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Souse Bill No. 5781

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-211

AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL CHANGES TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STATUTES.

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

Section 1. Section 32-1b of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-250, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [There shall be a Department of Economic and Community Development which shall be responsible for all aspects of the planning, development, maintenance and improvement of business, industry and commerce and tourism in the state. The department head shall be the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development who shall be appointed by the Governor of the state in accordance with sections 4-5 to 4-8, inclusive.] THERE IS ESTABLISHED A DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. THE DEPARTMENT HEAD SHALL BE THE COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 4-5 TO 4-8, INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED, WITH THE POWERS AND DUTIES PRESCRIBED IN SAID SECTIONS 4-5 TO 4-8, INCLUSIVE.

(b) SAID DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSTITUTE A SUCCESSOR DEPARTMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 4-38d, 4-38e AND 4-39.

(c) SAID DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSTITUTE A SUCCESSOR DEPARTMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 4-38d, 4-38e AND 4-39.

(d) WHENEVER THE TERM "COMMISSIONER OF HOUSING" IS USED OR REFERRED TO IN THE GENERAL STATUTES, THE TERM "COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT" SHALL BE SUBSTITUTED IN LIEU THEREOF. WHENEVER THE TERM "DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING" IS USED OR REFERRED TO IN THE GENERAL STATUTES, THE TERM "DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT" SHALL BE SUBSTITUTED IN LIEU THEREOF.

(e) WHENEVER THE TERM "COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT" IS USED OR REFERRED TO IN THE GENERAL STATUTES, THE TERM "COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT" SHALL BE SUBSTITUTED IN LIEU THEREOF. WHENEVER THE TERM "DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT" IS USED OR REFERRED TO IN THE GENERAL STATUTES, THE TERM "DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT" SHALL BE SUBSTITUTED IN LIEU THEREOF.

(f) IF THE TERM "COMMISSIONER OF HOUSING" OR "COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT" IS USED OR REFERRED TO IN ANY PUBLIC OR SPECIAL ACT OF 1995 OR 1996, OR IN ANY SECTION OF THE GENERAL STATUTES WHICH IS AMENDED IN 1995 OR 1996, IT SHALL BE DEEMED TO MEAN OR REFER TO THE "COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT".

(g) IF THE TERM "DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING" OR "DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT" IS USED OR REFERRED TO IN ANY PUBLIC OR SPECIAL ACT OF 1995 OR 1996, OR IN ANY SECTION OF THE GENERAL STATUTES WHICH IS AMENDED IN 1995 OR 1996, IT SHALL BE DEEMED TO MEAN OR REFER TO THE "DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT".

Sec. 2. Subsection (e) of section 32-76 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-250 and section 10 of public act 95-334, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) Any plant, building, other real property improvement, or part thereof, which is located in a municipality with an entertainment district designated AND APPROVED under this section or established under section 2 of public act 93-311, and which qualifies as a "manufacturing facility" under subsection (d) of section 32-9p AS AMENDED in that it is to be used in the production of entertainment products, including multimedia products, or as part of the airing, display or provision of live entertainment for stage or broadcast, including support services such as set manufacturers, scenery makers, sound and video equipment providers and manufacturers, stage and screen writers, providers of capital for the entertainment industry and agents for talent, writers, producers and music properties and technological infrastructure support including, but not limited to, fiber optics, necessary to support multimedia and other entertainment formats, except entertainment provided by or shown at a gambling or gaming facility or a facility whose primary business is the sale or serving of alcoholic beverages, and for which the department has issued an eligibility certificate in accordance with section 32-9r, AS AMENDED shall be entitled to the same benefits, subject to the same conditions, under the general statutes for which plants, buildings and other real property improvements located in an enterprise zone qualify.

Sec. 3. Section 32-316 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The commissioner shall establish an "energy conservation revolving loan account". Such account shall be used for the purposes of making and guaranteeing loans authorized under section [32-316] 32-317, AS AMENDED and may be used for expenses incurred by the commissioner in the implementation of the program of loans and loan guarantees under said section.

Sec. 4. Section 32-303 of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 95-290, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

There is established an account to be known as the "tourism account". The account may contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Any balance remaining in said account at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in said account for the fiscal year next succeeding. The moneys in said account shall be allocated for the purposes of (1) the strategic marketing plan and challenge grants required by section 32-300 AS AMENDED and (2) subdivisions (6) and (7) of subsection (b) of section 32-301 AS AMENDED [, provided during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, (A) no moneys in the account shall be used for any administrative costs of the Office of Tourism and (B) an amount determined by the Commissioner of Revenue Services as necessary to carry out the purposes of sections 12-665 to 12-668, inclusive, which shall not exceed thirty thousand dollars, shall be allocated to the Department of Revenue Services for such purposes, upon the submission of statement of such costs by said commissioner to the director of the Office of Tourism and the Tourism Council.]

Sec. 5. Section 1 of public act 95-250 is repealed.

Sec. 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 1996.

Approved June 4, 1996. Effective July 1, 1996.

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