JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Senate was called to order at 10: 34 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:
Our Father, we pray that we may have the patience to live through the difficulties of life. May we correct our faults, that they may not destroy our peace and take from our strength, help us to center our lives in brightness and hope. 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 14, 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.
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. 320 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PRICE GOUGING DURING SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS', to protect consumers from price gouging during severe weather market disruptions.
S. B. No. 654 (COMM) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CREATING A MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID PROGRAM FOR PARENTS', to develop a mental health first aid program for parents so that parents will be better equipped to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness in their children and the community in general.
S. B. No. 879 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION OBTAINED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DURING THE COURSE OF ANTITRUST INVESTIGATIONS', to conform the Connecticut Antitrust Act with federal antitrust provisions.
S. B. No. 880 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND THE RENEWAL OF CERTAIN ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR PERMITS', to ensure that the pilot program established by special act 11-14 does not lapse and to allow for consideration of the report currently due February 1, 2014.
S. B. No. 881 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FARM WINERIES', to clarify the average crop definition during the first seven years from the issuance of a farm winery permit.
S. B. No. 882 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADDING THE PACE PROGRAM TO THE MEDICAID STATE PLAN', to add cost saving PACE services to the Medicaid state plan.
S. B. No. 883 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A COMMUNITY SPOUSE'S ALLOWABLE ASSETS', to allow the spouse of an institutionalized person sufficient assets to age in place at home.
S. B. No. 884 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT INCREASING ELIGIBILITY FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED CARE FOR ELDERLY PERSONS AND THOSE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE'
S. B. No. 885 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE THE UTILITY OF CREATING A PUBLIC RETIREMENT PLAN', to study the utility of creating a public retirement plan.
S. B. No. 886 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AGING IN PLACE'
S. B. No. 887 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CARE 4 KIDS PROGRAM', to make changes to the Care 4 Kids subsidy program to extend the eligibility to recipients of program benefits who take unpaid leave from their employment due to the birth or impending birth of a child provided certain criteria are met.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
S. B. No. 888 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WIRELESS BROADBAND', to require the Connecticut Siting Council to make a determination of an application for the construction of a telecommunications tower within one hundred fifty days, to add telecommunications towers to the list of structures allowed in a watershed, and to require the state to develop a process to make state land and property available for lease for wireless facilities if not contrary to state use of such land or property.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
S. B. No. 889 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT'S CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS'
S. B. No. 890 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT', to grant The University of Connecticut authority to enter into design-build contracts to enable it to shorten the project schedule by starting both the design and construction phases immediately.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
S. B. No. 891 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES', to classify fewer state employees as managers.
S. B. No. 892 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COST ESTIMATES FOR CERTAIN HEALTH CARE SERVICES', to require health care providers to give advance notice to patients of services that are expected to cost more than one thousand dollars.
S. B. No. 893 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT ALLOWING PACKAGE STORE PERMITTEES TO HOLD GIFT BASKET RETAILER PERMITS', to allow holders of package store permits to also hold gift basket retailer permits.
H. B. No. 5110 (COMM) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF A UNIVERSAL CHILD HEALTH FORM'
H. B. No. 5566 (COMM) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD SAFETY BY RESTRICTING THE PLACEMENT OF LEGHOLD TRAPS', to restrict the placement of leghold traps within one hundred feet of areas where children are likely to encounter such devices.
H. B. No. 6395 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF A SMALL HOUSE NURSING HOME PILOT PROGRAM', to allow additional small house nursing home projects within available appropriations.
H. B. No. 6396 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIVABLE COMMUNITIES', to foster the design and development of livable communities in which Connecticut residents can age in place.
H. B. No. 6397 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR A SENIOR CENTER IN THE TOWN OF ELLINGTON', to authorize the issuance of bonds for the purpose of building a center to serve senior citizens in the town of Ellington.
H. B. No. 6398 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A SAFE HAVEN FROM EVICTION FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED TENANTS', to provide a safe haven from eviction for senior citizens and those with disabilities.
H. B. No. 6399 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM', to promote consistency and prohibit juveniles from being shackled prior to conviction unless to ensure public safety, to provide time credit for a child who is arrested and held prior to being convicted as delinquent and committed to the Department of Children and Families, to allow statements made by a child in the presence of the child's parent or guardian to be admissible in a delinquency or criminal proceeding, and to make additional changes to the current juvenile justice system.
H. B. No. 6400 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MANDATED REPORTERS AND REQUIRING CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECKS FOR YOUTH CAMP DIRECTORS AND ALTERNATE DIRECTORS', to expand the category of persons who are mandated reporters and to require criminal history records checks for directors and assistant directors of youth camps.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
H. B. No. 6401 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VIDEO AND CABLE PROVIDERS'
H. B. No. 6402 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT MODERNIZING THE STATE'S TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAWS'
H. B. No. 6403 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT MAKING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION STATUTES', to make minor and technical changes to Department of Consumer Protection statutes to reduce unnecessary paperwork, increase agency work process efficiency, comply with federal rules, conform to customary practices and remove and update antiquated provisions.
H. B. No. 6404 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNERS', to allow registered interior designers to utilize a seal.
H. B. No. 6405 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BARROOM PARTITIONS', to clarify regulatory requirements concerning restaurant and cafe permits.
H. B. No. 6406 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM', to improve and expand the electronic prescription drug monitoring program.
H. B. No. 6407 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSAULT OF A LIQUOR CONTROL AGENT', to make the assault of a liquor control agent a class C felony.
H. B. No. 6408 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSSESSION OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR BY MINORS', to clarify the law requiring a property owner to halt the illegal possession of alcohol by minors by restoring language inadvertently deleted in 2012.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
Proposed H. B. No. 6409 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. ; REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SET-ASIDE PROGRAM AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRACTS RESERVED FOR MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISES', to reserve a percentage of state contracts for minority business enterprises owned by members of a minority.
H. B. No. 6410 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY FOR THE MEDICALLY NEEDY', to give medically needy individuals the option of making lump sum or installment payments to the state to establish Medicaid income eligibility.
H. B. No. 6411 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES', to ensure that eligible Medicaid recipients under the age of twenty-one are not denied chiropractic services.
H. B. No. 6412 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SAFE AND APPROPRIATE TRANSPORTATION FOR NONAMBULATORY MEDICAID RECIPIENTS', to ensure safe and appropriate transportation for nonambulatory Medicaid recipients.
H. B. No. 6413 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY AND THE IDENTIFICATION AND RECOVERY OF ASSETS', to speed up the eligibility determination process for Medicaid and allow for recovery of debt for nursing home care.
H. B. No. 6414 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NONEMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS', to provide partial reimbursement for providers of nonemergency medical transportation when Medicaid recipients fail to show up for scheduled pick-up appointments.
Proposed H. B. No. 6415 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. ; REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES', to make various statutory revisions concerning the responsibilities and duties of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
H. B. No. 6416 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE CHARTER SCHOOL EMPLOYEES', to clarify the process by which employees of a state charter school may file a petition to request recognition of an organization to represent them in negotiations with respect to salaries, hours and other conditions of employment.
H. B. No. 6417 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEES', to recognize probate court employees as state employees, giving them the full rights and privileges of other state employees.
Proposed H. B. No. 6418 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING LABELING OF GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOODS', to require labeling of genetically-engineered foods.
The Senate at 10: 39 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.
BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
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:
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. Proposed H. B. No. 5319 AN ACT REQUIRING MORE INTRUDER-RESISTANT SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND IMPROVED SECURITY METHODS.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Education.