Substitute Senate Bill No. 1389

Public Act No. 99-248

An Act Increasing the Salaries of the Commissioners of the Public Utility Control Authority and the Consumer Counsel.

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

Section 1. Subsection (d) of section 16-2 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) The commissioners of the authority shall serve full time and shall make full public disclosure of their assets, liabilities and income at the time of their appointment, and thereafter each member of the authority shall make such disclosure on or before July thirtieth of each year of [his or her] their term, and shall file such disclosure with the office of the Secretary of the State. Each commissioner shall receive annually a salary equal to that established for management pay plan salary group [seventy-four] seventy-five by the Commissioner of Administrative Services, except that the chairperson shall receive annually a salary equal to that established for management pay plan salary group [seventy-six] seventy-seven.

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 16-2a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The Office of Consumer Counsel shall be under the direction of a Consumer Counsel, who shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of either house of the General Assembly. The Consumer Counsel shall be an elector of this state and shall have demonstrated a strong commitment and involvement in efforts to safeguard the rights of the public. The Consumer Counsel shall serve for a term of five years unless removed pursuant to section 16-5. The salary of the Consumer Counsel shall be equal to that established for management pay plan salary group [seventy] seventy-one by the Commissioner of Administrative Services. No Consumer Counsel shall, for a period of one year following the termination of [his or her] service as Consumer Counsel, accept employment by (1) a public service company, (2) a person, firm or corporation certified by the Department of Public Utility Control to provide intrastate telecommunications services pursuant to sections 16-247f to 16-247h, inclusive, or (3) an electric supplier. No Consumer Counsel who is also an attorney shall in any capacity, appear or participate in any matter, or accept any compensation regarding a matter, before the Public Utilities Control Authority, for a period of one year following the termination of [his or her] service as Consumer Counsel.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved June 29, 1999

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