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Drafting of Municipal Financial Crisis Legislation Preventing a Major City Filing For Bankruptcy

Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM)

Following a confrontation between the State and the City of Bridgeport over whether Bridgeport could file for bankruptcy, Shipman & Goodwin was asked by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) to draft legislation on an expedited basis in January, 1991, that would assist the State in dealing with other municipalities in financial crisis. Legislation involved complicated issues of labor law, public finance and constitutional law.  Working closely with OPM and the Attorney General's office, a bill of over 80 typed pages in length was drafted in less than two weeks.  The bill was introduced as Senate Bill 966 in the 1991 Session of the General Assembly but did not pass that year.  Original bill served as the basis for the later-enacted law "An Act Assisting Connecticut Communities seeking Economic Stability" (P.A. 93-421).

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