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Substitute Senate Bill No. 57

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-245

AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCES.

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

Section 1. (a) There is established a task force to study issues relating to captive insurance companies. Such study shall include, but shall not be limited to, the economic impact of the establishment of such captive insurance companies, any costs associated with the formation of such companies and such other factors as are necessary to determine the feasibility and the viability of captive insurance companies in Connecticut's economic climate.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (6) the Insurance Commissioner or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance and real estate, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 2. Section 38 of public act 95-318 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a task force to study the feasibility of educational telecommunications services to schools in the state. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, an investigation into a method for funding the necessary infrastructure, including the use of bond funds pursuant to chapter 173 of the general statutes, and the modernization of technology after its installation.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, (2) a representative of a telephone company, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes, THAT SERVES AT LEAST SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND CUSTOMERS and a representative of [a community antenna television company, as defined in said section] THE NEW ENGLAND CABLE TELEVISION ASSOCIATION, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, (3) a representative of a telecommunications company, [as defined in said section] CERTIFIED TO PROVIDE INTRASTATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PURSUANT TO SECTION 16-247c OF THE GENERAL STATUTES, and a representative of a teacher's organization, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, (4) a representative of a municipal board of education, who shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, (5) a representative of the joint committee on educational technology, who shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, (6) A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONNECTICUT LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, (7) A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONNECTICUT BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE, (8) the chairperson of the Public Utilities Control Authority, or his designee, [(7)] (9) the Commissioner of Education, or his designee, (10) THE COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, OR HIS DESIGNEE, (11) THE COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION, OR HIS DESIGNEE and [(8)] (12) the chairperson of the State Library Board, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made within thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held within sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, [1996] 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and technology and education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report [or January 1, 1996, whichever is earlier.]

Sec. 3. (a) There is established a task force to study the issue of insurance cooperatives. Such study shall include, but shall not be limited to, an examination of enabling participating towns or boards of education to join together to negotiate and purchase medical, dental, life and other appropriate employee benefits that have been negotiated by each member with its respective employee groups or any other employees and to enter into agreements to secure the services of a central office, consultants, plan administrators and other costs directly related to the formation of such a group.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Insurance Commissioner, or his designee; (7) two members appointed by the Governor; and (8) one member appointed by the Comptroller.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) No later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance and real estate, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 4. (a) There is established a task force to study the issue of nonprofit mutual workers' compensation insurance companies. Such study shall include, but shall not be limited to, an examination of chartering a not-for-profit mutual workers' compensation company to underwrite workers' compensation and provide employers with lower rates and better safety programs, simplifying workers' compensation benefit calculations, a review of workplace health and safety programs to achieve specified training and strengthen enforcement mechanisms, an examination of penalties for noncompliance with workers' compensation laws and procedures, the establishment of a new structure in workers' compensation to provide for objective rate-setting by actuarial organizations, to institute stronger regulatory control and an aggressive training and education program for employers and workers.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Labor Commissioner, or his designee; (7) two members appointed by the Governor; and (8) one member appointed by the Comptroller.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) No later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to labor and public employees, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 5. (a) There is established a task force to study the feasibility of establishing a state department of food and agriculture.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) The Commissioner of Agriculture, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or their designees; (2) two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (4) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (6) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to planning and development, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 6. (a) There is established a task force to study the availability of resources devoted to the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Such study shall include an examination of ways in which the state may:

(1) Create and foster a multigenerational, state-wide program to promote public awareness and knowledge about the causes of osteoporosis, personal risk factors, the value of prevention and early detection and the options available for treatment; (2) Facilitate and enhance knowledge and understanding of osteoporosis by disseminating educational materials, information about research results, services and strategies for prevention and treatment to patients, health professionals and the public; (3) Utilize educational and training resources and services that have been developed by organizations with appropriate expertise and knowledge of osteoporosis and to use available technical assistance; (4) Evaluate existing osteoporosis services in the community and assess the need for improving the quality and accessibility of community-based services; (5) Provide easy access to clear, complete and accurate osteoporosis information and referral services; (6) Educate and train service providers and professionals; (7) Heighten awareness about the prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis among state and local health and human service officials, health educators and policy makers; (8) Coordinate state programs and services to address the issue of osteoporosis; (9) Promote the development of support groups for osteoporosis patients and their families and caregivers; and (10) Provide lasting improvements in the delivery of osteoporosis health care, thus providing the patients with an improved quality of life and society with the containment of health care costs.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Social Services, or her designee; and (7) a representative from the Commission on Aging and a representative from the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 7. (a) There is established a task force to evaluate the services, accommodations and available placements for victims of Huntington's disease.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Social Services, or her designee; (7) two members appointed by the Governor; and (8) one member appointed by the Comptroller.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations 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 of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 8. (a) There is established a task force to study bilingual education in Connecticut. The task force shall evaluate: (1) The process of identifying children of limited English proficiency, (2) bilingual education curriculum, including its development and implementation, (3) professional development programs and requirements relating to bilingual education, (4) the effectiveness of bilingual programs and (5) financial support of such programs.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Education, or his designee; (7) the Commissioner of Higher Education, or his designee; (8) one member each designated by the Connecticut Association of Bilingual-Bicultural Education, the Connecticut Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Connecticut Association of Urban Superintendents, the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education; (9) two parents of school-age children from the general public, who shall be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and (10) two parents of school-age children from the general public, who shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than February 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date it submits such report or February 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 9. (a) There is established a task force to study and make recommendations concerning congregate housing for the elderly. In making its study the task force shall review the role of congregate housing in the provision of housing throughout the state, funding mechanisms, the calculation of rent, the level of services to residents in congregate housing and the role of such housing in the health care delivery system.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Social Services, or her designee; (7) the Commissioner of Public Health, or his designee; and (8) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing and the select committee on housing in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 10. (a) There is established a task force to study the funding practices used to finance municipal retirement systems, including any state policies having an impact upon the fiscal integrity of such systems.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or his designee; (3) the State Treasurer, or his designee; (4) the State Comptroller, or his designee; (5) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (6) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (7) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (8) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a written report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, finance, revenue and bonding, labor and public employees and planning and development, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 11. (a) There is established a task force comprised of state agency heads and municipal officials for the purpose of identifying the municipal paperwork and reporting requirement mandated by the state that can be reduced or eliminated. The goal of the task force shall be to reduce such paperwork and reporting provisions by twenty-five per cent on or before January 1, 1997.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) two members appointed by the Governor; (7) the Commissioner of Education, or his designee; (8) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or his designee; (9) the Commissioner of Public Safety, or his designee; (10) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or his designee; (11) the Commissioner of Social Services, or her designee; and (12) one member appointed by the Comptroller.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 12. Section 16-261a of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-250 and sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established an interagency task force to study electric and magnetic fields. The task force shall determine the appropriate role of the state in addressing the potential problems associated with electric and magnetic fields and may make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding any legislation which it deems appropriate. The task force shall consist of (1) the Commissioner of Public Health or his designee; (2) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection or his designee; (3) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or his designee; (4) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or his designee; (5) the chairperson of the Public Utilities Control Authority or his designee and (6) the chairman of the Connecticut Siting Council or his designee.

(b) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Public Utility Control, shall assess all electric public service companies, as defined in section 16-1, for a total of one hundred fifty thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992. The commissioner, in consultation with the task force, shall develop an equitable method of assessing the companies for their reasonable pro rata share of the assessment. The moneys assessed by the commissioner shall be deposited with the Treasurer and shall only be expended by the interagency electric and magnetic fields task force for the purpose of (1) contracting for the services of electric and magnetic fields experts to assist the task force in determining the need for and the development of recommendations to the public concerning prudent methods of avoiding exposure to electric and magnetic fields, and (2) reviewing and compiling the existing scientific literature concerning electric and magnetic fields to identify any significant adverse effects caused by exposure to electric and magnetic fields and to determine whether there are gaps in the existing scientific literature that could be filled by original scientific research completed in Connecticut. The task force shall submit reports of its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees on energy and [public utilities] TECHNOLOGY, PUBLIC health [services] and the environment on or before February 1, [1995] 1998.

Sec. 13. (a) There is established a task force to study the impact of land development upon water resources and to set guidelines for land development at a level that will protect property owners, future property owners and owners of abutting property from risk of limited water supplies due to overdevelopment, particularly when the sole source of water is individual artesian wells. In developing its guidelines, the task force shall consider topography and any historical data that may be available regarding well failure rates.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) two members appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) two members appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) two members appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) two members appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or his designee; and (7) the Commissioner of Public Health, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 14. (a) There is hereby established a task force to study nursing home regulations and other nursing home issues, including, but not limited to: (1) The cost reimbursement system for nursing homes located in distressed communities; (2) the present and future demand and supply of nursing home beds including consideration of the current moratorium on building facilities with new nursing home beds; (3) the certificate of need process for nursing home facilities and services; (4) recoupment of nursing home costs through applied income, asset collection, over payments and third-party liability; (5) competitive bidding of nursing home clients; (6) alternative arrangements for nursing home clients; (7) the adequacy of nursing home client data; and (8) admission procedures for nursing home patients. (b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two

members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) two members appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (3) two members appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (4) two members appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) two members appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Social Services, or her designee; (7) the Commissioner of Public Health, or his designee; (8) the state long-term care ombudsman; (9) the Executive Director of the Commission on Aging; (10) two members appointed by the Governor; and (11) one member appointed by the Comptroller.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 15. (a) There is established a task force to examine and evaluate the state's tax policy and apportionment methods applied to the financial services industry. The task force shall focus on: (1) Whether the tax treatment of similar financial service products provided by different corporate structures is equitable and consistent; (2) whether the tax treatment of similar financial services within the same organization is equitable and consistent; and (3) how existing and proposed tax strategies can be made a central part of the state's economic policy and plan to retain and attract jobs.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding; (7) the Commissioner of Revenue Services, or his designee; and (8) the Commissioner of Economic Development, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than February 5, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the General Assembly. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report.

Sec. 16. (a) There is established a task force to study issues related to adult literacy programs. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, the coordination of funding and the mission of such programs.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Three members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and three members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 17. (a) There is established a Nuclear Energy Advisory Council which shall (1) hold regular public meetings for the purpose of discussing issues relating to the safety and operation of the nuclear power generating facilities located in this state and to advise the Governor, the General Assembly and municipalities within a five-mile radius of any nuclear power generating facility in this state of such issues, (2) work in conjunction with agencies of the federal, state and local governments and with any electric company operating a nuclear power generating facility to ensure the public health and safety, (3) discuss proposed changes in or problems arising from the operation of a nuclear power generating facility, (4) communicate with any electric company operating a nuclear power generating facility, about safety or operational concerns at the facility, which communications may include, but not be limited to, receipt of written reports and presentations to the council, and (5) review the current status of facilities with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

(b) The advisory council shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (2) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or his designee; (3) one representative of an operator of a nuclear power generating facility located in the state, appointed by the Governor; (4) two electors from each municipality in which a nuclear power generating facility is located, appointed by the chief executive officers of said municipalities; and (5) four electors each of whom is from a municipality which is adjacent to a municipality in which a nuclear power generating facility is located, one appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, one appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and one appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the advisory council shall be made not more than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The councils shall elect a chairperson from among its members, except that the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons for the first meeting of the council. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held within sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) The membership of the council shall serve without compensation. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall provide, within available resources, clerical support to the council.

(f) On or before January 1, 1997, and annually thereafter, the advisory council shall report to the General Assembly concerning its activities for the preceding year.

Sec. 18. (a) There is established a task force to study intergenerational planning in housing, education, child development and leisure services. The task force shall examine (1) models of intergenerational programs including, but not limited to, elder volunteers in schools and intergenerational urban planning, and (2) how intergenerational planning may be incorporated into services offered through state agencies.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Children and Families, or his designee; (7) the Commissioner of Social Services, or her designee; (8) the Executive Director of the Commission on Aging, or his designee; and (9) the Commissioner of Education, or his designee.

(c ) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations 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 of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 19. (a) There is established a task force to study issues relating to (1) the eligibility for state corporation business income tax credits and municipal property tax abatements of companies that expand their workforce not by creating new jobs or making new capital investments but by causing the net relocation of employees from companies in other municipalities or states, (2) the competition between municipalities and between states for job growth, (3) the creation of a multistate commission to provide information, analysis and recommendations to concurring states which will assist them in making informed decisions when they act in their roles as market participants to prevent the harm caused to the welfare of their residents by detrimental net relocations of employment associated with significant transfers or terminations of operations of establishments in those states, and (4) the impact of tax policy on the retention or loss of jobs.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce, government administration and elections, finance, revenue and bonding, and labor; and (7) two members appointed by the Governor.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce and labor and public employees, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 20. (a) There is established a task force to develop a gaming policy for the state.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (6) the Executive Director of the Division of Special Revenue, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety and judiciary, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 21. (a) There is established a task force to study private security personnel. The task force shall study the state's current regulation of private security companies and their personnel. The task force shall recommend whether the state should expand registration, licensure, fingerprinting, criminal background checks or other regulation to entities and individuals not currently regulated by the state.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety and judiciary, or their designees; (7) the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, or his designee; (8) the Executive Director of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, or his designee; and (9) two members appointed by the Governor.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee on public safety shall serve as chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Said chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than December 2, 1996, the task force shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety and judiciary, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or December 2, 1996, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 22. (a) There is established a task force to study the issue of domestic violence. Such study shall include, but shall not be limited to, an examination of issues relating to: (1) The prosecution of crimes of domestic violence; (2) the enforcement of protective orders related to domestic violence; (3) penalties imposed against offenders; and (4) the effectiveness of the current system on the incidence of domestic violence.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Attorney General, or his designee; (7) the Chief Court Administrator, or his designee; (8) the Chief State's Attorney, or his designee; and (9) a representative of the Family Division of the Superior Court, who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to judiciary, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 23. (a) There is established a task force to study the implementation of the agreement between the town of Washington and the city of Waterbury regarding water supply and the diversion of the Shepaug River. The task force shall study the responsibilities of the towns under the agreement and the effects of diversion of the Shepaug River.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) One member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) one member appointed by the Governor; (7) the chief elected official of the town of Washington, or his designee; (8) the chief elected official of the city of Waterbury, or his designee; (9) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or his designee, and (10) the Commissioner of Public Health, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and environment, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 24. (a) There is established a Connecticut seafood task force to explore ways to promote the production, consumption, sale and export of Connecticut seafood products. The task force shall consider (1) the appropriateness of establishing a Connecticut Seafood Council, (2) educational and promotional activities within and outside the state, (3) creation of public and private partnerships to develop and promote Connecticut seafood products, and (4) legislative and administrative initiatives to promote Connecticut seafood production.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Agriculture, or his designee; and (7) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to environment, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 25. (a) There is established a task force on youths to study and make recommendations for legislation, policies, programs and funding relating to youths sixteen and seventeen years old. The task force shall consider parental responsibility and liability of youths, youth transportation issues, parental control of youths, emancipation and expansion of the Families with Service Needs Program.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to judiciary, human services and transportation; (7) the chairpersons and ranking members of the Select Committee on Children; (8) the Commissioner of Children and Families, or his designee; and (9) a representative of the judicial department appointed by the Chief Court Administrator.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to judiciary and human services in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, and to the Select Committee on Children. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 26. Special act 91-35, as amended by section 2 of public act 92-152, section 5 of public act 93-411, special act 94-1 and special act 95-5, is amended to read as follows:

There is established a task force to study the use of aero-derived gas turbine systems in industrial applications. The task force shall analyze the future commercialization and utilization of such technology which uses natural gas, methane or gasified coal, biomass, sewer sludge or other gasified fuels to generate electrical power. The membership of the task force shall be as follows: (1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees on energy and technology and commerce; (2) the secretary of the office of policy and management or his designee; (3) the chairperson of the public utility control authority or his designee; (4) the commissioner of environmental protection, or his designee; (5) the commissioner of economic development, or his designee; (6) a representative of the Connecticut resource recovery authority; (7) a representative from each electric public service company with more than seventy-five thousand customers; (8) a representative of a group with interest in the environment, which representative may be a member of the general assembly; (9) two representatives of the industry involved in the production of electricity from advanced, aero-derived, gas turbines; (10) a representative from a gas public service company; (11) a representative of labor; and (12) a public member. The appointment of task force members shall be as follows: The president pro tempore of the senate shall appoint a representative of the industry involved in the production of electricity from advanced, aero-derived, gas turbines, a representative from a gas public service company and a representative of an electric company with more than seventy-five thousand customers; the majority leader of the senate shall appoint a representative of a group with interest in the environment; the minority leader of the senate shall appoint a representative of the Connecticut resource recovery authority; the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint a representative of the industry involved in the production of electricity from advanced, aero-derived, gas turbines, a member of the general assembly and a representative of labor; the majority leader of the house of representatives shall appoint a representative of an electric public service company with more than seventy-five thousand customers; and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall appoint a public member. The members of the task force shall serve without compensation. The task force shall elect a chairperson from among its members. The task force shall submit its initial findings and recommendations to the department of economic development, the department of public utility control and the general assembly, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on or before February 1, 1992, and January first of 1994, 1995, 1996 [and] 1997 AND 1998. The task force shall terminate on January 2, [1997] 1998.

Sec. 27. (a) There is established a task force to study pro bono legal services. Such study shall analyze ways to encourage the provision of legal services to low income persons.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to judiciary, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 28. (a) There is established a task force on telemedicine and on-line health information to study the health policy, legal, telecommunications and economic development aspects of enhancing the use of telemedicine in Connecticut.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and energy and technology, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 29. (a) There is established a task force to design and develop a program for the certification and registry of direct care workers serving people with mental retardation. The task force shall review: (1) The current standards of education and training required for direct care workers serving people with mental retardation by the Department of Mental Retardation, nonunionized private agencies, and unionized private agencies; (2) all programs for the certification and registry of direct care workers serving people with mental retardation currently in force or under consideration in other states; (3) the proposals of the National Certification of Direct Service Workers Task Force; and (4) the current procedures of the Office of Protection and Advocacy, the Department of Mental Retardation, nonunionized private agencies and unionized private agencies, with regard to the reporting and investigation of alleged incidents of abuse and neglect of people with mental retardation, the imposition of discipline against direct care workers pursuant to such investigations and the due process accorded direct care workers accused of such misconduct.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) One member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Mental Retardation, or his designee; (7) the Executive Director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy, or his designee; and (8) two members appointed by the Governor.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit proposed legislation to implement a program for certification and registry of direct care workers serving people with mental retardation to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 30. (a) There is established a task force to review issues related to the State Building Code and make recommendations concerning legislative or regulatory actions to improve the adoption, administration, implementation and interpretation of the State Building Code.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the State Building Inspector, or his designee; (7) the State Fire Marshal, or his designee; and (8) the Commissioner of Public Health, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 31. (a) There is established a task force to study the impact of transferring the venue for housing matters, as defined in section 47a-68 of the general statutes, in which the premises are located in the town of Manchester from the judicial district of Hartford-New Britain to the judicial district of Tolland. The task force shall review the number of housing matters filed currently in the judicial district of Hartford-New Britain which would be transferred to the judicial district of Tolland, the housing matters currently filed in the judicial district of Tolland, and the impact that the transfer would have on the housing docket in the judicial district of Tolland.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing, or their designees; and (7) the Chief Court Administrator, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to planning and development, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 32. (a) There is established a task force to study payments to volunteer fire companies for calls on limited access highways. The task force shall review the status and adequacy of current legislation, study the cost of administering this program and recommend ways to improve program administration.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) One member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety, transportation and appropriations, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 33. (a) There is established a task force to study the issue of rising gasoline prices. Such study shall include, but not be limited to (1) state and federal oil importation and taxation policies and their effect on prices, (2) direct actions the state can take regarding gasoline prices, and (3) all public policies that may affect gasoline prices.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (6) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, general law, transportation and energy and technology.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not more than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, general law, transportation and energy and technology, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 34. (a) There is established a task force to study: (1) The distribution of funds to, and use of funds by, tourism districts and convention center, coliseum and maritime center authorities, under section 32-305 of the general statutes, as amended; (2) the statutory purposes, powers and duties of tourism districts; and (3) the costs incurred by municipalities as a result of tourist attractions within such municipalities or within neighboring or adjoining municipalities.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) the chairperson of the Connecticut Tourism Council, or his designee; (3) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to economic and community development, or their designees; (4) two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (5) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (6) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (7) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (8) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to economic and community development, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 35. (a) There is established a task force to study, in consultation with the appropriate authorities in the states of New York and Rhode Island and the federal government, the feasibility of state regulation of tank ships and tank barges transporting oil or petroleum liquids in Long Island Sound or adjacent waters and any possibilities for coordination of interstate regulation of such vessels. Such regulation may include, but not be limited to, requiring certain safety equipment such as a redundant working ground tackle sufficient to secure any such vessel during a storm event, an emergency response positioning beacon sufficient to continuously transmit a vessel's identification and position in an emergency, and fire prevention and suppression equipment in appropriate areas of such vessels.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (6) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to environment, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 36. (a) There is established a task force to study the economic development potential of expanding to other industries the tax credit and program created under section 38a-88a of the general statutes, as amended by section 139 of public act 95-79.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (6) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or his designee. (c) All appointments to the task force shall

be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority. (d) The speaker of the House of

Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding and commerce, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 37. (a) There is established a task force to study parking enforcement for persons with disabilities. The task forces shall review: (1) State standards and procedures for granting special parking privileges to persons with disabilities and identifying such persons and the motor vehicles operated by such persons; (2) state standards and procedures for requiring and identifying parking required to be designated for persons with disabilities; and (3) state and local enforcement of violations of designated parking for persons with disabilities.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Public Safety, or his designee; (7) the Commissioner of Transportation, or his designee; (8) two members appointed by the Governor; and (9) the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 38. Section 10 of public act 93-411, as amended by section 24 of public act 95-318, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a task force to study and develop a strategy for addressing the social and economic conditions which inhibit minority males from reaching their full potential. The task force shall consist of twenty-one members. The Governor shall appoint three members of the task force, the president pro tempore, the majority leader and the minority leader of the Senate shall each appoint three members, and the speaker, the majority leader and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint three members. The members of the task force may include representatives from the General Assembly, other legislative bodies, government agencies, school systems, colleges and universities, the military, churches and religious organizations, medical and health fields, law enforcement, corrections, the judiciary, private industry councils, business and professions, social service and advocacy agencies, including but not limited to, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League and the Hispanic Health Council. All appointments to the task force shall be made within thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(b) The task force shall hold its first meeting within sixty days after the effective date of this section and shall meet at least once during each two-month period thereafter and at such other times as the chairperson deems necessary. Special meetings shall be held on the request of a majority of the members of the task force after notice in accordance with the provisions of section 1-21 of the general statutes. The task force shall elect a chairperson and a deputy chairperson from among its members.

(c) The study of the task force shall include, but not be limited to, the extent and causes of the following issues as they relate to minority males and the development of strategies for resolving such issues: The lack of educational attainment; school drop-out rate, poor academic and educational performance; barriers to employment opportunities; mortality rate; the frequency of incidents of violence and homicide; the percentage of minority males among those who are incarcerated; the incidence of drug addiction and substance abuse; and the ineffectual role of some minority males with respect to the minority family structure.

(d) The joint committee on legislative management may accept gifts, grants, donations or bequests for the purposes of this section.

(e) The task force shall submit a final report on its findings and recommendations, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint committee on legislative management and to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services, on or before January 1, [1996] 1997. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, [1996] 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 39. (a) There is established a task force to study the provision of nonemergency transportation services in the state. The task force shall study: (1) The current capacity of existing providers of nonemergency transportation services; (2) the impact of the regulation of such services on emergency transportation services; (3) the feasibility of coordinating regional transportation districts with the uniform human services regions; (4) the impact on competition of competitive bidding; (5) reduction and management of costs of nonemergency transportation services for Medicaid recipients; (6) the regional need for nonemergency transportation services in each established transportation region; (7) utilization of and access to nonemergency transportation services, including but not limited to nonemergency medical transportation services and equipment; (8) the ease of entry of other providers, including new providers into the market for purposes of providing transportation services to Medicaid recipients; and (9) the regulations of the Department of Transportation and Office of Emergency Management relating to nonemergency transportation.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (6) the Commissioner of Social Services, or her designee; (7) the Commissioner of Transportation, or his designee; (8) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or his designee; (9) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services; and (10) the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The chairpersons of the committee on transportation shall be the chairpersons of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services and transportation, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 40. (a) There is established a task force to study alternative tax policies to benefit urban centers. Such task force shall examine the state's tax code to determine such alternative measures.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (2) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (6) the Commissioner of Revenue Services, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding and planning and development, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 41. Section 6 of public act 95-318 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a task force to study issues relating to the future of the Eastern Connecticut Firemen's Training School. The task force shall: (1) Review the provisions of the general statutes concerning eminent domain to determine whether a state agency has sufficient authority to acquire the land and buildings which house the Eastern Connecticut Firemen's Training School by eminent domain; (2) recommend legislation that would give sufficient authority to an agency if such authority does not exist; (3) estimate the cost to the state of taking said property by eminent domain; (4) estimate the cost to the state of rebuilding facilities equivalent to said property in another location or expanding existing training schools to accommodate the number of firemen trained at said property in the event that said property closes and (5) consider other feasible alternatives for preserving the Eastern Connecticut Firemen's Training School.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, who may be members of the General Assembly, (2) a compensated member of a fire department, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, (3) a member of a volunteer fire department, who shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, (6) the Commissioner of Public Safety, or his designee, and (7) the Commissioner of Public Works, or his designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made within thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held within sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, [1996] 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, [1996] 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 42. Section 23 of public act 95-318 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a healthy families task force to advise and consult with the Commissioner of Children and families concerning the establishment, implementation and progress of the Healthy Families Program.

(b) The task force shall consist of: (1) Two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, who may be members of the General Assembly, (2) two members appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, (3) two members appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, (4) two members appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, (5) two members appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, (6) the Commissioner of Children and Families, or his designee, (7) the Commissioner of Social Services, or his designee, (8) the Commissioner of Public Health, or his designee, (9) the Commissioner of Education, or his designee, (10) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or his designee, and (11) the Executive Director of the Commission on Children, or her designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made within thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held within sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, [1996] 1997, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations 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 of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, [1996] 1997, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 43. Any member of a task force appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives or the president pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the minority leader of the House of Representatives or the minority leader of the Senate may be a member of the General Assembly.

Sec. 44. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved June 6, 1996. Effective June 6, 1996.

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