JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Senate was called to order at 10: 33 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, Brittany Kaplan of Enfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Dear Lord understanding is one of the greatest accomplishments of life and with it comes wisdom. 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 February 1, 2013, 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.

REPORT

The following report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated.

State of Connecticut Report of the Chief State's Attorney. Summary of Ex Parte Orders, as required by section 54-47aa(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes. Report received January 31, 2013.

The report was referred to the committees Judiciary and Public Health.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE SENATE COMMITTEES

SENATE RESOLUTION

The following favorable reports were received from the Senate Committees indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. R. No. 9 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SHEILA HENNESSEY OF WETHERSFIELD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY REVIEW BOARD.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

The following favorable reports were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 25 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF RICHARD H. KOSINSKI, ESQUIRE OF NEW BRITAIN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION ARBITRATION BOARD.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 26 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SUSAN R. MEREDITH, ESQUIRE OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION ARBITRATION BOARD.

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:

CHILDREN

S. B. No. 821 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RESPONSIBILITIES OF MANDATED REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT', to assist children suffering from abuse and neglect by strengthening the statutory protections for mandated reporters and other employees reporting suspected instances of child abuse or neglect.

S. B. No. 822 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTERVIEWS OF CHILDREN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DURING INVESTIGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT', to permit the Department of Children and Families to interview a child in a child protective investigation without parental consent in circumstances when obtaining such consent would place the child at imminent risk of physical harm.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S. B. No. 823 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEVERE MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENT AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE'

S. B. No. 824 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS'

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

S. B. No. 825 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROFESSIONAL BONDSMEN, SURETY BAIL BOND AGENTS AND BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENTS', to establish age and education requirements for professional bondsmen and bail enforcement agents and provide for the revocation of their licenses if a restraining or protective order has been issued against them, require any badges worn by bail enforcement agents to be approved, require annual firearms refresher training for holders of a special firearms permit and require approval of instructors offering criminal justice and firearms courses to applicants.

CHILDREN

H. B. No. 6329 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DISSECTION CHOICE', to allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom.

H. B. No. 6330 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOOK-A-LIKE FIREARMS', to make it an infraction for any person to deface the markings on any look-a-like firearm and to ban the possession of look-a-like firearms, pellet-firing air guns or BB. guns in or on the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school.

H. B. No. 6331 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD BLOOD DONORS', to increase the amount of available blood in the state by amending section 19a-285a of the general statutes to allow sixteen-year olds to donate blood at volunteer blood donation programs provided such sixteen-year olds produce written authorization from their parent or guardian prior to donation.

H. B. No. 6332 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TOXIC FIRE RETARDANTS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS', to ban any product containing the Tris flame retardant chemical TDCPP, TDCP, TCEP or TCPP marketed for the use of children three years of age or younger.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H. B. No. 6333 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FILING FEE AT THE STATE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION', to increase the filing fee for the submission of grievances to the Board of Mediation and Arbitration in order to increase revenue and to further ensure that any party filing such grievances is doing so in good faith.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 6334 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FEASIBILITY OF REGIONALIZING EMERGENCY DISPATCH FUNCTIONS', to create and fund a study to investigate the potential benefits of having municipalities cooperate on public safety functions.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 6335 REP. VERRENGIA, 20th DIST. ; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISPOSAL OF WEAPONS SEIZED FROM A PERSON WHO POSES A RISK OF IMMINENT PERSONAL INJURY TO SELF OR OTHERS', to allow police departments to manage their inventory of seized firearms without the risk of liability.

H. B. No. 6336 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF TESTS FOR BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVELS IN OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CASES', to require that in a criminal prosecution for drunken driving or drunken boating evidence is presented that demonstrates the results of a blood alcohol test not commenced within two hours of operation accurately indicate the blood alcohol content at the time of the alleged offense and delete the requirement in an administrative per se hearing that a test for blood alcohol levels be commenced within two hours of operation.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 38 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILL

The following report on a Senate Bill recommending a change of reference was received from the Committee indicated, the report of the Committee was accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:

GENERAL LAW. Proposed S. B. No. 282 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CONNECTICUT ANTIQUES TRAIL.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

GENERAL LAW. Proposed S. B. No. 328 AN ACT CONCERNING MINORS AND VIOLENT POINT-AND-SHOOT VIDEO GAMES.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Children.

GENERAL LAW. Proposed S. B. No. 437 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF CAFFEINATED ENERGY DRINKS TO PERSONS UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Public Health.

BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILL

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

GENERAL LAW. Proposed H. B. No. 5348 AN ACT CONCERNING CERTIFICATION FOR PERSONS WHO DECONTAMINATE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Public Health.

GENERAL LAW. Proposed H. B. No. 5606 AN ACT CONCERNING HOME-BASED BAKERIES.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Public Health.

GENERAL LAW. Proposed H. B. No. 5612 AN ACT CONCERNING THE LISTING OF SOY AS AN INGREDIENT IN FOOD, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Public Health.