JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Senate was called to order at 11: 08 a. m. , in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), and under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.
The prayer was offered by Acting Chaplain, Alice Ann Joseph of West Simsbury, Connecticut.
The following is the prayer:
Lord, when we learn that someone is hurting, help us know what to do and say; speak to our heart and give us compassion, let your great love flow through us today. Amen.
Pursuant to Senate Rule 9(b) the Senate is called into Session, by the Office of the Senate Clerk's under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.
It is hereby moved that Senate Agenda Number 1, dated Tuesday, February 28, 2012 is adopted, the items on said Agenda shall be acted upon as indicated and that the Agenda shall be incorporated into the Senate Journal and Senate Transcript.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS
In accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), 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:
S. B. No. 268 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT REQUIRING RETAILERS TO DISCLOSE SPECIFIC ABSORPTION RATES FOR CELLULAR TELEPHONES', to require retailers to disclose specific absorption rates for cellular mobile telephones.
S. B. No. 269 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS AND REQUIRING CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS AND LAND SURVEYORS', to establish a structural engineer endorsement to the professional engineer license and to require professional engineers and land surveyors to complete not less than fifteen hours per calendar year of continuing professional education.
S. B. No. 270 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTION', to protect consumers from unfair business practices.
S. B. No. 271 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LIQUOR CONTROL ACT', to require the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to study the types of current alcoholic liquor permits and the need for such permits.
SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN
S. B. No. 272 (RAISED) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SOCIAL SECURITY SUPPORT FOR FOSTER CHILDREN', to ensure all children in foster care are screened for their eligibility for federal Social Security benefits, to require the Department of Children and Families to apply for Supplemental Security Income on behalf of a child in its care and custody, and to require the department to determine whether a child will require a representative payee.
S. B. No. 273 (RAISED) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CARE4KIDS PROGRAM', to make changes to the Care4Kids subsidy program to allow minor parents attending high school to be eligible for the program, allow women on maternity leave to continue to receive Care4Kids during their leave, extend the eligibility to unemployed recipients seeking employment, and to adjust payment rates for the program.
S. B. No. 274 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHEMICALS OF HIGH CONCERN TO CHILDREN', to identify chemicals of high concern to children.
S. B. No. 275 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND REPORTING', to make changes to the statute concerning workplace violence prevention and reporting.
S. B. No. 276 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR ACUPUNCTURISTS', to update licensing requirements for acupuncturists in accordance with national standards.
S. B. No. 277 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A COUNCIL TO PROMOTE COLLABORATION BETWEEN LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH', to establish an advisory council to promote collaboration between the Department of Public Health, local health departments and health districts.
S. B. No. 278 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS', to change the membership on the Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists.
S. B. No. 279 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SENTENCE MODIFICATION', to permit a sentenced person to seek review and modification of his or her sentence regardless of whether the state's attorney agrees to such review.
S. B. No. 280 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT REVISING THE PENALTY FOR CAPITAL FELONIES', to replace the death penalty with a penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of release for certain murders committed on or after the effective date of this act.
SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN
H. B. No. 5324 (RAISED) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD SAFETY BY RESTRICTING THE PLACEMENT OF LEGHOLD TRAPS', to restrict the placement of leghold traps within one thousand five hundred feet of areas where children are likely to encounter such devices.
H. B. No. 5325 (RAISED) SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN AND YOUTH', to require a study of government organization providing services to children and youth.
H. B. No. 5326 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT ENCOURAGING THE PURCHASE OF FOOD PRODUCTS GROWN OR MADE IN CONNECTICUT', to allow consumers to make informed decisions regarding the purchase of food products.
H. B. No. 5327 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROFESSIONAL LICENSES', to shorten the amount of time in which professional and occupational license applications are processed by the Department of Consumer Protection.
H. B. No. 5328 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FINE ART SECURED LENDING LICENSE', to establish a fine art secured lender license.
H. B. No. 5329 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF TELEPHARMACY BY HOSPITALS', to enable Connecticut hospitals to use telepharmacy for the dispensing of sterile products.
H. B. No. 5330 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN PERSONS GRANTED TEMPORARY LEAVE BY THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY REVIEW BOARD', to require a person found not guilty of a sexual offense by reason of mental disease or defect who is granted temporary leave to a residential setting by the Psychiatric Security Review Board to register as a sexual offender with the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
H. B. No. 5331 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE UNIFORM INTERSTATE DEPOSITIONS AND DISCOVERY ACT', to enact the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act in this state.
H. B. No. 5332 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SMOKING IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND THE EXEMPTION FOR TOBACCO BARS', to redefine a tobacco bar and reduce smoking in public places.
H. B. No. 5333 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION AWARENESS', to increase education and awareness of organ and tissue donation.
H. B. No. 5334 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OR ABANDONMENT OF WATER SUPPLY SOURCES AND ASSOCIATED LAND', to clarify procedures concerning the sale, abandonment or alienation of a water supply source or potential water supply source and land associated with the water supply source.
H. B. No. 5335 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LYME DISEASE TESTING', to establish a task force to study Lyme disease testing.
The Senate at 11: 12 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.