JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Friday, February 7, 2014

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 37 o'clock a. m. , Representative Sear of the 47th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Mary Alice Hughes of Haddam, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, make us the true voice of the people whom we represent. Make us willing to continue to serve them with wisdom, fairness and compassion. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jonathan M. Salomone of Newington, Connecticut.

REPORTS

The following reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Report - State Board of Education - Charter School Opt-Out Enrollment Lottery: A Study. (Pursuant to Section 33 of Public Act 12-116. ) Date Received: February 4, 2014

Referred to the Committees on Education and Children.

Report - State Board of Education - Report on the Implementation of Graduation Requirements. (Pursuant to Subsections (c) and (d) of Section 10-221a and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statues. ) Date Received: February 4, 2014

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - State Board of Education - Annual Report on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Connecticut - School Year 2012 - 2013. (Pursuant to Section 46a-153 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: February 4, 2014

Referred to the Committees on Education and Children.

Report - State Board of Education - Report on the Study of Alternative School Programs. (Pursuant to Section 12 of Public Act 13-122 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: February 4, 2014

Referred to the Committees on Education and Children.

Report - Department of Correction and the Board of Pardons and Paroles - Report on Number of Registrants Being Electronically Monitored. (Pursuant to Section 54-260a of the Connecticut General Statues. ) Date Received: February 4, 2014

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - Department of Administrative Services - Report of the School Safety Infrastructure Council - Revised and Updated to February 4, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 80-83 of Public Act 13-3. ) Date Received: February 4, 2014

Referred to the Committees on Education and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Correction - Annual Report - Mental Health Services Provided to the Incarcerated Population - February 2014. (Pursuant to Public Act 07-216. ) Date Received: February 6, 2014

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary, Public Health and Appropriations.

Report - Connecticut Judicial Branch - Report of the Task Force on the Expansion of Civil Restraining Orders - February 2014. (Pursuant to Section 21 of Public Act 13-214 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: February 6, 2014

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated January 31, 2013. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues. ) Date Received: February 7, 2014

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Maroney of the 119th 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.

APPROPRIATIONS

H. B. No. 5031 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BUDGET RESERVE FUND', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

H. B. No. 5032 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPENDITURE CAP AND REDUCING LONG-TERM LIABILITIES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5033 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE SALARIES OF STATE ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS', to save money by reducing the salaries of state elected and appointed officials.

H. B. No. 5034 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT MAKING DEFICIENCY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2014', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

H. B. No. 5035 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TOXIC FIRE RETARDANTS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS', to ban any product containing the flame retardant chemical TDCPP, TDCP, TCEP or TCPP marketed for the use of children three years of age or younger.

H. B. No. 5036 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS OF HIGH CONCERN', to require the Commissioner of Public Health to identify chemicals of high concern to children.

H. B. No. 5037 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CROSS REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND ANIMAL CRUELTY', to clarify the process by which animal control officers and employees of the Department of Children and Families report instances of animal abuse and neglect.

H. B. No. 5038 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTHY CHILDREN', to study the health of children in the state.

H. B. No. 5039 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ANIMAL-ASSISTED SERVICES', to facilitate the development and implementation of a state-wide animal-assisted therapy program.

H. B. No. 5040 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN', to better protect children within the state by expanding the avenues by which information is shared between the Department of Children and Families and other agencies and entities within the state; enhancing the protection of child victims of trafficking; increasing the number of mandated reporters; and making clarifying changes to the statutes involving the abuse and neglect of children.

COMMERCE

H. B. No. 5041 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INVESTMENT IN CONNECTICUT'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

H. B. No. 5042 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGENERATIVE MEDICINE RESEARCH FUND', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

EDUCATION

H. B. No. 5043 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GOVERNOR CONCERNING EDUCATION', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

ENVIRONMENT

H. B. No. 5044 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DOMESTICATED HORSES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5045 REP. BACCHIOCHI, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE HOTEL TAX ON BED AND BREAKFAST INNS', to reduce the hotel tax on bed and breakfast inns.

Proposed H. B. No. 5046 REP. BACCHIOCHI, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PHASE-OUT OF THE HOSPITALS TAX', to reduce the cost of health care in Connecticut, improve access to services, and retain jobs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5047 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RENTAL REBATE PROGRAM', to protect qualified elderly and disabled individuals who applied for benefits between April 1, 2013, and July 1, 2013, who were later deemed ineligible for benefits due to the passage of legislation.

H. B. No. 5048 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHET BABY SCHOLARS PROGRAM', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H. B. No. 5049 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY GOVERNMENT REGULATION', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 5050 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPROVING COLLEGE COMPLETIONS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

HUMAN SERVICES

H. B. No. 5051 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPROVING TRANSPARENCY OF NURSING HOME OPERATIONS', to encourage transparency in financial reporting by all nursing homes.

H. B. No. 5052 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations concerning human services programs.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H. B. No. 5053 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT STRENGTHENING CONNECTICUT'S INSURANCE INDUSTRY COMPETITIVENESS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H. B. No. 5054 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYED JOB SEEKERS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H. B. No. 5055 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. ; SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

H. B. No. 5056 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO CERTAIN STATUTES CONCERNING MUNICIPALITIES AND REGIONAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS', to make technical changes to certain statutes concerning municipalities and regional planning organizations.

H. B. No. 5057 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSESSMENT OF HORSES AND PONIES AND FARM MACHINERY AND THE TRANSFER OF LAND CLASSIFIED AS FARM LAND, OPEN SPACE LAND, FOREST LAND AND MARINE HERITAGE LAND', to authorize municipalities, by local option, to exempt all horses and ponies from property taxation; to increase the property tax exemption for farm machinery; to amend the date on which a qualified foresters report must be submitted; to require property owners to provide notice of an excepted transfer of land classified as farm land, open space land, forest land or maritime heritage land, and to make other changes concerning the assessment of such classified land.

H. B. No. 5058 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GROWTH-RELATED PROJECTS', to amend the definition of "growth-related project".

H. B. No. 5059 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTER TURNOUT FOR MUNICIPAL CHARTER REVISION', to provide that any proposed charter, charter amendments or home rule ordinance amendments shall be approved at a regular election only if at least fifteen per cent of the electors of a municipality vote in such regular election.

APPROPRIATIONS

S. B. No. 21 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GOVERNOR CONCERNING GENERAL GOVERNMENT', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

S. B. No. 22 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF FRAUD IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS', to prevent fraud in all state-administered programs.

COMMERCE

S. B. No. 23 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFIT CORPORATIONS AND ENCOURAGING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

S. B. No. 24 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND YOUTH SMOKING PREVENTION', to implement the Governor's recommendations regarding youth smoking prevention and electronic nicotine delivery systems.

EDUCATION

S. B. No. 25 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

S. B. No. 26 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

ENVIRONMENT

S. B. No. 27 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT'S RECYCLING AND MATERIALS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

S. B. No. 28 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET', to implement the provisions of the Governor's budget.

S. B. No. 29 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 30 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE ACT', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 31 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONTINUED DELIVERY OF LEGAL SERVICES TO THE POOR', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S. B. No. 32 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKING FAMILIES' WAGES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S. B. No. 33 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NEW HAVEN REGION DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

TRANSPORTATION

S. B. No. 34 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CERTIFICATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS CARRIERS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

PUBLIC HEALTH

S. B. No. 35 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE OF ACQUISITIONS, JOINT VENTURES AND AFFILIATIONS OF GROUP MEDICAL PRACTICES', to implement the Governor's recommendations concerning notice of acquisitions, joint ventures and affiliations of group medical practices.

S. B. No. 36 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE', to implement the Governor's recommendations concerning advanced nursing practice.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S. B. No. 37 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL ASSESSORS IN THE TOWN OF SPRAGUE', to repeal a provision of a 1949 special act concerning the terms of office for members of the board of assessors in the town of Sprague.

S. B. No. 38 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INTEREST RATE ON DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES', to provide municipalities with a local option to charge interest on delinquent property taxes at a rate between fifteen and eighteen per cent per annum.

S. B. No. 39 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO COLLECT THE MARIJUANA AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES TAX', to authorize municipalities to collect and retain taxes due under the marijuana and controlled substances tax.

S. B. No. 40 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLICATION OF MUNICIPAL LEGAL NOTICES IN NEWSPAPERS', to authorize municipalities to publish a brief summary of a matter being noticed in a newspaper with a reference to the municipality's Internet web site for additional information in lieu of publication of a full legal notice.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 41 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF ADVERTISING SPACE ON CONNECTICUT RIVER FERRY PREMISES', to generate revenue from advertising sales on Connecticut River ferry premises.

AGING

Proposed S. B. No. 42 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR A SENIOR AND COMMUNITY CENTER IN SIMSBURY', to provide funding for a senior and community center in Simsbury.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

S. B. No. 43 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES STATUTES', to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department of Children and Families by making minor changes to the statutes involving the department.

S. B. No. 44 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN'S SAFETY', to study children's safety within the state.

S. B. No. 45 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN', to study the well-being of children in the state.

S. B. No. 46 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PESTICIDES ON SCHOOL GROUNDS', to expand the ban on the use of lawn care pesticides in schools to include schools with students in grades nine to twelve, inclusive.

S. B. No. 47 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SECOND PARENT ADOPTION', to exempt couples seeking a second-parent or co-parent adoption from the home study requirement.

S. B. No. 48 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR CHILD CARE SETTINGS', to establish certain nutrition standards for child care settings and early education programs.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 49 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR A SALES TAX-FREE PERIOD FOR BEER, WINE AND LIQUOR', to create a pilot program for exempting beer, wine and liquor from sales taxes during the winter holiday period.

Proposed S. B. No. 50 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALES TAX ON BEER', to exempt the sale of beer from sales tax.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S. B. No. 51 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. ; REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTERS', to require the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection to undo the 2013 consolidation of the regional emergency telecommunications centers.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Maroney of the 119th District, the House adjourned at 11: 39 o'clock a. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.