Connecticut State Resource Center
Connecticut Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is the chief civil legal officer of the State. The Office of the Attorney General was officially established in 1897. The Connecticut Constitution and General Statutes authorize the Attorney General to represent the interests of the people of the State of Connecticut in all civil legal matters involving the state to protect the public interest, and to serve as legal counsel to all state agencies.
- Auditors of Public Accounts
The Office of the Auditors of Public Accounts is a legislative agency of the State of Connecticut whose primary mission is to conduct audits of all State agencies. Included in such audits is an annual Statewide Single Audit of the State of Connecticut to meet Federal Requirements. The Office is under the direction of two State Auditors appointed by the State Legislature.
The Governor (1) provides the executive direction and supervision over the Executive Branch; (2) appoints agency/department commissioners, members of boards and commissions, trustees and other officials; (3) presents a two-year budget package to the General Assembly; and (4) approves or vetoes legislation approved by both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly.
- Lt. Governor
The Lieutenant Governor is the elected constitutional officer who is charged with succeeding the governor in the event of the governor's death, resignation, refusal to serve or removal from office during term; operating the state government during the governors absence from the state; presiding over the State Senate and casting the tie-breaking vote when the Senate is equally divided.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of the State is designated by the Constitution and General Statutes of Connecticut as the official keeper of a wide array of public records and documents. The office is a vital source of information regarding various businesses, commercial lenders, elections, legislation, regulations and other areas, and responds to more than 600,000 requests for information annually. It also publishes, distributes and sells the State Register and Manual and other publications.
- State Comptroller
State law charges the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) to adjust and/or settle all demands against the state not first adjusted and settled by the General Assembly; to prepare all accounting statements relating to the financial condition of the state; to pay all wages and salaries of state employees; to develop and implement new computerized payroll, personnel, accounting and budgeting systems; and to administer miscellaneous appropriations for employee taxes, health services and insurance, as well as grants to police, firefighters and municipalities.
- State of Connecticut
Within its compact borders, Connecticut has forested hills, new urban skylines, shoreline beaches, white-steeple colonial churches, and historic village greens. There are classic Ivy League schools, modern expressways, great corporate offices, and small farms. Connecticut is a thriving center of business, as well as a vacation land. It is both a New England state, and suburban to New York City.
- State Treasurer
The Connecticut State Treasurer is committed to ensuring effective financial management of public resources, high standards of professionalism and integrity, and expanding opportunity for our residents and businesses.
Connecticut Legislative Branch
- Connecticut General Assembly
The Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is a bicameral body composed of the 151-member lower Connecticut House of Representatives and the 36-member upper Connecticut Senate. It meets in the state capital, Hartford. There are no term limits for either chamber.
- Office of Legislative Research
The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research helps the General Assembly make policy and serve the public by providing it with accurate, timely, and objective research, policy analysis, and assistance in the development of legislation.
Connecticut Court Rules and Forms
- Connecticut Court Forms
Court Fees and Forms: Judicial forms - PDF fillable forms listed by subject matter (general, criminal, civil, administrative, family, grievance, housing, juvenile, supreme/appellate and probate).
- Connecticut Judicial Publications
Publications/Videos - Administrative Publications; Civil Publications; Court Rules; Criminal Publications; Family Publications; Family Videos; General Information; Grievance Publications; Housing Publications; Jury Publications; Jury Videos; Newsletters; Probate Court Publications; Self-Represented Parties Publications and Videos; Supreme and Appellate Court; Victim Services Publications; and Volunteer and Intern Publications.
Connecticut Judicial Branch
- Judicial Branch
The Connecticut Judicial Branch consists of the Supreme Court; the Appellate Court; the Superior Court; and the Probate Court System.
Connecticut Executive Branch
- Connecticut Development Authority
The Connecticut Development Authority provides debt financing and investment capital to help businesses grow in Connecticut. It stimulates business investments and creates jobs by financing companies and projects that contribute to Connecticut’s economy, technology base, intellectual capital, urban infrastructure, employment or tax revenues.
- Connecticut Economic Resource Center
The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) is a nonprofit corporation that provides clients with objective research, marketing and economic development services consistent with their mission of making Connecticut a more competitive business environment.
- Connecticut Military Department
The Military Department's principle public responsibility is to serve as the protector of citizens and their property in time of war, invasion, rebellion, riot or disaster. It serves as the main source for the Governor in ensuring public safety in a variety of emergencies. The basis for the Military Department rests on the foundation of the citizen-soldier serving his community.
- Connecticut National Guard
The Connecticut National Guard consists of the Connecticut Army National Guard and the Connecticut Air National Guard. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. In fact, the National Guard is the only United States military force empowered to function in a state status. Those functions range from limited actions during non-emergency situations to full scale law enforcement of martial law when local law enforcement officials can no longer maintain civil control. The National Guard may be called into federal service in response to a call by the President or Congress.
- Connecticut Office of Tourism
Connecticut has many fascinating faces. Come visit… and discover all the ways you can CONNECT-ICUT! Connecticut is all about… fun! In just about every form you can imagine. Thrilling roller coaster fun. Antiquing and ethnic festival fun. Serious museum and opera fun. Shop-‘til-you-drop fun. And just good plain, old-fashioned fun.
- Department of Administrative Services
The Department of Administrative Services' mission is too provide statewide policy to the State of Connecticut agencies on matters related to purchasing, fleet, human resources and other centralized services, and to supply the best possible people, goods and services to the agencies on time, aligned with their business needs, and within statutory guidelines.
- Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to foster a healthy economic, environmental and social climate for agriculture by developing, promoting and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and promoting an understanding among the state's citizens of the diversity of Connecticut agriculture, its cultural heritage and its contribution to the state's economy.
- Department of Banking
The mission of the Department of Banking is to protect users of financial services from unlawful or improper practices by requiring that regulated entities and individuals adhere to the law, assuring the safety and soundness of state chartered banks and credit unions, educating and communicating with the public and other stakeholders, and promoting cost-efficient and effective regulation.
- Department of Consumer Protection
The mission of the Department of Consumer Protection is to ensure a fair and equitable marketplace, safe products and services for consumers in the industries that they license, regulate and enforce. They are responsible for protecting citizens from marketplace fraud, unfair business practices, and physical injury from unsafe items. This protection is achieved through licensure, inspection, investigation, enforcement and public education activities in five major areas: Food and Standards; Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices; Alcoholic Liquor; Occupational and; Professional Licensing; and Trade Practices.
- Department of Correction
The mission of the Department of Corrections is to protect the public, protect staff, and provide safe, secure, and humane supervision of offenders with opportunities that support successful community reintegration.
- Department of Developmental Services
Department of Developmental Services (DDS) runs a statewide system which provides support and services to persons with mental retardation who reside in family homes, independently, in state-operated facilities, in licensed "community training homes" and in licensed/certified "community living arrangements."
- Department of Economic and Community Development
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the state's lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs all of which are designed to enhance Connecticut's communities and business and housing environments. The DECD’s mission reflects its three core responsibilities: Economic Development; Housing Development; and Community Development.
- Department of Economic and Community Development: Connecticut Innovations Inc.
Connecticut Innovations strengthen Connecticut's high-tech economy by providing entrepreneurs with the capital and strategic guidelines they need to turn great ideas into successful Connecticut businesses
- Department of Education
The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing funds to the state’s 166 school districts. The Department also operates the Connecticut Technical High School System.
- Department of Environmental Protection
The DEP achieves its mission through regulation, monitoring, inspection and enforcement, and licensing procedures that help control air, land and water pollution in order to protect health, safety, welfare and natural resources. DEP also improves and coordinates the state's environmental plans, functions and educational programs in cooperation with federal, regional and local governments, other public and private organizations and concerned individuals, while managing and protecting the flora and fauna for compatible uses by the citizen.
- Department of Information Technology
The mission of the Department of Information Technology is to provide quality information technology (IT) services and solutions to customers, effectively aligning business and technology objectives through collaboration, in order to provide the most cost-effective solutions that facilitate and improve the conduct of business for our state residents, businesses, visitors and government entities.
- Department of Labor
The Department serves job seekers, students, displaced workers and individuals who are unemployed, as well as those who want to change jobs or continue to move in their careers. At these facilities, assessment, testing, workshops, veterans’ services, regional job fairs and career guidance are available to everyone. The department also serves the business community with job-related consulting services, apprenticeship programs, recruiting services through the job bank and the One-Stop Centers, OSHA assistance, regulations, wage and workplace standards, rapid response to company downsizing or closure, shared work programs, and labor market information.
- Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment. DMHAS serves all Connecticut citizens, but its mandate is to serve adults with psychiatric or substance use disorders, or both, who lack the financial means to obtain such services on their own. DMHAS also provides collaborative programs for individuals with special needs.
- Department of Motor Vehicles
The mission of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is to promote and advance public Safety, Security and Satisfaction through the regulation of drivers, their motor vehicles and certain motor vehicle-related businesses.
- Department of Public Health
The Department of Public Health works to ensure that all Connecticut residents have access to affordable, high-quality health care. It regulates the professionals and institutions responsible for providing health care including physicians, nurses, hospitals and nursing homes. The Department also develops and implements health care policies that assure established standards of care.
- Department of Public Safety
The Connecticut Department of Public Safety (DPS) is composed of three divisions: the Division of State Police, the Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services and the Division of Scientific Services. DPS is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing enforcement, regulatory and scientific services through prevention, education and innovative use of technology.
- Department of Public Utility Control
The Department of Public Utility Control is statutorily charged with regulating to varying degrees the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned, electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state’s cable television companies. The Department also keeps watch over competitive utility services to promote equity among the competitors while customers reap the price and quality benefits of competition and are protected from unfair business practices.
- Department of Public Works
The mission of the Department of Public Works (DPW) is to be the leader in providing quality facilities and in delivering cost-effective, responsive and timely services to state agencies in the areas of planning, design, construction, facilities management, leasing, real property disposition and security.
- Department of Revenue Services
The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is responsible for ensuring voluntary compliance with the tax laws through accurate, efficient and courteous customer services. It accomplishes this by educating the public about their tax responsibilities and by assisting taxpayers in filing appropriate tax returns and paying taxes. DRS also has the authority to initiate action to collect unpaid taxes and apply enforcement measures when necessary.
- Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services it is the state agency responsible for administering a number of programs under federal legislation, including the Rehabilitation Act, the Food Stamp Act, the Older Americans Act, and the Social Security Act. The department is also designated as a public housing agency for the purpose of administering the Section 8 program under the federal Housing Act.
- Department of Transportation
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is responsible for the development and operation of highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities in the U.S. state of Connecticut. ConnDOT's duties include: the state highway system; management of the state's railroads; oversight of Connecticut Transit (the state's bus system); management and operations of most of the state's ports along Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean; and management of Bradley International Airport.
- Insurance Department
The Insurance Department is responsible for regulating the Insurance industry and its compliance with all Connecticut Laws and Regulations with regard to the business of insurance. The primary duties of the Department are to: license insurance companies; regulate insurance policy forms, rates, and programs; license insurance producers and others; examine the financial condition of insurance companies; examine the market conduct of insurance companies; and handle insurance complaints.
- Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) works to improve the quality of life and quality of care of Connecticut citizens residing in nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living communities. The LTCOP responds to, and investigates complaints brought forward by residents, family members, and/or other individuals acting on their behalf. Ombudsmen offer information on consultation to consumers and providers, monitor state and federal laws and regulations, and make recommendations for improvement. The program also recruits, trains, and supervises Volunteer Resident Advocates who assist residents in resolving concerns.
- Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
The mission of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is to direct and coordinate all available resources to protect the life and property of the citizens of Connecticut in the event of a disaster or crisis, through a collaborative program of prevention, planning, preparedness, response, recovery, and public education.
- Office of Policy and Management
The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) functions as the Governor’s staff agency and plays a central role in state government, providing the information and analysis used to formulate public policy for the State and assisting State agencies and municipalities in implementing policy decisions on the Governor’s behalf. OPM prepares the Governor’s budget proposal and implements and monitors the execution of the budget as adopted by the General Assembly.
- State Library
The mission of the State Library is to preserve and make accessible Connecticut’s history and heritage and to advance the development of library services statewide. The Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as to the employees and officials of all three branches of State government.
- State Parks and Forests
State Parks and Forests is a division in the the Department of Environmental Protection. It provides information about Connecticut's parks and forests, and available programs and services related to them.
Connecticut Boards and Commissions
- Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology
The Commission is charged with: establishing the Connecticut Education Network; establishing rigorous standards in technology competency for students, teachers, and administrators; establishing the Connecticut Digital Library; and reporting annually on the progress of educational technology in Connecticut, and making recommendations to the Connecticut General Assembly on matters relating to educational technology.
- Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCT) was created in 2003 by the Connecticut General Assembly to bring together arts, historic preservation, film and tourism. Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticut's cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the State. The Commission operates as a grant making agency for state and federal funds and serves to market and promote the state to in-state and out of state residents.
- Workers' Compensation Commission
The Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) administers the workers’ compensation laws of the State of Connecticut with the ultimate goal of ensuring that workers injured on the job receive prompt payment of lost work time benefits and attendant medical expenses. To this end, the Commission facilitates voluntary agreements, adjudicates disputes, makes findings and awards, hears and rules on appeals, and closes out cases through full and final stipulated settlements.