JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The House of Representatives was called to order at 10: 11 o'clock a. m. , Speaker Christopher G. Donovan in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Reverend Garland D. Higgins of West Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Most Divine and Sovereign God, we come before You today in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty. As financial institutions crumble and the very economic and social fabric of our lives is shaken, many of us are gripped by anxieties and fears with the clouds of recession over us and worsening prospects ahead. Surely, God, we are desperately waiting for an economic savior to emerge. God, You remain our stronghold and refuge - for You will not abandon those who seek You.

With Your Holy Spirit in the midst, allow Your political servants to strive and do what is best for Your people. This is bigger than us, but no challenge is ever too big for You. We come seeking Your wisdom to guide us where the way is confusing. We have no better guide than You. Grant us wisdom to do Your will, and may we come to agreements across the aisles that will unite us. By sharing the good things You give us, may we secure justice and equality for all. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Representative Camillo of the 151st District.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The following communication was received from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

February 2, 2009

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 46a-52 of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of PATRICIA J. WRICE of Hartford, Connecticut to be a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, to serve a term to expire on July 13, 2011.

Christopher G. Donovan

Speaker of the House

Date Received: February 3, 2009

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HER EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from Her Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

February 4, 2009

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 31-280a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint BENEDICT W. COZZI from Northford, to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission, as a representative of employees, to serve a term ending December 31, 2012 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

M. JODI RELL

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10a-62 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint JUDITH B. GREIMAN from West Hartford, to be a member of the New England Board of Higher Education to serve a term ending October 23, 2014 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

M. JODI RELL

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-9a and 32-11a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint LAURA T. GRONDIN from West Hartford, to be the Chair of the Connecticut Development Authority to serve a term coterminous with my term or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to L. Scott Frantz.

M. JODI RELL

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 31-280a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint GLENN MARSHALL from Woodbridge, to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission, as a representative of employees, to serve a term ending December 31, 2012 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

M. JODI RELL

Governor

REPORTS

The following reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Annual Report - State of Connecticut - Office of Military Affairs - Annual Report for 2008. (Pursuant to Public Act 07-205 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: February 3, 2009

Referred to the Committees on Public Safety and Security and Commerce.

Annual Report - Office of Policy and Management - Adriaen's Landing and Rentschler Field Annual Report - February 2009. (Pursuant to Section 32-669 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: February 3, 2009

Referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Annual Report - Office of the Treasurer - Annual Report of the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2008. Date Received: February 3, 2009

Referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

The following House Joint Resolutions were received from the committees indicated, the resolutions read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 43 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE MICHAEL A. PACE OF OLD SAYBROOK TO BE A MEMBER AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT RESOURCES RECOVERY AUTHORITY.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 44 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL E. MCKEEMAN OF MIDDLEBURY TO BE CHAIR OF THE CONNECTICUT HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENTAL LOAN AUTHORITY.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Merrill of the 54th District, the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the committees as indicated thereon in concurrence.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

H. B. No. 5144 (COMM) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN APPROPRIATION TO EXPAND THE NURTURING FAMILIES NETWORK', to divert those families most likely to need services from the Department of Children and Families to a successful early intervention program, thereby reducing the total cost to the department per family.

HUMAN SERVICES

H. B. No. 5421 (COMM) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROCEEDINGS AND OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to improve the proceedings and operations of the Department of Children and Families.

ENVIRONMENT

H. B. No. 6345 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROTECTING THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE HIGHLANDS REGION', to limit the diversion of water for recreational purposes from the federally designated Highlands region.

H. B. No. 6346 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF MARINE STRUCTURES', to require the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to adopt regulations concerning marine structures.

H. B. No. 6347 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDEMPTION OF WATER BOTTLES', to expand the beverage container redemption provisions to include water bottles, to require dealers to provide certain information to distributors and to require redemption centers established or significantly expanded on or after October 1, 2009, to locate such centers near the main entrance of the business.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

H. B. No. 6348 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CORPORATION BUSINESS TAX CREDITS', to provide for an application process for tax credits that will limit the state's exposure for such credits to one hundred million dollars.

H. B. No. 6349 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALES TAX ON SERVICES', to make professional, insurance, occupational or personal service transactions subject to the sales tax.

H. B. No. 6350 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING EXEMPTIONS FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX AND LOWERING THE RATE OF SUCH TAX', to eliminate exemptions from the sales and use tax, lower the rate of the tax to five per cent, and make conforming changes.

HUMAN SERVICES

H. B. No. 6351 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO THE HUMAN SERVICES STATUTES', to make technical revisions to the human services statutes.

H. B. No. 6352 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OVERSIGHT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to improve services provided by the Department of Children and Families.

H. B. No. 6353 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF FOSTER CARE SERVICES', to improve foster care services provided by the Department of Children and Families.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H. B. No. 6354 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REGULATING SURETY BAIL BOND AGENTS', to improve the regulation of surety bail bond agents in this state.

H. B. No. 6355 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PURE COMMUNITY RATING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS', to exclude age and gender from classifications that may be used to adjust the base community rate for health insurance premiums and rates offered to small employers.

H. B. No. 6356 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE EXTENDED WARRANTY STATUTES', to protect consumers in this state by enhancing the financial security requirements of insurers offering extended warranty reimbursement insurance policies in Connecticut.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H. B. No. 6357 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CREATING THE OFFENSE OF CYBERSTALKING', to create the offense of cyberstalking, a class A misdemeanor.

H. B. No. 6358 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADDITIONAL OFF-TRACK BETTING BRANCH FACILITIES', to permit the simulcasting of off-track betting race programs in two additional facilities in Milford and Putnam.

H. B. No. 6359 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE PREVENTION OF VIOLENT CRIME', to appropriate funds and authorize bonds of the state to provide funding to certain high crime areas in order to help eliminate violent crime.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

H. B. No. 6360 (RAISED) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FATHERHOOD', to require a study of issues concerning fatherhood.

PUBLIC HEALTH

H. B. No. 6361 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT FORENSIC EXAMINERS PROGRAM', to establish a sexual assault forensic examiners program that will train and make available sexual assault forensic examiners to adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault who are patients at participating acute care hospitals.

H. B. No. 6362 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO MARRIAGE OR CIVIL UNION CERTIFICATES THAT CONTAIN THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS OF THE PARTIES', to establish that only the parties to a marriage or civil union and the local registrar shall have access to the Social Security numbers specified on such license and the application for such license.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S. B. No. 113 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION', to allow individuals receiving unemployment compensation to work on a part-time basis while receiving unemployment benefits so their income will equal their income prior to filing for unemployment benefits and to create a reporting requirement for the Labor Commissioner on the solvency of the Unemployment Compensation Fund and provide recommendations to ensure that solvency.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

S. B. No. 257 (COMM) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDE AT DAY CARE FACILITIES', to allow for the application of pesticide at a day care center by certified pesticide applicators in an emergency and require parental notification of any such application.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S. B. No. 360 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM', to encourage the employment of individuals on the autism spectrum who have received state-funded training or educational benefits.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

S. B. No. 544 (COMM) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE PRINTING OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF MINORS WITH IDENTIFYING CAPTIONS WITHOUT PARENTAL PERMISSION', to require parental permission before a newspaper may print a photograph of a minor with a caption that identifies the minor.

S. B. No. 624 (COMM) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT PROVIDING CERTAIN ADULT ADOPTED PERSONS WITH ACCESS TO PARENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION AND INFORMATION IN THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES', to provide each adult adopted person with access to parental health information and information in the person's original birth certificate.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON AGING

S. B. No. 814 (RAISED) SELECT COMMITTEE ON AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANCE SERVICES UNDER THE CONNECTICUT HOME CARE PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY', to allow personal care assistance services to be covered under the Connecticut home care program for the elderly.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

S. B. No. 815 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MORATORIUM ON BUSINESS TAX CREDITS', to place a moratorium on tax credits allowed for corporations.

HUMAN SERVICES

S. B. No. 816 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTIONS', to direct funds for unpaid child support to the custodial parent.

S. B. No. 817 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHT TO A HEARING IN THE RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, TRANSITIONARY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND SECTION 8 VOUCHER PROGRAM', to provide for a right to a hearing in the rental assistance program and increase funds for said program.

S. B. No. 818 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN SAFE HAVENS CASES', to clarify the Department of Children and Families' role and responsibility in Safe Havens cases.

S. B. No. 819 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HUSKY PROGRAM', to improve the HUSKY program.

S. B. No. 820 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM', to establish a pilot program utilizing existing housing funds to prevent family homelessness.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

S. B. No. 821 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPISTS', to reduce the cost of health insurance policies by removing certain providers.

S. B. No. 822 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING GENDER DISCRIMINATION FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES', to prohibit different individual health insurance policy rates that are based on gender.

S. B. No. 823 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE INSURANCE STATUTES', to modify various insurance statutes to strengthen the Insurance Department's ability to regulate the industry and protect consumers.

ENVIRONMENT

S. B. No. 824 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MARINE DEALERS, MARINE SURVEYORS AND YACHT BROKERS', to better regulate marine dealers, marine surveyors and yacht brokers.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

S. B. No. 825 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAINTBALL SAFETY', to require minors to attend a brief safety course prior to using a paintball gun at a paintball facility, and to require purchasers of a paintball gun to also purchase a protective helmet, and to give the Department of Consumer Protection enforcement and regulatory authority over paintball facilities and purchases.

PUBLIC HEALTH

S. B. No. 826 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSURE OF CHILD DAY CARE FACILITIES AND YOUTH CAMPS', to: (1) Authorize the sharing of certain records maintained by the Department of Children and Families as relates to the operation of child day care facilities and youth camps; and (2) provide the Department of Public Health with the authority to suspend hazardous activities at licensed youth camps.

S. B. No. 827 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BLOOD DONATION BY MINORS', to permit sixteen-year olds to donate blood without the written authorization of a parent or guardian.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the resolutions adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. R. No. 7 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF JOHN T. RYAN, SR. , OF NEWINGTON TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY BOARD.

The resolution was explained by Representative Janowski of the 56th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 7 was adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. R. No. 8 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SYLVIA CANCELA OF COLLINSVILLE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY REVIEW BOARD.

The resolution was explained by Representative Janowski of the 56th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative LeGeyt of the 17th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 8 was adopted.

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FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the resolutions adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 5 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF CHRISTINE LARSON OF TRUMBULL TO BE A MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

The resolution was explained by Representative Robles of the 6th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Rowe of the 123rd.

On a voice vote Senate Joint Resolution No. 5 was adopted in concurrence with the Senate.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 6 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF BRANDT SMALLWOOD OF SIMSBURY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

The resolution was explained by Representative Schofield of the 16th.

On a voice vote Senate Joint Resolution No. 6 was adopted in concurrence with the Senate.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the resolutions adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 17 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF KEVIN M. DELGOBBO OF NAUGATUCK TO BE A COMMISSIONER OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES CONTROL AUTHORITY.

The resolution was explained by Representative Janowski of the 56th.

The resolution was discussed by Representatives Cafero of the 142nd, Hamzy of the 78th, Labriola of the 131st, Giannaros of the 21st, Klarides of the 114th, Orange of the 48th, Merrill of the 54th and Sawyer of the 55th.

On a voice vote House Joint Resolution No. 17 was adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 19 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JAMES P. GINOCCHIO OF GOSHEN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL, AS A JUDGE.

The resolution was explained by Representative Janowski of the 56th.

On a voice vote House Joint Resolution No. 19 was adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 20 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF JUSTIN R. CLARK, ESQUIRE, OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL, AS AN ATTORNEY.

The resolution was explained by Representative Janowski of the 56th.

On a voice vote House Joint Resolution No. 20 was adopted.

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FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the resolutions adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. R. No. 10 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SHERMAN D. LONDON OF SOUTHBURY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION.

The resolution was explained by Representative Janowski of the 56th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative O'Neill of the 69th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 10 was adopted.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. R. No. 11 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF NANCY WHITEHEAD OF FARMINGTON TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD FOR STATE ACADEMIC AWARDS, AS A CHARTER OAK STATE COLLEGE ALUMNUS.

The resolution was explained by Representative Janowski of the 56th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 11 was adopted.

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FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 22 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE THAYER BALDWIN, JR. , OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 22 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 23 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE HOLLY A. ABERY-WETSTONE OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Kirkley-Bey of the 5th.

On motion of Representative Lawlor of the 99th District, House Joint Resolution No. 23 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 24 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE EMMET L. COSGROVE OF NEW LONDON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 24 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 26 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE THOMAS F. UPSON OF WATERBURY TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

The resolution was discussed by Representatives Noujaim of the 74th, D'Amelio of the 71st and Butler of the 72nd.

On motion of Representative Lawlor of the 99th District, House Joint Resolution No. 26 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 34 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE RICHARD E. BURKE OF MADISON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 34 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 35 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE BRIAN T. FISCHER OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 35 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 36 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JAMES P. GINOCCHIO OF GOSHEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

On motion of Representative Lawlor of the 99th District, House Joint Resolution No. 36 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 38 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE SUSAN S. REYNOLDS OF RIDGEFIELD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 38 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

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FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 37 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE PATTY JENKINS PITTMAN OF HAMDEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 3114) and moved its adoption.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 3114):

In the title, strike "HAMDEN" and insert in lieu thereof "WALLINGFORD"

In line 2, strike "Hamden" and insert in lieu thereof "Wallingford"

On motion of Representative Lawlor of the 99th District, House Joint Resolution No. 37 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 39 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE NOCOLA E. RUBINOW OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 39 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 40 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE CAROL A. WOLVEN OF HAMDEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

On motion of Representative Lawlor of the 99th District, House Joint Resolution No. 40 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 41 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE CARL E. TAYLOR OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Gonzalez of the 3rd.

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 41 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 42 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE RICHARD M. RITTENBAND OF SOUTH WINDSOR TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

On motion of Representative Lawlor of the 99th District, House Joint Resolution No. 42 was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

MATTER PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following resolution was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the resolution placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 27 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE THOMAS P. MIANO OF HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 3115) and moved its adoption.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 3115):

In the title, strike "HARTFORD" and insert in lieu thereof "WETHERSFIELD"

In line 2, strike "Hartford" and insert in lieu thereof "Wethersfield"

On motion of Representative Fox of the 146th District, House Joint Resolution No. 27 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was placed on the Consent Calendar in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules.

BUSINESS ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

On motion of Representative Olson of the 46th District, the following resolutions on the Consent Calendar which were starred for action were adopted in accordance with Rule 43 of the House Rules:

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 22 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE THAYER BALDWIN, JR. , OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 23 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE HOLLY A. ABERY-WETSTONE OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 24 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE EMMET L. COSGROVE OF NEW LONDON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 26 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE THOMAS F. UPSON OF WATERBURY TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 34 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE RICHARD E. BURKE OF MADISON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 35 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE BRIAN T. FISCHER OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 36 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JAMES P. GINOCCHIO OF GOSHEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 37 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE PATTY JENKINS PITTMAN OF HAMDEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. (As amended by House Amendment Schedule "A").

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 38 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE SUSAN S. REYNOLDS OF RIDGEFIELD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 39 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE NOCOLA E. RUBINOW OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 40 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE CAROL A. WOLVEN OF HAMDEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 41 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE CARL E. TAYLOR OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 27 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE THOMAS P. MIANO OF HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. (As amended by House Amendment Schedule "A").

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 42 (RAISED) RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE RICHARD M. RITTENBAND OF SOUTH WINDSOR TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 11: 41 a. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 145

Necessary for Adoption 73

Those voting Yea 145

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 4

On a roll call vote the resolutions were adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

Y

   

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

Y

   

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

Y

   

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

Y

   

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

Y

   

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

Y

   

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

Y

   

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

Y

   

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

Y

   

OLSON

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

   

X

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

H. R. No. 12 REP. MERRILL, 54th DIST. RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE SENATE THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS READY TO MEET IN JOINT CONVENTION.

Representative Merrill of the 54th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Merrill of the 54th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 12 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That a committee of three Representatives be appointed to inform the Senate that the House of Representatives is ready to meet with the Senate in Joint Convention.

Speaker Donovan appointed the following Representatives:

Representative Fritz of the 90th

Representative Giannaros of the 21st

Representative O'Neill of the 69th

RECESS

On motion of Representative Merrill of the 54th District, the House recessed at 11: 55 o'clock a. m. , to reconvene at the Call of the Chair.

REPORT OF HOUSE COMMITTEE

The Committee appointed by the House to inform the Senate the House was ready to meet in Joint Convention reported that they had discharged the duties assigned to them and that the Senate would meet the House in Joint Convention forthwith.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

COMMITTEE FOR THE SENATE

The committee appointed by the Senate appeared in the Hall of the House and informed the House that the Senate was ready to meet in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communication the Governor might be pleased to make concerning the budget.

REPORT OF THE JOINT CONVENTION

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: It is my duty to report to you the proceedings of the Joint Convention.

Upon the invitation of the House, the Senate met the House in convention for the purpose of receiving the budget message of Her Excellency, the Governor.

His Honor, the Lieutenant-Governor, presided over the Joint Convention and the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House were Secretaries of the Convention.

The prayer was offered by the Senate Chaplain, Reverend James J. Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Our thought for today is from Psalm 55: 1 “Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my pleas: Hear me and answer me.

Let us pray. Gracious God: as we pause together in prayer, grant us strength where there is weakness. Grant us faith - where there is doubt. Grant us love - where there is hate. May our horizons be filled with hope and anticipation of Your Blessing as the Senators take the hard and difficult task before them - namely the confidence and assurance to provide for the needs of all. Bless our President, our Governor, our Nation and our State and keep our leaders in Your care. For our defenders of freedom; especially those in harm's way - keep them safe. Hear us as we pray. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Christopher G. Donovan, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Senator Looney of the 11th District offered a resolution raising a Committee of two Senators and two Representatives to inform the Governor that the Senate and the House of Representatives were in convention for the purpose of receiving her message concerning the budget.

The resolution was adopted and Senator Looney of the 11th District, Senator McKinney of the 28th District, Representative Merrill of the 54th District and Representative Cafero of the 142nd District were appointed as the Committee.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee to inform the Governor that the Senate and the House of Representatives were met in Joint Convention reported that it had performed the duties assigned to them and had been informed that the Governor would soon come into the Convention. The Committee was discharged with the thanks of the Joint Convention.

Her Excellency, the Governor, thereupon appeared in the Hall of the House with the other Executive Officers.

Upon motion of Senator Looney of the 11th, it was voted that the message of the Governor be printed in the Journals of the Senate and House and that a sufficient number of copies be printed for general distribution.

Guest Chaplain Reverend Garland D. Higgins of West Hartford offered the following benediction:

Let us pray. To the One who is able to keep us from falling. May we continue to seek Your guidance throughout this Legislative Session. Let there be solutions that are acceptable in Your sight. We continue now, to trust in Your goodness and provision - for You are a God who hears, answers and acts on our behalf out of abundance of Your eternal love. We trust You in Your grace and mercy to sustain us. Amen.

Upon motion of Senator Looney of the 11th, it was voted that the Convention be dissolved.

The President thereupon dissolved the Convention and the Senate withdrew.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher G. Donovan, Speaker

AFTER RECESS

The House reconvened at 2: 42 o'clock p. m. , Speaker Donovan in the Chair.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the resolutions adopted.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 21 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE HEIDI G. WINSLOW OF NEWTOWN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

Representative Taborsak of the 109th District absented himself from the Chamber due to a possible conflict of interest.

The resolution was explained by Representative Godfrey of the 110th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Lyddy of the 106th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 2: 50 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 139

Necessary for Adoption 70

Those voting Yea 139

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 10

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 21 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

Y

   

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

Y

   

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

Y

   

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

   

X

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

   

X

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

Y

   

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

   

X

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

Y

   

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

Y

   

OLSON

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 29 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF NANCY E. SALERNO OF MIDDLEBURY TO BE A WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER.

Representative Olson of the 46th District absented herself from the Chamber due to a possible conflict of interest.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative D'Amelio of the 71st.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 2: 55 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 139

Necessary for Adoption 70

Those voting Yea 139

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 10

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 29 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

Y

   

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

Y

   

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

Y

   

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

   

X

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

Y

   

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

   

X

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

Y

   

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

   

X

OLSON

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 30 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF AMADO J. VARGAS OF PORTLAND TO BE A WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER.

Representative Olson of the 46th District absented herself from the Chamber due to a possible conflict of interest.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 3: 00 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 141

Necessary for Adoption 71

Those voting Yea 141

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 8

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 30 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

Y

   

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

Y

   

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

Y

   

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

   

X

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

Y

   

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

Y

   

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

   

X

OLSON

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 31 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF ERNIE R. WALKER OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER.

Representative Olson of the 46th District absented herself from the Chamber due to a possible conflict of interest.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 3: 03 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 142

Necessary for Adoption 72

Those voting Yea 142

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 7

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 31 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

Y

   

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

Y

   

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

Y

   

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

Y

   

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

Y

   

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

Y

   

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

   

X

OLSON

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 28 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE ELLEN A. PETERS OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

The resolution was discussed by Representatives Wright of the 41st and Hetherington of the 125th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 3: 10 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 143

Necessary for Adoption 72

Those voting Yea 143

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 6

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 28 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

Y

   

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

Y

   

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

Y

   

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

Y

   

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

Y

   

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

Y

   

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

Y

   

OLSON

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 25 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOETTE KATZ OF FAIRFIELD TO BE AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Rowe of the 123rd.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 3: 16 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 143

Necessary for Adoption 72

Those voting Yea 132

Those voting Nay 11

Those absent and not voting 6

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 25 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

 

N

 

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

 

N

 

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

 

N

 

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

Y

   

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

 

N

 

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

 

N

 

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

 

N

 

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

 

N

 

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

 

N

 

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

 

N

 

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

Y

   

OLSON

 

N

 

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

 

N

 

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 32 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE FLEMMING L. NORCOTT, JR. , OF NEW HAVEN TO BE AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Lawlor of the 99th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 3: 21 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 143

Necessary for Adoption 72

Those voting Yea 138

Those voting Nay 5

Those absent and not voting 6

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 32 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

Y

   

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

 

N

 

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

 

N

 

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

 

N

 

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

Y

   

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

 

N

 

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

Y

   

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

Y

   

OLSON

 

N

 

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 33 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE RICHARD N. PALMER OF CROMWELL TO BE AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

The resolution was explained by Representative Fox of the 146th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 3: 26 p. m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 143

Necessary for Adoption 72

Those voting Yea 136

Those voting Nay 7

Those absent and not voting 6

On a roll call vote House Joint Resolution No. 33 was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ROBLES

Y

   

FREY

   

X

ALDARONDO

Y

   

HEWETT

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

GIBBONS

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HOLDER-WINFIELD

Y

   

ROLDAN

Y

   

GIEGLER

Y

   

AYALA

Y

   

HORNISH

Y

   

ROY

 

N

 

GIULIANO

Y

   

BACKER

Y

   

HURLBURT

Y

   

RYAN, K.

Y

   

HAMZY

Y

   

BARRY

Y

   

JANOWSKI

Y

   

SANTIAGO

Y

   

HARKINS

Y

   

BARTLETT

Y

   

JARMOC

Y

   

SAYERS

Y

   

HETHERINGTON

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

JOHNSON, S.

Y

   

SCHOFIELD

 

N

 

HOVEY

Y

   

BOUKUS

Y

   

JOHNSTON, S. T.

Y

   

SERRA

 

N

 

HWANG

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

JUTILA

Y

   

SHAPIRO

Y

   

KLARIDES

Y

   

BYE

Y

   

KEHOE

Y

   

SHARKEY

Y

   

LABRIOLA

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LAMBERT

Y

   

SPALLONE

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

CARUSO

Y

   

LARSON

Y

   

STAPLES

Y

   

MILLER, L.

Y

   

CLEMONS

Y

   

LAWLOR

Y

   

TABORSAK

Y

   

MINER

Y

   

CONROY

Y

   

LEONE

Y

   

TALLARITA

   

X

NOUJAIM

Y

   

CONWAY

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

LEWIS

Y

   

THOMPSON

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

DARGAN

Y

   

LYDDY

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

DAVIS

   

X

MAZUREK

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

RIGBY

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

MCCRORY

Y

   

VILLANO

 

N

 

ROWE

Y

   

DREW

Y

   

MEGNA

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

SAWYER

Y

   

ESPOSITO

Y

   

MERRILL

Y

   

WIDLITZ

Y

   

SCRIBNER

Y

   

ESTY

Y

   

MIKUTEL

Y

   

WILLIS

Y

   

STRIPP

Y

   

FAWCETT

Y

   

MILLER, P.

Y

   

WRIGHT, C.

   

X

WILLIAMS

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

MIOLI

Y

   

WRIGHT, E.

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEXER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

ZALASKI

     

VACANT

Y

   

FONTANA

Y

   

MORRIS

     

VACANT

       

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

MOUKAWSHER

               

Y

   

FRITZ

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

               

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

NAFIS

Y

   

ALBERTS

       

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

NARDELLO

Y

   

AMAN, W.

Y

   

DONOVAN (SPKR)

Y

   

GERAGOSIAN

Y

   

NICASTRO

Y

   

BACCHIOCHI

       

Y

   

GIANNAROS

Y

   

O'BRIEN

Y

   

CAFERO

       
   

X

GONZALEZ

Y

   

O'CONNOR

 

N

 

CAMILLO

       

Y

   

GRAZIANI

Y

   

OLSON

 

N

 

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO (DEP)

Y

   

GREEN, K.

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARSON

Y

   

GODFREY (DEP)

Y

   

GROGINS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CHAPIN

Y

   

KIRKLEY-BEY (DEP)

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

REEVES

Y

   

COUTU

Y

   

MCCLUSKEY (DEP)

Y

   

HAMM

Y

   

REYNOLDS

 

N

 

D'AMELIO

Y

   

ORANGE (DEP)

Y

   

HEINRICH

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

FLOREN

Y

   

O'ROURKE (DEP)

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

H. R. No. 13 REP. MERRILL, 54th DIST. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF REVEREND CHARLES E. TURNER OF HARTFORD AS A DEPUTY CHAPLAIN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Representative Merrill of the 54th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Merrill of the 54th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 13 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Reverend Charles E. Turner of Hartford be and he is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the 2009 and 2010 sessions.

H. R. No. 14 REP. MERRILL, 54th DIST. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF RABBI CRAIG H. MARANTZ OF GLASTONBURY AS A DEPUTY CHAPLAIN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Representative Merrill of the 54th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Merrill of the 54th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Kirkley-Bey of the 5th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 14 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Rabbi Craig H. Marantz of Glastonbury be and he is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the 2009 and 2010 sessions.

H. R. No. 15 REP. MERRILL, 54th DIST. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF REVEREND CHARLES E. JACOBS OF HARTFORD AS A DEPUTY CHAPLAIN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Representative Merrill of the 54th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Merrill of the 54th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 15 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Reverend Charles E. Jacobs of Hartford be and he is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the 2009 and 2010 sessions.

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILL

The following favorable report on the House Bill recommending a change of reference was received from the committee indicated, the bill read, the report of the committee accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:

SELECT COMMITTEE ON AGING. H. B. No. 5298 (RAISED) AN ACT INCREASING THE ASSET LIMITATIONS UNDER THE STATE-FUNDED CONNECTICUT HOME CARE PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Human Services.

REPRESENTATIVES ABSENT

The following Representatives were absent today or may have missed some votes due to the following:

Representative Aldorando of the 73rd District - illness

Representative Floren of the 149th District - illness

Representative Mazurek of the 80th District - out of country - business

Representative Noujaim of the 74th District - family business

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Merrill of the 54th District, the House adjourned at 3: 38 o'clock p. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

BUDGET ADDRESS BY GOVERNOR M. JODI RELL

JOINT SESSION OF THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HALL OF THE HOUSE, STATE CAPITOL

FEBRUARY 4, 2009

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Williams, Members of the Legislature and Guests, I stand before you today to unveil my recommended State budget for the next two years - two years that promise to be challenging in so many ways.

But I know, without doubt or hesitation, that Connecticut is up to the challenge. I believe deeply in the strength and courage of the people of Connecticut. As your Governor, I will lead as we find our way, safely and surely, through these turbulent times. The harsh winds of economic turmoil have spread across the Nation and now buffet nearly every aspect of our lives.

Daily we are reminded of the tolls of our troubles with updates on unemployment rates, newly announced bankruptcies and foreclosures and solemnly declared business failures. Turbulent times indeed. But financial statistics do not measure the incredible resolve of our people. They do not reflect the unyielding will of our families to directly confront the headwinds of hardship. They do not reveal the true character of those who live and work in Connecticut and those who are blessed, as we are, to lead it.

We are Connecticut. We will overcome our economic distress and we will emerge the better for it. Make no mistake, our journey will be a long and painful one. But it will be a shared journey. We will share the joys and the disappointments. The tears and the sacrifices. The burdens and the blessings. It is our way. It is who we are as the people of Connecticut.

For nearly 300 years we have sustained during the ebb and flow of the historic tides of trial and challenge. We have stared down many an enemy - war, both from within and without; injustice; intolerance; hatred; and corruption. We have survived countless recessions and economic slowdowns and one National Depression. We will survive this time as well. For we are Connecticut. We will stand arm in arm, sharing our burdens and turning our challenges into opportunities, positioning ourselves so that we may soar when those harsh winds of economic turmoil finally fade.

Our journey begins today with the release of my recommended budget. It is a budget that took me weeks and months to put together. Weeks and months in which our National and State economies were worsening, and they still are. No one knows when we will hit bottom. But we're not waiting.

My budget provides a blueprint which will guide us and which will preserve the prosperity of Connecticut for our children and grandchildren. There is pain and sacrifice in this budget, but it is shared pain and sacrifice. We are in this struggle together, and we will need to work together, to lead together, in deed as well as in word.

Yes, there is pain, there is sacrifice and there is some long overdue trimming. Simply put: The bloat of bureaucracy is no longer affordable. Over the years, over the decades, State government often lost sight of what its core mission was and who it was serving.

It has become, in too many ways, what those in government want - for those in government. Layer upon layer of bureaucracy has been built so deeply and set so tightly that original goals have been crushed under the weight of permanency. It is time to get back to basics. It is time to return to our core mission - to educate our children, protect our people, help those truly in need.

The economic challenges we are facing give us a rare opportunity to realign State government. To stop the exponential annual growth that is no longer affordable. We must not forsake this opportunity. We must do what every family across our State has been doing - cutting back and doing more with less - and less.

The cuts I am proposing were not easy to make - any of them. They are not inconsequential. But they represent a return to an affordable government. They give us a budget that goes backward in total spending - backwards so that we may go forward in strength once the economic recovery comes to pass.

My budget for the next fiscal year is actually lower than our budget this fiscal year. I am proud of that - and I am also proud of the fact that my budget contains NO tax increases for the next two fiscal years. None. People cannot afford their taxes now. We should not add to their burdens.

There are some fee increases, the use of various unspent fund balances and the securitization of clean energy funds. But no tax increases. I spoke a moment ago of doing more with less, and I do mean less. My budget contains a number of initiatives to shrink government and I would like to take a few moments to explain them to you myself so you will know the truth of what is in my budget and why.

The soothsayers will undoubtedly provide their own interpretations and tell you, in their own, all-knowing ways, what I really meant. The naysayers will tell you it can't be done, it shouldn't be done. Well, to the soothsayers and naysayers I say: Step aside. We need leaders. Help me as I lead Connecticut to a smaller, more affordable, more responsive government.

It starts with fewer State agencies. My budget eliminates 10 of them. All serve worthy purposes on paper, but all have functions largely duplicated by regular State agencies. In times of plenty they are helpful. In times such as these they are unaffordable. Families are making do with less - so can we.

My budget also eliminates 10 other agencies through logical consolidations. Stand-alone entities are simply not needed. Families are making due with less - so can we.

More than 300 boards and commissions have been established by executive order or legislative or judicial fiat. Three hundred shadow government agencies, with associated staffing, mileage reimbursement and other expenses. My budget eliminates 70 of these and merges others. We're reducing the bloat of bureaucracy and making do with less.

My budget cuts our fleet of State cars by 20 percent. State cars are not an entitlement. If an employee doesn't really need one, he or she won't have one. Families are making do with less - so can we.

And we can do with fewer laws on the books. We not only need a leaner government but a less intrusive one as well. We have 14,000 pages of State laws in existence. Surely we can do with fewer. I am proposing that we take 130 unnecessary laws off the books. We should take others off as well. We can certainly make do with less.

I am also proposing that we cancel State bond authorizations of hundreds of projects, mostly earmark projects, totaling almost $400 million. Long-term debt will crush our children. Earmarking is out of control and it's bankrupting us. We can't afford not to make do with less. For one year we are putting a hold on construction at UConn and our State colleges and universities to save debt costs. Over the last decade we have transformed the physical face of higher education in Connecticut - and we will continue to do so.

I am proposing that we repeal or modify a host of State and Municipal mandates. Comprehensive mandate relief is long overdue and will have a lasting impact in reshaping and reducing the cost of government.

First, no costly new mandate should be allowed without a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. Second, we should suspend for two years the so-called “raise-the-age” law and the new in-school suspension law. Now is not the time to impose new burdens on cities and towns that are also struggling to balance budgets.

And perhaps most significantly, at least in the short-term, I am calling for the suspension of binding arbitration requirements for two years while we confront our economic troubles. At the end of the two-year suspension, I propose that we limit mandatory subjects of binding arbitration to salaries and benefits only - not scheduling, the size of parking spaces, picnics and parties on State time and the dozens of other subjects currently included.

Tough decisions. Right decisions. Mandate reform will offer much-needed help to our cities and towns. And I am pleased to announce that so will my budget, in that it flat funds - yes, flat funds - state aid to municipalities for the next 2 years.

No cuts to education aid. No cuts to any State grant program. None. I had to cut even deeper in our State budget to accomplish this, but cut I did. Because we cannot, in good conscience, balance the State budget on the backs of property taxpayers. They cannot afford higher local taxes any more than they can afford higher State taxes.

We want to help cities and towns through regionalism, a much discussed concept that must finally be put into action. Municipalities can and should cut costs by sharing - sharing equipment, facilities, schools, personnel and more.

My budget provides $40 million in new grants for infrastructure and equipment for municipalities that want to join together to provide services like recycling, tax collection and payroll. And a new $10 million grant will be available to purchase shared equipment - snow plows, dump trucks, garbage trucks. And two programs - LOCIP and TAR - will be adjusted, at current funding levels, to provide 10 percent bonuses to those towns which join together on regionally beneficial programs.

It's time regionalism was more than just something we talk about - it's time for it to be a reality. It's also time for reform of our probate court system. Our system is antiquated and broken. I am proposing an overhaul that will reduce the number of courts, improve services and increase the hours of operation. It will also save money. It's long since time that bereaved families not add to their anguish by fighting an outdated and sometimes irresponsible probate system.

It's also time that we made State government more accountable. I know the public is frustrated when they see waste and abuse in government and I don't blame them. They're tired with our reacting to problems after they arise. Why, they ask, can't we stop reacting and start doing it right in the first place? They're right to ask and while mistakes will always happen, we need to do better - far better.

That's why I am creating an Office of Accountability and asking each State agency to appoint an Accountability Officer. These accountability officials will be responsible for detecting - up front - fraud and waste by personnel and in the use of State property. They will ensure that resources, including cars, phones and computers, are used for legitimate purposes.

We cannot afford to lose one dollar to waste, inefficiency or abuse, particularly at a time when tax dollars are shrinking and painful cuts are being made. So many families are struggling right now - and many more are likely to - given the almost daily announcement of more layoffs.

With each job loss the question of “what if” becomes “what now?” What do we do now to keep the roof over our heads and food on the table? The heart of what we do, not just as a government, but as friends and neighbors, is the basic part and the best part of our humanity.

That's why my budget will include an additional $1. 7 million in new monies to expand elderly nutrition programs, including home delivery and congregate meals, as well as for stocking food pantries and shelters around the State. I am also expanding eligibility for federal food assistance so as to help an additional 19,000 people.

We can help people put food on the table but we also need to help get them back to work - temporarily and permanently. For the short term, I am setting aside $7. 5 million in the budget to bring back an old idea - one that dates back to the Depression, one in which my own father participated: the CCC, or Civilian Conservation Corps.

In our case it would be the Connecticut Conservation Corps and we would hire people in need of work, particularly those with dependents, and pay them a decent wage to help with projects such as cleaning beaches and clearing trails at state parks. Good and honest work on projects we need undertaken in exchange for good and honest wages that some need to support their families.

The program has not yet been finalized but money has been set aside in the budget. I ask your help, as the Legislature, to craft a formal and final plan with me so that we can put it into place by July 1. I also ask your help in another area. As I have said repeatedly, we need to position Connecticut to soar when our economy recovers. That means making Connecticut the best place to do business and making sure we have the Nation's most well-trained work force.

In short, I want Connecticut at a competitive advantage over all other states, particularly neighboring states. I believe that we cannot raise taxes on employers at this time. They are struggling, just like our families. Higher taxes could likely be the last financial straw that causes companies to close and employees to lose jobs. If we hold firm and neighboring states raise business taxes, as they are talking about doing, then we will be at a competitive advantage very quickly.

And the advantage will be all ours if we recognize the incredible engines of economic growth that are “green collar jobs. ” Engineers, plumbers, chemists, scientists, HVAC technicians and builders - all will benefit in a clean and green future.

I want to introduce green principles into education, manufacturing, engineering and other aspects of business and industry. I want to focus on specialized green job training. There is another way in which we can “green up” our State and that is by expanding our bottle bill law to include non-carbonated beverages like water. My budget provides for it.

Green is great, but we need to do more. I am proposing a sweeping overhaul of the State's business agencies - bringing all of our efforts, from start-up financing to business recruitment, the arts, tourism and film programs, under unified leadership at DECD - the Department of Economic and Community Development.

DECD would also take over responsibility for two key State efforts - the Small Business Innovation Research program and the variety of State programs intended to encourage the development and clean-up of Brownfields. I am also proposing we combine our two financing agencies - the Connecticut Development Authority and Connecticut Innovations - into the new Connecticut Economic Innovations Authority.

These consolidations will eliminate duplication of services, ease confusion among business leaders about where to go to for help and untangle the variety of agencies, acronyms and applications that slow the process of job creation.

I have another new initiative about which I am truly excited. I am proposing to merge the vo-tech high school and community college systems, together with the State's Office of Workforce Competitiveness, to create the Middle College System - a system of coordinated academic programs that bridge the gap between high school and higher education, allowing students to earn 60 college credits within five years of starting high school.

Middle College students would have access to state-of-the-art facilities and gain college-level experience tuition free. My proposal lights a clear path to success for more than 10,000 students now in Connecticut's vo-tech high school system and will sharply improve the graduation rates and career prospects for our community college students - all while ensuring that a skilled work force will be in place to help us achieve economic success.

We already have a skilled work force in our State employees. To them I say thank you - thank you for your service and for what you have already done to help us in these challenging times. Thank you to those who have come to the table so that we may discuss, with comity, how we may reduce costs further.

Let me also state unequivocally to all our State employees: You are not the reason, not the cause, of our economic troubles. But you must be a part of the solution - and sooner rather than later. Solutions; doing more with less. Making government more affordable. No tax increases. No cuts to State aid. Mandate reform. Probate reform. Green collar jobs. Regionalization. Food and job assistance. A new Middle College system.

Good news at a time when we all need some good news. Good news tempered by the pain and sacrifice of necessary spending cuts and deferred programs and projects. This is a time of challenge like no other in our memories. It is a time for us to come together, not rend apart.

To those who would disparage or dismiss the cuts or reforms my budget contains: You have that right. But you also have the obligation to put your specific alternatives on the public table - and to do so soon. We need to act swiftly in these turbulent times, for the families of Connecticut need our help, need our leadership.

I commend to you the words of Abigail Adams in a letter written to her son 230 years ago - words as relevant today as they were when she put pen to paper:

“It is not in the still calm of life … that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised … then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.

Help me contend with difficulties. Be virtuous. Raise your minds. Our journey begins today but it will not end until the darkest of ocean clouds dissipate and the brightest of blue skies open to a future of endless possibilities for our citizens. Thank you and God bless the great State of Connecticut.