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                                       2012 Public Acts
PA 12-29 (HB5364) An Act Concerning the Definition of “Notarial Act” – Effective October
1, 2012 – 3-94a to 3-95 – Defines terms including “Copy certification” means a notarial act in
which a notary public is presented with an original document, copies or supervises the copying
of such document, compares the original to the copy and certifies the copy is an accurate and
complete reproduction of the original document. A notary may not complete a copy certification
if the original document presented is a vital record, a document that is required to be recorded by
state or political subdivision thereof, or is issued by a federal agency and federal law prohibits
copying of such document. Signed by Governor 5/14/2012

PA 12-3 (HB5303) An Act Concerning the Exemption from Disclosure of Certain
Addresses Under the Freedom of Information Act – Effective from Passage - 1-217 (c) The
exemption of land records, lists prepared under title 9 (elections) and assessor’s grand lists took
effect upon passage of this act. Sec. 2 – Effective June 1, 2012 – For all other public records the
agency shall not disclose the residential address if the individual submits a written request for
nondisclosure and furnishes a business address. Signed by Governor 3-6-2012

PA 12-49 HB5250 – An Act Concerning the Appointment of Primary Polling Place Officials
– Effective from Passage – The Registrar of Voters may appoint any elector of the state to be a
poll worker. Signed by Governor 5-31-2012

PA 12-57 SB214 – An Act Concerning Permanent Absentee Ballot Status for the
Permanently Disabled – Effective January 1, 2013 – Any elector who is permanently physically
disabled and files an application for an absentee ballot with a certification from a primary care
provider shall be eligible for permanent absentee ballot status and shall receive an absentee
ballot. Signed by Governor 5-31-2012

PA 12-56 HB5024 – An Act Concerning Voting Rights – Effective July 1, 2013 – Those who
are eligible may register to vote on election day and receive an election day ballot from the
Registrar of Voters. 9-158b – Unregistered voters who are former residents of the town, may
receive a presidential ballot from the Town Clerk. Residents are no longer eligible for a
presidential ballot. Signed by Governor 5-31-2012

PA 12-43 SB150 – An Act Concerning Family and Medical Leave Benefits for Certain
Municipal Employees – Effective from Passage – Any employee who is a party to a marriage in
which the other party is of the same sex as the employee shall have the same family and medical
leave benefits under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Signed by Governor 5-31-2012
                            Bills Awaiting Governor’s Signature
PA12-187 HB5539 – An Act Concerning Recording Fees – Effective October 1, 2012 –7-34a
(a) Clarifies copy fees: Town Clerks shall receive, for a copy in any format of any document
either recorded or filed in their offices, one dollar for each page or fractional part…7-34a (a)
removes “marginal notation of an assignment”; increases from $1 to $2 fee for assignments
subsequent to the first two. 7-29 (b) Limits recording of multiple assignments to twenty on a
single document. Awaiting Governor’s Signature

PA12-185 HB5521 – An Act Concerning a Study of Electronic or Digital Methods of
Communication in Lieu of Mailed Communications – Effective October 1, 2012 – This bill
expands definitions under the Connecticut Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and requires
executive branch agencies to review their existing policies concerning the mailing of all agency
documents to their clients and to use electronic notification when appropriate. Awaiting
Governor’s Signature

PA12-197 HB5514 – An Act Concerning Various Revisions to the Public Health Statutes –
Effective October 1, 2012 – This bill makes numerous changes to Dept. of Public Health related
statutes. 12-14 allows minors who are either a certified homeless youth or an emancipated minor
to access their birth certificate. A certified homeless youth is defined as 15-17 year old person
not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian, who is homeless and certified by (1) a
school district homeless liaison, (2) the director of an emergency shelter program funded by
HUD; or (3) the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center funded by U.S. Dept. of
Health and Human Services. The youth must be accompanied by the person certifying him or
her and present a written request and sufficient ID. Awaiting Governor’s Signature

PA12-163 HB5241 – An Act Concerning Delayed Birth Registration – Effective October 1,
2012 – The Department of Public Health will create the birth certificate and transmit a copy to
the registrar of the town where the birth occurred and to the registrar of the town where the
mother resided at the time of the birth. Awaiting Governor’s Signature

PA12-117 HB5556 – An Act Concerning Changes to Campaign Finance Laws and Other
Election Laws – Effective from Passage – Sec 31 (New) allows military/overseas ballots to be
returned by fax or electronic mail. Elector does not have to mail the original ballot. The
Secretary of the State shall prescribe a cover sheet that includes the following statement “I
understand that by faxing or emailing my voted ballot I am voluntarily waiving my right to a
secret ballot only to the extent that the appropriate election official must receive and process my
ballot”. Awaiting Governor’s Signature

PA12-193 HB5022 – An Act Increasing Penalties for Voter Intimidation and Interference –
Effective July 1, 2012 – Increases penalties for violating certain election laws. Adds a provision
on absentee voting to allow town clerks, registrars and staff to vote by absentee ballot. Awaiting
Governor’s Signature
                      Proposed Amendment to State Constitution
HJ 2 – Resolution Proposing An Amendment to the State Constitution to Grant Increased
Authority to the General Assembly Regarding Election Administration – Effective Date – If
Resolution passes the 2013 session of each house, it will appear on the 2014 general election
ballot. If approved in the general election, it will become part of the state constitution. – The
designation of said proposed amendment to be used on ballots at such election shall be “Shall the
Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to
permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?”

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