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House Bill No. 5482

Public Act No. 11-95

AN ACT RECONSTITUTING THE CONNECTICUT CAPITOL CENTER COMMISSION.

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

Section 1. Section 4b-66a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) There is established a Connecticut Capitol Center Commission. The commission shall consist of (1) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee; [(2) the Commissioner of Public Works, or the commissioner's designee; (3) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or the commissioner's designee; (4)] (2) the mayor of the city of Hartford, or the mayor's designee; (3) the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, or the executive director's designee; [(5)] (4) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; [(6)] (5) one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; [(7)] (6) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; [(8)] (7) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; [(9)] (8) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; [(10)] (9) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; [(11) the chairperson of the Hartford Commission on the City Plan; (12)] (10) one member appointed by the mayor of the city of Hartford; [and (13) one member from the South Downtown Neighborhood Revitalization Committee] (11) one member from the Hartford Court of Common Council, selected by the majority leader of said council; and (12) two members from the board of directors of Hartford 2000, Inc., selected by the chairperson of said board.

(b) The [Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee] mayor of the city of Hartford, or the mayor's designee, shall serve as chairperson of the commission. [The chairperson shall schedule the first meeting of the commission which shall be held no later than sixty days after October 1, 2001. ]

(c) The commission shall [review] revise the master plan established under section 4b-66, as amended by this act, for the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center in Hartford and [make recommendations in accordance with section 4b-66] shall submit such revised master plan, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, government administration and finance not later than July 1, 2012.

Sec. 2. Section 4b-66 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) There shall continue to be a master plan for the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center in Hartford within the following-described area to be known as the Capitol Center District: All of the land within the city of Hartford bounded by Bushnell Park, Wells Street, Main Street, Buckingham Street, Wadsworth Street to Cedar Street following the rear property lines of property fronting on Buckingham Street, Cedar Street, a line extended east from Grand Street, Grand Street, Oak Street, the parcel at the southwest corner of Russ Street and Oak Street, Russ Street, Broad Street, and the right-of-way of the New Haven Railroad to Bushnell Park. The Capitol Center District shall, where feasible, be the location of the central offices, and their ancillary facilities, of the three branches of the state government. The district shall also contain those noncentral offices, and their ancillary facilities, which serve the Hartford area and which can feasibly fulfill their functions at this location, except that this shall not prohibit the construction or leasing by the state of courts and courthouses outside of the Capitol Center District. Nongovernmental uses, including, but not limited to, social, cultural, residential, and retail uses may be incorporated in the area as ancillary uses.

(b) The master plan shall include, but need not be limited to, the following: Land use, property acquisition, business and residential relocation, street system alignments and dimensions, internal circulation systems, parking facilities, utilities and services systems, landscaping, lighting and amenities, and building space use priorities, including programming, controls and restrictions, provided such master plan shall not provide for the acquisition of the property known as the Horace Bushnell Memorial without prior certification by the board of trustees of the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation that the acquisition by the state of said property is in conformance with the plans of the corporation. As an integral part of the master plan, there shall be a capital improvements program, both short range and long range, indicating recommended scheduling of the various phases of construction and estimated costs therefor in order that the development of the Connecticut Capitol Center may be undertaken in an orderly and logical way and so that the needs of the central offices of state government can be met in a timely manner.

[(c) Not later than January 1, 2003, and every five years thereafter, the Connecticut Capitol Center Commission established pursuant to section 4b-66a shall (1) review the master plan, and (2) submit a report on its findings and proposed changes to the master plan to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, government administration and finance, revenue and bonding. ]

Sec. 3. Section 4b-68 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

The master plan shall serve as the guiding document in the development of the Capitol Center District. [and may be amended by the Commissioner of Public Works. ]

Vetoed July 8, 2011