Substitute Senate Bill No. 1003

Public Act No. 99-200

An Act Concerning the Appeals to Commissioners Under the Uniform Relocation Assistance Act.

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

Section 8-278 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person or business concern aggrieved by any agency action, concerning their eligibility for relocation payments authorized by this chapter [,] may appeal such determination to the Commissioner of Transportation in the case of relocation made necessary by a transportation project or to the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development in the case of relocation made necessary by any other state agency program or project. The Commissioner of Transportation and the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall have the power to certify official documents and to issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses or the production of books, papers, correspondence, memoranda or other records deemed necessary as evidence in connection with an appeal pursuant to this section. If any person to whom such subpoena is issued fails to appear, or having appeared refuses to give testimony or fails to produce the evidence required, the Superior Court, upon application of the Attorney General representing the appropriate commissioner, shall have jurisdiction to order such person to appear or to give testimony or produce the evidence required, as the case may be. The Commissioner of Transportation, or a hearing officer duly appointed by [him] said commissioner, or the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or a hearing officer duly appointed by [him] said commissioner, shall have the power to administer oaths and affirmations in connection with an appeal pursuant to this section.

Approved June 23, 1999

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