On November 6, 2018, you’ll be asked to vote on two important questions related to the Connecticut Constitution. Both questions are copied below, along with brief explanations. This explanatory text was provided by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research of the Connecticut General Assembly.
“Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to ensure (1) that all moneys contained in the Special Transportation Fund be used solely for transportation purposes, including the payment of debts of the state incurred for transportation purposes, and (2) that sources of funds deposited in the Special Transportation Fund be deposited in said fund so long as such sources are authorized by statute to be collected or received by the state?”
Content and Purpose of the Proposed Amendment: If this amendment is approved, it would impose constitutional protections on state transportation funding. These protections, commonly referred to as the “transportation lockbox,” are currently established only in the Connecticut General Statutes. Specifically, this constitutional amendment, like the statutory lockbox, would do the following:
preserve the state’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) as a permanent fund;
require that the fund be used exclusively for transportation purposes, which include paying
transportation-related debt; and
require that any funding sources directed to the STF by law continue to be directed there, as long as the law authorizes the state to collect or receive them.
“Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to require (1) a public hearing and the enactment of legislation limited in subject matter to the transfer, sale or disposition of state-owned or state controlled real property or interests in real property in order for the General Assembly to require a state agency to sell, transfer or dispose of any real property or interest in real property that is under the custody or control of the agency, and (2) if such property is under the custody or control of the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, that such enactment of legislation be passed by a two-thirds vote of the total membership of each house of the General Assembly?”
Content and Purpose of the Proposed Amendment: If this amendment is approved, it would limit the General Assembly’s ability to pass legislation that requires a state agency to transfer (sell or otherwise convey) any state real property (land or buildings) or property interest to non-state entities. It does this by imposing the following conditions:
a legislative committee must first hold a public hearing to allow for public comment on the property transfer; and
the legislation must address only the property under consideration.
In addition, for property that belongs to the state Department of Agriculture or the Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection, the legislation must pass by at least two-thirds of the membership of the state House of Representatives and of the state Senate.
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