JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Monday, March 17, 2014

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 48 o'clock a. m. , Representative Morin of the 28th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Martin J. Dunleavy of New Haven, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. As we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, may we offer a traditional Irish blessing.

May the road rise up to meet you;

May the wind be always at your back;

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

May the rains fall soft upon your fields;

And until we meet again;

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand. Amen.

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

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

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 14, 2014

Corrected Letter

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 31-280a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint ROSS HOLLANDER, from Bloomfield, to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission, as a representative of employers, to serve a term ending December 31, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

March 14, 2014

Corrected Letter

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 31-280a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint GREGORY B. NOKES, from Glastonbury, to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission, as a representative of employers from a major general hospital, to serve a term ending December 31, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

March 14, 2014

Corrected Letter

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 31-280a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint DONALD J. SHUBERT, from West Hartford, to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission, as a representative of employers, to serve a term ending December 31, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

March 14, 2014

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h), 51-165 and 51-197c of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, the Honorable RAHEEM L. MULLINS of Cromwell to be a Judge of the Appellate Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you or May 6, 2014, whichever is later, in succession to the Honorable Stuart Bear, who will reach the age of mandatory retirement.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h), 51-165 and 51-197c of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, the Honorable ELIOT D. PRESCOTT of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Appellate Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Richard A. Robinson, who was elevated as an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, ANTHONY V. AVALLONE, ESQ. of New Haven to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Constance L. Epstein, who reached the mandatory age of retirement.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, TIMOTHY D. BATES, ESQ. of Noank to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Christine E. Keller, who was elevated as a Judge of the Appellate Court.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, LEO V. DIANA, ESQ. of Manchester to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Robert L. Holzberg, who resigned from the bench.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, STEVEN D. ECKER, ESQ. of New Haven to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Robert A. Martin, who elected senior judge status.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, TAMMY D. GEATHERS, ESQ. of Bloomfield to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Robert G. Gilligan, who elected senior judge status.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, the Honorable JANE K. GROSSMAN, ESQ. of Hamden to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable David R. Tobin, who reached the mandatory age of retirement.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, IRENE PROSKY JACOBS, ESQ. of West Haven to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Raymond R. Norko, who reached the mandatory age of retirement.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, INGRID L. MOLL, ESQ. of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Robert C. Brunetti, who retired from the bench.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, JOHN D. MOORE, ESQ. of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Patty Jenkins Pittman, who elected senior judge status.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, KEVIN J. MURPHY, ESQ. of Berlin to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Barbara M. Quinn, who elected senior judge status.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, ROBERT NASTRI, JR. , ESQ. of Cheshire to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Jonathan Silbert, who resigned.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, CESAR A. NOBLE, ESQ. of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Lawrence L. Hauser, who passed away.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, RUPAL SHAH PALANKI, ESQ. of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Richard A. Damiani, who passed away.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, KEVIN S. RUSSO, ESQ. of Shelton to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Susan S. Reynolds, who elected senior judge status.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, STEVEN SPELLMAN, ESQ. of Noank to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Carol A. Wolven, who resigned.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, ERIKA M. TINDILL, ESQ. of New Haven to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Arthur A. Hiller, who reached the mandatory age of retirement.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable ARNOLD W. ARONSON of Avon to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from May 30, 2014.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable EDWARD R. KARAZIN, JR. of Westport to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from June, 25, 2014.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable MICHAEL A. MACK of Pawcatuck to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from July, 15, 2014.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 31-276 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent appoint THOMAS J. MULLINS of Farmington to be a Workers' Compensation Commissioner to serve for a term of five years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to Amado Vargas, who retired.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 31-276 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent reappoint, Commissioner NANCY E. SALERNO of Middlebury to be a Workers' Compensation Commissioner to serve for a term of five years from March 3, 2014.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 31-276 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent reappoint, Commissioner ERNIE R. WALKER of West Hartford to be a Workers' Compensation Commissioner to serve for a term of five years from March 10, 2014.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a and 54-124a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, CARLETON J. GILES of Milford as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a full-time parole member, to serve a term to serve a term coterminous with my term or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILLS

The following favorable reports on the House Bills recommending a change of reference were received from the committees indicated, the bills read, the reports of the committees accepted, and the bills referred as recommended:

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Substitute for H. B. No. 5057 (RAISED) 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.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. H. B. No. 5140 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ON CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY HELD IN TRUST.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. H. B. No. 5141 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE REGULATING THE OPERATION OR USE OF A DIRT BIKE, SNOWMOBILE OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. H. B. No. 5388 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ASSAULT OF FIRE MARSHALS, DEPUTY FIRE MARSHALS, FIRE INSPECTORS, BUILDING OFFICIALS AND ASSISTANT BUILDING OFFICIALS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILLS

The following favorable reports on the Senate Bills recommending a change of reference were received from the committees indicated, the bills read, the reports of the committees accepted and the bills referred as recommended in concurrence:

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 39 (RAISED) AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO COLLECT THE MARIJUANA AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES TAX.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Substitute for S. B. No. 52 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSSESSIONS OF DECEASED TENANTS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. Substitute for S. B. No. 80 (RAISED) AN ACT PROHIBITING INTERNET SWEEPSTAKES CAFES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 114 (RAISED) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PROPERTY TAX PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 116 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY MAJOR CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 266 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES ON ACTIVE DUTY OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Rovero of the 51st 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.

HUMAN SERVICES

H. B. No. 5135 (COMM) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CLOSURE OR RELOCATION OF DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES' REGIONAL OFFICES IN HIGH NEED COMMUNITIES', to ensure that regional offices of the Department of Children and Families are located in the areas of greatest need.

APPROPRIATIONS

H. R. No. 8 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING APPROVAL OF AN ARBITRATION AWARD BETWEEN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND THE CONNECTICUT STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION - SEIU LOCAL 2001 (NP-8 BARGAINING UNIT)'

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Rovero of the 51st District, the House adjourned at 11: 50 o'clock a. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

BILLS FILED WITH THE

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE

IN ACCORDANCE WITH JOINT RULE 15

AS OF MARCH 14, 2014

AT 5: 00 O'CLOCK P. M.

PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS

H. B. No. 5370 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE PERFORMANCE OF CONNECTICUT'S STATE PARKS.

H. B. No. 5371 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE STUDY ON ACCESS TO SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT FOR INSURED YOUTH AS THEY RELATE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

H. B. No. 5373 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE REPORTING OF CERTAIN DATA BY MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATIONS AND HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES TO THE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT.

H. B. No. 5374 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE STUDY ON THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AS THEY RELATE TO PREPARATION OF YOUTHS AGING OUT OF STATE CARE.

H. B. No. 5375 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE REEMPLOYMENT OF OLDER WORKERS CONCERNING THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM.

H. B. No. 5376 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE REEMPLOYMENT OF OLDER WORKERS AS THEY RELATE TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

H. B. No. 5377 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE REEMPLOYMENT OF OLDER WORKERS AS THEY RELATE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.

H. B. No. 5378 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING MEDICAID-FUNDED EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITS.

H. B. No. 5379 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TUITION PLEDGE PROGRAM AND A FINANCIAL AID PLEDGE PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.

H. B. No. 5380 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING A REPORT ON FINANCIAL AID AWARDS AND TRACKING TRANSFER CREDITS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.

H. B. No. 5381 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE PUBLICATION OF TUITION AND FEE SCHEDULE INCREASES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEM TO TRACK GRADUATES' SUCCESS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.

H. B. No. 5382 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE STUDY ON THE REEMPLOYMENT OF OLDER WORKERS AS THEY RELATE TO JOB ADVERTISEMENTS.