section  10-264h  and chapter 173 of
the general statutes and any regulation adopted by
the State Board  of  Education  pursuant  to  said
chapter  except  as   may   be   waived   by   the
Commissioner of Education  pursuant  to subsection
(a) of said section 10-264h.
    Sec.  27.  Section   12-19a   of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  1 of public act
97-261 and section  2  of  public  act  97-282, is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) On or  before January first, annually, the
Secretary of the  Office  of Policy and Management
shall determine the  amount  due, as a state grant
in lieu of  taxes,  to  each  town  in  this state
wherein  state-owned  real  property,  reservation
land held in  trust  by  the  state  for an Indian
tribe or a  municipally owned airport, except that
which  was acquired  and  used  for  highways  and
bridges, but not  excepting  property acquired and
used  for highway  administration  or  maintenance
purposes, is located.  The  grant  payable  to any
town under the  provisions  of this section in the
state fiscal year  commencing  July  1,  1993, and
each fiscal year thereafter, shall be equal to the
total of (1)  one hundred per cent of the property
taxes which would  have  been paid with respect to
any facility listed  in  subsection (w) of section
1-1  and  any  other  facility  certified  by  the
Commissioner of Correction,  on  or  before August
first  of  each   year,  to  have  been  used  for
incarcerative purposes during the preceding fiscal
year, (2) subject  to the provisions of subsection
(c)  of  this  section,  forty  per  cent  of  the
property taxes which  would  have  been  paid with
respect to the  buildings  and  grounds comprising
Connecticut Valley Hospital  in  Middletown.  Such
grant  shall  commence   with   the   fiscal  year
beginning July 1,  1995,  and continuing each year
thereafter, (3) NOTWITHSTANDING  THE PROVISIONS OF
SUBSECTIONS (b) AND  (c)  OF  THIS  SECTION,  WITH
RESPECT TO ANY  TOWN  IN WHICH MORE THAN FIFTY PER
CENT OF THE PROPERTY IS STATE-OWNED REAL PROPERTY,
ONE HUNDRED PER  CENT  OF THE PROPERTY TAXES WHICH
WOULD  HAVE  BEEN   PAID   WITH  RESPECT  TO  SUCH
STATE-OWNED PROPERTY. SUCH  GRANT  SHALL  COMMENCE
WITH THE FISCAL  YEAR  BEGINNING JULY 1, 1997, AND
CONTINUING EACH YEAR  THEREAFTER  and,  [(3)]  (4)
subject to the  provisions  of  subsection  (c) of
this section, twenty  per  cent  of  the  property
taxes which would  have  been paid with respect to
all  other  state-owned  real  property  and  with
respect to all  municipally owned airports, except
for the exemption  applicable to such property, on
the  assessment  list   in   such   town  for  the
assessment   date   two   years   prior   to   the
commencement of the  state  fiscal  year  in which
such grant is payable. The grant provided pursuant
to this section  for any municipally owned airport
shall be paid  to  any  municipality  in which the
airport  is  located,   except   that   the  grant
applicable to Sikorsky  Airport shall be paid half
to the town  of  Stratford and half to the city of
Bridgeport. For the  fiscal  year  ending June 30,
1993, the amount  of  the  grant  payable  to each
municipality in accordance with this section shall
be reduced proportionately  in  the event that the
total of such  grants  in  such  year  exceeds the
amount  appropriated  for  the  purposes  of  this
section with respect to such year.
    (b) As used in this section "total tax levied"
means the total  real  property  tax  levy in such
town for the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year
in which a  grant  in  lieu  of  taxes  under this
section is made,  reduced  by the Secretary of the
Office of Policy and Management in an amount equal
to all reimbursements certified as payable to such
town by the secretary for real property exemptions
and credits on the taxable grand list or rate bill
of  such  town   for   the  assessment  year  that
corresponds  to  that   for   which  the  assessed
valuation of the  state-owned  land  and buildings
has been provided.  For  purposes  of this section
and section 12-19b,  any  real  property  which is
owned  by  the   John   Dempsey  Hospital  Finance
Corporation established pursuant to the provisions
of sections 10a-250  to  10a-263, inclusive, or by
one or more  subsidiary  corporations  established
pursuant to subdivision  (13)  of  section 10a-254
and which is  free  from  taxation pursuant to the
provisions of subdivision  (13) of section 10a-254
and  section  10a-259   shall   be  deemed  to  be
state-owned real property.
    (c) In the  fiscal  year ending June 30, 1991,
and in each fiscal year thereafter, the portion of
the grant payable  to  any  town  as determined in
accordance with subdivisions  (2) and [(3)] (4) of
subsection  (a) of  this  section,  shall  not  be
greater than the following percentage of total tax
levied  by such  town  on  real  property  in  the
preceding calendar year  as  follows:  (1)  In the
fiscal year ending  June  30,  1991, ten per cent,
(2) in the  fiscal  year  ending  June  30,  1992,
twelve per cent,  (3)  in  the  fiscal year ending
June 30, 1993,  fourteen  per  cent,  (4)  in  the
fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, twenty-seven per
cent, (5) in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995,
thirty-five  per cent,  (6)  in  the  fiscal  year
ending June 30,  1996,  forty-two per cent, (7) in
the fiscal year  ending  June 30, 1997, forty-nine
per cent, (8)  in  the fiscal year ending June 30,
1998, fifty-six per  cent,  (9) in the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1999,  sixty-three per cent, (10)
in the fiscal  year  ending June 30, 2000, seventy
per cent, (11)  in the fiscal year ending June 30,
2001, seventy-seven per  cent,  (12) in the fiscal
year ending June  30,  2002, eighty-four per cent,
(13) in the  fiscal  year  ending  June  30, 2003,
ninety-two per cent,  and  (14) in the fiscal year
ending June 30,  2004,  and  in  each  fiscal year
thereafter, one hundred per cent.
    (d) In the  fiscal  year  commencing  July  1,
1992, and in  each  fiscal  year  thereafter,  the
Commissioner of Transportation  shall pay from the
Bradley International Airport  Enterprise  Fund to
the  State Comptroller,  on  or  before  September
fifteenth, its portion  of the state grant in lieu
of taxes payable  under  the  provisions  of  this
section to the  towns  of  East  Granby, Suffield,
Windsor  and  Windsor   Locks  for  real  property
located  at Bradley  International  Airport.  Such
payment shall be  credited  to  the  appropriation
from the General  Fund for reimbursements to towns
for loss of taxes on state property.
    (e)  Notwithstanding the  provisions  of  this
section in effect  prior  to  January 1, 1997, any
grant  in  lieu   of  taxes  on  state-owned  real
property made to  any  town in excess of seven and
one-half per cent  of the total tax levied on real
property by such town is validated.
    Sec. 28. Subsection  (d) of section 22a-451 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d) There is  established  an  account  to  be
known as the emergency spill response account, for
the  purpose of  providing  money  for  (1)  costs
associated  with  the  implementation  of  section
22a-449 and chapter  441;  (2) the containment and
removal or mitigation  of the discharge, spillage,
uncontrolled loss, seepage or filtration of oil or
petroleum or chemical  liquids or solid, liquid or
gaseous products or hazardous wastes including the
state share of  payments  of the costs of remedial
action  pursuant  to   the  federal  Comprehensive
Environmental    Response,    Compensation,    and
Liability Act of  1980  (42  USC 9601 et seq.), as
amended; (3) provision  of  potable drinking water
pursuant to section 22a-471; (4) completion of the
inventory  required by  section  22a-8a;  (5)  the
removal of hazardous  wastes that the commissioner
deems to be  a potential threat to human health or
the environment; (6)  [the  accomplishment  of the
purposes  of  sections   22a-134aa  to  22a-134hh,
inclusive, except that the amount expended for the
purpose of this subdivision shall not exceed three
hundred forty thousand  dollars per year; (7)] (A)
the provision of short-term potable drinking water
pursuant to subdivision  (1)  of subsection (a) of
section  22a-471  and   the   preparation   of  an
engineering report pursuant  to subdivision (2) of
subsection (a) of  said  section when pollution of
the groundwaters by pesticides has occurred or can
reasonably be expected  to  occur;  (B)  the study
required by Special  Act  86-44*  and (C) as funds
allow, education of  the  public on the proper use
and disposal of  pesticides  and the prevention of
pesticide   contamination   in    drinking   water
supplies; [(8)] (7) loans and lines of credit made
in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  section
32-23z;  [(9)]  (8)   the  accomplishment  of  the
purposes  of  sections   22a-133b   to   22a-133g,
inclusive,  and  sections   22a-134  to  22a-134d,
inclusive,   including   staffing,   and   section
22a-133k;    [(10)]    (9)     development     and
implementation by the commissioner of a state-wide
aquifer  protection  program   pursuant   to   the
provisions of sections  19a-37,  22-6c,  22a-354c,
22a-354e,   22a-354g  to   22a-354bb,   inclusive,
25-32d,  25-33h,  25-33n  and  subsection  (a)  of
section  25-84, including,  but  not  limited  to,
development of state  regulations for land uses in
aquifer protection areas, technical assistance and
educational  programs;  [(11)]  (10)  research  on
toxic substance contamination,  including research
by the Environmental  Research  Institute  and the
Institute of Water  Resources at The University of
Connecticut and by  the  Connecticut  Agricultural
Experiment Station; [(12)]  (11)  the costs of the
commissioner in performing  or  approving  level A
mapping of aquifer  protection  areas  pursuant to
this  title;  and   [(13)]   (12)   inventory  and
evaluation  of  the   farm   resource   management
requirements of farms  in  aquifer  areas  by  the
eight   county   soil   and   water   conservation
districts. The emergency  spill  response  account
shall be an  account  of the General Fund. On July
1, 1995, any  balance  remaining  in  said account
shall  be transferred  to  the  resources  of  the
General Fund.
    Sec. 29. Subsection  (b) of section 29-252a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) [On and  after  July 1, 1989, no] NO state
building  or structure  OR  ADDITION  TO  A  STATE
BUILDING OR STRUCTURE,  that exceeds the threshold
limits contained in  section 29-276b [, and on and
after July 1,  1997,  no  other  state building or
structure] AND REQUIRES  AN INDEPENDENT STRUCTURAL
REVIEW UNDER SAID  SECTION,  shall  be constructed
[or altered] until  an  application has been filed
by the commissioner  of  an  agency  authorized to
contract for the construction of buildings [or the
alteration  of  existing   buildings]   under  the
provisions of section 4b-1 or 4b-51 with the State
Building Inspector and a building permit issued by
the State Building Inspector. ON AND AFTER JULY 1,
1999, NO STATE  BUILDING  OR STRUCTURE OR ADDITION
TO  A  STATE   BUILDING   OR  STRUCTURE  SHALL  BE
CONSTRUCTED OR ALTERED  UNTIL  AN  APPLICATION HAS
BEEN  FILED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  AN  AGENCY
AUTHORIZED TO CONTRACT  FOR  THE  CONSTRUCTION  OF
BUILDINGS OR THE  ALTERATION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS
UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 4b-1 OR 4b-51 WITH
THE STATE BUILDING INSPECTOR AND A BUILDING PERMIT
ISSUED BY THE STATE BUILDING INSPECTOR. Two copies
of the plans  and  specifications for the building
or structure to  be  constructed  or altered shall
accompany the application.  [The  commissioner  of
the  contracting  agency   shall  include  on  the
application  all  contractors  and  subcontractors
doing work on  the  site and their Connecticut tax
registration  numbers  and  their  federal  Social
Security  account  numbers   or  federal  employer
identification  numbers, or  both,  if  available.
Said commissioner shall:  (1)  Continuously update
the   application   with   the   Connecticut   tax
registration numbers and  federal  Social Security
account numbers or federal employer identification
numbers, or both, if available, of any contractors
or subcontractors doing  work  on the site and (2)
prior to final payment, provide a complete list of
such numbers, if  available,  of  such contractors
and subcontractors or  where  such  federal Social
Security account numbers or federal identification
numbers are unavailable, the reason or reasons for
the unavailability. The  State  Building Inspector
shall, after final  payment on the construction or
alteration  of  a  state  building  or  structure,
furnish to the  Commissioner of Revenue Services a
copy of each  application  containing  a  complete
list of the  Connecticut  tax registration numbers
and federal Social  Security  account  numbers  or
federal employer identification  numbers, or both,
if    available,   of    all    contractors    and
subcontractors  doing work  on  the  site  or  the
reason or reasons  for  the  unavailability.]  The
commissioner of any such agency shall certify that
such plans and  specifications  are in substantial
compliance  with  the   provisions  of  the  State
Building  Code and,  where  applicable,  with  the
provisions of the  State  Fire  Safety  Code.  The
State Building Inspector  shall  review  the plans
and specifications for  the  building or structure
to  be constructed  or  altered  to  verify  their
compliance  with the  requirements  of  the  State
Building Code and,  within thirty days of the date
of application, shall issue or refuse to issue the
building permit, in  whole  or  in part. The State
Building Inspector may request that the State Fire
Marshal  review  such   plans   to   verify  their
compliance with the State Fire Safety Code.
    Sec. 30. (NEW)  The commissioner of each state
agency authorized to contract for the construction
or alteration of  buildings  under section 4b-1 or
4b-51 of the general statutes shall provide to the
Commissioner of Revenue  Services  a complete list
of all contractors  and  subcontractors doing work
on any such construction or alteration project, if
available,     and    the     contractors'     and
subcontractors' (1) Connecticut  tax  registration
numbers and (2)  federal  Social  Security account
numbers or federal employer identification numbers
or both, if available, before making final payment
on the project.
    Sec. 31. Subsection  (b)  of  section 4b-30 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Public  Works  shall
have the primary  responsibility for ensuring that
the  lessor  of   the   offices,  space  or  other
facilities which are  covered  by  each such lease
complies with the  provisions  of  the  lease.  In
carrying out such  responsibility the commissioner
shall  inspect  such   offices,  space  and  other
facilities at least  once annually. Not later than
September first, annually,  the commissioner shall
submit to the  State  Properties  Review  Board  a
report   summarizing   the    findings   of   such
inspections. [No person employed by the Department
of  Public  Works   whose   primary   function  is
negotiating leases shall  be  assigned  any of the
duties required of  the  commissioner  under  this
subsection.]
    Sec. 32. Section  32-6 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  management   and   control   of  the
operation and affairs  of the Connecticut building
at  the  Eastern   States   Exposition   at   West
Springfield   [,  Massachusetts,   including   the
maintenance of the land and building,] shall be in
the  charge of  the  Department  of  Economic  and
Community Development. MAINTENANCE OF THE LAND AND
BUILDING  SHALL  BE   THE  RESPONSIBILITY  OF  THE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC  WORKS.  Coverage by fire and
casualty insurance shall  be the responsibility of
the Comptroller. The  building  and  land shall be
used by the  department  OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT,  in  cooperation   with   public  and
private  agencies,  to   conduct   an  educational
exhibit  which  will   promote  the  agricultural,
industrial, recreational and  other  physical  and
natural resources of this state.
    (b) (1) THERE  IS ESTABLISHED AN ACCOUNT TO BE
KNOWN AS THE CONNECTICUT EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION
ACCOUNT.  THE ACCOUNT  SHALL  CONTAIN  ANY  MONEYS
REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE DEPOSITED IN THE ACCOUNT AND
SHALL BE A  SEPARATE,  NONLAPSING  ACCOUNT  OF THE
GENERAL FUND. INVESTMENT  EARNINGS CREDITED TO THE
ACCOUNT SHALL BECOME  PART  OF  THE  ASSETS OF THE
ACCOUNT. ANY BALANCE  REMAINING IN SAID ACCOUNT AT
THE  END OF  ANY  FISCAL  YEAR  SHALL  BE  CARRIED
FORWARD IN THE ACCOUNT FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.
    (2)   THERE  SHALL   BE   DEPOSITED   IN   THE
CONNECTICUT EASTERN STATES  EXPOSITION ACCOUNT ANY
PROCEEDS REALIZED BY  THE  STATE  FROM  ACTIVITIES
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
    (3) AMOUNTS IN  THE CONNECTICUT EASTERN STATES
EXPOSITION ACCOUNT SHALL  BE AVAILABLE TO FUND THE
COST  OF  ANY  ACTIVITIES  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF
ECONOMIC  AND COMMUNITY  DEVELOPMENT  PURSUANT  TO
THIS  SECTION,  INCLUDING   ADMINISTRATIVE   COSTS
RELATED TO SUCH ACTIVITIES.
    Sec. 33. Subsection  (a)  of  section 49-41 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Each  contract   exceeding  [twenty-five]
FIFTY  thousand  dollars   in   amount   for   the
construction, alteration or  repair  of any public
building or public  work  of  the  state or of any
subdivision thereof shall include a provision that
the person to  perform  the contract shall furnish
to the state  or  the subdivision on or before the
award date, a  bond  in the amount of the contract
which shall be  binding  upon  the  award  of  the
contract to that person, with a surety or sureties
satisfactory to the officer awarding the contract,
for the protection  of  persons supplying labor or
materials in the  prosecution of the work provided
for in the  contract  for  the  use  of  each such
person, provided no such bond shall be required to
be furnished (1) in relation to any general bid in
which  the  total  estimated  cost  of  labor  and
materials under the contract with respect to which
such  general  bid   is  submitted  is  less  than
[twenty-five]  FIFTY  thousand   dollars,  (2)  in
relation  to  any   sub-bid  in  which  the  total
estimated cost of  labor  and  materials under the
contract with respect  to  which  such  sub-bid is
submitted is less  than fifty thousand dollars, or
(3) in relation  to  any  general  bid  or sub-bid
submitted by a  consultant,  as defined in section
4b-55.  Any such  bond  furnished  shall  have  as
principal  the name  of  the  person  awarded  the
contract.
    Sec. 34. Subsection (a) of section 4b-2 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Submit to  the board on [August] SEPTEMBER
first of each  year  a  report which shall include
all pertinent data  on  his  operations concerning
realty acquisitions, the  projected  needs  of the
state and recommendations  for  statutory  changes
which may be appropriate. On or before [September]
OCTOBER first of each year, the board shall submit
such   report  with   recommendations,   comments,
conclusions or other  pertinent information to the
Governor and the  members  of  the  joint standing
committees   of  the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating  to appropriations
and the budgets  of  state  agencies  and to state
finance, revenue and bonding.
    Sec.  35.  Section   16a-38i  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The energy performance  standards  established
by  the  Commissioner  of  Public  Works  and  the
Secretary of the  Office  of Policy and Management
pursuant to section  16a-38 shall require that the
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS, IN CONSULTATION WITH
THE  SECRETARY,  (1)   CALCULATE   ANNUALLY,  FROM
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE DATA,  THE  average energy use
per square foot  in  state  buildings, [be reduced
from the 1990  level  as follows: Fifteen per cent
by 1995, thirty  per  cent  by  2000 and fifty per
cent by 2010] (2) ESTABLISH ONE OR MORE THRESHOLDS
OF ACCEPTABILITY FOR ENERGY USE IN STATE BUILDINGS
AND (3) (A) REDUCE ENERGY USE, ON A COST-EFFECTIVE
LIFE-CYCLE  BASIS  AND   WITHIN  AVAILABLE  FISCAL
RESOURCES AS DETERMINED BY THE SECRETARY, IN THOSE
BUILDINGS  UNDER  THE  CARE  AND  CONTROL  OF  THE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC  WORKS WHICH DO NOT MEET SUCH
THRESHOLDS  AND  (B)   ASSIST  OTHER  AGENCIES  IN
REDUCING   ENERGY   USE,   ON   A   COST-EFFECTIVE
LIFE-CYCLE  BASIS  AND   WITHIN  AVAILABLE  FISCAL
RESOURCES AS DETERMINED BY THE SECRETARY, IN THOSE
BUILDINGS UNDER THEIR  CARE  AND  CONTROL WHICH DO
NOT MEET THE APPLICABLE THRESHOLDS.
    Sec. 36. Subsection  (a)  of  section 4b-34 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Except as provided under subsection (e) of
this  section,  whenever   it   appears  from  the
specifications  of  the   requesting   agency   or
institution that the  space  needs equal or exceed
two thousand five  hundred  square  feet  and  the
Commissioner of Public  Works  has determined that
such needs will  be  met  by  lease  of space, the
commissioner  shall give  public  notice  of  such
space needs and  specifications by advertising, at
least once, in  a  newspaper  having a substantial
circulation in the  area  in  which  such space is
sought, no less  than  [thirty] FIFTEEN days prior
to the date  of  final  selection.  A copy of such
notice shall be  sent  to  the regional chapter of
the Connecticut Association  of  Realtors  serving
the  area in  which  such  space  is  sought.  The
provisions  of  this   subsection   shall  not  be
construed to require  the  commissioner  to  lease
space  only  from   persons   responding  to  such
advertisements.
    Sec. 37. Subsection  (a)  of section 32-305 of
the general statutes,  as  amended  by  public act
97-315,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall
segregate (1) one  and  one-half  per  cent of the
gross receipts from  the tax from sales within the
meaning of subdivision  (h)  of  subsection (2) of
section  12-407 by  any  hotel  or  lodging  house
located in any municipality having a population of
less  than  sixty-five  thousand,  (2)  three  and
one-half per cent  of the gross receipts from such
tax in any  municipality  having  a  population of
sixty-five  thousand  or   more   but   less  than
seventy-five thousand, and  (3)  four and one-half
per cent of  the  gross  receipts from such tax in
any   municipality   having    a   population   of
seventy-five  thousand  or   more,   provided  the
commissioner shall segregate  three  and  one-half
per cent of  the  gross  receipts from such tax in
the municipality having  the  most popular tourist
attraction in the  state,  as  determined  by  the
Office of Tourism,  if  such  municipality  has  a
population of less  than sixty-five thousand. Such
segregated funds shall  be  allocated  to  tourism
districts  established  under  section  32-302  as
follows: The portion  of the funds attributable to
such  tax receipts  in  a  municipality  shall  be
allocated to the  tourism  district  in  which the
municipality is located,  provided (A) one hundred
per cent of  the  amount  attributable to such tax
receipts from sales in Hartford shall be allocated
to the Connecticut  Convention  Center  Authority,
(B)   seventy-five  per   cent   of   the   amount
attributable to such  tax  receipts  from sales in
New Haven shall  be  allocated  to  the  New Haven
Coliseum Authority, (C)  seventy-five  per cent of
the amount attributable  to such tax receipts from
sales  in  Stamford  shall  be  allocated  to  the
Stamford Center for the Arts, (D) seventy-five per
cent  of  the  amount  attributable  to  such  tax
receipts from sales  in Norwalk shall be allocated
to  the  Maritime   Center   Authority   and   (E)
seventy-five per cent  of  the amount attributable
to such tax  receipts  from  sales  in  Bridgeport
shall  be  allocated   to  the  Greater  Fairfield
district established in  section  32-302,  for the
sole  purpose  of  marketing  tourist  attractions
located in Bridgeport.  If  for  any  state fiscal
year   the  amount   of   the   allocation   under
subparagraph (E) is  less than the amount of funds
allocated during the  fiscal  year ending June 30,
1991, to the  then  existing Bridgeport convention
and visitors bureau,  pursuant  to sections 7-136b
and 7-136c of  the  general  statutes,  revised to
January 1, 1991,  the  Connecticut Tourism Council
shall provide a  grant  under section 32-300, from
the  tourism  account,   in  the  amount  of  such
difference, to said Greater Fairfield district for
the  purpose  set   forth   in  subparagraph  (E).
Notwithstanding the provisions  of  this  section,
[for] DURING the  fiscal  year  [1997-1998] ENDING
JUNE  30,  1998,   the   Commissioner  of  Revenue
Services  shall  segregate   one   hundred   fifty
thousand dollars from  any increase in receipts of
such [tax over  the amount received in fiscal year
1996-1997] AMOUNT SEGREGATED  UNDER  THIS  SECTION
DURING THE FISCAL  YEAR  ENDING JUNE 30, 1997, and
shall  allocate  such  segregated  amount  to  the
Connecticut   Film,   Video   and   Media   Office
ESTABLISHED  UNDER SECTION  32-86a,  provided  the
amount  segregated and  allocated  to  any  entity
under this section  is  not  less  than the amount
segregated   and   allocated   [in   fiscal   year
1996-1997] DURING THE  FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30,
1997. Not later than October 1, 1994, and annually
thereafter,  each  tourism   district   and   each
authority receiving funds under this section shall
submit to the  Connecticut  Tourism Council a full
audit of the books and accounts of the district or
authority for the preceding fiscal year. Each such
audit  shall  be   conducted   by  an  independent
certified public accountant.  The  Commissioner of
Revenue   Services   shall   also   segregate   an
additional  one  million   dollars  of  the  gross
receipts from such  tax  in  the state during each
state fiscal year  and  allocate such funds to the
cultural heritage development  account established
under  section  10-373bb.   The   Commissioner  of
Revenue  Services  may   adopt   regulations,   in
accordance  with the  provisions  of  chapter  54,
concerning  accounting  procedures   necessary  to
carry out the purposes of this section.
    Sec. 38. Subdivision  (1) of subsection (a) of
section 52-434 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 4 of public act 97-178, is repealed and
the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (1) Each judge  of  the  Supreme  Court,  each
judge of the  Appellate  Court,  each judge of the
Superior Court and  each  judge  of  the  Court of
Common Pleas who  ceases  or  has  ceased  to hold
office because of  retirement other than under the
provisions of section  51-49 and who is an elector
and a resident  of  this  state  shall  be a state
referee for the remainder of his term of office as
a judge and shall be eligible for appointment as a
state referee during  the remainder of his life in
the manner prescribed  by  law for the appointment
of a judge  of  the court of which he is a member.
The Superior Court  may  refer  any civil, NONJURY
case OR WITH THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE PARTIES OR
THEIR  ATTORNEYS,  ANY  CIVIL  JURY  CASE  pending
before the court  in  which  the  issues have been
closed to such  a state referee who shall have and
exercise  the powers  of  the  Superior  Court  in
respect to trial, judgment and appeal in the case.
The Superior Court  may,  with  the consent of the
parties or their  attorneys,  refer  any  criminal
case to such  a  state  referee who shall have and
exercise  the powers  of  the  Superior  Court  in
respect to trial,  judgment, sentencing and appeal
in the case.
    Sec. 39. (NEW)  As  used in sections 39 to 42,
inclusive, of this  act,  the  following words and
terms shall have the following meanings unless the
context indicates another  or different meaning or
intent.
    (1) "Amount available for debt service" means,
for  any  accounting   period,  the  net  revenues
available for debt service for such period reduced
by the qualified expenditures for such period.
    (2) "Authority" means the State of Connecticut
Health  and Educational  Facilities  Authority  as
defined  in  section   10a-178   of   the  general
statutes.
    (3)  "Bonds"  means   revenue   bonds  of  the
authority  issued  to   finance  a  project  at  a
participating nursing home,  as defined in section
10a-178 of the  general statutes which are secured
by a special capital reserve fund.
    (4)  "Bond  documents"   means  all  documents
related to an  issue  of  bonds including, but not
limited  to,  the   trust   indenture,   the  loan
agreement, the bonds,  the  mortgage and any other
documents included in the closing transcript.
    (5) "Deficiency" as  used  in  connection with
any bonds, means  the  total of the following: (A)
For   any   completed   accounting   period,   the
difference between the  amount  available for debt
service for such  period  and the payment required
to be made  to the subject special capital reserve
fund  during  such  period  so  that  the  subject
special capital reserve fund is in compliance with
the applicable bond  documents;  (B) the projected
amount necessary, after  taking  into  account the
estimated amount available  for  debt  service, to
avoid a draw  on the special capital reserve funds
or such higher  amount  as  provided  in  the bond
documents for the period selected by the authority
so  that the  state  has  no  obligation  to  make
payments to such special capital reserve fund; and
(C) such additional  amounts  as the authority may
deem advisable to  prevent  the  state  from being
obligated to make  any  payment  to the applicable
special capital reserve fund.
    (6) "Deficiency loan" means a loan made by the
authority to a  qualified nursing home to fund all
or a portion  of  the  deficiency.  The  principal
amount of the deficiency loan shall not exceed the
deficiency   for  the   qualified   nursing   home
receiving the deficiency loan. All other terms and
conditions of the  deficiency  loan  including the
rate of interest,  if  any,  shall  be  set by the
authority as it deems appropriate.
    (7) "Net revenues  available for debt service"
means, for any  accounting  period,  the excess of
operating  and  nonoperating   revenues   of   the
qualified nursing home,  including the proceeds of
business interruption insurance over the operating
and nonoperating expenses of the qualified nursing
home for such  period.  For  the  purposes of this
subdivision  such  revenues   and  expenses  shall
exclude any depreciation, amortization and current
interest expense, as determined in accordance with
generally  accepted accounting  principles,  using
either accrual or  cash basis accounting, subject,
to    such    adjustment     for    extraordinary,
nonrecurrent, capital and  other  expenditures  as
the  authority  deems   appropriate  to  determine
actual funds available for debt service.
    (8)   "Qualified   expenditures"   means   all
expenditures of any  kind  and type of a qualified
nursing home, including  capital  expenditures and
repayment  of  debt,   which   are   necessary  or
advisable  for  the   continued   operation  of  a
qualified nursing home  outside  of bankruptcy and
in compliance with all applicable laws.
    (9) "Qualified nursing  home"  means a nursing
home  required  to  make  payments  to  a  special
capital reserve fund  pursuant  to applicable bond
documents.
    (10) "Special capital reserve funds" means the
funds authorized under  section  10a-186a  of  the
general statutes and  as  incorporated in the bond
documents.
    (11) "Subject special  capital  reserve  fund"
means the Special  Capital Reserve Fund to which a
specific qualified nursing  home  is  required  to
make payments under applicable bond documents.
    Sec. 40. (NEW)  There  is  established, within
the office of the State Treasurer, a program to be
known as the  "Nursing  Home  Loan  Program".  The
State  Treasurer  may,   upon   request   of   the
Connecticut  Health  and   Educational  Facilities
Authority  advance  funds  appropriated  for  such
program to the  authority from said program to the
extent  funds are  available  to  fund  deficiency
loans. The State Treasurer shall not advance funds
unless  there has  been  delivered  to  the  State
Treasurer  in  connection  with  such  advance,  a
certificate  of  the  executive  director  of  the
authority  and  any   officer   of  the  authority
certifying: (1) That the board of directors of the
authority has authorized the deficiency loan to be
funded and made all findings required by this act;
(2) the principal  amount  of the deficiency loan;
(3) the requested  amount  of the advance from the
Nursing Home Loan  Program;  and (4) the amount of
all previous advances  made  in  respect  of  such
deficiency loan. Upon receipt of such certificate,
to  the extent  funds  are  available,  the  State
Treasurer is authorized  to  make  the appropriate
payment  to  the  authority  for  the  purpose  of
funding the deficiency loan.
    Sec. 41. (NEW) (a) The authority is authorized
from time to  time  to  extend deficiency loans to
qualified nursing homes.  Deficiency  loans may be
advanced in one  or  more instalments and multiple
deficiency  loans may  be  extended  to  the  same
qualified nursing home.  The  terms and conditions
of each deficiency  loan shall be set forth in the
authorizing resolution of  the  board of directors
of the authority  provided  the board may delegate
the power to  set such terms and conditions to the
executive director and  any  managing  director of
the authority. Prior  to  approving  a  deficiency
loan, the board  of  directors  of  the  authority
shall  reasonably  determine,   based   upon   the
projections and other  information presented to it
that  (1) there  is  a  deficiency,  and  (2)  any
principal amount of  the  deficiency loan does not
exceed the amount  of the deficiency. All proceeds
of  a  deficiency   loan  shall  be  made  by  the
authority directly to the trustee of the bonds.
    (b) The authority shall have all powers, right
and authority granted  to it by chapter 187 of the
general statutes or  otherwise  to  administer and
enforce any deficiency loan including the right to
waive defaults and payments, extend maturities and
release collateral. Subject to the approval of the
State  Treasurer, the  authority  is  specifically
empowered in its  discretion,  to  forgive  up  to
one-half of the  principal  amount of a deficiency
loan if it  finds  that the financial condition of
the  qualified  nursing   home  has  substantially
improved and the  risk  that  the  state  will  be
required to make  payments  to restore the subject
special   capital   reserve    fund    has    been
substantially  reduced.  All  repayments  made  on
deficiency loans shall be paid by the authority to
the State Treasurer  for  deposit  in  the General
Fund.
    Sec.  42.  Section   10a-179  of  the  general
statutes is amended  by  adding  subsection (k) as
follows:
    (NEW) (k) (1)  The  authority  may incorporate
one or more  subsidiaries  and may transfer to any
such subsidiary any  moneys  and  real or personal
property  of  any   kind   or  nature.  Each  such
subsidiary   shall  have   all   the   privileges,
immunities, tax exemptions and other exemptions of
the   authority,   including    the    privileges,
immunities, tax exemptions  and  other  exemptions
provided under the  general  statutes  for special
capital reserve funds.  Each such subsidiary shall
be subject to suit provided its liability shall be
limited  solely  to   the   assets,  revenues  and
resources of the  subsidiary  and without recourse
to the general  funds,  revenues, resources or any
other  assets  of   the   authority.   Each   such
subsidiary is authorized  to  assume or take title
to  property  subject   to   any   existing  lien,
encumbrance or mortgage and to mortgage, convey or
dispose of its  assets  and pledge its revenues in
order to secure  any borrowing, for the purpose of
refinancing,  rehabilitating  or   improving   its
assets, provided each  such  borrowing or mortgage
shall be a  special  obligation of the subsidiary,
which obligation may be in the form of bonds, bond
anticipation notes and  other  obligations  to the
extent permitted under  chapter 187 of the general
statutes to fund  and  refund the same and provide
for the rights  of  the  holders  thereof,  and to
secure the same  by  pledge or revenues, notes and
other assets and  which  shall  be  payable solely
from the assets,  revenues  and other resources of
the subsidiary. The authority shall have the power
to assign to  a  subsidiary  any rights, moneys or
other assets it has under any governmental program
including  the  nursing   home  loan  program.  No
borrowing shall be  undertaken  by a subsidiary of
the  authority  without   the   approval   of  the
authority.
    (2) Each such subsidiary shall act through its
board of directors  at  least  one  half  of which
shall be members  of the board of directors of the
authority,  or  their  designees  or  officers  or
employees of the  authority.  A  resolution of the
authority shall prescribe  the  purposes for which
each such subsidiary is formed.
    (3) The provisions  of  section  1-125  of the
general  statutes,  subsection   (e)   of  section
10a-185  of  the   general   statutes   and   this
subsection shall apply  to  any officer, director,
designee  or  employee   appointed  as  a  member,
director or officer  of  any  such subsidiary. Any
such persons so  appointed shall not be personally
liable for the  debts,  obligations or liabilities
of any such subsidiary as provided in said section
1-125. The subsidiary  shall and the authority may
provide for the  indemnification  to protect, save
harmless  and indemnify  such  officer,  director,
designee or employee  as  provided by said section
1-125.
    (4) The authority or such subsidiary may take,
such actions as  are  necessary to comply with the
provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or
any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code
of  the  United  States,  as  from  time  to  time
amended,  to  qualify   and   maintain   any  such
subsidiary as a  corporation  exempt from taxation
under said internal revenue code.
    (5) The authority  may make loans to each such
subsidiary,    following    standard     authority
procedures, from its  assets  and  the proceeds of
its bonds, notes  and  other obligations, provided
the source and  security for the repayment of such
loans is derived  from  the  assets,  revenues and
resources of the subsidiary.
    Sec. 43. Subsection (g) of section 3-20 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (g) With the  exception  of  refunding  bonds,
whenever  a  bond  act  empowers  the  State  Bond
Commission to authorize  bonds  for any project or
purpose or projects  or purposes, and whenever the
State Bond Commission finds that the authorization
of such bonds will be in the best interests of the
state, it shall authorize such bonds by resolution
adopted  by the  approving  vote  of  at  least  a
majority of said  commission.  No  such resolution
shall be so  adopted  by the State Bond Commission
unless it finds  that there has been filed with it
(1) any capital  development  impact statement and
any human services  facility  colocation statement
required to be  filed  with  the  Secretary of the
Office  of  Policy   and  Management  pursuant  to
section   4b-23;  (2)   a   statement   from   the
Commissioner of Agriculture,  pursuant  to section
22-6, for projects which would convert twenty-five
or   more   acres   of   prime   farmland   to   a
nonagricultural use, and  (3)  such  requests  and
such  other documents  as  it  or  said  bond  act
require, provided no  resolution  with  respect to
any SCHOOL BUILDING  project  financed pursuant to
section 10-287d OR  ANY  INTEREST SUBSIDY FINANCED
PURSUANT TO SECTION  93 OF PUBLIC ACT 97-265 shall
require the filing  of  any statements pursuant to
subdivision (1) or  (2)  of this section. Any such
resolution so adopted by the State Bond Commission
shall  recite  the   bond  act  under  which  said
commission is empowered  to  authorize  such bonds
and  the  filing   of   all   requests  and  other
documents, if any,  required  by  it  or such bond
act, and shall  state  the principal amount of the
bonds authorized and  a description of the purpose
or project for  which  such  bonds are authorized.
Such  description  shall  be  sufficient  if  made
merely  by reference  to  a  numbered  subsection,
subdivision or other  applicable  section  of such
bond act. The  agenda  of  each  meeting,  or  any
supporting documents included  with  such  agenda,
shall include a reference to the statute or public
or special act which is the source of any funds to
be used for  any project on such agenda, including
any   contingency   funds   and   any   reuse   or
reallocation of funds  previously approved for any
other  use or  project,  and  a  notation  of  the
outside source from  which  any funds for any such
project were received,  if any. Upon adoption of a
resolution,  the principal  amount  of  the  bonds
authorized therein for  such  purpose  or  project
shall  be  deemed   to  be  an  appropriation  and
allocation of such  amount  for  such  purpose  or
project, respectively, and  subject to approval by
the  Governor of  allotment  thereof  and  to  any
authorization for such project or purpose that may
otherwise be required,  contracts  may  be awarded
and obligations incurred  with respect to any such
project or purpose in amounts not in the aggregate
exceeding   such  authorized   principal   amount,
notwithstanding    that   such    contracts    and
obligations may at  a  particular  time exceed the
amount of the proceeds from the sale of such bonds
theretofore received by  the  state.  In  any such
resolution so adopted,  the  State Bond Commission
may include provision  for  the  date  or dates of
such  bonds,  the  maturity  of  such  bonds  and,
notwithstanding the provisions  of  any  bond  act
taking effect prior to July 1, 1973, provision for
either  serial or  term,  sinking  fund  or  other
reserve fund requirements,  if  any,  due dates of
the interest thereon,  the form of such bonds, the
denominations  and  designation   of  such  bonds,
registration, conversion and  transfer  privileges
and  the  terms  of  redemption  with  or  without
premium and the  date  and  manner of sale of such
bonds, provisions for  the  consolidation  of such
bonds with other  bonds  including refunding bonds
for the purpose  of sale as provided in subsection
(h)  hereof,  limitations   with  respect  to  the
interest rate or  rates  on such bonds, provisions
for receipt and  deposit or investment of the good
faith deposit pending  delivery  of such bonds and
such other terms  and conditions of such bonds and
of the issuance and sale thereof as the State Bond
Commission  may  determine   to  be  in  the  best
interest of the  state,  provided  the  State Bond
Commission may delegate  to  the  Treasurer all or
any part of  the  foregoing  powers in which event
the Treasurer shall exercise such powers until the
State Bond Commission, by adoption of a resolution
prior to exercise  of such powers by the Treasurer
shall elect to  reassume  the  same.  Such  powers
shall be exercised  from  time  to  time  in  such
manner as the  Treasurer  shall determine to be in
the best interests  of the state and he shall file
a certificate of  determination  setting forth the
details thereof with  the  secretary  of the State
Bond Commission on  or before the date of delivery
of  such  bonds,   the   details   of  which  were
determined  by  him   in   accordance   with  such
delegation.   The  State   Bond   Commission   may
authorize  the  Commissioner   of   Economic   and
Community  Development  to   defer   payments   of
interest or principal,  or  a  portion thereof, in
the  case  of  a  troubled  loan,  as  defined  in
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (e)  of  section
8-37x,  made  by   the   commissioner   under  any
provision of the general statutes.
    Sec. 44. Section 3-76t of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Any  municipality  entitled   to   receive  an
interest  subsidy pursuant  to  [section  10-287g]
SUBSECTION (b) OF  SECTION 95 OF PUBLIC ACT 97-265
on bonds refunded  pursuant  to  this  part  shall
cease to receive  such  interest  subsidy  on  the
refunded bonds and  shall  be  entitled to receive
such interest subsidy  on  the  refunding bonds in
the amount permitted  by  [said  section  10-287g]
SUBSECTION (b) OF SECTION 95 OF PUBLIC ACT 97-265.
    Sec. 45. (NEW)  A  grant  under chapter 173 of
the  general  statutes  for  any  school  building
project authorized by  the  General Assembly on or
after July 1,  1996,  or for any project for which
application is made  pursuant to subsection (b) of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  on  or
after July 1,  1997,  shall  be  paid  as follows:
Applicants shall request progress payments for the
state share of  eligible  project costs calculated
pursuant  to sections  10-65  and  10-76e  of  the
general statutes and section 10-286 of the general
statutes, at such  time  and in such manner as the
Commissioner of Education shall prescribe provided
no payments shall commence until the applicant has
filed a notice of authorization of funding for the
local share of project costs, and provided further
no payments other  than  those  for  architectural
planning and site  acquisition shall be made prior
to  approval  of  the  final  architectural  plans
pursuant  to  section   10-292   of   the  general
statutes.  The  Department   of   Education  shall
withhold  five  per   cent   of  a  grant  pending
completion of an  audit pursuant to section 10-287
of  the  general   statutes   provided,   if   the
department  is unable  to  complete  the  required
audit within six  months of the date a request for
final payment is  filed, the applicant may have an
independent audit performed  and  include the cost
of such audit in the eligible project costs.
    Sec. 46. (a) The sum of $150,000 of the amount
appropriated to the  Department  of Education, for
the  fiscal  year   ending   June  30,  1998,  for
Education    Equalization   Grants,    shall    be
transferred to Interdistrict  Cooperation  for  an
interdistrict   abuse/neglect  domestic   violence
education  program for  children  five  to  twelve
years of age.
    (b)  The  sum   of   $150,000  of  the  amount
appropriated to the  Department  of Education, for
the  fiscal  year   ending   June  30,  1999,  for
Education    Equalization   Grants,    shall    be
transferred to Interdistrict  Cooperation  for  an
interdistrict   abuse/neglect  domestic   violence
education  program for  children  five  to  twelve
years of age.
    Sec. 47. Section  73  of  special act 97-21 is
amended to read as follows:
    Notwithstanding the provisions  of sections 1,
11, 24, 25 and 26 of [this act] SPECIAL ACT 97-21,
the appropriation to The University of Connecticut
of  $148,501,722  in   Fiscal   Year  1997-98  and
$155,253,959 in Fiscal  Year  1998-99 shall be the
allotment for each such fiscal year, provided that
in the event  of  an  early  retirement  incentive
program the Secretary  of the Office of Policy and
Management may secure in Fiscal Year 1997-98 total
savings $1,677,899 with  an allotment reduction of
not more than  $1,364,368  and the balance through
fringe benefit savings,  and  may secure in Fiscal
Year 1998-99 total  savings  of $1,723,606 with an
allotment reduction of  not  more  than $1,401,534
and the balance  through  fringe  benefit savings.
Accrual payments, including  the  faculty contract
adjustment, resulting from  the  early  retirement
incentive program shall be funded by the Office of
Policy and Management.
    Sec. 48. Section  2-80 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    There shall continue  to  be  a  Commission on
Uniform Legislation which shall consist of [seven]
EIGHT  members  appointed   by  the  Governor,  in
accordance with the  provisions  of  section 4-9a.
Said  commission  shall  examine  the  subject  of
marriage  and divorce,  insolvency,  the  form  of
notarial certificates, descent and distribution of
property, acknowledgment of  deeds,  execution and
probate of wills  and  other  subjects,  on  which
uniformity is desirable;  ascertain the best means
to effect uniformity  in  the  laws of the states;
represent  the  state   in   conventions  of  like
commissions of other  states for the consideration
and recommendation of uniform laws to be submitted
to the several state legislatures for their action
and recommend such other course of action as shall
best  accomplish  the  purpose  of  this  section.
Members shall receive  no  compensation  for their
services but their  necessary and actual traveling
and other expenses  incurred  in  effectuating the
object of this  section and an annual contribution
to the National  Conference  of  Commissioners  on
Uniform State Laws shall be paid by the state.
    Sec.   49.   (a)   The   sum   of   $1,099,698
appropriated  to  the   Office   of   Policy   and
Management, for the  fiscal  year  ending June 30,
1998, for Personal  Services, shall be transferred
to the Department  of  Administrative Services for
such purpose.
    (b) The sum  of  $361,045  appropriated to the
Office of Policy  and  Management,  for the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1998,  for  Other Expenses,
shall  be  transferred   to   the   Department  of
Administrative Services for such purpose.
    (c) The sum  of $1,147,163 appropriated to the
Office of Policy  and  Management,  for the fiscal
year ending June  30, 1999, for Personal Services,
shall  be  transferred   to   the   Department  of
Administrative Services for such purpose.
    (d) The sum  of  $361,045  appropriated to the
Office of Policy  and  Management,  for the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1999,  for  Other Expenses,
shall  be  transferred   to   the   Department  of
Administrative Services for such purpose.
    Sec. 50. Subsection  (f) of section 17b-340 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (f) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1992,
the rates paid  by  or  for persons aided or cared
for by the  state  or  any  town  in this state to
facilities for room,  board and services specified
in licensing regulations  issued  by the licensing
agency, except intermediate  care  facilities  for
the mentally retarded  and  homes  for  the  aged,
shall be based  on  the cost year ending September
30, 1989. For  the  fiscal  years  ending June 30,
1993, and June 30, 1994, such rates shall be based
on  the  cost  year  ending  September  30,  1990.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 17b-344,
such rates shall be determined by the Commissioner
of Social Services in accordance with this section
and the regulations  of Connecticut state agencies
promulgated by the  commissioner  and in effect on
April 1, 1991, except that:
    (1) Allowable costs  shall be divided into the
following  five  cost  components:  Direct  costs,
which   shall   include   salaries   for   nursing
personnel,  related fringe  benefits  and  nursing
pool costs; indirect  costs,  which  shall include
professional fees, dietary  expenses, housekeeping
expenses, laundry expenses,  supplies  related  to
patient care, salaries for indirect care personnel
and  related fringe  benefits;  fair  rent,  which
shall be defined in accordance with subsection (f)
of  section  17-311-52   of   the  regulations  of
Connecticut state agencies; capital-related costs,
which  shall  include  property  taxes,  insurance
expenses,   equipment   leases    and    equipment
depreciation;  and  administrative   and   general
costs,  which  shall   include   maintenance   and
operation   of  plant   expenses,   salaries   for
administrative  and  maintenance   personnel   and
related  fringe  benefits.  The  commissioner  may
provide  a  rate   adjustment   for   nonemergency
transportation   services  required   by   nursing
facility residents. Such  adjustment  shall  be  a
fixed   amount   determined    annually   by   the
commissioner based upon  a  review  of  costs  and
other  associated  information.   Allowable  costs
shall not include  costs  for  ancillary  services
payable under Part B of the Medicare program.
    (2)   Two   geographic   peer   groupings   of
facilities shall be  established for each level of
care,  as defined  by  the  Department  of  Social
Services for the  determination  of rates, for the
purpose of determining allowable direct costs. One
peer  grouping  shall   be   comprised   of  those
facilities located in  Fairfield County. The other
peer grouping shall  be  comprised  of  facilities
located in all other counties.
    (3) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1992,
per diem maximum  allowable  costs  for  each cost
component shall be  as  follows: For direct costs,
the maximum shall  be  equal  to one hundred forty
per cent of the median allowable cost of that peer
grouping; for indirect costs, the maximum shall be
equal  to one  hundred  thirty  per  cent  of  the
state-wide median allowable  cost;  for fair rent,
the  amount  shall  be  calculated  utilizing  the
amount  approved by  the  Office  of  Health  Care
Access   pursuant   to    section   19a-638;   for
capital-related costs, there  shall be no maximum;
and  for administrative  and  general  costs,  the
maximum shall be  equal to one hundred twenty-five
per cent of  the state-wide median allowable cost.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, per diem
maximum allowable costs  for  each  cost component
shall be as follows: For direct costs, the maximum
shall be equal  to  one  hundred forty per cent of
the median allowable  cost  of that peer grouping;
for indirect costs,  the maximum shall be equal to
one hundred twenty-five per cent of the state-wide
median allowable cost;  for  fair rent, the amount
shall be calculated  utilizing the amount approved
by the Office  of  Health  Care Access pursuant to
section 19a-638; for  capital-related costs, there
shall be no  maximum;  and  for administrative and
general costs the  maximum  shall  be equal to one
hundred fifteen per  cent of the state-wide median
allowable cost. For  the  fiscal  year ending June
30, 1994, per  diem  maximum  allowable  costs for
each  cost component  shall  be  as  follows:  For
direct costs, the  maximum  shall  be equal to one
hundred  thirty-five  per   cent   of  the  median
allowable cost of that peer grouping; for indirect
costs, the maximum  shall  be equal to one hundred
twenty per cent of the state-wide median allowable
cost;  for  fair   rent,   the   amount  shall  be
calculated utilizing the  amount  approved  by the
Office of Health  Care  Access pursuant to section
19a-638; for capital-related costs, there shall be
no maximum; and  for  administrative  and  general
costs the maximum  shall  be  equal to one hundred
ten per cent  of  the  state-wide median allowable
cost. For the  fiscal  year  ending June 30, 1995,
per diem maximum  allowable  costs  for  each cost
component shall be  as  follows: For direct costs,
the  maximum  shall   be   equal  to  one  hundred
thirty-five per cent  of the median allowable cost
of that peer  grouping;  for  indirect  costs, the
maximum shall be  equal  to one hundred twenty per
cent of the  state-wide median allowable cost; for
fair  rent,  the   amount   shall   be  calculated
utilizing the amount  approved  by  the  Office of
Health Care Access  pursuant  to  section 19a-638;
for  capital-related  costs,  there  shall  be  no
maximum; and for  administrative and general costs
the maximum shall be equal to one hundred five per
cent of the  state-wide median allowable cost. For
the fiscal year  ending  June  30,  1996,  and any
succeeding fiscal year, per diem maximum allowable
costs for each cost component shall be as follows:
For direct costs,  the  maximum  shall be equal to
one hundred thirty-five  per  cent  of  the median
allowable cost of that peer grouping; for indirect
costs, the maximum  shall  be equal to one hundred
fifteen  per  cent   of   the   state-wide  median
allowable cost; for fair rent, the amount shall be
calculated utilizing the  amount approved pursuant
to  section 19a-638;  for  capital-related  costs,
there shall be  no maximum; and for administrative
and general costs  the  maximum  shall be equal to
the state-wide median  allowable  cost.  Costs  in
excess of the  maximum  amounts  established under
this  subsection  shall   not   be  recognized  as
allowable costs, except  that  the Commissioner of
Social Services (A)  may  allow costs in excess of
maximum amounts for any facility with patient days
covered  by  Medicare,  including  days  requiring
coinsurance,  in excess  of  twelve  per  cent  of
annual patient days  which  also  has patient days
covered by Medicaid in excess of fifty per cent of
annual patient days;  (B)  may  establish  a pilot
program whereby costs in excess of maximum amounts
shall be allowed  for beds in a nursing home which
has a managed  care program and is affiliated with
a hospital licensed  under  chapter  368v; and (C)
may establish rates  whereby  allowable  costs may
exceed such maximum  amounts  for beds approved on
or after July 1, 1991, which are restricted to use
by  patients  with   acquired   immune  deficiency
syndrome or traumatic brain injury.
    (4) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1992,
(A) no facility  shall receive a rate that is less
than the rate it received for the rate year ending
June 30, 1991;  (B)  no  facility  whose  rate, if
determined  pursuant  to  this  subsection,  would
exceed  one  hundred   twenty   per  cent  of  the
state-wide median rate,  as determined pursuant to
this subsection, shall  receive  a  rate  which is
five and one-half  per  cent more than the rate it
received for the  rate  year ending June 30, 1991;
and (C) no  facility  whose  rate,  if  determined
pursuant to this  subsection,  would  be less than
one hundred twenty  per  cent  of  the  state-wide
median  rate,  as   determined  pursuant  to  this
subsection, shall receive  a rate which is six and
one-half per cent  more  than the rate it received
for the rate  year  ending  June 30, 1991. For the
fiscal year ending  June  30,  1993,  no  facility
shall receive a rate that is less than the rate it
received for the  rate  year ending June 30, 1992,
or six per cent more than the rate it received for
the rate year ending June 30, 1992. For the fiscal
year  ending June  30,  1994,  no  facility  shall
receive a rate  that  is  less  than  the  rate it
received for the  rate  year ending June 30, 1993,
or six per cent more than the rate it received for
the rate year ending June 30, 1993. For the fiscal
year  ending June  30,  1995,  no  facility  shall
receive a rate  that  is  more  than five per cent
less than the  rate  it received for the rate year
ending June 30,  1994,  or  six per cent more than
the rate it received for the rate year ending June
30, 1994. For  the  fiscal  years  ending June 30,
1996, and June 30, 1997, no facility shall receive
a rate that  is more than three per cent more than
the rate it received for the prior rate year. [For
the fiscal years  ending  June  30, 1992, and June
30,  1993, the  Commissioner  of  Social  Services
shall exclude fair  rent  from  any  rate increase
maximums established pursuant  to  this subsection
for a facility  which  has  undergone  a  material
change in circumstances  related to fair rent. For
the  fiscal  year   ending   June  30,  1993,  the
Commissioner of Social  Services shall exclude the
cost efficiency adjustment for indirect costs from
any rate increase maximums established pursuant to
this subsection. Thereafter,  the]  FOR THE FISCAL
YEAR  ENDING  JUNE  30,  1998,  A  FACILITY  SHALL
RECEIVE A RATE  INCREASE THAT IS NOT MORE THAN TWO
PER CENT MORE  THAN  THE  RATE  THAT  THE FACILITY
RECEIVED IN THE  PRIOR  YEAR.  FOR THE FISCAL YEAR
ENDING JUNE 30,  1999,  A FACILITY SHALL RECEIVE A
RATE INCREASE THAT  IS  NOT MORE THAN TWO PER CENT
MORE THAN THE  FACILITY RECEIVED IN THE PRIOR YEAR
AND THAT IS  NOT  LESS THAN ONE PER CENT MORE THAN
THE  FACILITY RECEIVED  IN  THE  PRIOR  YEAR.  THE
Commissioner of Social  Services  may exclude fair
rent from any  rate  increase maximums established
pursuant to this  subdivision for a facility which
has undergone a  material  change in circumstances
related to fair rent.
    (5) For the  purpose  of determining allowable
fair rent, a  facility  with  allowable  fair rent
less  than  the  twenty-fifth  percentile  of  the
state-wide allowable fair rent shall be reimbursed
as  having  allowable   fair  rent  equal  to  the
twenty-fifth   percentile   of    the   state-wide
allowable fair rent, provided for the fiscal years
ending June 30,  1996,  and  June  30,  1997,  the
reimbursement  may  not  exceed  the  twenty-fifth
percentile of the  state-wide  allowable fair rent
for  the  fiscal   year   ending  June  30,  1995.
Beginning with the  fiscal  year  ending  June 30,
1996, any facility  with  a rate of return on real
property other than  land  in excess of eleven per
cent shall have  such  allowance revised to eleven
per  cent. Any  facility  or  its  related  realty
affiliate  which  finances   or   refinances  debt
through bonds issued  by  the State of Connecticut
Health and Education  Facilities  Authority  shall
report the terms  and conditions of such financing
or  refinancing  to  the  Commissioner  of  Social
Services within thirty  days  of  completing  such
financing  or  refinancing.  The  Commissioner  of
Social Services may  revise  the  facility's  fair
rent  component  of   its   rate  to  reflect  any
financial  benefit the  facility  or  its  related
realty affiliate received  as  a  result  of  such
financing  or  refinancing,   including   but  not
limited  to, reductions  in  the  amount  of  debt
service payments or  period of debt repayment. The
commissioner shall allow actual debt service costs
for  bonds issued  by  the  State  of  Connecticut
Health  and Educational  Facilities  Authority  if
such costs do  not  exceed  property costs allowed
pursuant to subsection (f) of section 17-311-52 of
the  regulations of  Connecticut  state  agencies,
provided the commissioner  may  allow  higher debt
service costs for  such  bonds for good cause. For
facilities which first open on or after October 1,
1992, the commissioner  shall  determine allowable
fair rent for  real property other than land based
on the rate  of  return for the cost year in which
such  bonds were  issued.  The  financial  benefit
resulting from a facility financing or refinancing
debt through such  bonds  shall  be shared between
the state and the facility to an extent determined
by the commissioner  on  a  case-by-case basis and
shall  be  reflected   in  an  adjustment  to  the
facility's allowable fair rent.
    (6) A facility  shall  receive cost efficiency
adjustments   for   indirect    costs    and   for
administrative and general costs if such costs are
below  the  state-wide   median  costs.  The  cost
efficiency adjustments shall equal twenty-five per
cent of the  difference between allowable reported
costs and the  applicable  median  allowable  cost
established pursuant to this subdivision.
    (7) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1992,
allowable operating costs,  excluding  fair  rent,
shall  be  inflated   using   the   Regional  Data
Resources  Incorporated  McGraw-Hill  Health  Care
Costs: Consumer Price Index (all urban)--All Items
minus one and  one-half  per  cent. For the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1993,  allowable  operating
costs,  excluding fair  rent,  shall  be  inflated
using  the Regional  Data  Resources  Incorporated
McGraw-Hill  Health  Care  Costs:  Consumer  Price
Index  (all  urban)--All   Items   minus  one  and
three-quarters  per cent.  For  the  fiscal  years
ending June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, allowable
operating costs, excluding  fair  rent,  shall  be
inflated  using  the   Regional   Data   Resources
Incorporated   McGraw-Hill  Health   Care   Costs:
Consumer Price Index  (all urban)--All Items minus
two per cent.  For the fiscal year ending June 30,
1996, allowable operating  costs,  excluding  fair
rent, shall be  inflated  using  the Regional Data
Resources  Incorporated  McGraw-Hill  Health  Care
Costs: Consumer Price Index (all urban)--All Items
minus two and  one-half  per  cent. For the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1997,  allowable  operating
costs,  excluding fair  rent,  shall  be  inflated
using  the Regional  Data  Resources  Incorporated
McGraw-Hill  Health  Care  Costs:  Consumer  Price
Index  (all  urban)--All  Items  minus  three  and
one-half per cent. For the fiscal year ending June
30,  1992,  and   any   succeeding   fiscal  year,
allowable fair rent shall be those reported in the
annual report of long-term care facilities for the
cost  year  ending   the   immediately   preceding
September thirtieth. The  inflation  index  to  be
used pursuant to this subsection shall be computed
to reflect inflation  between  the midpoint of the
cost year through  the  midpoint of the rate year.
The  Department of  Social  Services  shall  study
methods of reimbursement  for  fair rent and shall
report its findings  and  recommendations  to  the
joint standing committee  of  the General Assembly
having cognizance of  matters  relating  to  human
services on or before January 15, 1993.
    (8) On and  after July 1, 1994, costs shall be
rebased no more  frequently  than  every two years
and no less  frequently  than every four years, as
determined by the  commissioner.  The commissioner
shall  determine whether  and  to  what  extent  a
change in ownership  of  a facility shall occasion
the rebasing of the facility's costs.
    (9) The method  of  establishing rates for new
facilities shall be determined by the commissioner
in  accordance  with   the   provisions   of  this
subsection.
    (10) Rates determined under this section shall
comply with federal laws and regulations.
    (11) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992,
and any succeeding  fiscal  year,  one-half of the
initial amount payable  in  June by the state to a
facility pursuant to this subsection shall be paid
to the facility  in  June  and the balance of such
amount shall be paid in July.
    (12) Notwithstanding the  provisions  of  this
subsection, interim rates issued for facilities on
and  after July  1,  1991,  shall  be  subject  to
applicable fiscal year  cost component limitations
established pursuant to  subdivision  (3)  of this
subsection.
    (13) A chronic  and  convalescent nursing home
having an ownership  affiliation with and operated
at the same location as a chronic disease hospital
may  request  that  the  commissioner  approve  an
exception  to applicable  rate-setting  provisions
for chronic and  convalescent  nursing  homes  and
establish a rate  for the fiscal years ending June
30, 1992, and  June  30,  1993, in accordance with
regulations in effect June 30, 1991. Any such rate
shall not exceed  one  hundred sixty-five per cent
of the median  rate  established  for  chronic and
convalescent nursing homes  established under this
section for the applicable fiscal year.
    (14) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994,
and any succeeding  fiscal  year,  for purposes of
computing   minimum   allowable    patient   days,
utilization of a  facility's  certified beds shall
be determined at a minimum of ninety-five per cent
of  capacity,  except   for   new  facilities  and
facilities which are certified for additional beds
which may be  permitted a lower occupancy rate for
the first three  months  of  operation  after  the
effective date of licensure.
    Sec. 51. The sum of $5,000,000 is appropriated
to the Department  of  Social  Services,  from the
General Fund, for  the fiscal year ending June 30,
1998, for Medicaid.
    Sec. 52. (a)  The  unexpended balance of funds
appropriated to the  Department of Social Services
in section 1  of  public  act 93-80, as amended by
section 1 of  public  act  94-1 of the May special
session, for development  of a Medicaid management
information system, and carried forward by section
24 of public  act 93-80, and section 47 of special
act 95-12, as amended by section 18 of special act
96-8, and the  unexpended  balance  of  the  funds
appropriated to said  department  for such purpose
for the fiscal  year  ending  June  30,  1995, and
carried  forward by  section  47  of  special  act
95-12, as amended  by  section  18  of special act
96-8, shall not lapse on June 30, 1997. Such funds
shall  be  transferred   to   the  Privatize  Data
Processing Services account and shall be available
for expenditure during the fiscal year ending June
30, 1998.
    (b)   The   unexpended    balance   of   funds
appropriated to the  Department of Social Services
in section 11  of special act 95-12, as amended by
section  1  of   special  act  96-8,  for  digital
imaging, in the  State-wide  GA Data Base/Tracking
System account, shall  not lapse on June 30, 1997,
and such funds  shall continue to be available for
expenditure during the fiscal year ending June 30,
1998.
    (c)   The   unexpended    balance   of   funds
appropriated to the  Department of Social Services
in section 11  of special act 95-12, as amended by
section 1 of special act 96-8, for the Connecticut
Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract to the Elderly,
shall not lapse  on  June 30, 1997, and such funds
shall continue to  be  available  for  expenditure
during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998.
    (d)   The   unexpended    balance   of   funds
appropriated to the  Department of Social Services
in section 11  of special act 95-12, as amended by
section 1 of  special act 96-8, for Privatize Data
Processing Services, shall  not  lapse on June 30,
1997,  and  such   funds   shall  continue  to  be
available for expenditure  during  the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1998, provided $2,000,000 of such
amount shall be  transferred  to  the  Connecticut
Home Care Program  and  $1,200,000  of such amount
shall be transferred  to  the  Department of Labor
for customized job training programs.
    (e)   The   unexpended    balance   of   funds
appropriated to the  Department of Social Services
in section 54  of  public  act  93-80, and carried
forward by said  section  54, section 30 of public
act 94-1 of the May special session, section 58 of
special act 95-12,  and  section 30 of special act
96-8, for buy-back  of certificates of need, shall
not lapse on  June 30, 1997, and shall continue to
be available for  expenditure  during  the  fiscal
year ending June 30, 1998.
    (f)   The   unexpended    balance   of   funds
transferred  by  the  Finance  Advisory  Committee
during the fiscal  year  ending  June 30, 1997, to
the Services for Persons with Disabilities account
within the Department  of  Social  Services, shall
not lapse on  June  30, 1997, and such funds shall
continue to be  available  for  expenditure during
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998.
    (g)   The   unexpended    balance   of   funds
appropriated to the  Department of Social Services
in section 11  of special act 95-12, as amended by
section 1 of  special act 96-8, for Blood Tests in
Paternity Actions, shall  not  lapse  on  June 30,
1997,  and  such   funds   shall  continue  to  be
available for expenditure  during  the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1998.
    (h) Payments made  by the Department of Social
Services, for the  fiscal  year  ending  June  30,
1998, for the  Emergency  Assistance  for Families
program shall be  made  from the appropriations to
said department for General Assistance.
    (i) Up to $1,000,000 of the funds appropriated
to the Board  of  Education  and  Services for the
Blind in section  11  of  special  act  95-12,  as
amended by section  1  of  special  act  96-8, for
Vocational Rehabilitation, shall not lapse on June
30, 1997, and  such  funds  shall  continue  to be
available for expenditure  during  the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1998.
    (j) During the  fiscal  year  ending  June 30,
1998, and during  the  fiscal year ending June 30,
1999, $30,000 of  the  amount  appropriated to the
Department    of    Education,    for    Education
Equalization Grants, shall  be  transferred to the
State Library, for Personal Services.
    (k) Notwithstanding the  provisions of section
12-20a   of   the   general   statutes,   if   the
appropriation in section  1  or  11 of special act
97-21 exceeds the  total  amount of grants payable
under said section  12-20a,  the  amount  of grant
payable to each  municipality  in  accordance with
the provisions of  said  section  12-20a  shall be
increased proportionately.
    Sec.  53.  Section   19a-341  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Notwithstanding any  general  statute  or
municipal ordinance or  regulation  pertaining  to
nuisances  to the  contrary,  no  agricultural  or
farming   operation,   place,   establishment   or
facility, or any  of  its  appurtenances,  or  the
operation thereof, shall be deemed to constitute a
nuisance, either public or private, due to alleged
objectionable  (1) odor  from  livestock,  manure,
fertilizer or feed,  (2)  noise  from livestock or
farm   equipment   used   in   normal,   generally
acceptable farming procedures,  (3)  dust  created
during plowing or  cultivation operations, (4) use
of  chemicals, provided  such  chemicals  and  the
method of their  application  conform to practices
approved  by  the  Commissioner  of  Environmental
Protection or, where  applicable, the Commissioner
of Public Health,  or  (5)  water  pollution  from
livestock or crop  production  activities,  except
the pollution of  public or private drinking water
supplies,  provided  such  activities  conform  to
acceptable  management  practices   for  pollution
control   approved   by    the   Commissioner   of
Environmental     Protection;    provided     such
agricultural   or   farming    operation,   place,
establishment or facility  has  been  in operation
for  one  year   or   more   and   has   not  been
substantially changed, and  such operation follows
generally    accepted   agricultural    practices.
Inspection and approval  of  the  agricultural  or
farming   operation,   place,   establishment   or
facility by the Commissioner of Agriculture or his
designee shall be  prima  facie evidence that such
operation follows generally  accepted agricultural
practices.
    (b)  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY  GENERAL  STATUTE  OR
MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE OR  REGULATION  PERTAINING  TO
NUISANCES, NO OPERATION TO COLLECT SPRING WATER OR
WELL WATER, AS  DEFINED  IN SECTION 21a-150, SHALL
BE DEEMED TO  CONSTITUTE A NUISANCE, EITHER PUBLIC
OR PRIVATE, DUE  TO  ALLEGED  OBJECTIONABLE  NOISE
FROM EQUIPMENT USED IN SUCH OPERATION PROVIDED THE
OPERATION  (1)  CONFORMS   TO  GENERALLY  ACCEPTED
PRACTICES FOR THE  COLLECTION  OF  SPRING WATER OR
WELL WATER, (2)  HAS  RECEIVED  ALL  APPROVALS  OR
PERMITS REQUIRED BY LAW, AND (3) COMPLIES WITH THE
LOCAL ZONING AUTHORITY'S  TIME,  PLACE  AND MANNER
RESTRICTIONS ON OPERATIONS TO COLLECT SPRING WATER
OR WELL WATER.
    [(b)] (c) The provisions of this section shall
not  apply  whenever   a   nuisance  results  from
negligence or wilful or reckless misconduct in the
operation  of any  such  agricultural  or  farming
operation, place, establishment  or  facility,  or
any of its appurtenances.
    Sec. 54. Subsection  (c) of section 10-266j of
the general statutes,  as  amended  by  public act
97-318,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) (1) Each  sending  district shall receive,
from  the amount  appropriated  for  interdistrict
cooperative  program grants  pursuant  to  section
10-74d,  for  each   child   participating  in  an
intercommunity program under  this  section  which
has been approved by the State Board of Education,
an amount equal  to  [three] SEVEN hundred [fifty]
dollars  for each  such  pupil.  (2)  Each  school
district which transports  such  children under an
agreement made pursuant  to  this section shall be
eligible   to  receive   for   each   such   pupil
transported from one  school  district  to another
school district, from  the  amount so appropriated
for  interdistrict  cooperative   program   grants
pursuant to section 10-74d, an amount equal to the
reasonable cost of  transporting  each such child.
(3) Notwithstanding any  provision of this chapter
to  the  contrary,  each  sending  district  shall
divide the number of children participating in the
program by two  for  purposes  of  the  counts for
subdivision   (22)   of    section   10-262f   and
subdivision  (2)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
10-261. Each receiving  district  shall divide the
number of children participating in the program by
two for purposes  of  the  counts pursuant to said
subdivisions. (4) The  total  amount of the grants
pursuant  to subdivisions  (1)  and  (2)  of  this
subsection shall not  exceed  [seven] NINE hundred
thousand dollars.
    Sec. 55. Subsection  (a) of section 17a-506 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any hospital  for psychiatric disabilities
may  receive for  observation  and  treatment  any
person who in writing requests to be received; but
no such person  shall  be  confined  in  any  such
hospital  for  psychiatric   disabilities  [mental
illness]  for  more  than  [five  days,  excluding
Saturdays, Sundays and  holidays]  THREE  BUSINESS
DAYS, after he  or she has given notice in writing
of  his  or   her   desire  to  leave,  unless  an
application for commitment  has  been  filed  in a
court of competent jurisdiction. Such person shall
be  informed  at   the   time  of  such  admission
concerning such patient's  ability  to leave after
[five]  THREE  days   notice   pursuant   to  this
subsection and shall  also  be  informed  that  an
application may be  filed  under subsection (e) of
this section in  which case such patient's ability
to leave may  be  delayed  in  accordance with the
provisions of said subsection.
    Sec. 56. Section  3  of  public  act 97-310 is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a)  There is  established  a  task  force  to
[study the feasibility  of a standardized, unified
police  pursuit]  DEVELOP  A  UNIFORM,  STATE-WIDE
policy AND PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING PURSUITS BY LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS within the state.
    (b)  The  task  force  shall  consist  of  the
following  members:  (1)   Two  APPOINTED  BY  THE
GOVERNOR, ONE OF  WHOM  SHALL  BE  A MEMBER OF THE
CONNECTICUT POLICE CHIEFS  ASSOCIATION  AND ONE OF
WHOM SHALL BE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN TRAFFIC SAFETY; (2)
ONE appointed by  the  speaker  of  the  House  of
Representatives; [(2) two]  (3)  ONE  appointed by
the president pro tempore of the Senate; [(3)] (4)
one appointed by  the majority leader of the House
of Representatives; [(4)] (5) one appointed by the
majority leader of  the  Senate; [(5) two] (6) ONE
appointed by the  minority  leader of the House of
Representatives; [and (6)  two]  (7) ONE appointed
by the minority  leader  of  the  Senate;  (8) THE
CHAIRPERSONS AND RANKING  MEMBERS  OF  THE  PUBLIC
SAFETY  COMMITTEE; AND  (9)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
PUBLIC SAFETY.
    (c) Any member  of  the  task  force appointed
under subdivision (1),  (2),  (3),  (4), (5), [or]
(6) OR (7)  of  subsection (b) of this section may
be a member of the General Assembly.
    (d) All appointments  to  the task force shall
be  made no  later  than  thirty  days  after  the
effective date of  this section. Any vacancy shall
be filled by the appointing authority.
    (e)   The   [speaker    of    the   House   of
Representatives and the  president  pro tempore of
the Senate shall  select  the] chairpersons of the
PUBLIC  SAFETY  COMMITTEE   SHALL   SERVE  AS  THE
CHAIRPERSONS OF THE  task force. [, from among the
members  of the  task  force.]  Such  chairpersons
shall  schedule the  first  meeting  of  the  task
force, which shall  be  held  no  later than sixty
days after the effective date of this section.
    (f)  The administrative  staff  of  the  joint
standing committee of  the General Assembly having
cognizance of matters  relating  to  public safety
shall serve as  administrative  staff  of the task
force.
    (g) Not later  than  January 1, 1998, the task
force shall submit  a  report  on its findings and
recommendations to the joint standing committee of
the General Assembly  having cognizance of matters
relating to public  safety, in accordance with the
provisions  of  section   11-4a   of  the  general
statutes. The task  force  shall  terminate on the
date that it  submits  such  report  or January 1,
1998, whichever is earlier.
    Sec.  57.  Section   12-202a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each health care center, as defined in section
38a-175, shall pay  a  tax  to the Commissioner of
Revenue Services for  the calendar year commencing
on January 1,  1995,  and  annually thereafter, at
the rate of one and three-quarters per cent of the
total net direct  subscriber  charges  received on
any new or  renewal  contract  or  policy  by such
health care center during each such calendar year,
which shall be  in  addition  to any other payment
required under section 38a-48, EXCEPT THAT THE TAX
SHALL NOT APPLY  TO ANY NEW OR RENEWAL CONTRACT OR
POLICY ENTERED INTO  WITH  THE  STATE  ON OR AFTER
JULY 1, 1997,  TO  PROVIDE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO
STATE EMPLOYEES, RETIREES  AND  THEIR  DEPENDENTS.
THE TAX SHALL ALSO NOT APPLY TO SUBSCRIBER CHARGES
RECEIVED FROM THE  FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT  TO PROVIDE
COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE  PATIENTS. The provisions of
this chapter pertaining  to the filing of returns,
declarations, instalment payments, assessments and
collection  of  taxes,  penalties,  administrative
hearings and appeals imposed on domestic insurance
companies shall apply  with  respect to the charge
imposed under this section.
    Sec.  58. Subsection  (b)  of  section  64  of
public act 97-310 is amended to read as follows:
    (b)  The  task  force  shall  consist  of  the
following members: (1)  The  chairmen  and ranking
members of the  joint  standing  committee  of the
General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of  matters
relating  to appropriations  and  the  budgets  of
state agencies, or  their  designees; (2) two deaf
persons appointed by  the  chairmen  of  the joint
standing committee of  the General Assembly having
cognizance of matters  relating  to appropriations
and  the  budgets   of  state  agencies;  (3)  the
chairmen and ranking members of the joint standing
committee   of   the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating to human services,
or their designees; (4) two deaf persons appointed
by the chairmen of the joint standing committee of
the General Assembly  having cognizance of matters
relating  to  human   services;   (5)   the  Labor
Commissioner,   or   his    designee;    (6)   the
Commissioner of Social  Services, or his designee;
(7) the Executive  Director  of  the Commission on
the Deaf and  Hearing  Impaired,  or his designee;
(8) the coordinator  of  interpreting services for
the Commission on  the  Deaf and Hearing Impaired,
or his designee;  (9)  a representative of AFSCME;
(10) the president  of the Connecticut Association
of the Deaf, or his designee; (11) the Director of
Career  Education for  the  Deaf  at  Northwestern
Community College, or  his  designee;  (12) a deaf
interpreter certified by  the National Registry of
Interpreters for the  Deaf  and  Hearing Impaired;
(13) two deaf  members  of  the  Commission on the
Deaf and Hearing  Impaired;  (14) a representative
of the Time  to  be  Heard  Organization; (15) the
president  of  the   Connecticut  Chapter  of  the
Registry of Interpreters  for  the  Deaf,  or  his
designee;  [and]  (16)  a  representative  of  the
Office of Policy  and  Management; (17) ONE MEMBER
APPOINTED BY THE  PRESIDENT  PRO  TEMPORE  OF  THE
SENATE; (18) ONE  MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE MAJORITY
LEADER OF THE SENATE; (19) ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY
THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE; (20) ONE MEMBER
APPOINTED  BY  THE   SPEAKER   OF   THE  HOUSE  OF
REPRESENTATIVES; (21) ONE  MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE
MAJORITY LEADER OF  THE  HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES;
AND (22) ONE  MEMBER  APPOINTED  BY  THE  MINORITY
LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
    Sec. 59. Section  4  of  public  act 97-294 is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    Notwithstanding the provisions  of  subsection
(b) of section  5-200c of the general statutes [,]
AND section 4A  of the agreement between the state
and the State  Coalition on Pay Equity as approved
by the General  Assembly on April 19, 1994, [shall
not  apply  to   any  employee  (1)  who,  on  the
effective date of  this  act,  is  employed by the
Division  of Public  Defender  Services  or  is  a
member  of  the   Division   of  Criminal  Justice
prosecutors bargaining unit  and  (2) whose annual
salary  for  fiscal   year   1995-96   under  such
agreement is lower  than  it would have been under
the pay plan  applicable to such employee prior to
implementation  of the  agreement.  On  the  first
regular pay day  following  the  effective date of
this act, the  state  shall pay each such employee
the total amount  of  the  difference  between the
salary paid to  him  in  fiscal  years 1995-96 and
1996-97 and the salary he would have been paid for
such years under  the  prior  pay plan] THE SUM OF
$175,000 SHALL BE  ALLOTTED  TO  THE  DIVISION  OF
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND  THE SUM OF $101,000 SHALL BE
ALLOTTED  TO  THE   DIVISION  OF  PUBLIC  DEFENDER
SERVICES, FROM THE  RESERVE  FOR SALARY ADJUSTMENT
ACCOUNT, TO ELIMINATE  WAGE  INEQUITIES TO MEMBERS
OF THE CONNECTICUT PROSECUTORS, AFSCME LOCAL 1437,
AND  TO  PUBLIC   DEFENDERS   RESULTING  FROM  THE
APPLICATION OF SAID AGREEMENT.
    Sec.  60.  Section   52-261   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Except as provided  in  section  52-261a, each
officer or person  who  serves process, summons or
attachments shall receive  a  fee of not more than
twenty dollars for  each  process  served  and  an
additional fee of  ten  dollars for the second and
each subsequent defendant upon whom the process is
served. Each such  officer  or  person  shall also
receive [twenty-one cents]  THE  FEE  SET  BY  THE
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE  SERVICES  FOR  STATE
EMPLOYEES for each  mile of travel, to be computed
from the place  where  he  received the process to
the place of  service,  and  thence in the case of
civil process to the place of return. If more than
one process is served on one person at one time by
any such officer  or  person,  the  total  cost of
travel for the  service  shall  be the same as for
the service of  one  process only. Each officer or
person who serves  process  shall also receive the
moneys actually paid  for town clerk's fees on the
service of process. Any officer or person required
to summon jurors  by personal service of a warrant
to attend court  shall  receive  for the first ten
miles of travel  while so engaged, such mileage to
be computed from  the  place where he receives the
process to the place of service, twenty-five cents
for each mile,  and  for each additional mile, ten
cents. For summoning  any  juror  to  attend court
otherwise than by personal service of the warrant,
such officer or  person shall receive only the sum
of   fifty   cents    and   actual   disbursements
necessarily  expended by  him  in  making  service
thereof   as   directed.    Notwithstanding    the
provisions of this  section,  for  summoning grand
jurors, such officer  or person shall receive only
his actual expenses  and  such  reasonable sum for
services as are  taxed by the court. The following
fees shall be  allowed  and  paid:  (1) For taking
bail or bail  bond,  one dollar; (2) for copies of
writs and complaints,  exclusive  of endorsements,
one dollar per  page, not to exceed a total amount
of nine hundred  dollars in any particular matter;
(3) for endorsements,  forty  cents  per  page  or
fraction thereof; (4) for service of a warrant for
the  seizure  of   intoxicating  liquors,  or  for
posting and leaving  notices after the seizure, or
for  the  destruction  or  delivery  of  any  such
liquors under order  of court, twenty dollars; (5)
for the removal  and  custody  of  such liquors so
seized, reasonable expenses,  and  twenty dollars;
(6) for levying  an  execution,  when the money is
actually collected and  paid  over,  or  the  debt
secured by the  officer  to  the acceptance of the
creditor,  ten per  cent  on  the  amount  of  the
execution,  provided  the  minimum  fee  for  such
execution shall be twenty dollars; (7) on the levy
of  an  execution   on   real   property   and  on
application   for  sale   of   personal   property
attached, to each  appraiser, for each half day of
actual service, reasonable and customary expenses;
(8)  for  causing  an  execution  levied  on  real
property to be  recorded,  fees for travel, twenty
dollars  and  costs;   (9)   for  services  on  an
application  for the  sale  of  personal  property
attached,  or  in   selling   mortgaged   property
foreclosed under a  decree of court, the same fees
as for similar  services  on  executions; (10) for
committing any person  to a community correctional
center, in civil  actions, twenty-one cents a mile
for travel, from  the  place  of  the court to the
community  correctional center,  in  lieu  of  all
other  expenses;  and   (11)   for  summoning  and
attending  a  jury   for  reassessing  damages  or
benefits on a  highway,  three  dollars a day. The
court shall tax  as  costs a reasonable amount for
the care of  property  held  by  any officer under
attachment or execution.  The  officer serving any
attachment or execution may claim compensation for
time  and expenses  of  any  person,  in  keeping,
securing  or  removing   property  taken  thereon,
provided he shall  make out a bill. The bill shall
specify the labor  done,  and  by  whom,  the time
spent, the travel,  the money paid, if any, and to
whom  and  for  what.  The  compensation  for  the
services shall be reasonable and customary and the
amount of expenses and shall be taxed by the court
with the costs.
    Sec. 61. Subsection  (b)  of section 16-50v of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) (1) Before  December  thirty-first of each
year, the council  shall  review  the  anticipated
amount   of  expenses   attributable   to   energy
facilities for the  next  fiscal  year,  excluding
expenses under subsection  (c),  (d),  (e), (g) or
(h) of this section at a public meeting, notice of
which shall be  given  to  each  person subject to
assessment under this  subsection,  and  at  which
interested  persons  shall  be  heard.  After  the
meeting,   the   council   shall   determine   the
anticipated amount of such expenses and submit its
determination to the  joint  standing committee of
the   General  Assembly   having   cognizance   of
appropriations and the  budgets of state agencies.
After  the committee  completes  its  review,  the
council shall apportion and assess the anticipated
amount  of expenses  among  those  persons  having
gross revenue from  the  sale of electric power at
retail in the  state  in  excess  of  one  hundred
thousand  dollars during  the  preceding  calendar
year, in the proportion which the gross revenue of
each such person  bears  to  the  aggregate  gross
revenues of all  such  persons.  Each  such person
shall   pay  the   assessment   in   three   equal
instalments  on  or   before   July  thirty-first,
October thirty-first, and  January thirty-first of
the  fiscal  year.  During  the  fiscal  year  the
council  may  further  apportion  and  assess  the
additional amount of  such  expenses  as could not
reasonably  have been  anticipated  prior  to  the
fiscal year, apportioned  in the same manner after
notice and hearing  in  the same manner. The total
of such assessments  for any fiscal year shall not
exceed one million  dollars.  No proceeds from any
assessment under this  subsection  may  be used by
the  council  after   June   30,   1984,  for  any
proceedings concerning hazardous waste facilities.
    (2)    As   used    in    this    subdivision,
"communications services" means services involving
transmitting   or   receiving   signals   in   the
electromagnetic   spectrum   for   a   public   or
commercial   purpose   pursuant   to   a   Federal
Communications Commission license. Before December
thirty-first  of  each  year,  the  council  shall
review the anticipated  amount  of  administrative
expenses  attributable  to   facilities  used  for
providing  communications services  for  the  next
fiscal year, excluding  expenses  under subsection
(c), (d), (e),  (g)  or  (h) of this section, at a
public meeting, notice  of which shall be given to
each  person  subject  to  assessment  under  this
subsection, and at  which interested persons shall
be heard. After  the  meeting,  the  council shall
determine the anticipated  amount of such expenses
and submit its determination to the joint standing
committee   of   the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating  to appropriations
and   the  budgets   of   state   agencies.   Upon
notification of the  council,  the Commissioner of
Revenue Services shall  apportion  and  assess the
anticipated amount of expenses [equally] EQUITABLY
IN PROPORTION TO  THE FREQUENCY OF APPEARANCE, THE
DEGREE OF REGULATION  REQUIRED  AND THE PERCENTAGE
OF THE COUNCIL'S  WORKLOAD,  among  those  persons
which provide communications services [,] AND have
come before the  council in the preceding calendar
year. [and have  gross  revenue  from  the sale of
communications services at  retail in the state in
excess of one  hundred thousand dollars during the
preceding calendar year.]  Each  such person shall
pay the assessment  and submit a return, on a form
prescribed   by   the    commissioner,    to   the
Commissioner of Revenue  Services  in  four  equal
instalments, on or  before  July 1, 1994, and July
thirty-first of each  year thereafter, October 31,
1994,  and  October   thirty-first  of  each  year
thereafter,   January  31,   1995,   and   January
thirty-first of each  year  thereafter,  and April
30,  1995,  and   April  thirtieth  of  each  year
thereafter. The commissioner  shall  transfer  all
payments received pursuant  to this section to the
Treasurer who shall  credit  such  payments to the
Siting  Council  Fund.   Such  payments  shall  be
considered administrative expenses  recovered from
communications services providers.
    Sec. 62. Public  act  97-199 shall take effect
July 1, 1997.
    Sec. 63. Section  11 of public act 97-4 of the
June  18  special  session  is  repealed  and  the
following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    [This act] PUBLIC  ACT  97-4  OF  THE  JUNE 18
SPECIAL SESSION shall take effect from its passage
except that (1)  section  1 shall be applicable to
income years commencing  on  or  after  January 1,
1997; (2) section  5  shall be applicable to sales
occurring  on  or   after  January  1,  1997;  (3)
[section 3] SECTIONS  3  AND  4  shall take effect
October 1, 1997;  and  (4) sections 2 [, 4] and 10
shall take effect October 1, 1998.
    Sec. 64. Sections 40, 46 and 80 of special act
97-21 and sections  10-287g  and  10-287h  of  the
general statutes are repealed.
    Sec. 65. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage,  except  that   sections  1  and  2,  and
sections 12 to 55, inclusive, 57 to 60, inclusive,
and 62 to 64, inclusive, shall take effect July 1,
1997, and section  61  shall  apply to assessments
made on or after January 1, 1997.

Approved June 27, 1997