JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Senate was called to order at 10: 42 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, Frank A. Forzano of South Windsor, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Do to no one what you yourself dislike give to the hungry some of your bread and to the naked some of your clothing seek counsel form every wise person. At all times bless the Lord God and ask God to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans.

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 26, 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.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE BILLS

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

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. Substitute for S. B. No. 200 (RAISED) (File No. 8) AN ACT CONCERNING THE BUTLER SCHOOL AND THE SAWYER SCHOOL.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. Substitute for S. B. No. 801 (RAISED) (File No. 10) AN ACT MAKING MANUFACTURING ASSISTANCE ACT FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPRESS PROGRAM.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Substitute for S. B. No. 808 (RAISED) (File No. 9) AN ACT REQUIRING PUBLIC COMMENT FOR CERTAIN LONG-TERM CARE POLICY RATE INCREASE REQUESTS.

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:

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 330 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE TO ESTABLISH A BUSINESS SUCCESS CENTER AT SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY', to create space for Southern Connecticut State University's new School of Business.

TRANSPORTATION

S. B. No. 646 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT RESTORING FUNDING FOR THE STATE MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM FOR DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION FOR ELDERLY PERSONS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES', to restore funding to the state's matching grant program for dial-a-ride transportation services.

S. B. No. 975 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE TRANSPORTATION STATUTES', to revise the procedures of the Department of Transportation concerning the sale or disposition of property, to authorize the Commissioner of Transportation to enter into agreements with the state of Vermont concerning the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line, to allow the commissioner to delegate certain authority to bureau heads, to allow the department to issue filming permits for persons seeking to film on state highways, to allow the department to grant easements to public service companies, to create an exception allowing construction of an access road and bridge that does not meet certain minimum overhead clearance requirements, to allow self-certification for certain pilot boats, to amend the definition of highway to include bus rapid transit roadways, to restrict the use of bus rapid transit roadways, to require all motor vehicle passengers to use safety belts, to prohibit the use of certain hand-held radios while operating a motor vehicle except in emergency situations, to amend various statutes concerning outdoor advertising, to grant an exemption for certain occupational licensing requirements to the Connecticut Airport Authority, to include the Connecticut Airport Authority as a state agency for the purpose of building code compliance and to repeal the requirement of the department to submit a master transportation plan.

S. B. No. 976 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUS IDLING', to clarify exceptions to the prohibition against prolonged school bus idling.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S. B. No. 977 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MEMBERSHIP OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICE PANELS AND THE EVALUATION OF BIDDERS' PAST PERFORMANCE', to modify the membership of certain state construction services selection or award panels and to require awarding authorities to consider a bidder's change orders and assertions of unsubstantiated claims and the subcontractors' past performance and integrity when determining the lowest responsible bidder.

S. B. No. 978 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SUBCONTRACTOR PREQUALIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION THRESHOLDS AND INCREASING THE THRESHOLD FOR REQUIRING COMPETITIVE BIDDING OF PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS', to change the threshold for requiring contracts be awarded to the lowest responsible and qualified bidder from five hundred thousand dollars to two million dollars, to require subcontractors to be prequalified at the time of bid submittal and to change the threshold for separate specifications for classes of work from twenty-five thousand dollars to one hundred thousand dollars.

S. R. No. 15 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'RESOLUTION MEMORIALIZING PRESIDENT PUTIN TO ALLOW AMERICAN ADOPTIONS OF RUSSIAN CHILDREN IN PROCESS TO PROCEED'

TRANSPORTATION

H. B. No. 5252 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INFRACTIONS FOR FAILURE TO OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNALS GIVEN BY FIRE POLICE OFFICERS', to establish that the failure to obey traffic signals given by a fire police officer shall be an infraction.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 5618 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS AT MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to ensure that Middlesex Community College is able to fulfill its mission.

TRANSPORTATION

H. B. No. 6039 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT LIMITING EXPENDITURES FROM THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND', to prevent money in the Special Transportation Fund from being used for General Fund purposes.

H. B. No. 6253 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REMOVE ICE OR SNOW FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE', to establish that the failure to clear ice and snow from certain vehicles shall be an infraction.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 6292 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to ensure that teachers receive a comprehensive education that includes the social and emotional development and learning of children.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H. B. No. 6492 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF EMPLOYEES SUPPLYING INFORMATION TO THE AUDITORS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS', to protect the confidentiality of state agency employees who provide information to the Auditors of Public Accounts regarding possible agency fraud.

H. B. No. 6493 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REFERENCES TO REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNERS IN THE GENERAL STATUTES', to clarify certain references to interior designers in the general statutes by adding the term "registered".

TRANSPORTATION

H. B. No. 6494 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DRIVERS' SCHOOLS AND ADULT INSTRUCTION PERMITS', to establish requirements for adult instruction permit holders to receive behind-the-wheel, on-the-road instruction before issuance of a motor vehicle operator's license, to establish a time period before adult instruction permit holders may be issued motor vehicle operator's licenses and to increase the maximum allowable fee charged for certain driver instruction courses.

H. B. No. 6495 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE STATUTES', to amend the statutes under the cognizance of the Department of Motor Vehicles, as recommended by the department, concerning sworn motor vehicle inspectors, commercial driver's license examiners, insurance identification cards, blanket insurance coverage for leasing companies, year of manufacture plates, registration of vehicles by persons owing municipal taxes, a "Q" endorsement for fire apparatus operators, noncolor photographs on operator's licenses, motorcycle examination waivers for members of the armed forces, the operation of a motor vehicle by certain suspended operator's license holders, fees, disqualification criteria for certain commercial driver's instruction permit holders, leasing and rental license holders, the use of dealer plates, the establishment of misdemeanors for certain violations of the motor vehicle statutes, mediation of certain complaints, odometer tampering, towing, drivers' school license fees, notification of towing, compliance with federal requirements, motor vehicle liens, weigh stations, motor-driven cycles, distracted driving, registration of all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, the establishment of infractions for certain violations of the motor vehicle statutes, adult instruction permit holders and technical revisions.

JUDICIARY

H. J. No. 45 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF JAMES ALEVRAS'

H. J. No. 46 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DISMISS THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF LORI CALVERT'

H. J. No. 47 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DISMISS THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF ANTHONY CARTER'

H. J. No. 48 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DISMISS THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF MILLICENT A. CORBETT'

H. J. No. 49 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF JAMES DARROW'

H. J. No. 50 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF LEROY GARDNER'

H. J. No. 51 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF DONALD GLOVER'

H. J. No. 52 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DISMISS THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF ALEXANDER LANGER'

H. J. No. 53 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DISMISS THE CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF CECELIA LEBBY'

H. J. No. 54 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF MICHAEL MUSSINGTON'

H. J. No. 55 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF VINCENT PALANGIO'

H. J. No. 56 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF CHRISTIAN PEREZ'

H. J. No. 57 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF AUREO RUIZ AND DAWN RUIZ'

H. J. No. 58 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DISMISS THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF GEORGE TOTH'

H. J. No. 59 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DENY THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF JOHN VIVO III'

H. J. No. 60 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE DECISION OF THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER TO DISMISS THE CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF CHARLES YOUNG'

H. J. No. 61 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION GRANTING THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO DISPOSE OF THE CLAIM OF WILLIAM PETTAWAY'

H. J. No. 62 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'RESOLUTION GRANTING THE CLAIMS COMMISSIONER AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO DISPOSE OF THE CLAIM OF SYLVESTER LEE TUCKER'

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 47 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.