Substitute Senate Bill No. 1157

Public Act No. 99-82

An Act Concerning Membership in Transit Districts and Regional Councils of Elected Officials.

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

Section 1. Subsection (e) of section 7-273b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) The legislative body of any municipality may vote to establish a transit district or to join with any one or more municipalities to form such a district. Any municipality may at any time be included in the district if the legislative body thereof so votes and if accepted by a majority vote of the directors of the transit district. Any municipality may be an ex-officio member of another transit district if the legislative body thereof so votes and if accepted by a majority vote of the directors of such other transit district. An ex-officio member shall not have the right to vote. The district may contract with any town to supply transit service therein. It may also provide charter service.

Sec. 2. Section 4-124c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Within any planning region of the state as defined or redefined by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or [his] the secretary's designee under the provisions of section 16a-4a, or within any two or more such contiguous planning regions, a regional council of elected officials may be created by ordinance of the legislative bodies of two or more towns, cities or boroughs within such region or regions. Any other towns, cities or boroughs within such region or regions may join such council by similar action. The representative to the council from each member town, city or borough shall be the elected chief executive of the member town, city or borough or, if such member town, city or borough does not have an elected chief executive, a member of its legislative body chosen by such body to be such representative. Any town, city or borough which has become a member of the council may withdraw upon adoption of an ordinance by its legislative body.

Sec. 3. Section 4-124d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The council shall consider such matters of a public nature common to two or more members of the council as it deems appropriate, including matters affecting the health, safety, welfare, education and economic conditions of the area comprised by its members. The council shall promote cooperative arrangements and coordinate action among its members and make recommendations therefor to the members and such other public agencies as exist or perform functions within the region or regions.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved June 3, 1999

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