Substitute Senate Bill No. 1254

Public Act No. 99-51

An Act Concerning the State Insurance and Risk Management Board.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (d) of section 1-84 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) No public official or [his employee or] state employee or [his] employee of such public official or state employee shall agree to accept, or be a member or employee of a partnership, association, professional corporation or sole proprietorship which partnership, association, professional corporation or sole proprietorship agrees to accept any employment, fee or other thing of value, or portion thereof, for appearing, agreeing to appear, or taking any other action on behalf of another person before the Department of Banking, the Claims Commissioner, the Office of Health Care Access, the Insurance Department, the office within the Department of Consumer Protection that carries out the duties and responsibilities of sections 30-2 to 30-68m, inclusive, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Utility Control, the Connecticut Siting Council, the Division of Special Revenue within the Department of Revenue Services, the Gaming Policy Board within the Department of Revenue Services or the Connecticut Real Estate Commission; provided this shall not prohibit any such person from making inquiry for information on behalf of another before any of said commissions or commissioners if no fee or reward is given or promised in consequence thereof. For the purpose of this subsection, partnerships, associations, professional corporations or sole proprietorships refer only to such partnerships, associations, professional corporations or sole proprietorships which have been formed to carry on the business or profession directly relating to the employment, appearing, agreeing to appear or taking of action provided for in this subsection. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit any employment, appearing, agreeing to appear or taking action before any municipal board, commission or council. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as applying (1) to the actions of any teaching or research professional employee of a public institution of higher education if such actions are not in violation of any other provision of this chapter, (2) to the actions of any other professional employee of a public institution of higher education if such actions are not compensated and are not in violation of any other provision of this chapter, (3) to any member of a board or commission who receives no compensation other than per diem payments or reimbursement for actual or necessary expenses, or both, incurred in the performance of [his] the member's duties or (4) to any member or director of a quasi-public agency. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection to the contrary, a legislator, an officer of the General Assembly or part-time legislative employee may be or become a member or employee of a firm, partnership, association or professional corporation which represents clients for compensation before agencies listed in this subsection, provided the legislator, officer of the General Assembly or part-time legislative employee shall take no part in any matter involving the agency listed in this subsection and shall not receive compensation from any such matter. Receipt of a previously established salary, not based on the current or anticipated business of the firm, partnership, association or professional corporation involving the agencies listed in this subsection, shall be permitted.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (1) of subsection (d) of section 2c-2b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(1) [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board, established under section 4a-19.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 4-20 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board shall, not later than October 1, 1974, and quadrennially thereafter, set the penalties of the bonds of the following officers, having due regard for the duties and responsibilities of said officers, for four-year terms concurrent with their respective terms of office: The Secretary of the State and those department heads listed in section 4-5. Said officers shall, before entering upon the performance of the duties of their office, give their official bonds in the penalty fixed by the board. The premium for said bonds shall be paid by the state.

Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 4-54 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The management of such funds may be under the control of students or employees other than those adjudged mentally ill but shall be under the supervision of the administrative head of the institution or agency, except that such funds shall be under the total control of students under conditions hereinafter provided. The person acting as treasurer of any such fund shall be bonded in an amount determined by the [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board.

Sec. 5. Subsection (c) of section 4-57a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The management of such funds shall be under the supervision of the Commissioner of Correction. The person acting as treasurer of any such fund shall be bonded in an amount determined by the [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board.

Sec. 6. Section 4-61ll of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each state agency may provide benefits or reimbursements to volunteers, within the limits of its available appropriations, as follows: [(a)] (1) Meals may be furnished without charge; [(b)] (2) lodging may be furnished temporarily to regular service volunteers without charge; [(c)] (3) transportation reimbursements, including parking fees, automobile mileage, bus and taxi fares, may be furnished. Such reimbursements, when provided, shall be furnished at the same rate as provided for state employees in accordance with section 5-141c; [(d)] (4) use of state vehicles for the performance of official state agency duties; [(e)] (5) liability insurance, purchased through the [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board, to cover all volunteers to the same extent as may be provided for its salaried employees; and [(f)] (6) optional staff development training to enhance individual skills.

Sec. 7. Section 20-311d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The [chairman] chairperson of the commission shall be bonded under the provisions of section 4-20, in such sum as the [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board may prescribe, with the condition that the [chairman] chairperson faithfully perform the duties of [his] the office and account for all funds received pursuant to [such] the office.

Sec. 8. Section 20-505 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The [chairman] chairperson of the commission shall be bonded under the provisions of section 4-20, in such sum as the [State Insurance Purchasing Board] State Insurance and Risk Management Board may prescribe, with the condition that the [chairman] chairperson faithfully perform the duties of [his] the office and account for all funds received pursuant to [such] the office.

Sec. 9. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 27, 1999

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