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MILITIA

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Sec. 27-39. Use, maintenance, security and leasing of military facilities and other military property. Military facilities account. Report.

Sec. 27-73i. Civilian medal of merit.


PART IV

PROPERTY, UNIFORMS, EQUIPMENT

Sec. 27-39. Use, maintenance, security and leasing of military facilities and other military property. Military facilities account. Report. (a) As used in this section “military facility” means any military building, structure, parcel of land or training site owned, leased or controlled by the state.

(b) The Adjutant General is charged with the responsibility for the use, maintenance, security and leasing of all military facilities and other military property under the provisions for such use imposed by the statutes. Each military facility shall be under the charge of a commissioned officer, designated by the Adjutant General. Each application for the lease or use of such facility shall be made to the Adjutant General, who shall approve or disapprove such application and so advise the applicant. Prior to any such approval, each applicant for lease or use of such facility shall furnish a certificate of insurance or self-insurance indemnifying the state and federal governments against any bodily injury to persons or damage to property. Any cost of such certificate shall be in addition to any other cost incurred as a result of such lease or use. Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, the Adjutant General shall limit the lease or use of military facilities to (1) military organizations, including youth military organizations, (2) nonprofit organizations, (3) organizations receiving state aid, (4) governmental agencies, and (5) members of the armed forces of the state. Proceeds from the lease of military facilities shall be paid to the Adjutant General, who shall promptly transmit such proceeds, except proceeds received from the lease of certain military facilities pursuant to subsection (e) of this section, to the State Treasurer for deposit in the military facilities account established under subsection (f) of this section. The Adjutant General shall, in military facilities where space is available, assign space to veterans' service organizations for their joint uses, subject to the regulations concerning military facilities. Units of the armed forces of the state and veterans' organizations jointly utilizing military facilities shall be allowed the use of the drill shed and such other common areas of the facility.

(c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as allowing the lease or use of, or assignment of space in, any military facility (1) on the drill night of any active military organization stationed in the facility or in a manner that conflicts with the military usage of the facility, (2) at a reduced rate, except as provided in subdivision (2) of subsection (d) of this section, or (3) in a manner that conflicts with federal military regulations or the use of the facility for military purposes. In no case shall any lease approved by the Adjutant General pursuant to subsection (b) of this section permit subleasing.

(d) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, the Adjutant General may allow lease or use of any military facility, at a cost not exceeding the actual operating cost of such facility during the period of such lease or use, to (A) any public or private nonprofit elementary or secondary school or any public institution of higher education for purposes of athletic events with respect to which no admission is charged, (B) the American Red Cross for purposes of blood supply programs, (C) any local, state or federal governmental agency, (D) any agricultural or other association that receives state aid, (E) any charitable military organization, or (F) any member of the armed forces of the state for the limited purpose of holding a ceremony to recognize such member's significant military career event, including promotion, receipt of an award, enlistment, commission as an officer, marriage or retirement.

(2) The Adjutant General may allow use of any military facility, at no cost, to any youth military organization.

(e) The Adjutant General may lease the military facilities associated with the first and second companies of the Governor's Horse Guards in the towns of Avon and Newtown to any person, provided the terms of such lease do not conflict with the use of such facilities for military purposes. Proceeds from the lease of such military facilities in Avon and Newtown shall be paid to the Adjutant General, who shall promptly transmit such proceeds to the State Treasurer for deposit in the Governor's Guards horse account established under section 27-19e.

(f) There is established an account to be known as the “military facilities account” which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain (1) any amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by the state for the purposes of the account, (2) any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account, and (3) gifts, grants, donations or bequests made for the purposes of the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Military Department for the maintenance and renovation of military facilities.

(g) Not later than August first, annually, the Adjutant General shall submit a report of the amount of proceeds received from leasing each military facility and the expenses of each such facility, for the twelve-month period ending on June thirtieth of the same year, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to veterans' affairs, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

(1949 Rev., S. 1265; 1957, P.A. 365, S. 38; P.A. 81-270; P.A. 87-185; P.A. 89-260, S. 37, 41; P.A. 92-126, S. 30, 48; P.A. 06-46, S. 1; P.A. 11-48, S. 16; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1, S. 120; P.A. 14-122, S. 42; P.A. 16-52, S. 1; P.A. 18-143, S. 1; P.A. 19-46, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 81-270 divided the section into subsections and added provision allowing the use of state armories without rental for school or community college athletic events and Red Cross blood programs; P.A. 87-185 amended Subsec. (b), requiring the furnishing of a certificate of insurance, in lieu of a surety bond, in cases when admission is charged; P.A. 89-260 in Subsec. (b) deleted reference to state system of community colleges; P.A. 92-126 amended Subsec. (b) to change the reference to community college to community-technical college; P.A. 06-46 substituted “military facility” for “armory” and substituted “lease” for “rental” throughout, defined “military facility” in new Subsec. (a) and redesignated existing Subsecs. (a) and (b) as Subsecs. (b) and (c), respectively, in newly designated Subsec. (b) deleted references to “quarters”, limited leasing to certain organizations, made technical changes and added requirement that lease not conflict with military usage, in newly designated Subsec. (c) added “military organizations”, substituted “public institution of higher education” for “regional community technical college” and added Subdiv. (3) re governmental agency, and added Subsec. (d) re annual report; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (c) by adding provision re use of facilities for fundraising by nonprofit organizations supporting the Governor's Horse Guards, effective July 1, 2011; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1 amended Subsec. (a) by redefining “military facility”, amended Subsec. (b) by revising provisions re Adjutant General's responsibilities for use, maintenance and leasing of military facilities and requiring transmission of lease proceeds to military facilities account, redesignated provisions of Subsec. (b) re restrictions on leasing as new Subsec. (c) and amended same by adding “or assignment of space in” and adding new Subdiv. (3) re conflicts with federal military regulations, redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d) and amended same by eliminating requirement that applications for use of facilities be made through the officer in charge of the facility, replacing “when admission is charged” with “of lease or use of a facility by a nongovernmental entity” re requirement for a certificate of insurance and, in Subdiv. (3), adding provision re conflict with federal military regulations, added Subsec. (e) re military facilities account, redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (f) and amended same by eliminating requirement that report be submitted to Military Department and public safety committee, and made technical changes, effective June 15, 2012; P.A. 14-122 made a technical change in Subsec. (f); P.A. 16-52 amended Subsec. (a) by redefining “military facility”, amended Subsec. (b) by adding “, security”, replacing “armories, rifle ranges, military facilities, reservations” with “military facilities”, replacing “lease” with “lease or use”, adding provisions re certificate of insurance or self-insurance, adding exceptions re Subsec. (e), replacing “portions” with “common areas” and deleting provisions re lease conditions and terms, amended Subsec. (c) by replacing “lease” with “lease or use”, deleting provision re use by veterans organization for athletic contest or other entertainment in Subdiv. (2), adding provision re use for military purposes in Subdiv. (3) and replacing provision re subleasing not to be allowed re use by veteran's organization with provision re subleasing not to be permitted re any lease approved by Adjutant General, amended Subsec. (d) by deleting provisions re use at cost not exceeding actual maintenance cost and re certificate of insurance, replacing “use” with “lease or use”, replacing provision re use of military facility without charge with provision re use of military facility at cost not exceeding actual operating cost, deleting provision re use not to conflict with use for military purposes or with federal military regulations in Subdiv. (3), adding Subdiv. (4) re agricultural or other association and adding Subdiv. (5) re military organization, redesignated existing provisions in Subsec. (d) re use of military facilities associated with Governor's Horse Guards as Subsec. (e) and amended same by replacing “shall allow the use of” with “may lease”, replacing provision re use by nonprofit organizations with provision re lease to any person and adding provision re proceeds from lease, redesignated existing Subsecs. (e) and (f) as Subsecs. (f) and (g), and made conforming changes, effective May 25, 2016; P.A. 18-143 amended Subsec. (b) to add Subdiv. Designators (1) to (4) re limiting lease or use of military facilities, and add reference to youth military organizations in Subdiv. (1), amended Subsec. (c)(2) to add exception re Subsec. (d)(2), amended Subsec. (d) to redesignate existing Subdivs. (1) to (5) as Subparas. (A) to (E), designate existing provisions re lease or use of military facility as new Subdiv. (1), add exception re Subdiv. (2) in redesignated Subpara. (E), and add new Subdiv. (2) re Adjutant General allowing use at no cost to youth military organization, effective July 1, 2018; P.A. 19-46 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (5) re members of the armed forces, amended Subsec. (d)(1) by adding provision re exception in Subdiv. (2), adding “charitable” and deleting provision re exception in Subdiv. (2) in Subpara. (E), and adding Subpara. (F) re member of armed forces for purpose of holding ceremony, and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2019.

PART VII

HONORS

Sec. 27-73i. Civilian medal of merit. The Adjutant General and two officers of field grade or above, appointed by the Adjutant General, shall constitute a board of officers to receive recommendations through military or civilian channels for the award of the civilian medal of merit, within available appropriations, to any person, except civilian employees of the armed forces, military personnel of the armed forces or contractors of the armed forces, who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct that contributes significantly to the accomplishment of the armed forces' mission, and to make such awards as the board finds suitable.

(P.A. 19-55, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 19-55 effective July 1, 2019.