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2013SB-00619-R000384-FC

2013SB-00619-R000384-FC

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Senate
sSB619 / File No. 384 1
 
General Assembly
File No. 384
January Session, 2013
Substitute Senate Bill No. 619
 
Senate, April 8, 2013
The Committee on Commerce reported through SEN.LEBEAU of the 3rd Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on thepart of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.
 AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMMISSION ON CONNECTICUT'S FUTURE.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in GeneralAssembly convened:Section 1. Section 32-245 of the general statutes is repealed and the1following is substituted in lieu thereof (
Effective from passage
):2(a) There is created a
[
Connecticut Commission on Business3Opportunity, Defense Diversification and Industrial Policy
]
 4Commission on Connecticut's Future which shall be within the5Department of Economic and Community Development for6administrative purposes only.7(b)
 
The commission shall consist of the following members: The8Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Education9and Higher Education and the Labor Commissioner or their designees;10the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee11of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to12commerce,
[
and exportation,
]
or their designees; the president of the13
 
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Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, or his designee; the14president of the Connecticut Business and Industries Association or his15designee; the president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO or his designee;16two members recommended by the president of the Connecticut AFL-17CIO representing manufacturing unions, appointed by the Governor;18one member representing a large manufacturing concern and one19member representing a financial institution, appointed by the20president pro tempore of the Senate; one member representing a large21business that is heavily dependent on prime defense contracts or22subcontracts and one member representing a small business that is23heavily dependent on prime defense contracts or subcontracts24appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; one25member representing a small manufacturing concern appointed by the26majority leader of the Senate; one member representing a
[
large27service-related business
]
peace organization appointed by the majority28leader of the House of Representatives; one member representing
[
a29small service-related business
]
an environmental organization30appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and one member31representing an educational institution appointed by the minority32leader of the House of Representatives. Notwithstanding the33provisions of this subsection, the terms of all members who are not34serving ex-officio who are serving on June 30, 2013, shall expire on said35date. The members who are not serving ex-officio shall serve for a term36of two years, commencing July 1,
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1990
]
2013
 
, and biennially thereafter,37and until their successors have been duly qualified. The Governor shall38appoint a chairperson for the commission from its membership. The39chairperson shall call a meeting of the commission not later than40October 1, 2013, and at such other times as the chairperson deems41necessary.42(c)
 
The commission shall
[
develop a plan for
]
prepare a report43concerning the economic renewal of Connecticut
[
. The plan
]
that shall44include strategies for (1) the restoration and growth of manufacturing45in the state, with the objective of ending the loss of manufacturing jobs46and causing an increase in such jobs within five years following47
[
development of the plan
]
preparation of the report
 
; (2) the retention48
 
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and expansion of the state's economic base industries; (3) the49coordination of economic development policy with capital investment50in both public and private sectors;
[
and (4) the need for regional51approaches to economic development in the state
]
(4) the alignment of52the state's educational institutions with its manufacturing base; and (5)53the diversification or conversion of defense-related industries with an54emphasis on encouraging environmentally-sustainable and civilian55product manufacturing. On or before December 1, 2014, the56commission shall submit such report to the Governor and, in57accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing58committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters59relating to commerce.60(d)
 
In addition to the
[
development of a plan
]
preparation of a61report for economic renewal as required under subsection (c) of this62section, the commission shall: (1) Advise the General Assembly and63the Department of Economic and Community Development on issues64relating to (A) the diversification or conversion of defense-related65industries, (B) planning for and development of the state's66manufacturing base; (C) creation and implementation of an industrial67policy for the state; and (D) the creation of a business climate in the68state conducive to long-term planning and capital investment; (2)69evaluate legislation which concerns the state's economy and the overall70competitiveness thereof, the manufacturing and industrial sectors of71the state's economy and businesses that are heavily dependent on72prime defense contracts or subcontracts; (3) prepare and review the73implementation of short-term and long-term strategies to assist74businesses that are heavily dependent on prime defense contracts or75subcontracts in modifying defense industry technology production76capacity into nondefense related applications with an emphasis on77environmentally-sustainable and civilian product manufacturing; (4)78provide a forum that encourages public involvement to address and79communicate business issues, including small business issues, to the80public and private sectors; (5) foster opportunities for the development81of partnerships between government and private enterprise in areas82that significantly affect the state's economy; and (6) stimulate and83

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