House Bill No. 5126
               House Bill No. 5126

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-62


AN  ACT  ELIMINATING THE EXPRESSWAY BOND COMMITTEE
AND BONDS ISSUED BY THE COMMITTEE.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  13a-20  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    As  used  in  this  part,  unless  the context
indicates a different meaning or intent:
    (a)  "Expressway"  means  a  highway  at  such
locations or between such termini as are herein or
may  by  act  of the General Assembly hereafter be
established,  which  is  planned,  constructed  or
operated  under  the  provisions  of this part and
which may provide separation of  opposing  traffic
of  vehicles  and  elimination of cross traffic of
vehicles as deemed necessary by  the  commissioner
and  access  to  which  is allowed only at highway
intersections  designated  by  the   commissioner,
together  with  and  including  all  such bridges,
buildings,  structures  and   facilities   related
thereto,  including  all such restaurant, gasoline
station and other service  facilities  and  public
conveniences  as  may  be  proper purposes for the
expenditure of public moneys  in  connection  with
such highway, as the commissioner may determine;
    (b)    ["Expressway    Bond    Committee"   or
"committee" means a committee  consisting  of  the
Governor,  the  State  Treasurer, the Comptroller,
the Attorney General, the Secretary of the  Office
of  Policy  and Management and the Commissioner of
Public Works;
    (c)   "Bond"   means   any  obligation  issued
pursuant   to   sections   13a-199   to   13a-220,
inclusive;
    (d)]   "Bond   declaration"  means  a  written
instrument,  signed   by   the   commissioner   or
Treasurer  in  accordance with sections 13a-199 to
13a-220, inclusive, and filed or to  be  filed  in
the office of the Secretary of the State;
    [(e)]  (c) "Cost", when used with reference to
construction of an expressway or  highway,  means,
as of any particular date, the costs thereafter to
be incurred of planning,  designing,  constructing
and landscaping such expressway or highway and all
approaches, bridges and roads  connecting  thereto
or   connecting   parts  thereof,  of  all  lands,
property  rights,  rights-of-way,  easements   and
franchises   necessary   or  convenient  for  such
construction, of all machinery and equipment,  and
of traffic estimates, administration, engineering,
architectural   and   legal    services,    plans,
specifications,  surveys,  and  estimates of costs
and revenues, financing charges, interest prior to
or   during   construction,  and  all  such  other
expenses thereafter  to  be  incurred  as  may  be
necessary   or   incident  to  the  financing  and
construction of such expressway or highway and the
placing  of  the  same fully in operation, and may
include such part as may be determined in  a  bond
declaration  related to such expressway or highway
of any similar costs and expenses related to  such
expressway  or highway theretofore incurred by the
state or the commissioner and  such  reserves  for
the   payment  or  security  of  principal  of  or
interest on bonds as may be determined in  a  bond
declaration related to such expressway or highway;
    [(f)]   (d)   "Treasurer"   means   the  State
Treasurer  and  includes  each  and  all  of   his
successors in office or authority; and
    [(g)]  (e)  "Highway",  as  used  in  sections
13a-22 and 13a-25, means any highway laid  out  or
maintained by the state.
    Sec.  2.  Subsection  (a) of section 13a-21 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   commissioner   is  authorized  and
directed  to  plan  and   construct,   under   the
provisions  of this part, [and sections 13a-199 to
13a-220, inclusive,] an expressway which is hereby
established at the following location or such part
or parts thereof as may from time to  time,  by  a
bond  declaration, or any amendment thereof signed
or approved by the commissioner, be determined  to
be  suitable  for  such expressway: Beginning at a
point on the Connecticut-New York state line  near
the   village  of  Port  Chester,  New  York,  and
running, with such omissions and for such distance
as  may from time to time be so determined in such
a declaration or amendment thereof,  thence  in  a
general  northeasterly direction to New Haven, and
thence in a general  easterly  direction  via  the
Baldwin  Bridge  over  the  Connecticut River to a
point at or  near  the  East  Lyme-Waterford  town
line,   and  thence  in  a  general  northeasterly
direction to a  point  at  or  near  Norwich,  and
thence  in  a general northeasterly direction to a
point on the Connecticut-Rhode Island  state  line
in Killingly. Such expressway shall be included in
the state highway system.
    Sec.  3.  Subsection  (a) of section 13a-22 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner is authorized [, with the
approval  in  writing   of   the  Expressway  Bond
Committee,]  to  plan  and  construct,  under  the
provisions of this  part, [and sections 13a-199 to
13a-220, inclusive,] a  separate  expressway which
is hereby established at such part or parts of the
location of the  highway  constituting, on January
30,  1957, the  expressway  mentioned  in  section
13a-21 as may,  from  time  to  time,  by  a  bond
declaration or any  amendment  thereof  signed  or
approved by the  commissioner, be determined to be
suitable  for such  expressway  or  highway.  Such
expressway or highway  shall  be  included  in the
state  highway  system.   The   commissioner   may
construct  with  respect   to  such  highway  such
related  buildings  and   facilities.   Any   such
highway, if financed by the issuance of expressway
bonds described in  a  bond  declaration signed by
the commissioner or  Treasurer  after  January  1,
1957, shall become and is hereby established as an
expressway without further  action  of the General
Assembly.
    Sec.   4.   Section   13a-23  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  commissioner  may  (a)  plan,  construct,
reconstruct, repair, improve, manage, maintain and
operate  expressways, and reconstruct and relocate
existing highways, sections of  highways,  bridges
or  structures  and  incorporate and use the same,
whether or not so reconstructed  or  relocated  or
otherwise  changed  or  improved, as parts of such
expressways; (b) retain and employ consultants and
assistants  on  a  contract  or  other  basis  for
rendering    legal,    financial,    professional,
technical or other assistance and advice necessary
to   carry   out   the    provisions    concerning
expressways;  (c) limit ingress to or egress from,
and establish regulations  for  the  use  of,  any
expressways,  and  (d)  do all things necessary or
convenient to carry out the purposes and  exercise
the  powers  expressly  given  in  this part. [and
sections 13a-199 to 13a-220, inclusive.]
    Sec.   5.   Section   13a-24  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Nothing   contained  in  this  part,  [and  in
sections 13a-199 to 13a-220, inclusive,] shall  be
construed  to limit, restrict or derogate from any
power, right  or  authority  of  the  commissioner
existing under or pursuant to any other act of the
General Assembly.
    Sec.   6.   Section   13a-25  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Whenever  the  Chief  Justice  of  the Supreme
Court finds that  the  number  of  state  referees
available  for  the  performance  of the duties of
state referees under  subsection  (c)  of  section
13a-73, sections 13a-74 and 13a-76, subsection (d)
of section 32-387 and sections 32-388  and  32-389
is  not  sufficient  to  consider and act upon the
acquisition  of  land  and  buildings   for   [any
expressway  or  highway  financed  under  sections
13a-199 to 13a-220, inclusive, or for]  a  stadium
facility  or  practice  facility,  as  defined  in
section 32-381, with reasonable  promptness,  said
chief   justice,   upon  the  application  of  the
commissioner or the secretary, as the case may be,
may   appoint  such  number  of  additional  state
referees as he deems  necessary  to  expedite  the
performance  of such duties. Such appointments may
be made from time to time and for such  period  of
time,  not  more  than two months in length, as he
designates. Such additional state  referees  shall
have  the same powers and duties as state referees
appointed under section 52-434,  with  respect  to
the  granting of the approvals and the performance
of  other  duties  of  state   referees   in   the
acquisition   of   land  and  buildings  for  such
expressway, highway, stadium facility or  practice
facility   and   shall   receive  such  reasonable
compensation  as  is  determined  by   the   chief
justice,   and   such  compensation  and  expenses
incurred in the conduct of any  hearings  by  such
state referees shall be paid as a part of the cost
thereof.
    Sec.   7.   Section   13b-59  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    As  used in title 13a or in this title, unless
the context clearly indicates a different  meaning
or  intent, all terms which are defined in section
4-69 shall have the respective  meanings  ascribed
thereto  in  said  section.  As  used  in sections
13b-59 and  13b-61,  unless  the  context  clearly
indicates a different meaning or intent:
    (a)  All  terms  which  are defined in section
13b-2 shall have the respective meanings  ascribed
thereto in said section;
    (b)  "Expressway  revenues"  means  all tolls,
rates,  rents,  fees,  charges  and  other  income
derived  from  the  operation  of  any  expressway
referred to in part III (C) of chapter 240;
    (c)  "Highway  tolls"  means  all tolls, fees,
rentals  and  other  charges,  except   expressway
revenues,  for transit over or use of any highway,
bridge or ferry, including all receipts from fees,
coupons  or  tickets  provided  for  under section
13a-155;
    (d)  "License,  permit and fee revenues" means
(1) all fees and other  charges  required  by,  or
levied  pursuant  to  sections  12-487, 13b-80 and
13b-97, subsection (b) of section 14-12,  sections
14-16a,  14-21c, 14-44h and 14-44i, subsection (v)
of section  14-49,  subsections  (b)  and  (f)  of
section  14-50,  subdivisions  (5), (6), (7), (8),
(11), (12) and (13) of subsection (a)  of  section
14-50a,  sections  14-52, 14-53, 14-58, 14-67l and
14-69, subsection (e) of section  14-73,  sections
14-96q  and  14-103a,  subsection  (a)  of section
14-164a,  subsection  (a)   of   section   14-192,
subsection  (d) of section 14-270, sections 14-319
and 14-320  and  sections  13b-410a  to  13b-410c,
inclusive;  (2)  all  aeronautics,  waterways, and
other fees and  charges  required  by,  or  levied
pursuant   to   sections   13a-80   and   13a-80a,
subsection (b) of section 13b-42  and  subsections
(b)  and  (c)  of section 15-13; and (3) all motor
vehicle related fines, penalties or other  charges
as defined in subsection (g);
    (e)  "Motor  fuel  taxes" means any tax now or
hereafter imposed by authority of the  state  with
respect  to  or  measured by the sale or use, as a
fuel in internal combustion  engines  or  for  the
propulsion of motor vehicles, of products commonly
or commercially known or sold as gasoline  or  any
other  substances prepared, advertised for sale or
sold for use as  a  fuel  in  internal  combustion
engines  or  for the propulsion of motor vehicles,
including the taxes provided for by chapter 221 or
chapter 222;
    (f)  "Motor  vehicle  receipts" means all fees
and other charges required by, or levied  pursuant
to subsection (c) of section 14-12, section 14-15,
subsection (a) of section 14-25a,  section  14-28,
subsection (b) of section 14-35, subsection (b) of
section 14-41, section 14-41a, subsection  (b)  of
section   14-44,   sections   14-47   and  14-48b,
subsection (a) of section  14-49,  subsection  (b)
(1)  of  section  14-49,  except as provided under
subsection (b) (2) of  said  section,  subsections
(c),  (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (k), (l), (m),
(n), (o), (p), (q), (s), (t), (u),  (x),  (y)  and
(aa) of section 14-49, section 14-49a, subsections
(a) and (g) of section 14-50, subsections  (a)(1),
(a)(2),   (a)(3),   (a)(4),  (a)(9),  (a)(10)  and
(a)(14) of section 14-50a, section 14-59,  section
14-61,  section  14-65,  subsection (c) of section
14-66, subsection (e) of section 14-67, subsection
(f) of section 14-67a, sections 14-67d and 14-160,
subsection (b) of section 14-164a, section 14-381,
subsection  (b)  of  section  14-382  and  section
14-383;
    (g)  "Motor  vehicle  related fines, penalties
or other charges" means all  fines,  penalties  or
other  charges  required by, or levied pursuant to
subsection (a) of section 14-12,  sections  14-13,
14-16,  14-17,  14-18,  14-26,  14-27  and  14-29,
subsection  (d)  of  section  14-35  and  sections
14-36,  14-39,  14-43, 14-45, 14-64, 14-80, 14-81,
14-82,  14-97,  14-98,  14-99,   14-101,   14-102,
14-103,  14-104,  14-105,  14-106, 14-110, 14-111,
14-112, 14-137a, 14-140, 14-145,  14-146,  14-147,
14-148,  14-149,  14-150,  14-151, 14-152, 14-161,
14-164a, 14-196, 14-197, 14-198,  14-213,  14-214,
14-215,  14-216,  14-217, 14-218a, 14-219, 14-220,
14-221, 14-222, 14-223,  14-224,  14-225,  14-226,
14-228,  14-230,  14-231,  14-232, 14-233, 14-234,
14-235, 14-236, 14-237,  14-238,  14-239,  14-240,
14-241,  14-242,  14-243, 14-244, 14-245, 14-246a,
14-247, 14-249, 14-250,  14-257,  14-260,  14-261,
14-262, 14-264, 14-267a, 14-269, subsection (f) of
section 14-270, sections 14-271,  14-273,  14-274,
14-275,  14-276,  14-277,  14-279, 14-280, 14-281,
14-282, 14-283, 14-285,  14-286,  14-295,  14-296,
14-300,  14-314,  14-329,  14-331, 14-342, 14-386,
14-386a, 14-387, 15-7, 15-8,  15-9,  15-16,  15-25
and 15-33;
    (h)  "Motor  vehicle  taxes"  means  any fees,
excises or licenses  or  other  taxes  imposed  by
authority  of  the state relating to registration,
operation or use of motor vehicles  including  all
receipts  of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or
his department, but  not  including  in  any  case
tolls,  fees, rentals and charges for transit over
or use of any expressway, highway, bridge or ferry
or  revenue  received by the state in fees for the
numbering of motorboats;
    (i)  [The  term  "1954 declaration" shall have
the meaning  ascribed  to  such  term  in  section
13a-199;
    (j)]  "Treasurer"  means  the  State Treasurer
and includes each and all  of  his  successors  in
office or authority; and
    [(k)]  (j) "Special Transportation Fund" means
the  Special  Transportation  Fund  created  under
section 13b-68.
    Sec.  8.  Subsection  (c) of section 13b-69 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c)   As   used   in  this  section,  "general
obligation  bonds  of   the   state   issued   for
transportation   purposes"   means  the  aggregate
principal amount, as determined by  the  Secretary
of  the  Office of Policy and Management, of state
general   obligation    bonds    authorized    for
transportation  purposes pursuant to the following
authorizations issued and outstanding at any time:
Special  acts  406 of the 1959 session; 328 of the
1961 session, as amended; 362 of the 1963 session,
as  amended;  245  of  the  February  1965 special
session, as amended;  276  and  315  of  the  1967
session,  as  amended;  255  and  281  of the 1969
session; 31  of  the  1972  session,  as  amended;
73-74,  as  amended;  74-43;  74-102,  as amended;
75-101; 76-84, as amended; 77-47; 78-70; 78-71, as
amended;  78-81,  as amended; 79-95; 80-41; 81-71;
82-46, as  amended;  83-17  of  the  June  special
session;  and 83-2 and 83-3 of the October special
session; sections 4-66c; 13a-20; 13a-29; 13a-32 to
13a-35,   inclusive;  13a-157;  13a-165;  13a-166;
13a-176 to 13a-192, inclusive;  13a-197;  13a-198a
to   13a-198j,   inclusive;   [13a-199;   13a-202;
13a-204;  13a-206;  13a-207;  13a-208;   13a-218;]
13a-239 to 13a-246, inclusive; 16-338; 16a-40j and
16a-40k; and section 28 of public act 132 of 1959,
sections  8  and  13  of  public  act  325  of the
February  1965  special   session,   as   amended;
sections  4  and  5  of public act 755 of 1969, as
amended; and section 1 of public act 80-392.
    Sec.  9.  Sections  13a-199  to 13a-210 of the
general statutes, inclusive, and sections  13a-215
to 13a-220 of the general statutes, inclusive, are
repealed.

Approved May 27, 1997