HB 7093

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Author: Human Services Committee

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House of Representatives

January Session, 2019

House Bill No. 7093

House of Representatives, March 21, 2019

The Committee on Human Services reported through REP. ABERCROMBIE of the 83rd Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO INCREASE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

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

1Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force

2to study how to increase employment opportunities for persons with

3disabilities. The task force shall study and make recommendations

4 concerning matters including, but not limited to, (1) expanding

5existing employment assistance programs for persons with disabilities,

6and (2) establishing financial incentives for businesses to employ more

7persons with disabilities.

8(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

9(1) Two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives,

10one of whom is an employed person with intellectual disabilities and

11one of whom is an employed person with physical disabilities;

12(2) Two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one

13of whom is an employed person with mental disabilities and one of

14whom is an employer of persons with disabilities;

15 (3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of

16Representatives;

17(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;

18 (5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of

19Representatives;

20(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

21 (7) The Commissioner of Developmental Services, or the

22commissioner's designee;

23(8) The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, or

24the commissioner's designee;

25(9) The Labor Commissioner, or the commissioner's designee;

26(10) The Commissioner of Revenue Services, or the commissioner's

27designee; and

28(11) The Commissioner of Social Services, or the commissioner's

29designee.

30(c) Any member of the task force appointed under subdivision (3),

31(4), (5) or (6) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the

32General Assembly.

33(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than

34thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be

35filled by the appointing authority.

36(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president

37pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force

38from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall

39schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not

40later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

41(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the

42General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the

43Department of Developmental Services shall serve as administrative

44staff of the task force.

45(g) Not later than February 1, 2020, the task force shall submit a

46report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing

47committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters

48relating to finance, revenue and bonding, human services, labor and

49public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the

50general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it

51submits such report or February 1, 2020, whichever is later.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

HS Joint Favorable

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a task force to study and develop recommendations to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The task force shall submit its findings and recommendations to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Human Services, Labor, and Public Health Committees by February 1, 2020.

This bill has no fiscal impact as PA 17-236 prohibits transportation allowances for task force members.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 7093

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO INCREASE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

SUMMARY

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea 18 Nay 0 (03/07/2019)