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Substitute Senate Bill No. 282

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-176

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE SALE OR DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS STATE PROPERTY, AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES TO PURCHASE UNDER CERTAIN FEDERAL CONTRACTS, AND CONCERNING THE CONTRACT FOR THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFIER SYSTEM.

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

Section 1. (NEW) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4a-57 of the general statutes, as amended, the Commissioner of Administrative Services may establish a pilot program to sell or dispose of surplus state property through any method determined by the commissioner.

Sec. 2. Not later than January 1, 1997, the commissioner shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to government administration, indicating the comparable revenue benefit to the state of each method of sale or disposal of surplus state property used by the commissioner pursuant to section 1 of this act.

Sec. 3. Section 4a-66 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The state, through the Commissioner of Administrative Services, or any political subdivision thereof, through the officer or agent legally authorized to make purchases on its behalf, may enter into any contract with the United States GOVERNMENT or any federal agency for the purchase, lease or other acquisition of any equipment, supplies, materials or other property or for the purchase, sale or exchange of, or other cooperation concerning, services related to medicine or health. No provision of the statutes or of any municipal charter concerning the inviting of competitive bids, public advertising for bids or of expenditures, the delivery of purchases before payment, or any other provision which may result in disadvantage or loss of opportunity to such state agency or subdivision in such transactions with the federal government, shall apply to transactions made under the provisions of this [section] SUBSECTION. Any municipality desiring to enter into any such contract may do so only after the acceptance of the applicable provisions of this section at a meeting of such municipality warned and held for the purpose.

(b) THE STATE, THROUGH THE COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND PURSUANT TO PUBLIC LAW 103-355, MAY PURCHASE EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, MATERIALS OR OTHER PROPERTY FROM A PERSON WHO HAS A CONTRACT TO SELL SUCH PROPERTY TO A DEPARTMENT, AGENCY OR INSTRUMENTALITY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SAID CONTRACT.

Sec. 4. Section 28 of public act 95-194, as amended by section 27 of public act 95-351, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For purposes of this section, "biometric identifier system" means a system which allows for the recognition of an individual through retinal scanning, fingerimaging, hand geometry or facial recognition. The Commissioner of Social Services and the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall examine available biometric identifier systems and to the greatest extent possible, select a system which is compatible with the systems of surrounding states. The Commissioner of Social Services may enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, for the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide the hardware, software, equipment maintenance, technical training and other resources deemed necessary by the commissioner to establish said system.

(b) AT THE CONCLUSION OR CANCELLATION OF THE CONTRACT ENTERED INTO PURSUANT TO THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING IN SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES MAY EXTEND THE CONTRACT FOR NOT MORE THAN ONE YEAR, PROVIDED, NO LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER SUCH CONCLUSION OR CANCELLATION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ISSUE A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR PROVIDING THE HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE, TECHNICAL TRAINING AND OTHER RESOURCES DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE COMMISSIONER TO MAINTAIN OR IMPROVE SAID SYSTEM. THE SUBSEQUENT CONTRACT FOR PROVIDING THE RESOURCES FOR SAID SYSTEM SHALL BE AWARDED PURSUANT TO SECTION 4a-59 AND SHALL BEGIN NO LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER SUCH CONCLUSION OR CANCELLATION.

[(b)] (c) Said system shall be utilized for office use only in the following programs: (1) General assistance; (2) aid to families with dependent children; and (3) any other program to be determined at the discretion of the Commissioner of Social Services.

[(c)] (d) A recipient of a program utilizing said system pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall participate in said system or be subject to disqualification from such program. The commissioner shall have the authority to exempt a recipient from participation in said system.

[(d)] (e) The implementation of said system shall begin on or before January 1, 1996. The schedule of such implementation shall be determined by the Commissioner of Social Services.

[(e)] (f) Biometric identifier information obtained pursuant to subsection (d) of this section shall be the proprietary information of the Department of Social Services and shall not be released or made available to any agency or organization and shall not be used for any purpose other than identification or fraud prevention in this or any other state, except that such information may be made available to the Office of the Chief State's Attorney if necessary for the prosecution of fraud discovered pursuant to the biometric identifier system established in subsection (a) of this section or in accordance with section 17b-90 of the general statutes. The penalty for a violation of this subsection shall be up to a five thousand dollar fine or five years imprisonment or both and the cost of prosecution.

(g) THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL REPORT TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVING COGNIZANCE OF MATTERS RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 11-4a, ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1997, AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: (1) THE NUMBER OF RECIPIENTS PARTICIPATING IN SAID SYSTEM; (2) THE NUMBER OF RECIPIENTS WHOSE BENEFITS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED DUE TO THEIR FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE IN SAID SYSTEM; (3) THE COST OF IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATION OF SAID SYSTEM; (4) THE AMOUNT OF SAVINGS ATTRIBUTED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF SAID SYSTEM; AND (5) THE COMPATIBILITY OF SAID SYSTEM WITH BIOMETRIC SYSTEMS BEING UTILIZED IN SURROUNDING STATES.

Approved May 31, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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