House Bill No. 6028
               House Bill No. 6028

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-155


AN   ACT   CONCERNING  THE  CONNECTICUT  MARKETING
AUTHORITY.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section   22-63  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    There  shall  continue   to   be  a  Marketing
Authority within the  Department  of  Agriculture.
The authority shall  continue to have and exercise
the powers and  duties  authorized  for it by this
chapter. Such authority  shall  consist  of [nine]
ELEVEN members. The authority shall be composed of
one public member from each congressional district
of  the state,  an  at-large  public  member,  the
Commissioner of Agriculture  or  his designee, and
the  Commissioner  of   Economic   and   Community
Development or his  designee.  The  Governor shall
appoint three members  of  the  authority  and the
president pro tempore  of  the  Senate, the Senate
minority  leader, the  speaker  of  the  House  of
Representatives and the  minority  leader  of  the
House of Representatives  shall  each  appoint one
member. IN ADDITION,  THE  GOVERNOR  SHALL APPOINT
TWO MEMBERS OF  THE AUTHORITY WHO SHALL BE TENANTS
OF THE HARTFORD  MARKET  FACILITY.  Any vacancy in
the membership of  said  authority shall be filled
by appointment for  the  unexpired  portion of the
term.  The  name   of   the   authority  shall  be
"Connecticut Marketing Authority".  The members of
the authority shall  serve  without  compensation,
but  their  necessary  expenses  incurred  in  the
performance of their  duties  shall be paid by the
state. Any member  absent  from  three consecutive
meetings shall be deemed to have resigned.
    Sec. 2. Section  22-75 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Any net income  to the authority shall be used
to create a  reserve  fund  [.  Within  six months
after the close  of  each fiscal year, any balance
in the reserve fund as of the close of such fiscal
year in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars, as
shown by cash  balances,  accounts  receivable and
amounts due from  other  state funds less accounts
payable and a  reasonable  reserve] for payment of
repairs, capital improvements  in  such  amount as
shall be approved  by  the Secretary of the Office
of Policy and  Management,  and  outstanding bonds
and  interest  thereon  due  and  payable  in  the
succeeding fiscal year. [, shall be transferred to
the General Fund  until  fifty  per  cent  of  the
original   appropriation   for   the   Connecticut
Regional Market at  Hartford  of two hundred fifty
thousand dollars is  repaid,  at  which  time such
transfers shall cease.]  The  reserve  fund may be
used by the authority to carry out the purposes of
this chapter.

Approved June 24, 1997