The University of Connecticut is permitted to acquire or to sell land, without the approval of the Office of Policy Management or the State Properties Review Board. Susan Herbst, the president of the University of Connecticut, requested an opinion from Attorney General George Jepsen about the university's power to buy and sell land. Allegedly, the Auditors of Public Accounts raised the issue of whether UConn may buy and sell without approval of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Properties Review Board. Connecticut General Statutes §4b-21a provides in pertinent part, "The University of Connecticut may purchase or acquire for the state and may dispose of or exchange any land or interest therein directly." AG Jepsen opined that the university is permitted to acquire or to sell land, without the approval of the Office of Policy Management or the State Properties Review Board. "The plain and ordinary meaning of the words chosen by the legislature," wrote Jepsen, "compels the conclusion that the 1995 amendment to Section 4b-21(a) authorizes UConn to transfer real estate without the involvement of OPM of SPRB." C.G.S. §4b-21a is compatible with the authorization that the legislature provided to UConn to engage in real estate transactions in the UConn 2000 Act, C.G.S. §10a-109d(a). UConn's powers under the UConn 2000 Act appear to be extremely broad. Legislators' remarks prior to passage of the UConn 2000 Act made it clear that legislators knew that UConn was not required to obtain permission in advance from the State Properties Review Board, before buying and selling land. Legislators did not attempt to amend the statute. AG Jepsen concluded that the university is permitted to acquire or to sell land, without approval from the Office of Policy Management or the State Properties Review Board.

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