JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 50 o'clock a. m. , Representative Genga of the 10th District in the Chair.
Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Joshua F. Quintana of East Hartford, Connecticut.
The following is the prayer:
Let us pray. Dear Lord, as bills come forth from Committees, allow us to be sensitive to the needs of our constituents so that the concerns of all may be addressed. Amen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Joshua F. Quintana of East Hartford, Connecticut.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,
The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.
March 5, 2013
TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint GLENN POWELL from Collinsville, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, as a neutral arbitrator, to serve a term ending June 30, 2014 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.
DANNEL P. MALLOY
TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint EMANUEL N. PSARAKIS, ESQUIRE from Simsbury, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, as a neutral arbitrator, to serve a term ending June 30, 2014 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.
DANNEL P. MALLOY
The following reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:
Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 and 1-122 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: March 4, 2013
Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.
Report - Connecticut Department of Agriculture - Animal Population Control Program - 2012 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 22-380k and Sections 22-380e to 22-380m, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: March 4, 2013
Referred to the Committee on Environment.
Report - Legislative Regulation Review Committee - 2012 Report to the 2013 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly. (Pursuant to Section 4-171 of the Connecticut General Statute. ) Date Received: March 4, 2013
Referred to the Committee on Legislative Management.
FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES
The following House Bills were received from the committees indicated, the bills read the second time and tabled for the Calendar and printing:
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. H. B. No. 5425 (RAISED) (File No. 25) AN ACT ALLOWING ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBERS OF CHARTER OAK STATE COLLEGE TO WAIVE MEMBERSHIP IN A STATE RETIREMENT PLAN.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. Substitute for H. B. No. 5500 (RAISED) (File No. 24) AN ACT REQUIRING INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH UNIFORM FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION.
VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for H. B. No. 6348 (RAISED) (File No. 26) AN ACT CONCERNING STATE MILITARY SERVICE.
VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for H. B. No. 6349 (RAISED) (File No. 28) AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE MILITARY RELIEF FUND.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. H. B. No. 6364 (RAISED) (File No. 27) AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF QUARTERLY REPORTS BY THE OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS
On motion of Representative Bowles of the 42nd 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.
H. B. No. 5347 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABELS', to lower the incidence of drug overdoses.
H. B. No. 5387 (COMM) VETERANS' AFFAIRS. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE USE OF MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY TRAINING AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR STATE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS', to determine which training and experience obtained by veterans during their service in the armed forces equates to the training or experience necessary to obtain certain state licenses.
H. B. No. 5610 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF MUNICIPAL SOFT-SERVE ICE CREAM VENDOR PERMITS', to expedite the processing of municipal soft-serve ice cream vendor permits.
FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING
H. B. No. 6575 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN STATE GRANTS TO TOWNS', to assist municipalities by providing higher grants in lieu of property taxes for The University of Connecticut Health Center and by providing a higher rate of reimbursement to municipalities for phosphorous removal projects.
H. B. No. 6576 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICABILTY OF THE SALES AND USE TAX TO BOATS', to allow a longer period of time for boat storage and repair, and to exempt from the sales and use tax boats that are in this state for sixty days or less.
H. B. No. 6577 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCE TAX', to clarify a developer's liability for the real estate conveyance tax in situations where the developer sells the land in a separate transaction from the sale of the residence built on the land.
S. B. No. 316 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICES FOR THE SAFE USE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONES', to promote consumer safety with the proper use of cellular telephones.
S. B. No. 326 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTION', to protect consumers from unfair business practices.
S. B. No. 439 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GASOLINE PUMP DISPLAY SCREENS', to provide that gas pumps with unreadable digital display screens not be used.
S. B. No. 752 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SELF-SERVICE STORAGE FACILITY LIENS', to modernize self-service storage facility lien laws.
FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING
S. B. No. 1052 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVED TAX COLLECTION', to clarify that sales of cigarettes at the distributor level are deemed retail sales, and to allow the licensed dealer to recoup the sales tax it paid to the distributor; to provide that interest on an overpayment of the public services companies tax, estate tax, petroleum products gross earnings tax or gift tax will accrue beginning on the ninety-first day following the date of the return or amended return; and to amend the petroleum products gross earnings tax to exempt cosmetic grade mineral oil from the tax and to include as eligible for the credit against said tax a company importing a petroleum product into the state that uses or incorporates a petroleum product into a product that falls under the NAICS section of paint, coating and adhesive manufacturing.
S. B. No. 1053 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING TAX CREDITS', to expand eligibility for the apprenticeship training tax credit to business entities other than corporations, in order to provide additional incentives for job creation.
S. B. No. 1054 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ANNUAL ADJUSTMENTS TO ASSESSMENT RATES', to ensure that annual adjustments to assessment rates pursuant to section 12-62r of the general statutes are done correctly.
S. B. No. 1055 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS TAX CREDITS AND AN EXEMPTION TO, AND A STUDY OF, THE INCOME TAX', to provide for the ordering of tax credits for purposes of the insurance premiums tax; to consolidate two credits, section 12-217ff, donation of land for educational use, and section 12-217dd, donation of open space land; to make the period in which an assignee may claim the film infrastructure credit consistent with the allowable periods under the film production and digital animation credits; to increase the amount of the apprenticeship credit; to provide a fifteen-year carryforward for an R & D credit; to make changes to the JET credit; to permit an exemption from personal income tax in certain circumstances; and to require a study of whether all taxpayers are treated equitably under the personal income tax.
On motion of Representative Bowles of the 42nd District, the House adjourned at 11: 53 o'clock a. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.