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1997 Formal Opinions
12/19/1997Jessie M. Frankl, Workers' Compensation Commission, 1997-018 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You have asked this Office for an opinion regarding the right of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe ("Tribe") to establish its own workers' compensation code and Commission. You state that the Tribe has enacted the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Workers' Compensation Code ("Tribal Code"), effective July 1, 1997, which provides that any accident or personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment with the Tribe, which has a date of injury after the effective date, will be governed solely by the Tribal Code.
 
11/20/1997The Honorable Nancy Wyman, Comptroller, 1997-017 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  We have reviewed your request for guidance concerning questions you have raised regarding Social Security (FICA) payments for Special Deputy Sheriffs.
 
9/26/1997Honorable John J. Armstrong, Department of Correction, 1997-016 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You have asked the advice of the Office of the Attorney General as to "whether Connecticut General Statute 17a-543 includes the Connecticut Department of Correction and/or whether Connecticut General Statute 17a-540(a) definition of 'facility' includes the Connecticut Department of Correction."
 
9/26/1997Philip E. Austin, University of Connecticut, 1997-015 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You have asked whether the University of Connecticut possesses the legal authority to pay directly vendors of UConn 2000 projects. You noted that if the bond proceeds had as their source a State bond issue, the University could not make such direct payments.
 
8/12/1997Honorable Aaron Ment, Chief Court Administrator, 1997-014 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You have asked whether alternative sanctions contractors have authority to access medical and psychiatric records held by a juvenile detention center for juvenile delinquents assigned to the contractor's program without violating the confidentiality requirements contained in Chapters 899 and 368X of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 
5/27/1997The Honorable Kevin B. Sullivan, Legislative Office Building, Room 3300, 1997-013 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You have asked for an opinion with regard to the implementation of Public Act No. 94-83, An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Telecommunications Task Force.
 
5/13/1997Jesse M. Frankl, Workers' Compensation Commission, 1997-012 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  This is in response to your letter dated January 27, 1997, in which you asked our opinion with respect to the following two questions concerning an application of Conn. Gen. Stat. 52-362 to certain portions of the Workers' Compensation Act.1 Specifically, you asked whether subsistence payments provided by the Workers' Compensation Commission Workers' Rehabilitation Unit are subject to orders for wage withholding obtained by the Support Enforcement Division from family court judges for the support of dependent children, and whether the Workers' Compensation Commission in general is subject to such orders with respect to all workers' compensation benefits.
 
4/9/1997Honorable Theodore S. Sergi, State Board of Education, 1997-011 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You have asked for our opinion about whether you have correctly interpreted two aspects of Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-51 within the context of a rather long-standing fiscal dispute between Regional School District No. 12 acting through its board of education ("the board") and one of its member towns, Bridgewater, acting through its first selectman.
 
4/8/1997Alan S. Plofsky, State Ethics Commission, 1997-010 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  This letter is in response to your February 6, 1997 inquiry regarding the Legislative Regulations Review Committee's rejection without prejudice of your agency's proposed regulations implementing amendments to the lobbyist registration laws set forth in Public Act 96-11.
 
4/3/1997Honorable Nancy Wyman, State of Connecticut, 1997-009 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You have asked us whether the Comptroller has authority to remit funds, which have been offset from amounts payable to state vendors who have defaulted on their federal student loans, to the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF).
 
4/1/1997George F. Wandrak, Division of Special Revenue, 1997-008 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You seek our advice concerning the proposal of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to introduce a Bingo type game as a new lottery product and inquire whether such a proposal is a permissible lottery game.
 
3/31/1997Hon. James F. Sullivan, Department of Transportation, 1997-007 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  This in response to a request for an opinion regarding the Department of Transportation's ("Department") responsibility under the aircraft registration program, Conn. Gen. Stat. 13b-39a et seq. In particular, you asked if the requisite statutory payments to municipalities set forth in Section 13b-39h are computed upon the municipal grand lists of October 1, 1992 or on the actual number of 1992 grand list aircraft based or primarily used within the particular municipality on the respective April first payment dates.
 
3/20/1997George F. Wandrak, Division of Special Revenue, 1997-006 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  This letter responds to your request for an opinion dated January 31, 1997. Briefly stated, your letter relates that since 1993 the Division's regulations have provided: "A prize to which a purchaser may become entitled shall not be assignable." Conn. Stat. Regs.  12-568-5(d). Until June 6, 1996, the general statutes were silent on the issue of assignment.
 
3/20/1997Messrs. Kevin P. Johnston and Robert G. Jaekle, Auditors of Public Accounts, 1997-005 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  This is in response to your request for an opinion regarding the settlement of an employment dispute with Marc Schillinger, a former state employee. Specifically, you inquire "whether the Governor, upon the recommendation of the Attorney General, has the authority under Section 3-7(c) [of the General Statutes] to compromise a claim in a manner which is not in accordance with Section 5-162 and 5-155a of the General Statutes."
 
3/6/1997John R. Shears, Secretary, State Teachers' Retirement Board, 1997-004 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You requested an opinion of this office as to whether the State Teachers' Retirement Board [hereinafter Board] can pay increased benefits, resulting from an election of recalculated benefits under Conn. Gen. Stat.  10-183aa(g), retroactively to a date earlier than the date of the member's election.
 
2/3/1997Honorable Nancy Wyman, State of Connecticut, 1997-003 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  You ask whether payment of reimbursement expenses incurred by state employees is subject to wage garnishment under Conn. Gen. Stat. 52-361a
 
1/28/1997Honorable Thomas D. Ritter, House of Representatives, 1997-002 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  We are replying to your letter of January 16, 1997 in which you ask a number of questions concerning the legality and propriety of Mr. John B. Meskill's January 15, 1997 resignation as executive director of the Division of Special Revenue (the "Division") to become the executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Gaming Commission (the "Tribal Commission"). In particular, you would like to know (1) whether the specific revolving door limitation contained in General Statutes  12-557d(c) applies to Mr. Meskill and includes the Tribal Commission; (2) whether Mr. Meskill violated any provision of the General Statutes by negotiating with the Tribe while still employed by the State; and (3) whether Mr. Meskill or the Tribe violated Section 53a-147 of the criminal code or Section 1-84(f) of the ethics code.
 
1/10/1997John F. Anderson, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 1997-001 Formal Opinion, Attorney General of Connecticut
  This letter is written in response to your request, on behalf of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station1 ("the Station"), for an opinion concerning several legal questions arising out of a recent report by the Auditors of Public Accounts. The report questioned the propriety of how the Board of the Station ("the Board") had managed four private charitable trusts.