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Substitute Senate Bill No. 276



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

Section 1. Section 4b-34 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-302, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Except as provided under subsection (e) of this section, whenever it appears from the specifications of the requesting agency or institution that the space needs equal or exceed two thousand five hundred square feet and the Commissioner of Public Works has determined that such needs will be met by lease of space, the commissioner shall give public notice of such space needs and specifications by advertising, at least once, in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the area in which such space is sought, no less than thirty days prior to the date of final selection. A copy of such notice shall be sent to the regional chapter of the Connecticut Association of Realtors serving the area in which such space is sought. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to require the commissioner to lease space only from persons responding to such advertisements.

(b) The commissioner shall maintain a list of prospective lessors, which shall be updated at least annually after suitable notice to the public through the various media in the state.

(c) The commissioner shall maintain and continuously update an inventory of potential space to lease.

(d) Whenever space sufficient to meet the needs of a requesting agency or institution is owned by a political subdivision of the state and is available for lease, the commissioner may lease such space without complying with the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, if he has determined that the rent and other terms of the proposed lease are at least as favorable to the state as prevailing rental rates and terms for privately owned space.

(e) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply in the case of (1) a terminating lease which the commissioner decides to renegotiate, if the commissioner submits his proposal to the State Properties Review Board not later than nine months before the expiration of such lease, [or] (2) A LEASE (A) WHICH IS RENEGOTIATED OR ON HOLDOVER STATUS, FOR A TERM OF NOT MORE THAN EIGHTEEN MONTHS, AND (B) WHICH IS FOR AN AGENCY THAT IS SCHEDULED TO MOVE INTO A STATE-OWNED BUILDING, OR (3) the lease of new facilities following a declaration by the commissioner that (A) an emergency exists because a state facility has been damaged, destroyed or otherwise rendered unusable due to any cause and (B) such emergency would adversely affect public safety or the proper conduct of essential state governmental operations. The State Properties Review Board shall approve or disapprove a lease proposal under subdivision [(2)] (3) of this subsection within five days after receipt of the proposal.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 2, 1996. Effective May 2, 1996.