House Bill No. 6997
               House Bill No. 6997

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-293


AN   ACT   CONCERNING    ADVANCEMENT   OF   PUBLIC
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. (NEW) There is established a Higher
Education  State  Matching   Grant   Fund   to  be
administered   by   the   Department   of   Higher
Education. Moneys required  to  be appropriated by
the state for  purposes  of  the  state  match  of
Endowment Fund eligible  gifts  under  subdivision
(2) of subsection  (a)  of  section 2 of this act,
subdivision (2) of  subsection (a) of section 3 of
this act, subdivision  (2)  of  subsection  (a) of
section 5 of  this  act  and  subdivision  (2)  of
subsection (b) of  section 10a-109i of the general
statutes, as amended  by  section  8  of this act,
shall be deposited  in the fund. The fund shall be
held separate and  apart  from all other funds and
accounts of the  state  and  the  department.  The
Department of Higher  Education shall transfer, in
accordance with said  subdivisions,  from the fund
amounts  each  fiscal  year  for  deposit  in  the
Endowment Funds established  for  the  benefit  of
each constituent unit  pursuant to subdivision (1)
of  subsection (a)  of  section  2  of  this  act,
subdivision (1) of  subsection (a) of section 3 of
this act, subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a) of
section 5 of  this  act  and  subdivision  (1)  of
subsection (b) of  section 10a-109i of the general
statutes.
    Sec. 2. (NEW)  (a)  (1)  The  Board  for State
Academic  Awards  shall   establish   a  permanent
Endowment Fund for  Charter  Oak  State College to
encourage donations from  the private sector, with
an incentive in  the  form  of  an  Endowment Fund
state grant, the  net earnings on the principal of
which are dedicated  and made available to Charter
Oak   State   College    for    scholarships   and
programmatic  enhancements.  The   fund  shall  be
administered  by  the  Board  for  State  Academic
Awards and shall  be  held  in a fund separate and
apart from all  other  funds  and  accounts of the
state and the  Board  for  State  Academic Awards.
There  shall  be  deposited  into  the  fund:  (A)
Endowment Fund eligible  gifts; (B) Endowment Fund
state grants; and  (C)  interest  or  other income
earned  on  the   investment   of  moneys  in  the
Endowment Fund pending  application or transfer or
use of earnings  on  the principal of the fund for
the purposes identified in this subdivision.
    (2) For each  of  the fiscal years ending June
30, 2000, to  June 30, 2009, inclusive, as part of
the state contract  with  donors of Endowment Fund
eligible   gifts,   the   Department   of   Higher
Education, in accordance  with  section  1 of this
act,  shall deposit  in  the  Endowment  Fund  for
Charter Oak State  College  a  grant  in an amount
equal to half  of  the  total  amount of Endowment
Fund eligible gifts received by or for the benefit
of Charter Oak State College for the calendar year
ending  the December  thirty-first  preceding  the
commencement of such  fiscal year, as certified by
the chairperson of  the  Board  for State Academic
Awards by February  fifteenth to (A) the Secretary
of the Office  of  Policy  and Management, (B) the
joint standing committee  of  the General Assembly
having   cognizance   of   matters   relating   to
appropriations and the  budgets of state agencies,
and  (C) the  Commissioner  of  Higher  Education,
provided such sums  do  not  exceed  the Endowment
Fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal
year in which  the  grant  is  made.  In  any such
fiscal year in  which  the  total  of the eligible
gifts  received  by   Charter  Oak  State  College
exceeds the Endowment  Fund  state  grant  maximum
commitment for such  fiscal  year  the  amount  in
excess of such  Endowment Fund state grant maximum
commitment  shall  be   carried   forward  and  be
eligible  for  a   matching  state  grant  in  any
succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2000,  to the fiscal year ending June 30,
2009, inclusive, subject  to  the  Endowment  Fund
state grant maximum commitment.
    (3) The Board  for State Academic Awards shall
adopt, by October 1, 1997, guidelines with respect
to (A) the solicitation of Endowment Fund eligible
gifts from private  donors,  and (B) governing the
acceptance  of  gifts   made   by   a   foundation
established pursuant to  sections  4-37e and 4-37f
of the general  statutes,  to  Charter  Oak  State
College  or its  employees  for  reimbursement  of
expenditures or payment  of expenditures on behalf
of Charter Oak  State  College  or  its employees.
Private  donations  shall   not  be  construed  to
include proceeds of municipal grants.
    (b) For the  purposes  of  this  section:  (1)
"Endowment Fund eligible  gift" means a gift to or
for the benefit  of  Charter  Oak State College of
cash or assets  which  may  be  reduced to cash or
which has a  value  that  is ascertainable by such
college   which   the   donor   has   specifically
designated for deposit  in  the  Endowment Fund or
which explicitly or implicitly by the terms of the
gift  Charter  Oak  State  College  may  and  does
deposit or permit to be deposited in the Endowment
Funds.  (2) "Endowment  Fund  state  grant"  means
moneys that are  transferred  by the Department of
Higher  Education  from   the   fund   established
pursuant to section 1 of this act to the Endowment
Fund established pursuant  to  this  section in an
aggregate amount not  exceeding the Endowment Fund
state  grant maximum  commitment.  (3)  "Endowment
Fund  state grant  maximum  commitment"  means  an
amount not exceeding  one hundred thousand dollars
for each fiscal  year  from the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2000,  to the fiscal year ending June 30,
2009, inclusive.
    Sec. 3. (NEW) (a) (1) The Board of Trustees of
the Community-Technical Colleges shall establish a
permanent     Endowment     Fund      for      the
Community-Technical  College system  to  encourage
donations  from  the   private   sector,  with  an
incentive in the  form  of an Endowment Fund state
grant, the net  earnings on the principal of which
are dedicated and  made  available  to  a regional
community-technical      college      or       the
Community-Technical College system as a whole, for
endowed    professorships,    scholarships     and
programmatic  enhancements.  The   fund  shall  be
administered by the board of trustees and shall be
held in a  fund  separate and apart from all other
funds  and  accounts   of   the   state   and  the
Community-Technical College system. There shall be
deposited into the  fund: (A) Endowment Fund state
grants; and (B) interest or other income earned on
the investment of  moneys  in  the  Endowment Fund
pending application or transfer or use of earnings
on the principal  of  the  fund  for  the purposes
identified  in this  subdivision.  Endowment  Fund
eligible  gifts  made  on  behalf  of  a  regional
community-technical college or  the  system  as  a
whole shall be  deposited in a permanent Endowment
Fund created for each regional community-technical
college and the  system  as  a whole. A portion of
the interest income  earned  on investments in the
Endowment  Fund  established   pursuant   to  this
section to be  used for purposes described in this
subdivision  shall  be   transferred   to  such  a
regional  community-technical  college   Endowment
Fund based on  the  ratio  of  the total amount of
such    gifts    made     to     such     regional
community-technical college to the total amount of
all  such  gifts   made   to   all   the  regional
community-technical colleges and  the  system as a
whole.
    (2) For each  of  the fiscal years ending June
30, 2000 to  June  30, 2009, inclusive, as part of
the state contract  with  donors of Endowment Fund
eligible   gifts,   the   Department   of   Higher
Education, in accordance  with  section  1 of this
act, shall deposit  in  the Endowment Fund for the
community-technical college system  a  grant in an
amount  equal to  half  of  the  total  amount  of
Endowment Fund eligible  gifts  received by or for
the  benefit of  the  community-technical  college
system   as   a    whole    and    each   regional
community-technical college for  the calendar year
ending  the December  thirty-first  preceding  the
commencement of such  fiscal year, as certified by
the  chairperson  of  the  board  of  trustees  by
February fifteenth to  (A)  the  Secretary  of the
Office of Policy  and  Management,  (B)  the joint
standing committee of  the General Assembly having
cognizance of matters  relating  to appropriations
and the budgets  of  state  agencies,  and (C) the
Commissioner of Higher  Education,  provided  such
sums do not  exceed the Endowment Fund state grant
maximum commitment for  the  fiscal  year in which
the grant is  made.  In  any  such  fiscal year in
which the total  of the eligible gifts received by
the  community-technical  colleges   exceeds   the
Endowment Fund state  grant maximum commitment for
such fiscal year  the  amount  in  excess  of such
Endowment  Fund  state  grant  maximum  commitment
shall be carried  forward  and  be  eligible for a
matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year
from the fiscal  year ending June 30, 2000, to the
fiscal  year  ending  June  30,  2009,  inclusive,
subject to the  Endowment Fund state grant maximum
commitment.
    (3)   The   Board    of    Trustees   of   the
Community-Technical  Colleges  shall   adopt,   by
October 1, 1997,  guidelines  with  respect to (A)
the solicitation of  Endowment Fund eligible gifts
from  private  donors,   and   (B)  governing  the
acceptance  of  gifts   made   by   a   foundation
established pursuant to  sections  4-37e and 4-37f
of the general  statutes, to a community-technical
college  or its  employees  for  reimbursement  of
expenditures or payment  of expenditures on behalf
of a community-technical college or its employees.
Private  donations  shall   not  be  construed  to
include proceeds of municipal grants.
    (b) For the  purposes  of  this  section:  (1)
"Endowment Fund eligible  gift" means a gift to or
for the benefit  of a regional community-technical
college or the  community-technical college system
as a whose  of cash or assets which may be reduced
to cash or which has a value that is ascertainable
by such regional  community-technical  college  or
the community-technical college  system as a whole
which the donor  has  specifically  designated for
deposit in the  Endowment Fund or which explicitly
or  implicitly  by  the  terms  of  the  gift  the
regional     community-technical    college     or
community-technical college system  as a whole may
and does deposit  or permit to be deposited in the
Endowment Funds. (2)  "Endowment Fund state grant"
means  moneys  that   are   transferred   by   the
Department  of  Higher  Education  from  the  fund
established pursuant to  section  1 of this act to
the Endowment Fund  established  pursuant  to this
section in an  aggregate  amount not exceeding the
Endowment Fund state grant maximum commitment. (3)
"Endowment Fund state  grant  maximum  commitment"
means an amount  not exceeding two million dollars
for the fiscal  year ending June 30, 2000, two and
one-half  million  dollars  for  the  fiscal  year
ending June 30,  2001,  three  million dollars for
the fiscal year  ending  June  30, 2002, three and
one-half  million  dollars  for  the  fiscal  year
ending June 30, 2003, four million dollars for the
fiscal  year  ending   June  30,  2004,  four  and
one-half  million  dollars  for  the  fiscal  year
ending June 30, 2005, and five million dollars for
each of the  fiscal  years  ending  June 30, 2006,
June 30, 2007, June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009.
    Sec. 4. (NEW)  (a) If the General Assembly for
each fiscal year  following the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1998,  to the fiscal year ending June 30,
2008, inclusive, does  not  appropriate  from  the
General Fund for  the  specific  purpose  of  debt
service  on  self-liquidating  general  obligation
bonds of the  state or obligations of the Board of
Trustees  for  the  Connecticut  State  University
system financed through the Connecticut Health and
Educational Facilities Authority  for  residential
and other auxiliary  service facilities, excluding
any appropriation for such debt service to be paid
from revenues from  student fees and dormitory and
dining hall income  to  be  paid  by  the Board of
Trustees  for  the  Connecticut  State  University
system to the  State  Treasurer for the payment of
such self-liquidating general  obligation bonds of
the state, (1) the amount of five million dollars,
or (2) an  amount equal to half the sum of revenue
from  student  fees  received  by  all  the  state
universities   within   the    Connecticut   State
University system from  the  uniform assessment of
all full-time students enrolled at any time at any
of the state  universities  within the Connecticut
State University system,  except  for  charges for
tuition or dormitory  or dining charges or student
activity fee or other fee charged by an individual
state university, commonly  called  the university
fee, for the  calendar  year  ending the preceding
December  thirty-first,  as   certified   by   the
chairperson of the  board  of trustees by February
fifteenth to the Secretary of the Office of Policy
and  Management, whichever  amount  is  less,  the
State Bond Commission  may, in accordance with the
provisions of this  section,  from  time  to  time
authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds
of the state  in  one  or more series in principal
amounts not exceeding  five million dollars in any
such  fiscal  year,   to   finance   the   design,
construction  or  renovation  of  residential  and
other  auxiliary  service   facilities   at  state
universities   within   the    Connecticut   State
University system, and  in any event not exceeding
the amount which  the  General  Assembly failed to
appropriate for debt  service for that fiscal year
in  the  manner  provided  in  this  section.  For
purposes of this section the term "residential and
other   auxiliary  facilities"   (A)   means   any
residential  facilities, student  centers,  dining
facilities and other  auxiliary service facilities
at state universities within the Connecticut State
University system, and  (B)  includes,  but is not
limited to, low  rise  dormitory  code  compliance
renovations   at   Central    Connecticut    State
University; code compliance at Central Connecticut
State   University,  Eastern   Connecticut   State
University, Southern Connecticut  State University
and Western Connecticut  State University; student
center  addition  and   renovations   at   Central
Connecticut  State  University;   student   center
addition and renovations  at  Eastern  Connecticut
State University; construction  of  a  new student
center at Southern  Connecticut  State University;
Burr Hall residence  hall  renovations  at Eastern
Connecticut  State  University;   improvements  to
Connecticut  Hall at  Southern  Connecticut  State
University; and Shafer  Hall  residence conversion
at Eastern Connecticut State University.
    (b) All provisions  of  section  3-20  of  the
general statutes or  the  exercise of any right or
power granted thereby  which  are not inconsistent
with the provisions  of  this  section  are hereby
adopted  and  shall   apply  to  all  state  bonds
authorized by the  State  Bond Commission pursuant
to   this  section,   and   temporary   notes   in
anticipation of the  money  to be derived from the
sale of any  such state bonds so authorized may be
issued in accordance  with  said  section 3-20 and
from time to  time renewed. Such state bonds shall
mature at such  time or times not exceeding twenty
years  from  their  respective  dates  as  may  be
provided  in or  pursuant  to  the  resolution  or
resolutions   of   the   State   Bond   Commission
authorizing such state  bonds.  Such  state  bonds
issued pursuant to  this  section shall be general
obligations of the  state  and  the full faith and
credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for
the payment of  the  principal  of and interest on
such  bonds  as   the   same   becomes   due,  and
accordingly and as  part  of  the  contract of the
state  with  the  holders  of  such  state  bonds,
appropriation  of  all   amounts   necessary   for
punctual payment of such principal and interest is
hereby made, and  the  Treasurer  shall  pay  such
principal and interest as the same become due.
    (c)  None  of   said   state  bonds  shall  be
authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond
Commission that there  has  been  filed  with it a
request for such authorization, which is signed by
the  Secretary  of   the   Office  of  Policy  and
Management and stating  such  terms and conditions
as  said  commission,   in   its  discretion,  may
require. Each such request for an authorization of
state bonds shall  state  an  amount equal to half
the sum of  revenue  from student fees received by
all  of  the   state   universities   within   the
Connecticut  State  University   system   for  the
calendar year ending  prior  to  the  last  fiscal
year, as certified by the chairperson of the board
of  trustees,  and   the   amount   of  all  state
appropriations     for     debt     service     on
self-liquidating general obligation  bonds  of the
state  or obligations  of  the  Connecticut  State
University system financed through the Connecticut
Health and Educational  Facilities  Authority  for
the prior fiscal  year, as described in subsection
(a) of this section.
    Sec. 5. (NEW) (a) (1) The Board of Trustees of
the  Connecticut  State  University  system  shall
establish  a  permanent  Endowment  Fund  for  the
Connecticut State University  system  to encourage
donations  from  the   private   sector,  with  an
incentive in the  form  of an Endowment Fund state
grant, the net  earnings on the principal of which
are  dedicated  and  made  available  to  a  state
university  or the  Connecticut  State  University
system as a  whole,  for  endowed  professorships,
scholarships  and programmatic  enhancements.  The
fund  shall  be   administered  by  the  board  of
trustees, or by  a  nonprofit entity entrusted for
such purpose and  qualified as a Section 501(c)(3)
organization under the  Internal  Revenue  Code of
1986,  or any  subsequent  corresponding  internal
revenue code of the United States, as from time to
time  amended,  and   preferably  constituted  and
controlled independent of the state and university
so as to  qualify  the interest on state bonds the
proceeds of which have been granted for deposit in
the  endowment fund  as  excludable  from  federal
taxation under such  code and shall, in any event,
be held in  a  trust  fund  with  a  bank or trust
company separate and  apart  from  all other funds
and accounts of  the  state  and university. There
shall be deposited  into  the  fund: (A) Endowment
Fund  state grants;  and  (B)  interest  or  other
income earned on  the  investment of moneys in the
Endowment Fund pending  application or transfer or
use of earnings  on  the principal of the fund for
the  purposes  identified   in  this  subdivision.
Endowment Fund eligible  gifts made on behalf of a
state university or the system as a whole shall be
deposited in a  permanent  Endowment  Fund created
for each such state university and the system as a
whole in the  appropriate  foundation  established
pursuant  to  sections  4-37e  and  4-37f  of  the
general statutes. A portion of the interest income
earned  on  investments   in  the  Endowment  Fund
established pursuant to  this  section  to be used
for the purposes  described  in  this  subdivision
shall be transferred  to  such  a state university
Endowment Fund based  on  the  ratio  of the total
amount of such gifts made to such state university
to the total  amount of all such gifts made to all
the state universities and the system as a whole.
    (2) For each  of  the fiscal years ending June
30, 2000, to  June 30, 2009, inclusive, as part of
the state contract  with  donors of endowment fund
eligible   gifts,   the   Department   of   Higher
Education, in accordance  with  section  1 of this
act, shall deposit  in  the Endowment Fund for the
Connecticut State University  system a grant in an
amount  equal to  half  of  the  total  amount  of
Endowment Fund eligible  gifts  received by or for
the benefit of  the  Connecticut  State University
system as a  whole  and  each state university for
the calendar year ending the December thirty-first
preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as
certified  by the  chairperson  of  the  board  of
trustees  by  February   fifteenth   to   (A)  the
Secretary of the  Office of Policy and Management,
(B) the joint  standing  committee  of the General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to
appropriations and the  budgets of state agencies,
and  (C) the  Commissioner  of  Higher  Education,
provided such sums  do  not  exceed  the Endowment
Fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal
year in which  the  grant  is  made.  In  any such
fiscal year in  which  the  total  of the eligible
gifts received by the Connecticut State University
system as a whole and each state university exceed
the Endowment Fund  state grant maximum commitment
for such fiscal  year the amount in excess of such
Endowment  Fund  state  grant  maximum  commitment
shall be carried  forward  and  be  eligible for a
matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year
from the fiscal  year ending June 30, 2000, to the
fiscal  year  ending  June  30,  2009,  inclusive,
subject to the  Endowment Fund state grant maximum
commitment.
    (3) The Board  of  Trustees of the Connecticut
State University system shall adopt, by October 1,
1997,  guidelines  with   respect   to   (A)   the
solicitation of Endowment Fund eligible gifts from
private donors, and  (B)  governing the acceptance
of gifts made by a foundation established pursuant
to  sections  4-37e   and  4-37f  of  the  general
statutes, to a  state  university or its employees
for reimbursement of  expenditures  or  payment of
expenditures on behalf  of  a  state university or
its  employees. Private  donations  shall  not  be
construed to include  proceeds  of  federal grants
but may include proceeds of municipal grants.
    (b) For the  purposes  of  this  section:  (1)
"Endowment Fund eligible  gift" means a gift to or
for the benefit  of  any of the state universities
of the Connecticut  State University system or the
system as a  whole  of cash or assets which may be
reduced to cash  or  which  has  the value that is
ascertainable by the  state  universities  or  the
system  as  a   whole  and  which  the  donor  has
specifically  designated  for   deposit   in   the
Endowment Fund or  which  explicitly or implicitly
by the terms  of the gift, the universities or the
system as a  whole  may and does deposit or permit
to  be  deposited  in  the  Endowment  Funds.  (2)
"Endowment   Fund  state   grant"   means   moneys
transferred by the  Department of Higher Education
from the fund established pursuant to section 1 of
this  act  to   the   Endowment  Fund  established
pursuant to this  section  in  an aggregate amount
not  exceeding  the  Endowment  Fund  state  grant
maximum  commitment.  (3)  "Endowment  Fund  state
grant  maximum commitment"  means  an  amount  not
exceeding two and one-half millions dollars in the
fiscal year ending  June  30,  2000,  five million
dollars for each  of  the fiscal years ending June
30, 2001, June  30,  2002, June 30, 2008, and June
30, 2009, and  seven million five hundred thousand
dollars for each  of  the fiscal years ending June
30, 2003, June  30,  2004, June 30, 2005, June 30,
2006, and June 30, 2007.
    Sec.  6.  (NEW)   (a)   With  respect  to  any
construction contract that  is  to be publicly let
other  than  those   projects  administered  under
section  4b-52  of   the   general  statutes,  the
Department  of Public  Works,  on  behalf  of  the
Connecticut State University  system, may identify
a  list  of   potentially   responsible  qualified
bidders   for   the   particular   contract.   The
Commissioner of Public  Works shall give notice to
those on the  list of the work required and of the
invitation  to  prequalify.   The   invitation  to
prequalify shall contain  such  information as the
commissioner deems appropriate and a notice of the
due  date and  address  to  send  responses.  Upon
receipt  of  such  responses,  the  Department  of
Public  Works  shall   select   each  bidder  that
demonstrated  the ability  to  post  surety  bonds
required  by  such  contract  and  the  financial,
managerial  and technical  ability  and  integrity
necessary,  without  conflict   of  interest,  for
faithful and efficient  performance  of  the  work
provided for in  the  contract.  The  commissioner
shall evaluate whether a bidder is responsible and
qualified.  "Responsible  and   qualified  bidder"
shall mean the  bidder  who  possesses  the skill,
ability  and  integrity   necessary   to  faithful
performance  of  the   work   based  on  objective
criteria   considering   past    performance   and
financial  responsibility.  In   considering  past
performance the commissioner  shall  evaluate  the
skill, ability and  integrity  of bidders in terms
of   the   bidders'    fulfillment   of   contract
obligations and the bidders' experience or lack of
experience  with  projects  of  the  size  of  the
project for which bids are submitted.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Public  Works  shall
give notice to  bidders  prequalified  pursuant to
subsection (a) of  this  section  of  the time and
place where the  public  letting  shall  occur and
shall  include  in  the  notice  such  information
concerning the required  work as appropriate. Each
bid shall be  kept sealed until opened publicly at
the time and  place  as  set  forth  in the notice
soliciting such bid.  The  commissioner  shall not
award  any  construction   contract  after  public
letting,  except  to   the  responsible  qualified
bidder, submitting the  lowest  bid  in compliance
with the bid  requirements.  The  commissioner may
waive any minor  irregularity  in  a  bid, and may
either reject all  bids  and  again  advertise for
bids, or, if he deems it advisable, negotiate with
other contractors who  submitted bids in ascending
order  of  bid   prices   without  change  in  the
contract,   specifications,   plans    and   other
requirements.
    (c) The invitation  to bid on the construction
contract awarded by  the  Commissioner  of  Public
Works pursuant to  this section shall contain such
other terms and conditions and such provisions for
penalties, as the commissioner deems appropriate.
    (d) The Commissioner  of  Public  Works  shall
require, for the  protection  of the state and the
Connecticut   State   University    system,   such
deposits, bonds and  security  in  connection with
the   submission  of   bids,   the   awarding   of
construction contracts and the performance of work
as the commissioner  determines appropriate and in
the public interest of the state.
    Sec.  7.  Section   10a-109c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    As  used in  sections  10a-109a  to  10a-109y,
inclusive, unless the context otherwise indicates,
the following terms have the following meanings:
    (1) "Act" means  The University of Connecticut
2000 Act.
    (2) "Assured revenues"  means  revenues  other
than project revenues,  to  be received from fees,
tuition,  rentals,  charges,  gifts,  investments,
endowments and from  grants, subsidies, contracts,
leases or other  agreements  made  by  or with the
federal government, the  state  or  any  political
subdivision,  agency  or  instrumentality  of  the
federal  government  or   the  state,  or  others,
including the state  debt  service commitment, the
minimum  state  operating  provision  and  special
eligible gifts.
    (3) "Board of  trustees"  means  the  Board of
Trustees of The University of Connecticut.
    (4) "Cost", as  applied  to  a  project or any
portion  of the  project,  includes,  but  is  not
limited to: The purchase price or acquisition cost
of  any  such   project;  the  cost  of  planning,
designing,  constructing,  building,   alteration,
enlargement,      reconstruction,      renovation,
improvement, equipping and remodeling; the cost of
all labor, materials,  building systems, machinery
and equipment; the  cost of all lands, structures,
real or personal  property,  rights, easements and
franchises  acquired;  the  cost  of  all  utility
extensions,   access  roads,   site   development,
financing   charges,   premiums   for   insurance,
interest prior to  and during construction and for
six months thereafter; the cost of working capital
related to the  project;  the  cost  of  plans and
specifications, surveys and  estimates of cost and
of  revenues; the  cost  of  accountants,  audits,
engineering, feasibility studies,  legal and other
professional consulting or technical services; the
cost  of  reserves  for  payment  of  future  debt
service  related  to   the  financing  transaction
proceedings  and  for  future  repairs,  renewals,
replacements, additions and improvements; the cost
of all other  expenses  necessary  or  incident to
determining the feasibility  or  practicability of
such   construction;   and    administrative   and
operating expenses and  such other expenses as may
be  necessary  or   incident   to   the  financing
authorized.
    (5) "Endowment Fund"  means the fund described
in subsection (b)  of section 10a-109i, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 8 OF THIS ACT.
    (6) "Endowment Fund  eligible  gift"  means  a
gift to OR  FOR  THE  BENEFIT OF the university of
cash or assets  which  may  be  reduced to cash or
which has a  value  that  is  ascertainable by the
university  which  the   donor   has  specifically
designated for deposit  in  the  Endowment Fund or
which  explicitly  or   implicitly  by  the  terms
[thereof] OF THE  GIFT the university may and does
deposit [therein] OR PERMIT TO BE DEPOSITED IN THE
ENDOWMENT FUND.
    (7) "Endowment Fund  state grant" means moneys
[appropriated   or   financed    by   the   state]
TRANSFERRED BY THE  DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
FROM THE FUND ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 1 OF
THIS  ACT for  deposit  into  the  Endowment  Fund
pursuant to subdivision  (2)  of subsection (b) of
section 10a-109i, AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 8 OF THIS
ACT, in an  aggregate amount not exceeding [twenty
million dollars, and  in  the amount or amounts at
the  time or  times  set  forth  in  said  section
10a-109i] THE ENDOWMENT  FUND  STATE GRANT MAXIMUM
COMMITMENT.
    (8)  "ENDOWMENT  FUND   STATE   GRANT  MAXIMUM
COMMITMENT"  MEANS AN  AMOUNT  NOT  EXCEEDING  TEN
MILLION DOLLARS FOR  THE  FISCAL  YEAR ENDING JUNE
30,  1999, SEVEN  MILLION  FIVE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND
DOLLARS FOR EACH  OF  THE FISCAL YEARS ENDING JUNE
30, 2000, JUNE  30,  2002, JUNE 30, 2003, JUNE 30,
2004, AND JUNE  30, 2005, AND FIVE MILLION DOLLARS
FOR EACH OF THE FISCAL YEARS ENDING JUNE 30, 2001,
JUNE 30, 2006, AND JUNE 30, 2007.
    [(8)] (9) "Finance committee" means the budget
and finance committee of the board of trustees.
    [(9)]  (10) "Financing  documents"  means  any
securities,  loan agreements,  credit  agreements,
financing leases, lease-purchase agreements, trust
agreements,   indentures,  resolutions,   security
agreements, pledge agreements  or other contracts,
agreements or documents  executed and delivered by
the  university in  connection  with  a  financing
transaction proceeding.
    [(10)]     (11)     "Financing     transaction
proceedings"   means  the   proceedings   of   the
university authorizing the  issuance of securities
under sections 10a-109a  to  10a-109y,  inclusive,
the  provisions  of  any  indenture  of  trust  or
resolution securing securities,  which  provisions
are  incorporated  into   such   proceedings,  the
provisions of any  financing or other documents or
agreements  which  are   incorporated   into  such
proceedings, and a  certificate  of  determination
executed and filed  by the Treasurer in accordance
with subsection (e) or (f) of section 10a-109g.
    [(11)] (12) "Governor"  means  the Governor of
the state.
    [(12)] (13) "Holder" or "owner" when used with
reference to securities  means any person or party
who is the  registered  owner  of  any outstanding
security.
    [(13)] (14) "State  debt  service  commitment"
means,  with  respect   to  securities  issued  as
general obligations of  the university pursuant to
subsection (c) of  section  10-109g for UConn 2000
in a principal  amount  not exceeding nine hundred
eighty   million  dollars,   an   annual   amount,
commencing in the  state  fiscal  year ending June
30, 1996, and  any  fiscal year thereafter for any
special debt service  requirements  when  due  and
payable.
    [(14)]   (15)   "Minimum    state    operating
provision" means the  commitment  of  the state to
appropriate,   annually,   an   amount   for   the
university  for  operations   after   receiving  a
request   from   the   university   therefor   and
consideration of other  amounts  available  to the
university  for its  operations  which  amount  so
appropriated   shall  be   consistent   with   the
university continuing to  operate  in  furtherance
and pursuant to  the  provisions  of  section 2 of
article eighth of  the  Constitution  of the state
and applicable law  as an institution dedicated to
the excellence in  higher education, including the
operation  of the  components  of  UConn  2000  at
Storrs and elsewhere  in  the  state  pursuant  to
section 10a-109e; provided,  however,  nothing  in
sections 10a-109a to 10a-109y, inclusive, shall be
construed to preclude the state from appropriating
a  lower  or   higher   amount   than  the  amount
appropriated in the  previous  fiscal year so long
as the Appropriation  Act  provides and determines
that the university  can continue to operate as an
institution  dedicated  to  excellence  in  higher
education and such  amount  so  appropriated shall
then  constitute  the   minimum   state  operating
provision.
    [(15)]  (16)  "Project"  means  any  structure
designed for use  as  a dormitory or other housing
facility, dining facility, student union, academic
building,   administrative   facility,    library,
classroom  building,  research  facility,  faculty
facility,  office  facility,   athletic  facility,
health  care  facility,  laboratory,  maintenance,
storage or utility  facility  or other building or
structure  essential,  necessary   or  useful  for
instruction in a  program of education provided by
the  university;  or  any  multipurpose  structure
designed to combine  two  or more of the functions
performed by the types of structures enumerated in
this  subsection, including,  without  limitation,
improvements,     reconstruction,    replacements,
additions  and equipment  acquired  in  connection
with a project  or in connection with operation of
any facilities of  the university existing on June
7, 1995. "Project"  includes all real and personal
property, lands, improvements,  driveways,  roads,
approaches, pedestrian access roads, parking lots,
parking   facilities,  rights-of-way,   utilities,
easements and other  interests  in land, machinery
and   equipment,   and   all   appurtenances   and
facilities either on,  above  or  under the ground
that are used  or usable in connection with any of
the  structures  mentioned   in  this  subsection.
"Project"   also   includes    landscaping,   site
preparation, furniture, machinery,  equipment  and
other similar items  necessary  or  convenient for
the  operation  of   a   particular   facility  or
structure in the  manner  for  which  its  use  is
intended, but does  not  include  items  that  are
customarily under applicable accounting principles
considered as a  current  operating charge, unless
the  category  and   maximum   amount  thereof  is
specifically included by  a  determination  of the
board of trustees  in  the  financing  transaction
proceedings and by  percentage or otherwise as may
be limited pursuant  to  such proceedings in order
to preserve the  excludability  of the interest on
the  securities  issued   therefor   from  federal
taxation under the  applicable  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.
    [(16)] (17) "Project  revenues" means revenues
received from projects  existing  on June 7, 1995,
from projects under  construction or from projects
the acquisition, construction or accomplishment of
which the university  has  entered  into a binding
commitment, anticipated by  the  board of trustees
to produce annual  revenues  in an amount not less
than the anticipated  annual  cost  of  operation,
maintenance and repair of such project, and annual
debt service payments on any financing transaction
proceedings for the project during the term of any
such proceedings effected  under sections 10a-109a
to  10a-109y,  inclusive,   for  the  project,  as
determined by the board of trustees.
    [(17)]  (18)  "Securities"  means  any  bonds,
notes  or  other   evidences  of  indebtedness  or
borrowing of the  university  issued  pursuant  to
sections 10a-109a to 10a-109y, inclusive.
    [(18)]    (19)    "Special     debt    service
requirements"  means, for  any  period,  and  with
respect to securities,  subject  to  the financing
transaction proceedings authorizing  the  issuance
of the securities, the sum of (A) the principal on
serial bonds or  sinking  fund  instalment on term
bonds and interest  accruing and coming due during
such period, (B)  the  amounts,  if any, required,
with  respect to  interest  rate  fluctuations  on
variable rate debt,  or with respect to securities
not secured by  the  state debt service commitment
during  such  period   to  establish  or  maintain
reserves, sinking funds or other funds or accounts
at   the  respective   levels   required   to   be
established or maintained  therein  in  accordance
with the proceedings  authorizing  the issuance of
securities, (C) annual  expenses  of  issuance and
administration with respect to securities, (D) the
amounts, if any,  becoming due and payable under a
reimbursement  agreement  or   similar   agreement
entered into pursuant  to  authority granted under
the  proceedings  authorizing   the   issuance  of
securities, (E) net  amounts  owing under interest
rate  agreements authorized  and  effective  under
section    10a-109j,    (F)    arbitrage    rebate
requirements pursuant to subsection (b) of section
10a-109q on securities  secured  by the state debt
service commitment and  (G) any other annual costs
or expenses necessary  or  proper  to  be  paid in
connection with the securities, including, without
limitation,  the  annual   cost   of   any  credit
facility, including but not limited to a letter of
credit or policy  of  bond  insurance, issued by a
financial  institution pursuant  to  an  agreement
approved in the financing transaction proceedings.
    [(19)] (20) "Special  eligible  gift"  means a
gift to OR  FOR  THE  BENEFIT OF the university of
cash or assets which may be reduced to cash by the
university  which  the   donor   has  specifically
designated as a donation for use by the university
in furtherance of  UConn  2000 or which explicitly
or implicitly by  the  terms [thereof] OF THE GIFT
the university may  use  for  UConn 2000 and which
the university determines to so use [therefor] FOR
SUCH PURPOSE pursuant to subsection (a) of section
10a-109i.
    [(20)] (21) "Special External Gift Fund" means
the fund established pursuant to subsection (a) of
section 10a-109i.
    [(21)]  (22)  "State"   means   the  state  of
Connecticut.
    [(22)] (23) "State  Bond Commission" means the
commission established and  existing  pursuant  to
subsection (c) of  section  3-20,  as the same may
from time to  time be amended, or any successor to
said commission.
    [(23)] (24) "Treasurer" means the Treasurer of
the state or  his  deputy  appointed  pursuant  to
section 3-12.
    [(24)]   (25)   "UConn   2000   infrastructure
improvement program" or  "UConn  2000"  means  the
projects  identified  or   referenced  in  section
10a-109e, as same  may  be  modified  from time to
time in accordance with said section 10a-109e and,
in  bundle,  constitutes   the   special   capital
improvement program proposed  by  the  university,
approved  by the  state  and  identified  in  said
section 10a-109e as  necessary  at  this  time  to
modernize,   rehabilitate,   renew,   expand   and
otherwise  stabilize the  physical  plant  of  the
university  so  as   to  provide  the  Connecticut
community  with confidence  that  a  concentrated,
accelerated and cooperative  effort  is being made
for the benefit  of  the  educational and economic
development needs of  the state and university and
in an efficient,  cost effective and timely manner
and to assure  that the university can continue to
properly  and  proudly  compete  successfully  for
students,  faculty,  staff   and   external  grant
support.
    [(25)] (26) "University"  means The University
of Connecticut, a  constituent  unit  of the state
system of public  higher  education, including The
University of Connecticut Health Center.
    Sec. 8. Subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of
subsection (b) of  section 10a-109i of the general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (2) (A) [If  for  any]  FOR EACH of the fiscal
years ending [on  June  30,  1998,] June 30, 1999,
[or June 30,  2000,  the  state  budget  for  such
fiscal year does  not appropriate from the General
Fund for deposit  into the Endowment Fund] TO JUNE
30, 2007, INCLUSIVE, AS PART OF THE STATE CONTRACT
WITH DONORS OF  ENDOWMENT FUND ELIGIBLE GIFTS, THE
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION  1 OF  THIS  ACT,  SHALL  DEPOSIT  IN  THE
ENDOWMENT FUND FOR  THE  UNIVERSITY  A GRANT IN an
amount  equal to  HALF  OF  the  TOTAL  AMOUNT  OF
Endowment Fund eligible  gifts, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED
IN THIS SUBPARAGRAPH,  received  by the university
OR FOR THE  BENEFIT  OF  THE  UNIVERSITY  for  the
calendar  year  ending  the  [preceding]  December
thirty-first PRECEDING THE  COMMENCEMENT  OF  SUCH
FISCAL YEAR, as  certified  by  the chairperson of
the board of trustees by February fifteenth to (i)
the  Secretary  of   the   Office  of  Policy  and
Management, (ii) THE  JOINT  STANDING COMMITTEE OF
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY  HAVING COGNIZANCE OF MATTERS
RELATING  TO APPROPRIATIONS  AND  THE  BUDGETS  OF
STATE  AGENCIES, AND  (iii)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
HIGHER EDUCATION, provided  such  sums  [shall] DO
not exceed [ten million dollars in any such fiscal
year and in  the  aggregate  shall  not exceed the
Endowment  Fund  state   grant,   the  State  Bond
Commission shall have  the  power,  in  accordance
with the provisions of this subdivision, from time
to time to  authorize the issuance of bonds of the
state in one  or  more series in principal amounts
not exceeding ten  million  dollars  in  any  such
fiscal year and  in  the  aggregate  not exceeding
twenty million dollars,  to  finance the aggregate
amount  of the  Endowment  Fund  state  grant  not
otherwise funded] THE  ENDOWMENT  FUND STATE GRANT
MAXIMUM COMMITMENT FOR  THE  FISCAL  YEAR IN WHICH
THE GRANT IS  MADE.  FOR  THE  FISCAL YEARS ENDING
JUNE 30, 1999,  AND  JUNE 30, 2000, THE DEPARTMENT
OF HIGHER EDUCATION SHALL DEPOSIT IN THE ENDOWMENT
FUND FOR THE  UNIVERSITY  GRANTS  IN TOTAL AMOUNTS
WHICH SHALL NOT  EXCEED  THE  ENDOWMENT FUND STATE
GRANT, AS DEFINED  IN  SUBDIVISION  (7) OF SECTION
10a-109c  OF THE  GENERAL  STATUTES,  REVISION  OF
1958, REVISED TO  JANUARY 1, 1997, AND WHICH SHALL
BE  EQUAL  TO   THE   AMOUNTS   CERTIFIED  BY  THE
CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR EACH SUCH
FISCAL  YEAR  OF  ENDOWMENT  FUND  ELIGIBLE  GIFTS
RECEIVED BY THE  UNIVERSITY  OR FOR THE BENEFIT OF
THE UNIVERSITY AND  FOR  WHICH WRITTEN COMMITMENTS
WERE MADE PRIOR  TO  JULY  1, 1997. FOR THE FISCAL
YEAR ENDING JUNE  30,  1999, THE FUNDS REQUIRED TO
BE DEPOSITED IN  THE  ENDOWMENT  FUND  PURSUANT TO
THIS SUBPARAGRAPH SHALL  BE  APPROPRIATED  TO  THE
UNIVERSITY FOR SUCH  PURPOSE  AND NOT APPROPRIATED
TO THE FUND  ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT TO SECTION 1 OF
THIS ACT. In  any  such  fiscal  year in which the
eligible gifts received  by  the university exceed
[ten million dollars,]  THE  ENDOWMENT  FUND STATE
GRANT MAXIMUM COMMITMENT  FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR the
amount in excess  of  [ten  million  dollars] SUCH
ENDOWMENT FUND STATE  GRANT MAXIMUM COMMITMENT FOR
SUCH FISCAL YEAR,  shall be carried forward and BE
eligible for a  matching state grant in [the next]
ANY succeeding fiscal  year  [, provided the total
amount of state  grants  for  any such fiscal year
shall not exceed  ten  million dollars. The amount
of such appropriation  or the proceeds of the sale
of said bonds  shall be used to make the Endowment
Fund state grants  to  the university and shall be
deposited into the Endowment Fund] FROM THE FISCAL
YEAR ENDING JUNE  30,  1999,  TO  THE  FISCAL YEAR
ENDING JUNE 30,  2007,  INCLUSIVE,  SUBJECT TO THE
ENDOWMENT FUND STATE  GRANT MAXIMUM COMMITMENT FOR
SUCH FISCAL YEAR.
    Sec. 9. Subsection  (a)  of section 10a-104 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   Subject   to   state-wide   policy   and
guidelines established by  the  Board of Governors
of Higher Education,  the Board of Trustees of The
University of Connecticut  shall:  (1)  Make rules
for the government  of  the  university  and shall
determine the general  policies of the university,
including  those  concerning   the   admission  of
students  and  the   establishment   of   schools,
colleges,  divisions and  departments,  and  shall
direct the expenditure  of  the university's funds
within  the amounts  available;  (2)  develop  the
mission   statement   for    The   University   of
Connecticut, and all branches thereof, which shall
include, but not  be  limited  to,  the  following
elements:  (A)  The   educational   needs  of  and
constituencies  served  by   said  university  and
branches;  (B)  the   degrees   offered   by  said
university; and (C)  the  role  and  scope of each
institution  and  branch   within  the  university
system, which shall include each institution's and
branch's particular strengths and specialties. The
board  of  trustees   shall   submit  the  mission
statement to the  Board  of  Governors  of  Higher
Education for review  and  approval  in accordance
with  the  provisions   of   section   10a-6;  (3)
establish policies for  the  university system and
for the individual institutions and branches under
its  jurisdiction; (4)  submit  to  the  Board  of
Governors  of  Higher   Education,  for  approval,
recommendations  for  the   establishment  of  new
academic programs; (5) make recommendations to the
Board  of  Governors  of  Higher  Education,  when
appropriate,  regarding  institutional  or  branch
mergers or closures;  (6)  coordinate the programs
and  services of  the  institutions  and  branches
under its jurisdiction; (7) be authorized to enter
into agreements, consistent with the provisions of
section 5-141d, to  save  harmless  and  indemnify
sponsors of research  grants  to The University of
Connecticut,  provided  such   an   agreement   is
required to receive the grant and limits liability
to  damages  or  injury  resulting  from  acts  or
omissions related to such research by employees of
the university; (8) promote fund-raising to assist
the university and  report  to the Commissioner of
Higher Education and  the joint standing committee
of  the  General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of
matters relating to  education by January 1, 1994,
and biennially thereafter,  on  such fund-raising;
(9) charge the direct costs for a building project
under its jurisdiction  to  the  bond fund account
for such project,  provided  (A)  such  costs  are
charged in accordance with a procedure approved by
the Treasurer and  (B) nothing in this subdivision
shall  permit  the  charging  of  working  capital
costs, as defined  in the applicable 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,
or costs originally  paid  from sources other than
the bond fund  account;  [and]  (10)  exercise the
powers  delegated  to   it   pursuant  to  section
10a-109d; AND (11)  ESTABLISH  BY OCTOBER 1, 1997,
POLICIES GOVERNING THE ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS MADE BY
A  FOUNDATION  ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTIONS
4-37e AND 4-37f TO THE UNIVERSITY OR ITS EMPLOYEES
FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF  EXPENDITURES  OR  PAYMENT OF
EXPENDITURES ON BEHALF  OF  THE  UNIVERSITY OR ITS
EMPLOYEES.
    Sec. 10. (NEW)  The  Board  of Trustees of the
Connecticut State University system shall continue
to plan for  capital  improvements  for the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1998,  to  the  fiscal year
ending   June  30,   2007,   inclusive,   to   the
universities  within  the   system  on  a  regular
rotating schedule, and  on  the basis of the plans
adopted by the  board shall annually submit to the
General Assembly requests for authorization of the
sale of general  obligation bonds of the state for
capital projects at  the  state universities of up
to sixty million dollars per fiscal year.
    Sec. 11. Subsection  (i)  of  section 4b-55 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (i) "Selection panel"  or  "panel"  means  the
State   Construction  Services   Selection   Panel
established pursuant to  SUBSECTION (a) OF section
4b-56 OR, IN  THE CASE OF A CONNECTICUT HEALTH AND
EDUCATION FACILITIES AUTHORITY PROJECT PURSUANT TO
SECTION 10a-186a, MEANS THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH AND
EDUCATION   FACILITIES   AUTHORITY    CONSTRUCTION
SERVICES PANEL ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION
(c) OF SECTION  4b-56, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 12 OF
THIS ACT.
    Sec. 12. Section 4b-56 of the general statutes
is amended by  adding  subsections  (c) and (d) as
follows:
    (NEW) (c) There  shall  be  established within
the  Department  of  Public  Works  a  Connecticut
Health   and   Education    Facilities   Authority
Construction Services Panel which shall consist of
five members: Three  of whom shall be appointed by
the Commissioner of  Public  Works  and  shall  be
current  employees of  the  Department  of  Public
Works;  and  the   remaining   members   shall  be
appointed by the  head  or acting head of the user
agency  and shall  serve  only  for  deliberations
involving the project  for  which  such member was
appointed.  The members  of  the  selection  panel
appointed  by the  Commissioner  of  Public  Works
shall serve for terms of one year from July first.
If  any  vacancy   occurs   on   the   panel,  the
Commissioner of Public Works or the head or acting
head of the  user  agency,  as  appropriate, shall
appoint  a  person   for  the  unexpired  term  in
accordance with the provisions of this subsection.
    (NEW) (d) The  panel  established  pursuant to
subsection (c) of this section shall not be deemed
to be a  board or commission within the meaning of
section 4-9a. Such  panel  shall  be the selection
panel only for  Connecticut  Health  and Education
Facilities Authority projects  pursuant to section
10a-89b.
    Sec. 13. Subsection  (a)  of  section 4b-52 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) (1) No  repairs,  alterations or additions
involving expense to  the  state  of  two  hundred
fifty thousand dollars  or less or, in the case of
repairs, alterations or  additions  to  a building
rented or occupied  by  a  constituent unit of the
state  system of  higher  education,  two  million
dollars  or  less  shall  be  made  to  any  state
building  or  premises   occupied   by  any  state
officer,    department,    institution,     board,
commission or council  of the state government and
no  contract  for   any   construction,   repairs,
alteration  or  addition  shall  be  entered  into
without the prior  approval of the Commissioner of
Public  Works,  except   repairs,  alterations  or
additions to a  building under the supervision and
control  of the  Joint  Committee  on  Legislative
Management and repairs,  alterations  or additions
to  a  building   under  the  supervision  of  The
University of Connecticut. (2) Notwithstanding the
provisions    of   subdivision    (1),    repairs,
alterations or additions  involving expense to the
state of [fifty]  ONE  HUNDRED thousand dollars or
less may be made to any state building or premises
under the supervision  of  the Office of the Chief
Court Administrator or  a  constituent unit of the
state system of  higher education, under the terms
of section 4b-11,  and  any  contract for any such
construction, repairs or alteration may be entered
into   by  the   Office   of   the   Chief   Court
Administrator or a  constituent  unit of the state
system of higher education without the approval of
the Commissioner of Public Works.
    Sec. 14. Subsection (b) of section 1-19 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) Nothing in  sections  1-15, 1-18a, 1-19 to
1-19b, inclusive, and  1-21  to  1-21k, inclusive,
shall be construed  to  require  disclosure of (1)
preliminary drafts or  notes  provided  the public
agency has determined  that the public interest in
withholding such documents  clearly  outweighs the
public interest in  disclosure;  (2)  personnel or
medical files and  similar files the disclosure of
which would constitute  an  invasion  of  personal
privacy; (3) records  of  law enforcement agencies
not  otherwise  available   to  the  public  which
records  were  compiled  in  connection  with  the
detection  or  investigation   of  crime,  if  the
disclosure of said  records  would  not  be in the
public interest because  it  would  result  in the
disclosure of (A)  the  identity of informants not
otherwise known or  the  identity of witnesses not
otherwise known whose  safety  would be endangered
or who would  be subject to threat or intimidation
if  their identity  was  made  known,  (B)  signed
statements of witnesses,  (C)  information  to  be
used in a  prospective  law  enforcement action if
prejudicial  to  such  action,  (D)  investigatory
techniques  not otherwise  known  to  the  general
public, (E) arrest  records  of  a juvenile, which
shall  also  include   any   investigatory  files,
concerning the arrest  of  such juvenile, compiled
for law enforcement  purposes,  (F)  the  name and
address of the  victim  of  a sexual assault under
section 53a-70, 53a-70a,  53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b
or  53a-73a, or  injury  or  risk  of  injury,  or
impairing of morals  under section 53-21, or of an
attempt thereof or  (G) uncorroborated allegations
subject to destruction  pursuant to section 1-20c;
(4)   records   pertaining    to    strategy   and
negotiations with respect  to  pending  claims  or
pending litigation to which the public agency is a
party until such  litigation  or  claim  has  been
finally  adjudicated  or  otherwise  settled;  (5)
trade  secrets, which  for  purposes  of  sections
1-15, 1-18a, 1-19 to 1-19b, inclusive, and 1-21 to
1-21k,  inclusive,  are   defined  as  unpatented,
secret, commercially valuable  plans,  appliances,
formulas or processes,  which  are  used  for  the
making,   preparing,  compounding,   treating   or
processing  of articles  or  materials  which  are
trade commodities obtained from a person and which
are  recognized  by   law   as  confidential,  and
commercial  or  financial   information  given  in
confidence,  not required  by  statute;  (6)  test
questions, scoring keys and other examination data
used  to  administer   a   licensing  examination,
examination    for    employment    or    academic
examinations;  (7) the  contents  of  real  estate
appraisals, engineering or  feasibility  estimates
and evaluations made  for or by an agency relative
to the acquisition  of  property or to prospective
public supply and  construction  contracts,  until
such time as all of the property has been acquired
or  all  proceedings  or  transactions  have  been
terminated  or  abandoned,  provided  the  law  of
eminent  domain shall  not  be  affected  by  this
provision; (8) statements  of  personal  worth  or
personal financial data  required  by  a licensing
agency  and  filed   by  an  applicant  with  such
licensing  agency  to   establish   his   personal
qualification  for  the  license,  certificate  or
permit  applied  for;  (9)  records,  reports  and
statements  of  strategy   or   negotiations  with
respect to collective  bargaining;  (10)  records,
tax returns, reports  and  statements  exempted by
federal law or  state  statutes  or communications
privileged  by the  attorney-client  relationship;
(11) names or  addresses  of  students enrolled in
any public school  or  college without the consent
of each student  whose  name  or  address is to be
disclosed who is  eighteen  years  of age or older
and a parent  or guardian of each such student who
is younger than  eighteen  years  of age, provided
this  subdivision  shall   not   be  construed  as
prohibiting  the  disclosure   of   the  names  or
addresses  of  students  enrolled  in  any  public
school in a  regional school district to the board
of selectmen or town board of finance, as the case
may be, of  the  town  wherein the student resides
for the purpose of verifying tuition payments made
to such school;  (12)  any information obtained by
the use of  illegal  means;  (13)  records  of  an
investigation or the name of an employee providing
information  under  the   provisions   of  section
4-61dd;  (14)  adoption  records  and  information
provided  for in  sections  45a-746,  45a-750  and
45a-751; (15) any  page  of  a  primary  petition,
nominating   petition,  referendum   petition   or
petition for a  town  meeting  submitted under any
provision  of  the  general  statutes  or  of  any
special act, municipal charter or ordinance, until
the required processing  and certification of such
page  has  been   completed  by  the  official  or
officials charged with  such duty after which time
disclosure of such  page  shall  be required; (16)
records  of  complaints,   including   information
compiled in the  investigation thereof, brought to
a municipal health  authority  pursuant to chapter
368e or a  district  department of health pursuant
to  chapter  368f,   until   such   time   as  the
investigation is concluded or thirty days from the
date of receipt of the complaint, whichever occurs
first;  (17) EDUCATIONAL  RECORDS  WHICH  ARE  NOT
SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL
RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT, 20 USC 1232g.
    Sec.  15.  Section   10a-20a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Board of Governors of Higher Education
may establish and administer a fund to be known as
the  Endowed Chair  Investment  Fund.  Within  the
limits of [appropriations]  FUNDS  AVAILABLE,  the
board may deposit state funds for an endowed chair
approved under subsection  (c)  of this section to
an account within  said fund in an amount not less
than five hundred thousand dollars.
    (b) State funds  deposited  by  the  board  of
governors to the  Endowed  Chair  Investment  Fund
shall be invested by the State Treasurer.
    (c) The Board of Trustees of The University of
Connecticut  and the  Board  of  Trustees  of  the
Connecticut State University  system may apply for
the  establishment  of  an  endowed  chair  to  be
supported by a grant of NOT LESS THAN five hundred
thousand AND NOT  MORE  THAN  SEVEN  HUNDRED FIFTY
THOUSAND dollars from the Endowed Chair Investment
Fund  and  a   matching   nonstate   contribution.
Applications for endowed  chairs shall be accepted
on October first  and  April first in each year in
which funds are  available. To apply for the state
grant, the board  of  trustees  shall  notify  the
board of governors  that  it has raised a matching
nonstate contribution and  that it is eligible for
a grant of  state  funds  to  establish an endowed
chair in a specific academic discipline. The board
of trustees shall  submit  for  the board's review
and  approval evidence  that  the  chair  will  be
established in a  center of excellence, as defined
in subsection (b) of section 10a-25h.
    (d) Following approval of state funding for an
endowed chair by the board of governors, the board
of trustees of  the institution at which the chair
is established shall select candidates to fill the
endowed  chair and  shall  develop  a  budget  for
expenditures associated with the chair.
    (e) Interest income  earned  under  subsection
(b) of this  section  shall  be  deposited  to the
Endowed  Chair  Investment   Fund  and,  following
establishment of an endowed chair under subsection
(c)  of this  section  shall  be  allocated,  upon
request, to The  University  of  Connecticut or to
the  Connecticut  State   University   system,  as
appropriate,  to  support   the   endowed   chair.
Nonstate matching contributions shall be held by a
duly established foundation  of  The University of
Connecticut or the  Connecticut  State  University
system  and the  interest  on  such  contributions
shall be used to support the endowed chair.
    (f) The boards of trustees shall submit annual
reports  to  the  board  of  governors  concerning
endowed chair expenditures.
    Sec. 16. Subsection  (a)  of section 10a-89 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   Subject   to   state-wide   policy   and
guidelines established by  the  Board of Governors
of Higher Education,  the  board of trustees shall
provide for the  administration of the Connecticut
State University system,  plan  for  the expansion
and development of  the  institutions  within  its
jurisdiction, and submit  such  plans to the Board
of  Governors  of  Higher  Education  AND  TO  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  PUBLIC   WORKS  for  review  and
recommendations.  [and  to   the  Commissioner  of
Public Works and the State Properties Review Board
for approval.] The  Commissioner  of  Public Works
upon request of  the  board  of trustees shall, in
accordance  with  section   4b-30,  negotiate  and
execute leases on  such physical facilities as the
board of trustees  may  deem  necessary for proper
operation of such  institutions,  and the board of
trustees  may,  with   the   permission   of   the
Commissioner  of  Public   Works   and  the  State
Properties  Review  Board,  expend  capital  funds
therefor if such  leasing  is  required during the
planning and construction  phases  of institutions
within its jurisdiction  for  which  such  capital
funds were authorized. Subject to such policies as
may be established  by  the board of trustees, the
chief executive officer of each institution within
the jurisdiction of  the  board may make buildings
and other facilities  under  its control available
to  nonprofit  and   other   organizations  or  to
individuals for temporary  uses  not  inconsistent
with the educational  purpose  of the institution.
The board of  trustees  may  appoint or remove the
chief executive officer of each institution within
its jurisdiction, and  with  respect  to  its  own
operation the board  of  trustees  may appoint and
remove an executive secretary and executive staff.
The board of  trustees  may  determine the size of
the executive staff  and  the  duties,  terms  and
conditions of employment  of  said  secretary  and
staff, subject to personnel guidelines established
by the Board  of  Governors of Higher Education in
consultation  with said  board  of  trustees.  The
board of trustees  may  employ  faculty  and other
personnel  needed  to  maintain  and  operate  the
institutions within its  jurisdiction.  Within the
limitation  of  appropriations,   the   board   of
trustees  shall  fix   the  compensation  of  such
personnel,  establish  terms   and  conditions  of
employment   and  prescribe   their   duties   and
qualifications.  The  board   of   trustees  shall
determine who constitutes  its  professional staff
and  establish  compensation   and  classification
schedules for its professional staff. The board of
trustees shall annually submit to the Commissioner
of Administrative Services a list of the positions
which  it has  included  within  the  professional
staff. The board  of  trustees  may appoint one or
more   physicians  for   the   Connecticut   State
University   system   and   shall   provide   such
physicians  with  suitable   facilities   for  the
performance  of  such  duties  as  it  prescribes.
Subject  to  state-wide   policy   and  guidelines
established by the  Board  of  Governors of Higher
Education, the board  of  trustees shall: (1) Make
rules for the  government of the Connecticut State
University system and  shall determine the general
policies of the university system, including those
concerning  the  admission  of  students  and  the
expenditure of the funds of institutions under its
jurisdiction  within the  amounts  available;  (2)
develop the mission  statement  for the university
system which shall  include, but not be limited to
the following elements:  (A) The educational needs
of and constituencies  served  by the institutions
within its jurisdiction;  (B)  the degrees offered
by such institutions;  and  (C) the role and scope
of each institution  within the university system,
which shall include  each institution's particular
strengths and specialties.  The  board of trustees
shall submit the mission statement to the Board of
Governors  of  Higher  Education  for  review  and
approval  in accordance  with  the  provisions  of
section  10a-6; (3)  establish  policies  for  the
university   system   and   for   the   individual
institutions under its jurisdiction; (4) submit to
the Board of  Governors  of  Higher Education, for
approval, recommendations for the establishment of
new  academic  programs;   (5)   make  appropriate
recommendations  to  the  Board  of  Governors  of
Higher Education regarding  institutional  mergers
or  closures;  (6)  coordinate  the  programs  and
services   of   the    institutions    under   its
jurisdiction;  (7) be  authorized  to  enter  into
agreements,  consistent  with  the  provisions  of
section 5-141d, to  save  harmless  and  indemnify
sponsors of research  grants to institutions under
its jurisdiction, provided  such  an  agreement is
required to receive the grant and limits liability
to  damages  or  injury  resulting  from  acts  or
omissions related to such research by employees of
such institutions; (8) promote fund-raising by the
institutions under its  jurisdiction  in  order to
assist such institutions, provided the board shall
not directly engage  in  fund-raising  except  for
purposes of providing funding for (A) scholarships
or other direct  student  financial  aid  and  (B)
programs, services or activities at one or more of
the  institutions  within   its  jurisdiction  and
report to the Commissioner of Higher Education and
the  joint  standing   committee  of  the  General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to
education  by  January  1,  1994,  and  biennially
thereafter,  on all  such  fund-raising;  and  (9)
charge the direct  costs  for  a  building project
under its jurisdiction  to  the  bond fund account
for such project,  provided  (A)  such  costs  are
charged in accordance with a procedure approved by
the Treasurer and  (B) nothing in this subdivision
shall permit the  charging  of working capital, as
defined  in  the   applicable  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, or costs
originally paid from  sources  other than the bond
fund account.
    Sec. 17. Subsection  (b)  of section 10a-99 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) The Board  of  Trustees of the Connecticut
State  University  System   shall   establish  and
administer a fund  to  be known as the Connecticut
State    University   System    Operating    Fund.
Appropriations from general  revenues of the state
[except  the  amount   of  the  appropriation  for
operating  expenses  to   be   used  for  personal
services]  and UPON  REQUEST  BY  THE  CONNECTICUT
STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM AND WITH THE ANNUAL REVIEW
AND APPROVAL BY  THE  SECRETARY  OF  THE OFFICE OF
POLICY  AND  MANAGEMENT,   THE   AMOUNT   OF   the
appropriations  for fringe  benefits  pursuant  to
subsection  (a)  of   section   4-73,   SHALL   BE
TRANSFERRED FROM THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER  and  all
tuition revenue received  by the Connecticut State
University   System   in   accordance   with   the
provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall
be deposited in  said  fund.  Income  from student
fees or related charges, the proceeds of auxiliary
activities  and business  enterprises,  gifts  and
donations, federal funds  and  grants,  subject to
the  provisions of  sections  10a-98  to  10a-98g,
inclusive,  and  all  receipts  derived  from  the
conduct by a  state  university  of  its education
extension program and  its  summer  school session
shall  be credited  to  said  fund  but  shall  be
allocated to the  central office and institutional
operating accounts which  shall be established and
maintained for the  central  office and each state
university. Any such  gifts and donations, federal
funds and grants for purposes of research shall be
allocated to separate accounts within such central
office and institutional  operating  accounts.  IF
THE  SECRETARY  OF   THE   OFFICE  OF  POLICY  AND
MANAGEMENT  DISAPPROVES  SUCH   TRANSFER,  HE  MAY
REQUIRE  THE  AMOUNT   OF  THE  APPROPRIATION  FOR
OPERATING  EXPENSES  TO   BE   USED  FOR  PERSONAL
SERVICES AND FRINGE  BENEFITS  TO BE EXCLUDED FROM
SAID FUND. THE  STATE  TREASURER  SHALL REVIEW AND
APPROVE THE TRANSFER  PRIOR TO SUCH REQUEST BY THE
UNIVERSITY. The board  of trustees shall establish
an   equitable   policy    for    allocation    of
appropriations from general revenues of the state,
FRINGE  BENEFITS  TRANSFERRED   FROM   THE   STATE
COMPTROLLER and tuition  revenue  deposited in the
Connecticut  State  University   System  Operating
Fund. At the  beginning  of  each  quarter  of the
fiscal  year,  the   board   shall   allocate  and
transfer, in accordance  with  said policy, moneys
for expenditure in  such  institutional  operating
accounts,  exclusive  of   amounts   retained  for
central office operations  and reasonable reserves
for future distribution.  All  costs of waiving or
remitting tuition pursuant  to  subsection  (e) of
this section shall  be  charged to the Connecticut
State University System  Operating  Fund. Repairs,
alterations or additions  to  facilities supported
by  the  Connecticut   State   University   System
Operating Fund and  costing one million dollars or
more shall require  the  approval  of  the General
Assembly, or when  the  General Assembly is not in
session, of the  Finance  Advisory  Committee. Any
balance  of  receipts   above  expenditures  shall
remain in said  fund,  except  such sums as may be
required for deposit  into  a debt service fund or
the  General  Fund  for  further  payment  by  the
Treasurer of debt  service  on  general obligation
bonds of the  state  issued  for  purposes  of the
Connecticut State University system.
    Sec. 18. Subsection (a) of section 4b-1 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner of Public Works shall (1)
be responsible for the administrative functions of
construction   and   planning   of   all   capital
improvements undertaken by  the  state, except (A)
highway and bridge  construction, the construction
and planning of  capital  improvements  related to
mass transit, marine  and aviation transportation,
(B)  the  Connecticut   Marketing  Authority,  (C)
planning and construction  of capital improvements
to the State  Capitol  building or the Legislative
Office  Building and  related  facilities  by  the
Joint Committee on Legislative Management, (D) any
project as defined  in  subdivision [(15)] (16) of
section 10a-109c, AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 7 OF THIS
ACT, undertaken by  The  University of Connecticut
and  (E)  construction  and  planning  of  capital
improvements related to the Judicial Department if
such construction and planning do not constitute a
project within the  meaning  of  subsection (e) of
section  4b-55,  including   the   preparation  of
preliminary plans, estimates  of cost, development
of  designs,  working  plans  and  specifications,
award of contracts and supervision and inspection;
(2) select consultant firms in accordance with the
provisions of sections  4b-56 to 4b-59, inclusive,
to  assist  in   the   development  of  plans  and
specifications   when   in   his   judgment   such
assistance  is  desirable;  (3)  render  technical
advice and service  to  all  state agencies in the
preparation and correlation of plans for necessary
improvement   of  their   physical   plants;   (4)
cooperate   with   those   charged   with   fiscal
programming   and  budget   formulation   in   the
development of a  capital  program  and  a capital
budget for the  state;  (5) be responsible for the
purchase, lease and  acquisition  of  property and
space to house  state agencies and, subject to the
provisions of section  4b-21, the sale or exchange
of any land  or  interest in land belonging to the
state;  (6)  maintain   a   complete  and  current
inventory of all  state-owned  or  leased property
and  premises, including  space-utilization  data,
and  (7)  supervise   the   care  and  control  of
buildings and grounds owned or leased by the state
in Hartford, except  the  building  and grounds of
the  State  Capitol  and  the  Legislative  Office
Building and parking garage and related structures
and facilities and grounds, as provided in section
2-71h, and the Connecticut Marketing Authority and
property under the  supervision  of  the Office of
the Chief Court  Administrator  under the terms of
section 4b-11. For  the  purposes of this section,
the term "Judicial  Department"  does  not include
the courts of  probate,  the  Division of Criminal
Justice   and   the   Public   Defender   Services
Commission, except where  they share facilities in
state-maintained courts. Subject to the provisions
of chapter 67,  said commissioner may appoint such
employees as are  necessary  for  carrying out the
duties  prescribed to  said  commissioner  by  the
general statutes.
    Sec. 19. Subsection  (a)  of  section 4b-51 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Public  Works  shall
have charge and  supervision  of  the  remodeling,
alteration,  repair or  enlargement  of  any  real
asset, except any  dam,  flood  or erosion control
system,  highway,  bridge  or  any  mass  transit,
marine  or  aviation  transportation  facility,  a
facility of the  Connecticut  Marketing Authority,
an asset of  the Department of Agriculture program
established pursuant to  section  26-237a,  or any
building under the  supervision and control of the
Joint   Committee   on   Legislative   Management,
involving an expenditure  in excess of two hundred
fifty  thousand  dollars,  and  except  that  each
constituent unit of  the  state  system  of higher
education may have  charge  and supervision of the
remodeling,  alteration, repair,  construction  or
enlargement  of  any   real   asset  involving  an
expenditure of not  more than two million dollars,
except that The  University  of  Connecticut shall
have charge and  supervision  of  the  remodeling,
alteration, repair, construction,  or  enlargement
of any project,  as  defined in subdivision [(15)]
(16) of section  10a-109c, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 7
OF THIS ACT,  notwithstanding  the  amount  of the
expenditure involved. In  any decision to remodel,
alter,  repair or  enlarge  any  real  asset,  the
commissioner shall consider  the capability of the
real asset to facilitate recycling programs.
    Sec. 20. Subsection  (a)  of  section 4b-58 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) (1) Except  in  the  case of a project, an
emergency  correctional  facility   project,   the
University  of  Connecticut   library  project,  a
priority higher education  facility project, and a
project, as defined  in subdivision [(15)] (16) of
section 10a-109c, AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 7 OF THIS
ACT, undertaken by  The University of Connecticut,
the commissioner shall  negotiate  a  contract for
consultant services with  the firm most qualified,
in  his  judgment,   at   compensation  which  the
commissioner   determines   is   both   fair   and
reasonable to the  state.  (2)  In  the  case of a
project,  the  commissioner   shall   negotiate  a
contract for such services with the most qualified
firm from among the list of firms submitted by the
panel  at  compensation  which  he  determines  in
writing to be fair and reasonable to the state. If
the commissioner is  unable to conclude a contract
with any of the firms recommended by the panel, he
shall,  after issuing  written  findings  of  fact
documenting  the  reasons   for   such  inability,
negotiate with those  firms which he determines to
be  most  qualified,   at   fair   and  reasonable
compensation, to render  the particular consultant
services   under   consideration.   (3)   Whenever
consultant services are  required for an emergency
correctional facility project,  the  University of
Connecticut library project  or  a priority higher
education facility project, the commissioner shall
select and interview at least three consultants or
firms  and  shall   negotiate   a   contract   for
consultant services with  the firm most qualified,
in  his  judgment,   at   compensation  which  the
commissioner   determines   is   both   fair   and
reasonable to the  state.  The  commissioner shall
notify the State  Properties  Review  Board of his
action within five business days, for its approval
or disapproval in  accordance  with subsection (i)
of section 4b-23,  except  that if, within fifteen
days of such notice, a decision has not been made,
the board shall  be  deemed  to have approved such
contract.
    Sec. 21. Subsection  (a)  of  section 4b-91 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Every  contract   for  the  construction,
reconstruction, alteration, remodeling,  repair or
demolition of any  public building for work by the
state, which is  estimated  to  cost more than two
hundred  fifty  thousand  dollars,  except  (1)  a
contract awarded by  the  Commissioner  of  Public
Works for (A)  an  emergency correctional facility
project, as defined  in  subsection (d) of section
4b-55,  or  (B)   the  University  of  Connecticut
library project, or  (2)  a project, as defined in
subdivision [(15)] (16)  of  section  10a-109c, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  7  OF THIS ACT, undertaken and
controlled by The  University  of  Connecticut  in
accordance with section 10a-109n, shall be awarded
to the lowest  responsible  and  qualified general
bidder  on  the   basis  of  competitive  bids  in
accordance with the  procedures  set forth in this
chapter, after the  Commissioner  of  Public Works
or, in the case of a contract for the construction
of or work on a building under the supervision and
control  of the  Joint  Committee  on  Legislative
Management  of the  General  Assembly,  the  joint
committee or, in  the  case  of a contract for the
construction of or  work  on  a building under the
supervision and control  of one of the constituent
units of the state system of higher education, the
constituent  unit,  has   invited   such  bids  by
advertisements inserted at  least  once  in one or
more  newspapers  having  a  circulation  in  each
county in the  state.  The  Commissioner of Public
Works,  the joint  committee  or  the  constituent
unit, as the  case  may  be,  shall  determine the
manner  of  submission   and  the  conditions  and
requirements of such  bids,  and  the  time within
which the bids shall be submitted, consistent with
the  provisions  of   sections   4b-91  to  4b-96,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT.  Such  award
shall be made  within sixty days after the opening
of such bids.  If  the  general bidder selected as
the  general  contractor   fails  to  perform  his
agreement to execute a contract in accordance with
the  terms  of  his  general  bid  and  furnish  a
performance bond and also a labor and materials or
payment  bond  to  the  amount  specified  in  the
general bid form,  an  award  shall be made to the
next  lowest  responsible  and  qualified  general
bidder. If the  lowest  responsible  and qualified
bidder's price submitted  is  in  excess  of funds
available to make  an  award,  the Commissioner of
Public Works, the  Joint  Committee on Legislative
Management or the  constituent  unit,  as the case
may be, is empowered to negotiate with such bidder
and award the  contract  on the basis of the funds
available,   without  change   in   the   contract
specifications, plans and  other  requirements. If
the award of  a  contract on said basis is refused
by such bidder,  the Commissioner of Public Works,
the Joint Committee  on  Legislative Management or
the constituent unit,  as the case may be, may, if
he or it  deems it advisable, negotiate with other
contractors who submitted  bids in ascending order
of bid prices  without  change  in  the  contract,
specifications, plans and  other  requirements. In
the event of  negotiation  with general bidders as
provided herein, the  general  bidder involved may
negotiate with subcontractors  on  the same basis,
provided such general  bidder shall negotiate only
with subcontractors named on his general bid form.
    Sec. 22. Subsection (b) of section 8-3g of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) No zoning  regulation  adopted pursuant to
this chapter or any special act shall prohibit any
project, as defined  in subdivision [(15)] (16) of
section 10a-109c, AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 7 OF THIS
ACT,  in  any   area   which  is  zoned  to  allow
commercial structures.
    Sec.  23.  Section  10a-109s  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The provisions of  sections  4-165  and 5-141d
shall apply to  any  employee  or  official of the
university   or  other   state   agency   who   is
discharging his duties  or acting within the scope
of his employment in furtherance of the UConn 2000
infrastructure improvement program,  as defined in
subdivision [(24)] (25)  of  section  10a-109c, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION 7 OF THIS ACT.
    Sec. 24. Subsection  (c)  of section 16a-30 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) Any project  included  in  UConn  2000, as
defined  in subdivision  [(24)]  (25)  of  section
10a-109c, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION  7  OF THIS ACT,
shall  constitute  part   of  the  state  plan  of
conservation  and  development   approved  by  the
General Assembly.
    Sec. 25. Subsection  (b)  of section 22a-1f of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  Evaluations required  by  section  22a-1b
shall   not   be   required   for   an   emergency
correctional  facility  project,   as  defined  in
subsection (d) of  section  4b-55 or a project, as
defined  in subdivision  [(15)]  (16)  of  section
10a-109c, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION  7  OF THIS ACT,
which  involves  the  conversion  of  an  existing
structure for educational  rather  than  office or
commercial use.
    Sec. 26. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage, except that  sections 1 to 14, inclusive,
and 16 to 25, inclusive, shall take effect July 1,
1997.

Approved July 8, 1997