Substitute House Bill No. 5335

Public Act No. 99-66

An Act Concerning the Duties of the Department of Information Technology Concerning Aid to Municipalities for Year 2000 Computer Compliance.

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

Section 1. Section 4d-16 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) As used in this section, "century date change effect" means the management, manipulation, processing, comparing, sequencing and other use of date data, including single and multicentury formulae and leap years, by hardware, software or firmware, which (1) may cause or in any way affect abnormal ending dates or generate incorrect or invalid values involving such dates or (2) is intended to produce, reflect or otherwise reference accurate date-related data interface functionality, including the indication of century.

(b) The Chief Information Officer shall prepare a plan for managing the century date change as it will affect the various information systems of the state. Each state agency shall perform an assessment of the condition of its system, including computer hardware, firmware, operating systems and all software applications, to determine the extent of modifications, repairs or replacements required. Each state agency shall submit such assessment to the Chief Information Officer not later than October 1, 1997. The Chief Information Officer shall prioritize a list of projects to complete modifications, repairs or system or application replacements. The Chief Information Officer shall establish a certification process to assure that the century date change has been adequately managed for critical state information systems.

(c) The Chief Information Officer may contract on behalf of any state agency, institution, office, department, commission, council or instrumentality or any municipality, to ensure that any software program used by such entity successfully manages the century date change effect on computers, operating systems and all software applications. The Chief Information Officer may only enter into such a contract upon request of the entity and certification by the entity, to the satisfaction of the Chief Information Officer, that the entity has an immediate century date change effect which needs to be managed in order to avoid adversely affecting critical functions.

(d) The Chief Information Officer shall, within available appropriations, provide technical assistance to any municipality requesting such assistance to help manage the century date change effect on computers, operating systems and software applications.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 7-536 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) As used in sections 7-535 to 7-538, inclusive:

(1) "Adjusted equalized net grand list per capita" means the adjusted equalized net grand list per capita determined for each town pursuant to section 10-261;

(2) "Density" means the population of a municipality divided by the number of square miles of the municipality;

(3) "Grant anticipation note" means a note issued in anticipation of the receipt of project grants to the municipality from moneys in the Local Capital Improvement Fund;

(4) "Local capital improvement project" means a municipal capital expenditure project for any of the following purposes: (A) Road construction, renovation, repair or resurfacing, (B) sidewalk and pavement improvements, (C) construction, renovation, enlargement or repair of sewage treatment plants and sanitary or storm, water or sewer lines, including separation of lines, (D) public building construction other than schools, including renovation, repair, code compliance, energy conservation and fire safety projects, (E) construction, renovation, enlargement or repair of dams or bridges, (F) construction, renovation, enlargement or repair of water treatment or filtration plants and water mains, (G) construction, renovation or enlargement of solid waste facilities, (H) improvements to public parks, (I) the preparation and revision of local capital improvement plans projected for a period of not less than five years and so prepared as to show the general description, need and estimated cost of each individual capital improvement, (J) improvements to emergency communications systems, (K) public housing projects, including renovations and improvements and energy conservation and the development of additional housing, [or] (L) renovations to or construction of veterans' memorial monuments, or (M) improvements to information technology systems to manage the century date change effect, as defined in section 4d-16, as amended by this act. "Local capital improvement project" means only capital expenditures and includes repairs incident to reconstruction and renovation but does not include ordinary repairs and maintenance of an ongoing nature;

(5) "Municipality" means any town, city, borough, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough;

(6) "Population" means the number of people according to the most recent federal decennial census, except in intervening years between such censuses when it shall mean the number according to the most recent estimate of the Department of Public Health; and

(7) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

Sec. 3. Section 7-536 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (i) as follows:

(NEW) (i) On and after January 1, 2001, no municipality shall receive any financial assistance under this section for improvements to information technology systems to manage the century date change effect.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any municipal ordinance, special act or charter governing competitive bidding requirements, the chief executive officer of a municipality may, not later than December 31, 2000, enter into a contract to ensure that any software program used by the municipality successfully manages the century date change effect, as defined in section 4d-16 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, on computers, operating systems and all software applications, without meeting such competitive bidding requirements, provided the chief executive officer enters into a contract with a vendor that has been approved by the Chief Information Officer, as defined in section 4d-1 of the general statutes, to provide such services.

(b) The Chief Information Officer may join with other state governments, political subdivisions of this state or nonprofit organizations in cooperative purchasing plans to contract for services to manage the century date change effect when the best interest of the state and municipalities would be served. The Chief Information Officer shall make known to the chief executive officer of each municipality the existence of such cooperative plans.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 27, 1999

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